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
- 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
Excellent beach villa, fab choice of food, fantastic and very friendly staff. A small island with a big heart. Enjoyed snorkelling, stingray feeding, sunset cruise and swimming. Very relaxing and can’t wait to return ❤️
This was by far the best Holiday i have been on.
Not only was it because of the sensational location we were in but the hotel made it all the better.
I could not fault the staff one bit. They were amazing, they knew when we were leaving the resort with out mentioning to them and came to say goodbye and waved us of when we left along with all of the other staff which was a very nice touch.
As we stayed for a week, we got to meet the head chef where we had a cocktail and some delicious nibbles he prepared for us, we got to know him well and how much he enjoys working there.
The food was outstanding, we had the curry a few times as it was delicious.
i enjoyed the high tea where we had a few nibbles, then fed the Stingrays with food provided by the chef.
Our room was amazing, we walked straight out onto the beach to relax in Paradise.
I have recommended this hotel already to many people, and will love to come back again soon.
We spent a fantastic week at Taj Coral Reef (Vivanta by Taj) in March. The Island is not so big but with all the comforts. There are two restaurants only, but they offer a really wide range of choice, different types of cuisine, excellent food, including a yummy pizza made in the big oven. The staff is lovely, everyone smiling and caring, always ready to help. In particular I wish to thank Nigel and his staff in the pool restaurant for pampering us all the time! Another plus is the daily sting ray feeding, unforgettable. And in the Jiva Spa I had probably the best massage of my life!
Met at Male airport and transferred by speedboat about 45mins, shown to our room no. 223 for check in by Debbie, nice touch. Lovely room with direct access to the beach we thought it was the best spot on the island. Room had sofa and table & chairs on our patio area and 2 sun beds and a hammock on the beach, although the rooms are lovely we found we were a little close to neighbours on both sides for our liking. Great bathroom, lovely big shower and access to an outside shower which didn't look inviting having a rough stone floor. This was disappointing as the last two islands had lovely outside showers and I missed using one. Rooms are serviced twice a day and both sparkling and still water is supplied in large quantities.
The staff in the restaurant are lovely, always a friendly welcome and impressive service in remembering our names every mealtime. The food is a la carte and the best we have tasted, every meal was exceptional. At breakfast there is a menu to choose specials from alongside a wide selection of buffet ingredients. Menus are changed daily in Bokkara but the menu stays the same in Open The Grill restaurant, again superb Mexican style food in lovely setting. Although drink is expensive in the bar and restaurant, we were aware of this as in all the Maldives. There is an option to upgrade to either All Inclusive or a daily drinks package, details of both are provided in your room.
We were celebrating my husbands 60th and he got a birthday donut at breakfast, a cake in the room in the evening along with the bed being decorated too, nice touch from the staff without any notification.
We were invited to a cocktail party with Arun the Executive Head Chef, we couldn't fault his staff or food and it was a nice touch to have someone request feedback from guests staying longer than 6 nights.
Beautiful clear water with a wealth of fish for snorkelling, the dive centre provide free snorkel and mask use for the length of your stay. Manta Ray feeding at 5pm was a daily spectacle not to be missed and the high tea at 4.30pm was very tasty.
We enjoyed a couples massage at the Jiva spa as part of our package, again great service and surroundings.
A well run resort with the fantastic service from the staff making a lovely atmosphere for guests, we spoke with restaurant staff about their working life and got the impression that Taj look after their staff very well making for a happy workforce.
Kids play area is not there . Apart from the location , the staff is very good , thanks to mr. Kanan for his hospitality . The nights are so peaceful and clam and beautiful . Taj coral.reef hotel is a beautiful island resort which i would love to.come again for my holidays