10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Close to perfection
"GOOD BITS The Water Villas is an exceptionally well run, stunningly beautiful and relaxing place to stay and experience the picture perfect Maldives. Mornings were lazy five course breakfasts (taken at any time of day) as dolphins and sharks swim by. Days lazing by the infinity pool, or crystal clear warm ocean waters. Dinner from highly talented chefs, generous, varied portions served by incredibly friendly staff. Accommodation in spacious water villa, private deck, glass floor to watch fish, free snorkelling equipment, day bed to sunbathe in private, individual access to coral reef, personal jacuzzi. Inside was a fridge, AC, LCD, DVD, surround sound, and a spacious, well appointed modern bathroom (twin sinks). Private butler (Seeby), giving great service, is shared only between every thee guests, the resort manager introducing himself to all, to ensure everyone is happy - and all staff doing everything with a genuine friendly smile. All this, plus glorious sunshine - with NO BUGS OR MOZZIES EITHER! One of the best places we've ever stayed. NOT SO GOOD BITS (minor) Getting there was not as luxurous as staying there. Monarch flights are to be avoided (like cattle trucks). The neighbouring resort of Meedhuparu was clearly second class, which left (me) with a bit of a them and us feeling. Other parts of the island were less well maintained / less beautiful (but you don't have to see those areas of the resort from the WV section). Poolside / beach service was sometimes a little slow. But I'm really trying to pick at things here... Overall - an excellent choice. JK"
- Travel date: 11th March 2008
A Really Great Experience!
"Hiya all, We stayed at the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas on Meedhu for 10 nights from the 7th to the 17th of Jan. For our honeymoon (albeit belated, it was worth the wait) and 3rd wedding anniversary literally only just returned, and I can certainly say that considering all the exciting, and anticipation in advance, our expectations were fulfilled. We went half board and booked through UK travel agents Destinology (thanks Terry), who offered us a good service. Arrival It was our first trip to the Maldives, so even coming in on the plane to land at MalÃ© was spectacular; at first it feels like youâre going to land on water! We flew Emirates via Dubai from LHR by the way, and the service was excellent all the way, superb in-flight entertainment and good food when compared with the likes of BA etc. The arrivals queue was a bit long, considering the long haul, but who cares when youâre just about to enter paradise! One thing that struck me even at the airport was the utter friendliness and sheer warmth of Maldivians. As you step out of the main airport youâll find several booths manned by the various resortsâ staff, and it was easy to spot the Adaaran one. They already had a list of arriving guests for the Water Villas. We were ushered straight to a waiting lounge for the resort to board the seaplane, but they also check in your luggage for the seaplane ride. In the lounge youâre offered drinks. The wait in the airport lounge was only about 20mins, as other guests also arrived. The red and white seaplanes (Maldivian Air Taxis as they are called) were commandeered by hunky looking pilots (they werenât barefoot at the time, but were on the way back!!). There were about 8 of us in the plane, and the views were spectacular, like nothing I had seen before. The journey was about 40mins. They give you earplugs as it gets quite loud and noisy. The view of the ocean and islands below, some inhabited, some not were quite breathtaking. Meedhupparu is the only resort in the Raa Atoll, but I think there are now plans for others. Though its relative isolation unlike resorts in the islands of the southern Atolls add to its tranquility and beauty. Coming into land at Meedhu, the Water Villas stood out from the rest of the Island. We were met by really friendly Villa staff that picked us up in buggies (I think thatâs what you call them!) and took us to the reception/lounge, were we were offered cocktails by Paul. My husband was offered a lovely floral handmade necklace, and myself, a gorgeous flower basket. The Water Villas We were then taken to our Villa, Villa 808, bang in the middle of the villas, which is ideal as you get privacy, and were introduced to our charming and warm butler Annand. There was already a cool bottle of champagne waiting and he showed us round our villa. The villas are so well equipped, excellent and spacious, very luxurious indeed. You know how brochures or pictures make things look bigger than they actually are, well not in this case. What you see in the pictures is really what you get. The water villas are semi-detached you hardly noticed, as they still provide good privacy all round. The villas closer to the lounger and restaurant are not as private though, so I would recommend one in the middle, probably between 803 and 810 or so. I think you can request this before you go, via your agent or with the villas directly. The bathroom was nice and spacious with his and hers sinks, and spacious shower cubicle, also with a rain shower â for tropical effect!!! There was already âmoodâ music playing in the villa when we got there. He showed us round the villa â LCD TV with various satellite channels, movies, news, sport and local, DVD/CD surround sound, air-conditioning, mood lighting, coffee machine, safe deposit box, fully stocked mini-bar, walk in wardrobe of sorts . Apart from the bed, which was comfortable, there was also a nice lounge sofa with pillows in the villa, and two books on the Maldives, one on fishing, the other on the country and culture. There was also a fruit basket, which was replenished constantly. You also get two bottles of water in the villa every day. Enough if you ask me, as you get loads of water at breakfast and dinner in any case. The large villa sliding doors open onto a lovely deck with a decent sized sun-bed, Jacuzzi, small cozy diner, and steps jutting out into the bluey-greeny ocean. We were also able to connect directly to the internet (broadband, which is free) in our villa as we had a laptop with us, though you can also use the computer in the main lounge for internet access. Although they have a range of movies at the reception, which your Butler can pick up from you, we brought quite a few DVDs with us, so we didnât need to borrow any. The DVD player is multi-regional by the way! The Jacuzzi was nice to use, especially at night, or at sunset, as you could into the horizon or watch a yatch or speedboat go by. We didnât snorkel much, but it was just nice to sit and watch the various species of fish and sea life in their world. The coral reefs are so beautiful, and the book on Fish of the Maldives gives you a great intro into the fish and marine life there. We did see some baby shark, a mantle ray, and a turtle near out villa on several occasions! Our water villa was cleaned twice a day, when you went to breakfast, and when you went to dinner and bed was always decorated a different way each time. Oh and your butler always brought canapÃ©s for you around 6pm every evening, and there was a saucer of white, milk and dark chocolate waiting for you after dinner too. Dinning The resort itself is so tranquil, the restaurant and lounge lie parallel to the villas, and are just a 4minute walk away. Annand came to pick us up for dinner on the first night, and for someone who is not used to being waited on hand and foot, it was a bit bizarre at first getting everything done for you, but you get used to it after a few minutes!! The fine-dinning in the evening was great, usually five course (though the chef always had a special starter before you actual start and sorbet flavour each night), and the presentation was always excellent that you were often at pains to eat the food, as it looked so good!! I did take a few pictures of the food too. Both the fish and meat dishes were always good and I was always so full at the end of each meal. Apart from the fish, quite a lot of food (understandably given the geographic/land limitations and conditions) is actually imported from Sri Lanka, but is still always fresh and very well prepared. My husband and I do not generally drink, so I canât provide any guidance in this area but from what we could see, there were loads of it coming from the wine cellar in the restaurant. However the non-alcoholic cocktails were also excellent and I became a fan of the Jungle Cooler drink quite quickly!!! The mood music in the restaurant initially seemed a bit cheesy (being a musician myself), but then started to grow on me. The lovely man on the piano in the restaurant (God bless him! I never had a chance to find out his name) played with his heart, starring through those glasses that sat on his nose, it seemed like heâd been at it for a few years. But him, the music, the waiters all become part of the experience as the days pass. I must mention Shan (I think his full name is Shahil) the young waiter who really seemed to enjoy making us laugh like he really genuinely enjoyed his job. Breakfast was excellent too and on three occasions we had the Breakfast with Islanderâs Touch, which was the traditional Maldivian style breakfast with Roshi, Chapathi, and spicy Fish Curry. The fruit juice was always fresh and they could combine them anyway you wanted. We really didnât need lunch, as you could have breakfast well up to noon! And we already had loads of snacks were brought with us too! When you dine, you can sit out on the restaurant deck on the in the main restaurant, I guess depending on your mood, or how breezy it is. On our anniversary night, our Butler arranged dinner for us on the beach under the moonlight and the stars, with four tall light sticks surrounding our dinner table. It was absolutely bliss observing the waves at night without a care in the world. The chef even baked us an anniversary cake too. Resort/Island Facilities/ We used the Adaaran pool, Infinity, which is exclusively for water villa guests. Itâs a salt water pool looking out to the ocean, really nice and cosy. The Adaaran Water Villa resort also has tennis courts, a tree house, small fountain, and pond set amongst tranquil and breezy flora. I used the Water Villas Coconut spa on two occasions to get massages; nice, nice, nice. Massages range from $45 per person to $110 per person depending on what exactly you want done, and where, they also have facial treatments etc. On our second day, our Butler also gave us a tour of the main Meedhupparu Island resort, where other facilities such as the dive centre, shops etc are located. Water villas guests are allowed to wander anywhere on the main Island, but main Island guests are not allowed on the Adaaran resort, which is absolutely great if you ask me, after all thatâs one of the things we paid for. Although I saw that the main Island resort also got some fantastic reviews, my husband and I were so glad we opted for the Water Villas. The difference was clear. You can get your snorkeling gear free from the main Island, which also has a gym, which we never used (we were on holiday after all!!!). Notwithstanding, the whole of Meedhupparu is still gorgeous, nice sandy white beaches and friendly staff. The Villa Chief came to introduce himself to us on our 3rd night, I think. Really nice man, who obviously cared about his guests, and cared about maintaining high standards and quality at all times. He also cracked us up a few time with his jokes and life anecdotes. We went on a private excursion to Fishermanâs Island, 15mins by speedboat from Meedhu at a cost of $80. It is highly recommended, as you get a feel for local life. Locals were soooooo laid back and friendly, and the sheer calm and tranquility of life there was infectious. We didnât do the lovers paradise Island day out, as that level of isolation for hours wasnât really our cup of tea. However, we did go fishing in the evening (also $80 the morning fishing trip is more expensive I believe), which also gives you the opportunity to observe and capture the sunset on camera. Fishing was fun! We caught some fish, and asked for one of the catch to be grilled for us at dinner, and I noticed on the fishing boat crew catch a big red snapper was put on the dinner menu a day later!!! We didnât to the Island âhoppingâ tour as this honeymoon was for us intended to be pure relaxation â do bear in mind that you canât actually go on to the Islands in the Raa Atoll during this tours, as the Dhoni (local boat) only gets close enough for you to see them. Apart from the off-the-steps of your villa, other parts of the reef around the resort, including the main Island are also brilliant for snorkeling, and apparently, the main Island resort on the other side, is one of the best snorkeling locations. On one occasion when we wandered into the main Island resort, there was some live Maldivian local dance going on, and we also went to see a crab race there, but were only too glad to return to the tranquility and luxury of the Adaaran water villas at the end of the night. We never ate on the main Island resort, as the fine-dinning and a la carte at Adaaran was food enough for us and for once in my life, I was glad not to be having a buffer dinner on holiday!!!! There are a couple of restaurants on the main Island for those interested in exploring though. On some days we would just lounge on the sun loungers on the Water villas private beach opposition the villas and dip a bit in the water depending our mood. Here you can also order drinks by placing a white flag in the sand to alert the waiters that you wish to place and order. Most times weâd retire at the end of the day, in the Jacuzzi or watching a movie orâ¦â¦â¦!! Weather The weather was gorgeous throughout the time we were there. Days before we arrived, even up to the day before, I had seen online weather forecasts about rain and thunderstorms in the Raa Atoll, but none of that happened on the Island. It rained only once when we were then, and that was on the 6th or 7th day or so of our stay, and even so for a short period. It was quite breezy at times, but it meant that the weather wasnât stifling hot and humid, which would have been extremely uncomfortable. The weather was just perfect. Again this may have to do with the time of the year we were there. December through March is a peak period, due to much calmer weather, apparently. Other Guests/People Well I would certainly say we were amongst the younger couples, but Adaaran had a good mix of age groups, though many were clearly honeymooners and or those wanting a quite romantic get-away. There seemed to quite a few Russians and also French guests and some people actually came in friend/family/couple groups. Mainly Europeans and some Koreans. For us observing the mix of nationalities was quite interesting, as we are an African (Nigerian) couple living in the UK, and we would often get a double-take from people not used to seeing a black couple in these parts!!!! If you catch my drift! Two sets of couples had two young children, which seemed a bit odd for a destination like the Water Villas. Although one didnât notice at first, during dinner times it was a bit annoying when the kids got out of hand, and it didnât seem like the parents were able to exert enough control. Although we werenât that upset about this, we felt a bit sorry for those couples whoâd come expecting tranquility at dinner times. I should emphasise that it was just pure chance that we happened to be then when there were guest with kids. This probably rarely happens. I personally donât think the Adaaran Water Villa resort is suited for kids and I personally think this is something villa management should take up and consider. I think kids themselves would have generally preferred and enjoyed the main island resort more as its more suited for families with children. We really didnât get to know the other couples, apart from going on a fishing expedition with a lovely quite Czech and British couple during our stay. Even, then it wasnât a problem as the holiday was for pure tranquility and relaxation, and everyone was well justified in being confined to their own romantic bubble!!!! According to our butler, many of the Villa butlers were Indian, with many of the other staff being Sri Lankan and Maldivian. All were friendly and welcoming and always went out of their way for you. Tipping I would say totally at your discretion! We tipped more towards the end, particularly for our Butler and Room Attendant. We also tipped out tour guide to Fisherman Island. Maldivians and the others who work in the country are a warm people and they will assist you on various fronts because they really want to help, not because they always expect some reward from you. This was something we noticed too, on our way back when we stayed at the Hulhule Airport hotel at MalÃ© before flying back to the UK. We tipped because we recognized the value of such great hospitality not because we felt the service might deteriorate if we didnât!!! Miscellaneous Even though you go half board, drinks, including non-alcoholics at dinner time (apart from water) come at extra cost, as to be expected. All that can be put on your bill for you to pay at the end of your stay by credit card. Obviously you should have some cash dollars on you for tipping and purchasing other small items when you visit other Islands, like Fishermanâs where we bought some souvenirs. However, if you purchase anything in the souvenir shops on the main Island resort it gets put on your villa bill, as they donât accept cash. Meedhu wasnât as badly affected by the Tsunami as some other Islands in the country, and is still so beautiful and serene. You can see that a great deal has gone into preserving the integrity of the Island and keeping the water at bay. I hope they continue to succeed in doing so. I was also particularly interested in finding out more about the Maldives as country, people, politics etc and had read a lot on the internet etc about it, including the bomb blast by suspected terrorists in the capital MalÃ© in late September 2007 that injured some tourists and the issues that may have been behind that. Often tourists go on holiday and live a bubble without a care in the world, often masking a local reality. Yes, the Maldives does have its local reality and its political issues, which should not be trivialized, but as long as the uttermost respect for local culture and commonsense is exercised most visitors will enjoy it without any hitches. Every country in the world has its shortcomings in terms of governance, some more than others. There were no safety or security issues whilst we were there and many people from around the world still visit the Maldives in their droves. If you do decide to venture into the capital, MalÃ©, just be as cautious as you would be in any other major and busy city in the world, frankly you have more chance of being mugged at knife point in New York or SÃ£o Paulo than you do of being caught up in an incident in MalÃ©. Most of the resorts are well designed for your safety and security, and tourism remains a lifeline for the Maldivian economy - both the government and people know and understand that. It was a wonderful experience that we wonât forget in a hurry, and probably the best destination I have ever been to on holiday. Although we stayed 11 days and 10nights, I think thatâs around about sufficient, and I guess no more than 2 weeks and no less than 7 days would be the sort of length of time to stay in a location like the water villas to get most out of it, and enjoy it enough without getting bored. But itâs a paradise, not a sight-seeing/back-packing holiday, so go expecting to relax and nothing else. We would certainly go back, but there are so many beautiful places in the Maldives that having had our introduction to the country in such a luxurious place like the Adaaran Water Villas, the only way to go is up, so weâd be looking for something even more luxurious and better."
- Travel date: 19th January 2008
"We have just returned from a 10 night stay at the Water Villas and I really canât say a bad thing about it! From the minute we arrived at Male we were greeted by a representative who checked our luggage through to the seaplane and escorted us on a bus to a private air conditioned lounge where we had quite a long wait for our seaplane. He collected us when it was ready and saw us onto the plane. After a 45 minute trip we arrived to Meedupurru where we were warmly welcomed by the reception lady of the Water Villas who whizzed us off in a buggy through into a beautiful gated garden at the start of our resort. We were given little gifts made by the spa girls and a hot or cold face towel and refreshing drink to welcome us! We were then driven to meet our butler at our villa!! All I can say isâ¦..WOW, his name was Vino and he was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. You wouldnât find a better butler in any of the top resorts! He arranged anything we wanted and also encouraged us to do more than we would usually have done because he took all the hassles away from us. From dinners on the beach, to massages in the garden to waking us up in the morning to let us know that Dolphins were swimming past us! Running our Jacuzzi bath every evening with petals and ensuring we had all the drinks we wanted for our room, escorting us to dinner most nights and even collecting us in his buggy not only to go to dinner but anywhere we wanted, without asking. I popped back to the room one afternoon to collect something and I came out, looked up and he was waiting in the buggy to take me back to my lounger (not a very long walk!!) I can safely say I donât think you will find a better butler, I just hope you are lucky enough to have him! The rooms were lovely, I was a bit concerned with them being semis but it was no problem at all you could never hear anyone. The many towels were replaced twice a day which was a real luxury and the room boy always made our bed look so lovely at night with flowers. The terrace was just lovely and I miss the Jacuzzi bath already!! The Water Villa area consists of a restaurant with bar attached, an open air spa, a pool and beautiful gardens. The food was fantastic, I heard a couple of people complain but I really felt this was so petty as there was always a good selection and beautifully presented. The waiters were all very good and friendly. The bar was usually empty, people tended to disappear off after dinner but this didnât put us off enjoying a quiet drink or 2 before bed. We went to Lovers Island which was lovely. There was a bit of rubbish left from previous people but it was such a unique experience being the only people on an island. It was great to walk around it and just relax whilst your boat waits on the reef! The swimming pool looked lovely, we didnât go in as we preferred the privacy of the beach and the warm sea and most people sunbathed around the pool. The rest of the island wasnât for us, but this really didnât matter as we were more than happy in the serenity of the water villas. There was beautiful relaxing music playing in the air conditioned restaurant and bar and you could also play the music provided in your villa which just relaxes you so much. It was amazing being right on the reef as we got to see so many amazing fish and the snorkelling was fantastic. The treatments were really lovely, and being in the garden surrounded by the sounds of the sea and birds was a fantastic experience and one I will never forget. All in all the Water Villas were incredible and the service was better than a One and Only. I think this is because being attached to not such a nice island they feel they have a lot to prove and the certainly are doing a fantastic job. Enjoy!"
- Travel date: 30th October 2007
"We spent 10 days at the Water villas from 2 â 12 October. We thought we should share some information and photos (to be added shortly...) to help those thinking about this resort make an informed choice. We flew first/business class with Qatar as we got a good deal on an upgrade. The changeover in Doha lasts about 1 hour each way and was very smooth. Flights were excellent with very good service, champagne, caviar etc. As this will probably be the only time we could afford to fly first class we made sure to sample plenty of vintage champagne. In flight entertainment was also amazing, fully interactive, I understand this is also the case in economy and we would fly with them again in economy. On arrival at Male we were transported in a bus to the sea plane terminal to wait for a plane. We only had to wait about an hour but we did arrive about 3.30pm and seaplanes do not fly after sunset. While sitting in the lounge a rep from water villas came up to us after 20 minutes and said we had access to the VIP lounge as Water Villa guests so we got some free water in there. Some resorts have their own lounges at the terminal for guests to wait but Water Villas uses the shared VIP lounge which is quite basic but it is air conditioned. The seaplane trip was excellent. It takes about 30 minutes and you get some wonderful views. On arrival we were met by water villas staff in the golf buggy. They took us and 2 other guests to the reception area to check in and we were given some welcome iced tea and a hot towel while final preparations were made on our room. We were then taken to our room where our butler, Thomas, met us and showed us around the room and offered us some champagne as a complimentary bottle is provided for every guest on arrival. Thomas was affable and did arrange excursions etc. though you are charged a service charge for everything he does for you! The room itself is spacious and the views are wonderful. Most rooms are fairly private though some terraces are overlooked from the pier at Meedhupparu resort or the restaurant terrace. Pros of the room Excellent views Steps down to the sea for snorkelling Tea/coffee machine Large terrace Double daybed on terrace Jacuzzi on terrace LCD TV and DVD player Safe (though it wasnât secured I imagine no-one is going to run away with it and we never locked our door!) Glass floor on part of terrace for viewing fish Cons Little storage and hangers that you would find in a 3 star to stop you stealing them?! Bathroom smells odd Shower pressure is quite weak Shower tray is slippy Mini bar prices are high - $8 for a beer and $3 for a small Coca-cola Bed is hard and not very comfortable Water and fruit is provided in your room every day, although when we requested more water because it was hot our butler did say we were only supposed to receive 2 bottles a day which seems tight considering the price you are paying. We went on 1 excursion to Paradise Island. This was very good as you have a deserted island to yourself though it did start raining 2 hours before we were supposed to leave so we only got 3 hours there rather than 5 as was planned. A lunch was provided with soft drinks. The price was USD 300 for 2 though we later found out this was only USD 150 for 2 people if you stay at Meedhupparu for exactly the same trip, i.e. same boat to take you there, same lunch, same island! Still worth it though and was great until the weather turned! The first 5-6 days we were there it was cloudy and rained quite a lot during the day though we had brought some DVDs with us to watch. I would recommend you bring your own as although they say they have a DVD collection it is limited and most are very old or unrecognisable. We did watch one of their DVDs which was OK but it was a copy so the quality was not very good! Our butler did mention that he would let us see his own personal collection but this never materialised. We also ventured over to the Meedhupparu resort some evenings as there was very low occupancy at the Water Villas when we first arrived so there was little to no atmosphere in the restaurant. The Meedhupparu Island looks nice and a bargain considering the prices that they pay. We played table tennis there a few times and had a couple of cocktails which are USD 8 per cocktail though there are special promotions on some evenings. There is also a tennis court and badminton court which is accessible to both resorts, though we didnât play tennis as the court was water logged on the couple of occasions we thought about it. The beach is beautiful and mostly deserted. Though you normally go snorkelling from the steps from the terrace. There are lots of fish to see and we saw different types of rays, reef sharks and lots of different and wonderfully coloured fish. There is a âFish of the Maldivesâ book provided in the room which helps you identify what you have seen during the day. The Water villas private infinity pool was also wonderful and kept very clean. You can order drinks and snacks there during the day and a pool attendant wanders past regularly to take orders or there is a phone to call for service if you canât wait for that cocktail! Food in the restaurant is excellent and as you can see from the photos well presented (once we add them!). There is a good choice of wine though not everything on the menu is available. The cheapest bottle of wine is about USD 35 including service charge and then it ranges upwards from there. Food options change frequently enough to allow for good choice. Everything is prepared freshly. Breakfasts were OK although most things revolved around eggs and the eggs themselves were not very good â probably more an issue of getting good quality eggs than anything to do with the cooking of them. You can have breakfast in the room for USD 10. The service in the restaurant was very good and you will get to know the waiters who cannot do enough for you. We had dinner on the beach one night and that was beautiful though it is the same food you would receive in the restaurant it is nice to eat on the beach lit only by candlelight and oil burners. The price was USD 50 and your butler serves you dinner. We also had some massages which were good and very relaxing. You can have them in the gardens, beach or in your room. In summary we had a great time, only a few minor niggles as mentioned above but then you get these everywhere and if you choose to go you will be blown away by the views, the snorkelling and will come home feeling very relaxed!"
- Travel date: 13th October 2007
We loved the Water Villas
"We stayed in the Water Villas from 15th -27th April. We flew with Qatar Airlines which we found pretty good. The seaplane experience was a little warm but as to be expected. When we arrived on Meedhupparu, we were taken to the Water Villas on the golf cart and given some wonderful iced tea and a flower lei and basket. Our butler (Annan) poured us some champagne and let us settle in. The villa itself was fabulous- the day bed was looking a little worn however but didnât detract from the experience. The jacuzzi was a wonderful addition. I had a package of spa treatments and one of them was an aromatherapy jacuzzi bath, where they also decorated the bath with flowers and birds made from cocoa palms. The spa is amazing â Iâve had many massages in my time and these were some of the very best. We are keen divers so also managed to fit a few dives in â visibility wasnât always great but managed to see a few good fish. We saw turtles when we were snorkelling off the edge of the reef and also dolphins. The infinity pool was great, never full and a great place to have lunch and a cocktail. The room was cleaned and towels replaced daily. Fruit was also replaced. Robes, slippers, shampoo and shower gel were provided (I would have like conditioner too but guess Iâm being a bit picky now!). We were served canapÃ©s at 6pm every evening and when we got back from dinner, there were chocolates waiting for us. Any minor issues (with air con, hot water) were dealt with in a timely fashion. The food was fantastic â we sampled almost everything at breakfast (didnât get round to the curry as you had to order it in advance and we always forgot), and had some lunches (usually when we returned from a morningâs dive) which were nice. Dinner was amazing â we tried some fantastic food, usually washed down with a bottle of wine from the extensive list they had. The quality and choice were outstanding. We did venture over the main resort on several occasions, mainly to go diving. It never seemed too busy or overcrowded but we did still appreciate the peace and calm of the Water Villas. The weather was good - we had a couple of thunderstorms (mainly in the evenings) but the days were very hot and sunny (take plenty of sunscreen). Male duty-free wasnât huge but really good (we were more impressed with the choice and negotiation than with Doha where we changed). We had 11 nights and days there, and spent each one feeling completely relaxed and cosseted by our experience. We didnât want to leave and would go back tomorrow!!!"
- Travel date: 29th May 2007
Wonderful First Maldives Experience
"We stayed at the Water Villas at the beginning of April for 7 days, and to put it simply, we could not have had a better experience. It was like nothing we'd ever experienced before, and that is meant entirely in the positive. Whilst it's not one of the cheaper options available, it looked (at least in the brochures) like it was certainly good value for money at the higher end of the market. We booked through Kuoni on half board (the food I will get to later) and it was considerably cheaper than other resorts in the same class with breakfast and dinner included. We flew direct with Monarch and this was relatively painless, not nearly as bad as some of the scare stories in reviews of Adaaran Select Meed. Immigration was painfully slow, although I do always manage to choose the slowest queue. Most of the passengers on a flight that arrived half an hour after us got through before us! Kuoni were very efficient in shepherding us off to the right place and when at the Air Taxi terminal we were shown into a lovely air-conditioned lounge and offered drinks. As everyone knows the Air Taxi flight is a great experience, and we were given ear plugs and after a thrilling forty minute flight we landed at Meed. Transfered from the pier to the Water Villas, we were presented with welcome gifts by the staff, a beautiful garland of flowers and a woven basket. We were then shown to our room, and we met our Butler, Thomas, a nicer guy you are not likely to meet. He showed us around our room, which like other reviewers have mentioned, was semi detached but this proved no problem and it was easily big enough. We must have looked like idiots standing their with our mouths wide open, marveling at the luxury. Outdoor Jacuzzi with fresh running water (not a chlorinated pool), stunning bathroom, choice of pillows, internet, DVD player and TV. Although it rained on one day, the swimming and the beach were amazing. Snorkeling on the edge of the reef was breathtaking, and although there were trips out to other islands on the atoll we felt they were not necessary. We saw everything from porcupine fish to puffer fish to serrated turtles, and a particularly feisty pair of trigger fish. Although the Villas were nearly full it seemed most people spent their days round the newly built and wonderful infinity pool, so the somewhat small private beach was nearly empty... so thats where we set up camp. The beach attendant would prepare our sun loungers before we arrived in the morning and would take any orders for drinks or food we had during the day. We were sold on the idea of a Meedhupparu massage on our introductory tour and I have to say, never having had a massage in my life, I have never experienced anything so relaxing. We went on to have another later in the week set amongst the flowers of the beautiful garden. It did feel somewhat strange to be 'walled' off from the other side of the island but we were free to come and go as we pleased, and the other resort did seem very nice indeed and an incredible bargain looking at the prices for it. Food was excellent over the course of the holiday with a wide range of options. The set meal for dinner that was included in our package allowed us to choose one starter from three, one soup from three, one main course from six and one dessert from three. Each night a third of these were new choices (i.e. one new starter, one new soup, two new main courses and a new dessert ). There was an a la carte menu you could order from or mix and match with the set menu, paying extra on the bill. Breakfast also provided an exhausting list, and you could have it served in your room for a very small fee (I think $5 per person). For the final night we had dinner on the beach with a flaming heart carved in the sand, it was a great way to cap off the holiday. The resort did everything it could to make us feel comfortable and we felt like royalty. Simply fantastic, and we got some great snaps. Whilst it doesn't have some of the extra flashy things the more luxurious (and much more expensive) resorts have, eg. underwater restaurants, it definitely had just the right amount of luxury without it being overwhelming or overly artificial. We were a little apprehensive regarding the cost when compared to what you could get in Europe for the same price for seven days, but we needn't have been, it was a class above. I'd like to thank Thomas and the staff for making this a superlative holiday. I'd like to say that we would definitely be returning, but with the range of islands on offer in the Maldives you can never be sure. But it certainly has made that decision very hard, and it is more than likely that we will."
- Travel date: 2nd May 2007
Amazing Water Villas
"We stayed in a water villa for our last night, 25th Feb 07. We were collected from the main resort and taken over by buggy. My husband was given a flower necklace, and myself a bracelet and a small basket of flowers. Inside was a bird family made our of flowers, which was amazing. Although our stay was short we had a fantastic time, and were looked after incredibly well. The six course meal we had in the very nice air conditioned restaurant was first class, I dread to think what a meal like that would cost in London!! Our waiter from our first stay was now working there and he remembered us and seemed genuinely pleased to see us. The room was gorgeous, youo even had a choice of pillows. We had the tempur and feather. There's also an lcd tv, plus dvd player and surround sound system. You can ask your butler for a list of films, and he'll get your choice. The bathroom is huge and has a normal shower as well as a rain shower. There also shower gel, shampoo and body lotion, which comes over from the spa. The snorkelling off the steps was superb. If you don't have your own snorkelling gear, you'll be taken to the dive centre for free hire. My husbands broke on the last day, so this was very handy. There was a chilled bottle of veuve clicquot champagne in our room, which we drank in the evening while sitting in the Jacuzzi which is on the terrace. There's also an espresso machine in the room, which also makes tea. There's a glass floor on the terrace, which is lit at night. There's various lighting options in the room. Also there is a free safe, bathrobes and slippers. A hairdryer in the bathroom, numerous towels and beach towels. If you have a laptop with you, you can get free internet access in your room, or you can use the computer in the lounge. Thereâs canapÃ©s brought to your room at 6pm and chocolates at 8pm! You can have breakfast as any time you want, and the choice is huge. For an extra $5pp you can have it served in your room, which we did. I think if you're just on B&B basis there isn't a charge. We really felt like royalty, the service couldnât be faulted and the breakfast amazing.. You have your own personal butler, ours was Abin, who is available 24hrs a day, anything you want, you just ask. The grounds are beautiful, and there are many spa options. They've also got a new swimming pool, which we just had to try out, the sun loungers have padded cushions and beach towels on each. It really was a great way to finish our holiday and as the exchange rate was so good, it didnât work out too expensive. Iâm not sure if Iâd want to spend two weeks there, purerly because I might find it too secluded, although saying that you can go to the main island at anytime. It would probably work out too expensive for two weeks though, but Iâd certainly love to have a week in the main resort and then a week in the Water Villas in the future. Iâve got pictures of water villas if anyone wants to see, plus feel free to ask any questions, Iâll answer honestly. It is becoming very difficult to upgrade while at the main resort, and your booking isn't comfirmed until you're actually being move. Susan"
- Travel date: 3rd March 2007
"We travelled to Meedhupparu Water Village after spending a week at Full Moon. From the minute we arrived on the air taxi we were picked up in a golf buggy and treated like royalty. We were given cold towels and a cold drink and basket made out of leaves as a present made by the spa girls. We were taken to our villa by our 24hr butler 'Vino' who filled out all our check in forms for us there was a bottle of Verve champagne on ice to welcome us (which we drank the next night). Our butler offered to do anything for us like unpack or book spas etc, but we just asked him to tell us about the restaurant and bar, he then took us for a tour around the resort including the Meedhupparu all inclusive report next door which we could use (not on an AI basis for us and they couldn't come over to our side). The other resort was a little in need of an update and we quickly realised that the Water villas are a class above anything, if a little quite as there is only 40 people there at any one time. There is a jacuzzi outside on your private deck with stairs to the water - there is hundreds of fish waiting to greet you (there wasnt that many at Full Moon), our butler got us some flippers as we already had masks etc. Snorkle in the morning when the water is higher as it gets very shallow in the afternoon and you can cut yourself on the coral. The room had a tv and dvd player (the bf can't survive without at least 30 mins of footie a week). We had two different treatments at the spa which is on the beach, and they were just brilliant. The restaurant has a 6 course meal with 3 menus to choose from each night, and breakfast was literally anything you ordered, cerial, toast, eggs, juice, just keep on ordering!!! We even tried the traditional Maldive breakfast - curry!! This is such a lovely place to stay. We found the drinks prices were in line with other resorts which was suprising as this is a 5 star prestige resort. Therr website shows just what its like - log on to www.thewatervillas.com. any questions feel free to email [email protected]"
- Travel date: 13th December 2006
Pure luxury & indulgence
"The Water Villas experience really started from the moment we landed in Male! We were treated like VIPs from the start, our own transfer to the seaplane port (the guests for the main Meedhupparu resort were on a separate non-air conditioned bus) in a spacious and air conditioned taxi. On arrival at the seaplane port we were ushered into a private lounge area which was like the waiting room of a very expensive spa - essential oils subtly filled the cool air and we were offered drinks and told to relax. About an hour (and a welcome rest!) later, we were collected and escorted to the seaplane where we boarded first so had the pick of the seats! The views were stunning as we flew to Meedhupparu - about a 40 minute flight. Upon landing at Meedhupparu we were met by a lovely woman called Jenny who introduced herself and, impressively, welcomed us by our names!! She then escorted us away from the Meedhupparu guests and onto a boat which took us the 3 minute journey to the water villas own reception area. As we got off the boat 2 more people were waiting to greet us and gave my husband a flower garland around his neck and myself a beautiful, handmade basket of tropical flowers. We were then ushered into the beautifully cool reception and given iced tea and explained some of the facilities for the water villas. The VIP treatment continued with a short journey by buggy (nicknamed the white ferrari!) around the walkway to our water villa where we were met by our butler who was waiting outside for us to arrive and again greeted us by name as he introduced himself. He (Abin) showed us into our villa which was incredible! I've never stayed in such luxury - the bathroom was huge and so beautifully decorated as was the entire villa. Very simplistic and natural yet luxurious decor. The shower cubicle was big enough for 8 people and had an amazing rain shower head fixed to the ceiling. The room itself was lovely, a massive bed with a choice of pillows ranging from Tempur to Feather, a flat screen TV & DVD player (DVD's would be brought to you by your butler on request) a sofa and coffee table and the absolute star of the show - the private deck with your own jacuzzi and steps directly into the turquoise ocean!!! The whole experience was quite overwhelming! Abin was a fantastic butler, very attentive and he gave us a full tour of the island (which is very small and can be walked around in about 20 minutes) the next day on the buggy, showing us the Ayurverdic centre, the spa rooms, the coconut massage tent and much more including the water villa's own restaurant which again is absolutely beautiful. As well as dining in the restaurant you could dine on it's deck (all candlelit), in your villa of course, but also on the beach, in the treehouse or in the gardens - any of which would be as luxurious or as private and simple as you wished. The food was amazing - 9 course dinners, huge breakfasts with so much choice, fantastic drinks especially the cocktail menu! Canapes and chocolates served in your villa each evening topped it off! But the thing that really stands out to me was the service. It was second to none, every single member of staff was always more than happy to help you with anything - in fact usually anticipating your every whim before you did - we never walked anywhere without getting a smile and a wave from everyone we passed and all of the Water Villa staff knew us by name. The ocean and the water villas private beach were gorgeous. Snorkelling off our deck was amazing as the reef is right there below you and we saw some stunning fish including a reef shark and a ray. Overall I cannot think of one negative thing about this place, except perhaps that it rained a couple of the days though obviously that's nothing to do with the resort itself!! An amazing place and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to feel pampered, relaxed and like a celebrity!"
- Travel date: 30th October 2006
The best experience ever!
"We upgraded to the Water Villas from Meedhupparu for the last 2 nights of our honeymoon in July. Our experience at the Water Villas was out of this world! Having gone on the tour on the Monday, we thought it was a good opportunity for us to experience a different resort at a fraction of the normal price. It cost $350 for dinner bed and breakfast per night (only $300 for B&B). Breakfast can be taken at any time of the day, so we had breakfast late morning and then didnât have to buy lunch. You get a bottle of champagne in your room on arrival, which you can drink whenever or take to the restaurant to have with your dinner. We had villa 801. The rooms are huge and luxuriously furnished, as you can imagine. The decking area is large with a glass floor to see the fish below, a Jacuzzi, tanning/massage bed, table and chairs, and the stairs into the sea. The stairs even have a shower on the side so when you get out of the water you can rinse yourself off! Our personal butler Vinoth was great. If you need anything you just ring up and your butler will bring it for you. I didnât feel right with this as it seemed kind of slave-ish, but I did call him to change my pillow to a feather one (they have 4 kinds of pillow to choose from!). The food was the best food I have ever eaten in my life. Dinner was a 9-course feast so for $50 for both of us (the difference between B&B and DB&B) we were so impressed! The restaurant has a walk-in wine cellar and the restaurant has a sommelier who really knows his stuff. We met the chef on our second night and he told us he studied for 6 years at the University of Sri Lanka to become a chef! Now thatâs dedication! The restaurant and bar area are both air-conditioned, which made a massive difference from the restaurant on Meedhupparu, which was always so hot, even though we were sat away from the main area. Upon checkout, we were taken to the main jetty by the Water Villas speedboat, which was really fun! Then we were onto the seaplane and headed for home. I was sad to leave the Water Villas but I felt ready to go home. If we went to the Maldives again, I think we would only go for 1 week and we would stay in a water villa or similar standard resort. Meedhupparu was a good introduction to the Maldives, but the Water Villas really made our holiday. Being our honeymoon, the Water Villas made us feel our holiday was extra special and that is what we wanted out of it."
- Travel date: 7th August 2006
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