Velidhu Island Resort
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Montag, 12. Januar 2009 Endlich gehts los! Um 13 Uhr fährt uns Stephs Papa zum Bahnhof in Basel und wir fahren per Zug nach Zürich zum Flughafen. Um 17.40 Uhr hebt die Maschine von Edelweiss Air ab Richtung Colombo/Sri Lanka. Nach ziemlich genau 9 Stunden folgte die Landung, nachdem wir uns die Zeit mit Essen, Filme gucken, lesen, Essen, Nintento …
Lovely island, quite small, and had the feeling of being hemmed in sometimes. Shade is at a premium on the house reef side of the island and when our daughter saw the size of the fish in there, she didn't want to go snorkelling again (well she is only 10). She enjoyed her first snorkelling experience in the shallows, and was very happy to play in …
... with broken arms and wrists due to falling while trying to walk around. I've always read about those 'Rogue Waves' that come every now and then...one such wave hit a couple of nights ago that when the ship hit the splash went up over the 14th deck. I think that without the ships several stabilisers it would have been very uncomfortable...anyway we now have some interesting tales to tell about our trip across the Indian Ocean. We sailed past the Horn of ...
... Can't complain though, we've had 18 days of perfect cruising weather up until then. The capt. reckons we have another 24 hrs of this rocking and rolling before we get out of it. At least we haven't seen any pirates! Too bloody rough for 'em I ...
... huge..the captain has said we are experiencing Force 9 gale force wind at 40knots...expecting higher tonight....apparently we are at the tail end of monsoon season....we have taken our tablets and all is fine. But there is a lot of rocking, rolling, crashing noises...the elevators are quite scary and are often not working.....THe pools have been emptied by the movement of the ship...All the paper bags holders draped ever so neatly on all the staircases ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Velidhu Island Resort North Ari Atoll
Having just returned from a week's stay on Velidhu we must comment on how the expectation was not only realised but surpassed. We were dreading the flight on Monarch having read several reviews but were surprised to find that it all went like clockwork- no delays, seats perfectly ok, staff fine and food edible. At Male airport, everything continued to be organised very well and there was only a short delay before we were speeding over the sea in a comfy speedboat. On arrival at Velidhu we had the drinks/cold towe/ info welcome and then taken to our rooms.
We stayed for 9 days in March 2006. We dived most days in the mornings and spent the afternoons relaxing. Note that the diving is from dhow boats which don't generally have facilities (loos). The boats belong to the hotel and they charge $10 per person for each dive which is added to your room bill. If you don't dive you can snorkel or participate in watersports such as waterski-ing and windsurfing. Snorkelling on the house reef on the south side of the island was great! There were also various boat trips available.
We stayed at this island January 2006.We had a beach bungalow which was excellant.Everything about this island was brillant.Staff were very friendly and the food was out of this world.We have booked again for 2007.As we enjoyed it so much.If you like Diving they have a brillant dive school.But be warned if you book dives it does cost $10 extra on top of your dive for the boat.We did hear a lot of peole complain about this when we were there.Anyway the island was brillant.It was like waking up in Paradise every morning.We are going with friends in January hope they like it as much as we do.You must take the sea plane as the sights when you are flying over the Maldives are so breathtaking.All thats left for me to say is roll on 2007 we cant wait
Jim & Mo xxx
I agree with the previous reviews, we stayed in a water bungalow and had a fab time. Food, service is escellent, the entire island is handsomely landscaped, all facilities very well maintained. Bar staff are particularly nice, after we got bored with their music, they allowed to play our Café del Mar CD-s.
After being to the Maldives twice I have learnt my lesson, book premium seats on the flight unless you are going with Emirates or likewise. We flew with Thomson and the planes are just cattle trucks - how many people can you put in a confined space for 10 and 1/2 hours. But I would probably suffer the same again just to get back to the Maldives.
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Superb resort, well worth a visit. Attached some photos as requested in forums.
If you enjoy being in or on the sea it would be hard to fault this resort. The marine life is the best we have ever come across and will be hard to beat.
Having been to the Maldives before I know of their amazing hospitality but the manager, Raj at Velidhu, really does go out of his way to make your holiday the best ever. We travelled with friends, and had a total of four children between us, ranging from 7 - 12 yrs. The children had a fantastic time and cried when we left. The staff are wonderful and friendly, they even played volley ball with the children on their afternoons off! One member of staff, came to see us off on his afternoon off! There were also a number of water villas for those who would like one but the beach bungalows were so spacious and kept spotless, that I would recommend one of those. They are detached, with a mock thatched roof, air conditioned and if you`re lucky, your room boy will decorate your bed, by forming a heart, stingray or other shape from the bed sheet and decorating it with red flower petals. This is definitely a resort I would recommend, friendly, lively but not commercialised or noisy. We will definitely return to this resort next time and we can`t wait!!!