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Meet The Vilamendhoo Team: Ahmed Hameel, Reservations Agent

In the latest instalment of Meet the Vilamendhoo Team, we get to meet Ahmed Hameel, Reservations Agent, and get a glimpse into his world.

What do you like most about your job?

It is difficult to mention just one specific thing. Getting to interact with people from all over the world. Having the opportunity to share the beauty of Maldives, and Vilamendhoo in particular. Helping people check items off their bucket lists and fulfilling life long dreams. These are all things I love about my job.

What are your hobbies?

I have dozens of different hobbies that I shuffle around every now and then. Playing football, basketball, billiards, video games and watching movies would be my top five.

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What do you like most about the resort?

To most people the answer to this question would probably be the house reef or the sunset. Yes indeed, the overwhelming natural beauty of Vilamendhoo is truly magnificent. But to me, it is the people that I work with in Vilamendhoo that really sets this place apart. It is truly a privilege to be part of this team.

 What does it take to be a good Reservations Agent?

Being a Reservations Agent is about more than just entering bookings into a system. To have good knowledge about the “product” and being an excellent communicator are the fundamentals. But in my opinion, to be a good Reservations Agent, you need to be able to think outside the box, be open to new ideas and be willing to burn the candle at both ends when needed.

“Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile.” Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (RA)

What’s a typical day like for you at work?

No two days are the same! We change lives, one smile at a time!

Special Offers for Your Vacation at Vilamendhoo

There is no better time than the present to book your next vacation to Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa. Located in the South Ari Atoll, with a magnificent house reef encircling the island, Vilamendhoo offers endless possibilities for adventure for the whole family. With separate family-friendly and adult-only areas, everyone can have the vacation they envisioned. The best part is that Vilamendhoo is a great place to visit all year round, so whether you want to stay in Summer or later on in the year, a great time is guaranteed.

Currently, there are a variety of special offers you can take advantage of for great discounts on your dream vacation. With the 15% offer for Winter, you can enjoy discounts on stays between now and April 15, 2020, when booked between now and February 2020.

The perfect summer holiday that the whole family will love can be a challenge to find, but if you’re looking for a family-friendly resort, plenty of sun, soft sandy beaches, safe shallow lagoons and activities with plenty of opportunities for adventure Vilamendhoo offers all of this and more.

There are two great offers currently available and ideal for family stays at Vilamendhoo, and they end soon, so book now to avoid missing out.

20% Off Summer Early Bird Offer

 Book your stay on Full Board or All Inclusive Plus package and receive an exceptional 20% discount on all room categories.

Terms & Conditions

  • The 20% discount is valid only on new bookings made on all room categories.
  • Booking Validity: From January 1, 2020 until February 29, 2020
  • Travel Validity: For stays between the night of April 16, 2020, thru and including the night of September 30, 2020.

Kids Stay & Eat FREE

 Book your stay with us and your kids will stay and eat for free.

Terms & Conditions

  • Up to two children are eligible for this offer.
  • Children must be (age 2 – 14.99 years of age) to receive the complimentary stay.
  • Booking Validity: From now until March 31, 2020
  • Travel Validity: For stays between the night of April 16, 2020, thru and including the night of September 30, 2020.
  • This offer is valid only on new bookings made on Garden Room and Beach Villa.
  • Child(ren) receive the same meal plan as confirmed for parents.
  • Child(ren) must share same room as parents. If only one parent, then parent pays single rate.

Imagine the fun you will have snorkelling, trying diving, splashing in the pool or lagoon, sampling the extensive buffet, wiping ice cream from happy faces and escaping for a well-deserved child-free dinner while taking advantage of the babysitting service! Vilamendhoo is the perfect destination for an adventurous summer for the whole family – memories just waiting to be made.

Our Special Offers page is regularly updated, so be sure to check back for the latest deals and follow us on social media for updates.

Tips for your Maldives Scuba Diving Adventure

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect destination for scuba diving than the coral reefs of the Maldives. An astounding variety of dive sites, reefs full of colourful fish and incredible bucket list sightings of whale sharks and manta rays await all those who embark upon a scuba diving adventure at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa in the South Ari Atoll of the Maldives.

Whether you’re already qualified to dive or are thinking about trying diving for the first time, here are 10 tips to get the most out of your diving adventure:

  1. Check with medical before you go – some pre-exisiting medical conditions will require a doctor to certify you as ‘fit to dive’ and this is much easier to organise at home.
  2. Rent your dive equipment when you arrive – no need to travel with lots of luggage, and remember the water is balmy so there’s no need to pack a long wetsuit either. If you want to take your own mask – get it properly fitted at a dive shop – there’s nothing that will spoil your dives more than an ill-fitting mask.
  3. Ensure you have the correct amount of weight – it’s very common for divers to have too many kilos on their weight belt – this causes poor positioning in the water, damaging corals and you’ll also use your air more quickly and so have a shorter dive – ask for a buoyancy check.
  4. If you haven’t dived for a while do a refresher – it’s a simple quick session with an instructor so you can ensure you are comfortable in the water and with the equipment before heading out on the boats to explore the reefs.
  5. Beginners – relax, you will be in very safe hands – the team at Euro-Divers are very patient and professional, the groups are very small and you’ll have the adventure of your life. Choose from full PADI Open Water Diver course or PADI Discover Scuba Diving program that requires no study – just fun!
  6. As well as looking at the life on the reef, remember to take a look into the blue water every so often – you might get lucky and spot some of the bigger pelagic creatures such as sharks, rays and tuna, cruising by.
  7. Don’t touch the coral or other marine life – not only will you harm it but it can also harm you if touched.
  8. Sharks in the Maldives are an encounter not to be missed – they’re not dangerous, it will be an encounter you’ll rememeber for many years to come.
  9. Those already qualified could think about furthering their skills with the Advanced Open Water course to learn a variety of new skills or complete the Rescue Diver Course to enhance your own confidence and be able to assist divers needing help.
  10. The PADI eLearning sysyem is available for all popular courses and means you don’t have to spend your precious holiday time in a classroom – learn at home, at your own pace.

Embrace the adventure while scuba diving at Vilamendhoo! Learn more about our dive centre here

Discover Romance With A Twist of Adventure At Vilamendhoo

The Maldives is well-known for its honeymoon resorts and romantic hotels, but it’s much more than indulgent trips to the spa and dreamy candlelight dinners on the beach. The Maldives is also a place for trying new things and making memories that will last a lifetime. Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa has everything the Maldives is famous for but is perfect for adventure and couples seeking thrills.

How to discover romance with a twist of adventure:

Discover the ocean – Vilamendhoo offers some of the best snorkelling and diving in the Maldives. Visit coral reefs full of vibrant marine life by boat or discover the incredible house reef together from the shore. If you’ve never tried scuba diving before but don’t want to do a course, try the Discover Scuba Diving program with the team from the island’s dive operator, Euro-Divers, you will be a buddy team made in heaven!

Have fun on the water – if you’re a couple of adrenalin junkies, you’ll love taking the jet skis for a spin, or learning to windsurf together. Perhaps a more serene approach to the water is more your style? The kayak offers a unique way to explore the lagoon while the stand-up paddleboards will test your balance, but the most romantic of all water sports has to be sailing away together on a catamaran.

Explore the atoll – there are many opportunities for exploring at Vilamendhoo, go on a fishing trip or visit a local island to learn more about the Maldivian way of life. Cruise the atoll in search of manta rays, whale sharks and turtles on snorkelling adventures of a lifetime.

After the adventures, you may well find that a pampering session at the spa or that candlelight dinner table on the beach is exactly what you need.

Prepare to share a romantic adventure at Vilamendhoo.

When To Visit The Maldives – Discovering Maldives with Vilamendhoo

Picture the perfect tropical holiday destination – white sandy beaches, crystal clear lagoons, balmy temperatures of about 30°C and plenty of sunshine – discover all of this at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa! But before booking you’ll want to find out about when to visit the Maldives – afterall, most tropical holidays have to be planned around the monsoons and have only a short window of opportunity for good weather, there’s good news: the Maldives is a year-round destination.

The seasons in the Maldives are due to two main monsoons, each bringing different weather patterns. High season runs from November to April and is governed by the North-East Monsoon. At this time of year you can expect fantastic weather: flat calm seas, great underwater visibility for snorkelling and scuba diving as well as plenty of sunshine. Low season starts in May and goes through to October following the South-West Monsoon and although the weather can be less settled at this time of year the sun still shines. Divers and snorkellers will love low season as the slightly decreased visibility is due to increased plankton levels – and with plankton comes a greater than usual abundance of fish. No matter when you visit the Maldives, there is no absolute rule with regards to rainfall – the islands’ lush vegetation depends on rain and it occurs throughout the year but, rest assured, it’s usually short lived and the perfect chance to visit the spa or sip a cocktail and, before you know it, the sun will have reappeared!

The seasons don’t really matter too much with regards to marine life either – Vilamendhoo’s enviable location in South Ari Atoll is perfect for those bucket-list encounters all year round – the manta rays and whale sharks take no notice of the season, luckily for our divers and snorkelers, sightings are possible in every month.

Whether you’re travelling as a family and need to take into account school holidays or dream of spending a special occasion with us here in the Maldives – you can book safe in the knowledge that it’s always a great time to visit Vilamendhoo!

View our special offers here.

2020 Maldives Dive Guide – Scuba Diving at Vilamendhoo

Plan the perfect dive holiday for 2020 at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, one of the top diving resorts in the Maldives. Located in the South Ari Atoll, Vilamendhoo is a divers’ paradise and enjoys the best of what the Maldives has to offer as a world-renowned diving destination. The crystal clear water, tropical temperatures and uncrowded dive sites are just the start.

As soon as you dive into the ocean, the underwater world, full of colour and vibrance, will leave you awestruck. The coral reefs are teeming with life and diversity – from tiny clownfish hiding amongst the anemones to large, bright green napoleon wrasse cruising by. The clouds of fusiliers will mesmerise you as they move in unison, darting suddenly when a hunting party of jackfish appear. Hard coral structures provide the perfect hiding place for the smaller reef inhabitants while colourful soft corals adorn the dive sites.

Vilamendhoo is in an enviable location, close to world-famous manta ray and whale shark points. If these gentle giants of the ocean are on your diving bucket list, you will be glad you booked this resort. Whale shark search trips are available multiple times per week throughout the year – it’s always whale shark season at Vilamendhoo! If you’re interested in finding out more about the marine life, in particular, the majestic manta rays, you can visit the resident marine biologist from Manta Trust who will be happy to tell you all about the research they carry out at sites close to the island.

Vilamendhoo’s house reef provides a spectacular option for lazy days when you simply want to dive with your buddy without taking a boat trip; accessible from almost every point on the island, it’s home to more than 150 species of fish and great for underwater photography.

The dive centre on the island is operated by Euro-Divers, one of the Maldives’ most experienced dive operators and as a PADI 5 Star Centre, they offer the full range of PADI courses catering to all experience levels – from beginner to professionals. Daily dive excursions are available and with more than 50 dive sites accessible by boat from Vilamendhoo, including those to the nearby Marine Protected Area and the National Park, there are countless adventures waiting for you.

See you in 2020 for the scuba diving holiday of a life time!

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