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Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hembadhu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the beach villa #219 for 2 nights and loved it. Only thing is we found the 'private beach' which we had direct access fr our room to be a tad messy or unkempt. Maybe they going with the nature theme thus there were many outgrown vegetation and trees. Before I came here, I envisioned the beach villa to have cleaner and less 'messy' backyard leading to the beach and sea, just the white sand hammock and beach loungers. Room was spacious and longish. We had the outdoor shower too which we tried once only. The toilet was great sized ad mostly clean EXCEPT they have blackish mold on the silicone between floor and room divider, which was disgusting to be honest. We tried washing it away with water nozzle but it didn't budge so it was kinda gross.

We had another 3 nights at the water villa #123, which was splendid and way better than the beach villa hands down. Room was spacious. Toilet and bathtub which fits 2 person confirtable was gorgeous as it opens up to the outdoor verandah facing the sea. ONLY that they too have mold on the wooden widow panels just beside the bathtub. So if I wasn't careful when I slide my hands on the side of the bathtub I will scrape a bunch of blackish mold and get it stuck in my fingernails.

Water was crystal clear. From the water villa we could take a plunge into the sea fr snorkeling etc. fishes and other marine life were plenty.


food was OUT OF THIS WORLD. We never got tired of the meals offered on ala carte basis. we bought an all inclusive package to save us the headache of counting dollars and cents. We had free flow from 730am-12am which was well worth the package.

Each room will be provided with 2 green apples on a pretty wooden board with natural grains showing. Just so detailed. Sparking and still water was provided. Toiletries were great smelling.

5pm is stung ray feeding time. It was such an experience to be able to feed and stroke large large stingray whose so gentle and shy.

Food is fantastic. Service is unmatched. Tank you for making this such a wonderful trip with memories to last a lifetime.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Vivanta C, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2013

Dear Guest,

My team and I are delighted to receive your review of your wonderful stay with us recently. Thank you for your encouraging feedback and compliments of the resort.

It is very rewarding for the team to realize that their warm, professional and anticipatory service very much contributed towards your stay experience. Indeed, it is the Taj way to ensure that all our guests receive the genuine warmth and hospitality that they deserve.

It will be our pleasure to extend the wonderful Taj hospitality to you again, should you plan another holiday with us in the future.

Warm Regards,
Vishal

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We came with big expectation in Maldives but Vivanta even exceed them.
We arrived at 10am and we immediately received a room to stay in temporary, until our room was ready. The staff was friendly, everything with a smile.
We stayed in the beach villa which was large, bright, modern furnished and we especially enjoyed the iPod docking station with home theatre system. On the beach in front of the room, we felt like on our own paradise island.
The fact that the island is quite small with less than 70 rooms contributes to the relaxing atmosphere on the beach and especially in the 2 restaurants.
The rooms were cleaned up 2 times per day with a lot of care for details and we really appreciated the work done by the housekeeper.
Perfect 7 days in Maldives.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank cata4
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Vivanta C, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2013

Dear Cata$,

My team and I are delighted to receive your review of your wonderful stay with us recently. Thank you for your encouraging feedback and compliments of the resort.

It is very rewarding for the team to realize that their warm, professional and anticipatory service very much contributed towards your stay experience. Indeed, it is the Taj way to ensure that all our guests receive the genuine warmth and hospitality that they deserve.

It will be our pleasure to extend the wonderful Taj hospitality to you again, should you plan another holiday with us in the future.

Warm Regards,
Vishal

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We stayed at the Taj property for about 4 days and it was a wonderful experience. The water lagoon villas are an experience . The frount entrance opens into the island and the back door of very villa opens into the lagoon. So you can jump into the lagoon from your own deck.The rooms are big and spacious and the bathroom is a visual delight opening into the lagoon.The wooden decks attached to every water villa is good for relaxing and reading listening to the lapping of water and gazing into the ocean. The food is nothing to write home about, but that's probably because our choice was limited since we are vegetarians.The inifinity pool and the open jacuzzi are nice with beautiful uniteruppted views to the ocean. The pizza at the Open Grill is yummy.

Room Tip: The water villas though expensive than the Beach villas are worthy of the experience.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank LataV
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Vivanta C, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2013

Dear Guest,

My team and I are delighted to receive your review of your wonderful stay with us recently. Thank you for your encouraging feedback and compliments of the resort.

It will be our pleasure to extend the wonderful Taj hospitality to you again, should you plan another holiday with us in the future.

Yours sincerely,
Vishal Singh

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

This place is out of this world. Its divine. Its the prettiest place i've ever been to. Its like a dream!! Went there for my honeymoon and stayed in Charm beach villa for 3 nights and 4 days. It was a luxury villa with a private deck, hammock and beach :) The white sand and the crystal clear water just a few steps away. They gave us a nice honeymoon cake and decorated our room. u get complete privacy and ultimate luxury. Te pizza is really good in the open grill and u get some amazing cocktails in the reef bar. Food is good, people are friendly, and the place is divine. What else do u need?!

Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank YashomatiM
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Vivanta C, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2013

Dear YashomatiM,

My team and I are delighted to receive your review of your wonderful stay with us recently. Thank you for your encouraging feedback and compliments of the resort.

It will be our pleasure to extend the wonderful Taj hospitality to you again, should you plan another holiday with us in the future.

Yours sincerely,
Vishal Singh

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

This was excellent place for the honey moon couples, no disturbance, good food, good stay, excellent island for couples’. Didn’t have mind to come out of vivanta by taj.
Staffs are doing a extraordinary work to the guest, swimmers can enjoy more than anybody, non veg will have more food recipes

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank raghu8666
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Vivanta C, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2013

Dear Guest,

My team and I are delighted to receive your review of your wonderful stay with us recently. Thank you for your encouraging feedback and compliments of the resort.

It will be our pleasure to extend the wonderful Taj hospitality to you again, should you plan another holiday with us in the future.

Yours sincerely,
Vishal Singh

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Wow. Not sure what else to say. 5 nights at the Taj was not enough! It was 100% barefoot luxury

Staff service across different departments was excellent and they were all very friendly while not intruding. They would also initiate small chat and greet every time they meet you.

The coral here was large, diverse, and beautiful! You could spend a lot of time here.

Cheers to Staff again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Dhvanit
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Vivanta C, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2013

Dear Dhavnit,

My team and I are delighted to receive your review of your wonderful stay with us recently. Thank you for your encouraging feedback and compliments of the resort.

It is very rewarding for the team to realize that their warm, professional and anticipatory service very much contributed towards your stay experience. Indeed, it is the Taj way to ensure that all our guests receive the genuine warmth and hospitality that they deserve.

It will be our pleasure to extend the wonderful Taj hospitality to you again, should you plan another holiday with us in the future.

Yours sincerely,
Vishal Singh

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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Since the 1980 I Have always wanted to go to the Maldives and finally made it there this year. We stayed on this idyllic island in the first week in May 2013. It was everything I had dreamt of for so long and more, it is the lovely place. The accommodation was wonderful, a large beach house with its own piece of beach with tropical plants, trees, white sand, sun loungers, hammock and blue sea with spectacular views and coral reefs just of shore “perfect”.

The beach house had full air-con, fridge, bottled water, tea and coffee every day. A large comfy bed a very good bath room with fluffy towels and all the products you need as well as indoor and outdoor showers. There were large beach towels and British electric plug adapters, the house keeping was very good and nothing was too much trouble for them, again “perfect”.

We went B & B. We weren’t sure if we had made the right decision but when we got there we found it the best decision for our needs. The food was surprisingly good, as we had read horror stories about Maldivian food. The restaurants were great, clean with very friendly staff; again nothing was too much trouble for them.

I had 2 complimentary massages in the spa, “HEAVEN”. We went on one trip to an offshore coral reef, it took 10mins by boat and was a bit expensive, but “oh boy” was it worth it. We had one hour snorkelling over the most spectacular reef, again “HEAVEN”. We also had full use of snorkels, free of charge for the week, and spent a lot of time in the warm sea just of our own bit of beach. The diving school staff were very good at making you feel safe and confident and soon had us swimming like dolphins (slight exaggeration).

In fact all the staff were marvellous, very helpful and friendly without overdoing it. We would like to say a big thank you to Noela and her team as they went the extra mile for us, which made us feel very special.

We were in two minds whether to book the beach house or an over the water bungalow. Am so glad we went for a beach house. If its peace and quiet you want this is the island you need to go to. It’s only 9 ½ acres. Very laid back with an understated luxury. I can honestly say I have never been so busy doing absolutely nothing in my life. The highlight (of which there were many) was hand feeding the rays that come onto the beach at 5 pm every day and watching the baby basking sharks trying to get there fair share of that feed. The only down side was at times the sea was a bit choppy, but that’s to do with the tides at the time of year we went. Which no one can help and it certainly did not in any way spoil our experience.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank sythieNorthWales
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Vivanta C, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2013

Dear Valued Guest,

My team and I are delighted to receive your review of your wonderful stay with us recently. Thank you for your encouraging feedback and compliments of the resort.

It is very rewarding for the team to realize that their warm, professional and anticipatory service very much contributed towards your stay experience. Indeed, it is the Taj way to ensure that all our guests receive the genuine warmth and hospitality that they deserve.
Thank you for remembering the 'Guardians of the Island' our sting rays.

It will be our pleasure to extend the wonderful Taj hospitality to you again, should you plan another holiday with us in the future.

Yours sincerely,
Vishal Singh

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Address: Hembudhu Island, North Male Atoll
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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Hembadhu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hembadhu
Price Range: $693 - $1,799 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives 5*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
VIVANTA BY TAJ. A FRESH NEW WAY TO HOLIDAY.Vivanta By Taj - Coral Reef, Maldives has all the exotic ocean views and dramatic sunsets that are de rigueur for any tropical holiday. The twist comes when you step into your villa and instead of the usual beach dcor, find a streamlined, sophisticated take on resort accommodations. Vivanta by Taj has revamped the resort experience from stem to stern and offers the ideal escape at a stunning value proposition. Divers, beach bunnies, and honeymooners - we welcome you. After you descend into Male airport, a luxury speedboat spirits you and your luggage away to Hembadhu Island, where you arrive at Vivanta by Taj - Coral Reef. The resort is a diver's dream destination with numerous diving sites and it's very own 1000 year old coral-reef and shipwreck to explore. For those that prefer to stay on land, the view of the lagoon dotted with water villas is hypnotic. No matter where you travelled from, your world is about to become filled with white sand and magnificent coconut palms. Let Vivanta by Taj introduce you to bliss. ... more   less 
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