Location: Maldives | Maldives

Price guide: £££££ £200-£350 per person per night

Velassaru is a fabulous, contemporary and fun resort set in the beautiful South Male Atoll in the Maldives. Surrounded by a pristine white beach and the glittering, turquoise-blue sea, this idyllic island provides the perfect spot for a luxurious, secluded getaway.
Perfect forCouples, honeymooners and families seeking luxurious island living and supreme relaxation, alongside adrenaline-fuelled water sports.
In the knowVelassaru's PADI-certified dive school offers an opportunity for all levels of divers to explore the spectacular marine life of the Maldives, with diving courses and scheduled private dives.

Recommended for...

  • Beach
  • Chic Design
  • Family-friendly
  • Food & Wine

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Conveniently located near the airport, Velassaru makes for an ideal getaway for families and Maldives first-timers. Tropical hibiscus, frangipani and palm trees shade the accommodation on land, whilst the more traditional water bungalows and villas provide the ultimate Maldivian overwater experience.

Rooms at Velassaru

The gorgeous and spacious island and water villas draw inspiration from local architecture designs and feature thatch roofs as well as chic, minimalist styles.

Choose one of the island villas or bungalows and get closer to nature, with garden bathrooms complete with outdoor showers, before unwinding in interiors tastefully accented with pops of green, teak and turquoise which serve as reminders of the surrounding natural beauty. High vaulted ceilings and panoramic windows open up onto furnished terraces, sun decks or courtyards which look out across the lush gardens or the ocean, while some also have a private pool and garden.

If you're seeking a little more seclusion, the overwater bungalows and villas provide the perfect tranquil sanctuary. Wake up to the sound of lapping waves and stunningly beautiful views out across the crystal-clear blue waters, and enjoy a morning coffee in the sun on your private balcony, followed by a refreshing dip in the infinity pool. Relax in the flower-laden bathtubs as you gaze across the lagoon.

Opt for the Water Suite for a personal butler service, a private bar, a home theatre and an expansive terrace and pool, and live the ultimate luxury Maldivian experience.

Food & Drink

Wake up to gourmet breakfasts at the Vela restaurant in the heart of tropical greenery, and return later for some fresh seafood and wine. Savour the seared salmon at the Teppanyaki restaurant or sample some tasty tapas bites perched over the water at the Chill Bar, and be sure not to miss out on the oceanfront dining at Sand, where you can enjoy Indian Ocean specialities as you dip your toes in the sand and watch the sunset.


The stunning infinity pool, situated near the bar, is surrounded by inviting daybeds and squashy beanbags, both of which are tempting spots for a snooze and a cocktail in the shade or stop over at one of the overwater spa pavilions, which offer wellness and beauty treatments featuring indigenous ingredients and holistic expertise, alongside glorious views. Hit the fitness centre or the tennis court for a quick workout, or relax with a calming yoga class on the scenic pavilion.

Activities at Velassaru

For water babies, the multicoloured reef is ideal for snorkelling both at day and night, and there is also an excellent dive centre, a wet lab and a well-equipped water sports centre. From sunset cruises to dolphin discovery adventures and island hopping trips, there is something for everyone.

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Hotel location

Velassaru is a 25-minute speedboat ride from Male airport.

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