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Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hembadhu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 3, 2013

The resort itself is a very lovely property, elegant, understated and yet has everything one wants. Rooms are great (beach villas are on the beach, with one's own hammock and recliners - didn't try the water villas). Restaurants offer variety - menus are changed everyday at Latitude. The bar and the deck in front of it is just superb for lazing around, stretching feet, playing pool, or just doing nothing at all. Pool, fitness centre, spa - it has it all.
The service is very warm and friendly ... the smiles are genuine, folks are very accommodating and flexible but not intrusive.
The reef is not spectacular, but totally adequate for newbie snorkellers ... lots of fish, good corals etc. Of course, there are many snorkelling and dive spots close by where the dive centre folks can take you.
All in all, a perfect place to spend a holiday!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank akasturi
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Vivanta C, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2013

Dear Akasturi,

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

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

This was our honey moon trip to Maldives and we Choose Vivanta by Taj purley becasue of the reputation and we also had booked our wedding reception at a Taj Hotel in another country.

This is decesion that I would never regret, We felt very welcomed from the moment we landed in the Island the Staff were very helpful. We were welcomed by Amit from reception and taken to our room which was a water villa, and it was amazing, the rooms are quite big with a beautiful viewing deck opening up to the sea, perfect for snorkling (the snorkling kits are provided free).

A piece of advice would be to book an al inclusive holiday as drinks and food are a little expensive . Luckily we went on a all inclusive package which was worth the money. The food was awesome the chef would even tweek things to suit your needs. The waiters are friendly we were very well looked after by Ilhaam from latitude who was always welcoming and very friendly.

Not to forget our room boy Rishfan who always did an excellent job, our rooms were cleaned twice a day and it was always spotless/warm and welcoming. He was again very friendly and never said no. The bar staff were again really nice, Ahmed/Balaji. Chandima from Open the Grill also was quite warm and welcoming and was always willing to help.

Praveen from security was alwasy there for us. The only disadvantage is that the hotel charges for wifi which I dont believe is very nice.

Room Tip: book an all inclusive holiday worth the money cause food purchased can be quite expensive also as y...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank niroshmahen
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Vivanta C, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2013

Dear Niroshmahen

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 with great delight i will share your words of encouragement for Amit, Rishfan, Balaji, Ahmed, Chandika & Praveen.

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

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Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

What can I say...from start to finish our honeymoon was amazing!!!!

When we landed at Male airport, the member of staff (Ali) was helpful and directed us straight to the speedboat to take us to the island. The journey was good and plenty of refreshments offered.

Upon arrival at the island the staff we helpful and polite. The island looked and was paradise on earth. We could not fault the staff from start to finish and being all inclusive was the best decision we made as there was no worrying about the price of meals or drinks and the all inclusive list was great.

The room was amazing and our water villa (125) was perfect, right on the reef in the lagoon. The snorkelling was fantastic and there was loads of different fish and sealife to see. The best part was feeding the stingray at 5pm and then going back to our room for 5.30 as between 5.30 & 6pm the stringray swam past the villa which was amazing to see.

The room was cleaned twice a day and was always immaculate.

The food was delicious and perfect every time, there was so much choice and variety.

We even had evening sundowners with the general manager on our last night to ensure that everything had been perfect which it was.

Scuba diving was excellent and the staff were very knowledgable and helpful.

The bar and pool was great and the staff so helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank zoesev7
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Vivanta C, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2013

Dear Zoesev7,

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

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Vivanta is a nice resort, room's are spacious, views spectacular, water clear; however, it's not a luxury resort. The small details of luxury were missing. In addition, it's quiet a small resort, with little to do after dinner (but I assume it's the same in other resorts in the Maldives). They could've created more activities to do in the evening times and even during the day. If possible, definitely get an all inclusive package as food and activities are pretty expensive otherwise. The staff is amazing (look for Zaki - he's SUPER helpful). It's an hour boat ride from the airport which is a bit exhausting but tolerable. Food is great! But BEWARE if you want to go to the Grill restaurant make sure to order your steak 4 hours in advance! They have a daily sting ray feeding at 5 PM which is very nice and the diving / snorkeling around the area is very pretty (there's a man made ship wreck on their reef). Overall, great experience, but could do with more entertainment.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank dana_176
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Vivanta C, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2013

Dear Dana_176,

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

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 August 2, 2013

We holidayed as a couple for a week in April. The flight arrived early and our assigned room was not available so we were given the use of a beachside villa for a couple of hours prior to our room being ready. We stayed in one of the water indulgence villas (119), which was beautifully appointed with an efficient air conditioning system and ceiling fan.

Nothing is too much trouble in this resort - you are pampered from the beginning. If something goes wrong (our hairdryer stopped working) it will be remedied straight away (we got a new replacement within 5 minutes!).

The staff are charming and the service efficient and unobtrusive. All of the food is freshly prepared to order in one of the three excellent restaurants. I would recommend going full board (includes all food and house wine and non-premium sprit cocktails) as otherwise the food and drink (priced in USD) is pricey.

The water is clear and blue and there is a ‘house reef’ so snorkeling in the sea (five steps down from your room) will guarantee you an abundance of sea life. The resort is pristine and one bonus – not a single mosquito bite as they have a regular spraying program which keeps the island pretty much bug free.

On our final night we were invited to cocktails and canapés with Vishal Singh who is the General Manager of the Hotel. He was a charming host and gave us the history of the hotel and the Taj Hotel Group as well as seeking feedback from our stay. My only minor comment during the feedback discussion was that the CD of background music played at breakfast might benefit from being changed and guess what – the following morning we had a fresh selection of tunes.

This is definitely a resort for couples – honeymooners abound and we were told that they seldom have singleton guests stay.

This was one of the best holidays in a very long time. Thoroughly recommended.

Room Tip: If staying in one of the indulgence water villas pick one near the centre of the block (see accompan...
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Dr C Mike P
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Vivanta C, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2013

Dear Dr. C Mike P

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

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We stayed (me and my husband) at this resort for 5 days 4 nights.It was excellent service I must say.

We were receive by the resort rep and sent safely via speedboat even it was almost midnight.The journey took abt 45- 50 minutes from Male Int Airport.

At the resort we were received by Mr.Praveen whom greeted and welcome us and Ms.Algira gave us our welcome drink and warm towel and walked with us to our room.We stayed in Room No. 222.Ms.Algira thereafter explained the facilities of the room to us.

One of the unique features of the room is the outdoor shower.Clean and provided with sufficient toiletries.

This resort not only in a shape of heart but also has excellent, friendly and caring team of staff.The staff were never fail to give us a mile and greet us whenever they see us inclusing the Senior Manager Mr.Vishal Singh.

We really felt like home and some of the staffs we would say needs some recognition like Mr.Vishal Singh, Mr.Praveen Goukar (Safety Manager), Mr.Hari (Housekeeping), Mr.Irfan(room boy), Mr.Shafiz(Latitude restaurant), Mr.Aviv (Pool Rest), Ms.Algira and Ms.Marina (reception).With this bunch of staff, this resort would excel.Please keep up the good team work guys.Thank you from the bottom of ourheart to make it as memorable and pleasant stay.

We wish and looking forward to come again soon.This time I must try the spa too.(I was advise not to as I was 9 weeks pregnant)

The foods(bfast and dinner) was ale carte and it varies from English bfast, Indian food, Hongkong style or even Maldivian bfast.There is also open grill pizza and inclusing the pizza man

Another added beauty of this resort is the stingray feeding session between 5.00-5.30 pm everyday.This was amazing and mamorable experience where fish are given to us and we feed stingray and we would be able to touch and feel them.

This resort is super clean.We observe housekeeping is done on daily basis including our rooms.

The room is spacious facing to the sea.The water was crystal clear and you can even enjoy snorkeling and other water sports.

We still remember when there was one windy day and as we wanted to swim, Mr.Hari came forward and showed to us the blue lagoon near the water bungalow to start the journey.

Internet access starts from USD 3 for 30 minutes goes on.So we can quickly update the whereabouts rather then calling back home and avoid high international roaming changes.But it would be good if we could access for free for the guest.

The one thing that really touch our hearts is when all the staffs gathered at the jetty and send us off with a great smile and 'together hands bye bye us'.Its something we never find in any other resorts.

Since our flight was late at night, after checkout we decided to also visit Male town.We didnt have the baggage storage hassle wherein our baggage was sent later nearest to the flight time.The rep at the Airport too made the personal send off to till the departure gate.

We had also lucky to witness renewal of vows ceremony.Wow I must say it is so Maldivian style with an inhouse soleminizer.

We also did tool the cruise for sunset cruising ride.

To the Staff and Management of Taj(TATA Group) you had made us proud and please keep up the good work and preserve the beauty of this resort forever.Thank you all once again.Its was paradise holiday.

Room Tip: Choose the room facing to the sea.Preferable No.222. Must try services at JIVA Spa. swim at th...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Priyaraj
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Vivanta C, General Manager at Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 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 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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Thank segarroad
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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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Address: Hembudhu Island, North Male Atoll
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Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Hembadhu
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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: $434 - $1,255 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives 5*
Number of rooms: 62
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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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