Eriyadu is how the Maldives used to be – small, friendly and with few fancy frills but a traditional, laid-back charm. It was the first island we ever visited and where we fell in love with Maldives. You won't find plasma TVs, personal butlers or plunge pools but its beaches, lagoon and house reef are stunning, plus it's one of the most reasonably-priced resorts in the country, with simple but clean rooms.
There are no water villas here or sea walls so there are breathtaking views wherever you look. On the northernmost edge of the North Male Atoll, it has a house reef within a short swim and you can snorkel all the way round the island. At 290m by 130m, it takes less than 10 minutes to stroll around the white sand beach. It's very popular with divers and there are lots of good dive sites nearby.
Beach Club Rooms
Newly-built beachfront rooms in two-storey terraced block with private terrace or balcony. Enclosed bathrooms with shower, air conditioning, IDD telephone, satellite television, mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities, beach umbrella.
Superior Beach Bungalows
Semi-detached beach-front villas, just a few metres from the sea. They have the same facilities as Standard Rooms plus semi-open air bathroom with bath and outdoor shower.
Deluxe Beach Bungalows
Also beachfront and similar to Superior Beach Bungalows, these villas are more recently refurbished so a little more modern
Maximum occupancy (all rooms): Three adults or two adults & two children
Speedboat: 50 minutes
Half Board, Full Board or All Inclusive
Swimming pool, fitness centre, volleyball, badminton, billiards, souvenir shop
Dive centre: Euro Dive centre offering range of courses and dive trips
Watersports centre: kayaking, windsurfing, catamaran sailing,
water-skiing and knee boarding
Spa: newly built over the water
Entertainment: Weekly live band, disco and Maldivian cultural show
Food and drink
One buffet restaurant with sand floor and varying cuisine, eg Chinese, Mediterranean and Maldivian nights
Blitz Bar and Cafe partly over the water, serves snacks and light meals
Anguru beach bar for drinks on the sand
Vibrant, easy to access and goes all round the island
Snorkelling trips, island-hopping, fishing, night fishing, big game fishing, Male shopping and sightseeing, sunset cocktail cruise, picnics on deserted islands
There aren't any particular facilities for children apart from the gorgeous beach and warm, clear water