Re-opening of this resort was delayed by 3 days as it wasn't ready on time. We were put up at Meeru for one night. I negotiated a refund for one night's accommodation as a consequence and we were offered a free a la carte dinner and champagne and 2 massages. Didn't quite make up for the disappointment of effectively losing a day's holiday, but it was better than nothing.
Even tho it opened late, it still had lots of work left to do. My guess is that it won't be properly finished for another month. Numerous faults reported by guests didnt help people relax at all and the staff were not exactly competent at 1. apologising, 2. sorting problems, 3. relaying details of any compensation to those affected by the delayed opening. Understandably, if you've paid $5,000+ for a week's stay over Xmas (excl flights) you've every right to feel peeved if everything is not perfect !
Don't quite understand the previous reviewer who seemed to imply that they had to stay elsewhere for their entire stay. A 2 nights stay at Meeru was all that would have been necessary before flying on to Veli on 23rd (as 59 of us did).
And no need to feel sorry for those that arrived after 23rd, we had a great time, despite the problems!
The improvements to this resort have made it a good quality 4* resort. When all the glitches are ironed out it'll be a great place to stay.
Personally I would rather have stayed in one of the few beach villas on the island. As expected, I found the noise from the waves under the water villa disturbed my sleep (even with ear plugs in!). Unfortunately these were fully booked by August 2007.
Refer to the Veligandu website forum for full details and pics from those that have stayed there since the refurbishments.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Veligandu Island Resort, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only resort on the island of Veligandu, in North Ari Atoll. Transfers are by seaplane, a scenic 15 minute ride from/to the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. 81 Rooms, including 54 Jacuzzi Water Villas, 10 Water Villas and 10 Jacuzzi Beach Villas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Veligandu Island Hotel North Ari Atoll
- Veligandu Island Resort
- Hotel Veligandu Island
- Veligandu Resort