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Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vilamendhoo
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Reviewed January 23, 2011

Just returned back from two weeks on the island, weather was great and the scenery was splendid so mostly no complaints of the place. Just the AIP is a let down still have to pay extra for lots of stuff.especially drinks and stuff out the mini bar including bars of chocolate and all were expensive The food did not always have great variety and the daytime snack menu is not worth it a choice out of three sandwich fillings and a bit of cake. As for the cocktails they did a daily special which was free and usually horrible all the cocktails on the menu you had to pay for. They are still cleaning up from the refurbishment so looks a bit messy and dirty in places and workman are around. The rooms were very big and clean done twice a day and with clean towles everday including beach ones.Entertainment was very low key but a good games room with board games as well. As much as i had a relaxing time i would not recommend it if you like good all inclusive. Also no problem with mossies as they spray it weekly which is not nice but does the job. Everything here is done just to make it look good and modern and so feels like they are pinching on other areas.

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11  Thank missmon66
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Reviewed January 23, 2011

Vilamendhoo is pure paradise, everything about this island is just perfect.
We stayed in a JWV for 2 weeks and it was out of this world, the staff are faultless, the food is great and the entertainment was good,
We met some really great people , and i hope some of us will be meeting up at Vila next year. xx

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank jlp154
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Reviewed January 19, 2011

Vilamendhoo has just reopened from refurb, and we stayed in the jacuzzi water villas in the second week of Jan 2011 which were fantastic - the Indian ocean from the front deck, and a large hot tub on the rear deck, with loungers on both decks. Inside it was big and had all the gadgets you would need (tv, dvd, coffee machine, ipod docking station etc), a mini bar frequently topped up and pure luxury. (also provide a brolly - but we didnt need it!).

It is definitely worth the upgrade as some of the beach villas don't have much beach outside and can be regularly walked past by other guests, thus are not private. the occupants of the water villas and jacuzzi beach villas have a separate restaurant where no children are allowed, and it is smaller and more intimate. Food was excellent with lots of chefs always checking that the food was fresh and beautifully presented. The sunset bar staff were excellent as was the location to watch some lovely sunsets.

The house reef is one of the highlights as it runs down the full length of both sides of the island with literally millions of fish for every snorkel or dive. It is well marked, so even at low tide there are routes through the shallow corral beds to the reef so the fish are always accessible. As a frequent traveller, this experience was one of the best!

There is a gym with modern kit, a tennis court, putting green and football pitch if you are feeling active and the spa is great - relaxing looking at the sea. AI guests were given a free 15 min massage to sample it.

Yes there is still a bit of work to do (the garden rooms were still to be completed and they were finishing off putting lights to the tennis courts and netting round the football pitch) but these are so minor issues that didn't have any negative impact on our holiday at all.

If you are going, I hope you have a wonderful holiday - we did.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank Salcheltenham
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Reviewed January 19, 2011

We have just returned from our honeymoon at the newly renovated paradise Island of Vilamendhoo.

Anyone who doesn't enjoy the peace and tranquility of this island must be crazy! We loved every moment of our holiday on the island from the fantastic snorkelling to the relaxing honeymoon indulgence in the spa.

Food is fantastic especially the curry corner with local food, however they cater for all tastes. The waiters and bar staff are exceptional and the personal touch of a candle lit dinner on the beach on our final night made it all the more special.

Our room a jacuzzi water villa was fantastic with no real issues to note, we also had a lovely stretch of beach and a hammock right outside to top it all off.

We couldn't fault the island and would have no hesitation in returning, our only complaint was that we didn't book for 2 weeks instead of 1!!!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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12  Thank HCoupland
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Reviewed January 14, 2011

We have just got back after a fantastic week at Vilamendhoo Island Resort. Although we only went for a week as soon as we take off in the sky plane our holiday of relaxation had begun. The food, staff, villas and water villas are all brilliant and we couldn't think of anything we needed to complain about. The weather was perfect, the spa even better and the snorkelling brill. We made some lovely friends too into the bargain!!

If you are looking to go we would whole heartedly recommend this resort. I'm so jealous!
Jo and Roy

Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
24  Thank joanneaustin10
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Reviewed January 12, 2011

Have recently arrived back from Vilamendhoo and wanted to write a review to tell people due to visit or considering a trip what is happening on the island. For those of you not aware the island closed last year for 6 months to be totally refurbished and opened about the 20th Dec. We arrived on the 31st December and were thrilled to see that the island was looking in pretty good shape, all rooms were open, all restaurants, the spa and both pools. We stayed for 10 days and had a superb time. There is still a little more planting to do and probably a little more sand on some of the paths but nothing that should prevent you having a wonderful holiday. On the day we left even the hammocks were going up so they really were just adding the final touches. Having been to 5 islands in the Maldives I would say that this island is a great choice for anyone wanting brand new accomodation, superb swimming pools, a wonderful spa, good food and most of all superb snorkelling about 10ft off the beach! The snorkelling is possibly the best that we have seen as you can access the reef all round the island which means you can choose a different spot every day and never be more than a few minutes away from your lounger when you feel like a rest.

We would definately recommend it to others.

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35  Thank Sadlerfamily
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Reviewed January 7, 2011

just wanted to put a quick post up and then write a more detailed one over the weekend.
We have returned from two weeks having arrived on Dec 24th and would say to anyone going... dont worry. When we got there the South side of the island was finished, about 60% of the rooms, one pool, and the two buffet restaurants. When we left on 7th Jan the north side of the island accomodation had all been completed and was being used, the second in-island pool was open, the a la carte restaurant was open et etc
Yes, there are snagging lists to be completed -(our beach villa was no problem), and there is a lot of work to be done on the appearance such as planting, fully cleaning the pathways, laying sand etc but overall we had a great time
So to summarise: of course house reef is fantastic; buffet food was outstanding particularly if you like curries, staff are very friendly and trying hard, pools are great if you want to use them given you have the Indian Ocean, room was spacious well designed, lighting design on the island is fab. IS there still work to be done - yes - but not in the way of major building, more in terms of 'completing'.
Will post more when I get my head together - already missing the fish curry, rum and coke, sound of the waves and the sun!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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47  Thank harleynut5
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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
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vilamendhoo
Price Range: $271 - $1,207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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