Pros

  • One of the most affordable resorts in the Maldives
  • Gorgeous white-sand beaches and clear turquoise water
  • On-site coral reef is great for snorkeling
  • Water bungalows have private decks and glass peepholes in the floors
  • Only 35 minutes from Male airport by speedboat
  • Affordable airport transfers (compared to the competition)
  • All units include mini-fridges and electric teakettles
  • Badminton, foosball, and table tennis
  • Room rates include full-board dining at a buffet-style restaurant
  • Bar with beachfront seating
  • Day passes available (ideal for long layovers in Male)
  • Reasonably priced excursions (including island hopping and night fishing)
  • Dive center and water sports rentals (kayaks, snorkels, windsurfing, and more.)
  • Spa, gift shop, and jewelry store
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Cons

  • No pool or fitness center
  • No room service
  • No Internet in rooms (fee to use Internet in lobby)
  • Most rooms have no TVs (pro for some)
  • King beds in beach rooms are actually two beds pushed together
  • No minibars, bottled water, shampoo, or conditioner in rooms
  • Property is showing some wear and tear
  • No playground or kids’ club
  • Drinks (water, soda, alcohol, etc.) are not all-inclusive
  • Guests may have to share dining tables during high occupancy
  • Beach towels not provided
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Bottom Line

It may not be luxurious, but Embudu Village is one of the most affordable and convenient resorts in the Maldives. Visitors don’t come here for the rooms or the food (though neither are bad) -- they come for the picture-perfect beaches and water sports, which are on par with the top resorts in the area. Travelers who want to experience flying in a seaplane should also consider Kuredu Island Resort, which has better facilities and similar off-peak rates.

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Embudu Village

Scene

Casual budget resort with beautiful beaches and mostly German guests

With no paved walking paths, navigating this 122-room resort feels a bit like walking through a jungle. Leafy trees are planted everywhere and the grounds are covered in sand (including the lobby floor). Dozens of tiny beaches are tucked between the trees, making it easy to claim a private spot. Larger swatches of beach are also available -- just keep walking around the perimeter of the island (it takes less than 10 minutes to do a complete circle). Small iguanas and geckos dart around in the foliage, and it’s almost impossible to look into the crystal-clear water without spotting a brightly colored fish or reef shark. The on-site reef is so nice that the luxurious Taj Exotica resort, one island over, brings its guests to snorkel at Embudu.

There is one large, buffet-style restaurant that serves three meals a day (food is included, but drinks cost extra). Drinks are available at a bar, which features beachfront seating and a nice patio over the water.

German travelers frequent the resort -- so much so that the signage is in German (in addition to English), and five shelves of German books are available in the lobby library. 

Remember to bring small bills; many of the baggage couriers will linger at your door with pleading eyes until they get a tip.

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Location

On its own private island, a short boat ride from Male International Airport

Situated on its own private island in the South Male Atoll, Embudu Village is accessible by a speedboat that leaves directly from the Male Airport. It takes about 35 minutes to reach the island, which is small enough to walk across in under 10 minutes. Waist-deep water and patches of coral (which are teeming with colorful fish and small reef sharks) surround most of the island. A 160-person staff lives and works on the island year-round.

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Rooms

Water bungalows and simple beach rooms with mini-fridges and teakettles

Most of Embudu Village’s rooms are Superior Rooms situated next to the beach. They include electric teakettles, mini-fridges, patio, and "king" beds (actually two smaller beds pushed together, which can be separated). The decor is basic: white walls, cheap wooden furniture, cartoonish drawings of fish, and no TVs. The nicest rooms are Water Bungalows. In addition to the regular amenities, bungalows include flat-screen TVs, true king beds, jetted tubs, and wooden flooring with glass peepholes (measuring roughly four by four feet). They also feature spacious oceanfront decks with views of Male.

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Features

Spa, badminton court, gift shop, and a tiny business center with Internet

Besides sunbathing and eating, there’s not much to do on the island itself (most of the excitement is on or under the water). Activities on dry land are limited to badminton, foosball, and table tennis. A “disco and acrobatic show” is also performed once a week. Other amenities include a small lobby library, tiny business center (where guests can pay for Internet), gift shop, and a spa that offers massages, facials, scrubs, manicures, and pedicures.

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Services

Affordable off-site excursions, dive center, and water sport rentals

For those willing to pay extra, the resort offers plenty of affordable excursions, including a shopping trip to Male, night fishing, island hopping, and a submarine dive. A dive center also organizes off-site diving trips and rents snorkeling gear. Kayaks, catamarans, and windsurfing boards are available for rent on the beach.

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Beach

Plenty of white-sand beaches for everyone

Small, secluded beaches tucked between the trees offer plenty of shade, while a handful of larger beaches are ideal spots for sunbathing or snorkeling just offshore. The beautiful white sand is filled with tiny pieces of coral, so those with sensitive feet may want to wear flip-flops. The water is crystal clear and the temperature was perfect during our November visit -- cool enough to feel refreshing, yet warm enough to slip into without a chill. We couldn’t find a speck of trash anywhere. Remember to bring beach towels because the resort doesn’t provide any.

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All-Inclusive / Food

Full-board buffet food, beachfront bar, and charges for drinks

The resort has one large, buffet-style restaurant and a beachside bar with a picturesque patio over the water. The buffet serves a solid assortment of Western and international cuisine, but we found the quality of the dishes to be hit or miss during our visit. All guests receive free meals with their stay, however all drinks (even water) cost extra. With additional services charges and tourist tax, expect the drink bill to add up fast.

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Embudu Village

Scene

Casual budget resort with beautiful beaches and mostly German guests

With no paved walking paths, navigating this 122-room resort feels a bit like walking through a jungle. Leafy trees are planted everywhere and the grounds are covered in sand (including the lobby floor). Dozens of tiny beaches are tucked between the trees, making it easy to claim a private spot. Larger swatches of beach are also available -- just keep walking around the perimeter of the island (it takes less than 10 minutes to do a complete circle). Small iguanas and geckos dart around in the foliage, and it’s almost impossible to look into the crystal-clear water without spotting a brightly colored fish or reef shark. The on-site reef is so nice that the luxurious Taj Exotica resort, one island over, brings its guests to snorkel at Embudu.

There is one large, buffet-style restaurant that serves three meals a day (food is included, but drinks cost extra). Drinks are available at a bar, which features beachfront seating and a nice patio over the water.

German travelers frequent the resort -- so much so that the signage is in German (in addition to English), and five shelves of German books are available in the lobby library. 

Remember to bring small bills; many of the baggage couriers will linger at your door with pleading eyes until they get a tip.

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Location

On its own private island, a short boat ride from Male International Airport

Situated on its own private island in the South Male Atoll, Embudu Village is accessible by a speedboat that leaves directly from the Male Airport. It takes about 35 minutes to reach the island, which is small enough to walk across in under 10 minutes. Waist-deep water and patches of coral (which are teeming with colorful fish and small reef sharks) surround most of the island. A 160-person staff lives and works on the island year-round.

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Rooms

Water bungalows and simple beach rooms with mini-fridges and teakettles

Most of Embudu Village’s rooms are Superior Rooms situated next to the beach. They include electric teakettles, mini-fridges, patio, and "king" beds (actually two smaller beds pushed together, which can be separated). The decor is basic: white walls, cheap wooden furniture, cartoonish drawings of fish, and no TVs. The nicest rooms are Water Bungalows. In addition to the regular amenities, bungalows include flat-screen TVs, true king beds, jetted tubs, and wooden flooring with glass peepholes (measuring roughly four by four feet). They also feature spacious oceanfront decks with views of Male.

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Features

Spa, badminton court, gift shop, and a tiny business center with Internet

Besides sunbathing and eating, there’s not much to do on the island itself (most of the excitement is on or under the water). Activities on dry land are limited to badminton, foosball, and table tennis. A “disco and acrobatic show” is also performed once a week. Other amenities include a small lobby library, tiny business center (where guests can pay for Internet), gift shop, and a spa that offers massages, facials, scrubs, manicures, and pedicures.

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Services

Affordable off-site excursions, dive center, and water sport rentals

For those willing to pay extra, the resort offers plenty of affordable excursions, including a shopping trip to Male, night fishing, island hopping, and a submarine dive. A dive center also organizes off-site diving trips and rents snorkeling gear. Kayaks, catamarans, and windsurfing boards are available for rent on the beach.

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Beach

Plenty of white-sand beaches for everyone

Small, secluded beaches tucked between the trees offer plenty of shade, while a handful of larger beaches are ideal spots for sunbathing or snorkeling just offshore. The beautiful white sand is filled with tiny pieces of coral, so those with sensitive feet may want to wear flip-flops. The water is crystal clear and the temperature was perfect during our November visit -- cool enough to feel refreshing, yet warm enough to slip into without a chill. We couldn’t find a speck of trash anywhere. Remember to bring beach towels because the resort doesn’t provide any.

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All-Inclusive / Food

Full-board buffet food, beachfront bar, and charges for drinks

The resort has one large, buffet-style restaurant and a beachside bar with a picturesque patio over the water. The buffet serves a solid assortment of Western and international cuisine, but we found the quality of the dishes to be hit or miss during our visit. All guests receive free meals with their stay, however all drinks (even water) cost extra. With additional services charges and tourist tax, expect the drink bill to add up fast.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Free Breakfast

  • Gameroom / Arcade

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Spa

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