Our sixteenth visit to Vakaru and been to many other islands aswell. We pay the premium to come to the Maldives because I am a keen snorkeller, As I am usually alone, the reef needs to be safe, easy to access and interesting. Vakaru ticks all the boxes. Zebra, snowflake, and yellow-mouthed morays, snake eel, TWO stone fish (only ever seen one in 20 years of snorkelling), dozens of scorpionfish, juvenile queen and reindeer wrass, hogfish, maldivian sea snail, loads of octopus were the outstanding mentions plus green and hawksbill turtle and of course all the usual suspects at every outing. It was quite outstanding this year.
This is not a boutique hotel, it is much more relaxed and informal, like the Maldives used to be everywhere, The food is very good, rooms are good but not smart. Housekeeping was very stretched when we were there in February. The island is perfect, you can walk round it on the beach and the water bungalows have been sympathetically sited.
Sadly, Thomson/First Choice are no longer going to the Maldives and the price we have been quoted is 50% more than we paid last time. This is not good value so we will be looking for another island.
I also worry that without the UK visitors, there will be more Easterners including the Chinese and the balance of guests will change and spoil the feel of the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vakarufalhi Island Resort, tucked away in the remote corner of South Ari atoll, 90km away from the airport, Vakarufalhi is among the pearls that make up the amazing Maldives Islands. Vakarufalhi, better known as Vakaru, is a tropical island enhanced by swaying coconut palms and white sandy beaches. Surrounding the island is a pristine lagoon enriched by a stunningly beautiful living house reef. These features combined with traditional Maldivian building concepts, makes Vakarufalhi a haven of nature and tranquility. Almost a quarter of a square kilometer of land area with 50 sea front Beach Villas spread evenly around the island and 25 Water Villas creates an atmosphere which rejuvenates your body and mind. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vakarufalhi Island Hotel South Ari Atoll
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