“ Country: Maldives / World Region: Indian Ocean „
When we booked to go to the Maldives there was so much choice. We picked Vilamendhoo as it was reasonably priced and had the facilities we were looking. I cannot recommend this place enough, it is wonderful. The sea plane to get there was excellent, a bit noisy but something you have to experience. The snorkelling was the best I have experienced, there is a reef that goes round the island so you literally walk out about a few meters and the coral is there along with hundreds of different kinds of fish, amazing. The rooms were very modern and look like they had been recently refurbished, for the last few nights we upgraded to a water villa, which I highly recommend; you have your own private sun deck with steps down to the sea! The food was of a high standard, although sometimes it lacked variety, would suggest going all inclusive as it will work out cheaper. The beach was great although it wasn't huge due to a lot of it being washed away by the sea, it seems they are constantly bringing in more sand to replace what is being lost. The SPA is a must, you get to see all the fish below while having your massage! What more can I say than if you're looking to go to the Maldives then consider the Vilamendhoo as you won't be disappointed!
This was the place we went to for our silver wedding and I can't say anything which is less than superb.
Having landed in Male the capital of the Maldives the journey begins to paradise.
The island is reached by sea plane from Male and this journey itself is a lifetime experience. Flown by sea plane with a bare footed pilot in control over a turquoise ocean jewelled with a myriad of tiny islands. You land near to a small jetty and are transferred by boat to the island which appears before you, beckoning you to step ashore. When you do so you are met by the staff and given a lovely drink served in a coconut and then shown to your room.
After this what can I say?- the food is superb, there is everything you could want. The sand is like icing sugar and the rooms are so near to the sea you can walk barefoot to them. The interior of the island has walkways which go through coconut trees and are well lit. Umbrellas are provided in the rooms incase you are caught in a rain shower which can be anytime of the year, though less common in December to May.
With global warming we were told their dry season which used to be between Christmas and May is now sometimes affected by rain, but still less frequently than other times. If you want to lessen the risk of rain you should choose those months but they are more expensive. However it is around 30c all year rain or shine, and even rainy days often have sun between the showers.
The sea is amazing. There is every kind of tropical fish in beautiful colours near to the shore so you can paddle with them if you are not a swimmer. The house reef which runs round the island has easy access points and here you can snorkel for hours. After meals many would walk to the pier where the fish are so dense there is hardly a space in the water. For those experienced in scuba diving the school here is second to none and they run courses for beginners too.
On the last night of the holiday the staff decorate the table with red flowers. We walked back to our room after dinner and looked up to the sky where a shooting star was just flashing in front of us. Then we opened our bedroom door to find the bed adorned in red petals. This really was the perfect silver wedding. If you are looking for a honeymoon or special wedding celebration look no further because this is what you are looking for.
ONLY NEGATIVE POINTS AND SOME HELPFUL TIPS
The only thing which is negative is that in many resorts the staff like to encourage you to share your table with another couple. If you do not want this then go to reception before your first meal, as this is so much easier to stop before it starts.
The island does have some biting insects but Jungle Formula is pretty good. If you wear long linen/cotton trousers for dinner it offers protection as they are most active at dusk. The staff do go round spraying with a smoke machine each evening to keep the numbers down.
Finally bear in mind this is a very hot place. The sunscreen you take is important. We buy a product called Sunsense which is Australian and you can get it from Pharmacies in the UK it is very good.
If you go All Inclusive they provide you with water each day- make sure you drink at least 1.5 litres each day of this on top of other drinks as it is easy to get dehydrated especially after the flight.
Pack an old t shirt for swimming in as this will protect your back when in the water. We did see some people with burns to their back.
They provide sunloungers with your room number on them and sunbeds too so you have your own allocated to you.
Entertainment is low key but there is some if you enjoy that.
Finally I would say I took many books but you know I never read any of them.
The place is somewhere if you only go once it will give you a lifetime of memories. I just sat and stared and it was like a moment in time which will stay in my heart forever.
Yes it is for tourists but no nothing has been damaged or spoilt. There is no news, no shoes there -just nature as it is-there for you to enjoy.
A final word if you can get up early, the sunrise is amazing and you can experience it alone and in peace with only a heron for company.