We remember the days when we used to dream about the places that we visit now. The Maldives encapsulates everything dreamy about a tropical paradise and there really are no words to describe the true beauty of the 26 ring shaped atolls that many view as a fantasy land. Well in the Maldives, reality is wrong and dreams are for real.
Stepping onto the smart furnishings of the Velassaru speed boat, we were swiftly whisked away from the main island of Male, dancing across the azure blue seas. Eager with anticipation, we admired the tiny islands lined with beautiful water villas and the flying fish that skipped alongside our boat. Twenty minutes into our journey we caught our first glimpse of Velassaru. As we drew toward the shore, we were beckoned from the boat, our feet drenched in the powdery white sand and eyes wide from the kaleidoscope of blues that welcomed us.
The stunning Velassaru Resort is set on its own private isle only six miles to the South West of Male. Famed for its beautiful over water villas that stand proudly against the backdrop of the unprecedented lagoon, it is a true haven for those looking for the ultimate luxury island escape.
Opening the door to our water villa, we were greeted by the fresh wooden aromas that instantly lined our lungs. Velassaru offers luxurious accommodation types to suit both the beach lover and ocean goer. Ranging from beach bungalows, water and beach villas with private pool and water suites, each offers unrivalled luxury, plush furnishings and spacious quarters. Oozing with extravagance, our villa exceeded all expectations we had for the world class resort with attention to detail at every corner and our comfort and wellbeing at the forefront. With a fine selection of tapas and the perfect champagne accompaniment, we could have lapped up the sun and gazed at the marble blue covered reef from the privacy of our private balcony for days.
As the sun began dissipating below the horizon and an orange haze engulfed the sky above, it was time for our first night of fine wining and dining. The resorts five restaurants took us on a culinary journey with a symphony of seafood, the gastronomical delights of the grill and not to mention, the joys of Japanese. Each meal was spent alfresco to the sounds of the gentle waves caressing the shore, reminding us of the paradise we were inhabiting. There is something special about the atmosphere of these neatly spherical islets and enjoying the Maldivian air of the open air Sands restaurant, provided a theatre of unspoiled panoramas. As we feasted on an array of surf and turf dishes, we drank in the aura of Maldivian starry skies with a signature cocktail in hand.
Awaking to tiny sun flares protruding through the curtains, we wasted no time in donning our snorkel gear and heading down to the lagoon. Our Ocean Haven Water Villa complete with balcony was the gateway to the warm, cerulean waters teeming with groups of fish. Brightly coloured parrot fish coaxed the reef beneath our villa, a beautiful rainbow medley. Heading a little deeper, a shy stingray buried himself beneath the seabed, rays of light piercing the waters for the spectacle. Reaching the shore, schools of tiny silver fish were being herded by baby black tip reef sharks, a sight to marvel as they moved in perfect synchronisation with one another.
We spent sunshine days lapping up the days rays and enjoying the tranquil surroundings of the tropical green flora and fauna that was a manicured garden paradise circumferencing the island. One particular highlight of the islet is the infinity pool that seemingly sits in the chalky sands. It is quite something to take a dip in the warm waters and gaze out over a slither of white sand and peppermint striped blues.
Once your craving to cool off has been satisfied, you can unwind in one of the chic private hideaways dotted along the shoreline or take up residence under the lush palms to nap the day away in the comfort of a cabana. Rest assured, smiling staff will be on hand to make sure you are not empty handed and are accompanied with a signature cocktail, an array of shisha flavours or a light snack, including a complimentary ice cream stand that circles the island twice daily.
As if this wasn’t enough to relax and rejuvenate, The Velassaru spa was waiting in the wings with its feather light soundscapes, crisp surroundings and invigorating treatments. Once you have finished recharging your mind, body and spirit in one of the ten over water treatment villas set on stilts, be sure to step out into the paradisiacal hydropool which drapes over the cobalt lagoon. The view is staggering as you watch the sea salt sparkling on the surface which will leave you gawking for as far as the eye can see. If you are lucky, you will catch a glimpse of eagle rays, reef sharks and stingray perusing the waters, a sight to behold as you sit back and enjoy the infinite blues for days.
Alas, time waits for no man and once you have managed to prize yourself from the arms of relaxation, there is plenty of water sports to tempt you to explore the true beauty of the lagoon. Opt for a kayak, a paddleboard or enjoy a complimentary morning cruise to journey the isle at leisure. For those looking to get a little more acquainted with the underwater utopia of the atoll, the on-site dive centre will take care of your diving fix in one of the most sought after diving locations in the World.
To immerse yourselves in unrivalled bliss on one of the most beautiful atolls of the prestigious Maldives, look no further than Velassaru to nurture your experience with enticing wining and dining venues, accommodation to nurse and encounters to remember. Luxury, undressed.
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