The Velassaru Resort, located on an exclusive island in the Maldives, is the pinnacle of luxury. Unlike many other Maldive hotels, this chic, sophisticated and absolutely stunning dream resort will make your vacation the best you’ve ever had.
Velassaru: Not Just For Honeymooners
To be fair – that’s not a hard feat when on the Maldives. Pristine, snow-white beaches, coconut palms, turquoise waters – what else is there for a picture perfect holiday? The spectacular islands that form the Maldives are famous for a reason. Set within the warmest waters of the Indian Ocean, they offer a sharp vision of what paradise must look like.
Many resorts on the Maldives are thus overrun by tourists, and sometimes even the most luxurious among them haven’t always aged well. Vela is different: it prizes itself on being private, intimate and beautiful, just like these exceptional islands and you, the royal guest, deserve. From a wholesome wellness experience in an infinite summer to a thrilling diving adventure, you can have anything you want (and more). The only caveat being: if you can afford it.
If you’re single, you should re-consider.
The only downside of Velassaru – if you can call it that, really – is how much it’s built around a honeymoon vacation. The seclusion, and the downright sexiness of architecture and interior design, calls for couples. If you’re single, you should re-consider. It’s hard to meet people on a tiny island full of newlyweds. And Vela does not accept families with children either, which is understandable, as they’d like to keep it quiet.
Deluxe bungalow, beach villa or water suite?
My “room” turned out to be a beach villa: a bungalow larger than my apartment in Berlin, with an outdoor bathroom and my own private section of the beach. The perfectly comfortable king size bed, facing the ocean, lulled me into a deep sleep before I could even try to comprehend where I had arrived at. This is peak luxury and more than I’ll ever be able to afford again (this being part of a press trip, I cherished every moment knowing I’d actually never return to such highs in life).
During a tour of the island, we also got to see the other decadent accommodation options. The water bungalows, which are built right above the ocean, are incredible enough. But the water suite – you can compare it to the presidential suite in a regular hotel – was literally obscene. Full butler service, an exclusive swimming pool, more than 3 bedrooms and the list can just go on forever… ‘spectacular’ doesn’t even begin to cover it. I ran out of adjectives, as you can tell.
Of course, the amenities in every housing are state of the art. Safe, free wifi, tv and dvd players, aux cables, air-con, minibar, Nespresso machine, complimentary water, bathrobes, L’Occitane bath products, beach bags and all other sort of stuff is for granted at this five star luxury resort.
(Water) Activities at Velassaru
While lying in the sun at your own private section of the beach, or at the generous infinity pool, can be more than enough to fulfill your hearts desires, there are certainly also some things to do and see. Starting at Velassaru, you can opt for a daytrip to Malé, the capital of the Maldives. This hustling and bustling, hectic and eclectic little town is exceptionally colorful and exciting to walk through, although you’ll find that it’s not worthy of a shopping trip or an extensive cultural study. It’s all work and no play. Still, I really enjoyed our trip, as being on a secluded island can become a little bit of the same after a few days. Not that I’m complaining.
But paradise only awaits. Sunset ocean drives, jetski safaris and diving missions are only a few choice recommendations from the vast selection of things to do on the Maldives. In 2 days, we managed to see baby sharks and turtles on the beach, I went snorkling as well as diving to the turtle sanctuary that Vela constructed at their reefs, we bathed in the infinity pool while it was storming ahead of us, took a cooking class and indulged in an exceptional massage treatment at the Velassaru spa. You certainly won’t get bored (that said, all of those activities are not included in your initial costs, so you’ll have to spring for it).
Some of the complimentary activities include an open air movie night and specialty themed buffets.
Dining out at Velassaru
Again, Vela is conceptually designed to cater to honeymooners and couples on a romantic getaway. That’s why the restaurants are all “date perfect”. From the chill out bar, with it’s perfected cocktails and sand bags, to the Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant. Of course, most of the restaurants at Vela are centered around fresh seafood, and it would be a shame if they weren’t. I was overall very happy with what they had to offer, but since we only stayed on Velassaru for 2 nights, I can’t tell whether I wouldn’t be sick of it after a while.
All in all, there are four different restaurants and a few bars on top of that. I think staying longer than a week is definitely a test to your culinary endurance. That being said, I think if I went on a romantic holiday to Velassaru, I’d probably be in-room dining most of the time… if you get what I mean.