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Veligandu Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Veligandu
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“5 years later many holidays and this is the best”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

so i went here with my husband 5 years ago on our honeymoon stayed on a water Jacuzzi villa. This hotel is perfection .. I have since visited many 5 star luxary hotels and many different islands Seychelles Hilton Labriz. Mauritius Long Beach Hotel but nothing comes anywhere near or compares to here. If you are looking for a perfect honeymoon destination this is it. Its picture Perfect... with great service and food.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank Padideh A
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Fathuhulla I, General Manager at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 24 August 2014
Dear Padideh A,

Greetings from Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

Thank You very much for the positive review that you have written.

I am so happy that you were able to experience the Island again after 5 years.

It is pleasing to know that these changes exceeded your expectations.

On behalf of the Veligandu Team, I would like to welcome you back to the Island on your next Holiday.


Thank You

With Regards,

Fathuhulla Ibrahim - General Manager
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Essex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

After many weeks trawling thru the many resorts in the Maldives we chose Veligandu.
What a great choice. From the moment we arrived till the day we left the service was second to none.
Great food. Great rooms. Great resort. Xx loved it.
We had a beach bungalow for 1 night & a water villa for 6. Both rooms great.
Thankyou to all the staff. You are all great.
Hope to see you next year.

  • Stayed August 2014
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3 Thank tylermoore2015
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Fathuhulla I, General Manager at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 24 August 2014
Dear Mark C,

Greetings from Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

I would like to Thank You for the wonderful review that you have written.

It is very pleasing to read that we have exceeded your expectations.
We always make sure all guests are well looked after and that memories of your visit to the Island will be incomparable.

We are looking forward to see you on your next holiday, and this time as one of our many Repeater Guests. Meanwhile, you can also visit and click the LIKE button on our Facebook Page which is Veligandu Island Resort & Spa ( Official Hotel Page).

Thank You


With Regards,

Fathuhulla Ibrahim - General Manager
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Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2014

PARADISE JUST DOESN'T SAY ENOUGH!
Having just returned from Veligandu it can only be described as total perfection. This incredibly beautiful island is truely paradise. Veligandu is a small, quiet island that is perfect for people who want to take advantage of the no news, no shoes experience, peaceful, relaxed and so beautiful, there are no words that can really describe how stunningly beautiful this island is.

There are so many positives to this island, the staff are extremely attentive without being intrusive and so helpful. Each make you feel like you are the most important people on the island. Particular mentions to Fayez, Nadheem (bar staff at the Athiri bar, MunjId(also known as Gok) in reception and the fantastic tour guide Hussain
Even though the resort was full it never felt crowded or busy, just very relaxed and there was always a quiet space to be found.

The food is superb, each day there was an amazing selection of dishes for every meal and the choice was different each day. On our last full day I asked the exectutive chef if they ever did panacotta for desserts that night there was a delicious white chocolate and passionfruit pannacotta.
The excursions we went on were fabulous, snorkelling on three different sites, trip to the local island and the most fabulous dolphin and sunset cruise.
This was without doubt the most fantastic holiday we have ever been on and are already counting the days till our return.
Thank you so much for making our holiday so fantastic.

Room Tip: Sunset water villas are lovely - if you are a keen snorkeller go for villas numbered 160 - 176 as th...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fathuhulla I, General Manager at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 24 August 2014
Dear Mandy C,

Greetings from Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

I would like to Thank You for the wonderful review that you have wrote.

It is very pleasing to read that we have exceeded your expectations.

We are looking forward in seeing you on your next holiday, and this time as one of our many Repeater Guests.

Thank You


With Regards,

Fathuhulla Ibrahim
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

One word.... paradise! After doing much research we finally decided on Veligandu and we are very happy we did. We were coming from the US so it needed to be perfect! We spent a week at Veligandu for our honeymoon and we loved every minute of it. This was our first time in the Maldives and will be returning sometime soon!

From the minute we got to the sea plane transfer to the end the staff was very friendly and helpful. The seaplane ride was really fun and scenic. We were greeted at the reception by the friendly staff and they even had a welcome drink which was tasty.

We stayed in a JWV. The room was very clean and pretty big in size. We only used the hot tube a few times but it is def worth the upgrade from a WV. We were on the sunset side and it would get choppy at times but that did not bother us.

The buffet was also amazing. There was a lot of variety during lunch and breakfast. The pasta station at dinner served a really good carbonara! We did a champagne breakfast in our room and everything was fantastic! We went with the All Inc plan and that def. was the way to go. There was another restaurant that was not included in the All inc plan but we never went to it. The food was amazing at the buffet so there was no need.

We went and had the welcome massages done which were great and then returned for the Him and Her massage later in the week. Both times we one of the best massages that we ever had. The staff really knew what they were doing.

Snorkeling around the island was also great. We found the best snorkeling to be on the sunrise side of the island on the edge of the reef in front of the spa. We swam really close to sharks, rays, and even saw an eel!

We did 2 excursions while we were there. First we did the sunset dolphin cruise and it was a great experience and we did see dolphins. The 2nd excursion was the snorkeling speed boat trip. On the way out to the spot we saw even more dolphins that were playing behind the boat. It was a great experience. Once we got to the first spot we were amazed to see a huge manta ray! There were a lot of interesting fish and the reef was pretty good. The second spot was also great. We saw a huge sea turtle! We were signed up to go to Kuramathi but it ended up cancelling due to weather.

We also took the windsurfing lessons and both of us were able to conquer it! It is a must do but make sure to sign up when you first get there.... they tend to book rather quickly.

Weather wise it was very nice. There were some storms late at night I think 2 nights. One day we saw a brief 5 minutes sun shower and then another day it rained for about an hour then was cloudy the remained of the day. Overall out of the 8 days we were there it was mostly cloudy one day and the other days were nice and sunny. Hard to believe it was rain season when we went!

There was also a small game room where you could play pool, darts, ping pong, etc. which was a nice touch.

Overall we were very impressed with the resort and the staff. It was sad to leave but we are looking forward to planning out next trip to the Maldives!

Room Tip: During rain season the sunrise rooms are on the less choppy side of the island. We stayed in 148 on...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank ashleyl884
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Fathuhulla I, General Manager at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Dear Ashley L,

Greetings from Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

I would like to Thank You for the wonderful review that you have wrote.

It is very pleasing to read that we have exceeded your expectations.
We always make sure all guests are well looked after. And that memories of your visit to the Island will be incomparable.

We are looking forward to see you on your next holiday, and this time as one of our many Repeater Guests. Meanwhile, you can also visit and click the LIKE button on our Facebook Page which is Veligandu Island Resort & Spa ( Official Hotel Page).

Thank You


With Regards,

Fathuhulla Ibrahim - General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Myself and my husband trawled through various resorts before we settled with Veligandu. We were traveling from Dubai for our honeymoon and we wanted a week of relaxation in the Maldives. Where to start... from arriving and waiting for our seaplane departure to arriving at the resort the staff were fabulous. The island itself is picturesque postcard quality, everything was the same. The jacuzzi water villa rooms were lovely, we asked for sunset side and we got it, rooms are huge with a lovely bathroom and Jacuzzi decking area.

We were shown to our room and were luckily able to check in straight away, we were welcomed by the hotel manager and given a welcome drink. And we were allowed lunch straight away on our first day.

It was the most perfect holiday. We had a couples massage which was great and well worth the money. The all inclusive restaurant every meal time was delicious - so much food and variety every meal time. The all inclusive drinks were extensive and really good.

The staff at the hotel really are an attribute - very helpful, very polite and nice to talk to. Our room cleaner was particularly polite and always very friendly. Overall there isn't one fault that I could think of throughout our stay.

We chose Veligandu because of it's value, all inclusive package and the positive feedback from other guests and it didn't disappoint. Some of the negatives that I read like the walk from the water villas to the restaurant isn't really a problem yes it's a 5 minute walk but it's wasn't an issue for us.

Things we loved about the resort beside the staff, the rooms and all inclusive package: The 24 hour bar, the evening entertainment, games room, the hammocks dotted around the island, different secluded places were you can sit, have a drink or sunbathe and if you want to borrow DVD's then you can. The mini bar is replenished once a day and there are items in there that you pay for (we did have a small bill to pay at the end of the week because of the chocolate bars I consumed). I love that the hotel suggests you don't need shoes during your stay we didn't bother to wear any. So you can certainly pack light.

We done a couple of dives during our week's holiday (we already have our open water PADI licence) but you don't really need to because the snorkeling is fantastic and you can see all the sealife.

Overall we had a wonderful holiday and we are definitely going to make a holiday back there. I highly recommend the hotel for accommodation quality, service, staff, the island itself, the dinner buffet - everything.

Room Tip: I recommend the water villas
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank Laura D
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Fathuhulla I, General Manager at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 18 August 2014
Dear Laura D,

Greetings from Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

I would like to Thank You for the wonderful review that you have wrote.

It is very pleasing to read that we have exceeded your expectations.

We are looking forward in seeing you on your next holiday, and this time as one of our many Repeater Guests.


Warm Regards,

Fathuhulla Ibrahim - General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
92 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2014

I cannot recommend this beautiful paradise island enough. We stayed for 2 weeks in November (yes apologies this is late) and stayed in an over the water villa. The rooms have everything you could possible need and your own private deck and steps into the crystal clear water. From the second we stepped foot on this island the service was incredible, cool drinks when we arrived to one of the best housekeeping services we have ever seen. The island is small but it's natural beauty means that even after 2 weeks we were not even beginning to tire of the island. We loved Veligandu because it is smaller than most Maldives resorts, and thanks to this you literally feel like you are genuinely in the middle of no where. The food is incredible, the buffet style dining is incredible in its daily variety, we never had the same thing twice in two weeks and the little touches like champagne for breakfast on a Sunday are lovely.
The spa, whilst pricey is worth every cent, just when you think you can not relax anymore the treatments here take you to a whole new depth of zen. We had a couples massage and I went back for a second a week later.
A special moment for me was that my birthday fell within our 2 week trip, without any prompting from myself or my husband they arranged a special beach dinner for us with a huge personalised birthday cake and our room was decorated amazingly to celebrate the day. This is the kind of understated service that Veligandu does so well. Do not hesitate in booking this trip.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Sarah C
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Fathuhulla I, General Manager at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Dear Sarah C,

Greetings from Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

I would like to Thank You for the wonderful review that you have wrote.

It is very pleasing to read that we have exceeded your expectations.

We are looking forward to see you on your next holiday, and this time as one of our many Repeater Guests.


Warm Regards,

Fathuhulla Ibrahim - General Manager
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Norway
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

This resort is absolutely perfect! We went on our honeymoon 7th of july and it was our first visit to the Maldives. One thing is certain; we will go back someday.

Our first meeting at Veligandu was the friendly staff who came with a cold drink when we arrived at the island. We were allocated room but had to wait some hours before it was ready. We did however change to lighter clothing and were shown to the bar where we could wait and relax with a drink. When we eventually got assigned room we were shown how things worked and luggage was carried to the room. Perfect.

The rooms are absolutely stunning. At first we stayed in a Jacuzzi Water Villa on the east side of the island. We had already wished for a room on the sunset side so we asked if there was possible to switch. The island was fully booked when we arrived so they could not do anything right away, but they said they would work on changing room. After 2 days we changed room and was given villa 156 on the sunset (west) side. The staff was very helpful.

Food:
The buffet restaurant was very good and the food varied a lot. It was delicious! The only thing that was a little pity was that the ala carte restaurant had to be ordered a day in advance, so very spontaneous dinner at the restaurant was difficult. But this is only trivial - the experience was absolutely fantastic from day one until we traveled 14 nights later.

Experience:
We went on a Snorkeling Boat Trip while we where there - that was seriously the most spectacular thing I have ever experienced. It was like jumping into an aquarium. So exciting! You should absolutely do that if you have the opportunity.

Weather:
When we arrived at 8th of July the sun was hidden behind clouds. This more or less persisted the first three days, but then it was sunny days the rest of the holiday. Weather was about 30-33 degrees Celsius and water must have been about 30 degrees as well. Fantastic! We experienced heavy rain a few days, but it stopped as quickly as it came (lasted for about 15-30 minutes). The first three days with mostly cloudy weather was actually really good both for the skin and the habituation of the heat. Don't be afraid of traveling in July - its perfect.

I recommend anyone a trip to Veligandu Island Resort and Spa!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank heddakd
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Fathuhulla I, General Manager at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 12 August 2014
Dear heddakd,

Greetings from Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

I would like to Thank You for the wonderful review that you have wrote.

It is very pleasing to read that we have exceeded your expectations. Our aim is to make our Guests Holiday the Best Holiday in their Life.

Your Review will be a great guide to all the People out there who would like to visit us sometime soon.

We are looking forward to see you on your next holiday, and this time as one of our many Repeater Guests


Warm Regards

Fathuhulla Ibrahim - General Manager
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Property: Veligandu Island Resort & Spa
Address: North Ari Atoll, Maldives, 20077
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Region: Maldives > Alifu Atoll > North Ari Atoll > Veligandu
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Veligandu
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Veligandu Island Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Veligandu Island Resort, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, an excellent house reef and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only Resort on the island of Veligandu, North Ari Atoll. It is 600 meters long by 150 meters wide, about 22 acres. Your seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport is a scenic, 20 minute flight. The 91 rooms include 54 Jacuzzi water villas, 10 water villas, 16 Jacuzzi beach villas and 11 beach villas. Veligandu welcome guests 18 years and older. ... more   less 
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