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
Given the size of the Island and limited resources, the resort has tried level best to give an array of facilities. The highlights of the stay were,total peace and tranquility, In room check-in, good vegetarian food and the manta ray feeding. Not having a buffet system is a very good idea as less food is wasted. Keeping in mind that Maldives is a luxury destination, the resort is good value.
Heaven on earth water villas. One is transported to an oasis of calm...the service is great....the food just super ...keep it up...amazing snorkeling and sunset cruises...
The facilities are top of the line too.
1) The day we arrived - we were made to wait at least 30-40 mins at airport as some other family was supposed to be clubbed with us for transfer to hotel and their flight was running late2) we took big game fishing boat at 800 usd and we happened to catch a huge tuna fish. We were told we can ask the chef to cook for us at 15 usd (even though we had all inclusive package) we were excited to have our own catch for dinner. However while checking out we were presented a bill of 112 usd - to cook a fish (which we caught at our own expense) and it seems the cooking charge was 15 usd per person!!! Seriously does a fish cost 112 usd to cook!!! Shocking.... I mean I pay for the boat, I catch the fish and I also pay 112 usd to you guys to cook!!! Atrocious 3) why does the hotel closes its restaurants for dinner at 9:30?? I mean I am there for holiday - nothing much to do at a resort. I have come there for leisure or discipline! Why are we forced to wrap up dinner at 9:30! Which 5 star in the world closes kitchen at 9:30? Infact since we continued to drink and eat - we were continually prodded by the hotel staff at Bakkorra to wrap up. At one instance - a waiter actually wanted to take away the plate from which my son was eating as - “He hasn’t picked up a single bite from the plate since last 10 mins, can I clear his plate?” this is quoted in exact words by your waiter!! I mean when did Taj become so callous and rude.Full staff will keep on giving you dirty looks to if you are not clearing the table post 9:30!!! I mean did we do to get disciplined or were we on a holiday at a 5 star hotel!! I have stayed in numerous Taj across the globe - never seen a uncouth Taj staff like this one 4) I am a Taj member - why was I refused Taj Member discounts on our bills!! I would seek a refund of the same from you guys 5) when I was settling the bill - I was asked if I would settle in INR or USD. I thought why not INR!! After I checked the bills after reaching home - I realised you guys charged me 4.99% of mark up!!!! I mean aren’t your staff supposed to inform mark up charges before swiping it!!! Who charged 5% mark up!!! An exchange rate of 74 in place of 70.... pathetic ways of making money. Even credit card mark up is 30% of what you charge!!! This is one of the worst ever Taj experience I have had after staying in so many Taj hotels. Possibly will never recommend it to any of my circle of friends!!
We have been there 2011.november not 2018 ( tripadvisor cant give a older dates )
It was one of the best places where i ve been. We stayed at beach willa at the . I ve been snorkeling right out of bed every morning 🐠🐠. Very quiet place , exelent masssage at the SPA Jiva from indian masseure . Exelent holidays
An amazing 5 days at the resort had us wanting for more even on the final day. Whilst a tiny island, it does have an amazing staff who have been very courteous. Samir, Puja at the souvenirs shop, Sajani, Adam and many others who came together to make our stay comfortable are an asset to the brand Taj. The executive chef and sous chef Mr Satya Prakash did a fantastic job at the gala dinner on the eve of Christmas. Overall a fulfilling experience although we would have liked to see more coral life around the island