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
This Place is Paradise for Veg Lovers, they have plenty of options in Vegetarians, Special thanks to entire team for making my stay memorable and it was worth each and every penny spent, Also i would like to Special thanks to Housekeeping Member Saif who was simply superb, i would strongly recommend him as star employ of the month, Also from Restaurant Salem & Mibsaam were very helpful choosing the right options in food and very prompt in service.
Thank you Guys for Making my stay memorable.
I have no words to describe this island, it’s out of the world beautiful!
The resort is well planned and designed, it started just a year before the tsunami struck and was remodelled after the disaster. But I feel it needs another renovation for sure, the rooms seem old now.
Taj hospitality is the best in the world, and this resort is a step ahead, with a personal butler every detail is taken care of.
The jiva spa is a must visit for treatment with on the lagoon rooms.
The food is delicious, with all meals being al a carter.
The activities offered are great, the best being snorkelling!
And all couples must opt for the romantic dinner setting available.
Do not miss the sting ray feeding at 5:30 pm.
There would be no other place I would have wanted to celebrate. It was paradise, heaven and magical. The staff are excellent friendly and helpful. Our over water bungalow was perfect with its our deck and ocean views. Plenty to do walks and water activities. Ten days was perfect. We will be back. Ten stars to Jasil and staff,
We come in from Dubai for 6 days must say -
every bit is excellent experience.
Neat, clean hotel
Neat and well maintained beaches
Bottom line - Excellent food & Very hospitable staff.
Surely & righty recommended by all 5-6 families.
We were pleased with the hospitality and food. There are lot of vegetarian options. But felt the property needs renovation, especially the restaurant area.
The Water Villas were a let down too as the view is blocked by rocks and the Villas are not extended in the water like the other resorts.