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Reviewed 12 October 2009

We have just come back from a wonderful week on Veligandu. This was our third visit to the Maldives and I think we will return to Veligandu again. We had a Jacuzzi Beach Villa which was lovely. The beach and the sand are wonderful as is the water. The best snokelling is from the end of the spit where the reef is and we saw a turtle, mornay eel, sharks on top of all the usual beautiful fish. The food is a buffet and it was excellent. I and my husband are 'foodies' and I fully expected to have to have at least one if not two dinners in the little restaurant but this was not necessary as the food was so good. A tip - get to dinner a bit before 7.30 to get a good table around the terrace! The staff are really nice and the service in the restaurant is excellent.

The spa was really nice too. No glass floor to stare down into as there is at Meeru but very nice nonetheless.

The bar is also very nice being sunk into the floor. We do not normally go to bars, prefering our own balcony but we spent some nice evenings in the bar (fabulous pina coladas).

We went full board rather than all inclusive as we prefer to have nice wine so I can't comment on the value of AI. The drink is expensive but we expected that. Wines range from USD25 a bottle to USD100 and we had a rose every night which cost USD25 a bottle and it was very nice. Unfortunately, the champagne is too expensive which is a great shame.

We didn't take any dollars and ended up leaving sterling which is not a problem but you are expected to tip.

We booked directly with Monarch (who were awful) and with Maldives Direct who were really fantastic and helped us choose this island. We will return to Veligandu without any hesitation and are already looking at flight options!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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2  Thank wendyLondon
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Reviewed 29 September 2009

Just back from 2 fantastic all inclusive weeks on Veligandu September this Year.
Flew from Manchester in Premium Economy which was a waste of money to be honest. Holiday didn't get off to a great start with a £60 excess baggage charge at Manchester. Once on the plane the "notoriously tempremental entertainment system" went down which resulted in the entire left hand side of the plane without any DVD's for the length of the flight, as you can imagine, not best pleased. Drinks eventually were offered and as we ordered 2 white wines we were asked if we would like ice in them as the wine wasn't cold.....The food apparently inspired by Aldo Zilli was the usual airline slop. Only a couple of inches extra legroom so all in all a disappointment on the premium ecomomy front.

Got to Male and waited 2hrs 30mins for the seaplane transfer. It seems they wait for other flights in to ensure each seaplane is full. To be fair kept us fed and watered at the seaplane terminal.
Eventually arrived at Veligandu and thats when everything took a turn for the better!

We chose sunset side which I would recommend emailing ahead and reserving as nearest to the restauant/ bar area, amazing sunsets from your deck or Jacuzzi and the breeze is most welcome as there simply isn't any on the sunrise side. The lagoon is a little choppier but still perfect for snorkelling or it is only a 5 min stroll to the sunrise side if you prefer to swim there.
JWV are superb. Good size, massive shower with power shower and rainfall heads to choose from, sliding doors can be opened so the outside deck with Jacuzzi becomes part of the bathroom.
Found the beds a little hard but the view from them each morning compensated for that.
TV for those who bother has a couple of decent channels, note that BBC World News is Channel 0 as it took us a few days before stumbling on it. Good sports station shows lots of premiership games again if that's your thing.
There is an IPOD which is through a surround sound system that also charges your POD, really good sound. The outside deck area is the best bit with steps into the lagoon and a shower on the steps for when on the way back out to rinse the salt off.
Mini Bar not included and V expensive. We fell into the trap with a few sundowners as I got fed up walking to and from the bar for take outs. Speaking to the Food and Beverage Director about this and they are aware it is an issue with most guests and from November would be part of the AI package? Wait and see if that materialises.
If you enjoy a few beverages then the AI package is a must as the bar prices are steep other wise. As white wine drinkers we found the house wine on the AI to be just bearable.
The pool area was great with a fresh water pool and plenty of loungers. This was essentially lobster central and the occupants simply cooked themselves most days around there, you will see some sights.....
The beach is spotless and plenty of space to have your own private are, many days we were the only ones on there as a lot of people never move from their villas until feeding time. The food is fantastic. Massive choice, all fresh and the Executive Chefs often strolling around asking for feedback and just generally interested in peoples opinions. The A La Carte restaurant has menus over and the AI package such as "Lobster and Bubbles" quite pricey and you also have to pay for drinks even if on AI. These nights are limited to just 7 tables on the waters edge and is so good we went twice. Have the Waga Beef, fantastic. About $190 per couple although you can order other a la carte dishes if not interested in the special themed nights.
Entertainment is OK. Disco on Tuesdays, Dive night on Sundays ( shows video of dive sites available) Crab Racing on Thursday is is really good fun as you have to bid on crabs with a chance of winning prizes, worth a look. Maldivian Night in the restaurant on Sundays which if you like curries you will be in Heaven!
Most people dressed quite casually and I didn't wear shoes day or night for 2 weeks. Note though the decked walkways get very hot in the mid afternoon so there is an area at the end of the walkway to leave your flip flops for the last leg back to the villa!
We went for dinner around 8.45pm and always managed to get a table outside over the lagoon. Watch sitting outside at breakfast as it is V hot and the crows will pinch your food, seriously there were a bit of a pain and do get on your nerves a bit.
The free night fishing is worth it as everyone catches something and for a $5 charge you can have your fish BBQ'd for you the next day for lunch or dinner. We did and it was delicious and we got a few envious looks of " I didn't see that on the menu!"
Also went on the speedboat snorkelling trip which was excellent with plenty of shark and turtle action!
Staff were excellent and I would recommend tipping the guys early doors as you will be treated over and above. We would be walking into the bar and before we sat down there would be our drinks, ash tray and a bowl of savoury snacks arriving at the same time.
Thursday night the restaurant challenge guests to a 5 a side match which was good fun to watch, far too hot to play in.
Watch having cooked breakfast in you room as there is a $15 tray charge and is was cold by the time it arrived so opt for continental if you do!
Over all we thought it was a 5* resort and the SPA was fantastic. We had the His and Hers joint treatment which was excellent. Those going enjoy, you will love it.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank JBWirral
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Reviewed 23 September 2009

We have staye in a Jacuzzi Water Villa for a wek in september. The accomodation is fabulous. The room is exceptionally beautiful, the management extremely polite (they changed our room from sunrise side to the sunset side of the island) the food delicious what can you expect more?

The weather was fabulous with only 2 rainy days, even then with enough sunshine. The snorkelling and diving were great. Ocean Pro Dive Team is very caring and professional.
The reefs are pristine and there is life everywhere.

The SPA is exceptional, they certainly know how to soften you up and pamper you.

Bring your own diving equipment, snorkelling gear, wear beach shoes as there are stingrays sometimes and you don't want to ruin an expensive dream holiday. Bring lots of cameras. Fishing trip is ok. Choose all inclusive as the beverages are very expensive.
Pack only one pair of sportsshoes or sneakers as you will be barefoot during your stay.

Me, my wife and daughter are dreaming about our days in Veligandu and hoping to return next year.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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6  Thank JustAddWater
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Reviewed 9 September 2009

Have been to the Maldives 3 times before to various islands and we absolutely loved this one. Welcome drink was the most delicious fruity concoction which we sipped while filling in brief check-in details and enjoyed the icy cold towels.

Were accompanied to rooms and shown how everything works (except the nespresso machine which took me a while to figure out!) :)

We travelled with our two older teenagers and chose Veligandu because it offered great diving with great food and comfort.

We had Jacuzzi water villas on the East side (villas 101 - 110) which turned out to be perfect for us as it was close to dive center (and restaurant and spa and fitness centre) and not being on the sunset side it gave the perfect excuse to wander down to the bar to watch the sunset with cocktails in hand or while paddling in the ocean. We also appreciated the shade in the afternoons, not being great sunseekers.

Snorkelling from the villa deck was great. Although there was a lot of dead coral close in we always headed out through the break in the sea wall (fairly unobtrusive) to the reef drop off and saw all sorts of fish and many sharks and turtles. Daughter and I tried snorkeling off the West side of the island but found it to be less interesting (may depend on time of day/year/tide).

We signed up for diving every day and were very impressed with the service at the dive center (Pro-dive) which was laid-back but super-efficient. (Well worth paying the boat guy a dollar a dive to have equipment all washed and put away for you each time). Husband and son dived the Big Blue and were thrilled to see a hammerhead shark close up. All the dives had something of interest and particularly enjoyed the ones with all the sharks! Dive boat was great and very fast. Dive leaders very good at finding and pointing out all the interesting things
Dive center is only open limited hours as the rest of the time they are all out leading dives, so you need to check out opening times if wanting to rent equipment or snorkelling kit.

Restaurant was amazing - huge variety of choices and always options for freshly cooked fish and meats from the grill. Desserts were spectacular! Most tables were for two as they get mostly couples but we always got a table for 4 in our favourite spot (just inside to take advantage of the fans!) Staff were always smiling and helpful and enjoyed a chat.

Bar was a great place to watch the sunset with a cocktail (not included in AI) and we loved the red swivel chairs and the daybeds.

Having very little in the way of organised entertainment suited us just fine and we tended to go to the games room after dinner (table tennis, pool, darts, table football) or watch DVDs borrowed from reception.

Son used fitness room every day which was air conditioned and very well equipped. Really this is the only place you need shoes (trainers) unless you want to join the friendly staff for a game of football which you'd also need trainers for. Only had time to fit in one massage at spa but it was excellent too.

Rooms were spacious and well-equipped, bathroom fantastic (wonderful showers). Kids were thrilled to find huge TV, ipod dock, CD player etc. Bed huge and comfortable.

We didn't get round to using the pool but it looked beautiful nor did we do any of the excursions or use the watersports facilities (windsurfers, kayaks, sea bikes, catamaran) but as we were diving every day and snorkelling we certainly were never bored in our week's stay.

My advice
Go and enjoy!
Take shorts/T-shirt in hand luggage and change before getting on seaplane as they are very hot!
Don't bother taking shoes - you wont' need them and a pair of flip flops is provided in the rooms. The walkways do get hot but the hand held water jets dotted along them can be used to cool your feet along the way.
Keep camera/video in your hand on the seaplane as the views are spectacular.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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6  Thank seadragonUk
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Reviewed 8 September 2009

No Fault whatsoever. This is definately the best place in the world to go for a honey moon. I'm not going to write an essay, I was there just over a year ago but I just had to add something here considering I did all my research on tripadvisor!
You will not regret it!
The SPA is a must!!!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank happyman1983
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