a traveler United Arab Emirates
My family of 4 adults had planned to visit Maldives not exactly for the beach/water activities, but more of a cultural and scenery experience. So, a stay in one of the resorts was not really required for us. Also I needed either interconnected rooms or a suite as we all needed to stay together. I really did not have any idea what to do in Maldives if water activities were left out - this is where Ruth of secret paradise helped me to plan and decide. I was planning to stay in a Male hotel, but Ruth advised me to stay in Hulhumale which is more of a residential area with nice family beaches, mosques and restaurants. She booked me interconnecting rooms in a hotel in Hulhumale. I used secret paradise's day activities options like sunset cruise, island hopping, male city tour and taste of local life. Our guide, Kokko (real name Ibrahim), was waiting for us in the airport on arrival and took us to HM retreat in Hulhumale. Since it was windy with slight rain, the sunset cruise was postponed. The hotel was located right on Hulhumale beach stretch with restaurants and shops near. We left by speed boat for Island hopping to Hurra Island. We met some local families in the Island, saw the local boat making factory and also visited a dried fish factory, walked around the village, visited a shop selling momentos and Maldivian produced gifts ( found it expensive - be careful ) - went by boat to another island for lunch and returned back by about 4 p.m. Next day, we went for the Male city tour with our guide Ibrahim who gave us many interesting insights of buildings and monuments. We visited the food market as well as the fish market. We took the passenger barge for the trip back to Hulhumale where we had a very interesting time with a local family and had Maldivian lunch with them. This was followed by the sunset cruise in which we were lucky to see a lot of dolphins. Overall, a very enjoyable experience and would recommend to use Secret Paradise.
Marie Pauline M.
I've checked TripAdvisor and this activity was the first on the list. I emailed immediately and get the prices of the trips. At first I thought it was that expensive, but with the total experience, it was really worth the penny ! From answering all of my queries, getting all my schedules fixed and giving great suggestions it was beyond perfect. Ruth is so patient, friendly and has a great customer service ! Our tour guide was Kame who was so friendly, I miss my buddy, he took amazing video of us. I would really recommend all the travelers to book with them.
Thank you so much, Ms. Ruth and team for prompt replies. Cinnamon Dhonveli day trip is highly recommended. The all access to all amenities of the resort was superb. Really one of the books.
Very prompt replies from Ruth. She is friendly and helpful. The staff, Koko and Zaff, were very friendly and they took care of me very good. I took a Photo Flight and Sunset Dolphin Cruise with Secret Paradise. Everything went well and it was an awesome experienced. Secret Paradise is recommended to all!