Once we left Vakkaru, we were taken by speed boat to Velassuru, a small resort which is situated in South Malé Atoll, a short 25 minute journey from Malé International Airport. Sea planes can be very costly but Velassuru’s proximity to the mainland, means you don’t have to pay through the roof to get there. However, the view is slightly different to being on a remote island in the middle of the Indian Ocean - you do see the Capital city from the resort.
We arrived to the warmest welcome and smiles from the staff, waiting to greet us.
The island has been used as a resort for 25 years, however Velassuru Maldives took over the island 10 years ago when they did a full refurbishment.
As we stepped off the boat onto the whitest sand, we were shown to reception for a refreshing drink and a cold towel. Will and I became obsessed with the cold towels, every towel had a delicious citrusy smell - it was the perfect touch to help refresh your hands and neck.
There is a combination of Deluxe bungalows set back from the beach, over water villas and deluxe villas with pools. We were staying in a overwater villa, on the sunset site of the island. Both bedroom and bathroom have a view of the ocean, and a private deck with lounge chairs, umbrella and staircase to ocean below.
There are five restaurants at Velassuru and and two bars. Turquoise is where we enjoyed lunch for two days, this sits on the beach over looking the huge swimming pool and serves à la carte menu. On our final day we experienced lunch at the chill bar, which serves delicious tapas! The Chill bar is also the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner watching the sun set over the ocean. Velassuru had two Koel birds, that enjoyed being centre of attention at the bar nearly every evening. I became obsessed with taking photos of them!
For dinner we experienced the buffet restaurant which changes nightly, rotating menu including Italian, Maldivian, and Indian nights. On our last evening we ate at the SAND restaurant, under a pavilion with our feet in the sand, by the water’s edge - it was the perfect LAST night to spend in the Maldives.
Velassuru had a very relaxed feel about it, we didn’t feel the need to dress up and spent most of our time with no shoes on - which in my opinion is the one thing you should do on holiday!
There is a vast selection of activities to do at Velassuru, they have a dive centre where you’re able to book excursions, snorkel, diving, paddle board and kayaking. One morning we took a clear kayak out for an hour, where we saw fish and a HUGE sting ray!
The resort also have 10 overwater treatment rooms at the spa with a sunken infinity pool, sauna and steam room to use after your treatment. We spent the morning there, soaking up the sunshine and dipping in the pool.
We spent our last evening experiencing a sunset cruise on a traditional Maldivian boat! We were given canapés, champagne and a live jumping show from about 10 dolphins! The dolphins were the best I’ve ever seen, dancing and jumping and playing with the bow of the boat. We totally missed the sunset though as wee were too engrossed, either way… it was magical!