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Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   South Ari Atoll, 20187   |  
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“Paradise!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Stayed in villamendhoo for my 40th birthday august 2013 best holiday ever! credit goes to staff at villa who always make sure that your needs are attended to, resort well kept and clean rooms beautifull and spacious stayed in adult only zone on a jacuzzi water villa highly recomended, quiet and private, nice to roll from your bed straight to the ocean. food really good lots of variety ate at the asian wok one nite again superb service and tasty dishes.

We went snorkelling almost everyday great house reef around plenty of fish, reef sharks and sting rays, did manta ray excursion saw mantas and green turtle we were lucky enough to spot dolphins no whale sharks though. Danghetti island was nice to see just to experience a little bit of local culture.

Will definately recommend this resort if anyone thinking of visiting maldives, all inclusive is the best in my opinion even to non alcohol drinkers as the water and juices can be a little on overpriced side.

Room Tip: I dont think there's any bad room on JWV we were on sunset side which was just perfect for us.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MohamedSolah, Director of Operations at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 30, 2013
Dear Mvuyi,

Sunny greetings to you from Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa!

Thank you for taking your time to share your kind words about your
recent holiday with us.

we are glad that you enjoyed the trip to celebrate your birth day with us.
we will convey your kind words and appreciation to our team.

once again, thank you for staying with us and recommending us.

we hope to see you again in Vilamendhoo.

Best Regards,

Solah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Stayed at Vilamendhoo for our first baby moon in August 2013, and absolutely LOVED IT!! had a beach villa, with our private little beach, lots of sunshine, and a great service.
this hotel is very well placed, jsut 25 min from Male airport via seaplane- i was 28 wks pregnant, and all went really well. I highly recommend this hotel, especially for pregnant ladies- food of excellent quality, very clean hotel, not overcrowded in our holiday time, lots of activities to do, even if you cant dive, etc. we did lots of snorkeling on this wonderful reef- saw a few sharks, lots of fish, etc. i absolutely abused their spa- to compensate for other activities i couldn't do. Spa is amazing, great product, massages, and really 5* treatment.
they accept children, but have a separate children/family part of the island- which we really appreciated for both couple romance now, and for future holidays with our little one :) fantastic hotel for families i guess too- we met a couple during our stay, and they did diving every day- with option to have your children left in the hotel's playground/and/or nany at the bungalow.
overall: great Value for money, fantastic island and reef, great food, cleaningness, SPA, and staff very friendly and professional.
we highly recommend, and will be aiming to get back soon!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ThohaRasheed, Director of Operation at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 29, 2013
Dear Wisienka793,

Sunny greeting from Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa,

Thank you very much for your visit and staying at our island for your baby moon. We are delighted to read your comments regarding our team members and the services. We are glad that we were able to provide you and your partner with the level of service that you expected.

Thank you for sharing your opinion about family holidays and we are delighted to learn your thought about coming back with your little family as a repeat guest.

congratulation and we wish you all the happiness about your first baby.

Thank you for the compliments and we will convey your appreciation to our team.

Thank you again for your lovely review, and we look forward to welcome you back in a near future.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

Couldn't fault the Thompson premium economy flight to Male. Tasty hot food and regular all included drinks. Male is an easy airport to navigate, transferred to seaplane lounge, very comfortable. Yes there was a wait for the seaplane, but that's to be expected. 60 guests were travelling to Vila, obviously we can't all fit in one seaplane!! Some of our luggage arrived on a later seaplane, but again this was well organised and wasn't an issue. The seaplane transfer was breathtaking, amazing views, it's impossible to describe how beautiful the Maldives look from the air.

Everything at Vila is relaxed. There's no pestering selling the spa or excursions. The staff are amazing, they really do deserve their tips!!

The Asian Wok is a hidden gem. Perfect getaway in the afternoon for peace and tranquility. The team are really friendly, reasonably priced food (not inc on AI) and amazing Thai Green Curry!!

We decided to pay extra for the water villa rather than pay for excursions once we were here. We were not disappointed. Snorkelling straight off the steps of the water villa and you are directly on the reef seeing more fish and aquatic life than you can name!

Dinner is relaxed and casual. The food is hot (despite the buffet style,) tasty and not repeated in the two weeks we were here.

We had a perfect candlelit dinner under the moonlight on the beach, the staff are really helpful if you have any special occasions to celebrate.

This really is an amazing slice of paradise. Go and you won't regret it - but you won't want to leave!

Rob&Clare Room 326

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ThohaRasheed, General Manager at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
Dear Rob & Clare,

Sunny greeting from Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa,

Thank you very much for your recent stay with us and for taking the time to share about your wonderful experience at Vilamendhoo.

We are very pleased to read your feedback about our team and the quality of the services that you received.

Seaplane truly is an amazing way to see the beauty of the Maldives from the air.

We will be conveying your message to our team; everyone will be delighted to hear about your experiences. We are looking forward to welcome you back in near future.

Warm regards,
Thoha Rasheed, General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We went back to Vilamendhoo in early October for a second visit to the island. This time, it was our Honeymoon trip.

On our three previous Maledives trips we always chose Emirates and flew from Zurich via Dubai to Male. This time we booked the direct flight from Zurich non-stop with Edelweiss. To be quite honest I'm a big fan of Emirates, but in the future, we will stick with the direct flight of Edelweiss. It shortens the travel time significantly, and the product offered by Edelweiss exceeded our expectations. The service, the meals (4 choices at Dinner, on a 10pm departure!), and the entertainment system is very good and keeps you well entertained throughout the 10 hours flight. The arrival in Malé and transfer to the seaplane terminal went quick and smooth, and within what felt like no time we were on our way to the island.

The check-in at Vilamendhoo was quick and smooth as well, and another short while later we already sat on our sun loungers in front of our water villa. One quick remark: The day of our arrival, almost every arriving couple or family was missing one bag upon arrival at the resort due to weight restrictions on the seaplane. Therefore, it is advisable to do a bit of mixing up when packing, just to make sure nobody has to wait until almost dinner time to get into his/her shorts...

The water villa was simply amazing. We spent our previous stay at Vilamendhoo in a jacuzzi beach villa which we found absolutely great too, however, the difference in size is quite substantial, and the private sun deck from which you have a spectacular view over the sea and into the sunsets is just phenomenal. Also, the possibility of snorkeling off your own door step is simply fantastic. It was the perfect choice for our honeymoon. So, if you're indecisive, don't hesitate and book the water villa, you won't regret it. Our room boy cleaned our villa twice a day and exchanged towels and bed linen regularly. He just did a great job, too.

The food at the Ahima restaurant was praised already in our last report, but yet again the chefs as well as the waiters (Hassan, Jameel, and Fakhira in particular) deserve a big compliment. Unfortunately, we don't know the names of the chefs. The quality and variety of the food on all three meals was outstanding, and the waiters do a great job altogether.

As repeat visitors we were invited to a special cocktail party one evening, hosted by the senior management of the resort. We appreciated that invitation very much and enjoyed the chat with a member of management that was truly interesting.

As last time, snorkeling and diving was great too. A special thank you to the entire dive center staff, I spent three great dives yet again. Despite being fully booked and almost out of rental equipment everything was very well run and went smooth and professional.

We had a great time yet again, and an absolutely unforgettable honeymoon. Thank you to the entire Vilamendhoo- and Eurodivers team. We're looking forward seeing you all again on our next visit!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ThohaRasheed, General Manager at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
Dear Andreas E,

Sunny greeting from Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa,

Thank you very much for your repeated visit and staying at our island for your honeymoon. We are delighted to read your comments regarding our team members and the services. We are glad that we were able to provide you and your partner with the level of service that you expected.

We try our best to get the bags on the same flight as our guest; however there are few unfortunate occasions where some of the bags are delivered at a later time.

We will be conveying the compliments you shared to our team members.

Thank you again for your lovely review, and we look forward to welcome you back in a near future.

With warm regards,
Thoha Rasheed, General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Returned last week from 2 weeks at Vilamendhoo! I had been looking forward to this holiday for 14 months and read many of the reviews before going so had quite high expectations of the Island. We were not disappointed! If anything it was so much better than we were expecting from the friendliness of the staff to the idyllic setting.
We had booked a JBV, i had originally wanted a JWV but it was a bit more than we wanted to pay. However after going i was very happy with our villa, south side of the Island so more windier than the north but certainly needed as the sun was so hot. I like the sun but even I was grateful gor the breeze as it was very hot. A few steps away and we were right on the waters edge. I spent a lot of time with my sunbed half in the water with the waves lapping over me, keeping me cool.
The snorkeling is definetely the best we have done. My husband was blown away by the variety of fish to see and always saw something new every time we went in - we ended up snorkeling every day for about 4-5 hours. However never saw the resident turtle although others did.
Staff are amazing friendly and helpful, please do tip them as there wages are very low and they really desrve it.
Trips were excellent and we saw Manta's, Turtles and dolphins. the whate shark eluded us though!
We are hoping to go back in 2015 so hopefully we will see them then.
Definitely worth visiting this Island!!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ThohaRasheed, General Manager at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, November 23, 2013
Dear Gerry_bean2001,

Warm greetings from Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa,

Thank you very much staying with us for your recent vacation and for taking the time to share about your wonderful experience at Vilamendhoo.

We look forward to welcoming you back again, in our little paradise. Hopefully you can see the resident turtle at the house reef next time.

Warm Regards,
Thoha Rasheed, General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We have only just returned from our perfect 2 weeks of R&R, on Vilamendhoo. I don't know how any other destination is going to live up to it, we had a jacuzzi beach villa (219) perfect, 22 little steps to our sun beds and the ocean. The food was without doubt the best all inclusive we have ever had, be prepared to gain a few pounds as the choice is vast. We were very lucky with the weather, the little rain we did have was during the evening or overnight so didn't stop our sunbathing or snorkelling. Walk around the island both during the day and at night it takes on a different feel under the moonlight.We have been lucky enough to have travelled to some lovely places over the years and up until now Turks & Caicos was our favourite, not anymore. Thats just been eclipsed by Vilamendhoo. Just go you will not regret it, we plan already to return for another holiday.

Room Tip: We had thought about booking a water villa, so glad we didn't, I think for us they were a little...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CCRMaldives, Guest Relations Manager at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, October 27, 2013
Dear Karen S,

Very warm greetings from Maldives!

We are very happy to hear that you would return!

Warm regards
Vilamendhoo Management
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Wow I had an amazing stay with my now fiancé at this beautiful island. My review is based on our stay in a water jacuzzi villa (although all the rooms look good) . Well i'll start with the welcome , cool wet towels and a fresh juice brought straight away after landing in our sea plane , we were also handed a booklet explaining the excursions . Our Thomson rep Lou met us to make sure our previous tour (Sri Lanka ) went well , and invite us to a very detailed briefing. The WJV itself was big and very well appointed , on the first night we had a bottle of champagne (on ice room delivered compliments of the manager ) in our jacuzzi . The room itself was kept spotlessly clean and there is a turn down service in the evening. The bed was large and comfortable, the bathroom modern with an open wall to your jacuzzi deck (private area to sunbathe).The front sun deck was also nicely done with steps into the lagoon.My top tip is to go all inclusive , you get a wide choice included in your mini bar even white and red wine , it will save you a lot of money. Now to the restaurant , amazing service , you have the same waiter throughout your stay , and the food (buffet style) was of a very high standard. The island itself boasts an amazing reef , which I snorkelled on a daily basis . Again thanks to the all inclusive We went out on a kayak for an hour , it was free as was the sunset cruise excursion. As for tipping , no one expects you to carry money around , so it is acceptable to tip at the end of the holiday , it is your decision but the staff work very hard and deserve it, they also treat you well throughout the holiday without you needing to keep tipping (like some places I've stayed in). All in all it is an island paradise made even better by an amazing management staff team , I would recommend this to even my hardest to please friends with confidence and hope to return here.

Room Tip: A water jacuzzi villa is worth every penny.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CCRMaldives, Public Relations Manager at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
Dear DaveyG32,

Sunny greetings from paradise!

Thank your for your kind review! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed a amazing time on Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa and we hope to see you back soon!

Warm regards
Vilamendhoo Management
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Address: South Ari Atoll, 20187
Location: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > Southern Ari Atoll > Vilamendhoo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Vilamendhoo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LOCATION:Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, 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. ACCOMMODATION:184 Rooms include 30 Jacuzzi Water Villas, 30 Jacuzzi Beach Villas, 111 Beach Villas and 13 Garden Rooms. All feature tropical décor, a king size or two twin beds, wood or tile floors, private porch with furniture, air-conditioning, overhead ceiling fan, sitting area, stocked Mini Bar with refrigerator, complimentary tea/coffee, espresso machine, IDD telephone, 32 inch flat screen cable TV, DVD/CD player, high speed broadband Internet connection, personal safe, partially open-air bathroom with double sinks, a rain shower, bath accessories, hair dryer, nightly turndown service, bathrobe, complimentary use of chaise lounges at the pool and beach and beach towels. Electricity is 220VAC, 50HZRESTAURANTSTwo main “sister” restaurants featuring the same “all you can eat” buffet style meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, served in traditional open-air, sand floor, thatch roof dining room with a separate table for each guest room. The Funama Restaurant is for guests in the Garden Rooms and Beach Villas and the Ahima Restaurant is for adults only, guests in the Jacuzzi Beach Villas and Jacuzzi Water VillasAlso, “optional” à la carte restaurants including the over-the-water Asian Wok Restaurant, specializing in Asian cuisine and Teppanyaki; the Hot Rock Restaurant on the Sunset Bar beach, featuring seafood, steak or chicken cooked at your table on “hot rocks”, for adults only; and 3 other “optional” á la carte choices; a Snack Menu at the Bars and Pools; Room Service and a selection of special Dinners served on the Beach! BARSThe Bonthi Bar, on the beach beside the Funama Restaurant, with satellite TV coverage of international sporting events and a Disco; the Boashi Bar beside the Boashi Bar Pool, at the Eastern end of the island;the Sunset Bar beside the Ahima Restaurant for adults only; and the over-the-water Asian Wok Bar at the Eastern end of the island for adults onlyENTERTAINMENT:includes a nighttime program of Maldives Culture & History Presentation, Marine Preservation Slide Show, Bodu Beru Cultural Dance Show, DJ Disco, Divers’ Video, Movies, Crab Races, Live Band, Table Tennis Tournament, a Lending Library where you can take or donate a book and more! ... more   less 
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