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#1 of 1 resort in Velassaru Island
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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.
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Free breakfast
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Infinity pool
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globalgirl14 wrote a review Apr 16
Brentwood, United Kingdom15 contributions34 helpful votes
I have visited this island many times with friends, family and solo. The Velassaru welcome is incredibly special and they will become like family. The staff, from the management team, restaurant staff, beach staff, bar staff, room staff, ice-cream vendor (don’t worry, it’s free and comes to you), porters, reception staff, gardeners, watersports staff and everyone else, are warm, welcoming, smiling and friendly and never walk past you without greeting you. They make it their sole mission to make your stay as wonderful as you imagined it to be. They make a point of getting to know your likes and preferences and deliver everything you ask for and much more, to show true Maldivian kindness and friendship and hospitality. The food is fabulous, but they still go to extra lengths to prepare it the way you like and want you to enjoy it, even making food especially for you, (thank you Wasantha, you are a king and I am now on a strict diet). Rooms are made pristine and decorated with beautiful flowers daily, just because they want to, (thank you Sharm and the garden team), Omary will serve you ice cream twice daily with the biggest smile and happiest greeting, (Omary, you’re special!) Bandana will wait on you at breakfast where all the staff are discreet, professional and amazingly friendly. Thank you Bandana for your company and insights into other cultures, you’re fabulous. The Chill bar staff are always awesome, thanks guys, and especially to Ahmed who regularly checks you have everything you need. The reception staff will attend to any request quickly, quietly and professionally. It is the staff that make this island experience as wonderful as it is. The island is peaceful, with the most wonderful views and you cannot fail to have a good time and make fantastic memories (unless you are a sad, negative person, but then why go?). My biggest thanks go to the Immersion dive centre. The staff there will provide excellent tuition on the PADI dive courses and will guide, support and encourage you to achieve your best. You can develop skills quickly with this type of instruction (don’t mention my compass skills, sore point) and then go on to complete some amazing recreational dives in a very short space of time. I didn’t even dream I could do all this. Joel and Aneel you are an exceptional team and I encourage everyone to go and experience the magic at Immersion.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Dear globalgirl14, What an absolute pleasure it is to read your heartwarming review titled "An experience you will always remember and want more" on TripAdvisor! On behalf of the entire Velassaru Maldives team, I extend our sincerest gratitude for your continued patronage and for taking the time to share your wonderful experiences with us. Your words resonate deeply with us, as it is our utmost priority to ensure that each guest feels not only welcomed but truly embraced as part of our Velassaru family. We are overjoyed to hear that you have chosen to return to our island paradise time and time again, whether with friends, and family or embarking on solo adventures. Your loyalty speaks volumes, and we are honoured to be a part of your cherished memories. Our dedicated team members, from every department you mentioned and beyond, take immense pride in delivering exceptional service with warm smiles and genuine hospitality. It brings us immense joy to know that they have left such a positive impression on you, going above and beyond to tailor each experience to your preferences and ensuring that every moment exceeds your expectations. Your recognition of individuals such as Wasantha, Sharm, Omary, Bandana, and Ahmed, among others, truly warms our hearts. They epitomize the spirit of Maldivian kindness and hospitality that we strive to embody here at Velassaru. Rest assured, your kind words will be shared with them, serving as motivation to continue delivering unparalleled service with unwavering dedication. We are thrilled to hear of your incredible experiences with our Immersion dive centre team, particularly Joel and Aneel. Their passion for diving and dedication to providing exceptional tuition and guidance shine through in your review. We wholeheartedly appreciate your recommendation and encouragement for others to experience the magic of diving with us. Your feedback inspires and motivates us to continually improve and exceed expectations. We are deeply grateful for your support and the opportunity to create unforgettable memories together. We eagerly await the opportunity to welcome you back to Velassaru Maldives for many more unforgettable experiences in the future. Until then, please know that you will always have a special place in our Velassaru family. In the meantime, please stay in touch with us through our Velassaru Maldives Facebook Page and watch for special offers on our website. Feel free to share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging us @velassarumaldives or by using the hashtag #velassarumaldives Sunny regards from the Maldives, Denys Hordiienko General Manager Velassaru Maldives
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Bexsy1970 wrote a review Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom103 contributions68 helpful votes
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We are ten days into a fifteen night holiday at Velassaru, and we are having the most incredible holiday here. We are so lucky to have visited the Maldives previously to this (to five different resorts) and have been fortunate enough to experience much of what the Maldives has to offer. Each resort has been a unique and ultimately fantastic experience, however Velassaru is already our hot contender for favourite. We arrived at Male on 6th October in a terrible downpour, and after a short 20 minute wait at the airport we headed on foot (2 mins walk) to the harbour. The short speedboat crossing was a little bumpy, something we have never experienced before on our arrival in the Maldives. The boat crew were calm, courteous and professional, regularly checking we were ok and zipping/unzipping the window/sides to ensure we stayed dry and comfortable. All very reassuring. It continued to rain as as we arrived at Velassaru 25 minutes later, and resort staff greeted us with umbrellas and took us straight to reception for welcome drinks and cooling scented towels, and after a brief welcome we were escorted to breakfast. The first thing that immediately stuck us was the beautifully appointed restaurant and bar area, cleverly designed to feel modern and luxurious, whilst reflecting all the charm and traditional characteristics of Maldivian culture and architecture. A fine balance, and something they seem to have got very right here. We have visited a number of other resorts where this approach has become confused, and we have previously felt these resorts lacked the essence of the Maldives, too clinical and contemporary. Everywhere you turn here, there are well appointed, comfortable ‘named’ zones to rest, eat, entertain, sleep, and everywhere is immaculate from gym to washrooms, and from beaches to gardens and infinity pool. Fabulous little touches, the paper bags with popcorn at the cinema nights, the ice-cream bicycle that tours the island twice a day with a delicious selection of ice cream (and a very smiley member of staff- thank you Omary!) the fresh fruit sticks at the swimming pool, all make you feel cared for, valued and thought of as individuals. Comfort, for us, is priority. With a strap line of ‘luxury undressed’, we had high expectations about the level of comfort we could expect at Velassaru prior to our arrival. This resort has absolutely nailed it. The sun loungers are all high quality and in a great condition, all have luxurious padded cushions and are plentiful around the island. Every chair we have found (in bars, restaurants and general areas) we have been happy to sit in for hours watching the world pass by. Towels are high quality and plentiful, so no need to carry around with you, and the products used on the island (L’Occitane) are great quality and available in all rooms, including shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, and body lotions. Safety is also clearly a priority, so we are pleased to see that safety is taken very seriously here, rooms fully equipped with life jackets, torches, there are flag systems in place along the beach, maps with recommended snorkelling areas etc. It sounds like the basics, but in our experience not every resort is the same in this regard. I experienced a medical issue here, a week into the holiday, and after reporting it to reception the doctor was located and within ten minutes we were in his immaculate clinic and I was being treated. Super reassuring. (Thank you Doctor Hassan) When we arrived we were upgraded to an incredible room, we had originally booked a Beach Villa with direct beach access, however as we have visited their ‘sister’ island Kurumba, we received the upgrade to Beach Villa with Pool. As repeat visitors we also benefit from a generous discount on food and drinks and also a 30% discount in the private restaurants. The Beach Villa room is stunning, with a large comfortable king size bed, high quality linen, duvets and pillows and our absolute favourite, a huge garden bathroom, with two outdoor showers, (three if you count your outdoor shower next to the private pool) freestanding bath, double basin and private loo. And of course those beautiful L’Occitane products. Then.. THE VIEW!! Just absolutely incredible!! I thoroughly recommend a beach villa or beach pool villa with direct beach access, the view is just breathtaking. That said, we have walked around the island and all of the accommodation here is amazing and just a short moments walk from the beach. You will not be disappointed whichever room, villa or suite you book. Our room boy, Rauf, is super attentive and ensures we have everything we need each day, topping up tea, coffee, milk and water as well as replenishing the towels and leaving our room immaculate after every visit. Ameen, front of house manager at reception is also fantastic, he has been on hand throughout our stay organising and recommending, he os extremely knowledgeable due to his extensive time on the island and is a credit to the resort. Extremely courteous and professional and well organised. I particularly like that the team upsell products and services with keenness, but it’s not pushy nor repetitive, this is something that can really be a problem for us on holiday so it is appreciated that it’s very subtle here. Wherever we have walked on the island, we have found the staff to be courteous and polite, gardeners stop work to smile and say good morning as you pass, managers stop to ask how your day is, and it all seems so genuine and effortless. It also feels (most importantly) unobtrusive and they seem to judge instantly how much interaction you want to have in that moment. Staff here seem to be relaxed and happy whilst also maintaining exceptionally high professional standards. Many staff we have spoken with have been on the island for years, some are even ‘repeaters’, and this speaks volumes for how the resort is managed, of course it’s not just the staff that benefit from this it’s also the guests. Our mealtimes have been greatly enhanced by the resort hospitality team. We have enjoyed the company of Ruchira, Riya, Aiham, Ziyan, Zaideen, Valentina at breakfast and dinner in Vela and Etisian. Ruchira is exceptionally professional, he manages his team seamlessly, and is clearly well respected amongst them. His management and fabulous team has ensured we have everything we need each time we arrive in the restaurant, and because of this every mealtime is a special occasion. The team clearly know how judge guests mood and how much interaction is required, something very appreciated by us. The chefs are all welcoming and friendly, as well as being extremely attentive and they are flexible with menus, a great plus point. We met and chatted with a lovely Norwegian family, who were travelling with a daughter suffering from Celiac Disease, and they were so delighted with the care they received while they were here and the Gluten Free food the chefs prepared each day for their daughter. Riya, Aiham and Ziyan are all very young, but are a real credit to the resort, they seem very keen to learn and always appear to do everything they can to ensure guests are happy and comfortable, welcoming into the restaurant and serving throughout the mealtimes. They are also very funny, and we have thoroughly enjoyed our evening conversations and in particular enjoyed the origami gifts and masterclass!! We are on a Half Board package which includes our food in the Vela Buffet in the morning and evening, which is plentiful and varied. There is a different theme each evening (Italian, Arabic etc) We have also eaten in Etisian, where I had the best tenderloin steak I have ever had. The service was exceptional (thank you Valentina and Zaideen) We plan to eat in the Teppanyaki restaurant and we also have a set dinner with wine tasting booked so plan to leave a further review once the holiday is over regarding our experiences. My husband has also planned four dives, which I will also cover, along with other general points about the island. If you are thinking about a visit to Velassaru, don’t hesitate! We cannot find fault with anything at all on this little piece of paradise called Velassaru and can honestly see ourselves returning again next year!! It’s absolute heaven. Thank you to you all for such a wonderful experience. PS as for the weather, it was forecast to rain every day on the weather forecasts I saw before we left England. We had rain on arrival, and for that full evening, but it has been beautiful every day since. Between 29-31 degrees. We have visited the Maldives off peak 5 times (May x 2, June, Sept, Oct) and once peak (April- too hot for me!!) and only once experienced bad weather longer than a few days. It’s absolutely beautiful off peak as well as on, and even if you have a downpour or two (or even a storm) they are incredible to watch and pass quickly so stop worrying, pack your sunscreen and your case and head to Velassaru!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 17, 2023
Dear Bexsy1970 , First and foremost, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for choosing Velassaru Maldives as your destination for this extraordinary holiday. Thank you for taking the time to share your exceptional experience with us on TripAdvisor. It's truly heartwarming to read about your journey with us, from the moment you arrived in the rain to your continued delight during your stay. Your kind words, insightful observations, and enthusiastic descriptions are greatly appreciated. We are genuinely honoured that Velassaru has become a top contender among the numerous resorts you've visited in the Maldives. Our team works diligently to ensure that each guest receives a warm welcome, and your comments about the arrival experience and our thoughtful staff are a testament to their dedication. We are delighted that you found our resort's blend of modern luxury and traditional Maldivian charm to be perfectly balanced. Creating a unique and immersive environment for our guests is a priority for us, and we are thrilled that we achieved that during your stay. Your appreciation of the small, personalized touches such as cinema nights, ice cream bicycles, and fresh fruit sticks is truly heartening. We aim to create moments of delight and fond memories for our guests, and your words reflect that we succeeded. Comfort is paramount to us, and we are delighted that you found our accommodations to be top-notch. We take pride in providing high-quality amenities and services, and we are pleased that you enjoyed our sun loungers, towels, and L'Occitane products. Your emphasis on safety is well noted, and we appreciate your recognition of the efforts we put into ensuring a secure and enjoyable environment for our guests. We are sincerely grateful for your understanding and positive feedback about the medical assistance you received during your stay. The health and well-being of our guests are of utmost importance to us, and we are delighted that you felt well taken care of. As a token of our appreciation for your loyalty and as repeat visitors, we are pleased that you received an upgrade to a Beach Villa with Pool and special discounts. Your enthusiasm for the room and its stunning views is genuinely heartwarming. Our team members, such as Rauf and Ameen, work diligently to provide a comfortable and seamless experience, and we will be sure to commend them for their excellent service. Your kind words about our team members Ruchira, Riya, Aiham, Ziyan, Zaideen, and Valentina at Vela and Etisian restaurants are truly appreciated. It's wonderful to hear that they made your mealtimes special and memorable. We are proud of our dedicated chefs who go the extra mile to accommodate dietary preferences and restrictions, as well as ensure all guests are happy. Your detailed description of our dining options and planned experiences on the island is very valuable. We look forward to hearing more about your diving experiences and any other aspects of your stay you'd like to share in the future. Your final words, encouraging others to visit Velassaru, warm our hearts and inspire us to continue providing exceptional experiences. We hope to welcome you back soon and have the pleasure of exceeding your expectations once again. Thank you for choosing Velassaru Maldives, and until your next visit, we wish you safe and memorable travels. In the meantime, please stay in touch with us through our Velassaru Maldives Facebook Page and keep an eye out for special offers on our website. Feel free to share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging us @velassarumaldives or by using the hashtag #velassarumaldives Sunny regards from the Maldives, Denys Hordiienko General Manager Velassaru Maldives
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Ashish K wrote a review Apr 14
Dhaka City, Bangladesh1 contribution
Felt like home. That’s says a lot. Great staff. Excellent food. Great house keeping. I hate sand present in my room or bed they made sure it was alway clean. VI is a good deal I encourage everyone to take it. I would come to this property over and over and over again. Thank you Velassaru
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dear ashishk2 , Thank you deeply for your heartwarming review of Velassaru Maldives on TripAdvisor! We're overjoyed to hear that your stay with us felt like a true home away from home in paradise. Your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities, so it brings us immense joy to know that you felt so at ease during your time here. Our team works tirelessly to ensure that every aspect of your stay exceeds expectations, from the warmth of our team members to the excellence of our cuisine. We're delighted to hear that you found our housekeeping service to be exceptional and that they ensured your room was always clean and sand-free. It's wonderful to hear that you took advantage of our Value Indulgence package and found it to be a great deal. We wholeheartedly encourage everyone to experience the delights it offers. Thank you once again for your kind words and recommendation. We can't wait to welcome you back to your island home soon! In the meantime, please stay in touch with us through our Velassaru Maldives Facebook Page and keep an eye out for special offers on our website. Feel free to share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging us @velassarumaldives or by using the hashtag #velassarumaldives Sunny regards from the Maldives, Denys Hordiienko General Manager Velassaru Maldives
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JETHampshire_UK wrote a review Apr 10
Winchester, United Kingdom91 contributions38 helpful votes
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Velassaru is a pristine and lush beautiful island in the Maldives and worthy of the 5 stars. Stepping out from the airport we were whisked away by the staff onto the most amazing yacht to speed across to the island. We booked a beach villa with pool and feel very lucky to be allocated room 216 which was near to the end of the island farthest from the restaurants and reception but close enough to the sunset bar. The only downside of the room was we had to walk about 100 yards to get in the sea! We were on the windier side of the island which suited us as it was very hot. The other side was better for snorkelling and swimming but it was so close to us we had the best of both worlds. The room was amazing, huge bed, daybed, plenty of storage, coffee machine, kettle, tea and mini bar. The bathroom had a garden shower, indoor shower and huge bath. As well as outdoor shower near our pool. We were half board which was perfect for us, it meant we had breakfast and dinner included in Vela restaurant. We had 5 nights booked on the island and found the food to be perfect for that amount of time plenty of choice each meal so we didn’t try any of the other 4 restaurants. We also found we didn’t drink a lot of alcohol as it’s really too hot, but it is expensive, similar to top London hotels for drinks. Special mention to Riya in Vela, one of the restaurant front of house, she was so welcoming and helpful and knew our names and room number by day 2. The island is clean, free of mosquitos and well tended. Our 9th trip to the Maldives and the best island for sure. We vowed never to visit the same island twice so how surprised were we to find we had been there before, in 2008, it was Laguna Beach at that time. We would hardly have known from the transformation! Downsides - there are few, house reef is not reachable from the beach, but despite not being the best for snorkelling my husband did snorkel with a huge turtle on the last day, and was accompanied by a stingray on another, not bad! Yes you can see Male and other islands, but it didn’t bother us at all. It was perfect.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Dear JETHampshire_UK , Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at Velassaru Maldives on TripAdvisor. Your glowing review warms our hearts, and we are delighted to hear that your stay with us was perfect. It brings us immense joy to know that you found our island to be pristine and lush, truly worthy of its 5-star rating. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the seamless transition from the airport to our island paradise aboard our amazing yacht – what a spectacular start to your getaway! We are delighted to hear that you were pleased with your beach villa with pool, particularly its location near the sunset bar and your preferred side of the island. Your detailed description of the room amenities and the island's offerings truly captures the essence of the Velassaru experience. We are especially grateful for your kind words regarding Riya's exceptional service at Vela restaurant. Providing personalized and attentive service is at the heart of what we do, and we will be sure to pass on your compliments to Riya and the rest of our team. It is wonderful to hear that your ninth trip to the Maldives was your best one yet and that Velassaru exceeded your expectations. We take great pride in continuously enhancing our guests' experiences, and your recognition means the world to us. Thank you for highlighting the memorable moments you experienced during your stay, from snorkelling with a majestic turtle to soaking in the breathtaking views of our island paradise. Your feedback about the house reef and other aspects of your stay is invaluable, and we will certainly consider it as we strive to further elevate our offerings. We are truly honoured to have had the opportunity to host you, and we hope to welcome you back to Velassaru Maldives for many more unforgettable experiences in the future. Should you ever decide to return, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly – it would be our pleasure to assist you in planning another magical escape. In the meantime, please stay in touch with us through our Velassaru Maldives Facebook Page and watch for special offers on our website. Feel free to share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging us @velassarumaldives or by using the hashtag #velassarumaldives Sunny regards from the Maldives, Denys Hordiienko General Manager Velassaru Maldives
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Bana K wrote a review Apr 10
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First we are a frequent travelers , we travel at least 3 times year This is the worst 5 star hotel experience we have had This is our 3rd time to Maldives and can easily say ruined our love to Maldives The whole experience so far is terrible The welcome from airport , pickup to arrival to island nothing was special at ALL I am writing a review even before check out as honestly very disappointed, the food is terrible and sooo cheap . The lunch buffet was extremely un tasty and the sweet are hot and soggy from humidity The are not even put in cool/ fridge ice area !!! The dinner is also extremely cheap as if we are in a 3 star hotel in some unknown place . The staff so far are unfriendly I rarely write negative review but this is extremely unpleasant experience in the most beautiful place !!!
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear 896banak , Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are truly disheartened to learn of your disappointment during your stay at Velassaru Maldives. As a team dedicated to delivering exceptional experiences, it deeply concerns us that we fell short of your expectations. We understand the importance of warm welcome and seamless transitions throughout your journey, and we regret to hear that your arrival experience did not reflect the standard of hospitality we strive to uphold. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience you encountered in this regard. Regarding your dining experiences, we are genuinely sorry to hear that the quality of our cuisine did not meet your expectations. Your feedback about the lunch buffet and dessert presentation is invaluable, and we will immediately address these concerns with our culinary team to ensure improvements are made. Our utmost priority is to provide our guests with a dining experience that reflects the elegance and taste befitting of our resort. Furthermore, we are disappointed to hear that you found our staff to be unfriendly. Please rest assured that this does not align with the level of warmth and professionalism that we aim to provide. We will investigate this matter further and take appropriate measures to ensure our team delivers the exceptional service that our guests deserve. We understand the impact your experience has had on your overall perception of the Maldives, and we sincerely hope for the opportunity to restore your faith in this beautiful destination. Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us as it helps us identify areas for improvement, and we would be grateful for the chance to speak with you directly to address any remaining concerns. Please feel free to contact me directly at denys.hordiienko@velassaru.com so that we may further discuss your experience and work towards a resolution. Your satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us, and we remain committed to exceeding your expectations in every way possible. Best regards, General Manager Denys Hordiienko
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Nico G wrote a review Apr 6
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It all starts with a boat ride from the airport. Everything is well organized and the staff is extremely caring. I had an early flight, my room wasn't ready. They gave a me temporary room to freshen up. A few hours later my overwater villa was ready. The rooms are stunning. By any standard, the rooms are large, have all the amenities, beds are comfortable . Very quiet environment. My room (406) had a stunning outdoor area over the lagoon. There is a day bed, lounge chairs are well as a very useful umbrella. The bath experience watching the turquoise lagoon is a must. All body care products are by l'occitane en Provence. I have zero complaint on the room. In my opinion it was nicer that the nice rooms in Bora Bora. The lagoon is fun to snorkel in, there is always something to see. I did the shark snorkeling tour which was an amazing experience. Rare are the places on earth with such an underwater diversity. The spa was nice but nothing to write about. After 4 nights it was time to check out. They had a cancellation so they let me keep my room till 6pm, which was amazing. They really care about their customers experience. Breakfast buffet was a 4/5 In room dining was 3/5 As you might expect , everything tend to be overpriced in the hotel (but not worse than French Polynesia) With so many choices in the Maldives, I think this hotel is a safe bet, it's a short boat ride from male airport. While $800 a night is expensive, I think they bring the value. I wouldn't stay more than 4 nights, while the place is beautiful, there is not much to do. All in I would give them 85/100. And I'm picky
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Dear 60nicog, Thank you for writing a detailed review of your recent stay at Velassaru Maldives on TripAdvisor. We're thrilled you had a wonderful time during your layover in paradise with us. We're happy to hear that your journey with us began smoothly from the moment you embarked on the boat ride from the airport. Our team takes great pride in providing exceptional care and ensuring that every aspect of your stay is well-organized and memorable. Despite the initial hiccup with your room, we're glad that our team was quick to provide you with a temporary room for freshening up and later arranged for your overwater villa. We're also pleased to know that you enjoyed the stunning rooms, spacious layout, comfortable beds, and serene environment, especially the outdoor area overlooking the lagoon from room water villas. Your feedback on the snorkelling experiences and the shark snorkelling tour is greatly appreciated. We're privileged to be situated in a location with diverse underwater life, and it brings us joy to hear that you had an amazing experience exploring the lagoon. We're also grateful for your feedback on our spa, breakfast buffet, and in-room dining services. Your insights help us continuously improve and enhance the overall guest experience. We appreciate that our team went above and beyond to accommodate your needs, including allowing you to keep your room until 6 pm on the day of your departure. Providing flexibility and ensuring our guests' comfort is always our top priority. Thank you for considering Velassaru Maldives a safe bet among the many choices in the Maldives. Your recognition of the value we strive to bring to our guests means a lot to us. We're honoured by your 85/100 rating, especially coming from someone who is discerning in their choices. Your satisfaction is our greatest reward, and we're grateful for the opportunity to have hosted you. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back for another unforgettable experience in the future. In the meantime, please stay in touch with us through our Velassaru Maldives Facebook Page and keep an eye out for special offers on our website. Feel free to share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging us @velassarumaldives or by using the hashtag #velassarumaldives Sunny regards from the Maldives, Denys Hordiienko General Manager Velassaru Maldives
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m888ggg wrote a review Apr 3
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The island is stunning with beautiful beaches. I have a phobia under water but their snorkeling instructor helped me conquer the fear and I had an amazing turtle and shark snorkeling experience. Their service was impeccable from the moment I arrived at the airport, someone greeted me as I got out, explained all about Maldives to us as we waited for the boat. Then every day, everything we needed and asked for was attended to with care, till the moment we left, our luggage and we were seen to until we got to the check in point at the airport. Food options and variety was great, from buffet restaurant to specialty restaurants to private dining experiences.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear m888ggg , Thank you for taking the time to share your heartfelt review of your recent stay at Velassaru Maldives on TripAdvisor. We are delighted to hear that your experience on our stunning island was nothing short of extraordinary. It warms our hearts to know that despite your underwater phobia, our snorkelling instructor was able to help you conquer your fear and facilitate an amazing turtle and shark snorkelling experience. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that every guest feels comfortable and supported, and we are thrilled that we could make your experience memorable in this way. We are also pleased to learn that our service met your expectations from the moment you arrived at the airport. Providing a seamless and welcoming experience for our guests is always our top priority, and we are glad to hear that you felt well taken care of from the moment you set foot in the Maldives. Your kind words about our food options and variety are greatly appreciated. We strive to offer a diverse range of dining experiences to cater to every palate, and we are delighted that you enjoyed the culinary offerings during your stay. Once again, thank you for choosing Velassaru Maldives for your holiday, and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back for another unforgettable experience in the future. In the meantime, please stay in touch with us through our Velassaru Maldives Facebook Page and keep an eye out for special offers on our website. Feel free to share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging us @velassarumaldives or by using the hashtag #velassarumaldives Sunny regards from the Maldives, Denys Hordiienko General Manager Velassaru Maldives
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Nayna P wrote a review Mar 2024
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No words can describe this place. It is paradise. We spent 7 nights here and from the day we arrived till we left, every member of staff made us feel welcome, always with a smile and went out of their way to make our time at Velassaru so memorable. Velssaru is located close to the Male airport, just 25 minutes by speedboat, so we did not waste a lot of time in the transfer. On arrival we were greeted by very friendly management team and check in and transfter to our rooms very efficiently. We chose a water bungalow with swimming pool. It was spacious and comfortable. The views from the room and bathroom were breathtaking and so relaxing. All 5 restaurants serve different cuisine and the variety and quality of food served is incredible. The highlight of our stay was the romantic dining on the beach which was beautifully set with thoughtful menu and choice of wine and drinks. An unforgettable and memorable experience! The staff are amazing and professional. Some of them have been in their jobs for many years and this reflects in the way they treat their guests as they are happy in their job. Thanks to all the staff, to name a few ( apologies for not naming everyone). Wasantha - Executive Sous Chef and his team ( Arnold, Ruchira, Karuppa and Syful) went out of their way to make delicious vegetarian food. Nothing was too much trouble. Fiasal - Food and Beverage Manager. Faruhan who ensured our room was cleaned to the highest standard, always courteous and polite. We can't wait to visit Velassaru again!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear 37naynap , Thank you for taking the time to share your heartfelt feedback following your recent stay at Velassaru Maldives. Reading your review truly warmed our hearts and reaffirmed our commitment to providing exceptional experiences to our guests. We are thrilled to learn that your time with us was nothing short of paradise and that every aspect of your stay exceeded your expectations. It brings us immense joy to know that our team members played a significant role in making your visit unforgettable, from the warm welcome upon arrival to the impeccable service throughout your stay. Your kind words about our location, accommodations, dining options, and the personalized beach dining experience are deeply appreciated. We take great pride in curating memorable moments for our guests, and we are delighted to hear that we succeeded in creating an unforgettable dining experience for you. Your recognition of our dedicated team members, including Chef Wasantha, Chef Arnold, Ruchira, Karuppa, Syful, Fiasal, and Faruhan, means the world to us. We will ensure that your praises are shared with them, as they continuously strive to provide exceptional service and create lasting memories for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back to Velassaru for another unforgettable experience. In the meantime, please stay in touch with us through our Velassaru Maldives Facebook Page and watch for special offers on our website. Feel free to share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging us @velassarumaldives or by using the hashtag #velassarumaldives Sunny regards from the Maldives, Denys Hordiienko General Manager Velassaru Maldives
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Nilam P wrote a review Mar 2024
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We had the most incredible holiday at Velassaru resort in Maldives. Absolutely loved it and this was the best trip ever. Our enchanting experience started on arrival which was managed efficiently with welcoming touches and friendly staff. At the Vale restaurant we were privileged to meet a very profession and friendly head chef Wasantha who made us feel special and use to visit us at breakfast and dinner. Nothing was trouble for Wasantha. As Indian vegetarians, from day one we felt we were given special treatment and delicious special vegetarian breakfast and dinners were prepared for us throughout our stay. The staff at the Vale restaurant (Arnold, Ruchira, Karuppa and Syful) were super efficient, cheerful, friendly and very hospitable. Our lunches at the Turquoise restaurant were made very pleasant by Azumee who was very hospitable and friendly. Our room type - Water villa with pool had a breathtaking view of clear blue water. Our room was cleaned by Faruhan a very polite and friendly person and he did an excellent job to keep our room clean twice a day which made our stay very comfortable. Finally each and every member of staff we came across were very friendly, professional, efficient and took pride in whatever they were doing. Many staff we talked to had been in their jobs for years. Happy well cared staff created a very relaxed and enjoyable stay. On the day we were boarding the the speed boat to leave the Velassaru resort, Members of management team including Wasantha and the General Manager came to bid us farewell at the jetty which made us feel very special. We highly recommend this resort as a dream holiday.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear nilamp2024 , Thank you for sharing such a glowing review of your recent stay at Velassaru Maldives on TripAdvisor. It warms our hearts to hear that your time with us was nothing short of a dream holiday and the best trip ever. From the moment of your arrival, it was our utmost priority to ensure that every aspect of your experience was enchanting and memorable. We are delighted to hear that our team's welcoming touches and friendly demeanour set the perfect tone for your stay, creating lasting memories from the very beginning. It brings us immense joy to know that Chef Wasantha and the team at Vela Restaurant made your dining experiences truly special. Your appreciation for their professionalism, friendliness, and attention to detail is truly heartening. We understand the importance of catering to dietary preferences, and we are thrilled that you enjoyed the specially crafted vegetarian meals throughout your stay. Your compliments for Azumee at Turquoise Restaurant and Faruhan, who ensured the cleanliness and comfort of your water villa with a pool, are greatly appreciated. We will make sure to pass along your kind words to them and the rest of our dedicated team. At Velassaru Maldives, we take pride in our team members who are passionate about providing exceptional service and creating unforgettable moments for our guests. Your recognition of their dedication means the world to us, and we are grateful for your kind words. It was our pleasure to bid you farewell at the jetty on the day of your departure. Your satisfaction is our greatest reward, and we are honoured to have had the opportunity to make your stay truly special. Thank you for recommending Velassaru Maldives as a dream holiday destination. We look forward to welcoming you back for another unforgettable experience soon. In the meantime, please stay in touch with us through our Velassaru Maldives Facebook Page and watch for special offers on our website. Feel free to share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging us @velassarumaldives or by using the hashtag #velassarumaldives Sunny regards from the Maldives, Denys Hordiienko General Manager Velassaru Maldives
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Madeleine H wrote a review Mar 2024
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As one of the small luxury hotels of the world, velassaru impresses with stylish casualness and unforgettable moments on an island vacation. Experiences include snorkelling with nurse sharks, the spa romantically built above the lagoon, the large infinity pool with exotic sunsets and varied culinary offerings with very friendly staff like ninteen year old Alson, who offers perfect service and a heartwarming smile every day!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear 612madeleineh , Warm greetings from Velassaru Maldives! Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with us on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful stay and that Velassaru left such a positive impression on you. At Velassaru, we strive to provide our guests with a perfect blend of stylish casualness and unforgettable moments, and it sounds like we were successful in doing just that during your visit. From snorkelling with nurse sharks to indulging in romantic spa treatments above the lagoon, we're delighted to know that you enjoyed the various experiences our island has to offer. It's heartening to learn that you found our culinary offerings to your liking and that our team members, including Alson, contributed to making your stay truly special. We will be sure to pass on your kind words to him and the rest of our team. Your feedback serves as encouragement for us to continue delivering exceptional service and experiences to all our guests. We are truly grateful for your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back to Velassaru for more unforgettable moments soon. In the meantime, please stay in touch with us through our Velassaru Maldives Facebook Page and keep an eye out for special offers on our website. Feel free to share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging us @velassarumaldives or by using the hashtag #velassarumaldives Sunny regards from the Maldives, Denys Hordiienko General Manager Velassaru Maldives
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Frequently Asked Questions about Velassaru Maldives
What are some of the property amenities at Velassaru Maldives?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Velassaru Maldives?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Velassaru Maldives?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Velassaru Maldives?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hard Rock Cafe Maldives, Kalhu Odi, and Kebab & Kurry Maldives.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Velassaru Maldives?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Velassaru Maldives have airport transportation?
Yes, Velassaru Maldives offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Velassaru Maldives located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.06 miles away from the center of Velassaru Island.
Are any cleaning services offered at Velassaru Maldives?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Velassaru Maldives?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Filipino.
Are there any historical sites close to Velassaru Maldives?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Mulee Aage (6.6 miles).
Does Velassaru Maldives have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.