- 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 or stay for 14 nights and pay for 12 nights based on selected room types and travel dates between 07 - 30 April 2018.
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.
Save up to 4% discount on the hotel price for holidays between between 11 January 2018 - 30 April 2018 and 01 November - 22 December 2018 booked 60 days prior to departure for 4 nights or more.
Honeymooners receive 1 small bottle of Taittinger Champagne, tapas 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 1784 traveller reviews
93% of travellers recommended this hotel
What to expect
“ 4,5 stars
dr_aaltonen, Helsinki, Finland
Feb 17 2018
The reef is quiet and calm although it???s quite near to Male and airport (30 minutes by hotel boat). Good location for shorter stays then. Our water villa with pool was great. Spacious shower and huge...
The reef is quiet and calm although it???s quite near to Male and airport (30 minutes by hotel boat). Good location for shorter stays then. Our water villa with pool was great. Spacious shower and huge bath. Good bed. Good wifi. Easy access to reef directly from the villa. Plunge pool was nice too. Very good minibar, probably the best I???ve ever seen (incl. Johnny Walker Blue Label, champagne, full bottles of white and red, etc.). Good space for clothes and other stuff. Island is beautiful, sandy beach all around it. Good gym. Nice bar. Five restaurants
Why not full 5 stars then? For two reasons. First, some small issues with the room. Dozens of light switches all around the villa with no instructions which switches turn on what. Radio not tuned (no antenna?). Amplifier does not accept iPhone nor iPod as an audio source. No speakers at the terrace. Welcome tray (when empty) waited 36 hours to be taken away. While we had made a reservation to the restaurant, our villa was not prepared for night at that time but tried to do it earlier (when we were preparing ourselves to dinner). However, biggest problem was food. I???m a gourmet. I was expecting a LOT more. Breakfast was extensive but did not taste what it should in 5 star hotel. The Sand restaurant was pathetic, what comes to taste. Regarding check of 315 USD for two, I would have expected MUCH better. I???d say: don???t go there. Etesian was a lot better (with a similar bill) although it was neither the level expected for 5 star hotel on an island (with no other option than to eat at the premises).
If I were manager of the hotel, I would instantly hire a proper chief to teach kitchen staff. I believe you could make a deal with about any top chef to come there having holiday with his family and teaching in return. I would also fix the small issues listed above. Then it would be 5 stars, as supposed.
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“ Paradise In the Ocean
Sarahgr67, Redhill, United Kingdom
Feb 14 2018
We have just returned from Velassaru having stayed 8 nights there after spending 6 nights in Singapore. We were looking for a relaxing paradise and we certainly found it here. From the moment we...
We have just returned from Velassaru having stayed 8 nights there after spending 6 nights in Singapore. We were looking for a relaxing paradise and we certainly found it here. From the moment we touched down in Male we were impressed. Our luggage was off and we cleared passport control in 10mins flat and someone was waiting for us to transfer us to the speed boat straight away. After a 25 min speed boat ride we received an extremely warm welcome from the Velassaru staff and there was a staff member per couple to meet you, check you in and show you to your room. We stayed in a water villa Room 401, which was spacious, clean and good decor. With water villa you have your own private sun deck with steps leading into the crystal clear water of the ocean. There are so many fish to see it???s a snorkellers dream. There are 4 restaurants on the island. The buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner are fabulous with good fresh food and of the highest quality. Our favourite was Sands though. Table on the beach under the stars where we just dug our toes into the sand and listened to the water lapping the shoreline whilst being served the most delicious food. A special thank you goes to Ashraq who looked after us so well there and is such a beautiful person and a credit to the resort. If you like wildlife you???ll find plenty on this small island. Their are birds, bats, lizards, geckos as well as the marine life. I loved it and took many photos. I do hope that the resort continues to help conserve the wildlife as it would be a shame to lose it through development, pollution or neglect. I also have to say that whilst there I came down with a throat infection and was treated by the wonderful Dr they have in the island and best of all the treatment is free. I was put on antibiotics and Dr also followed up with me on the day of departure which was so good.
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