Hello all - Adam here from Purely Maldives. If I haven't spoken to you via email, it's very likely you'll at least know Richard, who is doing a similar thread of short reviews during our Fam Trip.
First things first - the awful title. It's not bad English, it's just Rich's terrible attempt at humour, gah!
Island #1: Velassaru
We actually didn't find out that we'd be visiting Velassaru until the last minute, and I'm really glad we did as I've been keen to see this island for some time.
After a long and nearly-sleepless flight, we took our first speedboat of the trip and tried to remain enthusiastic (despite being half asleep!). We received a very warm welcome as we arrived at the speedboat jetty, and the warmth from the staff continued during our short five hours there. I've noticed a distinct difference in the Maldives between being genuinely friendly and just being polite/helpful. This friendliness from all of the staff made me feel really welcome, and it was nice that you could have a chat and a laugh with the people there.
After a brief tour of the island, we were given a day-use room to have a shower and get changed, before going to meet Ivana for lunch. I have to say, the food was absolutely fantastic (I can see why this is Richard's favourite island when it comes to dining!). They also have a juice bar, which is a new addition as of two or so weeks ago, which serves really refreshing and imaginative drinks.
I have to add - the chef's special desert of the day was quite possibly the nicest desert I've ever had, well done sir!
The beach is very fine and runs (I think) all the way around the island. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to check out the reef, so I cannot speak for the snorkelling.
Sadly, we also didn't get a chance to see the rooms either, as they were incredibly busy. However, one thing I did notice is that the Deluxe Villas (the base room type) were a lot nicer looking than I thought they'd be. They're a generous size and, from the outside, look gorgeous. Oh well - maybe next year!
Another nice feature is the pool. Velassaru is home to a really stylish looking infinity pool, located near the bar. It seemed that it was quite a social area, with a fair few people sat around on daybeds and sun loungers having a chat and a drink in the sun.
One thing I did notice was how clean everything was. I know you'd expect a five star resort to be kept tidy, but not even a grain of sand was out of place in my eyes! Everything has a very sleek and modern design and they're doing very well to maintain the high level of luxury all around the island.
So, a big thank you to everyone at Velassaru and I hope to see you next year for a proper visit :)