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Veligandu Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Veligandu
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Reviewed 22 September 2010

This was our 7th visit to the Maldives and this resort was a clear winner. We have always stayed in 5* accomodation and Veligandu beats them in several categories.
1. THE FOOD- Absolutely exceptional. The selection and presentation is truly breathtaking. Although it is buffet style it certainly doesnt detract from the quality. Everything from Pina Colada 'shot' desserts, handmade Thornton style chocolates, Kangaroo and ostrich main courses, wonderful cheese platters and champagne breakfasts, to name but a few. The German chef walks the restaurant and constantly asks if everything is to your satisfaction. He also welcomes any suggestions.
2. THE ROOMS- Very stylish. We stayed in a JWV which was huge with plenty of storage space. The bed was enormous and extremely comfortable and I think the pillows deserve a special mention! Although they don't actually offer a menu they supply a selection to enable you to choose your perferred firmness! The surround sound TV was better than the one we have at home! we took a few DVD's to watch and we were glad we did in view of the weather. The bathroom was well lit and user friendly, and the jacuzzi was an added bonus to enjoy with a glass of wine. One negative point would be the closeness of the villas. They would have been perfect if they had been a little more spread out, and some were in nicer locations than others. When we arrived we were allocated a villa on the sunset side.(139 old style) We were disappointed in that the sea was extremely rough on that side and was surrounded on three sides by other villas. In addition, it was a long walk to the public areas. We immediately asked to be moved and they were very obliging and moved us first thing the following day to villa 105 (new style) This one was close to the main areas and had the benefit of having a small, secluded beach to the rear and was on the calm side of the sea. Absolutely ideal. I would suggest emailing the island beforehand to request your preferred spot.
3.THE ATMOSPHERE- A 'proper' no shoes no news island which is small enough to give it a chic boutique style feel. The service was exceptional but non intrusive. Something that the Maldivians have got down to a fine art. The island itself is less manicured than some of the islands I have been to which was a good thing. The public areas were comfortable with lots of day beds and alcoves for privacy. Probably not as smart as some of the islands but far nicer in that they were cosier and nearer the waters edge for the views whilst enjoying a sundowner. The guests were mainly German and British.
4. THE DIVING -My husband advises! - A great dive team who arranged interesting sites to visit. No strong currents and the visibility was very good. Didn't see the promised hammerhead sharks though. They didn't want to come out to play even though I got up at 5.30 to see them!
To sum up we had a fab holiday and will definately be going back to Veligandu, but not in Sept! We have been to the Maldives 3 times before at this time of year and had great weather. We have experienced a few storms in the past but they always cleared up in a couple of hours and the sun came out again.This year we had 10 days of glorious weather with no rain at all but then the last 4 days it rained constantly. Obviously this put a dampener on the end of our holiday.
Finally, I just wanted to mention Monarch airlines. We had read all the bad press about them but I have to say they weren't too bad. I suppose, because our expectations were low we were quite pleasantly suprised. We travelled using their Premier service and found it fine. We used Thomson premier service last year and Monarch were as good. Previously we have used Srilankan, they were awful and Emirates- they were ok but you lose a day of your holiday because of their flight timings ( they take you to Male the day before and you have to stay in a transit hotel because the seaplanes can only fly in daylight hours and Emirates depart early in the morning)
If anyone has anything they want to ask please don't hesitate to contact me.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

We visited two islands in the Maldives (6 days in Veligandu, 6 days in Meeru). We loved Veli and would have loved to have stayed for the 12 days.

Accommodation: Jacuzzi Water Villa, the last villa on the island
Package: All inclusive, ½ hr snorkelling lesson, ½ hr wind surfing lesson, free use of kayak, dolphin sunset cruise
Resort: One bar, two restaurants (one where you have the AI buffet, one al carte), gift shop, games room, spa
Spa: Lots of choice, free 15 min voucher to be used in first two days when you get there. This can be added to a 1/2 paid session to get you 45 mins
Misc: Beach towels and flip flops provided in the room. Two bottles of water per day in the room. Good quality branded spirits on the AI, lots of people take deck chairs around the pool early – so get there early, not a very good selection of DVDs ( can hire for free), Wifi is no longer free, food was of a very good quality, don't bother ordering breakfast to your room it will be cold
Beach: gorgeous, picture perfect, great breeze

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 September 2010

If you are looking for a relaxing, beautiful snorkling paradise destination with a special someone then I 100% recommend Veligandu, we just returned from a week of honeymoon on the island and it was amazing.
Food was cracking, im a vege and was very well catered for and my wife had her pick of the meat and fish and we both came back suitably rotund!
The Jacuzzi water villa was divine with views over the lagoon which made for delightful sunsets and our room boy Mahumed was fantastic making sure the room was chilly-fresh after a day of snorkling.
The reef was perfect for snorkling with a wide range of fish, sharks and even a couple of turtles!!! I fully recommend an early morning snorkle off of the jetty by the bar, absolutely amazing.

Basically perfection and well worth the expense.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Kebabsrshite
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Reviewed 10 September 2010

it is a honeymooners paradise - if you are happy to sit, sunbathe, snorkel, swim and sleep all day every day for 2 weeks then it's definitely for you, and the food was delicious, the service impeccable.
I think a week would have been enough for us though - we are very busy, active people who both have demanding jobs and, to be honest, after the first 7 days we were climbing the walls! There is no culture or adventure here - these beautiful island resorts are just purpose built for holidays. Once you have walked around the island one way ...and then the other, that's all your land based exploring over. The snorkelling is great, a wonderful array of sea life, all around you all the time, especially underneath our beach hut in the evenings. Lovely holiday, very chilled out (1 read 12 books!) but we won't be going back soon.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank twinkle_toes65
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Reviewed 7 September 2010

8 blissfull days with superb service, amazing food (quality and variety), perfect reef snorkeling and textbook sunsets. Cannot imagine what they could improve on. Thank you for a memorable holiday.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank annie2010London
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Address: North Ari Atoll, Maldives, 20077
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Region: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > North Ari Atoll > Veligandu
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Veligandu
Price Range: $684 - $2,207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Veligandu Island Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Veligandu 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 Veligandu, North Ari Atoll. It is 600 meters long by 150 meters wide, about 22 acres. Your seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport is a scenic, 20 minute flight. The 91 rooms include 54 Jacuzzi water villas, 10 water villas, 16 Jacuzzi beach villas and 11 beach villas. Veligandu welcome guests 18 years and older. ... more   less 
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