"Everything we could have wanted for our honeymoon"
If you are looking for a small piece of paradise, look no further. Vakaru is heaven on earth with beautiful beaches and an amazing house reef with an abundance of coral, fish and turtles. Snorkelling around the island was something special - the house reef is in top condition and the water crystal clear.
Both myself and my wife are keen divers and went for 4 dives where we saw, sharks, manta rays, moray eels, turtles and loads of corals.
I did a lot of research before picking Vakaru and we would definitely go back.
Traveller from London, UK
Tropical resort accessible by seaplane, set on a tiny island, only 250 metres from coast to coast, in a shallow blue lagoon …More
The hotel is very good. The beach is breathtaking. The senior villas no all of them are over the water and they advertise there are. The bed is a bit hard. The beach is amazing. The food is excellent. The staff attention is very good and friendly. They should have room service. I know they say they don't but in a hotel full of honymooners. Sometimes you don't want to go out of the room.
"Gorgeous - total luxury, and so warm and friendly"
It was our first time in the Maldives, and we found a great deal on a beach bungalow for 9 days. It was a real 'trip of a lifetime' for us. From the moment we stepped off the sea plane and boarded the boat to the island, we were welcomed with open arms and ample (inclusive!) cocktails. Just utterly beautiful. We took a copy of 'Fishes of the Maldives' in the hope of spotting maybe some of the incredible sea life we'd read about. About two minutes into our snorkelling adventures outside our bungalow and we saw a huge array of fish, (friendly) sharks, eels, and we were particularly excited to meet a sea turtle.
The dive team on the island were great, we had an evening learning about coral and plankton and the different species of marine life in the Maldives. Fascinating, and made the snorkelling that much more interesting because we felt better informed about what we were looking at.
The food was outstanding, wonderfully presented and so varied. I ate lots of fish curry and rice but there was also a huge choice of Italian dishes, and even roast beef and potatoes! Amazing fruits including several I'd never heard of before. I definitely ate too much.
Our waiter was fabulous and always remembered what we liked. And on our last night he decorated our table with pictures of dolphins and flowers done in coloured sand. Felt very special.
I know it was supposedly 'once in a lifetime' but I'm already planning my next trip!
We stayed in a private beach villa twenty feet from the Indian Ocean. The water was gorgeous, the weather was magnificent and the staff at the LUX were incredible. I was very impressed. The stay was pricey, but well worth the money.
Traveller from canada
This luxury beach-front resort is located on Dhidhoofinolhu Island in South Ari Atoll, bordered by a stretch of white sand …More
We Went to the place on 22nd Nov 2014 and stayed for 3 days. The beaches were awesome. The food was average. However, for indian veg, the cooks were more than willing to make us some curries and dal. The staff is extremely pleasant and more than willing to help. The beaches are extremely neat. The best part of the resort is that it is not very crowded and if you walk a little bit, you will feel that you are the only one on the beach.....Will definitely recommend for people travelling to Maldives.
We had a wonderful time at Centara Grand, the staff were very warm and friendly, the food in all the restaurants were of very high quality and absolutely delicious. I am not the best at leaving reviews but all I can say is that me and my wife had the best time at this resort.
While South Ari Atoll offers some of the most established resorts in the Maldives, development has been relatively measured, sympathetic and with minimal impact on the environment and local culture. From May to September, whale sharks cruise the south-western waters of the atoll.
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