The Arabic men in our group were all holding back their laughter when they heard the name of the next resort that we’re about to inspect: Maalu Maalu. Maalu maalu means “fish fish” in Sinhala which is the normal cry of the fishermen to sell their daily catch. However, the term maalu in Arabic means What’s wrong? which explains the held back laughter. 🙂
As a travel agent, I’d probably recommend a group of friends or younger couple on a budget to stay in this hotel. Definitely not for the Arabic market who are too spoiled by the glitz and glamour of Dubai. The whole expanse of the resort actually reminds me a bit of some of the resorts in the Maldives with its wooden chalets that they have. Actually, the hotel grounds itself was great – they’ve got a huge pool in the middle of it with numerous sunbeds sprawled along the pool’s perimeter. They’ve got a great sea with calm waters and a long stretch of sandy beach.
What I didn’t like were the rooms, it was quite small compared to the other rooms that we’ve seen in some other properties and the fish design of the bedspread also was a bit, I don’t know, tacky? Well we just saw their first two levels of the rooms – Deluxe and Deluxe Attic. Both the Ocean Suite and Panoramic suite were booked when we went there so we weren’t able to see it.
Another thing that I didn’t like was their beachside restaurant. We were there during the day and it might have a makeover at night but what I saw that day reminded me a bit of that beach shack where we used to eat our meals in Goa. This is perfectly fine for me but I wouldn’t dare sending any of my clients here who are used to the luxurious way of life.
The good thing about Maalu Maalu which I totally liked was its very laidback and down-to-earth feel to it. This is definitely my kind of resort, probably not for my clients but it just fits me right. I’m very easy to please and a hassle-free kind of traveler, in case you’re wondering. 🙂
Note: I visited Maalu Maalu as part of the sponsored trip of our company but as always, opinion and photos above are my own.
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