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Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa
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“Incredible Resort with excellent food, drinks, service and experience.”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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VilamendhooIsland, Public Relations Manager at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
Dear Johnny554,

Thank you for your generous review on Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa.

We are happy to hear your two-week honeymoon with us was a huge success and you experienced phenomenal service throughout your stay.

We agree the excursions are a must. To experience the turtles, manta and dolphins is always the highlight of any trip to the Maldives.

All honeymooners should experience the romantic dinner for two on the beach, the 6-course dinner is heavenly and we are happy your experience was one of your highlights of your trip.

We hope to welcome you back for your 1-year anniversary.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

If you're looking for a Water Villa experience - this is the place! Probably one of the best "value for money" resorts in Maldives. Thanks to Vilamendhoo team for 2 fantastic weeks in Paradise!

Rooms. We stayed in JWV, so don't you even think about other rooms if you can go for a Water Villa. It's really big & comfy, newly refurbished, with super cozy all-wooden interior, well equipped (open-air Jacuzzi, rain shower, Nespresso machine, flat TV and iPod docking) and cleaned twice a day. It was so great to have a cup of tea on the private terrace watching the sunset or staring at the fish swimming down the stairs. We felt like home since the very first minute!

Food is pretty much OK, but not perfect to me though. It was pretty often too spicy and was lacking some meat variety. On the other hand, delicious cream soups with fresh bakery and various desserts and fruits were always there. You can always find something to your taste, but if you're picky as we are, you may not be completely satisfied. Anyway, the kitchen stuff is really working hard, and overall we did like it.

Island is very green, being cleaned all day, and we've never seen so many different plants and flowers at one place before. It has everything you need: water sports, diving center, games room, bars, fitness center and even a football pitch. But it's pretty big and In the day-time feels a bit overcrowded, especially in the non-Adult-only part, so if you're looking for privacy, choose JWV or JBV at least. Still, no matter where you stay, you'll get soft white sandy beaches and amazing wildlife just a few steps away from your room, as the house reef is really great, especially on the north side: lots of baby sharks, tons of different fish, beautiful corals and if you're lucky - turtles, rays, cuttlefish and starfish. Snorkeling is a must, really!

Service was at high level, everyone was really helpful and friendly. It's not about just saying Hello, but the stuff usually does even more than you expect from them. You can't really see it, but the table is always served for you, the room is cleaned, same as the beach and so on. Special thanks to our waiter at Ahima, Hassan, and to Akram from Water Sports for voluntarily shooting a set of fantastic professional underwater photos during Manta &Turtle excursion! And just can't forget to mention the local band, White Smoke - Anil and his guitar is something you can't miss!

We had an unforgettable stay at Vilamendhoo, so if you're looking for the same secluded Water Villa experience, we highly recommend this resort!

P.S. As we got caught at the island by a storm and missed our flight, the management did their best to help us, so we appreciate all their efforts as we had a chance to make sure they really care about their guests!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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VilamendhooIsland, Public Relations Manager at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Dear PavelUA,

Thank you for your review on Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa.

We are happy your two weeks at Vilamendhoo was fantastic.

Thank you for your in put on the variety of our food, we will make sure our F&B management gets this feedback.

Thank you for mentioning our staff by their names, it makes it easier for management to identify staff that is doing a remarkable job without going unnoticed.

We agree snorkeling is a must in Vilamendhoo. We have the best house reef in the Maldives.

It looks like you managed to see all the magnificent marine life, except the famous whale shark, which means you will have to come back.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

The thought of two weeks just sitting & doing nothing was not my idea of a holiday, I get very bored very quickly on that type of trip. But.... What a holiday! From the moment we arrived at the island the staff were fantastic & could not do enough to help.
In the main bar area the head bar man Robbin made you feel welcome & always went out of his way to make you feel special. In this area you can get drinks & bar food (the toasties are great) all through the night if you wanted. In the main restaurant you were spoilt for choice, with the main buffet type things but also a specialist meal every night. While there we had some of the best cooked meals in any hotel we've visited. We got friendly with the Chef & found out he's English, not only that but Northern (must be why it was so good). All the staff our foreign, the GM Dutch, Maintenance manager an Aussie & so on. All speak to you & are also very friendly.
If you pay for a jacuzzi room or water villa you get to eat in a different restaurant, to be honest though its not that different, slightly smaller & a bit more of a modern feel. Same food etc. We ate in the oriental twice, once for tepenyaki & once for Chinese & both meals were excellent, well worth the extra in my opinion.
Rooms are great, we had a beech villa & it was spot on, always clean & the outside bathroom was an interesting & fun addition to these villas. Mini bar stocked each day & the towels made in to animals etc nightly. If I remember correctly it's UK plugs & they put mosquito plug in's on at night when they do the turn down.
The island is small but big enough to wander around, you can use the windsurfing boards, kayaks all free of charge. There is also a small putting green for any golfers & a tennis court, these are both free to use too. If anyone is interested there is an excellent air conditioned gym on site too. The island also has a large football pitch, while we were there (October '11) they were having an interdepartmental World Cup every day during the two weeks. It was superbly run & they took it very serious. During the matches you can stand & watch & the teams try & get you to support them during the previous nights meal. If you are there when its on, go & watch its a good way to spend an hour before you go for your evening meal.
There is a games room on site too with table tennis & a few pool tables, they also show the premier league games on the TV's & large cinema style screen. We watched the man city game where they beat Utd 6-1 & the whole island (including staff) were all sat cheering & watching. The Rugby World Cup was on too during our stay & they had every game on the TV's with plenty of blokes watching while their partners sat sunbathing & relaxing.
We had a spa session during our stay, it is pricier than other places around the world but the treatments were great. You lie on the bed & the floor is glass! You get to watch the fish while you get pampered, you then sit in a relax area drinking tea once you are done. My advice is to time it so you finish your treatment just before the sun sets, it's a nice way to watch it set whilst sat in the relax area.
While I was there I learnt to Scuba dive, if you've never done it they do a free taster session - try it! If you already dive... Wow! This island has an outstanding reef with white tip, black tip, manta & eagle rays, the usual stuff like clown fish, triggers & lion fish too. There is also a resident turtle that can be seen daily popping around. Even for the snorkeler this an amazing reef. We also did a boat dive too & some of the fish we saw were mind blowing. Well worth the trip, hope that helps but if you have questions by all means message me.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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VilamendhooIsland, Public Relations Manager at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Dear active8pt,

Thank you for your review on Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa.

We are glad your two weeks here was not boring. It looks like you really made you of all activities and excisions on the Island.

If you like to keep active choosing the All Inclusive Package definitely is a must.

As it includes complimentary windsurfing equipment, kayaking, fitness center, tennis, volley ball and of course a snorkeling lesson. We hope you made use of all of the above.

Thank you for mentioning our staff by their names, it makes it easier for management to identify staff that is doing a remarkable job without going unnoticed.

It looks like you managed to see all the magnificent marine life, except the famous whale shark, which means you will have to come back to our tranquil shores.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013

Absolutely brilliant holiday, 1st time in Maldives, would love to return - dream on !!
Loved the little touches, flowers on bed, and dinner table decorated with candles and flowers on our anniversary.
Lovely having your own designated table, waiter and beach beds. The beach villa was gorgeous and so was the food. Loved it, can't say more.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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VilamendhooIsland, Public Relations Manager at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear DEBLechladeonT,

Thank you for your review on Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa.

Your feedback on the rooms, food and facilities is much appreciated.

We are glad your anniversary was special and that the little touches made it even more so. The staff strives to wow our guests and take a lot of pride in setting up these romantic displays in the rooms and dinner tables.

We hope to welcome you back for your next anniversary.

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Manchester
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

My husband and I just returned last week from our first holiday to the Maldives. We had a wonderful time at Vilamendhoo and would highly recommend it (but we're generally happy people and don't tend to find much to complain about in life anyway, so you won't find any negatives in this review ... to us, it was perfect :-))

Particular highlights that I will never forget include:

- The first time I walked out onto the deck of our water villa and saw the Indian ocean glittering in the sun

- Watching the sun set from the deck of our villa

- Lying on the double sunbed in the back 'garden' of the villa at night looking at the stars

- Having an evening drink at the Asian Wok on the outside deck over the ocean

- The first time I snorkeled over the reef drop-off. Wow it's like a garden down there - just beautiful

- My husband's beaming happy face when he saw the food options at the buffet

- Having a shandy outside the sunset bar after lunch

- Lounging on the double beds in the sunset bar reading every night before dinner

- Blue Hawaiians. Yum.

- The most amazing spa treatment (coconut cocoon) while looking through the glass floor at the ocean

- The Teppenyaki experience at the Asian Wok

- Lying in the Indian Ocean on a lilo that we tied to the steps of the water villa. The sound of the ocean lapping the villas, the feel of the warm sun on my skin, gently bobbing on the ocean - there can't be many things in life that beats that :-)


Some tips:

- The staff are wonderful and so hard working - please do tip them.

- No shoes: there's no need to wear any shoes while you're there, but if you're in a water villa, that wooden boardwalk gets flipping hot, especially mid day. We danced over it a few times before we gave up and wore flip flops! Also the floors of the bar and restaurant are sand, but it's quite rough and a thin layer on concrete so it can be a bit painful sometimes.

- The shower gel isn't very foamy, and the hair conditioner isn't the best for dry hair (but smells lovely) - you might want to take your own.

- You can get your all inclusive drinks at the Asian Wok.

- There is a handy mix of plug sockets in the room: both 2-pin and UK 3-pin.

- The seaplane is HOT. On your way home pack wipes and a small deoderant in your hand luggage so you can freshen up at Male Airport for your flight home!

- Water villas and jacuzzi beach villas are adults only and have their own child-free bar and restaurant. Garden villas and beach villas have child-friendly bar and restaurant. Most of the main entertainment is at this second bar, whereas the adults area is very quiet. (I didn't go to any entertainment so I can't comment on this.)

- Don't forget you're on the equator and that sun is intense even on cloudy days. I burnt when I dropped from factor 50 down to factor 30.


Overall - just book it! It's been our favourite holiday to date, and we're now addicted to the Maldives! Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

Room Tip: The odd-numbered water villas face the sun set.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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VilamendhooIsland, Public Relations Manager at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear jtm73,

Thank you for your generous review on Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa.

Your highlights sound amazing and we agree the first time snorkeling our house reef is spectacular; it takes you into another world. The marine life and coral gardens are breath taking and it should be on everybody’s bucket list.

The food variety and quality at our restaurants will put a smile on anybody's face.

Your tips, we agree are very useful for all travellers coming to the Maldives, especially the one about no shoes. Everybody that comes to Vilamendhoo always bring to many shoes, which they never wear. A pair of flip-flops is all you need for our beautiful sandy beaches.

We hope to welcome you back soon.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

I'm writing this at 04:26 BST having flown back from Vilamendhoo yesterday. I didn't want to waste any time in saying a huge 'thank you' to all the staff at Vilamendhoo who made our stay so wonderful. This was my first truly 'fly and flop' holiday and I couldn't think of a more delightful destination in which to do it. The staff are brilliant, always willing to go the extra mile to make your stay as perfect as possible. Our waiter Assad was a delight and our Room Boy Jameel worked hard to make our Villa clean and tidy regularly throughout every day. The kitchen staff produce an array of foods which are not only varied but beautifully presented and always served with a smile. We opted for a Beach Villa as my partner is nervous of the water but didn't expect our deck to be just 4m from the tide line. An incredible view of the Indian Ocean framed by palm trees and literally on the doorstep. The waters are crystal clear and given there was a flat section of rock and coral just 3m out, the seas were teeming with fish, so a fear of water was no barrier to the non-swimmer enjoying the most spectacular aquatic displays. We shall miss the reef sharks amiably patrolling the beach; the heron imperiously observing the ocean; the crabs scuttling away as you approach and the fruit bats gliding over your head as evening approaches. For those travelling to the Maldives for the first time, some advice: (1) Don't pack shoes, it really is a case of kick off your heels and go barefoot; (2) All charges are to your room so there actually is very little need for cash other than for tipping; (3) If you do take cash, take US$; (4) relax and enjoy a wonderful experience. It's clear to us that a return to the Maldives and Vilamendhoo in particular is a must and that of itself speaks volumes.

  • Stayed July 2013
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VilamendhooIsland, Public Relations Manager at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear Heddwch7,

Thank you for your generous review on Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa.

Our staff is definitely what makes every holiday at our shores a success and we are glad you got experience their professionalism and helpfulness.

Thank you for mentioning our staff by their names, it makes it easier for management to identify staff that is doing a remarkable job without going unnoticed.

So happy to hear that not being able to swim did not keep you from snorkeling and experience the amazing marine life right on our shores, it truly is spectacular

We hope to welcome you back soon.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We decided we wanted to go to the Madlives for our Honeymoon but then realised it's such a complicated task of choosing an island. Vila popped up lots of times in forums for a great all round island, reviews were really good so we booked.
Firstly we have no complaints, not one. From setting off from Gatwick to returning to Gatwick two weeks later travel and service was seamless. Seaplane was an amazing experience.
TA is my bible and I wouId never go anywhere without reading reviews first so want to include questions we asked ourselves and of others in my review, I hope they help someone else.

Garden room/BV/JBV or WV?
We gave this a lot of thought and decided on a JBV mainly for the adult exclusivity. This is definately a must in my eyes. Not only do you get the adult only section of the island which is much more serene and quieter atmosphere wise, this is the better quality side of the island. The beach is much better in terms of sand quality and depth of beach. There are also many more sandbags located on the BV sections. If you are a couple travelling without children I would definately get a JBV.
Garden Villa's were nice but if you are paying that much for the Maldives then you really want to see beach and ocean when you look out.
WV were nice but to my surprise (after initally really wanting one) I wouldn't have wanted one and if we had been offered a free upgrade I wouldn't have taken it, we are sand people and I liked walking on sand outside our villa. Very peaceful though but such a long walk if you are at the end.
JBV was lovely, cleaned twice a day, mini bar with most items included in AI (tiger beer, coke, sprite, fanta, iced coffee, iced tea) Outside bathroom takes a little getting used too but it's nothing the Mosfly spray won't fix! ;0 ) Jacuzzi was lovely and we used it a lot after a day on the beach or by the pool.

With the JBV/WV option you get the use of Ahima resturant and Sunset bar both lovely, quiet and very romantic in ambiance. BV get the Funana Resturant an Bonthi Bar which is much busier and where all the entertainent takes place. Depends what you are looking for i suppose.

Which side of the island? Best location?
We were on the south side of the island in JBV 219, great location.
South is noiser with boat and seaplane traffic. It also has a wonderful breeeze which we found essential as it was so hot.The sea is a little choppier but bigger fish and drop off in the reef.
The north side is much quieter, but so hot with no breeze, very sauna like. Calmer water with smaller fish in large numbers.
JBV on the north and south had the best beaches. I'd say the north beach 207-212 had the widest part of beach. For BV-nearest the Asian Wok.

Food.
Wonderful quailty, replenished several times a night. chefs attentive, friendly and willing to go the extra mile, in 14 days we never saw one dish repeated. I have read some reviews were people were critising the food-if you don't like what is on offer here you really shouldn't be travelling long haul! Stick to Europe where chips are at every meal. Everything was exquisite from the bread, fresh soups, grill and puddings-oh the puddings! The currys are the star attraction and I now have a new love of vegetable and vegetarian curry-compliments to the chef!
Asian Wok and Hot Rock.
We had Teppenyaki which was lovely but i'm not sure it was worth $100. We also had the Ocean Side dinner on the beach (we had to have inside due to rain earlier in the day) Again lovey food but not worth the $175. The food was so wonderful in Ahima that paying extra for meals just wasn't needed, apart from the change in scenery.

Drinks
Good chice on the AI, the wine was lovely-to our surprise. Our only request would be a few more cocktails on the AI please.

Tipping
We tipped our room boy $2 a day and left $10 at the end of our holiday. We tipped our waiter Lateef $2 a night and gave him $20 at the end of our stay. We also tipped Fahira the traineee hostess $10 as she is so lovely and we become good friends.

Things to do/ Excusions
You can really be as busy or a lazy as you wish. There are lots of things to do if you want to do them. On Vila there is football, tennis, badminton, games room, gym, water sports and of course snorkelling.
We booked the Ocean Discovery day $250 per couple and was the most amazing day and exceeded our expections. This trip is a full day on the Vila's Yacht visiting Mantas, turtles, whale sharks, robinson crusoe island, the most wonderful lunch, and a sunset cruise on the way home escorted by dolphins! WOW! we will never forget this trip and if you book just one trip make sure it is this one.
We also did the morning trip to Dangheti $27pp. Again this is well worth doing as it's nice to see a non tourist island where the locals live and work. We had a tour and visited the local hospital, schools and main street. This is sadly a tourist trap but you cannot be mad with them as we are their livlihood so be kind and visit their shops. We tried to buy something from them all and put a little money back into the Maldives-maybe we're just too soft!

Spa
We spent a lot of time in here and booked 4 treatments each. If you book them all together you get 15% off. We had the Honeymoon indulgence couples expereince, oriental, balanise, thai and hot stone massages. it was just lovely and a real treat for us which I doubt we'll ever be able to afford again!

Should we go in rainy season?
I have travelled extensively and always seem to go in rainy season and I much prefer it. The air is fresher and a little rain in such a hot climate is a welcome relief. Yes it did rain but we liked it and often ran into the water to snorkel, the sea comes alive in the rain.

Essentials to pack
Factor 50! Very close the the Equator and very hot. Take plenty.
Take your own snorkelling equipment, small £ investment big gains whilst on Vila. Also buy flippers as the current is very strong and it really helps keep on track.
No shoes needed. We took ours off on the seaplane and didnt put them back on until we got to Male, everywhere is sand.

As much as I hate to say it book your seats as we didn't and wern't sat together. Never had a problem flying to toher places (hate paying extra for a flight i've already got a seat on!) but as it's such a couples destination think this needs to be done. Lou the FC rop kindly booked ours on the way home and we paid her on the island.

WiFi
Yes it is expensive and yes it probably should be free. Its $8 for an hour and $20 for 24 hours. Facetime and Skype didn't work very well as the connection isn't fast enough.

The staff are wonderful and a credit to Vila. We had the pleasure of meeting the general manager and head of operations who were dining with their team, they were very friendly and interested in our time on the island and were we having a good time.
All the staff work so hard and spend a long time away from their families as many live many hours away so only get to go home every 3 months, get to know them they are all lovely.
Special mentions go to Hasan Lateef in the Ahima resturant, also to Fahira who I hope will complete her training and be kept on by Vila-she is so lovely and a kind and happy hostess.
Rafiq in the Sunset bar who also made sure we had a drink when round the pool.

Everything you buy on the island is charged to your room which we paid for in two installments. We changed £ to $ several times during our stay and got a very good rate.
First choice are pulling out the Madives by April 2014 so it will then be Hayes and Jarvis, I just hope it doesn't become too expensive and unattainable.

Would we return?
In a heartbeat.

Thank you Vilamendhoo for a truely memorable honeymoon.

Melissa and Michael Johnson

Room Tip: We did email in advance requesting a detached Villa and our request was listened to.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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VilamendhooIsland, Public Relations Manager at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Dear Zipy77,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review on Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa.

We are so pleased your honeymoon was a success!

Your feedback on our facilities, restaurants, excursions, staff and activities are much appreciated.

It always a pleasure getting a review so detailed, especially for other couples reading your review will now know we cater for Adults and Children but we have secluded adult only pool, rooms and area, which helps make any romantic getaway or honeymoon fantastic and relaxing.

At Vilamendhoo we want to exceed our guest expectations. We are happy to know we achieved this and you had a fabulous sunny Maldives holiday.

We hope to welcome you back for your anniversary.

Best regards
Vilamendhoo Management
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Property: Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa
Address: Vilamendhoo Island, 20187
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Location: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > Southern Ari Atoll > Vilamendhoo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vilamendhoo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 184
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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