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review 20 May 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

So many things were memorable... We were very well looked after by our tour operator who made sure we had all the information before our arrival and until the day of our arrival with the airport transfer, and having someone physically there to greet us at Male airport to make sure we got on out last flight. After arrival Ruth from our tour operator was also on hand if we had any questions. Being driven straight to our room when we arrived very late at night after 27 hours of travelling was fantastic, and hugely appreciated. Overall we had an incredibly relaxing and peaceful stay. We chose not to join the daily diving trips but instead were able to catch up on sleep, join the wonderful yoga sessions with Mansingh, and do anything to contribute to our general feeling of being "chilled out". Mansingh was one of the highlights of our trip... we had fantastic massages by him, the yoga sessions which we joined almost daily were very good, his encouragements to try a little harder were appreciated, as well as his advice on general health, yoga book tips, etc. He is a gem. We went snorkeling with Ciara and enjoyed it very much. The bikes made it easy to get around and see the island. The room was large and very spacious, the huge bed was great, and overall the room was kept well by Hakeem. The bathroom was functional but good. The entire hotel team was wonderful; helpful, attentive, and friendly. The food was really good. Great variety with mix of local and international cuisine, super fresh produce, and a fantastic kitchen team! Last thing. Despite huge effort by the hotel teams to communicate about how to minimise our impact on the reefs it was sad to see so many guests standing on the reef and the remaining corals. Perhaps the warnings can be given in booking emails, on arrival, in the rooms, basically everywhere! The departure was great. Simple, relaxed and painfree.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Book it! There are not many shops on the island so if you need anything, bring it with you.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, the hotel seems very engaged with the community relating to environmental issues. There is a whole long list of initiatives carried out by the hotel which is very impressive.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We had a perfect stay. It was exactly what we were looking for. We both work full time in stressful jobs with lots of travel, pressure, deadlines, etc. Being able to leave it all behind and be pretty much barefoot for the entire 2 weeks, enjoying the sun, the relaxed atmosphere, the healthy approach, the sea, the food, the local village, the yoga, and the general kindness of the staff was as restorative to the body as it was for the mind. We thoroughly recommend the hotel.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Katrina, Thank you for taking time to write your review. Both myself and the team are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. With regard to coral reefs, you are quite right it is sad that unfortunately not everyone respects the coral reefs. The in house marine biologist and diving instructors are the first to give many recommendation to guests including the verbal warning “to not stand on the corals”. However, as with all areas of the Maldives not all tourists have the green and environmentally attitude you have even when codes of conduct are shared. There is also a marine biology presentation held twice a week. These presentations are on various marine topics but always address conservation and protection possibilities and opportunities for guests to help. There is even a presentation that is dedicated to the topic of plastic alone. In addition, both the Barefoot team and the Secret Paradise team provide a Green Fin environmental briefing on good diving and snorkeling practices at the start of all water based activities. Thank you again for travelling with us and we hope we may have the opportunity to welcome you again in the future. Kind Regards, Ruth

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