We went to Vilamendhoo for 2 weeks for our honeymoon. It was also my birthday whilst we were there. We stayed in a Jacuzzi Water Villa and had the most fantastic time. Before we went we read a few conflicting and confusing reviews so this will be quite detailed to cover some of those points.
The service we received from every member of staff was absolutely phenomenal, they were very attentive, friendly and polite. The food in the all inclusive restaurants was incredibly varied, we were there for two weeks and didn’t see too many repeats. It was also very fresh and excellent quality. There is a wide range of drinks on all inclusive and getting beer and soft drinks all inclusive in the mini bar is a great touch.
The rooms are cleaned twice a day and the cleanliness of every part of the island is incredibly good. The room boy also spends a lot of time adding nice touches such as artwork with the sheets. It really made the stay special. It was nice having steps into the sea and also having the Jacuzzi, however, if I was going to visit again, I would be tempted by a beach villa where you get your allocated sun beds on the shore. Depends on what you can afford.
There is a really comprehensive range of excursions, the staff who ran these were great, really helpful and friendly. We did the Manta Ray and Turtle snorkelling trip. We saw both thanks to the guide and boat crews. The only thing I would say is that you need to be quite a strong swimmer for the Mantas as they swim fast. We also went on the Sunset Punch Cruise which was free to all inclusive guests. Unfortunately it was a bit overcast, so no sunset, however, the boat crew found some dolphins and spent a lot of time following them which was a great experience. We also did the trip to local Dhangetti Island which we enjoyed, but there isn’t much there, and was mainly a chance to buy souveniers from the locals. Make sure you haggle!
In relation to packing, you really could do the whole holiday with no shoes, they aren’t required anywhere except the gym/tennis courts. Also no need for trousers in the restaurants. Make sure you buy a snorkel, mask and flippers before you go. They are expensive to buy there and although they can be hired on a daily rate, we liked to do a little bit every day. The house reef is really incredible and we saw loads of interesting fish and corals. All inclusive guests also get a free trial scuba dive. We did this and it was about a 5 minute dive on the house reef. We didn’t opt to do any more diving but the dive school had quite a comprehensive range of different courses and dives and the staff were all very friendly and knew what they were talking about.
The sports centre and watersports centres were great. All inclusive get free snorkelling and windsurfing lessons, free use of the tennis/badminton court with equipment, free kayak hire, and free use of the gym which is very modern and well equipped (make sure you take shoes).
We paid for the romantic candlelit dinner on the beach. This was probably one of the best parts of the holiday. We got two waiters for the evening on a secluded part of the beach with a heart shaped circle of candles around us. The service and food was great and we had preselected the menu (you get 6 courses). They have four or five different menus which you can take parts of to make your meal.
As an all inclusive guest, you get a free 15 minute massage at the spa. We went for this and then booked to have another treatment together. They have a wide range of treatments and again the service was great. It is also very good value compared to what you would spend in the UK.
The resort has two al a carte restaurants, the Hot Rock which is tables on the beach at the adult end. You cook on a hot volcanic rock. Prices were ok and quite a novel concept. Also nice to be on the beach. Unfortunately it was right outside the bar and depending on who was there drinking and how much could affect the ambience of the meal. The other was the Asian Wok, at the other end of the island. We never ate there, although it always smelt great. The Asian wok is on another jetty in the sea and has some great outdoor seating at ocean level with lights into the water. We saw some rays and sharks. Well worth going to for some evening all inclusive drinks over the water.
All in all, couldn’t fault our holiday. Vilemendhoo was such a great resort and we can’t wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vilamendhoo Island Resort, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, an excellent house reef and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only Resort on the island of Vilamendhoo, South Ari Atoll. It is 900 meters long by 250 meters wide, about 55 acres. Your seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport is a scenic, 25 minute flight. 184 Rooms include 30 Jacuzzi water villas, 30 Jacuzzi beach villas, 111 beach villas and 13 garden rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vilamendhoo Island Hotel Vilamendhoo
- Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa Maldives
- Hotel Vilamendhoo Island