OBLU SELECT Sangeli

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

They dare to be different on Sangeli island, on Malé Atoll’s north-west perimeter — where creative minds have concocted a dazzling design hotel that’s a far cry from the simplistic rustic retreats of ‘old Maldives’. Edgy features make it feel fabulously fresh and innovative, but there’s still a nod to authentic Maldives in your super-spacious beach-skimming villa. The main Sangeli Island and the smaller adults-only island, One Banyan, are linked by a string of overwater villas — you can amble between the spa, gym, dining venues, kids’ club, and recreation and water sports hubs at your leisure. And, the premium all-inclusive Serenity Plan provides complimentary treats along the way, including a daily mini-bar refill, two fine dining experiences a week, unlimited drinks, and selected excursions, activities and water sports.

Amenities

  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

On the north-western edge of the Malé Atoll, this resort is set over two small islands linked by a curve of water villas, with the spa and two restaurants on the smaller island, and most other amenities on the larger island. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 50 minutes by speedboat.

Hotel information

137 villas and suites. Beach Villas are 81m² standalone villas facing the lagoons, and have a large open-air bathroom, direct beach access, mini-bar* and 1 double bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.



Serenity Plan - All Inclusive of: buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Courtyard, plus one fine-dining meal per week at Simply Veg and one meal per week at Just Grill. Freshly prepared local afternoon snacks at The Sangs. A selection of drinks including regular international brands spirits, wines, and beers, soft drinks, mineral water, tea and coffee. In-room mini-bar (beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks, replenished once per day). Water sports including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, pedalo rental and snorkelling equipment. One complimentary sunset fishing trip per stay (weather permitting) and one complimentary excursion per stay from a selection. Entertainment. Kids’ club. One spa treatment per person with minimum 4 night stay. 

Please note: All Inclusive will cease at 11:00am on day of departure. Some items may incur a supplement, such as premium brand drinks. 

Water Villas have an outdoor deck with direct access to the lagoon and spacious bedroom with 1 king-size bed sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Deluxe Beach Villas with Pool are 101m² standalone villas facing the lagoons, and have a large open-air bathroom, direct beach access, and a private 13m² pool. Each has 1 double bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Water Villa with Pool have an outdoor deck with direct access to the lagoon and a 8m² private pool, with 1 king-size bed sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Honeymoon SELECT Ocean Villa, for couples only, are on a separate island with direct access to the lagoon. They have an outdoor sunken tub, pool and outdoor day beds and a circular king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults. Honeymoon Water Suite guests can enjoy complimentary dine-around throughout stay.

2 Bedroom Beach Pool Suite, 2 open air bathrooms, a lounge area and a 13m² private pool. The master bedroom has 1 king-size bed and the second bedroom has twin beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults and 2 children.

3 restaurants: The Courtyard (all-day dining menu with buffet, live cooking stations, and theme nights), Simply Veg (fine dining vegetarian menu, open for lunch and dinner), Just Grill (fine dining seafood and meat grill menu, open for lunch and dinner). The Sangs pool bar (with fresh local afternoon snacks by Mr Fry). Outdoor swimming pool, One Banyan Pool (adults-only) and kids' pool. ELENA Spa*. Fitness centre. Atmosphere Aqua Club* (stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, pedalo, snorkelling equipment, diving* and sunset fishing trips – weather permitting). Unlimited snorkelling excursions included during stay. Excursions*. Music and DJ nights (three times a week). Live music (weekly). Kids’ club (from 4 years). Complimentary WiFi.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: One Banyan Island is an adults-only island from sunrise to sunset (children are allowed to attend the two specialty restaurants for dinner).

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Nov 28, 2021 Superkrups Ahmedabad District, India

We had an amazing time at Oblu select, Sangeli. I and my wife stayed here for 4 days (Two days on water villa with pool and 2 days in beach villa) Pros — Beautiful location and very well maintained property — Both villas we stayed in were great in terms of decor, views, cleanliness, comfort and luxury — Staff at all the restaurants was… Read more
We had an amazing time at Oblu select, Sangeli. I and my wife stayed here for 4 days (Two days on water villa with pool and 2 days in beach villa) Pros — Beautiful location and very well maintained property — Both villas we stayed in were great in terms of decor, views, cleanliness, comfort and luxury — Staff at all the restaurants was good(we went to courtyard, just grill and simply veg) — Sangs bar is the place to spend most of your time. Best reefs around, perfect pool, great cocktails. — During our stay, we saw sharks, manta ray, turtle and several other beautiful corals and fishes — Serenity plan is perfect and genuinely more than just food and alcohol. We enjoyed snorkelling, sunset fishing and spa (thanks to mary and wahyuni at elena spa) — On Friday night we enjoyed Bodu beru night at Sangs bar. This should not be missed and was indeed fun. To add on, there was Indian gala dinner at courtyard on same date which was also amazing. — We also got a nice surprise room decoration by housekeeping, Kader Cons — Overall service by front desk and housekeeping is no where close to five star (Far from the likes of Taj, W, etc.). — Front desk staff member was very unprofessional - We had a bad experience while transferring from water villa to beach villa. There was a delay of 30 minutes in getting our beach villa ready(It was ready only by 2.30 pm). Delays are understandable but instead of apologising, front desk staff (Shreyas) started getting back to us saying that we checked out 45 minutes late from out previous villa (12.45 pm) which did not make much sense to us. Also we had called and informed at around 11.30 to inform that we are ready and luggage can be picked up along with transfer buggy for us. But nobody had come to villa to help with luggage or buggy. Instead of connecting random dots, he could’ve simply apologised and communicated the reason transparently. — Island is big and resort provided buggy service to from villa to other places. Unfortunately this service is very unpredictable. Sometimes buggy will come in 30 seconds and sometimes you will be waiting for 30 minutes. Recommendation for guest would be to be prepared for 15 minutes walk to be realistic. — Overall front desk and housekeeping service is very slow and unreliable. (I had asked for life jacket, deck umbrella and it never came. Had called repeatedly to the front desk and they repeated same robotic answer - “I have informed housekeeping”. They never called me back and later on after 6 calls and 1 hour, they told me that resort was running short of deck umbrellas. Overall, we would highly recommend this place for beautiful property, amazing ocean views from rooms, great reefs and serenity plan. However as mentioned in the reviews, you can expect few glitches and slowness in services and as long as you are fine with it, it will be a great stay. Read less
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Nov 28, 2021 D6120VZcarlosr

We visited Elena Spa in Oblu Select Sangeli, and it was amaizing! Mary and Thuy are really great and we had a very good and relaxing massage, we are sure we will come back! We recomended everybody, is a experience that never will forgot.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing holidays in paradise.

Nov 28, 2021 C4772QHpatrickv Barneville-Carteret, France

We spend our autumn holidays from 12/11 to 24/11 on Sangeli. We rented a water bungalow, Room#406, and had an ALL INCLUSIVE package. The holidays were a great success. The room with sea access was spacious and well equipped. The cleanliness of the room was outstanding thanks to the excellent performance of the room valet. The room was made… Read more
We spend our autumn holidays from 12/11 to 24/11 on Sangeli. We rented a water bungalow, Room#406, and had an ALL INCLUSIVE package. The holidays were a great success. The room with sea access was spacious and well equipped. The cleanliness of the room was outstanding thanks to the excellent performance of the room valet. The room was made during the morning and again in the early evening. Plenty of towels and toiletries were at our disposal. Drinking water and a filled-up minibar were part of the daily service. Food and drinks either being at breakfast, lunch or dinner, were always very good. The buffet style presentation had lots of different foods to please a multitude of nationalities, eating styles and habits. Drinks of good quality were served as often as wanted. The open bar area was a nice place to start and finish the evening. The staff, always very friendly, served your favorite drinks with a smile. Also during the day, drinks were served with a smile no matter were you were seated, either on the beach or by the pool. For fitness fanatics, a well equipped fitness room with professional trainer was available from early morning to late evening. The Spa center offered a variety of health programs. The staff are very discreet and professional. 2 specialty restaurants served Vegan food and grill specialties. The 4 course menus were excellent. I could go on and on but to summarize, our trip was a great success. I can only recommend the hotel and I hope to be fortunate enough to return one day. Patrick. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Outstanding trip - make a booking!

Nov 27, 2021 Dream31095019802 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We’re on our last night at Oblu and this resort is outstanding, we honestly can’t fault anything and have had the most amazing 4 night stay in this paradise resort. The facilities are excellent, the villas beautifully appointed (we stayed in a 2 bed villa with pool), and virtually had our own private stunning white beach. The Serenity plan is… Read more
We’re on our last night at Oblu and this resort is outstanding, we honestly can’t fault anything and have had the most amazing 4 night stay in this paradise resort. The facilities are excellent, the villas beautifully appointed (we stayed in a 2 bed villa with pool), and virtually had our own private stunning white beach. The Serenity plan is exceptional with some a la carte meal options (absolutely delicious food in both Just Grill & Simply Veg), such a lovely contrast to having a buffet every evening although the buffet food options were excellent. The plan also includes all drinks & food, lovely spa treatments, some excursions etc. Other resorts charge for these on top of the basic package. But as others have said, the service in this resort is what makes it stand out - it’s just outstanding. Everyone - from the super friendly restaurant staff, to the buggy drivers, Reception staff, bar staff - everyone is so friendly, professional & warm. A huge shout out to the Oblu Management as you’ve created an incredible guest experience. Book it now! Read less
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Nov 27, 2021 Caz0601 London, United Kingdom

We have just finished our 6 day honeymoon at Oblu and it was excellent from start to finish. The check in process was smooth which we appreciated after a long flight and all our reservations were pre arranged for us. The all inclusive package is great value with free spa treatments, a snorkel trip and some other water sports- as well as a la… Read more
We have just finished our 6 day honeymoon at Oblu and it was excellent from start to finish. The check in process was smooth which we appreciated after a long flight and all our reservations were pre arranged for us. The all inclusive package is great value with free spa treatments, a snorkel trip and some other water sports- as well as a la carte dining options which were far better than we expected. The spa treatments were great and the chill out area around the adults only pool was very peaceful. The whole team were really friendly, special mention to Lovely at the Rock bar and Muhamed and Nishan in the restaurant and bar. We had a beach villa and it often seemed we had our own private beach- and still with easy access to everything. It was our first stay in the Maldives and has definitely set the bar high- thanks team! Read less