I’ve always heard that to travel is better than to arrive. That is, until I arrived at Hulhule Island Hotel; and boy was I glad I arrived. Situated in Hulhule, near the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, HIH is the ultimate place to check in for guaranteed leisure and relaxation.
HIH provides private pick-up services to the guests and of course, my friend and I were greeted at the reception with a warm smile. The lobby area was quiet and spacious with comfortable chairs as inviting as a chair could seem. As we waited for the room’s division manager, I couldn’t help but feel like I was in a resort.
Rooms? What’s Your Choice?
HIH has five different types of rooms among the 136 in the hotel; most of which have a sea view! The finer rooms come with a sea view from the attached balconies and a Jacuzzi in the bathtub. At this point I’m like, can I stay here forever? But the cool thing about HIH is, all the rooms come with amenities such as mini-bar, flat-screens, hair dryers, iron and ironing board and tea-coffee facilities. To add to that, there’s room service 24/7. So if you just feel like staying in your room and not going out, just order in. But I can bet you anything you wouldn’t want to just stay in at HIH. There’s too much to do!
Let’s Talk Food, Shall We?
At HIH, you can never run out of options. Faru Coffee House is open 24/7 and serves tirelessly. But if you’re looking for more exquisite tastes, Uduvilaa Restaurant brings you thematic dinners every month. Eat Mexican this month and return to find Chinese cuisines the next! I love the spontaneity there. Here’s a little something exciting; the menus have built in LED lights! With the romantic ambience still intact, you no longer have to strain your eyes over the menu. The Sunset Deck overlooks the sea and the capital Male’; and is the ultimate place to be with friends to enjoy a laugh over food and drinks.
For those who love food in open air areas, the Champs Deck by the pool is the place to be. If you’re a sports fan, the large screen only adds flavor to your food as you watch live matches. Let’s not forget those romantic couples. If you want a private dinner with your partner, the Gazebo Garden and Seaside Deck is the place to choose. Also, remember what I said about not feeling like leaving the room? For people like me, there’s special in-room dining services available in the comforts of the room.
What Can I Possibly Do?
Okay, so I was thrilled to be at HIH and I couldn’t help wonder what I could possibly do to make my stay more interesting. What I found out was simply thrilling, if that was even possible given how thrilled I already was. So listen to this. HIH offers a number of leisure activities you can choose from. There’s a mini golf course for those who love the sport, a three-on-three basketball court if you want to work up a sweat, a tennis and badminton court and that’s not all! Enjoy beach volley at HIH’s private beach or take a dip in the pool, whatever you feel like doing.
To excite things a bit more, for those who water sports, HIH offers a number of water sports including jetski rides and fishing trips. That’s not all; you can have snorkeling and diving sessions at beautiful spots that will take your breath away as you come face to face with the mesmerizing marine life. And if that is not exciting enough, how does photo flights sound to you? Don’t just use your camera for candid snaps of the beach, but capture the aerial view as well! Oh and, don’t forget to work out while you’re on vacation! HIH has a modern, well-equipped gym for those who love their exercise.
Help Me Relax
Okay, so the idea of just staying in bed or even taking a dip in the pool just might not be what’s best for you. We all feel that way. But, to accommodate for such needs, HIH has a spa you can go to! Whether it is for a foot rub or a back massage, or a whole day of pampering yourself, the spa caters to all your needs. Did I love that about HIH, yes!
Don’t Wanna Stay Too Long?
Try out HIH’s daytrip packages. Whether you’re waiting for your transit flight or hoping to take a day out, locals and foreigners alike can enjoy these marvelous treats. Spend the day at the pool side just splashing some fun and have snacks provided for you, take a shower and head back feeling fresh. Or, go straight to the spa, get foot or back reflexology and a shower; whatever gets you refreshed.
It’s Time to Say Goodbye
Like all good things, vacations come to an end. But, HIH makes it possible for you to leave with a smile. Get yourself a souvenir at the souvenir shop in the lobby and be escorted by the HIH staff to your destined location. You’re bound to come back. I know I will go back!