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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our third visit to the Maldives and Oblu became our back up hotel as we changed hotels 2 night into our first and originally planned hotel - Centara Ras Fushi. I won’t say too much about this hotel as will write a full review for it. I include this as the help and service in booking Oblu literally the same day we wanted to arrive was second to none. Reservations gave us a very good last min rate and also a villa upgrade and gave us great boat transfer times as we had to arrive via a different hotel via Male again. They took care of everything and we had a good transfer over to their hotel no problem.

we booked for 4 nights all-inclusive and stayed in a premium beach villa. we are familiar with this group and have stayed at Atmosphere Kanifushi twice before. For us Atmosphere is top notch but this is 5 star and Oblu is 4 star so you have to expect a difference here.

Oblu is a much smaller island which you can walk round in about 10mins end-to-end. there is one main bar and one restaurant. there is a al a carte restaurant but we didn’t eat there.

We had been lucky in going to Maldives in aug in previous year with good weather however this year it rained a third of the time we were there. nothing you can do about it of course but worth considering if you plan on going during wet season. we have also been in dec and you are guaranteed all day every day sun at that time of year - but the cost certainly reflects that!!!

Positives:
Diving/snorkeling - WOW. if diving or snorkeling is your thing then come to this hotel for that alone. I have NEVER seen reefs like it and this hotel is actually known and recommended for this. my comment to the hotel is making guests understand more about the reef/coral and NOT to stand on it for photos! this made us really angry to see and we even said to some guests not to stand on it and that’s living. the sea life is just mesmerizing to watch with so many species of fish, turtles and even reef sharks! just incredible

Service: the staff are great in all areas of the hotel. cannot fault them all very polite and do their best. the grounds are also kept very well. you're welcomed to the island with a drum and staff to welcome you. welcome drink is just juice - in 5 star hotels this would be sparkling wine - its things like that which make the difference between the star ratings

Helens bar - whilst this is the only bar on the island the service and menu is great. its open till 1am and entertainment is not offensive. there is also 1 pool table, darts and table tennis.

Things to consider
adults pool - there is no bar here so you have to walk to the main pool to get a drink.

entry level beach villas - these face the other side of the island where there is construction going on at another island. at night their lights are really bright and would be distracting. luckily due to our upgrade we were on the other side in the deluxe villas.

Spice - the main buffet restaurant was nice but the food even after 4 days was repetitive.

in-room facilities - only full fat coke/sprite and water is provided. nothing else, no alcohol.

other guests - a lot of the other guests were from Asia and they think it’s perfectly normal to spit and clear their throats/noses directly into the pool! this is disgusting and more importantly unhygienic but their culture this must be normal. not sure what the hotel can do but as I result we never went into the pool.

gym - this is tiny and doesn’t have much equipment

overall this hotel saved us from what could have been a disaster of a trip to Maldives.

I personally would return to Atmosphere Kanifushi and pay a bit more for the 5 star Maldivian experience and standard than Oblu but still we had a great time

Date of stay: August 2019
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Thank GraceArcher
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OBLUhelengeli, General Manager at OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago


Dear GraceArcher,

Greetings from OBLU Helenglei, and we hope you are doing well.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time, and sharing such a detailed excellent as well as constructive review, in regards to your stay here with us.

It has been a pleasure having you here with us, and we are pleased that you have been overall satisfy with your experience and that you had a nice time.

At the same time we would like to thank you for taking the time and sharing some constructive feedback, and please rest assured that they have been taken in to consideration and will be dealt with.

Majority of your constructive points will actually indeed be complete hopefully within the next few months, and all of us would love to have you back, in our Paradise again, so that you will be completely satisfy.

Myself and the rest of the team remain at your disposal should you require any assistance, and in the mean time we wish you a wonderful day!

Best regards

Luisa Lalli
General Manager

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second visit to the Maldives but first time to this island and what an amazing time we had.

There is not one thing we would change about this beautiful island. It is a piece of paradise on earth!

We were travelling with our 10 month old son who was treated like a little celebrity with all the attention he received, from animals made out of napkins left on his high chair to grasshoppers made from reeds by the bar staff!

The staff are so friendly and attentive nothing is too much trouble.

We stayed in a deluxe beach villa which was very comfortable, we especially loved the outdoor shower.

The food in the main restaurant was great with loads of theme nights and variations so no 2 nights are the same.

The snorkelling is the best we have ever experienced with daily sightings of turtles, sharks and stingrays.

Both myself and my husband used the spa a couple of times for massages, these were AMAZING! The spa is pricey but was so tranquil and relaxing.

Anuj in the gym was great. Very enthusiastic and my husband particularly enjoyed the aqua yoga!!

To sum up we loved our holiday here so much we have booked to come back in November and raved about it so much to family they have booked to come feb next year!

See you in November Helengeli,

The Rolf’s xx

Date of stay: December 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank No1vespa
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OBLUhelengeli, General Manager at OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear No1vespa,

A very good morning to you from sunny OBLU Helengeli, and we hope you are doing well.

We would like to take this opportunity to than you for taking the time, and sharing such a excellent review, in regards to your stay here with us.

It has been a pleasure having you, we are extremely pleased you had a fantastic time, and we feel honour that you have chosen our Resort, for your future holiday destination.

We have already started the countdown and we are looking forward to welcoming you back, to what you can surely consider your second home.

We remain at your disposal should you require any assistance, and in the mean time we wish you a wonderful day!

Best regards

Luisa Lalli
General Manager

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Reviewed August 12, 2019

This was our fourth visit to the Maldives and as always we book through Angelfish Travel who are competitive, reliable and really knowledgeable. The reasons we choose OBLU was for the family villa, the house reef and the all inclusive package. We actually stayed in July 2018, its taking me a whilst to post, but thought the following may be of use.

The speed boat transfer is a speedboat transfer, if the sea is choppy the ride will be rougher that if its calm. It was choppy for us, but no big deal. Whilst at the island we did see one boat arrive that had a older women requiring to be helped off the boat (poor lady) due to the rough crossing, but I am sure it would soon have been forgotten.

The island is beautiful and well kept, its reasonably large but not too large. The two pools are fine, but we spent most of the time in the sea or our private pool.

We stayed in one of the two bedroom villas with their own private pool, and I was very impressed. The pool was big enough for the family and was a nice private space for us. The rooms were of a good quality and kept spotless. If you get the opportunity its worth it. they are directly on the beach and the area of sea outside is good for a bit of close in snorkelling and areas of sandy bottom to float and bob a few hours away.

The all inclusive at OBLU is a real winner, food always excellent standard and plenty of choice. Good range of drink so we were fed and watered for the two week very well.

The house reef was one area for us that was a little disappointing, mainly due to the currents. The reef itself has some very good parts and some less so areas, but this has been similar to other resorts we have been too, the biggest issue for us as I say was the current. Most of my family are reasonably strong swimmers, but my wife not so and even with the life vest was not confident to venture to the drop off, the rest of us had to make a conscious decision to go to the drop off due to the concern as to the current. It was red flagged for much of our visit so we were limited to when we could go as well. This is not the resorts fault and safety is paramount so totally understand. Knowing now what we found out we would have probably gone somewhere else.

Overall the island is beautiful and the staff are excellent, the reef is good, but can be difficult to get too. We are glad to have been, but would probably go somewhere else next time (and have booked somewhere different for our next visit).

Room tip: Two room villas are a real winner
Date of stay: September 2018
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Thank JDS0028
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OBLUhelengeli, General Manager at OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago


Dear JDS0028,

Greetings from OBLU Helengeli, and we hope you are doing well.

We thank you for taking the time, and sharing such a excellent feedback, in regards to your stay here with us.

We are pleased to learn that you had a fantastic time here with us, that you have been satisfy with the overall service and facilities, and we thank you at the same time for sharing some constructive feedback, in regards to your stay.

It has been a pleasure having you ere with us, and you have already book elsewhere we are hoping to get the chance to welcoming you back, to what you can now consider your second home.

We remain at your disposal should you require any assistance, and in the mean time we wish you a wonderful day!

Best regards

Luisa Lalli
General Manager

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Reviewed August 10, 2019 via mobile

First of all, we had a lovely 10 night stay at the Oblu. The reason for the hesitant 5 stars is that we stayed at The Atmosphere Kanifushi a few years ago which is platinum all inclusive and definitely 5 stars. The factor that gets the Oblu 5 is its fantastic house reef which The Atmosphere Kanifushi doesn't have.

On arrival we were upgraded to deluxe beach villas which was great though our new location didn't have very good access to the beach and sea. I spoke to reception and they were able to move us to 2 other villas a couple of days later. These had great access to the beach and sea. They were on the sunrise side of the island and the building going on on the island opposite, which has been mentioned in other reviews, was not a factor visually or in terms noise.

The staff are all fantastic, friendly, polite and helpful. The food is good quality and there is plenty of choice. Plenty of fish, and the nightly curries are amazing. The selection of alcohol is also good. No premium brands in the all inclusive, but Gordon's and Beefeater Gin and Stolly vodka level of alcohol. You can pay for other alcohol and the prices are very reasonable. (VSOP Brandy $6 and Corona $2 as examples). The included wines we tried were mostly nice as well and you can pay for other wines as well.

The house reef is great. You can pretty much see as much snorkling as you can diving. A real plus for this resort. The non motorised water sports are a bit limited as you can only go in the lagoon area due to the currents. The motorised water sports are on the expensive side as is the diving (my son and I did 4 dives each and the bill was about $900). The dive centre staff are great. Experienced, knowledgeable and professional and the manta ray dive is a must if you are going to dive. Our thanks to Lucie who lead all of our dives.
The prices in the spar were also excessive particularly when you have to add 22% in taxes. Hence we didn't use the spar. It looks nice and certainly has a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. (The current £/$ exchange rate doesn't help and the prices are probably the same all over the Maldives)

The gym is a bit of a let down in that it is very small. Anuj, the trainer there is very good. He knows his stuff and his classes are great. Apparently there are plans to give him some more space
with a larger improved gym and more space to do classes. I would say that this is a priority.

The deluxe beach villas are nice but could do with a coffee machine. Nescafe sachets don't really do the trick so you have to go to the bar or restaurant for a decent coffee. It would be nice to be able to sit outside the villa in the morning and have a nice coffee watching the sun come up.
They also need mosquito nets that fit. We didn't have any issues with mosquitoes but big gaps in the nets rather defeats the point...
The rooms are turned back each night and a Ferrero Roche left on the bed. Could I suggest that the night time chocolate treat is varied a bit over the week

Overall, I think that the Oblu, based on our 10 nights stay, deserves 5 stars, the 4 of us had a great time and we would happily have another holiday here.

Date of stay: August 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
Thank B8645YLdavida
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OBLUhelengeli, General Manager at OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago


Dear B8645YLdavida,

Greetings from OBLU Helengeli, and we hope you are doing well.

We would like to take this opportunity and thank you in primes for staying here with us, and for taking the time and sharing such a excellent and detailed review, in regards to your stay here with us.

It has been a pleasure having you here with us, and we are pleased you have overall a fantastic time.

We are indeed very lucky to be in a beautiful natural island with an outstanding House reef and an amazing staff which will ensure ever lasting memories are created.

We are pleased to learn that you have generally be satisfy with the overall service and facilities. and in particular the service and attention to details provided by Lucie and Anuj, while at the Resort.

At the same time we would like to take this opportunity and thank you for sharing some constructive feedback. In regards to the gym, yes we do have a plan of enlarging it and have more equipment add, and we have taken seriously in to consideration the remaining points, and will be dealt with.

All of us here in OBLU Helengeli are looking forward to welcoming you back, in the future, in our little Paradise again.

We remain at your disposal should you require any assistance, and in the mean time we wish you a wonderful day.

Best regards

Luisa Lalli
General Manager

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Reviewed August 9, 2019 via mobile

from the arrival to the departure everything very well organized. The service was always with a smile and noting was to much. Loved the fact there was a kids free pool and the gym was well equipped. The food and was plentiful and exelent quality. The villas are simple yet very well appointed and the view let's not for get the view. Over all a nice getaway and will be back for sure.

Date of stay: August 2019
Trip type: Traveled solo
Thank Willem j
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OBLUhelengeli, General Manager at OBLU by Atmosphere at Helengeli, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2019


Dear Willem j,

A very good morning to you from OBLU Helengeli, and we hope you are doing well.

We thank you for taking the time and thank you for taking the time, and sharing such a excellent review, in regards to your stay here with us.

We are pleased you had an excellent time, and that you have been satisfy with the overall service and facilities.

We remain at your disposal should you require any assistance, and in the mean time we wish you a wonderful day!

Best regards

Luisa Lalli
General Manager

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