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Best Hotels in Gangehi Island

Gangehi Island Hotels

A tiny, circular island in the North Ari Atoll, Gangehi Island is Maldives perfection. A jewel-box of colours, Gangehi features a dense, emerald-green tropical forest, encircled by a ribbon of pearl-white sand and bright turquoise sea. It offers blissful escape from real life. It’s a place of magnificent marine life, of sizzling seafood suppers, of luxurious spa treatments. For the adventurous, there’s dolphin-spotting, scuba diving, and the colourful, locals’ island of Mathiveri nearby. Come and fall in love with Gangehi.

Things to see

On Gangehi Island, it’s hard to know which exquisite pleasure to give in to first. An essential oils massage in the spa, sunbathing on a cushioned lounger on the beach, or a dip in the deliciously warm Laccadive Sea? When you do feel the need to be a bit more active, head to the island’s dive centre, where you can learn to dive, or hit the reef on a scuba expedition. The coral here is bursting with life; shoals of tropical fish are accompanied by languorous manta rays. For a taste of local life in the Maldives – a rare thing when staying at an island resort – visit neighbouring Mathiveri Island. Here, houses pop with colour; vivid amongst the encroaching forest. Head down to the Mathiveri Harbour to watch local fishermen hauling in an impressive catch, and take a boat trip out to spot playful dolphins and shy, graceful whale sharks.

Hotels in Gangehi Island

The Gangehi Island resort is one of the most affordable in the Maldives, offering excellent value for money. Rooms range from simple, elegantly-furnished doubles to exclusive suites in deluxe over-water villas. All rooms come with a private balcony or patio. With all-inclusive dining and a full-service spa, everything here feels like a treat. The discount hotel on Mathiveri Island is even better value for money, and provides a traditional Maldives stay, though WiFi provision and air-conditioning ensures modern comfort. These cheap Maldives hotels are the perfect way to experience the famed luxury of these islands, without completely blowing the budget.

Where to stay

If you are eager to get away from it all and to be pampered from dawn till dusk, then Gangehi Island is the Maldives destination for you. It’s a self-contained place, with everything you could wish for in an ideal beach escape. Sea planes and charter speed boats provide swift access to other islands in the atoll. If you’d prefer a Maldives break with a bit of culture, then stay on Mathiveri Island. It offers the best of both worlds; a down-to-earth hotel within a vibrant island community, but with plenty of provision for diving, boat trips and spa treatments.

How to get to Gangehi Island

The main point of entry to any of the Maldives islands is through the capital, Male. The most common way to get there is via charter flights booked as part of a package; however, flight-only options are possible too. To reach Gangehi or Mathiveri from Male, you can take a sea plane or a speed boat. By sea plane, it takes just 25 minutes, while it takes about 90 minutes by boat. Your hotel will arrange this for you. For Mathiveri, there’s also the budget option of travelling by local ferry, which costs just £2, but it takes 6 hours.

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