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 …
... roll in.
It's been 4'-6' every day, with offshore breezes from daylight to dark. We surf twice, three, four times a day, only stopping to eat and rest. There's no time for anything else.The tourists here are mainly Italians and Germans and they can't work out where we disappear to all day or why we eat so much.
We are so stoked to have met Tony Hassen; an Australian surfer who was ship wrecked here in ...
... on the boat caught a small shark, they dropped it on the deck and it trashed around snapping until a handler got it over the side. A week on a Maldives Island is enough. We don't do lounging around too much. I will miss watching the fish from the water hut each day. This morning we were treated to a small pod of dolphins in the distance. We are now waiting for the sea plane to take us to Male where we are spending a night before heading back to ...
... when you enter the reef area it's cooler. This feels odd because the reef temperature is already high. After about 45 minutes of snorkelling and chasing small fish around, I saw a grey shape about 10 meters away., I kicked my fins to get a look and holy **** it was a 6ft white tip shark ! Obviously the sight of a great white (i.e me) scared it as it swam off fairly quick. It was ...
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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!!!