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 service standards all around and very good value for money.A must experience resort in Maldives,the Taj Vivanta Coral Reef,45 minutes by boat,one arrives on a pristine island,where the excellent staff pampers you and the Gm is always interacting with the guests to make their stay a better one as well as taking feedback.
We recently visited Taj and the experience was amazing. Right from pickup from the Airport till our departure it was simply fabulous. Everything was perfect - the turquoise blue water, hospitality by the staff in Taj especially Kanan and Asraf ensured we feel at home. We had an infant and they accomodated every single request of ours with a smile. Kudos to Taj's hospitality it was a memorable trip. You also have a lot of water sports to be enjoyed like snorkelling, banana ride, canoeing, etc. Food was a bit let down from my perspective otherwise Maldives is truely a Paradise on Earth.
My wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at this Taj resort and stayed for 3 nights. The resort and its facilities are top notch. The turquoise blue sea and pearly white sands were superb and a brilliant backdrop throughout our stay. The resort staff were amazing - friendly and courteous and made us feel welcome every moment. What took the cake was the food. We are vegetarians and the choice was simply amazing. The quality of food was also great. We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks to all the staff of Taj who made our stay memorable.
We had a wonderful holiday in the Maldives,thanks to Taj Vivanta and their lovely staff.
We were well looked after throughout our stay .
The Latitude has one of the best kitchens in the world.The Indian ,Japanese and Middle eastern cusine served to us was fantastic.The service was prompt and kind by Sajni,Kanan and Salem.The pizzas at the Pizzeria are great too.The coctails,fresh fruit juices and choice of alcohol are also very good quality.The island is a bit small but there is enough to keep you busy for a few days.
We stayed at the beach villas , which were thoroughly enjoyed by the kids.The main beach strech (not facing villas) of the resort is short.The rooms are not exactly spacious but were cleaned twice a day and had everything we needed.WiFi available all over the place.
The all inclusive package is definitely reccomended and was good value.
The sting ray feeding is a unique experience and we spotted baby sharks and so many fish without leaving the shore.
We also lucky to receive a complimentary late checkout so were not incinvenienced at all due to our late flight.
What we would have also appreciated:
a kids club
some nightly entertainment
life jackets along with the snorkelling gear
We bring back happy memories of Maldives!
Vivanta by Taj was a world of its own - paradise on earth !
It's the warmth and hospitality of the people of Vivanta - that touched our hearts and made it memorable !
This was truly the unforgettable holiday of our lifetime.
From arrival to departure - we were treated like royalties !
Paradise like island, gorgeous beautiful people, addictive food and amazing service - we felt like we were at home and was really sad to leave.
We would like to thank everyone who looked after us - Mr Khanna, Chef Arun, Lin, housekeeping staff, reception staff, but special mention for those who went that extra mile and hold special place in our hearts - Mirsaab who was soo polite and gentle and took great care of us and nothing was too much trouble, Chef Sameera who made us feel at home with his specially cooked dishes for us, Sajani who was unbelievably sweet and hospitable, Zaairul the beach caretaker who looked out for us while we were messing about in the beach and made sure we were safe and Lin who fluttered like a butterfly, full of beans and amazingly knowledgeable about Vivanta and checked us in sleekly and we had no questions !
The highlights were - love and care of the people, the sunset cruise, snorkelling and canoeing( complimentary including sets, you just pay 9 USD for life jackets), the daily 5pm fish feeding with Hi Tea is a nice touch, The Latitude restaurant and the personalised service they provide there!
Since this was our honeymoon trip - they went the extra mile to decorate our bed/ room and complimentary cake ! Was a lovely surprise !