A large, laid-back and fuss-free island with good food and fantastic snorkelling and diving.
Vilamendhoo is consistently voted one of the top resorts in the Maldives for snorkelling and diving, and its vibrant house reef is up there with the best you’ll find. It’s easy to swim to the reef from the beach, so you can snorkel straight from the shore. The dive centre here is particularly popular and the excellent instructors can help you find the most suitable local dive sites for your ability. The marine biology centre also works with the Manta Trust to discover more about the manta rays of the South Ari Atoll and guests can even get involved with research initiatives.
As a larger island, there are also plenty of above water things to do, including enjoying daily entertainment from live bands to cultural evenings. Get out on the calm water with stand-up paddle boarding, or head to the Duniye Spa for the signature Ocean Dreaming massage which uses wave-like techniques.
There are three restaurants available to all guests: the sand-floored Funama buffet restaurant, Asian Wok teppanyaki and Hot Rock, which is a must-visit for the chance to cook your own sizzling meat, vegetables and seafood on hot volcanic rocks. Couples staying in a more tranquil adults-only Jacuzzi Beach Villa or Jacuzzi Water can also enjoy the over-18s Ahima Restaurant and Sunset Bar. Family-friendly rooms are dotted around the island, in simple and traditional garden or beach villas.
In the South Ari Atoll, home to manta rays and whale sharks
Good to know
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
• Explore the colourful house reef, which you can swim to from the beach • Head out on the Ocean Discovery excursion to spot local marine life* • Visit the local island of Dhangethi, which has a population of around 1000 people*.
2 buffet restaurants, 2 à la carte restaurants, 4 bars
Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Funama Restaurant (or Ahima Restaurant for Jacuzzi Beach Villa and Jacuzzi Water Villa guests).
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
All Inclusive Plus • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Funama Restaurant (or Ahima Restaurant for Jacuzzi Beach Villa and Jacuzzi Water Villa guests) • Selected unlimited drinks including house wines, house spirits, cocktails, draught beer, soft drinks, milkshakes, smoothies and water • 24-hour snack menu • Minibar including wine, beer, soft drinks, water and snacks refilled daily • 1 lunch or dinner per 5-night stay at Asian Wok Restaurant • 1 scheduled sunset cruise • ½ hour group snorkelling, windsurfing and tennis lessons • Group yoga session • Use of fitness centre, tennis court, kayaks and windsurfs.
*Denotes local charge