At a Glance
- Superb luxury resort located in the South Male Atoll, just 20 minutes by speedboat from the airport
- A range of over-water villas and beach bungalows, with options to have a private pool
- Amazing selection of restaurants and bars, and you can opt for their Indulgence Package which includes meals with drinks and some experiences
Velassaru is one of our favourite Maldivian Resorts, it offers superb accommodation and facilities, yet doesn’t come with the price-tag of the very top-end resorts. This makes its ideal to end a tour of Sri Lanka or Kerala for instance, or for a quick week’s winter-sun getaway. The white-sand beach is one of the best in the Maldives and the house reef is great for snorkelling. It has a modern, contemporary and somewhat chic feel and has a combination of both beach and water villas on stilts. It has somewhat of a younger vibe, so ideal for couples and honeymoons rather than for families, although teenagers will love it.
Let’s talk rooms. There are 129 of them, which puts Velassaru on the larger side compared with other resorts. If you want to be in a beach villa, they lead-in with Beach Bungalows, but these are set back a little and are fairly close to each other, and they are exceptionally good value. Generally, we say start by look at the thatched Beach Villas, complete with garden bathroom and minimalist design exposed teak and stonework. They have high ceilings and open out onto a lovely front garden that opens onto the beach beyond. The ultimate on-island room comes with a private pool. Over-water and you have a combination of Water Bungalows with Pool, slightly larger Water Villas (that come with or without pools), and the very large Water Suite.
The facilities are great. You can opt for their Indulgence Package, which is essentially all-inclusive (although drinks are only served at mealtimes). Vela is the main restaurant, featuring an interactive buffet and live cooking stations. The A La Carte options include Teppanyaki which serves up Japanese cuisine overlooking the lagoon. Sand features candlelit tables on the beach and known for its seafood. Not stopping there, you have Mediterranean food at Etesian and international cuisine at Turquoise. Private Dining can be arranged on the beach. Needless to stay, Velassaru has dining options for every taste. There are two bars, the pick of them being Chill which is ideal for a cocktail at sunset. It goes without saying there is a superb spa, and the main pool is ideal if you don’t like swimming in the sea.
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The great thing about Velassaru is that it doesn’t come with the price-tag of some of the more well-known resorts, yet all things being equal, offers amazing value. It has a young vibe, with snazzy restaurants and bars, so won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. If you want something a little bit more expensive then do have a look at Baros, which is a little bit more expensive. For those worried about the costs in resort, the Indulgence Package makes sense, and is almost all-inclusive in that you get drinks with meals (not all night!). If you like the idea of all-inclusive, then do also consider Constance Moofushi which is at a similar level to Velassaru. We love the Beach Villas, giving you a huge amount of space, and many of them look south to the open ocean. Over-water options are great, but it’s important to have a villa with the right view rather than looking north backwards the islands around Male.