This Resort Has An Open Air Theatre And Sits In The Middle Of A Coral Island

Tripoto
10th Oct 2016

The Jetty at Velassaru

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Maldives is not the usual beach getaway experience. The beaches here are exquisite, the water turquoise blue, the sunsets mesmerizing and the properties pure indulgence. Velassaru Maldives is an island resort near Male and checks all the boxes for the perfect Maldivian sojourn.

The Island

Situated about thirty minutes from the capital city of Male in the South Atoll, this coral island is surrounded by a beautiful blue lagoon on the western side.

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The Lagoon at Velassaru Maldives

The shallow water here is perfect for snorkeling. The beaches here are alone and tranquil. Gentle curves of glowing sand melt seamlessly into the azure blue water. Whether it is the soothing reflection of the rising sun in the morning hours, the brilliant blue shades of water in the afternoon or the glazing gray waters in the setting sun, the pristine seashore looks mesmerizing throughout the day.

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Heron at Velassaru (commonly sighted on Maldives Beaches)
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Herons

The Property

With dense vegetation within the island, the cottages and rooms are beautifully juxtaposed amongst well-laid paths both inside and along the periphery of the island. The property offers epicurean delights in the form of a stunning infinity pool, stylish over-water ocean villas, deluxe bungalows, beach villas, five restaurants and two bars offering discerning gourmet flavors. Cuisines range from Teppanyaki to Mediterranean delights.

Fen Bar (Source: Velassaru.com)

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Velassaru also provides the option of dining at the beach. Imagine a personal butler dishing out customized culinary delights with the setting sun in the background while the waves gently nudge your feet.

The way to Water Villas

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If you need to shed off the extra calories, the resort even has a tennis court and a fitness center. The rooms are tastefully designed with ambient lighting and all the required amenities for a comfortable stay.

The gorgeous Water Villas in the evening

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In-villa safe, LCD TV, DVD player, L’ Occitane toiletries, alfresco shower, beach bags, towels, slippers are common in the Deluxe Bungalows. The more opulent options of Water Villas and Suites offer personal wine chiller, coffee machines, bathtub with lagoon views, personal butler service, home theater system and much more.

The Azure Blue Lagoon near the Water Villas

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Velassaru lights up at night

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Free wifi and 24 hours service in all rooms add to the hedonistic facilities.

The Luxury Water Suite at Velassaru (Source: Velassaru.com)

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The over water spa in Velassaru is built over the lagoon. Breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, the sound of the gentle splashing waves against the teak wooden stilts and blissful therapies with organic local ingredients is pure indulgence.

The Velassaru Spa

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Replete with a fitness center and a floodlit all-weather tennis court, the resort also takes care of the fitness enthusiast.

School of Fish in front of the spa

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Marine Center

Velassaru is not all about vegetating on the powdery white beaches or watching the magnificent Maldivian sunset. It has a plethora of things to do for the activity seeking tourist. The calm water of the enchanting blue lagoon in Velassaru is ideal for a vast range of water sports which includes snorkeling, kayaking, knee boarding, windsurfing, wakeboarding, and waterskiing. For all those who are averse to swimming and diving, snorkeling is the perfect way to get a peek to the enigmatic underwater world.

The more adventurous can opt for scuba diving which gives you the opportunity to encounter marine life in all its glory. The Immersion Dive Center at Velassaru with multilingual instructors will help and guide you to numerous local diving sites. where you can have experience of swimming with stingrays, manta rays, a variety of reef fish and dolphins, watching uncanny creatures like sea urchins, parrotfish, eels, lionfish and scorpion fish and hover over centuries of coral formations infused with colorful sea plants. The in-house center also provides certified recognized PADI courses.

Dive Center and the Jetty

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Open Air Theater

Velassaru provides its guest a complimentary movie screening by the beach (weather permitting). Large white screens are set up along the beach with lounge sofas and chairs in the evening. The pampering continues when snacks are served on the beach during the movie to complete your open-air theater experience.

Open Air Theater (Source: Velassaru.com)

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Watching your favorite movies under the starry skies with the gentle sea breeze as your constant companion is a sublime experience.

Boduberu - An Ancient Dance Form

The resort never fails to keep you pampered and entertained. Dating back to 11th century, Boduberu is the traditional dance form of Maldives. Performed by a group of 15 or more, it consists of one lead singer and lots of drums apart from a variety of thumping instruments.

Boduberu Dance

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The pace of the music and dance gradually picks up, and usually, at the end of it the spectators would be dancing along with the group. The songs and dance styles are similar to the ones found in East and South West Africa giving rise to speculation that these might have been introduced to this tiny island nation by sailors from the African continent. Velassaru treats you with one such evening of Boduberu dance by the beachside, under the sparkling stars where you will be transferred to a different world altogether.

Indulging Excursions

You are spoilt for choices at Velassaru. If you have had enough on the island, set sail on the traditional Maldivian Dhoni. The calmness of the evening sea, the sparkling of wine, and fabulous dining options of the resort boat, while you watch the sun bid adieu with a spectacular color riot of different shades of crimson are precisely the reasons why a sunset cruise into the open waters is a must do in Maldives.

Sunset Sky

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The resort also provides options for unconventional experiences like Big Game Fishing, Night Fishing and Night Snorkelling. Another unique option on offer at Velassaru is Bio Quests. A resident marine biologist provides targeted reef explorations with the theme of your choice. The themes are about the choice of marine life – turtles, manta rays, sharks, and clown fish.

The Tranquil Beach at the eastern end of the Island

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Part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Velassaru Maldives is the perfect destination for authentic Maldivian experience with a touch of luxury and self-indulgence.

FACTFILE:

Getting There: There are daily flights from Kochi and Trivandrum to Male. Some flights are via Colombo. Air India and Spicejet fly in this route.

Accommodation: Double Deluxe Bungalows start from Rs 37000 onwards per night, where as premium Water Villas cost Rs 1.15L onwards per night.

Best Time to Visit: November to April

Website: www.velassaru.com

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