Veligandu Island Resort
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My wife and I went for our first anniversary to this fantastic resort in the middle of the indian ocean.
... for pirates, and we often see many naval ships from the many countries that monitor the area to ensure the safety of cargo ships ( Russian, Chinese , UK, USA to name a few )... ( Mon 5th) cruising into the Red Sea and through the Straits, passing by Ethiopia and many other African nations quite close by. We are due to transit the Suez Canal in a couple of days, the oil tanker and cargo ships are becoming quite frequent now and interesting to see the different types ...
For the past 48 hours we have been in a "thermal low" which, according to the captain, is a tropical depression responsible for generating the monsoons in India in their summer months. For us it means swells of. 4 to 5 metres and a pretty rocky ...
... empty and men will definitely have to sit down to pee, as standing could be dangerous and a bit hit and miss so to speak... On our back deck this morning was a lot of salty sea spray ,that you could taste on your lips and the railings had a layer dried salt covering them ( 11th level)...This will give you a bit of an idea of the rough seas we are cruising through. We have never seen so many movies,which is great having the time to catch up with all those we haven't ...
... has been hit by pirates since 2009, so we're not overly concerned, but it does mean that on our early morning walks around the ship, we have to step over all the high pressure water hoses that now adorn the deck. Kevin is not worried but has asked that if we are attacked by pirates he would like us to see if we could get him a small parrot and an eyepatch. (Rotten little ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Veligandu Island Resort North Ari Atoll
My wife and I have just returned from Honeymoon to Veligandu and i cannot speak highly enough of this place.
I have the benefit of having visited many different Maldive islands and can provide some objective commentary. For those who have never been to the Maldives - all the islands (big and small) have the same 'peaceful' air as Veligandu. Where Veli serves best and certainly (I think) deserves first prize is that it is the prettiest island I have visited. The sandbank and beaches are the crowning glory. Equally, I have never come across an island which takes so much energy in remembering your name and you feel that you are on a very private and intimate island.
Sand bank means great snorkelling is just a few feet from the shore. Food great, staff friendly & there really isn't any reason not to have a fantastic time on this island! Clearly fewer rooms means a quiet island designed for relaxing, chilling out, and just enjoying the natural environment. If you want more entertainment or lively evenings this isn't the right choice.
Sun sand and food food food!
Returned on 25th April 2005 from excellent chill out holiday. I would like to thank all staff for making my 60th birthday so very special.
Water bungalow excellent also the deluxe water edge bungalow, we were fortunate enough to spend a week on the sunset and a week on the sunrise side of the Island.
We do not (at present) snorkle, however enjoyed watching the fish from our decking and from the lilos we took withus. The water was extremely clear during the first week, unfortunately became unpleasant and dirty (around our bungalow area) for the last few afternoons.
Absolutely wonderful hotel. Staff couldn't do enough for you and we're courteous and polite throughout. Food was fantastic with an excellent choice every day. If you go for a fortnight, you won't eat the same thing twice! Only a 20 minute seaplane ride from the airport which means no long speedboat transfers. Plenty of excursions to go on, otherwise take plenty of books as there is not much else to do aside from the wonderful snorkelling and diving. Don't think twice about this island, just go!
Returned on Monday from a week on Veligandu.
The island is beautiful, the staff are very friendly and efficient, the food is great and the accomodation is lovely. We stayed in a Deluxe Water Villa - lots of space and a fab bathroom. Watching the parrot fish swim under the huge balcony is wonderful. The snorkelling is the best i have ever seen, we saw turtles almost every time.
Upgrade to all-inclusive - it's well worth it.
If you don't chill out here, you never will!
Cannot find anything bad to say about this place. It was wonderful from start to finish. We upgraded to a deluxe water villa (this option isn't offered by a lot of the tour operators but you can do it through the resort), and it was extremely comfortable and private. Food and service were superb. The Spa is well worth a visit too....the honey and cucumber facial was sublime! Flew with FCA and upgraded and it was fine, although the 12 hour flight back was a bit of a trek. Think we will do emirates next time. Will be going back for sure.
Just returned from a week in paradise. From the time that the seaplane docks at the island jetty to the time you leave you are cosseted in luxury. We stayed in a deluxe over-water villa. Very spacious and a real experience. There are no bad rooms at the resort whether a water villa or a beach bungalow. Those on the jetty side get the evening sunsets. The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff just can't be bettered. The food is superb and there is sufficient choice to cater for all tastes. The quality of the snorkelling off the beach is brilliant. In my experience far better than Grand Cayman in Caribbean The range of fish and numbers has to be seen to be believed. If you do not see dozens of fish types and turtles on your first snorkel trip you will be very unlucky. Resort never crowded.