Just returned from our 4th trip to the Maldives and out of all 4 resorts we had visited, the Angsana's InOcean Villas are clearly the best. Very impressed and love the size of it. So spacious! Also love the pte pool, it was perfect for a cool down on a hot afternoon. Pure pleasure jumping in after many hours under the sun.
Read somewhere that there are some who hated the cool manhantan look. if you want the rustic look, there r many other resorts out there which can offer u that, but I have no issues at all with the fittings and furnishing, abs love it. Very cool and also, good amenities.
The IOVs offer a lot of privacy, which i really appreciated. It is very quiet, so very peaceful, esp at night.
Sun deck and upper floor are great to view the sunset and star gazing. We took some of the best sunset pics of Maldives here.
There are small surprises like a pillow mist left on the bed after turn down service which was a very nice touch. I felt well taken care of, right to bed.
We also stayed at the main island. The management gave us a free upgrade and we got a beach villa with jet pool. Very nice of them. Our room is on the side of the island, which doesn't face the IOVs hence, more privacy. Again, very much appreciated but the water on the other side seems prettier, with more shades of blue. Not complaning thou. The jet pool was fabulous, very relaxing after the flight to Male and seaplane transit.
The resort offers complimentary snorkeling trip to the house reefs once a day. Worth going especially if you are staying on the island as it can be too far to swim out on your own. It will be nice if drinking water is provided on board, as what the other resorts I visited do.
Mirta, who's the resident marine biologist is very protective of the reefs. I like that...I've seen too many dead, bleached out corals so having her around will be great for marine lives around the resort. I'll love to see the condition of the reefs and sea lives in a few years.
There are 2 spas, one on the island and the other at the IOVs. They converted one of their santuary villas into the spa, hence it's quite small and almost always fully booked. The massages are alright, not the best I had, but not bad too. I like the little gong which they use at the end of the treatment. Very zen..haha...
The bar on the main island offers one of the best spots to star gaze, with their duper comfy sand bags (dunno the correct term, sorry). Pure bliss to lie there with a drink and look up at the stars.
The reasons why we are not giving it a 5 stars despite all the ravings comments are because 1) The food and 2) Housekeeping 3) Provision of snorkeling gears at the IOVs. Former 2 need improvement.
Food at the bar was really quite bad. For the prices we paid, I would expect more than frozen patty for the burger. It doesn't need to be fancy, but at least better quality. The pizza was also very bland. Drink menu is quite comprehensive thou. Food at the Azzurro Restaurant is also quite disappointing. After reading replies from mgt that the new chef will seek improvement, we didn't expect such disappointment. Most of everything was either too salty or sweet. I come from a family who doesn't mind the extra sprinkle of salt, but seriously, it was too much for me. Otherwise the dishes were just forgettable. Nothing special. We also didn't understand why water (and even white wine i think) was FOC for breakfast, but chargeable at other inclusive meals.
We got a bit irritated with housekeeping who kept forgetting to provide fresh bath/beach towels after collecting the used ones. If this is one way to get tips, well it didn't work with us. The more irritated we got, the more we didn't feel like tipping. One morning we left the villa for 3 hours or more and we returned to an unkept room. It was nice to have cookies for late nite snacks, complimentarty from resort (thank you, i like the chocolate with nuts) but one night it was placed on a dirty plate! Faint...Essential oil burner is provided in each room but strangly, never lit in ours and on 1st 2 nites, no matches to be found, so we cldn't do it ourselves.
Staying at the IOVs means snorkeling gears are provided for each villa, where the staff will arrange for the correct sizes for you, all without any hassel, BUT........we had to go around searching for our own. On arrival at the IOVs, we were told they didn't have our sizes, which was fine. We asked if it was alright to visit the dive ctr and collect our own gears and bring it back to the IOV. We were assured it was perfectly ok. But we were told at the dive ctr to return the gears right after each snorkeling trip, which means each time we want to use the gears, we had to pop over to the main island, borrow the gears and pop right back and after each use, go back to return and back again. In the end, we didn't use much of the gears, and hence I didn't even swam in the water infront of our villa.
Having said all these, I still have to say our stay at the Angsana was great! We are planning for a 5th trip to Anantara (even before leaving for our 4th), but after this, I am afraid few resorts will match up.
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- Also Known As:
- Angsana Velavaru Hotel Haa Dhaalu Atoll
- Angsana Hotel Dhaalu Atoll
- Angsana Hotel Maldives Velavaru
- Angsana Velavaru Maldives/Haa Dhaalu Atoll