4.5
Very Good 2063 Reviews
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Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Location

With a stay at Velassaru Maldives in Velassaru (South Male Atoll), you’ll be minutes from Laguna Beach and close to Vadoo Beach. This 5-star resort is within the vicinity of Bolifushi Island Pier and Villingili Public Beach.

Rooms

Make yourself at home in one of the 129 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and minibars. Satellite programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and designer toiletries. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.

Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities

Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You can soak up the sun at the private beach or enjoy other recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and an outdoor tennis court. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).

Food & Drink

Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 5 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Thirsty? Quench your thirst at a bar/lounge, a beach bar, or a poolside bar. Breakfast is available for a fee.

Business & Travel Amenities

Featured amenities include a computer station, express check-in, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge at scheduled times.

How to Get There

Velassaru Maldives
Velassaru
Velassaru, Maldives

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 2063 Reviews
Velassaru in our ❤️
Reviewed 11 hours ago

I would like to tell you why you should travel to Velassaru❤️ Today it is our last day, and we are already looking forward to returning to the island again. Velassaru is a small Maldivian island, but is built up to accommodate lots of activities; We play tennis every morning, use the gym or paddle kayak around the island. We fill the days with snorkeling, diving or visiting the Spa, which is amazing! Or use the sunbeds on the beach with the white sand....The restaurants have a standard that is absolutely stunning, not to mention the Chill bar, here you get the best lunch and the best drinks. But all of this you probably get in many other places as well.

What makes Velassaru unique is all those who work here! We travel a lot both privately and in a job context, but how we are taken care of here at Velassaru, we have never experienced anywhere else. This is why we come back to Velassaru; Again, the people who work here! We must mention Rasheed at the Chill Bar. We have never met a more service-minded person! Fantastic!

This is my second review for Velassaru, the first one being four years ago. I’ ll summarize the same way this time; Velassaru is more than fantastic, and gets our warmest recommendations!

Paradise
Reviewed 1 day ago

This was recommended by our travel agent for our honeymoon.
It was just superb. Flying with Emirates made the long journey a lot more pleasant. Met at Male airport by staff for boat transfer to island where we were greeted by staff and took to reception and although it was only 0900hrs we were allowed to our room. Nice honeymoon touches, champagne etc.
The accomodation was beautiful, incredibly clean and well finished. Indoor and private outdoor showers, quality products, towels etc.
Very polite attentive staff from the cleaners, gardeners, restaurant staff.
All the restaurants are superb - recommend you book though.Food is fantastic.
Tipping goes a long way here - just a few dollars at meal times etc
Cold towel man, free ice cream man etc tour the beach looking for you.
Free snorkelling equipment, cinema nights on the beach, DJ night in the bar etc provide good entertainment. Well equipped gym is a nice bonus.
If we had a negative for us it was the amount of children. We accepted this is NOT adults only but we felt over run by kids on our honeymoon. No under 12s allowed in the gym but families taking 4-5 yr olds in to play is not on. staff not ready to confront customers for anything like this. I berated a family for chasing the wildlife and throwing stones at them on the beach when really staff should have intervened. Pool was very busy with kids so we kept away on the beach. Toddlers running riot in the bar late at night is not my thing so probably will go for adults only next time. Would thoroughly advise going all inclusive, it is very expensive to eat and drink so it was brilliant to be able to order what we wanted when we wanted without worrying about the cost.
On departure day our all inclusive stopped at 12 midday but we weren't getting the boat until 8 so they expected us to pay for water & food for 8 hours - after we paid £8K for a holiday - a bit steep in our view.
Overall this is a brilliant place to stay, food and staff make the place

Perfection. Seriously.
Reviewed 7 days ago

Perhaps the best way to convey our experience of Velassaru is to direct you to the hotel’s promotional video on its website or YouTube — because what you see there is the absolute unembellished truth, from the layout of the villas to the colour of the towels. It is, to blunt, as good as it looks. Every detail you will see is not an exaggeration or airbrushed for the camera, but an everyday part of the experience, from the speedboat transfer from the airport to the fine dining in restaurants, the layout and standard of the villas, and the emerald colour of the sea. We spent seven glorious days on Velassaru to celebrate our 50th birthdays and were gutted to leave. There are *so* many things to recommend it, but I’ll confine myself just to three.

First, if you want a luxury experience then you will definitely find one here. The quality of everything, from the fine dining to high standard of the villas, is consistently first class. We borrowed snorkelling equipment, had a massage in the spa, ate at all five restaurants, watched a film at night on the beach at the Cinema Beneath the Stars (waiters took our drinks orders as we reclined on plush bean-bags), took a complimentary cruise, sampled cocktails... nothing was ever substandard or below par, and the attention to detail was exquisite. I cannot think of one detail which did not delight or which fell below par.

Second, because the island basically is the hotel (so no-one can drop by for the day unannounced), there is plenty of room for everyone and little sense of it being busy. There was always room at the infinity pool to find a lounger, always a space for dinner (although booking helped ensure that you got the table you wanted), always a waiter in the bar looking to bring you drinks, and — crucially — always a seat at the Chill Bar terrace each evening where we watched the sun sink magnificently into the ocean. I’ve been around the world twice and never seen anything as breathtaking as the sunsets which I witnessed here; it’s almost an emotional experience watching the sky change colour and the light shift and shade with such vivid, tender elegance.

Third, and perhaps best of all, is the staff. The island is very-well served indeed by highly trained staff for whom (to a man and woman) nothing is ever too much trouble. The kitchen staff preparing the extensive and fantastic menus, the waiting staff looking after you (and who will remember you and your preferences very quickly), those staff tending your room twice a day to ensure it’s clean and tidy, the chaps who daily replenish the water vessel by your room so you can clean your feet when you come back to your villa, the reception staff who are always available 24/7, the man who visits the beach expressly to clean your sunglasses, the staff in the spa and dive centre... every one, without fail, was excellent. For us, the experience of Velassaru was made extra special by the level and quality of these professionals’ service. I imagine that that there is a major logistical operation going on behind the scenes to keep things running so smoothly, but you’d never know it, such is the becalmed, relaxed, gorgeous atmosphere which pervades the island as a whole, and which the staff work extremely hard to sustain. They’re marvellous.

I could go on and write about the superb Japanese restaurant which you reach by walking along a short jetty so that you eat surrounded by the ocean, or our villa’s fantastic exposed bathroom (utterly discrete, thoroughly luxurious), or how the island looks late at night... But you simply have to see it for yourself. I’m very well travelled, believe me, but I’ve rarely been to somewhere as wonderful as this (nor am I prone to writing gushing reviews...). It is seriously perfect.

Thanks to all the staff for making our long journey across continents worth every mile, and for ensuring that every minute we spent on Velassaru was so beautiful and meant something special and genuinely memorable. One day, we hope, we’ll be back.

Absolute Paradise
Reviewed 7 days ago

You never expect somewhere to be as picturesque as the professional images but Velassaru is just that! Totally breathtaking.

From the minute you are on the island it definitely lives up to the 5* rating that we are expecting.

ROOMS - We stayed in the over water bungalow with pool. (Room 312) absolutely amazing. So spacious, private and waking up & either taking a dip in the pool or the sea first thing in the morning was so refreshing. The bath looking out to the beautiful clear water is just something else.

RESTAURANTS- we ate in all the restaurants & I must say they all have their own unique tastes, the food is lovely and a complete variety to choose from. If there is anything you would like that is not on the menu the chef will happily make it for you.

POOL/SEA - there are plenty of beds to use at the infinity pool and it never got busy until about 10-10.30am when we were there so no need to be up early to reserve them. There are loads of beds around the island near the sea, so again you can use these also.

IMMERSION DIVE CENTRE- the staff here are fantastic, so knowlegable & happy to share their stories. They are great at their job and very patient for new divers.

BARS- we went to chill out bar a few days to watch the sunset, this is a must as it's breathtaking. Food lovely here too. Best place to catch a glimpse of the black tip sharks. After dinner most night we sat in Zen bar, the cocktails were amazing.

SNORKLING- we mostly snorkled around the over water bungalows & the chill out bar. As this is where most of the fish, sharks & turtle was. We swam out to the limit line for snorkling, as we seen a lot more fish and a larger shark here. You have to be careful of the trigger fish as they are protecting their eggs at this time of the year, they will chase you away.

DOLPHINS- as we were kayaking around the island the staff pointed out dolphins in the distance next to where the boats dock. We sat & watched about 6 dolphins putting on a show & jumping out the water. This was amazing to see.

ENTERTAINMENT- their is different entertainment on each night, from dj, saxophonist, singers, movie night etc. This was really good and the singer's were amazing.

STAFF- what can I say the staff make this place, they are so attentive & remember little details down to your name, favourite drinks, room number. All of the staff are amazing & their customer service is second to none. Listening to some of their stories about their lives & families back home was lovely.

Big shout out to Esseem at the infinity bar, this guy should be up there with management. He is the most attentive member of staff I have ever met. His customer service skills are amazing, he never stops for even a minute the full time he's working, and is always smiling.
He would watch for us coming out the pool or finishing our lunch & have our favourite drinks waiting for us, or clean towels on our beds. Esseem gets our 'staff member excellent customer service award'. He is definitely what a 5* hotel needs.

TIPS- we spent about $400 on tips, as much as there is a service charge on each bill it is up to you wether you wish to tip or not. We believed that staff did deserve that extra tip.

PAYMENTS- as everything is charged to your room number we believed this was a great idea & more convenient as we didn't have to worry about carrying cash about with us.

SPA- the spa was amazing, we went for different full body massages. The staff were amazing, treatments were great and so relaxing. Definitely recommend.

Sorry this is a long winded review but I wanted to try and cover everything.

100% recommend the Velassaru to everyone. Cannot wait to return in 2021.

Thank you to all the staff for making my 40th so magical.

Superb holiday
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just spent two weeks at Velassaru. What a superb place.
Stayed in a beach Villa with pool. Right on the beach but still very private.
Food and staff were excellent.
Everything about Velassaru was spot on.
There wasn’t a single thing that wasn’t as it should be. ( if you know what I mean )
Must mention our villa attendant Mohamed. Really looked after us. Nothing was to much trouble for him and he kept the villa spotless.
Also, the Executive Sous Chef, who’s name escapes me, took us under his wing and treated us to some special dishes throughout our stay. A big thank you to him.
All I all, I can’t recommend Velassaru highly enough.