• Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa

Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa

A tropical island with something for everyone

A private escape set in the South Ari Atoll of the gorgeous Maldives, the Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa is definitely something special. Firstly, it features one of the region’s best house reefs, which makes for some of the most spectacular diving and snorkelling experience, right off the beach. And there’s also the added benefit of exclusive adult only Jacuzzi® Villas on the water and the beach, with these options allowing access to an adults’ restaurant, bars, and swimming pool, so you and your loved one can be sure of an intimate and relaxing holiday. For families, there are of course plenty of activities, including football, a games room and playground for kids, water sports including kayaking and windsurfing, and a great weekly entertainment programme. If you’re aching to get under the water, then take one of the many classes available from the resort’s very own PADI dive centre, and if you just want to relax on top of it, then pay a visit to the Duniye Spa and let the natural treatments and calming ocean sounds unwind and rejuvenate you. Here, on this paradise island, there really is something for everyone.  

 

 

 

 

Hayes & Jarvis Rating

Guide Price

 €2,159  per person
Hotel Category
Trusted
Location Type
Beach
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 5477 Reviews
Water Bungalows, Anantara Spa, Maldives

Hotel highlights

  • Incredible house reef just off the beach
  • Separate adults-only facilities
  • PADI Dive centre
  • Over water spa

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    14:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • 184 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approx. 25 minutes by Seaplane from Malé international airport

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Barefoot style

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive
  • Full Board

For Families

  • Family Entertainment
  • Kid's Club

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa

  • Beach
  • Approx. 25 minutes by seaplane from Malé international airport
  • Located in the South Ari Atoll
  • The island is surrounded by a fascinating house reef
5477 Reviews 94% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 4236
  • Very Good 978
  • Average 182
  • Poor 53
  • Terrible 28

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Mar 24, 2020

Wow what a trip that was.

We arrived in Vilamendhoo about 10:00 in the morning after a long journey from Birmingham in the UK via Dubai with Emirates. Every thing fell into place we had a nice flight to Dubai on an Airbus A380 sat upstairs in twin seats and our connecting flight to Male was at 02:45am and we landed just before 8:00am. We got straight through immigration and our bags were quickly reclaimed and we were only 14 Kilos over the baggage allowance for the seaplane which was about $70. We soon got the bus to the Sea Plane terminal and sat in the air conditioned Crown and Champa terminal. Apparently we had just missed a flight to Vilamendhoo but 10 minutes later we taken to the seaplane and arrived in Vilamendhoo just after 09:30am. Antje quickly had us checked in and as our room was not ready (check out is 12:00 and rooms ready by 14:00) we were shown to the gym changing rooms and had a refreshing shower and changed into shorts and tee shirts and even better ditched our shoes. So nice to be barefoot for all of the holiday. we registered with Euro-Divers and got our repeaters discount and unpacked our gear ready for the checkout dive the next morning. Lunch was very nice and after a couple of beers our room was ready so we rested on our sunbeds in the shade next to the ocean.The next morning after breakfast we went to the dive center for the checkout dive, skills tested were mask clearance, buddy out of air, buoyancy and SMB deployment. We have each done over 1100 dives but still think it was worthwhile to revisit key skills. I will do more on the diving in a separate trip report on Euro-Divers. But we did see Manta Rays close up and Whalesharks. The Whaleshark day trip was brilliant. We saw a whaleshark close to Maamigili airport and snorkelled with it. We then did a dive and another whaleshark swam past us and the whaleshark that we snorkelled with snook up on us on our safety stop. Nobody saw him (Fernando) until he was just a couple of metres away from us. Our second dive was interesting with a few sharks, turtles until again another whaleshark found us at the safety stop. I had downloaded the Maldives Whaleshark Research App for my ipad and this identified the whaleshark from it's spots. Overall our stay at Vilamendhoo was brilliant we say baby blacktip and nurse sharksas well as juvenile stingrays from our sunbeds. Our Beach villa room was on the north of the island which we would recommend. It was also close to the swimming pool which was really quiet, we did half a mile in the pool everyday apart from those days were we had booked three dives on the boat. We ate in the Funama restaurant and the food was excellent, neither of us eat meat but do eat fish and veggie meals and we always had plenty of choice. The curries are very light but tasty and often based on tuna but also try the veggie curry it is really full of flavour. We did book the All Inclusive Plus package and found it a benefit, but didn't go mad as we dived everyday. We did get caught up in the Covid-19 scare when on our last full day a staff member returned to the island and let them know on arrival that he felt unwell. The government locked down the island with no-one or boats or planes allowed to visit or leave. Fortunately the staff member was tested negative the next day and the lock down was lifted. We had discussed our options with Antje and put back our departure by 48 hours, so we had two extra days on Vilamendhoo courtesy of the hotel. I did try calling emirates holidays in the UK from my mobile at £3.00 per minute but due to high call volume gave up after £18 with no answer. I down loaded Skype which worked with my VPN set to UK location at 2p per minute and 21p when talking to Emirates in Dubai.
Mar 22, 2020

A Great, More Affordable, Resort in the Maldives

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We stayed here for 5 nights in mid-March, just as the coronavirus outbreak was becoming a serious pandemic around the world. So the resort had far fewer guests than normal, and the 2 excursions we really wanted to do, to see the whale sharks and manta rays, were cancelled. BUT, we still had a wonderful stay at the resort. Here's how I'd summarize everything. This is a upper middle-tier resort. It's not a luxury 5 star location. BUT, the price is so much lower than many resorts in the Maldives, and Vilamendhoo had many wonderful aspects to it. First, the water villa we had, while not the fanciest, was perfectly nice, was clean as a whistle, had great AC, a wonderful indoor/outdoor open air bathroom and shower, and a lovely view with a great balcony with stairs right down to the water were we could snorkel right outside the villa. We did full board, as we aren't huge drinkers, and the food at the all you can eat buffets, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, was always somewhere between wonderful and amazing for each and every meal. We were never disappointed. We did a turtle viewing excursion, a snorkeling excursion, and an jet ski with snorkeling excursion. All were great. Especially the jet ski excursion was totally worth it. The guide took us to a great reef to snorkel for what seemed like forever. Then we went to a beautiful sandbar to take some pics. And then I got to drive the jet ski all the way back to the resort. A great couple of hours! Finally, i have to say, the house reef here, which is one of the reasons I chose Vilamendhoo, if absolutely fantastic. One of the best I've every experienced. More fish to see right at the resort than on any of the excursions. The only not completely positive thing I would have to say is that, unlike other similar type island resorts I've been too, not all the staff are of the super nice, warm and fuzzy types. I think some of this is due to a language barrier, and some just the Maldivian culture. Many of staff were great, including the young man who took care of us at all our meals, Reza, and some of the folks in the main reception area, but not all. Nevertheless, I would not let this deter you from choosing Vilamendhoo. I'm sure if we had been able to do the whale shark and manta ray excursions I would have even more wonderful things to say. In sum, I think this is a great resort, and a great choice, at a reasonable price for location where many of the resorts charge astronomical room rates.
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Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa

Facilities

Internet Café

The internet café is located in the Gift Shop, for high speed, broadband connection for email, web browsing and making phone calls. There is also high speed broadband wireless connection in all guest rooms and most public areas.

Fitness Centre

Get your blood pumping and feel your very best with access to the resort's fitness centre.

a small boat in a body of water

PADI Dive Centre

If you really want to get under the surface of the Maldives, experience a range of classes and rentals at the PADI-certified dive centre, and take a trip to some of the beautiful corals just moments from the island. The reefs also offer some of the best snorkelling oppourtunities for far around, so there's certainly more than one way to hit the ocean.

a wooden pier next to a body of water

Duniye Spa

Let the Duniye Spa serve your mind, body, and spirit, and explore its range of luxurious facilities and treatments, tailor made to make you feel at your absolute best. Meaning Universe, Duniye reflects a natural holistic approach to well-being, and set over the water, the complex rings with the soothing sound of the ocean, to really let you unwind and reach a feeling of ultimate tranquility. To enjoy the full benefits of the spa experience, please arrive to the spa 15 minutes prior to your appointment and all treatments are payable locally..

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Land Sports

There are a variety of land sports available such as volleyball, football, badminton, tennis, petanque, and cycling.

a beach with palm trees

Two Swimming Pools

The two swimming pools have fresh clear water and overlook the beach. They include the Boashi Bar Pool which offers a childrens wading area, and the exclusive adults-only Sunset Bar Pool for a quieter and more peaceful atmosphere.

a man flying a kite in a boat on a body of water

Watersports

There are many ways to take to the waves at Vilamendhoo Island Resort; glide over the crystal waters with sailing, windsurfing, and snorkeling and sailing.

Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa

Room Types

Jacuzzi® Beach Villa

Just for adults, the Jacuzzi® Beach Villas are more spacious, with a wood floor, an iPod docking station, a private walled outdoor area featuring a Jacuzzi® and a wooden sundeck with chaise lounges. Jacuzzi® Beach Villa guests will be allocated the Ahima Restaurant.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • Whirlpool in room

Beach Villa

Beach Villas are spacious villas, either individual or semi-detached, set on the beach with a beautiful view of the lagoon. Each has a partially open-air bathroom and a small tropical garden. Beach Villa guests will be allocated the Funama Restaurant.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Jacuzzi® Water Villa

Jacuzzi® Water Villas are located over the lagoon, accessed by a private jetty. These adults-only villas have a larger bedroom, an iPod docking station, a partially open-air bathroom with double sinks, a walled outdoor area featuring a Jacuzzi®, a wooden sundeck with chaise lounges, a private sundeck with stairs into the sea and magnificent views. Jacuzzi® Water Villa guests will be allocated the Ahima Restaurant.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • Whirlpool in room

Garden Villa

Garden Villas are spacious , and in groups of three or four villas  set slightly further back fron the beach and surrounding by greenery. Each has a partially open-air bathroom and a small tropical garden. Garden Villa guests will be allocated the Funama Restaurant.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa

Food & Drink

The Sunset Bar

An exclusive adults-only bar located beside the Ahima Restaurant offering great seating choices, inside and out, as well as stunning views of the sunset every evening. 18 years and above only

The Bonthi Bar

A great all-round bar with a vibrant atmosphere, The Bonthi Bar is set beside the Funama restaurant, and includes table tennis, billiards, football, darts, chess, board games, satellite TV and a library where you can chill out with a book.

The Asian Wok Bar

Serving thirsty guests at the Asian Wok Restaurant, this is a great place to enjoy pre and post-dinner drinks. 18 years and above only

The Funama Restaurant

The Funama Restaurant is the other of the islands two sister buffet restaurants, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This restaurant is for guests staying in the garden rooms and beach villas, and is located in the center of the island. Breakfast:07:30 to 09:30 Lunch:12:30 to 14:00 (Friday 13:00 to 14:30) Dinner:19:30 to 21:30

The Ahima Restaurant

The Ahima Restaurant is one of two buffet restaurants on the island serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This restaurant is for guests staying in the Jacuzzi®; beach villas and Jacuzzi®; water villas, and is located on the western end of the island. Breakfast: 07:30 to 09:30 Lunch: 12:30 to 14:00 (Friday 13:00 to 14:30) Dinner: 19:30 to 21:30

The Asian Wok Restaurant

The Asian Wok Restaurant

The Asian Wok Restaurant is a unique over water à la carte restaurant which offers tasty Asian cuisine and Teppanyaki experiences. Reservations are recommended.

The Hot Rock Restaurant

The Hot Rock Restaurant offers a range of exotic meats, steaks, chicken, and seafood dishes cooked on special volcanic hot rocks straight at your table.

The Snack Menu

An all-day menu served at the pool as well as the Bonthi and Sunset Bars so you can enjoy a quick snack while you drink, soaking up the sun.

Board Basis Options

Full Board

FOOD: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served in the Funama restaurant for guests staying in the Garden Rooms and the Beach Villas and in the Ahima Restaurant for guests staying in the Jacuzzi® Beach Villas and Jacuzzi® Water Villas, featuring all you can eat international buffets.

All Inclusive

All Inclusive Plus

FOOD: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner served in the Funama restaurant for guests staying in the Garden Rooms and the Beach Villas and in the Ahima Restaurant for guests staying in the Jacuzzi® Beach Villas and Jacuzzi® Water Villas, featuring all you can eat international buffets. Afternoon Tea served in the Bonthi Bar for guests staying in the Garden Rooms and the Beach Villas and in the Sunset Bar for guests staying in the Jacuzzi® Beach Villas and Jacuzzi® Water Villas.

DRINKS: Unlimited all you can drink alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as follows: Bottled still water (1.0l), house brand soft drinks, Coke, Diet Coke, Fanta Orange, Sprite, Bitter Lemon, Tonic and Soda. Canned fruit juices, draught beer, coffee, tea, iced coffee, iced tea, house table wine - Red, White and Rosé, house brand spirits include gin, vodka, rum and whisky, all cocktails and mocktails and one 1/2 bottle of Champagne, per room, per stay. Minibar alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as follows: Bottled water, house brand soft drinks, canned beer, tea and coffee. The mini is refilled once per day.

ACTIVITIES: One Sunset Cruise, regularly scheduled. One 1/2 hour group snorkelling lesson (equipment not included), regularly scheduled one 1/2 hour group windsurf lesson (equipment included) and regularly scheduled one 1/2 hour grouptennis lesson (equipment included). Free use of the fitness centre, daytime use of tennis, volleyball and badminton courts, table tennis, billiards, darts and football pitch (equipment included). Free use of the kayaks and windsurfers (equipment included).

Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa

Family Friendly Facilities

The Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa over water villas provide a romantic retreat for couples and honeymooners, while the beach garden villas may be enjoyed by couples and families.

Kids Entertainment

There is a kids' playground on the island as well as a games room.

Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa

Special Offers

Honeymoon offer

Honeymoon and anniversary gifts

Guests celebrating their honeymoon or silver or gold weddin anniversary will receive a complimentary fruit plate, bottle of sparkling wine and flowers in their room upon arrival. 

Early booking discount

Save up to 10% on your summer 2020 accommodation

Book before the 31st March to receive up to 10% discount on your Summer 2020 accommodation.

  • Travel dates: 16th April 2020 - 30th September 2020
  • Not combinable with any other offer.
  • Black out dates may apply.

Travelling
Thursday, April 16, 2020 to Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Offer ends in 2 days

Free child

Kids stay free

Complimentary stay for children (2 - 14 years of age) sharing same room as parents.

  • Valid only for Garden Room, Adjoining Beach Villa and Standalone Beach Villa room categories.
  • Child(ren) must pay transfer charges.
  • Child(ren) must pay the Green Tax of US$6.00 per child, per night.
  • Black out dates may apply.

Travelling
Thursday, April 16, 2020 to Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Offer ends in 2 days

Early booking discount

Early Booking Offer - Save up to 15% on your accommodation

  • Blackout dates may apply. 
  • Not combinable with any other offer.

Travelling
Sunday, November 1, 2020 to Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Offer ends in 124 days

Early booking discount

Early Booking Offer - Save up to 20% on your accommodation

  • Blackout dates may apply. 
  • Not combinable with any other offer.

Travelling
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to Thursday, September 30, 2021
Offer ends in 336 days

Free child

Kid's stay free

Complimentary stay for children (2 - 14 years of age) sharing same room as parents.

  • Valid only for Garden Room, Adjoining Beach Villa and Standalone Beach Villa room categories.
  • Child(ren) must pay transfer charges.
  • Child(ren) must pay the Green Tax of US$6.00 per child, per night.
  • Black out dates may apply.

Travelling
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 to Thursday, September 30, 2021
Offer ends in 367 days

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