- In an elegant, minimalist style
- Infinity pool right on the beach
- Choose from stunning beach and water villas
- Five restaurants including Japanese
- Try diving, snorkelling and other watersports
A member of the prestigious 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World', Velassaru is a magnificent haven that’s secluded but not isolated. Over Water Pavilions, Deluxe Bungalows and Beach Villas embody minimalist chic, yet provide an intimate retreat away from the stresses of modern day life.
Dining options are excellent and you can enjoy an array of inspiring cuisine from a selection of five restaurants. In addition to the idyllic beaches and turquoise waters, there’s a range of activities on offer, from snorkelling and scuba diving to signature spa treatments at The Spa at Velassaru. You can even have your dive experiences photographed.
Hotel child prices apply to ages 2-11 years.
Sovereign does not accept children under the age of 13 in the water villa or over water categories.
Stay for 7 nights and pay for 6 nights for holidays between 25 July - 27 December 2018 booked by 31 August 2018.
Stay for 7 nights and pay for 6 nights for holidays between 07 April - 24 July 2018 when staying in a Deluxe Bungalow, Beach Villa, Beach Villa with Pool and Water Bungalow with Pool.
Please note government tax is payable on free night stay (restrictions apply).
Early booking discount
Save up to 8% discount on the hotel price for holidays between 01 May - 31 October 2018 booked 60 days prior to departure for 4 nights stay or more.
Honeymooners receive 1 small bottle of Taittinger
at Chill Bar: a selection of 3 Tapas
dishes together with 2 glasses of sparkling wine, L'Occitane
sleep well Honeymoon gift pack and $ 25 spa credit (Offer must be mentioned at time of booking, applicable for a minimum of 4 nights stay only, guests must arrive within 6 months from the date of wedding and a copy of the wedding certificate must be shown at the resort on request).
Please note not all offers are combinable, further details please call our trusted advisers.
Bars & Restaurants
Full Board Plus
Mediterranean restaurant surrounded by lush green vegetation.
Full Board Plus
European grill with Pan Asian and Continental influences.
Full Board Plus
Enjoy Japanese delights in this truly charming over water restaurant.
Half Board, Bed & Breakfast, Full Board Plus, Full Board
International cuisine is served in a relaxed setting. 'Vela', meaning turtle in Maldivian, reflects the meandering atmosphere. Guests on Half Board and Full Board can eat at this restaurant.
Full Board Plus
Describes the turquoise blue of the lagoon on which it overlooks. Enjoy Asian influences.
The Chill Bar overlooks the stunning Indian Ocean, and serves tapas bites, Sangria and cocktails. The Fen Bar serves snacks throughout the day.
Beach & Pools
The white sands the Maldives are known for surround this beautiful island, with the crysal clear sea lapping at the shores. There are plenty of sunbeds, parasols, and even comfortable chairs and tables so you can enjoy a relaxing evening on the beach.
Spa & Wellness
Spa & gym
Guests can relax in one of the 10 overwater treatment rooms and enjoy one of the many massages, including the tension-relieving Balinese or the rejunenating Vinotherapie.
There are also body wraps and scrubs, including the Coconut Body Scrub and the Water Lily Sun Soother - a wrap to relieve sun sensitive skin.
Beauty treatments like manicures, pedicures and waxing are also available. Local charges may apply to some treatments.
The Fitness Centre offers classes such a relaxing Yoga.
Activities & Entertainment
There are many excursions available, including the Sunset Cruise, and a trip to the Maldivian capital city, Malé.
Guests can visit the Marine Centre where a Marine Biologist will tell you about the work the centre does in conservation of the local coral reef. There are also presentations available on the Maldivian ecosystem.
Tennis courts are also available, and there is an extensive DVD library to browse.
There is a huge range of sports for guests to choose from. Watch the clear blue sea underneath your feet in a transparent glass-bottom kayak, or submerge yourself completely with a PADI-certified diving course and learn a new skill on holiday.
Ride the waves whilst wind-surfing, para-sailing or water-skiiing, or be adventurous and try a Fun Tube adventure.
About the location
Made up of more than 1,000 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is the quintessential get-away-from-it-all destination. It's a one-hotel-per-island affair, with properties ranging from luxe hideaways with stylish restaurants and bars, to rustic-chic retreats that draw on traditional Maldivian design.
The islands come with a natural colour scheme of green, white and blue - green for the glossy palms, white for the sugary sands, and blue for the photo-perfect lagoons that surround them. Beneath the waters things are just as spectacular, with colourful coral reefs and exotic sea life just a short swim from the beach. The Maldives is also home to some of the best scuba sites in the world, and hotels can arrange boat trips for keen divers.
Being surrounded by the sea means that fish (tuna in particular) is a key focus in Maldivian cuisine. Coconut is also used liberally - mixed into creamy curry sauces, sprinkled on top of salads and used in rich desserts. You'll also find plenty of dishes inspired by Sri Lankan and Indian cuisine.
25 minutes by speedboat from Male airport
Max 3 adults
Deluxe Bungalows measure approximately 70m² and include split-level bedroom with a comfortable sitting area and a garden bathroom with outdoor and indoor shower. Located in the gardens of the island, bungalows have an open terrace with day bed and small garden
Max 4 adults, 1 child
Deluxe Villas measure approximately 96m² and have convenient access to the beach, an indoor shower and large bathtub. In addition to the regular facilities, Deluxe Villas also feature an espresso machine, MP3 dock and wine cooler. Located just meters from the beach, villas feature a terrace with a day beds well as couple of sunbeds and direct access to the stunning beach.
Max 3 adults
Beach Villas measure approximately 96m² and have a garden bathroom with shower, indoor shower and large bathtub. In addition to the regular facilities, Beach Villas also feature espresso machine and wine cooler. Located just meters from the beach, villas feature a terrace with a day beds well as couple of sunbeds and direct access to the stunning beach.
Beach Villa With Pool
Max 3 adults
Beach Villas with Pool have the same facilities as a standard Beach Villa but with the additional benefit of a private plunge pool.
Water Bungalow with Pool
Max 3 adults
Water Bungalows with Pool measure approximately 80m² and have indoor showers, bathtub overlooking the sea, espresso machine, wine cooler and a private over-water deck with plunge pool and sun loungers. Combining thatched roofs with modern interiors, the bungalows have stunning views over the lagoon.
Max 3 adults
Water Villas measure approximately 112m² and have indoor showers, bathtub overlooking the sea, espresso machine and wine cooler. Located on stilts over the lagoon, these villas feature a full sea facing wall providing picturesque views from anywhere in the room. Steps lead directly to the sea.
Based on 1935 traveller reviews
93% of travellers recommended this hotel
What to expect
“ Great resort and fabulous service
Oct 16 2018
It was my first holiday in the Maldives and sod's law the weather was atrocious. It was so bad it was almost funny, with torrential downpours and gusty winds for hours almost every day. But - and...
It was my first holiday in the Maldives and sod's law the weather was atrocious. It was so bad it was almost funny, with torrential downpours and gusty winds for hours almost every day. But - and this is crucial because it shows you the standard of this resort - I still had a fantastic week at Velassaru. It's a quality resort, with exquisite food and fabulous attention to detail. I had a vast water villa with views across the ocean and fell asleep every night to the sound of the (crashing) waves. I laughed at the full length raincoats but wow, they came in handy. The villa is beautiful, spacious and with everything you might need for your Maldives hideaway. I felt utterly pampered, even as I hid from the rain. The staff are amazing and will do everything they can for you. The resort location (a 30 minute boat ride from the airport) means you can start your Maldives holiday straightaway. The beaches are beautiful, the food is delicious (a bit too delicious as I had to go the gym quite a lot), the accommodation is as good as you'd want from the Maldives and the service is top-notch. Would definitely recommend.
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“ Exceptional team and customer service culture!
Oct 03 2018
As with the majority of the below reviews I could spend hours talking about the range of restaurants and how each compliments the luxury feel of the island. Or, I could talk about the size and...
As with the majority of the below reviews I could spend hours talking about the range of restaurants and how each compliments the luxury feel of the island. Or, I could talk about the size and quality of the villas, the L'Occitane products throughout the resort and the incredible attention to detail.
I might even highlight the impeccable tennis court, fully equipped gym, complimentary snorkeling equipment/sea kayaks, the complimentary cruise and yoga.
If I did I'd be missing the point of why you go to Velassaru. The real reason to go is the VIP service. Each and every member of the team is a true credit to the resort. We arrived in Male and were guided through to our speedboat (luggage was taken care of), on the boat we were given a bottle of water and a cold towel (this is what I meant by attention to detail), when we arrived at the resort there was a greeting party. We were escorted to the stunning reception area and whilst we were checked in were given a drink. We didn't have much time to drink as check in was very quick.
Once checked in we were escorted to our room and given a full tour of the villa, we had Vicky and she made us feel like she had nothing else to do that day, there was no rushing and she spent plenty of time explaining the resort. 15 minutes after she left we received a call confirming our restaurant bookings for the next few days (which are flexible).
We found our villa tended to twice a day and what was incredible was the timing, staff had managed to sync the turn down service with our meals (another example of incredible attention to detail).
At the pool bar the waiter service was as little as often as you required, this was incredibly intuitive and it was almost like the staff were in tune with when you might need a drink. This was the same with each of the restaurants, chill Bar and Fen.
We found some inspired distribution of staff at Chill bar - one of the gents had been moved from the Pool bar after they discovered his ability to take pictures (something he had done for years before joining the island). The Chill Bar is the place to take sunset pictures with a cocktail in hand.. The added benefit of having a free professional photographer on hand to help take great snaps was a welcome surprise.
It is clear that every member of staff is doing what they enjoy as everybody had a smile on there face, even when we had to leave early on our final day and we asked for a Crepe to be put in a takeaway box and when we were waved off by the farewell party.
There is more to say about this island, it was magical. I'd just like to thank everybody that made the trip so fantastic, in particular Dilan, Wijey, Christopher, Vicky and Muhammed (there are so many others but the state of relaxation may have had an effect on this part of my memory).
Now all there is to do is get booking the next trip to Velassaru!
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