Sun Aqua Vilu Reef Maldives

Vilu Reef Aerial

Featuring 41 water villas, including 6 new water villas with pools, the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, formally known as the Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort, is a 4-star hotel with 80 additional rooms on the island, making it one of the larger water-villa resorts in the Maldives. The all-inclusive meal plans here are popular, though other options are available as well.

With room rates that are well below average for the Maldives, the Vilu Reef offers good value, especially on the all-inclusive plans. There’s a long list of activities and excursions available, although fewer dining options than most nearby resorts of this size. The larger water villas are enormous, including the 2-bedroom Presidential Water Suite that has both a pool and jacuzzi of its own.


The Sun Aqua Vilu Reef Resort is located on Meedhuffushi Island in South Nilandhe Atoll, 128km south of Male’ International Airport.


35 Jacuzzi Water Villas

  • Area: 840 sq ft (78 m²)

6 Aqua Villas

  • Area: 980 sq ft (91 m²)

5 Aqua Suites

  • Area: 1,184 sq ft (110 m²)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Steambath
  • Separate living room

1 Grand Reef Suite

  • Area: 2,357 sq ft (219 m²)
  • Two king bedrooms with ensuite
  • Kitchenette
  • Dining area
  • Private plunge pool with Jacuzzi
  • Double-leveled timber deck

75 Island suites and villas

Special features in all villas

  • Beds: One four-poster kingsize
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Entertainment system: Satellite TV
  • Room service: Available
  • Separate shower and bathtub
  • Private decks
  • Dual vanities
  • Bidet


  • Low season online specials from US$409 per night
  • High season online specials from US$511 per night

Restaurants and bars

  • Island Pizza Restaurant
  • The Aqua Restaurant
  • The Well Done Restaurant
  • Positive Energy Bar

Resort features

  • Infinity-edge swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Canoeing
  • Catamaran sailing
  • Glass bottom boat ride
  • Fun tubes/Banana riding
  • Water skiing
  • Kite boarding
  • Wake boarding
  • Knee boarding
  • Wind surfing
  • Flood-lit tennis court
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Table tennis
  • Gymnasium
  • Billiards and board games
  • Disco with DJ music
  • Cultural shows
  • Live band music
  • Karaoke
  • Crab race


The Sun Aqua Spa is a 5-star full-service facility located at the resort that offers massages, flower baths, scrubs and more.

Nearby activities

  • Island hopping
  • Night fishing
  • Big game fishing
  • Sunset cruise
  • Dolphin safari
  • Off-island snorkeling

What the reviews say

Reviews for the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef Resort are generally very positive, which is quite encouraging considering this is among the more affordable water-villa resorts in the Maldives. The setting gets high marks, as do the large water villas themselves. The views are also mentioned in most of the reviews as being spectacular.

A few people have noted that the food in the all-inclusive buffet restaurant may not be up to 4-star standards, although at these prices it would be surprising if the buffet restaurant had a Michelin star. With that said, there are many who rave about the food, so it seems to be more about personal preference. Overall the resort gets very good grades, and appears to be very good value in the region.

Getting there

To reach the Sun Aqau Vilu Reef 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 35-minute flight to Meedhuffushi Island and the hotel itself.

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Video tour of a water villa at the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef Resort

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Photo Gallery of the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef Resort