Previous posts on this around-the-world journey:

Korean Air First Class 777-300ER (Kosmo Suite) Atlanta to Seoul/Incheon

Lounge Review – Korean Air First Lounge Seoul/Incheon

Korean Air A330-300 First Class Seoul/Incheon to Ho Chi Minh City

Hotel Review – Park Hyatt Saigon

13 Pictures – Vietnam Airlines A321 Economy Class and SkyTeam Lounges – Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok And Return

First Look – Thai Airways A350-900 Busness Class Bangkok to Phuket

Thai 777-200ER Business Class Phuket to Bangkok and Domestic Royal Silk Lounge

Ethiad A330-200 Ho Chi Minh City to Abu Dhabi Or What the Ethiad Airways A330-200 and New Thai A350-900 Business Class Have in Common.

Lounge Review in 15 Pictures – Ethiad Business-Class Lounge Abu Dhabi

Ethiad A320-200 Pearl Business Class, Abu Dhabi to Male, Republic of Maldives

Within 20 minutes of walking off the plane at Male (MLE) I had obtained a Maldives visa, met the hotel representative, and boarded the speedboat for the ride to the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.

I’d heard many great things about the Maldives.  Now I would experience these islands first hand.

View from the speedboat of the terminal at MLE

I was the only passenger so we departed immediately.img_0844

It was a 25-minute ride to the hotel at full speed.  Rain squalls made the journey a little bumpy.  Upon arrival, several members of the staff, including the general manager, provided a warm welcome.

Arrival at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

Introductions and a welcome tropical drink preceded the quick check-in process.  The general manager told me that, as a SPG Platinum member, my room had been upgraded to a Club Water Bungalow.  Just what I was hoping for.

An agent drove me in a golf cart to my room and explained the features of the hotel along the way.

The hotel occupies the entire island.  The interior of the island contains the hotel’s restaurants, meeting rooms, support buildings and residences for the staff and their families.  Palm and banyan trees cover the areas without buildings.

Passing some of the other resort villas on the way to my bungalow

Club Water Bungalow

After a short ride the agent parked the golf cart and used a boardwalk to reach the bungalow.img_0894

The bungalow is 54 square meters with a deck and bathroom overlooking a crystal-clear Indian Ocean lagoon.

Bungalow deck
A ladder leads from the deck into the ocean
Just off the deck – a peaceful lagoon protected by a reef about 100 yards out

The bungalows were positioned so that none of the decks were visible from another bungalow.

A large bathroom is just off the deck and also has great ocean views.

The bathtub has a spectacular view


The room has a king-size bed, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV and direct access to the deck.  A vaulted ceiling with fan adds to the tropical feel.img_0867img_0868img_0870


The bungalow also has a desk, mini bar with a wine cooler and large closet.img_0857img_0858


The bungalow comes with one feature I’m unaccustomed to finding in a hotel room — life jackets.img_0871

Everything about this room was perfect.  Getting a good night’s sleep was no problem.

Club Lounge

Those staying in this bungalow have access to the Sheraton Club Lounge.  As an SPG Platinum I would have had access anyway.  The lounge is open for a buffet breakfast, all-day tea, coffee and soft drinks, and evenings drinks and canapes.img_0877


Other Facilities

The resort has seven restaurants and bars.  Feast serves a buffet breakfast and dinner.

Breakfast buffet at Feast



Sand Coast restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining.


Lagoon pool
Ocean pool


I had a very brief stay here (two days).  My final stop in the Maldives was a stay at the Park Hyatt Hadahaa.  The staff at the Full Moon Resort coordinated with the Park Hyatt to arrange the flight to Koodoo and speedboat transfer to the Park Hyatt.

First it was another speedboat ride form the Sheraton back o the airport.

Boarding the speedboat at the Sheraton
There were other guests on the boat on this trip

Next is a report on the lounge at MLE and flight to Hoodoo Atoll on Maldivian Airlines.