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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 High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Canoeing
Airport transportation
Business Center with Internet Access
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Yoga classes
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Fitness classes
Sauna
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Diving
Snorkeling
Tennis court
Water sport equipment rentals
Windsurfing
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Massage
Salon
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Butler service
First aid kit
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Room service
Safe
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Refrigerator
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Filipino
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39 Orchid Magu, 20-02
Velassaru Maldives
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Velassaru Maldives is highly regarded for its spacious, immaculate rooms complete with modern amenities, where comfort meets luxury. While the prices are on the higher side, many guests see the value in opting for all-inclusive packages. The hotel's amenities, including varied dining options, a luxurious spa, and numerous activities, are often praised, though the water pricing sometimes raises eyebrows. The service at Velassaru is consistently celebrated for its professionalism and warmth. Nestled in a stunning location with easy airport access, the hotel's tranquil atmosphere and pristine beaches leave a lasting impression on its visitors.
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Tranquil
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SG1-111111 wrote a review Today
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom121 contributions
A wonderful experience in a beautiful location. Travelled there a couple of weeks ago on a special 25th Wedding Anniversary. The staff were truly 'outstanding'. They were extremely professional and friendly and ensured you were looked after to the highest standard.. The catering was exceptional, led by Ex Sous Chef Wasantha. A special thank you to him for his wonderful dishes. Evening dining was mouth watering, such a choice of freshly prepared food, wonderful experiences. How could we forget the sushi chef Arnold & his team. Their food was truly gorgeous. It is extremely difficult to name every member of staff, as they are all deserving. But to name just a few: From Maria in Reception to Marg managing resort. To Cleaning and Gardening staff all playing their part And of course to some of our favourite staff in the various Restaurants to include Riya; Vinod; Imran; Salam; and anyone else who looked after us. We thank you for your warm hospitality. Diane & Sean
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Bexsy1970 wrote a review Oct 2023
London, United Kingdom103 contributions
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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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debbyandraytravel wrote a review Feb 2024
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Imagine everything you ever dreamed of and more! This is it. I cannot give enough praise to this AMAZING paradise resort. My husband and I spent 8 days here then went to another resort close by (which was wonderful too) but came back to the Velassaru for 9 more days to complete out our fabulous vacation. This was definitely our favorite! Its laid back but at the same time has so much to offer. The staff is what truly makes this such a fantastic experience. You will feel like royalty. Always friendly smiles and how can we help you? and how is your day? From start to finish its a 10 star rating. Our boat ride to the resort was about 25 minutes, air conditioned and very nice and comfortable. Upon arrival at the resort we were greeted with such warmth and kindness. The rooms are spacious, clean and very comfortable and my favorite...the outdoor private bathroom. The breakfast buffet was decadent with so many food options to fill everyones food needs. There were so many extra little things they offer which makes this so very special. An ice cream truck goes around the island 2 times a day. They offer movie nights on the sand or under the stars, an early one for kids and a later one for adults with popcorn. One night was live music, another night a DJ, another night a beach party with lights and music. One evening they offered a "meet and greet" the management with drinks, food and live music which was fantastic. They really go out of their way to make it all so special. Its these little things that really add to the experience. There are wonderful beachy swim areas all around the island as well as a large beach front infinity salt pool that sparkles at night, it is truly amazing to see! There are 2 bars and 5 restaurants and all equally decadent, you will not be disappointed by the food here. One of the restaurants is Teppanyaki and is out over the water. The food is fabulous and Chef Arnold gives quite the fantastic show. He is so talented and entertaining. As I mentioned before its the friendly staff that makes this so special. They all deserve great praise and recognition for their kindness, sweet smiles and loving warm hearts. Salam, Shafan, Samoon, Safwan, Jahawa, Riva, Gopal, Maain, Naail, Moosa, Ramesh, Jebin, Shafiu, Saba, Bandana and Lahiru and the General manager Denys. These are a few of the names I got written down and there as so many more (my apologies) that I didn't get to name. You all made this a vacation we will never forget. We do plan to return next year with hopes to see you all again!! Thank you💝
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 2 days ago
Dear debbyandraytravel , Thank you so much for taking the time to share your incredible experience at Velassaru Maldives on TripAdvisor. Your glowing review warms our hearts, and we are thrilled to know that your stay with us was everything you dreamed of and more. We are genuinely touched by your kind words regarding our resort and are delighted that Velassaru became the highlight of your dream vacation in paradise. It was truly heartening to read about your positive experiences, from the warm greetings upon arrival to the comfortable and spacious rooms, and the unique outdoor private bathrooms. Your detailed account of the various activities and special offerings, such as the beach parties, movie nights, and Teppanyaki dining experience, paints a vivid picture of the wonderful memories you created during your stay. We are especially pleased to hear that our attentive staff contributed to making your vacation truly exceptional. We would like to express our deepest gratitude for recognizing the efforts of our dedicated team members. Your commendations for Salam, Shafan, Samoon, Safwan, Jahawa, Riva, Gopal, Maain, Naail, Moosa, Ramesh, Jebin, Shafiu, Saba, Bandana, and Lahiru, as well as myself, mean a great deal to us. They are indeed the heartbeat of Velassaru, embodying our commitment to providing genuine hospitality and creating memorable experiences for our guests. Your plans to return next year are the greatest testament to the lasting impression our resort and team have made on you. We eagerly await the opportunity to welcome you back and create more unforgettable moments together. Once again, thank you for choosing Velassaru Maldives, and for sharing your heartfelt feedback. Your satisfaction is our greatest reward, and we look forward to exceeding your expectations on your future visits. 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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Hannah H wrote a review Feb 2024
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We visited Velassaru on our honeymoon and we couldn’t have picked a more perfect destination. The island is beautiful and well cared for by a team of groundsmen, the rooms were spacious and well kept and the service was incredible. We split our stay between the deluxe bungalow and water bungalow with pool and both were nice. We loved eating at Sand and Teppanyaki (Azumee at Sand was very attentive) and the staff at the Chill bar and Fen bar were great - special mentions to Akash, Gopal, Ahmed, Joshi, Zian, Vignesh and Omary. The breakfast at Vela was good, there was an excellent choice and selection from pastries to waffles and the fresh fruit juices were delicious. Riya and Bandana were always very welcoming. We really loved the Spa - it was pricey but we had some of the best treatments we’ve ever had so it was well worth the cost. The pool area at the back of the spa is stunning. The proximity to the airport was a plus for us and it was great to get off an 11 hour flight and be at the island within 25 minutes. The only possible downside to this is that there isn’t the same house reef as you can probably get at other islands. You can see islands in the distance but this really didn’t bother us. After the first hour of being at Velassaru we knew we would be very sad to leave, and we can’t wait to come back at some point in the future.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Dear hannahhF1281PM , Thank you for choosing Velassaru Maldives for such a special occasion, your honeymoon! We are thrilled to hear that you had a perfect stay and that our island, rooms, and service contributed to such wonderful memories. Our dedicated team of groundsmen takes pride in maintaining the beauty of the island, ensuring a picturesque environment for our guests. It warms our hearts to know that you found the rooms spacious, and well-kept and that our service exceeded your expectations. It's fantastic to hear that you enjoyed the culinary experiences at Sand and Teppanyaki, and we appreciate your special mentions to Azumee at Sand and the staff at Chill Bar and Fen Bar. We will make sure to pass on your compliments to Akash, Gopal, Ahmed, Joshi, Zian, Vignesh, and Omary. It's always our goal to provide a diverse and delicious breakfast at Vela, and we are delighted that Riya and Bandana made your mornings welcoming. We are especially pleased that you indulged in the Spa and found the treatments to be some of the best you've ever had. Our team takes great pride in delivering exceptional spa experiences, and we're glad it was well worth the cost for you. The stunning pool area at the back of the spa adds to the overall tranquil ambience. We understand the importance of convenience, and we're glad our proximity to the airport was a positive aspect for you. While we may not have the same house reef as some other islands, we are thrilled that it did not detract from your overall experience. Knowing that you were sad to leave but look forward to returning in the future is the highest compliment we could receive. Whenever you're ready to create more memories, we'll be here to welcome you back to Velassaru Maldives. Thank you once again for your kind words and for choosing us for your honeymoon. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness together! 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 Sunny regards, Denys Hordiienko General Manager Velassaru Maldives
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Lisbethr wrote a review Feb 2024
Manchester England45 contributions
It was our first time to this island and we really enjoyed the laid back vibe. Accommodation was excellent and our room housekeeper was brilliant after seeing we liked tea and coffee provided extra milk etc. There was a great choice of food both in the international buffet (the curries were amazing) we also had meals in Sand and the Teppanyaki which were excellent. Lunch was mainly taken at the chill bar which was very near to our room, the tapas food was enough for our lunches and a cocktail as the sun went down was brilliant. The staff were all fantastic they could not do enough for you, special thanks to Omary, John, Faiz, Riya and Shafan for their excellent service. We will be returning to this wonderful place.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear Lisbethr , Thank you for sharing your fantastic experience at Velassaru Maldives on TripAdvisor. We are delighted to hear that your first visit to our island exceeded your expectations and left you with wonderful memories. It's fantastic to learn that you embraced the laid-back vibe of our island, finding the accommodation to be excellent. We're thrilled to hear that our attentive housekeeping team, especially your room housekeeper, added special touches to enhance your stay, catering to your preferences for tea and coffee. Your appreciation for the diverse culinary offerings at Velassaru is truly gratifying. We're delighted that you enjoyed the international buffet, with a special mention of the amazing curries. It's also wonderful to hear that your dining experiences at Sand and Teppanyaki were excellent. Lunch at the Chill Bar, with its tapas and refreshing cocktails, sounds like the perfect laid-back moment, and we're pleased it added to the enjoyment of your stay. A heartfelt thank you for acknowledging the fantastic service provided by our dedicated team members. We will certainly pass on your special thanks to Omary, John, Faiz, Riya, and Shafan for their exceptional efforts. Knowing that they made a positive impact on your experience is truly rewarding. We are honoured to have been a part of your first visit, and we are already looking forward to welcoming you back to our wonderful island. Until then, we wish you many more laid-back and unforgettable moments in your future travels. 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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Georgie C wrote a review Feb 2024
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We have recently returned from a fourteen night stay at Velassaru to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary. It was our first trip to The Maldives and surpassed our expectations. Upon arrival at Male and after clearing Immigration we were met by two representatives of the hotel who escorted us to the quayside. Both were very pleasant and gave us a very warm welcome. We boarded our speedboat on which we were the only passengers for the 20-25 minute ride to the resort. We received a detailed safety briefing and were given scented cool towels and bottled water. Approx. 5-10 minutes out of the resort the boat captain pointed out a pod of dolphins. There must have been between 30 and 40 dolphins around the boat. He kindly slowed the boat down and circled a couple of times so that we could make the most of the experience as the dolphins followed the boat. It was a truly exceptional experience made all the better by the consideration of the crew of the boat. We would have loved to mention the boat crew by name but neglected to ask. We arrived at the Velassaru jetty to be met by members of the management and reception team and were escorted to Reception for more fresh towels and drinks. Although we arrived mid morning our room was ready for us straight away. We had chosen to stay in a Beach Villa with Pool and we were not disappointed. Unlike some holidays where you find yourself having to choose between the pool or the beach, this offers the best of both. Our room was cleaned twice daily by Sharif whose service we could not fault. He kept the room in immaculate condition. The term cleaning does him a dis-service as he went above and beyond this creating some wonderful decorations with flowers and towels in our bedroom. On the last full day of our stay, Sharif also prepared us a lovely bath beautifully decorated with fresh flowers. We must also mention Visaal who cleaned the pool at our villa daily to an extremely high standard and he was always courteous and chatty. Velassaru offers a number of restaurants. As it was our first night we had not made a reservation so we ate in Vela which offers a buffet. The selection on offer was extensive and great quality. Vela is also the venue for breakfast and it was there that we met Ruchira, the manager of Vela, and Ria, the host, who were both always most welcoming and helpful. The Vela buffets cater for a wide range of different cuisines and we were never short of choice from the fresh fruit and fruit juices to the egg/omelette stations as well as fresh crepes/pancakes/waffles. Gluten free options for the pancakes and waffles were also available. Lehru’s omelettes were always a work of art. All of the Vela staff were very polite and attentive and we could not fault the service. It feels unfair to mention some staff and not others but Bandana, Moussa and Shan were all excellent. We received great service from Chris who made sure that we had whatever restaurant reservations we needed and worked with his colleagues to reserve us some great tables. We were on the Velassaru Indulgence inclusive package which provided access to all of the restaurants. We visited all of the restaurants – Etesian, Sand, Turquoise and Teppanyaki – and found the food in each of them to be excellent. They all offer different cuisines but what they have in common is consistent quality of ingredients and all perfectly cooked, seasoned and presented. We had the privilege to meet Executive Chef Wasantha who clearly has built an excellent team and set them very high standards against which we found that they always delivered. Nothing was too much trouble. I like my steak cooked well done and having requested this, the chef in Etesian came out before the meal to check my requirements and then came to the table again while we were eating to check that everything was satisfactory. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble. They truly go above and beyond to ensure that everyone is catered for. There are two main bars at Velassaru, Fen Bar and the Chill Bar. Its fair to say that we frequented both over the course of our fourteen night stay. The Chill Bar is located close to the villa that we stayed in which was really convenient. The Chill Bar was popular at sunset time, providing great views and also offers a Tapas menu, normally all prepared by Lehru. The bartenders at The Chill Bar (Omary and Vignesh) provided great service throughout our stay as did Moussa and Ayaiz. Special mention must be made of the Bloody Mary cocktails there. We appreciate the skills of great bartenders and would often ask them for their own signature cocktails. We particularly recommend Omary’s Hakuna Matata and also Aakash’s Nepalese Martini in The Fen Bar and not to forget Savio’s Mystery Shot which was divine. We would visit the Fen Bar for pre-dinner drinks and after dinner and the guys there all made our time very special so special thanks to Savio, Aakash, and Josi behind the bar. They are all real perfectionists! Gopal and Zhian were also always on hand, as well as plenty of their colleagues, to ensure that we had everything that we needed. The island itself is paradise – the clear water, the sand and the snorkelling. You can walk around the island in about 25 minutes. The grounds were all kept in immaculate order which is down to the dedication and professionalism of the maintenance staff. Every member of staff, from the bar and restaurant staff, the accommodation staff, and the grounds maintenance teams that we encountered clearly all took pride in their work whatever their role. They were highly professional, friendly, polite and always smiling. We also used the Spa which was excellent. My husband had his first ever massage (Balinese) from Pamela, after which he looked the most relaxed that I had ever seen him! I also went to the Spa for the Shamanic drumming with Consuela which was a great experience and truly relaxing. The Spa staff that we met were both very friendly and professional. We also went on a Dolphin Cruise and, although we didn’t manage to see any dolphins on this particular trip, the captain and his crew went and above and beyond to make the most of the experience and they were all polite and chatty and we still enjoyed the trip. We have stayed at many 5 star hotels but this has been by far the best so far. Thank you to Dennis and his dedicated team for a wonderful experience. We certainly plan to return and would recommend Velassaru to anyone considering visiting The Maldives.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 6 days ago
Dear 495georgiec , Thank you for taking the time to share such an extensive and heartwarming review of your recent fourteen-night stay to celebrate your Silver Wedding Anniversary. It was truly a joy to read about your exceptional experience on our island, and we are honoured to have played a part in making your special occasion memorable. The detailed account of your arrival, from the warm welcome at Male to the remarkable encounter with dolphins on the speedboat, was a delight to envision. We are thrilled that your Beach Villa with Pool exceeded expectations, and that the meticulous efforts of our team members, particularly Sharif and Visaal, contributed to the immaculate condition of your room and pool. We are touched by your kind words regarding the dining experiences at our various restaurants, and your commendation of Chef Wasantha and the entire culinary team. It is heartening to hear that our team, from Ruchira and Ria at Vela to Chris assisting with reservations, provided a level of service that stood out during your stay. Your exploration of the bars, from the Chill Bar with its spectacular sunset views to the Fen Bar, and the special mentions of our skilled bartenders, truly adds to the vivid picture of your time with us. We appreciate your recognition of the island's natural beauty, the dedication of our maintenance team, and the professionalism and friendliness displayed by every team member across various roles. We are delighted to know that the Velassaru Indulgence package enhanced your dining experience, and your recommendations for signature cocktails add a personalized touch to your review. Your positive comments about the Spa, Dolphin Cruise, and the dedication of our team members such as Pamela and Consuela are deeply appreciated. Thank you for acknowledging the collective efforts of our dedicated team, and for considering Velassaru Maldives the best 5-star resort you've experienced so far. The entire team and I feel honoured to have exceeded your expectations. It would be a pleasure to welcome you back for another wonderful experience, and we sincerely appreciate your recommendation of Velassaru Maldives to others considering a visit to the Maldives. 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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sanjasanja66 wrote a review Feb 2024
Ljubljana, Slovenia1 contribution
I love this island and staff on it. Specially chef W.D. He is super nice and he take care for every detail that we need. The deluxe villa was perfect. I like the bathroom. The housekeeping staff was really good. Everything was very clean and smell very nice.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled with family
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Dear sanjasanja66, Greetings from Velassaru Maldives! Your TripAdvisor review has cast a magical spell on our team, and we are overjoyed to receive your kind words about your experience on our island. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We are thrilled to learn about your love for Velassaru and our dedicated staff. Chef Wasantha will be delighted to hear that his efforts in ensuring a delightful culinary experience have left a lasting impression. Your appreciation for his attention to detail is truly heartening. It warms our hearts to hear that your Deluxe Villa, with its perfect setting, and the bathroom, in particular, contributed to the enchantment of your stay. Our housekeeping team, committed to maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness, will be pleased to know their efforts were recognized. We are grateful for your kind words and the honour of being a part of your unforgettable moments. Thank you once again for choosing Velassaru Maldives. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back for another magical and perfect 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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Jet443358 wrote a review Feb 2024
Borehamwood, United Kingdom3 contributions
This is our first time in Maldives and we are already looking forward to go back again as we thoroughly loved our stay at Velassaru Maldives. The Water Villa we stayed in was very clean (and kept that way thanks to Umeen the Room boy) and had breathtaking views of the ocean - it was a joy to wake up to every morning. There were five restaurants in the island each catering different types of food and we managed to sample all but one and although pricey they didn't disappoint. Considering the variety, I would highly recommend the buffet option at Vela as it is great value for money. Executive Chef Wasantha made a point of chatting to each and every guest at meal times to make sure their expectations are being met and it was a great extension of the amazing hospitality we received at Velassaru. If you are considering a trip to Maldives, do your self a favour and shortlist Velassaru - you will not be disappointed.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: If you fancy Teppanyaki (Japanese) or Sands (grilled) restaurants, book your tables in advance.
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Dear Jet443358 , Thank you for sharing your delightful experience with us on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled to learn that your first visit to the Maldives was such a memorable one, and we sincerely appreciate your heartwarming review. It brings us immense joy to know that you thoroughly loved your stay in the Water Villa, especially, with the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Umeen, our Room Boy, will be delighted to hear that his efforts contributed to keeping your villa pristine and enjoyable. Your kind words about our diverse culinary offerings at the island's five restaurants, and the recommendation of the buffet option at Vela, are truly appreciated. Executive Chef Wasantha is committed to ensuring that every guest's dining experience exceeds expectations, and we are pleased that you felt the extension of our warm hospitality through his personal touch. We are honoured to be shortlisted as a destination not to be missed when considering a trip to the Maldives. Your recommendation means the world to us, and we look forward to the privilege of welcoming you back for another amazing escape. If there's anything specific you'd like to explore or share during your next visit, please feel free to reach out. Until then, thank you once again for choosing Velassaru Maldives, and we can't wait to create more cherished memories with you 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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deblisious wrote a review Feb 2024
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We’ve just returned from a 6 night stay at Velasarru, it was absolutely faultless, a stunning island, just 20 mins by boat from Male. We stayed in a water villa, they are well appointed and spacious as you’d expect, the food and drinks are of a very high standard, we were all inclusive and were really happy we chose that board option. The buffet and Al a carte restaurants were all fantastic. We went to the chill bar to watch the sunset each evening which was stunning, with top quality cocktails served by Jon. Then a lovely walk back up the beach to the Waterville to get ready for your evening meal. It doesn’t get much better. The stand out thing for us was the staff, all were fantastic, they really made the effort to ensure you have an amazing experience. Jon and Omary at the chill bar and Riya at Vela really made our stay special. Thank you Velasarru, we will return.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear deblisious , Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled to read about your truly amazing stay with us, and your kind words have truly made our day! It brings immense joy to hear that every aspect of your 6-night stay was faultless and that you found our island to be stunning. We are delighted that our water villa, with its spacious and well-appointed features, met your expectations. Your appreciation for the high standard of food and drinks, especially with the all-inclusive board option, warms our hearts. Watching the sunset at the Chill Bar and enjoying top-quality cocktails crafted by Jon sounds like the perfect way to unwind, and we are glad you found it to be a memorable experience. The recognition of our team's efforts, with special mentions to Jon, Omary at the Chill Bar, and Riya at Vela, is truly appreciated. We are fortunate to have such dedicated and welcoming team members who go above and beyond to create unforgettable moments for our guests. Your commitment to return is the highest compliment we could receive, and we eagerly anticipate the pleasure of welcoming you back to Velassaru Maldives. Once again, thank you for choosing Velassaru Maldives. We look forward to creating more cherished memories with you 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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Tom G wrote a review Feb 2024
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We have just returned from spending eight fabulous days on the island. From when the boat arrived at the jetty, the staff looked after our every wish. From Riya who welcomed us to the restaurant to the executive chef Wasantha nothing was too much trouble. Our room was on the beach but very private and had beautiful views over the turquoise sea. The staff were friendly and we can’t wait to return.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: For people who love to chill
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Dear tomgF8827TN , On behalf of the entire team at Velassaru Maldives, I wanted to express our deepest gratitude for sharing such a heartwarming review of your recent stay with us. It brings us immense joy to learn that your eight days on the island were nothing short of fabulous. We truly value your kind words about our dedicated team members, especially Riya and Executive Chef Wasantha. It's our constant endeavour to ensure that our guests feel welcomed and attended to with the utmost care, and we are delighted to know that we could make your experience memorable. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the privacy and breathtaking views from your beachfront room. Creating a serene and picturesque atmosphere for our guests is one of our top priorities, and it's wonderful to know that we succeeded in providing you with a tranquil setting to unwind. Your compliments about the friendliness of our team have warmed our hearts, and we can't wait to welcome you back to Velassaru Maldives. Your kind words serve as motivation for us to continue delivering exceptional service. Once again, thank you for choosing Velassaru Maldives, and we look forward to the pleasure of hosting you again 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
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PRICE RANGE
$361 - $921 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
MaldivesKaafu AtollSouth Male AtollVelassaru Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
129
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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.