I reached the resort just as the morning sun settled above the mists, and i was greeted with a tranquil surrounding that made me think I was the only guest in the resort. It’s so serene I can only hear the birds chirping and the gentle waves breaking ashore.
Ranveli Village has beautiful surroundings - lush greeneries and well-maintained paveways. You can walk on your bare feet everywhere you go. Accommodation is duplex style villas - 2 rooms on the ground level, 2 rooms on the 2nd level. Not all parts of the island has sandy beach so you need to request for a room on the beach side to have direct access to the beach. Too bad for me I didn't emphasize it on my reservation, they gave me a room on the 2nd level and opposite side of the beach. And the staff will refer to all their rooms as beach side rooms, so make sure to put emphasis on direct beach access. The room has airconditioning, quite big, bathroom very spacious with hot and cold shower, and a small veranda which in my case has no view coz it's all covered with leaves of trees nearby. Looking down from my veranda I can only see crystal clear waters and a rocky seabed -inaccessible for beachgoers. They clean the room twice daily. Every time I go to my room to get something which i forgot to take to the beach, it's always looking and smelling at its best!
The island is not accessible in its entirety. They have fenced some part for staff accommodation and I guess this part of the island is the rocky part, no white sand on the shoreline. So your access will be limited to what i describe as T path, the vertical path is where the duplex villas are lined, with only one side is the beach, and the horizontal path is where the restaurant lies on one end, the reception bldg on the center, and the bar on the other end. From the bar there is the boardwalk towards the ferry dock. They have a TV room, souvenir shop, billiard hall, and a meeting room also in this horizontal lane.
The staff are very nice and they are good people at heart. I salute them for their dedication to their job, they made me feel at home and safe in my short stay at Ranveli.
My disappointment is only in their foods - no fresh fruits or vegetables. The buffet doesn't include seafoods at all, a big disappointment coz I was expecting for it being in an island. I sample a seafood dish from their ala cart menu, but still it didn't appeal to my appetite. I got more appetite in seeing those fishes alive and swimming with me than sitting in their restaurant hungry.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Under the clear azure skies and beneath the indigo hued ocean RANVELI/Maldives is a haven to rejuvenate your spirit – a safe harbor where dreams become real and romance is reborn. A place where unique moments of pure pleasure can be enjoyed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ranveli Village Hotel South Ari Atoll