Conveniently located, beautiful private island offering subtle luxury, world-class service, and superb diving
- Convenient location, just a short boat ride from the international airport
- Enjoy access to over 60 dive sites, including manta cleaning stations
- Onsite marine biologist and interesting sustainability-focused activities
- Indulge in extravagant accommodation options and first-class amenities
Embrace simple luxuries and experience complete rejuvenation at this conveniently located resort in South Male Atoll. Velassaru offers a unique, understated style of luxury, where first-class customer service is always available, and lifelong memories are ready to be made. During your stay at this chic, contemporary resort you’ll enjoy tempting dining and entertainment, sports and fitness facilities, sumptuous spa services, and a silky-soft white sand beach. Plus, the surrounding turquoise waters play host to over 60 superb dive sites waiting to be explored.
About Velassaru Maldives
Velassaru Maldives is situated in South Malé Atoll, just a 25-minute speedboat ride from the international airport in Male. The resort’s attentive customer services team will be waiting at the airport to escort guests to the island, where chilled drinks and a warm welcome await. Upon arrival, guests will be immediately struck by Velassaru’s sublime natural beauty, with soft white sand and a picture-perfect lagoon teeming with technicoloured coral reefs. Cruise out beyond the horizon, slip beneath the surface, or simply relax and take in the view.
The resort’s chic private hideaways lie dotted along the shoreline and feature clean lines and interesting avant-garde design, creating a calm and contemporary atmosphere to compliment your getaway. Guests can expect 24-hour service from staff who greet you in your language, along with a choice of five restaurants and two bars offering gourmet flavours from around the globe. A selection of entertainment options, including scuba diving, are also on hand to ensure guests only have downtime when it’s desired.
Explore the resort
Indulge in culinary perfection at Velassaru’s five enticing dining venues, each with its own individual style. On the beach, at the edge of the lagoon, by candlelight or beneath the stars, a range of cuisines and tempting culinary creations await, from teppanyaki and pan-Indian Ocean cuisines, to mouth-watering Mediterranean delights. The resort’s two innovative bars are perched above or beside the lagoon, and offer expertly-crafted cocktails and other creative concoctions.
Velassaru’s onsite spa sits on stilts above the water and features ten individual treatment rooms where guests can indulge in classic therapies complemented with indigenous ingredients. The spa also features a hydropool, relaxation room, and steam room, and offers a variety of yogic disciplines designed to improve strength, relaxation, and flexibility. If you’re in the mood for something a little more active, Velassaru also features its own infinity pool, fitness centre, and tennis court.
The resort’s watersports centre, Glide, provides free snorkelling equipment and a range of exciting activities including kneeboarding, wakeboarding, windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking, fun tubing, and catamaran sailing. Guests will also benefit from several other convenient amenities including laundry, free WiFi, photography services, an onsite doctor, and a small boutique.
Diving from Velassaru Maldives
Run by an experienced, enthusiastic, and multi-lingual team, Velassaru’s onsite dive centre, Immersion, invites both novice and seasoned divers to discover the magnificent underwater life of the Maldives. Guests can explore more than 60 spectacular dive sites, reached on board a comfortable diving dhoni equipped with a toilet, freshwater shower, and post-dive refreshments. The day’s diving schedule is highly flexible, with a choice of single or double-tank trips, and a variety of slots, including early or late afternoon and night dives.
Top quality Scubapro rental gear is available from the dive centre and the team offer a full equipment wash and dry service. Guests at Velassaru can also make the most of free nitrox 32% and complimentary use of a digital underwater camera.
- An ice cream cart tours the island once a day serving a complimentary scoop of ice cream or sorbet to each guest.
- Enjoy a complimentary morning cruise up to two times a week.
- Currency exchange facilities are available and all major credit cards are accepted.
- The resort's spa offers a complimentary sunset yoga class three times a week.
Velassaru’s onsite Marine Centre runs many exciting in-water activities that combine hands-on marine biology with entertaining and informative presentations. The resort is also developing a programme of marine biology projects for guests to participate in, such as ongoing research and reef monitoring and a coral adoption programme. Other activities on offer include dolphin watching and manta encounters.
Guests can even enjoy a special snorkelling journey accompanied by Velassaru’s resident marine biologist and a professional-grade underwater camera to capture the underwater world. After a briefing on environmentally-friendly use of the camera, guests will get to shoot to their heart’s content, before enjoying a fun and informative lecture focused on the subjects of each image.
Diving in South Malé Atoll
Eagle rayYear round
Manta RaysApril - October
Plentiful reef lifeYear round
Giant frogfishYear round
Schooling FishYear round
Soft coralsYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
Bubblemaker, Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Adventure Diver, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster, Specialities