This was our 11th visit to the Maldives but first time to this island. We arrived at velidhu by speedboat which took 1 hour 30 mins, no messing around waiting for seaplanes, we were on the water with a free bottle of water within 10 mins of clearing the airport.
On arrival we were greeted by Paul at the jetty, given a cold towel and a drink then shown to reception to check in. Our room 177, one of the older rooms on the island but well placed for the beach, and all facilities. My only very small gripe with the room was the low water pressure in the shower but it certainly wasn't a major issue. Each room has 2 sunbeds which you can put anywhere on the island, beach towels are replaced daily as are bath and hand towels. Hair dryers are also provided but if like me you take your own and straighteners, the electric is the same so you can plug them straight in no problem.
All meals are served in the restaurant at your allocated table which you keep for your entire stay, the food simply put is amazing, be prepared to pile on the pounds as being buffet style there is so much to choose form that it is very easy to over indulge.
The bar is very well stocked with all premium brand spirits and has an extensive cocktail list, the staff here are great and really make your holiday special. There is a theme each evening starting at 9.30, crab racing, bingo, magic show, disco to name a few.
There is a dive centre which my husband used a lot!! In his opinion this was very well run, friendly staff and plenty of dive options, he did a full day 3 tank dive with lunch on board the boat. Plenty of shark, turtle and manta to be seen. I am a little afraid of water so only a shallow water snorkeler, there were lots of corals for me to look at and as with all the Maldives the fish life is amazing. My first snorkel was with octopus, turtle and baby sharks.
There is also a spa on the island which I visited twice for massage, totally relaxing and around $90 dollars for a one hour full body massage, again my only slight gripe is that they do not play gentle soothing music during the treatment as you would expect, being situated next to the small sports field that the staff use to play football late afternoon, just as you relax you hear the bang of the football and the shouts between players.
I would highly recommend this island and it would be on my would return list however I would recommend you take plenty of mosquito repellant, they do fog the island but you still need some extra protection, I think I was used as target practice for them on the first few days before fogging started. Also the island does not have wifi, this was not a problem for me but if you feel the need to stay connected to the outside world it may be. There is a PC which you can use at a cost of $10 per half hour but please be careful there is no security and our email was hacked.
All in all this was a great relaxing holiday and I would say well worth the money, if you want to totally chill out and forget what the rest of the world is doing then this is a great place to be.
One last thing, if you go to the bar around sunset time, ask the bar staff for a slice of orange, there are 2 wild parrots that will come and sit on your shoulder to eat it !!
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- Also Known As:
- Velidhu Island Hotel North Ari Atoll
- Hotel Velidhu Island