Dive into the Maldives want us as we go to Angsana Velavaru. This resort is a part of the Banyan Tree Resorts & Resorts personal assortment within the Maldives which incorporates Angsana Ihuru and Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru. Angsana Velavaru’s remoteness presents pristine seashores, tranquil beachfront and over-water villas and an thrilling vary of eating places and actions. Angsana Velavaru is the place escapism lives.
In 2022, we spent three weeks travelling throughout the Maldives experiencing 5 completely different island resorts and their distinctive cultures and gathering tales. Our go to to this resort was a PR go to. Nonetheless, all ideas and opinions expressed on this article are ours.
Angsana Velavaru, the Turtle Island
This island resort takes its identify from the native Dhivehi reference to turtles. We’re unsure if that is due to its form or if the island was as soon as a habitat for the hard-shelled sea creatures.
Opened in 2005 and following in depth renovations in 2019, Angsana Velavaru effortlessly blends simplicity with luxurious. That is showcased via their broad vary of lodging.
Friends can select which type of escapism they like – beachfront villas with infinity swimming pools that time you invitingly in direction of the ocean or unique over-water properties (they’re known as InOcean villas right here) that place you in the course of it.
The beachfront and InOcean villas have their very own bars and eating places. No matter your bundle although, friends can dine at any of the eating places at Angsana Velavaru (some require advance bookings).
Angsana Velavaru is a household pleasant resort. A devoted splash pool for youths (they even have their very own cute little solar loungers and cabanas) types a part of a spread of child-friendly amenities and companies that embrace a children’ membership and babysitting companies.
At Velavaru, there isn’t a over-the-top effort to impress. We discovered the workers to be pleasant and useful each time we would have liked it. Everybody we met greeted us with a smile and allow us to get on with what we have been there for, to chill out and luxuriate in just a few days within the Maldives.
The place is it?
Angsana Velavaru is positioned within the Maldives’ South Nilandhe Atoll (also referred to as the Dhaalu Atoll).
The best way to get there
A seaplane switch from Velana Worldwide Airport, Malé will get you to Angsana Velavaru in 45 minutes.
Alternatively, you may do a 30-minute home flight from Malé to a neighbouring island after which connect with Velavaru by way of a 40 minute pace boat journey.
In July 2022, a return seaplane switch charges on Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) to Angsana Velavaru have been USD 450 per grownup and USD 270 per youngster (age 2 to 11) inclusive of all taxes. Test with the resort reserving staff to substantiate the newest costs and organize transfers. You’ll want to issue switch prices into your finances.
HDTYI Tip: Pack gentle in case you’re planning a seaplane switch. TMA presents a complimentary baggage allowance of 20 kg (checked-in baggage) and 5 kg (hand baggage) per particular person. You may run into issues in case you exceed these limits.
HDYTI Tip: Do you know that seaplane journeys within the Maldives are a complete expertise on their very own? Learn ‘Travelling by Seaplane within the Maldives’
The place we stayed in Angsana Velavaru
Throughout our go to, we stayed in a turtle-shaped Beachfront Infinity Pool Villa.
The outside round structure is fashionable Maldivian with a thatched roof including a standard factor. The inside comes with French doorways which give an uninterrupted view of the verandah, solar loungers, infinity pool and seashore from the king dimension mattress.
The beachfront villas are separated by fences guaranteeing a level of privateness.
We particularly liked stepping out of the villa, swimming the size of the pool, and stepping proper onto the seashore and into the ocean in a single seamless movement.
The Beachfront Infinity Pool Villa comes with in-room storage and sleeps three (a built-in couch doubles as a single mattress). There’s additionally a mini bar (additional expenses apply) with just a few primary manufacturers.
The toilet state of affairs behind the property is maybe the beachfront villa’s most spectacular design characteristic.
There are two showers, one personal and one outdoor. The out of doors bathtub serves because the centrepiece of this house. Right here, Velavaru’s signature beach-chic orange colors thoughtfully mix with inexperienced vegetation and white sand to create a particular visible expertise.
Bottled water is obtainable complimentary and in-room WiFi is obtainable at first rate speeds.
Angsana Velavaru InOcean Pool Villas
For max luxurious and exclusivity at Angsana Velavaru, e book an InOcean villa. These villas are positioned roughly one kilometre from the island and are accessible by scheduled ferry companies.
Throughout our go to, regardless of the stormy monsoon climate, our curiosity received the higher of us and we determined to hop on the shuttle from the island to examine them out.
In a vacation spot well-known for over-water villas, Velavaru’s two-storey InOcean villas are a part of a choose few within the Maldives which aren’t related to the principle island by a walkway or bridge.
Velavaru’s InOcean villas are extensive and spacious. Occupancy ranges from three individuals (InOcean Sundown and InOcean Dawn Pool Villas) to 5 individuals (Deluxe InOcean Two Bed room Pool Villa).
A spacious wood poolside deck and a personal walkway resulting in an over-water cabana prolong the out of doors house additional into the ocean. Over-water hammocks present prime viewing for observing life within the coral reef beneath. However why watch from the hammock when you’ll be able to step from the deck immediately into the turquoise waters?
The rooftop pavilion (sala) on the second ground is ideal for personal spa therapies or personal eating. And what ocean villa is full with out a 7 metre size infinity pool?
The place to eat at Angsana Velavaru
We had most of our meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets) on the Kaani Restaurant (included within the all-inclusive bundle) with à la carte choices accessible from the related Kuredhi Pool Bar. Each provide informal all-day beachfront eating with cocktails and different drinks on demand. The altering worldwide themes – together with Maldivian dishes – made the buffet really feel much less repetitive.
A floating breakfast in our Beachfront Infinity Pool villa appeared like a good suggestion…till the monsoon winds picked up and compelled us to improvise. Visiting the Maldives throughout monsoon season is a complete completely different expertise!
One one night time, we took the ferry shuttle throughout to the InOcean villas to dine on the Azzurro Restaurant and Bar. One other all-day restaurant, Azzuro serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
Nonetheless, our most memorable dinner expertise was on the Funa Restaurant (lunch and dinner service solely). We arrived early to seize among the restricted out of doors seating over the lagoon and felt like we had entrance row seats to look at because the solar gave option to the celebs showing within the clear night time sky.
The pleasant Pan-Asian menu is curated by Prasong Thaochan, Angsana Velavaru’s Government Chef. The Funa menu contains chosen dishes from locations like Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, and China.
Throughout our transient after-dinner chat, Chef Prasong defined that his objective at Funa is to create essentially the most genuine style of Asia within the Maldives. True to his phrase, his unembellished dishes have been full of a wide range of flavours that took us on a journey throughout the continent.
What to do
Angsana Velavaru has one of many largest home reefs within the Maldives. Though we didn’t take part in any water actions throughout our go to (monsoon season), we have been knowledgeable that the coral reef across the island has skilled much less injury than lots of its neighbours, making it an interesting alternative for snorkelling.
There’s a diving college providing coaching for a spread of skills main as much as PADI certification.
HDYTI Tip: In the event you plan to go to the Maldives throughout monsoon season like we did, be ready for doubtlessly restricted entry to water actions. Examine “Ten Issues To Think about When Planning Your Journey To The Maldives in Monsoon Season“.
We loved a champagne sundown cruise which felt extra like a sundown speedboat journey (the rains solely eased for just a few hours so the captain needed to be fast). Nonetheless, we had a second of stillness when our host noticed a big college of dolphins who, sensing an viewers, spontaneously determined to placed on a present to the delight of everybody onboard.
HDYTI Tip: Angsana Velavaru contains purpose-built occasion areas specifically designed to present weddings, vow renewal or particular celebrations a very escapist feeling.
You should do this at Angsana Velavaru…
The tuna… all the things and something on the menu with tuna at this resort is a winner. Angsana Velavaru ethically sources high quality tuna (largely yellow fin selection) immediately from the waters native to the island.
Particular shout out to…
“I’ve realized that folks will overlook what you stated, individuals will overlook what you probably did, however individuals will always remember the way you made them really feel.”
A constant theme within the Maldives is the standard of hospitality and the professionalism of resort workers. Angsana Velavaru was no exception.
We want to give particular shout outs to:
Hathim – for serving to to avoid wasting our floating breakfast from flying off into the monsoon winds.
Littu – from the Kuredhi Pool Bar staff who ALWAYS welcomed us with a smile and fascinating conversations.
Kelly and Naahy – who gave us entry to the InOcean villas to fulfill our curiosity. Thanks for answering our many questions.
Rama – a random encounter with this island gardener changed into a mini tour of the island’s greenhouse and planting ideas. Sorry we by no means got here again for our seeds Rama!
You will need to observe that the workers we don’t see (who function behind-the-scenes) deserve as a lot recognition as those we do. There are such a lot of extra individuals who deserve our appreciation for making our go to a memorable expertise.
E-book your keep at Angsana Velavaru
Go to their web site for extra data: angsana.com/maldives/velavaru
This resort presents a wide range of all-inclusive packages with numerous inclusions designed to cater to completely different preferences. You’ll want to examine what your all-inclusive bundle accommodates when reserving your keep right here to keep away from any surprises.