Vivanta by Taj – Coral Reef Maldives
Set on thousand-year old coral hill in North Male Atoll, Maldives, a charmingly small island approached by a 45-minute boat ride, the Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef has an enviable reputation for graceful hospitality and attention to detail. It is located in a wonderfully picturesque location; with powdery, white-sand beaches, cerulean-watered lagoons and fragrant tropical foliage and palm trees, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more gratifying location to spend your time. At Vivanta by Taj coral Reef the usual strains and stresses of everyday life just aren’t an issue here.
This resort is ideal for couples, families and groups travelling together and offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a keen diver wanting to explore the house reefs teaming with life, looking to catch some sun and chill out on one of the island’s pristine beaches or newlyweds looking to start their marriage as they mean to go on with Vivanta Resort by Taj’s blissful, laid back lifestyle.
Spread out over Hembadhu Island, the 62 thatch-roofed beach and water villas dot the tranquil lagoon. With a range of beach villas with large beachside porticos, water villas with private, ocean view decks and Presidential suites featuring private plunge pools, sun decks and personal butler service there is accommodation to suit everyone here. The 62 beach and overwater villas are decorated in a natural palette and come equipped with the requisite outdoor shower. Each includes fully integrated LCD TV with home theatre surround sound systems, iPod docks and high speed internet, making you feel like a wi-fi enabled castaway. The modern décor enhances the light airy feeling of the spacious rooms most with views across the water.
Dining options include the alfresco restaurant, Open-the-Grill, where you can get your fill of South American treats. Latitude is a pan-Asian restaurant serves ala-carte breakfast, lunch, and dinner from a dailychanging menu. Its menu features tasty Maldivian and Indian curries, along with some top-notch naan, an homage to the Taj brand’s roots. Guests can feast upon freshly prepared and cooked wood fired pizzas at any time of the day from the new Pizzeria at Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef. Last but not least the Reef Bar which serves drinks and snacks.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the water, including a diving outfitter, a full-on water sports setup and a lovely stretch of beach. The adventurous can take a submarine trip to view the coral reef or fly in a seaplane over the atoll. With options for big game fishing, night fishing, island-hopping by speedboat and of course a full range of aquatic activities there is plenty for the energetic to do. For the more gentle paced, there is always the soft sand of the beach and the timeless, ever-changing view. Book into the Jiva Spa for an Indian-inspired massage. The Jiva Spa offers a range of treatments and techniques that draw on Ayurveda, Vishram, Pavithri and other Indian therapies. Glorious indulgent and utterly replenishing, they make the perfect counterpoint to Maldivian living and the Jiva Spa makes the very most of them.
Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef is situated on the beautiful island of Hembadhu in the stunning Indian Ocean. Exotic ocean views from your private deck, dramatic sunsets from the comfort of your bed, daily sting-ray feeding and wreck diving just off shore: this is just the start of what you’ll find at the Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef resort. It’s a thoroughly spoiling experience from the moment you step on the speedboat from the airport and perfect for a honeymoon or special holiday. This resort is the perfect culmination of adrenaline-inducing water sports, indulgent spa treatments and luxurious accommodations making it one of the finest vacation destinations in the Maldives. Catamaran Sailing and Seaplane Photo Flight make for fascinating holiday experiences. Snorkeling trips to the Blue Lagoon can be organized for marine life aficionados, where you can swim amongst schools of fish and see them in their myriad colours. Feed your friendly neighbours, the stingrays who come to our beachfront to experience the best of what the land has to offer. Once out, get involved in the Coral Rejuvenation initiative where broken or threatened coral pieces are carefully collected from the coral reef to be harvested on coral trays by professionals. Or, you can just indulge in with a bottle of sparkling wine with your loved one, in our Romantic Escapade for couples at the Blue Lagoon. For those who want to go beyond, Never Ending I Dos will let you profess your love once again, just as you would want it to be, with your own epic. With Big Game Fishing, you can set off in a specially designed fishing boat, perfect for casting. Experience our Champagne Breakfast along with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, while the murmur of waves and a cool breeze enhance this special moment. Bring on the excitement with a deep-sea dive to your private shipwreck that’s covered with corals and home for thousands of f ish. And, if you wish to stay dry and still enjoy the wonders of the ocean, come aboard the world’s largest deep diving passenger submarine, and enjoy the enchanting beauty of coral reefs and tropical fish. The possibilities are truly endless.
Value for Money
Rooms from US$ 900,00 to US$ 1,635.00. Mentioned rates are per room and day including breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces
The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa is part of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Quintessentially Indian in its fabric, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is recognized the world over for delivering a unique flavour of hospitality that offers world-class refinement while remaining deeply rooted in its local heritage. With over 100 hotels in 62 locations, Taj offers guests the refined luxury of heritage, the effortlessly efficient service and amenities and a local experience with the assurance of quality. Spanning world-renowned landmarks, modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts, authentic Rajput palaces and rustic safari lodges, each Taj hotel reinterprets the tradition of hospitality in a refreshingly modern way to create unique experiences and lifelong memories.
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is recognized the world over for delivering a unique flavor of hospitality that offers world-class refinement while remaining deeply rooted in its Indian heritage. For more than a century, Taj has brought together the unique beauty and traditions from across India in an experience that highlights true Indian hospitality. This draws on the time-honored traditions central to the Indian homecoming, from the refreshing simplicity of the welcome drink to the careful choreography of the dinner service. Taj has helped to put many Indian destinations on the map. From the resorts of Goa to the upcoming business hubs of India’s Silicon Valley, an iconic Taj hotel is a mainstay of the destination. By providing jobs to the local community, supporting endangered artisan practices and reviving regal history at palaces where royal families are still in residence, Taj offers a rare insider’s point of view to the fascinating story of India – from Maharaja to modern day. With 100 hotels in 62 locations across India, Taj offers guests the refined luxury of heritage combined with effortlessly efficient service and local expertise to create a moment to remember. In India, Taj hotels are strategically located to offer the Taj experience in business hubs, industrial towns and metropolises, as well as the most remote pilgrimage centers, historic and natural destinations. The group has extended its international presence with 15 hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, the UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.
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Maldives: why not?!?
What could be more tranquil than a beach surrounded entirely by crystal clear, blue water? Maldives, an island cluster consisting of thousands of tropical isles, is known for its premier diving, coral reefs and bespoke resorts. The water is so clear in fact, that swimmers can see any of the 1.000 species of fish from over 50 mt away. The ideal time to visit is during the dry season from November to April when average temperatures stay between 25-28 degrees Celsius. With nothing but the vast Indian Ocean in the distance, it is the perfect locale for a relaxing, exotic getaway.
The people of Maldives have fought for freedom from the Dutch, British and even leaders they elected themselves. Through all of this, tourism remains Maldives’ largest industry. Travel in Maldives often includes time relaxing on the local beaches. These tropical islands have plenty of sunshine and high temperatures year round, and have islands dedicated strictly to tourists traveling to Maldives. Whether you long for pampered nights in a 5-star resort or fish-filled days some 24 mt underwater, your tropical wishes are sure to come true on one of the 87 resort islands of the Maldives. Straddling the equator, the 1.102 islands that make up the Maldives form 26 atolls, or rings, of coral scattered over an area of land 820 km long and 120 km wide. The air of tranquility enveloping the archipelago makes the Maldives the ideal place to escape from the real world to a palm-fringed haze.
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The Maldives are scattered across 806 km of Indian Ocean. Their pure white sands are fringed with green palms and surrounded by some of the clearest water in the world. Coral reefs and tropical fish, from neon clownfish to slow-moving manta rays, thrive in the warm ocean water. Sunset catamaran cruises are de rigueur, as are picnics on uninhabited islands, and decadent Spa treatments. Secluded resorts on far-flung private islands are within an hour’s boat or floatplane ride from the bustling capital and a world away from everyday life.
No Maldivian resort is complete without its own stretch of private beach and resort size determines how crowded beaches can be in the December-to-April high season. Cocoa Island, in the South Malé Atoll, is delightfully uncrowded as there are just 36 rooms at the resort here. The shallow lagoon is well-suited to snorkeling and kayaking. Ideal for children are the pristine, manmade beaches at One&Only Reethi Rah, carved into small, safe bays with bath-like shallows.
As an island nation, the Maldives are best known for bountiful fresh seafood. Red snapper and char-grilled king prawns taste all the better when enjoyed on a candle-lit private beach or in an intimate dining room built over the glimmering ocean. Local specialties are creamy and spicy curries, such as miruhulee boav, octopus, chili, and curry leaves served with rice.