Stunning Velassaru has stylish facilities, fantastic fine dining and exceptional service.
Velassaru’s glistening beach and bright turquoise lagoon create a serious ‘wow’ factor on arrival. The resort has a slightly younger vibe and is ideal for honeymooners and couples. Vela, the main restaurant, is the perfect place to enjoy dishes from the interactive buffet and live cooking stations. But it’s definitely worth trying the à la carte offerings which include the popular Teppanyaki with its idyllic spot over the lagoon and serving Japanese cuisine with a creative twist, and Sand, where you can enjoy dishes inspired by the Indian Ocean on candlelit tables dotted along the beach.
There are also two fabulous bars. Fen Bar is cool and minimalistic with mood lighting and chilled music, and the place to relax with a cocktail and shisha. For drinks in a gorgeous setting, head to Chill Bar at the water’s edge and grab yourself one of the chic day beds overlooking the ocean. Other facilities include a recommended watersports centre and snorkelling can be done directly from the beach.
The beach rooms at Velassaru have some of the biggest and loveliest indoor/outdoor bathrooms. Deluxe Bungalows are individual single-storey buildings a few metres from the water, with a raised sleeping area. Sleek Beach Villas are thatched cottages facing the beach, with little extras such as a wine chiller. There’s also a choice of villas with pools and beautiful Water Villas on stilts over the ocean.
Velassaru is one of my favourite resorts. The main bar area is really funky and you can relax in the evening with a cocktail and shisha. The food was delicious and the lead-in rooms were very comfortable, modern and spacious – I particularly loved the bathrooms here. There was a stunning oceanfront infinity pool and some evenings they arrange a cinema on the beach where you can relax on beanbags, eat popcorn and watch a film under the stars."
Jemma Purvis, Kuoni's PR Manager
In the South Malé Atoll
Good to know
Minimum age 12 in Water Suites. Minimum stays apply.
129 beach and water bungalows and villas
• Watch a film on the beach at the outdoor movie night • Take the dolphin discovery experience*.
Buffet restaurant, 4 à la carte restaurants, 2 bars
Breakfast at Vela • 1 scheduled morning dhoni cruise • Group sunset yoga on the beach 3 times per week • 1 scheduled guided snorkelling tour of the house reef.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £82 • Breakfast and dinner at Vela
Full Board from £141 • Breakfast and dinner at Vela • Lunch at Turquoise
Velassaru Indulgence À La Carte All Inclusive from £203 • Breakfast at Vela • Lunch at Turquoise, Fen Bar, Chill Bar or Infinity • Dinner at Vela, Turquoise, Etesian, Sand or Teppanyaki • Selected drinks • 2 hours of kayaking • Snorkelling equipment. NB – Minimum 3-night stay. In-villa dining, minibar, private dining and themed events not included.
*Denotes local charge