STAY MIKADO is one of the Finest Cozy Affordable Guest Houses in Maldives, prominently designed for Tourists who seeks leisure and peaceful adventures

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Ameen Sani

Reviews (13)

Jan Vanbiervliet

from Belgium, July 2024


Ameen and his team were amazing. We were treated as kings.


from New Zealand, October 2023

"The stay was great. The staff really looked after me"

The experience of living the island life but with the benefits of comfortable accommodation.

Tatiana Bashmachnikova

from Kazakhstan, September 2023

"A great place to surf, relax and recharge"

Ameen was a great host and provided us with some amazing experiences during our vacation on Thimarafushi island.

The island itself is very small but you get to see the real life of Maldivians & recharge from 'big city life'.

The hotel was very clean, with all the necessary facilities & equipment.

There is one private beach close to the hotel (10 min walk or 5 min on bicycle), where you can sunbath & swim in bikinis, the beach is clean enough & getting cleaned up by Ameen's team regularly. We also spent some really nice sunrises & sunsets there, including wonderful barbecue dinner organized by Ameen and the team.

The surfing spot is approached by the boat, there are normally two surfing sessions a day. It's a reef break and it's not an easy spot for beginners (just to keep in mind). However the waves were mostly quite great - steady & long. We faced a pause in waves for a few days - but that happens, it's just the nature.

Besides surfing we had a few snorkelling trips - swam with turtles and eagle rays, which was awesome.

You can also buy additional activities. For ex., we went to the private island for a few hours - a very cool place as if from an old Bounty commercial. Loved it!

During our stay Ameen took some great photos & videos of us including underwater ones and from a drone. Instagram ready)

Overall it was truly a great experience and vacation - both active and relaxing, meeting new people and having some time for yourself. Thanks to Ameen and his team!

Ilona Keet

from Netherlands, September 2023

"Amazing surfcamp, you will not regret booking!"

All of the staff and people on the island were very nice and helpful. The guidance on the day of my arrival until getting onto the domestic flight was well arranged too.

The hotel is very close to the meeting point for your daily surf trips. Ameen really tried his best to fit other activities in the schedule when requested. He also took some videos with drone and GoPro which are a lot of fun to review!

The food was amazing each time, you surely will not be hungry on this trip! Other than this the rooms were also nice and clean.

All in all I had an amazing experience and would definitely like to come back!

Iulia Maria Lungu

from Sri Lanka, September 2023

"Not a place for beginners "

Rooms & accommodation service

Davide Contu

from Great Britain, August 2023

"Paradise for surfers: great waves with no crowds"

I spent 12 days at Stay Mikado in August - could not make a best choice!

There are several spots around, generally at least one always works decently and the wave quality is phenomenal, especially considering that is rare to find more than 10 surfers in the line up and many times you can even be alone (!).

Accommodation is clean and comfortable, service is perfect and the food is sooooo good and abundant!

People in the hotel were nice, being a mix of families, couples and solo travellers.

There was also a Yoga teacher and she was great.

Only point, I would be wary if you are a complete beginner: waves can be intimidating and it is all reef breaks. Personally I think it is a great spot for Intermediate and advanced.

Maria-theresia Zettinig

from Austria, June 2023

"It's an 11 out of 10!"

We went to Thimarafushi for surfing and it was the best decision ever. We had some great surf at 4 surf spots nearby (quick boat ride) and enjoyed the amazing hospitality at Stay Mikado. We stayed for 3,5 weeks and felt like home from the very beginning.

Excellent food, extremely friendly staff in the hotel and at the surf boat we went out twice a day with, everything was organized so well (also the transport from and to Malé including flights), super clean hotel, it was hard to leave.

Thimarafushi is a super lovely authentic local island. This means shoulders should be covered, which was no big deal for us. There is also a very nice tourist beach where you can hang out in bikinis ...

We will definitely come back.

Thank you Ameen and your team - you are special!

Benjamin Metais

from Germany, April 2023

"Very quiet island and consistent surf"

Consistent surf spot for all levels except very beginners accessible by boat. Quiet island for for more authentic experience among locals (less toutisty). Staff extremely friendly and rooms very clean and comfortable. Variety of food at the restaurants, local recipes and lot of fruits

Мира Рубинштейн

from Cyprus, February 2023

"Place for a perfect vacation"

Thimarafushi area is not that popular with tourists, and that is the beauty about it: a lot of untouched nature and totally deserted islands. The surfing spot is 10 minutes away from the hotel by boat.

Every day we were going on a boat trips, to snorkel on a reef or see the dolphins. Everything was organized with a personal touch and care. The hotel itself is very cozy and well maintained, they were serving tasty food in huge portions. The host Ameen took a lot of nice pictures and videos free of charge:)

Sigita Oniuniene

from Great Britain, February 2023

Everything about this holiday has been wonderful. Perfect place to spend peaceful time - do yoga, snorkeling, surfing or visit other islands. The hotel is very nice and clean, the staff are very friendly, kind and helpful.


from Russia, September 2022

"First surf experience in Maldives "

My boyfriend and I came to learn surfing. This was our first experience. All members of the hotel staff were helpful. Everyone wanted to make sure we had everything we needed. At that time, we were the only guests, so we scheduled surf lessons and meals according to our convenience. Our coach's name was Ashraq. I think he's a great teacher. We could also decide what we wanted for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Excursions were reasonably priced.