On my recent visit to the Maldives I had the pleasure of visiting not just one, but two resorts – both offering completely different experiences and an incredibly lush, but more importantly relaxing getaway. For a more adventurous and outdoorsy experience in the Maldives, myself and my partner checked in to Jumeirah Vittaveli, a family friendly resort just a short 20 minute boat ride from Male International Airport.
Checking In: Jumeirah Vittaveli
If you’re looking for a resort in the Maldives with endless activities then Jumeirah Vittaveli is a great choice. With so many hotels and resorts to choose from it can often be overwhelming, however this particular resort certainly caters to both families and couples – so if you’re looking for a more adventurous resort to check in to, here’s what you can look forward to at Jumeirah Vittaveli…
Private Beach Villa
Choosing a resort in the Maldives is one thing, but deciding on a room type is a whole different ball game! The iconic water villas are a popular choice for most couples and especially honeymooners as they offer the most privacy and seclusion. After a few nights in a water villa at our previous resort, we switched it up by checking in to one of the private beach villas which were slightly cheaper but came with the added benefit of the beach at your door step. Ironically I also found these villas more private than the water villas at Jumeirah Vittaveli, as there was ample flora surrounding us to make the villas completely secluded from our neighbours.
A Maldivian Touch
What I really loved about this resort was the people – the local Maldivians with grins the size of a football field, spreading right across their face from early morning through til late in the evening. You can tell immediately that these people really love their job, but more importantly they really love showcasing their home to visitors from around the world.
The room decor at Jumeirah had a distinct Maldivian touch, which effortlessly paid tribute to the surrounds. Much of the room featured warm wood tones and everything was kept very natural to accompany the surrounds. Another favourite feature of the rooms was the huge “L” shaped pool that wrapped around the entire room – a great excuse for a morning swim!
Food at Jumeirah Vittaveli
The food at Jumeirah Vittaveli was a bit of a hit and miss at times, but the highlights were incredible when they did hit the mark! By far my favourite restaurant on the island was MU, a casual beachside restaurant with evening entertainment and fantastic food from a well-rounded menu. The tofu peanut satay was my pick of dishes, though my partner (a meat-eater) was equally impressed with the Angus Beef! Anywhere on the island you can also enjoy homemade ice cream which was beyond incredible – don’t leave without trying the chocolate and caramel – delicious!
On our final evening in the Maldives we embarked on a private sunset cruise on the resort yacht – quite the indulgence! The hour long cruise was perhaps the single most impressive cruise of my travel life, circling the island and taking in the sweeping views of a golden sunset – complete with champagne and canapés of course!
One of the best ways to pass time in the Maldives is just to sit back and enjoy all the senses: the sound of the ocean, the incredible sweeping ocean views, letting the sun kiss your skin and of course, tasting the local sweetness! Cocktails by the pool were a great way to cool off and unwind after a day of activities – which is what this hotel really excels at. This is a fun place to stay, especially for families, or couples who wish to be more active during their stay with use of bicycles to get around the island, plenty of free water sports (that were charged at other hotels), and so many extra add-ons to enhance your stay.