Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef, Maldives
What We Love
- This hip hotel brings together stylish accommodations, a buzzy vibe and top-notch service
- The spa offers traditional Indian wellness treatments
- You’ll find woven slippers in your bedroom — a small but delightful perk
What To Know
- Three restaurants to choose from
- Kids are welcome at this family-friendly resort
- The resort is about 20 miles from Malé; round-trip speedboat transfers are about $150 (including taxes) per person
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
In the North Malé Atoll, the Vivanta is the sister resort to the uber-luxe (and uber-pricey) Taj Exotica. In fact, the resorts share staff members, which means you can expect the same high level of service, but with a more relaxed vibe. Spread out over Hembadhu Island, the 62 thatch-roofed villas dot the tranquil lagoon. So far, so Maldives. But this resort represents a younger, more affordable take on textbook tropical luxury, which translates into stylish and hip accommodations, a buzzy vibe and top-notch service.
Bed and Bath
The 62 beach and overwater villas are decorated in a natural palette and come equipped with the requisite outdoor shower. Wall hangings and lamps made from reclaimed wood add a nice dose of style, as do such high-tech touches as iPod docks and 32-inch flat-screen TVs. But who wants to watch TV when there’s some serious eye candy just outside the sliding glass doors?
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the water, including a diving outfitter, a full-on water sports setup and a lovely stretch of beach. Elsewhere there’s a Jiva Spa, which taps into India’s ancient ayurvedic science with treatments such as champi, a traditional Indian head massage using spice-infused oil. The alfresco restaurant, Open, serves seafood from the teppanyaki grill, as well as sushi, wood oven pizza and a few more innovative options (spicy crab cakes with a popcorn froth and passion fruit emulsion, anyone?). Latitude is a pan-Asian restaurant done up in shades of white and red coral. Its menu features tasty Maldivian and Indian curries, along with some top-notch naan — an homage to the Taj brand’s roots.
How to Get There
Paradise on Earth in all meanings -nature , people and vibres :) We already are planning our next holiday here :) it is our 14 visit to Maldives and each time I feel blessed . The reef is alive and you can reach it from your room :) Can’t thank enough for the staff -simple the best and food and drink 🍷 world class cxx
We were a large group of 30 people including kids. `right from the time we landed in Male and were met by the `Taj people, every this was fantastic. The resort is beautiful. Rooms are clean and spacious, lovely bathrooms. The beach villas are fantastic and there is fantastic opportunities for snorkling and enough beautiful corals around the hotel. We were well looked after and had a great time. Lovely waters and a lot of fish to see. Great cocktails and really very good food all in all i rate this very very high in terms of service and a great holiday for all of us. Maybe they could do with a little more help at the bar.
Wonderful home away from home resort backed by fab food and service under Shrivastava and Kannan. Bar service could have improved. Swimming pool could have better lighting and some shaded area..sting ray feeding was a nee experience
My family and I were at the hotel in the week 20-27 th april 2019. My feedback could be boring but my marks can't be lower than excellent in every field. The hotel is perfect and very well designed: the beach is long andof course with cristal clear wate. The overwater villas are wonderful, big and you can snorkel around them with low tide among thousand different fish. Food in the 3 resataurants is excellent and you can have a great choice of food every day with special dishes from Europe, Maldives and India. A special mention to people working at the hotel , because ALL of them were so kind and polite, that they made our holiday unforgettable: the life guard, the housekeeping, the reception, the beach, the restaurant, the spa employees had very high standard of professionality. A special mention goes to the boys of the Ocean diving center ( Koobe and Abdul): very kind but also excellent diving masters. Going out on the boat with them was a pleasure every day. We enjoyed our diving and snorkelling with safety and professionality and of course with a lot of fun.
A 40 minute speed boat ride from Male , this is a small and secluded island ...
Transfers were smooth . Hospitality as expected from Taj. In spite of limited dining options the food was awesome.
A paradise for snorkeling. Though the rooms are old , but spacious. Highlight of our stay was the daily feeding of sting rays and shark which our 7 year old throughly enjoyed . A special mention for Mr Kannan and Sajnie who took good care of our daughter at the restaurant . Only thing we missed compared to our other stays in Maldives was the white sandy beach as the resort has very little stretch of it .. rocky and coral reef as the name
Overall a great stay .