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
We visited the resort for our honeymoon and found it to be exactly how it was shown in the pictures... Beautiful! There was no disappointing point. The resort arranges high tea and some activities like fish feeding along with it to make the stay more pleasant. We had thought that it would be difficult to find vegetarian food in Maldives but to our delight the food at the resort was delicious with ample choice and different cuisines. Mr. Kannan served us and suggested dishes to the best of our interests. His service is commendable.
Shout to the staff -
Sajid, from reservations - took up responsibility on making our trip perfect. All communications made to him via email were followed to the Tee. There was no necessary on follow up. Brilliance.
Nadine, at the reception who greeted us on arrival, so gentle, friendly and kind. The way she guided us made us feel the warmth and not just welcome but through our stay and exit from the Taj.
Aishi / Arif / yangchen / sanjanie - breakfast lunch and dinner - at our service round the clock they never made us feel shy to call them over to our table a couple times to order. They always had a smile and loads of patience and the way they worked showed apt customer satisfaction was what they were after.
Sreeja at the reception - loved to check on us even if we passed by. Ended up taking some of the best photos for us. Thanks sreeja!
The house keeping manager whose name I forget - walked us to our room one evening after our small cruise (which was quite a flop, choppy ocean and terribly diesel smell in the cruise dint work with its occupants) and explained to us his experience and challenges and how house keeping works. The knowledge we got from him was simply amazing.
Appreciation to every other staff member who we had little interaction with. No complaint what so ever.
Thanks taj for making this a one of a kind experience.
From the point of check in to check out we were taken care of high quality service, sumptuous food and amazing experience. We do recommend this hotel for all and more so for Indian Vegetarian food lovers.
On reaching airport we were swiftly transferred to speedboat where water and cold towels were given and after 35 minutes we reached resort where again were treated with refreshments.On arrival we were directly taken to our water villa and swift check in was done in room only.Water villa was superb and food was awesome.Chef Satya was a gem in this resort ,since we are vegetarian there was multiple options available and chef was always happy to cook according to our taste.Rest of resort staff was also polite and always smiling.Christel at dive centre was so helpful and she motivated us to do diving as we were non swimmers.Overall very nice experience and definitely coming back soon.
Fabulous view. Very well maintained property. Very calm and peaceful. It was a great experience.
Food and service was outstanding.
Staff was very pleasant. Great location. Rooms are very nice. It is value for money.