Families with older children will love the SeaClub Francorosso due to its spacious bungalows and quiet location. Nestled along the beach and featuring over the water bungalows with stunning views of the crystal clear ocean, the hotel is a great choice for families looking for a peaceful island retreat. Most bungalows can accommodate up to three guests by using the in-room sofa bed. The hotel provides access to its Wi-Fi network at an additional fee. Nearby activities include snorkeling, sailing, fishing, relaxing at the beach and more. Guests can dine at the hotel’s onsite restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Our Editor Loves
- Quiet beachfront location
- Comfortable rooms and suites
- Friendly and welcoming staff
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
My husband and I booked a 6 night stay on the Island of Dhiggiri based on recommendations from a friend. This is definitely a couples resort - perhaps ok for older teens. The resort is part of the Nakai group and is mainly marketed to Italians through the SeaClub FrancoRosso holiday company. The main written and spoken language on the island is Italian, the daily buffets are Maldive/Italian fusion and even the time zone is adjusted to provide more sunlight during waking hours... all of that said we had a really wonderful experience.
The seaplane transfer from Male is a short 20 minutes. Unfortunately our return flight was cancelled by the flight operator due to bad weather but the resort organised a speedboat for us (75 mins) and despite my lack of sea legs it was ok.
The resort rooms are very clean, and comfortable. The over water bungalows have two bathrooms (one with shower and one with WC). Each has a private deck from where you can access the water below. The rooms are kept clean and tidy by friendly and discreet team of cleaners who visit twice a day to check bar stocks and towels.
Our all inclusive package included breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks at the bar. The food buffet was varied and there were plenty of meat, fish and vegetarian options. Both Maldivian and Italian food is offered. We ate and drank well throughout our stay. Water was provided at meal times, however we had to pay for bottled water during the day.
The staff were all very welcoming and friendly. We obviously couldn't follow much of the FrancoRosso evening entertainment, but it was fun trying to translate things! I was even presented a birthday cake on my birthday (which wasn't arranged by my husband - so despite not being booked through FrancoRoss we were definitely made to feel welcome. The local staff were very chatty as a number of them did speak English. There are some lovely hardworking people there - a small tip is greatly appreciated at the end of your stay.
The real icing on the cake for us was the snorkelling and scuba. The water is crystal clear (even with a little swell) and there are 100's of species of fish just a step off the shore. The coral is quite bleached - as it is unfortunately now in many places - but there are still some beautiful examples if you take a boat further off the reef. Watching nurse sharks, black tipped reef sharks and rays swimming right past the villas and around the shores of the island each day was fantastic. We were even lucky enough to spot a turtle surfacing in the water whilst snorkelling just metres from our room and swim with 10's of nurse sharks on our first shore dive.
Overall a wonderful experience.
My wife and I spent our HM in this resort (just back since a couple of days...) and, before choosing Dhiggiri, we went through a list of other resorts and reviews, especially of international ones (being the writer not particularly fond of Italian-managed structures..).. But we decided to go for Dhiggiri, let's say as a compromise, since a few things I disliked -not free WI-FI, for example..
However, we've been quite happy of our decision. There are things you could complain with, but others that is useless to complain. Many reviews that we read focused on the food-cycle, in the sense that the same dishes were repeated through the days... So what? Do the reviewers have the idea where Dhiggiri is? Yes, the food is recurring, but the selection is quite large so that you can pick something else...
Useless to complain, imho. Rather, WI-FI for pay, bottled water for pay, even the safe, those are things you should complain with, always imho.
People who decide to spend some nights there, they know they pay quite a lot, but they decide to book as well... Maybe they are also prompt to pay a bit more to have some benefits. I'd do it, for example....
Lamentation part over. The island is a bouquet in the blue as anybody can verify from the photos; the structure is very very nice, well maintained and quite clean (important: VERY CLEAN from what people left). It is practically cleaned every moment by the maintainer staff.
We booked an overwater room which gives the possibility of both enjoying the water from the ow and staying on the beach (beach beds marked as ow could be used on the beach). A cool thing, isn't it?
Reef: the reef is not so good as I expected. That's not in charge of the Tour Operator: we have been told that a sudden increase of water temperature can cause a bleaching of the corals. So it went, unfortunately. Many fishes, that's true, even beachside, including some blacktips and nusse sharks which often approach the beach. Maybe for not good swimmers (as we are), Dhiggiri is not the best island to go to, given the closeness to the Dhiggiri channel with its strong currents that effect also the island.
Room: The OW is very big and enjoying its king size bed is very nice. The room is also cleaned twice a day and offers two bathrooms, one dedicated to the shower. The patio outside is large enough to host two big beds. OW from 1 to 19 are better exposed to the sun.
Staff: Dhiggiri is couple-oriented, being no child-specific activity. And couples go for Dhiggiri because it is quite and calm. Engagers call you for activities but always in shadow. If you want to go, then go, otherwise "let's join dinnertime". Even at evening everything is smooth. And we loved it. So thanks to Pierpaolo, the head, which never avoids smiling; thanks to "Magister" Christian who loves playing guitar and you see it (he can play and sing for 24h); thanks to Jacopo for canoing and sea-related stuff; thanks to "Sting" Ginevra for her energy which springs for East to West starting quite early in the morning. (You have a battery charger plug somewhere, don't you?); thanks to Greta which as biologist explained us a lot of interesting things on the island and its wild-file. Did I forget someone? Yep: Hussein, aka the silent house keeper, which awaits (somewhere) for you to exit the room and then slides to clean it; Suraah, our waiter, kind and smiling (from breakfast to dinner) and a good volleyball player, I'm told; Sasi and Ram who make the bar welcoming.
In conclusion, everything upon mean and a place where to return. Who knows?