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Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hembadhu
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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6 reviews
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“High Prices....Low Rent”
Reviewed 18 February 2012

This island is not as great as it is made out to be. Accomodation is distinctly 4 Star although pricing is 5 star. Food, wine and all activities are expensive and the staff are mostly Indian, although very friendly and efficient. If you want a 5 Star Island then try somewhere else.

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sydney
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

My husband and I came here for our honeymoon. The service, accommodation, scenery and food were terrific. Management and staff went the extra mile to accommodate all of our requests and made a very special holiday perfect! Highly recommended.

Room Tip: For privacy chose the deluxe water villas. We were very happy with this choice.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

The Coral Reef is a must place to stay, from the moment we stepped onto the speed boat, that took us over to the Island which took about 45 mins. We arrived to a wonderful welcome, then taken to our villa. The villas are out of this world, very highly furnished through-out, very well equipped with towels, bathrobes and bathroom essentials tooth brushes tooth pastes, loofers shaving kits and many more so you don't need to take too many toiletries. The Staff are excellent, they can't do enough for you, from the Manager Sushil and Michelle to all the bar and restaurant staff, They have an excellent Head Chef and a fantastic menu, which I was told is being changed in a few weeks. I can not recommend this place enough, not ideal if you are wheelchair bound, or struggle with walking, due to steps. You don't need to pack dressy shoes all you need is flip flops!! Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

Cannot think where to begin. Everything was amazing from start to finish.
We stayed here for 9 days in Feburary to celebrate our honeymoon, and cannot have imagined choosing anywhere else. From start to finish service and quality was exceptional.
Prior to arriving upon reading previous reviews, I requested a sunset view room (we were in a water bungalow-Room 126). I also asked for a floral arrangement on the bed for our arrival. Both were done for us with no issues. We also received a very tasty cake as a congratulations for getting married. Snorkelling was fantastic, there were so many fish! And the stingray feedings at 5pm quickly became a highlight.
Food at Latitude and Open - The Grill was fantastic. We especially loved the plentiful choices of fish, and specifically the wasabi pizzas at the grill. Staff were also excellent, with a special thankyou to Hussain and Sattar who were so friendly and accomodating. We had chosen the all inclusive package and it was well worth it. If you don't you would easily be spending $300-$400/day per couple, not including alcohol.
The Jiva spa was lovely. We got a couples massage which ended with an hour in a rose petal filled stone bath and a bottle of Moet-absolute bliss. And it was not nearly as expensive as it would have been back in Australia.
On Saturday nights they have a cocktail night where everyone, guests and staff get together for some food, drinks and fun. Staff members, and the General Manager-Sushil, were so friendly, and came up to you and had a good chat.
I cannot praise Sushil enough for his friendliness to guests and his own staff. They all seem to have a great relationship which is fantastic-he obviously takes care of his staff. Sushil was there to the very last second, waving goodbye to us from our boat as we departed.
I've saved the last mention for the amazing Kanaan at the bar. Not only did he make sure we constantly had drinks and were happy, the first night we were there he asked what songs were played at our wedding, and then to our suprise we heard them playing over the speakers in the bar. However this was nothing, he did not have one of the songs, so when he went home he sourced it, and the next time we were in the bar we heard the song playing. He went out of his way for us and I simply cannot praise him enough, thankyou so much Kanaan for everything you did, especially the little orange face you made on top of one of my cocktails.
I highly recommend this hotel to stay at, it was amazing and we have already made plans to go back in the next 5 years!!!

Room Tip: For bungalows, around 126 should be good. However ask to not get the room at the end as the boats ti...
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

Island layout was beautiful. Room was gorgeous. Staff were professional and friendly. Food was five star. Spa treatment and activities were gold. We were treated like royalty throughout our whole time there. Perfect honeymoon. Thanks to sushil and his team of staff for our perfect stay.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Property: Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives
Address: Hembudhu Island, North Male Atoll
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Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > North Male Atoll > Hembadhu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Hembadhu
Price range (per night): $553 - $1,658
Hotel Class:5 star — Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef Maldives 5*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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Vivanta By Taj Coral Reef Maldives Hotel Hembadhu
Taj Coral Reef Hotel
Hotel Taj Coral Reef
Taj Coral Reef Maldives
Taj Coral Reef Resort Maldives

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