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
A very good experience. The staff was the very helpful. To a few of the staff who was always helpful and friendly were Sajanie, Sreeja, Hussain, Kanan and a Tibetian girl at the main restaurant ( sorry I am not able to recall her name) and also at the bar was a person from Dehradun India. They all took proper care of us and also helped us in every possible way during our stay. The hospitality at its best. Thank you to all the people mentioned here.
Only cons to the property is that don't have any guided water sport activity. Many of us may not be great swimmers and the sea or the pathway to the water activity could be rough. Also I did not see any life guard there.
Enjoyed total rest and rejuvenation over a two-day visit. Very personalised service by happy faces and warm staff who go out of their way to ensure guest satisfaction. The a-le-carte menu changed every day and we were told that it was prepared keeping in mind the guest profile every week. We felt that all meals were cooked with a personal touch.
Taj Coral Reef is one of the few resorts with its own reef and is a unique natural island without any reclamation. The reef offers great marine diversity. It is one of the best resorts with exotic biodiversity like herons, egrets, waterhens along with other tropical birds living on old trees. It was a great experience to feed the sting rays and sharks every evening. The management is consciously protecting the environment through sustainably disposing of wet waste and is actively involved in regenerating corals.
We are having a wonderful experience in the Nirvana cottage. The staff is genuinely loving and caring.The food we have been offered is beyond. Expectations. Sajani and her colleagues have looked after us so well that we are just overwhelmed.Rooms are spacious and cleaned regularly in the highest standard. This is our last day today and I will store this life time chance of spending few days here forever in my memory.I have had all kind of holidays but this experience I will cherish forever