Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa – Maldives


83c02-VilamendhooAerial2_lgWith 184 and villas, including 30 Jacuzzi water villas that just opened in late 2010, the Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is one of the larger private-island resorts in the Maldives. This is an all-inclusive property where guests can choose from meals-only or a “plus” plan that also includes alcohol and extras. In either case, this is one of the more affordable and best-value overwater villa resorts in the Maldives.

The water villas each come with their own private Jacuzzi plus many extras, so they are ideal for a honeymoon or anniversary trip. There is a wide range of daytime activities plus a fair bit of nightlife available, so those who prefer to be active will have many choices, while those looking for a secluded bit of tropical paradise can keep to themselves quite easily.


The Vilamendhoo Island Resort is located on its own island in the North Ari Atoll, 80 kilometers southwest of the Malé International Airport.


30 Jacuzzi Water Villas
Area: 915 sq ft (85 m²)

  • Beds: One kingsize 4-poster bed
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Entertainment system: color cable TV, DVD/CD player, iPod docking station/sound tower
  • Room service: Available

154 Island villas and suites

Special room features

  • Large bedroom
  • Tea/coffee/espresso machine
  • Spacious, partially open-air bathroom with double sinks
  • Private, walled-in outdoor area with Jacuzzi for two
  • Wooden sundeck with chaise lounges
  • Shade umbrella
  • Tropical plants
  • Private sundeck
  • Personal safe
  • Rain shower
  • Bath accessories
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobe and slippers


  • Low season online specials from US$538 per night
  • High season online specials from US$690 per night

*Sea-plane return transfer from Malé Airport: US$350 per adult

Restaurants and bars

  • Buffet Restaurant – Open-air buffet restaurant
  • Asian Wok Restaurant – Asian cuisine and Teppanyaki
  • Hot Rock Restaurant – Meat or fish cooked at your table on hot rocks
  • Bonthi Bar – sports bar
  • Sunset Bar
  • Asian Wok Bar
  • Dinners served on the beach

Resort features

  • Euro-Divers SCUBA Center
  • Snorkeling
  • 2 fresh water swimming pools
  • Lighted tennis court
  • Putting green
  • Beach volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Table tennis
  • Billiards/snooker
  • Football grounds
  • Fitness center with modern exercise equipment
  • Children’s playground


The over-the-water Duniye Spa provides a tropical spa experience for women and men, focused on wholeness, simplicity, purity and quality.

Nearby activities

  • Fishing excursions including morning, afternoon and deep sea trips
  • Sunset cruise
  • Island hopping
  • Photo flight
  • Robinson Crusoe Island
  • Whale shark, manta & turtle watching

What the reviews say

Reviews for the Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa are very positive, particularly the ones for those who visited after the late-2010 refurbish and addition of the water villas. Guests find the house reef and the diving/snorkeling to be among the best in the Maldives. In fact, the snorkeling is one of the most talked about aspects of the resort, with many guests raving over and over again about it.

There was some confusion over the rate plans, as they offer a full-board as well as an all-inclusive-plus plan, the first of which is only good for meals, and the latter includes alcohol and other extras. Some guests thought they were on the more inclusive plan and were disappointed, but most agree that this resort offers excellent value all things considered.

Getting there

To reach the Vilamendhoo Island Resort you’ll first fly to Malé International Airport. From there you’ll be greeted by resort staff and helped aboard a sea plane for the 25-minute flight to Vilamendhoo Island and the hotel itself.

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