OBLU SELECT Sangeli

Maldives, Indian Ocean

Virgin rating

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, plus the exclusive honeymoon select ocean villas— you can amble between the spa, gym, dining venues 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, one 45 minute spa treatment for every 4 night stay per couple 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. Complimentary speedboat transfer to and from Malé International Airport: 50 minutes, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On arrival day, guests will be met by representatives at the airport and escorted to the speedboat jetty. A boat host will be on hand to ensure a smooth journey.

Hotel information

137 villas and suites, all with air-conditioning, safe, tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, complimentary WiFi access, complimentary mini-bar replenished daily, iron and ironing board, mini bar, flat-screen LCD TV, bathrobe, and slippers.

Beach Villas are 81m² standalone villas facing the lagoons, and have a semi open-air bathroom, direct beach access, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Serenity Plan: All-Inclusive of: buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Courtyard, plus one visit included at either JustWok or Just Grill, for lunch or dinner, for a one to three-night stay (two visits included, for a four to seven-night stay; three visits included, for an eight to 11-night stay; four visits included for a 12-night stay and above. Pre-booking required, as per availability. Children under 16 years can dine at specialty restaurants during dinner only). Freshly prepared local afternoon snacks at the Hedhikka Hut. A selection of drinks including regular international brands spirits, wines, and beers, cocktails, mocktails, soft drinks, mineral water, tea and coffee from The Courtyard, JustWok, Just Grill, The Sangs Bar, One Banyan Bar and The Rock. 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 (live music three times a week, DJ twice a week). Weekly, seasonal group activities, including yoga and pilates. Kids’ club.One 45-minute spa treatment pp for every 4-7 night stay. Two 45-minute spa treatments pp for every 8-11 night stay. Three 45-minute spa treatments pp for every 12-15 nights stay. Unlimited access to fitness centre. 

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

Beach Villas with Pool feature a 13m² private plunge pool, and direct beach access ,with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Water Villas are set over the ocean with direct lagoon access, ocean view bathtub and rain shower, private sundeck with loungers, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Water Villas with pool are the same as water villas, with the addition of an outdoor bed and private pool, featuring 1 king-size bed, sleeping 2 adults.

Honeymoon Select Ocean Villas are intimate over water villas with a private pool, sunset views, and an outdoor shower, sleeping maximum 2 adults. These villas include direct check-in at your villa, welcome bottle of champagne with canapés and fruit platter, dine-around in all three restaurants throughout the stay, one couples massage per stay (for stays of 4 nights or more), special evening turn-down service, dedicated butler service, and in-villa breakfast once during stay.

Two Bedroom Beach Pool Suites feature two open-air bathrooms, spacious living area, direct beach access, veranda with comfy daybed, and a private pool. One master bedroom has 1 king-size bed, with the secondary bedroom featuring twin beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

3 restaurants: The Courtyard (all-day dining menu with buffet, live cooking stations, and theme nights), JustWok (contemporary Pan-Asian menu, outdoor dining area), 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). 

Music and DJ nights (three times a week). Live music (weekly).

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*. 

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).

Please note: to ensure our customer's safety, we are unable to offer over water accommodation to children under the age of 12.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best Maldives holiday ever !!

Dec 2, 2023 shoshanak679 Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Best Maldives holiday ever !! We have visited the Maldives before a few times and this island has really ticked all the boxes for us . Super from start to finish . All the staff are just so incredibly friendly and we thank you all for making it a fabulous holiday. The Grill is a great restaurant as is the Wok - best dim-sum ever . snorkelling… Read more
Best Maldives holiday ever !! We have visited the Maldives before a few times and this island has really ticked all the boxes for us . Super from start to finish . All the staff are just so incredibly friendly and we thank you all for making it a fabulous holiday. The Grill is a great restaurant as is the Wok - best dim-sum ever . snorkelling terrific - our son loved seeing two pods of dolphins on a jet ski and also thank you for sorting his PADI licence whilst staying there . Night time torch lit lemon shark snorkelling will stay with us forever ! We will be back - that says it all ! thank you XX ๐Ÿค๐Ÿค Read less
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Dec 2, 2023 deividjones Paris, France

We came from Spain to celebrate our first anniversary and the experience was amazing. It went beyond our expectations in terms of accommodities, activities and coral reef life. We went to French Polynesia for our Honey Moon, and this resort it is one of the top ones of our list. The Sangs bar handle by Lahiru and the service and room attention… Read more
We came from Spain to celebrate our first anniversary and the experience was amazing. It went beyond our expectations in terms of accommodities, activities and coral reef life. We went to French Polynesia for our Honey Moon, and this resort it is one of the top ones of our list. The Sangs bar handle by Lahiru and the service and room attention rom Nazeel were supperb, feeling us to be important guest of the resort and having fun. As scuba divers, the coral and the reef life it is important for us and we were able to snorkel around all island without restrictions and enjoy the fishes, the turtles, sharks, dolphins etc. Very happy! Read less
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Dec 2, 2023 MauroRodrigues85 Lausanne, Switzerland

Great experience from the moment you step out of the boat until you, unfortunately, the departure. Amazing scenery, crystal waters, full of ocean life and topped with great people such as Nazmee, who will sing, dance, swim, dive, fish with you, Lahiru and the team at the bar, the Indian masters of kitchen Vijay and Jeevan, Luffy which is one of a… Read more
Great experience from the moment you step out of the boat until you, unfortunately, the departure. Amazing scenery, crystal waters, full of ocean life and topped with great people such as Nazmee, who will sing, dance, swim, dive, fish with you, Lahiru and the team at the bar, the Indian masters of kitchen Vijay and Jeevan, Luffy which is one of a kind... Too many to speak individually, but a truly great experience Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A perfect resort for famliy.

Dec 1, 2023 HJL89

Everyone in Oblu select sangeli was kind. We saw many fishes near by watervilla, rays and turtles on snorkling trips. Kidsclub staffs were warm and kind, and my kid loved it. He said that he had good time there and hope to see them soon. It is perfect resort for family travel. ์ƒ๊ฒ”๋ฆฌ ์ง์›๋“ค ๋ชจ๋‘๊ฐ€ ์นœ์ ˆํ•˜๊ณ  ๋”ฐ๋œปํ–ˆ๋‹ค. ์›Œํ„ฐ๋นŒ๋ผ ๊ทผ์ฒ˜์—์„œ ์Šค๋…ธํด๋ง ํ•˜๊ธฐ ์‰ฌ์› ๊ณ  ๋งŽ์€ ๋ฌผ๊ณ ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๋ณด์•˜๋‹ค. ํ„ฐํ‹€ ๋ฒ ์ด… Read more
Everyone in Oblu select sangeli was kind. We saw many fishes near by watervilla, rays and turtles on snorkling trips. Kidsclub staffs were warm and kind, and my kid loved it. He said that he had good time there and hope to see them soon. It is perfect resort for family travel. ์ƒ๊ฒ”๋ฆฌ ์ง์›๋“ค ๋ชจ๋‘๊ฐ€ ์นœ์ ˆํ•˜๊ณ  ๋”ฐ๋œปํ–ˆ๋‹ค. ์›Œํ„ฐ๋นŒ๋ผ ๊ทผ์ฒ˜์—์„œ ์Šค๋…ธํด๋ง ํ•˜๊ธฐ ์‰ฌ์› ๊ณ  ๋งŽ์€ ๋ฌผ๊ณ ๊ธฐ๋ฅผ ๋ณด์•˜๋‹ค. ํ„ฐํ‹€ ๋ฒ ์ด ์Šค๋…ธํด๋ง์—์„œ๋Š” ๊ฑฐ๋ถ์ด๋„ ๋ณด์•˜๋‹ค. ํ‚ค์ฆˆํด๋Ÿฝ ์ง์›๋“ค์ด ์นœ์ ˆํ•˜๊ณ  ์ข‹์•„์„œ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ ์•„์ด๊ฐ€ ์ •๋ง ์ข‹์•„ํ–ˆ๋‹ค. ๋‹ค์‚ฌ ๊ฐ€์„œ ํ‚ค์ฆˆํด๋Ÿฝ์—์„œ ์‚ฌ๊ฐ์‘ ๋ณด๋‚ด๊ณ  ์‹ถ๋‹ค๊ณ  ํ•œ๋‹ค. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Memorable Birthday celebration in tropical paradise

Nov 30, 2023 Aiyaar S

Just got back from a fantastic holiday at Oblu select sangeli. This is our third visit to the Maldives and we went there to celebrate my wife's birthday. I will structure this review and break it down into categories so that fellow travellers find it useful. 1. Hospitality: 5/5. Every member of the staff was extremely polite, courteous,… Read more
Just got back from a fantastic holiday at Oblu select sangeli. This is our third visit to the Maldives and we went there to celebrate my wife's birthday. I will structure this review and break it down into categories so that fellow travellers find it useful. 1. Hospitality: 5/5. Every member of the staff was extremely polite, courteous, proactive and friendly. Special mention for the staff at Sangs bar, these guys are constantly on their toes from morning till night and they are as welcoming at 9 AM as they are at 11 PM. A big thank you to Nazeel for ensuring my wife's birthday decorations were arranged without a hitch. He was the perfect partner in crime and helped me select from a number of options and ensured they were done just right. He also took initiative and booked the moonlight cruise for us, which was not available via the app. It was a fantastic experience. A special shout out to Farhaun at the courtyard for his special attention. Beyond a point I stopped taking down names because everyone was so warm and welcoming. 2. Food: 5/5: We are big foodies and so food is a critical part of our holiday experience. The food at the courtyard (buffet) was excellent. Great variety to accommodate people from all over the world across breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Indian counter served 4 dishes across all three meals and this was pretty much the best Indian food I have had at a resort outside of India. The Indian counter is manned by a string of chefs from India and they are all really good. Special thank you to Chef Jeevan Kumar, who was in charge of Indian breakfast. He specially made aloo parathas for us on request and they were delicious. Chef Vijay used to man the Indian counter during lunch and dinner and he was fantastic as well. The dishes changed with every meal and we had hot roti/naan to go along with it. The desserts were absolutely yummy and again the variety was extensive. From salads to starters to main course, we enjoyed everything. We mostly stuck to mocktails for drinks and the ones that we tried were pretty good. 3. Resort 4/5: The resort (as per the staff) is just 5 years old. It is very well maintained and very clean. Loved the landscaping throughout with every nook and corner having been attended to. The resort is large enough for you to explore and but no so large that commuting becomes a pain and a buggy mandatory. The resort has a beautiful turquoise lagoon surrounding it. The only downside is that with the low tide in the evenings, the water recedes quite a bit and uncovers the underlying rock formation, which is not very pleasant to look at. But you would get to see this only for a couple of hours in late evening. The resort has two swimming pools and both of them are gorgeous. We only ended up using the one near Sangs bar since that is where all the action seems to be. 4. Room: 4/5. We had the beach pool villa and it was one of the larger ones that we have stayed at in the Maldives. Big room with semi open bathroom area and a large private pool area all to yourself. The rooms were cleaned twice daily, minibar stocked once a day and housekeeping did a great job. Drinking water is replenished daily and is free of charge. All restaurants serve still/sparking water as well. I have deducted one star because for the first two days I was involed a dramatic power struggle with mosquitoes for control of the bathroom area. My wife recently recovered from dengue so I was quite anxious to protect her. Once I started spraying the mosquito repellant placed in the room twice a day in strategic places, the mosquitoes were much less of a problem. Thankfully the room itself is air conditioned and we did not experience any mosquitoes in the room itself. We did spray a very healthy or maybe unhealthy dose of mosquito repellant on our legs whenever we went out. 5. Suggestions for Improvement (for the management) 5.1 Take aggressive measures to control if not eradicate the mosquito population on the island. Not having to worry about mosquitoes will make the stay so much more enjoyable (especially the semi open bathroom area) 5.2 Cover the food items, especially the dessert counters with net/mesh food covers to keep the flies at bay. Though I did see a windmill sort of contraption to keep the flies away, it was not very effective. Maybe an air curtain at the courtyard buffet entrance would be a good bet 5.3 The booking process, payment, booking confirmation can be made more seamless via the website itself as opposed to back and forth over emails. 6. Weather: We luckily had great weather over the course of our stay. The day we arrived was cloudy with some rain during the night. The next two and half days were bright and sunny with rain that started in the evening on the third day and continued till morning. The fourth day was cloudy but dry. The day we left was bright and sunny as well. 7. Tips for fellow travellers 7.1 The speed boat journey from velana airport takes about 55 mins either way. The journey was quite comfortable and we did not experience any sea sickness. A good strategy would be to take a sea sickness pill before you hop on, ensure you are not travelling on an empty stomach and to focus on a far away object that is relatively stationary (not moving as fast), e.g just keep looking at the horizon. 7.2 Carry lots of mosquito repellant All in all really enjoyed our stay and would love to visit again. Read less