We have just returned from our 3rd trip to the Maldives. Vilamendhoo being the biggest island so far. Stayed in room 194 on the north side..excellent!! I had requested a south side beach villa but was so glad we were given a lovely room on the north. There was always a gentle breeze and the sea seemed calmer. Also it was safer for snorkeling as there were no boats or sea planes.
We had our own bit of sandy beach, and a few feet away, the coral with all the beautiful fish. Our room and room boy were great, mini bar stocked daily and also clean beach towels. The four poster bed was really comfy. We loved the open air bathroom, especially watching the fruit bats in the trees eating their fruit as we sat on the loo!!
The food was fantastic, we had curry every day, sometimes twice!! You dont have to share a table, in the bars and restaurants the seating is all geared up for couples. We asked to be moved as our table was by the waiters station so was a bit busy. At first we were told this was not possible, but when I said I work in a restaurant and that it is always best to keep customers happy, we were moved to a lovely table facing the beach. Most evening we had our meal ouside. Only moan on the food is that it could be warmer... a tip is to dig about and take it from the bottom.
Sunset bar was the best, never very busy and no children. Cocktail of the day was a bit ramdom, G & T on one day and whisky on another!!! Some were really nice tho. The Rose wine was one of the nicest I have ever tasted.We ate at the Hot Rocks (I had Kangaroo) and the Asian Wok, both brilliant. We also went on the free Sunset cruise on our last day and the Local Island trip. Worth going to the local island as some beautiful sarongs, and so cheap. Also good for gifts to take home.
So, main moan..... Children!! First week was great, the families seemed to be all in one area, so our Maldives dream was complete. We relaxed to the sound of....well, nothing really. (wondered why visitors from other countries felt the need to put their towels on the communal hammocks all day then hardly use them tho.) Second week a different story. The bucket and spade brigade arrived complete with blow up chairs, dolphins, lilo etc. The peace was shattered by squealing, crying, shouting, splashing and chasing around in the bar and restaurant. Now I love kids, I was one myself once, but I would not have thought it a suitable destination. When ours were young we took them to Spain, Greece, Canaries etc where there were facilities to keep them happy, so I cant understand taking them half way around the world when there are so many destinations geared up to children a little closer to home. Sorry if this upsets anyone, just my view, but also the view of other couples we spoke to on the island.
All in all though a fantastic holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vilamendhoo Island Resort, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, an excellent house reef and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only Resort on the island of Vilamendhoo, South Ari Atoll. It is 900 meters long by 250 meters wide, about 55 acres. Your seaplane transfer from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is a scenic, 25 minute flight. 184 Rooms include 30 Jacuzzi Water Villas, 30 Jacuzzi Beach Villas, 111 Beach Villas and 13 Garden Rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vilamendhoo Island Hotel Vilamendhoo
- Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa Maldives
- Hotel Vilamendhoo Island