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
Numerous positive evaluations of this dream destination can already be read on this Web Site - which we definitely all share and agree upon with. From our point of view, we can strongly recommend this resort if you are looking for deceleration - peace and relaxation, to discover the natural paradise right on and in the water, to be treated with culinary specialties and delights. Rarely before have we experienced such attentive, natural and friendly service, which has surprised us day by day over and over again - be curious! A resort that will leave nothing to be desired.
We spent 3 night in this resort in a family vacation. Amazing Maldives, amazing Taj, amazing natural beauties and corals all around. You need to experience the mesmerizing beauties around you.
Staring from Male airport, it’s around 40min speed boat ride. The Taj executive was waiting for us at the airport, they escort us to the boat with a warm welcome. Well maintained, fast speedboat with beautiful sea around. As soon as we reached the resort, a dedicated person: directly escorted us to reception and check-in procedure was done quickly. She also escorted us to premium water villa rooms. Now, it’s time to relax, enjoy the beauties around you and enjoy Taj hospitality.
Every day, high tea started at 4:30PM followed by, stingray feeding session. Stingrays along with reef sharks come by for feeding, entertaining experience which will be cherished a long. We used the complimentary snorkeling every day, enjoying the 1000years old colourful corals and fishes. The infinity swimming pool is also really nice.
The food at Bokora, Pizzeria and Open the grill was too good. Menu changes every day with mouth-watering sea foods and Indian food. They had a full vegetarian menu along with many of eggless deserts. We must say thank you to Mr. Kannan, Ms. Sherlin, Ms. Aishwaria at the Bokura, and the staffs of Open the grill restaurant.
During departure, check out process was hassle free. Front desk manager Mr. Ranjit Krishnamoorthy along with his team done a wonderful job even during departure also. The nice gesture by the whole team, to say goodbye is a wonderful memory for all of us.
Thank you Taj for giving us a memorable holidays.
In the restaurant ask for kannan, He is just a beautiful human being that will make things happen for you at the resort.
Like in food.....
Hukka we tried but was not that good apart from that the view and the shark feeding followed by a high tea in the evening is some experience to have