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Romance in Maldives. Valentines in Vilamendhoo

The month of love is upon us, and the team at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is ready to design a unique and romantic Valentine’s Day experience for you and your partner.
For you and your loved one to enjoy a memorable Valentine’s Day in a tropical paradise, Vilamendhoo offers the following romantic options:

Valentine’s Day Romantic Dinners

On Sunday, 14th February 2021, Valentine’s Day
for reservations, contact the front desk or

❤️ Under the Stars at Sunset bar Beach. An incredibly delicious five-course dinner on the beach, listening to the whispering sound of the ocean under the star list sky.
Package includes a rose for the lady at welcome.
From 1900 hours onwards at Sunset Bar Beach.
With Meat USD 179 per couple
With Seafood USD 199 per couple
Vegetarian Menu USD 139 per couple

❤️ Valentine’s Day Cupid’s Chocolate Heaven
At any Restaurant from 1900 to 2100 hours.
Chocolate Fondue: a delicious and sweet emulsion of white and dark chocolate served with fresh fruits. Spoil your valentine with this decadent dessert. Skewer your valentine’s fruit and dip in our specially prepared chocolate.
USD 30.00 per couple

❤️The Ultimate Good Night Finish
Find a bottle of Prosecco (Sparkling Wine) in your villa with fresh strawberries coated in dark & white chocolate and a heart shape flower bed decoration.
USD 80.00 per couple

❤️ Valentine’s Bubbles Breakfast in Bed for Feb 14 or Feb 15, 2021
Have an idyllic breakfast with your partner with your choice of breakfast served in your Villa with half a bottle of Champagne.
A rose for the lady included. From 0730 hours to 1030 hours
USD 90.00 per couple

🌸 Throughout the month of February, Duniye Spa will offer a 15% savings on the curated Romantic Retreat For 2 couples massage.

This 105 minutes ritual starts with Duniye Spa’s signature foot-bath followed by,
For her: A choice of Balinese or Oriental massage, Pinotage Body Polish, a deeply nourishing Indian head massage enriched with Rosemary infused warmed coconut oil.
For him: A deep tissue Back or Muscle Ease Massage, followed by an invigorating Ginger Lemongrass Body Polish, encapsulated by a relaxing foot massage.
So couples can do spa as an activity together, cherish your time submit to the relaxed island life that you much deserve.

Missed celebrating Valentines in the Maldives? Vilamendhoo has you covered.

🏝️For a quick and easy Valentine’s Day gift, book Vilamendhoo. We have exceptional offers for stays throughout the year. The islands relaxing and calming environment, the fantastic lagoon, vibrant House Reef and abundant marine life, the exceptional service and variety of delicious cuisine makes Vilamendhoo a year-round destination for intimate escapes.

🏝️Have a destination wedding or renewals of vows ceremony on our sandy beaches. The more adventurous can also opt for an underwater ceremony.

Get a PADI dive certificate as a couple to explore the underwater world with Euro-Divers. Vilamendhoo has over 50 dive sites and swimming with whale sharks or turtles as a couple will be an unforgettable memory.

🏝️Try a couples massage. Duniye Spa offers a choice of relaxing and invigorating massages for him and her.

🏝️May we recommend a private, romantic candlelit dinner on the beach or a picnic on a sandbank? The resort can arrange a choice of destination a-la-carte dining or guest can join the frequent private dining events. Browse Vilamendhoo’s mobile APP or contact us for more info.

🏝️Watch the sunsets on the expansive over-water deck, lay under the palms holding hands. Go on a thrilling Jet Ski ride. The options are endless for you to romance in Vilamendhoo.

Going Solo? There’s no better time to love yourself

For guests who would like to have some well-deserved me-time, Vilamendhoo can present a choice of activities based on your lifestyle.

🌴 Go on guided excursions to swim with whale sharks and turtles, try jigging fishing, go on snorkelling and dive trips or earn your dive certificates.

🌴 Foodies can try the overwater Asian Wok and Hot Rock a la cater restaurants. Try the three bars at sunset for three different ambiences.

🌴Play a round of golf on the islands artificial putting green, jog through the green interior of the island or do yoga with Duniye Spa

🌴Learn windsurfing or go diving at the channels and Thalias with Euro-Divers
Get dressed up and have an Instagram photoshoot done professionally with Vilamendhoos photo studio

🌴Pamper yourself at Duniye Spa, selecting the treatments to rejuvenate your body and soul. Or try a session of sound healing.

🌴 Photography enthusiast can try to capture the perfect sunrise, sunset. Rent an underwater camera and go on an underwater marine safari – photograph to your heart’s desire on land and water.

🌴Or just chill under a palm or at one of the freshwater pools, with your favourite cocktail or a Kurumba drink.


Book Direct. See all offers and travel flexibility Vilamendhoo offers »
Or request for Vilamendhoo from your travel agent and tour operators. Find us on Agoda, booking.com and Expedia.

Teppanyaki in Vilamendhoo – Dining in the Maldives

Looking for a unique dining experience in the Maldives? Let us recommend the overwater Asian Wok Restaurant at Vilamendhoo ‘s east end of the island that comes with the mouthwatering and exciting dining extravaganza of the Japanese Teppanyaki cuisine.

The chefs will grill, flip and cook tiger prawns, white fish, scallops, lobster, tuna, meats and an assort of fresh vegetables on a flaming table in front of you.

The Teppanyaki table at the Asian Wok Restaurant seats 8 guests and overlooks Vilamendhoos’ lagoon. Your choice of dishes can be selected from Asian Woks’ a  la carte menu to be prepared fresh, and your chef, in a theatrical display of dashes of fire,  prepare and served your dish right from the teppan hot plate. All menus are also served with salad, miso soup, vegetables and fried rice.

Teppanyaki is available daily at the Asian Wok Restaurant | Teppanyaki reservation must be made before 24 hours prior.

For Teppanyaki table reservations, contact the Asian Wok by dialling ext: 308 from your villa or ask guest services for reservations and availability.


Asian Wok & bar with its outdoor wooden deck provide the perfect location to enjoy a cocktail, sundowner and romantic dining with wine.
The restaurant serves far eastern cuisine including delectable sushi, maki, nigiri and sashimi.

Ready to discover the Maldives with Vilamendhoo? Book online »

This January – Evening Activities

After a day of diving, snorkelling or sunning, here are activities guest can enjoy in the evenings at Vilamendhoo.

The Bars:
Three locations. Three ambiences.
The overwater Asian Wok, the pool front Hot Rock and the Sunset Bar are the top locations to chill during sunset. Vilamendhoo will also have a daily Sunset Cocktail Promotion from 1700hrs – 1845hrs.

Beach Dinners:
The resort has exciting dining events planned for the guests on the following days. Dinners will be hosted on the beach, under the starlit sky, in the ocean breeze.
Seafood Lovers Dinners: Every Saturday from 1900, a delight of al fresco surroundings at the Sunset Bar Beach. Enjoy fresh fish, scallop and crustaceans while dining under the stars.
Beach BBQ Buffet Dinner, 12th Jan: Serving deliciously grilled food options at Ahima Restaurant Beach
Bubbles and Lobster Dinner, 19th Jan: Indulge in freshly prepared lobster and a glass of sparkling champagne
Full Moon BBQ Buffet Dinner, 27th Jan: A grilled dining experience on the Ahima restaurant beach under the first full moon of the year.

For reservations, contact Guest Services or the Reception.

Spa:
The over-water Duniye spa is open daily until 8 pm and ideal for relaxation after a day of activity and excursions.  Select from invigorating, calming or couples massages. See the Spa Menu

For the Adventurous:
Vilamendhoos’ Euro-Divers suggest a guided night dive.


Planning on visiting Vilamendhoo? Browse through our special offers »

Living in the ‘new normal’ – A Safe Holiday Experience In Vilamendhoo.
Quick Links
Your questions answered before you travel  |  Facilitating PCR Testing at Resort  |  Travel Flexibility & Cancellation Policy Update  | Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Calender

New Normal Holidays In Vilamendhoo Are The Best!

Our very first guests to the resort after its reopening on November 1, 2020 are already completing their Maldives vacations. Despite the safety precautions, the new normal holidaymakers are experiencing the best of the Maldives with Vilamendhoo, respiting on the island and enjoying the house reef and the diverse dive spots in South Ari.

Guests Randy and Park from the USA, earned their PADI , swam with whale sharks during their stay and is tremendously happy with the safety protocols. See their video testimonial.

Stefan Radke, wrote in the guest book

“Es war der schönste Urlaub den wir je hatten. Corona ist gar kein Problem, da die Sicherheit dort besser ist als in Deutschland.”

As Luis and Elena had explained in their recent TripAdvisor Review, they felt safe and comfortable throughout their vacation and “…we have never seen such a professional place dealing with COVID19 measurements.”

See the full review from elena_ballesteros, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – TripAdvisor, November 15, 2020

Hi all,

My husband and I went to Vilamendhoo to celebrate our honeymoon after 7 months stuck at home in India due to COVID19 and we can only say nice things about our stay!

FOOD:
Absolutely heaven. Loads of yummy choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Drinks were also good for AI (we went on an AI plus which we absolutely recommend)

ROOM:
We stayed in a jacuzzi water villa and the room was amazing! Waking up to those is something we’ll never forget. They cleaned the room on a daily basis as per our requirement, and it was tidy and clean throughout our holidays.

SERVICE:
Really nice, warm and professional staff. We read bad reviews on this matter before, but it is really a thing from the past. From waiters, to receptionists, cleaning staff, they were super nice and helpful.

DIVING:
We highly recommend to drop by the diving club and get as many dives as you can. The real beauty of Maldives is under water and AJ, Pierre and their crew will make it an unforgettable experience. We took the opportunity to get our Open Water PADI course done during our stay, and they made everything really easy for us (dives, exam, etc.) Really professional and cool people!

COVID19:
We were really worried prior to our trip on this matter, and we can only say we have never seen such a professional place dealing with COVID19 measurements. We were very few in the resort at that time, and all the staff always kept the social distancing, wore masks all the time and had disinfectant all over the place. They are trying hard to use cloth masks that their staff can comfortably wear all day to reduce their impact on the environment.

POINTS FOR IMPROVEMENT:
We saw a couple of people stepping on the corals, and, although this is a personal responsibility, the only point for improvement would be to reinforce the guidelines on how to take care on marine life.

Honestly, the experience could not have been better, we highly recommend this resort if you want to get away from the COVID19 and stay safe while enjoying the beautiful nature of Maldives and being taken care of by this amazing people. We hope to go back there soon!

Cheers,
Luis and Elena.


Living in the ‘new normal’ – A Safe Holiday Experience In Vilamendhoo.
Quick Links
Your questions answered before you travel  |  Facilitating PCR Testing at Resort  |  Travel Flexibility & Cancellation Policy Update  | Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Calender

 

Special offers
A choice of offers for your Maldives holiday in 2020 and 2021. See All Offers »

This November – Beach Dinners at Vilamendhoo

Vilamendhoo has a selection of special Beach Dining experiences for you to enjoy in the month.

After a day of diving, snorkelling and enjoying the best of the tropical island offer, indulge in the hue of romance and experiential dining at Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa with a host of exciting beach dinners. Guest staying in November can look forward to relishing in the variety of perfectly prepared delicacies along with a magnificent view of the ocean and clear night skies as your backdrop.

Tuesdays November 10 and 17 , 2020
Our Bubbles and Lobster Dinners present freshly prepared lobster and a glass of sparkling champagne while you enjoy the sand beneath your feet at Asian Wok Restaurant Beach from 1900 hours.  |   Make a reservation »

Tuesdays November 14 , 21 and 28, 2020 are for the seafood enthusiast. Enjoy fresh fish, scallop and a variety of luscious crustaceans while dining under the stars with our Seafood Lovers Dinner at the Sunset Bar Beach from 1900 hours.  |   Make a reservation »

Full Moon BBQ Buffet Dinner on November 29, 2020, is sure to delight your taste buds and enhance your tropical dining experience, with the magical full moon in perfect view and deliciously grilled food options at Ahima Restaurant Beach from 1900 |  Make a reservation »

Candle Light Dinners. Any Location on the Island.
To surprise a loved one or for secluded romance.
Make a reservation by calling Guest Services or Reception or sending an email to reservations@vilamendhoo.com »

Bon Appétit!


Be the Chef! cooking lessons

Learn how to prepare some of the delicious cuisines by our Chefs at Asian Wok Restaurant. Daily from 15th November 2020. Send an email to reservations@vilamendhoo.com » to reserve your lesson.

Chill out locations. Top places on the island to sip a cocktail.

🏝️ Boashi Bar during the day. It’s Healthy Drinks and Frozen Margarita time from 1000hrs – 1900hrs

🏝️ Three locations. Three ambiences.  Overwater Asian Wok, pool front Hot Rock and Boashi Bar at sunset – We have a daily Sunset Cocktail Promotion from 1700hrs – 1845hrs.

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.

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!

Bucket List Experiences To Try In 2020

Located in the Maldives’ South Ari Atoll, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa occupies an enviable position surrounded by vibrant coral reefs and an abundance of marine life, giving rise to what is arguably one of the best snorkelling locations in the Maldives. Take advantage of the once in a lifetime underwater encounters and make 2020 a year to remember with this great collection of bucket list experiences to try at Vilamendhoo.

Swim with whale sharks

The Maldives is the go-to place for snorkellers and scuba divers hoping to see whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean. Vilamendhoo is located in a prime position in the South Ari Atoll and considered one of the top places in the world for whale shark encounters, with regular trips scheduled throughout the year.

Snorkel with manta rays 

Manta rays – graceful, majestic and a bucket list favourite, frequent the famous site ‘Manta Point’ as well as other spots nearby. Join a snorkel excursion and witness first-hand the incredible choreographed ballet of manta rays in motion. It’s a mesmerising experience that remains etched in the mind of those who experience it for many years to come.

Meet the Maldives’ turtles 

Five out of the seven sea turtle species in the world can be found in the Maldives. Vilamendhoo offers a daily Turtle Excursion to swim with turtles in their natural environment. Sea turtles are listed as endangered worldwide, so this is a very special experience. Photo opportunities are plentiful as they come to breathe at the surface!

Explore a bountiful reef 

Vilamendhoo’s spectacular house reef is just a short swim from the shore, and it’s brimming with marine life. Ten easy access channels through the reef make this a hassle-free experience you can enjoy throughout the day. Get ready to be amazed by the colour and variety of fish inhabiting the reef.

The Maldives is every bit the bucket list destination and if you’re looking for snorkelling adventures and once in a lifetime experiences you’re sure to find them here at Vilamendhoo. Check out our current special offer as you plan your visit.

Swim With Whale Sharks In Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa

Did you know that before, whale sharks would only visit the Maldives during the South-West monsoon season which runs from May to October? Now, they can be seen around the warm waters of the Indian Ocean all year round, particularly in the South Ari Atoll where Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is located. Our island’s prime location puts us in proximity to whale shark spots. Some guests have even been lucky enough to see whale sharks directly on our house reef!

Known as the largest fish in the world, whale sharks belong to the shark family. They swim by moving side to side, unlike sharks, which use their tails for swimming. As their bodies weigh around 20.6 tonnes, it is no wonder that they move so slowly. Despite their size, whale sharks are docile creatures. In Vilamendhoo, there are plenty of opportunities to swim with whale sharks. Through regularly scheduled excursions, you can take a trip to known whale shark points where if lucky, you can spot, swim and photograph these gentle giants. These excursions are the whale shark excursion, the family adventurer full day excursion and the ocean discovery full-day excursion.

While swimming with whale sharks, it is essential to remember to respect their space. Always listen to your guide, and do as instructed for your safety and the whale sharks’ safety. As a general rule, you should always stay 10 feet away from the whale shark’s tail, to avoid being accidentally swatted, and about 3 feet away from the head. Do not attempt to touch or feed a whale shark. Observing these safety rules will ensure you have a pleasant experience swimming with the majestic creatures.

Here are some of our favourite photos captured by past guests.

Image by @sergeykbn.

Image by @karel_frait.

 

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