Introduction: Luxury Undressed.
Gentle sands leading you to the water’s edge. Soothing vistas across the spectacular turquoise lagoon at sunset. Minimalist contemporary chic meets comfortable natural elegance in your own private hideaway. Five dining venues, each providing a taste of the exotic. Two innovative bars, the ultimate chill-out. Experiences that immerse you in local culture, underwater explorations that introduce you to our tropical marine world. Days and nights of simple indulgence.
Step into the unknown. Welcome to Velassaru.
Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.
Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.
My Arrival Experience: Warm welcome from the staff including Myla, the Marketing & Communications Manager.
What I loved: The service and the villa.
What About the Food: Overall satisfied with the food, but if great food is a priority, I recommend their partner resort, Kurumba. For breakfast, you are limited to a buffet, but I managed to get great fresh food from the kitchen by requesting it. The breakfast buffet ends already at 10 AM, and Myla explained their European guest likes to get up at 7 AM in the morning and take a swim. I was surprised to hear this, and it’s very different from me that likes the possibility to wake up at 10 and then have breakfast. Keeping the breakfast open until 10:30 or 11 like other resorts would be a way to improve the experience. If you eat fish, sticking to that would be a safe choice as they get it fresh. However avoid their fish ravioli at all cost. the taste and texture were very disappointing, but the staff handled it very well and got me a new dish.
What About the Service: Great service in all areas of the resort and this is where Velassaru deserves it’s SLH status together with the extraordinary villas. I especially found the restaurant staff to be attentive and among the best in the country when I compare to the 50 other Maldivian resorts I have stayed at the time of writing this article.
What About My Villa: Beautiful villa with comfortable bed, sitting area, flatscreen Tv, double sink, private swimming pool and two rain showers, indoor and outdoor.
Number of Rooms: 129.
Type of Property: Resort.
Facilities: Spa, gym and pool.
Complimentary Internet: Yes and fast enough for calls and videos. Impressive on a private island resort.
Affiliations: Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
My Overall Impression: Great experience. It’s a wonderful resort where the food would be the only thing that didn’t meet my expectations. Keep in mind; they were high after the experience at Kurumba.