When you decide to go to Maldives, especially for the first time, you need to consider many aspects but one thing is for sure, prepare to shock your credit card. No matter what you do you can't go cheap. This is the reality but out of 125 island resorts they have you need to choose the one that perfectly fits your expectations and budget.
I can compare the experience with the one buying a DSLR camera. Velassaru is like top of the entry level DSLR camera: good price, gives you the bliss experience and makes you want more later.
Medium size island (15 mins walk), accessible via speed boat from the airport (20 mins).
It offers deluxe bungalows - which I recommend as the best deal, beach villas and water villas.
5 restaurants, 2 bars, beautiful infinity pool, diving center and water sports centre. Ah, and a library, gym and tennis court.
The resorts accepts all ages. There were only 6 kids on the island during our stay but the manager told me that they had 40 at one point.
> The resort is in very good shape, staff is nice and helpful. They are very organized and in time. The front desk manager, Mohammed, was very understanding and granted late checkout as our flight was scheduled in the evening. My friend went to a different hotel in the same time and they asked him 200 USD for 3 extra hours.
> Beautiful beach with cristal clear water and a decent coral reef - colourful fish, smal sharks, sting rays.
> Rooms, actually bungalows/villas, are very spacious, clean, nice design. They offer all you need: very comfortable beds, good air conditioning, 2 TVs with the best tv channels selection I have seen in a hotel and an amazing bathroom which is OPEN. Yes, you get into the bathroom and half is inside, half is outside. Basically the outside part is a shower in a nice little garden.
> Food is good and you have a good variety of options including different kind of fish. I recommend the Japanese restaurant as it is on water and you can feed the sharks from above.
> For those who forgot to pack essential beach items will be amazed to find out that the hotel offers in every room for free 2 pairs of flip flops, beach bag, 2 beach towels, 2 big umbrellas and for a charge an underwater camera. Ah, not to forget. At the diving center called Immersion they offer you FREE snorkelling equipment for the entire stay. Thumbs up!
> You get the exotic tropical island experience given the amazing vegetation + a few non aquatic animals such as lizards, a species of chicken (no idea what that is), huge fruit bats (harmless), a pelican (I guess) and the cute geckos.
> The pool is an infinity pool that replicates a beach with pristine water. It offers about 20 extremely comfortable pool beds.
> Activities are plenty. You can snorkel, dive, go fishing, kayak, boat trip, see the dolphins.
> The north part of the island has a sort of unpleasant view towards Male and a garbage island which sometimes sends out smoke when processing the garbage. This is something mentioned by most of the people in their reviews and sadly the hotel can't do much about it. We did not find it that disturbing. The main places where you stay at the beach or pool do not face that side.
> They only offer buffet for dinner. Other hotels offer buffet for both launch and dinner. Guest's choice. At Velassaru you can only opt for dinner. First of all not to many people eat that much in the evening, not to mention that it comes with a very steep price, 100 USD (tax included) and there is zero drinks included.
> Water sports are expensive and sometimes prices make no sense. For example, 15 mins of parasailing - 90 USD while a plane trip to see the islands from the above costs 110 USD. Where is the logic?
> The beaches and the pool come with pool chairs and umbrellas. Actually the pool features pool bed. The annoying part is that the umbrellas are fixed. You can't move them or they cannot be adjusted. If you want shade you will be always be stressed by the move of the sun. You have shade in the morning and then sun after noon. Very annoying. The management should take action and replace the umbrellas with adjustable ones. Also, assign someone on the beach to help with the umbrellas.
> Although the managements is putting a lot of effort to combat mosquitos you can still experience them sometimes. This is nature, you can't win. So, be wise and bring anti mosquitos cream/spray.
In a nut shell (or coconut shell :) ) I highly recommend this resort. I believe it offers a great Maldives experience at an affordable price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Undressed. Gentle sands leading you to the water's edge. Soothing vistas across the spectacular turquoise lagoon at sunset. Minimalist contemporary chic meets comfortable natural elegance in your own private hideaway. Five dining venues, each providing a taste of the exotic. Two innovative bars, the ultimate chill-out. Experiences that immerse you in local culture, underwater explorations that introduce you to our tropical marine world. Days and nights of simple indulgence. Step into the unknown. Welcome to Velassaru. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Velassaru Maldives Hotel South Male Atoll
- Velassaru Maldives Laguna Beach Male
- Velassaru Maldives Laguna Beach Hotel