VARU by Atmosphere

Maldives, Indian Ocean

The hotel

Imagine this - waking up in a private piece of paradise in the Indian Ocean, surrounded by palm trees and soft white sand. You don't need to imagine that when you're at VARU. But it's not just about spending your days relaxing in the warm sun by the pool or on the beach, you can spend your days trying out the action-filled water sports, and with unlimited snorkelling you can take a dive and see the wonderful sea life as many times as you like. All of that is topped off with a choice of restaurants, a luxury spa, and that's before you step into your own private villa, complete with your own pool.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Honeymoon
  • No Smoking
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Internet Access
  • Close to Beach
  • Restaurant
  • Snorkelling
  • Windsurfing

Where is it

Situated in North Male Atoll. Speedboat transfer time from Male International airport: 40 minutes.

Hotel information

138 Villas and Suites, all with private terrace, TV, bathrobes and slippers, beach bag, mini-bar and wine fridge (replenished twice daily), and tea and coffee making facilities. Beach Villas are 800 sq ft and are located overlooking the beach, with an open-air bathroom and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

All Inclusive of: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Premium brands of spirits, beer, cocktails and wines at Bay Rouge, Lime & Chili and three speciality restaurants: Charcoal, Nü and Kaagé. In-villa mini-bar stocked with beer, soft beverages, and a selection of snacks as well as an exclusive wine chiller – replenished twice daily. Gala dinners every Friday at Lime & Chilli with food, cocktails and beverages, and live entertainment. Themed brunches and live cooking stations. Full access to the Sports and Recreation Centre. Unlimited snorkelling excursions. Complimentary excursion and sunset fishing trip (once per stay, for stays of four or more nights only, terms and conditions apply). One complimentary 45-minute spa treatment (applicable for adults over the age of 15 years only, only valid on stays of four or more nights).

Beach Villas with Pool are 960 sq ft and are on the beachfront, with a private pool on the verandah, an open-air bathroom and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Family Villas are 1860 sq ft and are on the beachfront, with open-air bathroom and 2 king-size beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children.

Family Villas with Pool are as above, but with private pool on the verandah, with 2 king-size beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children.

Water Villas are 1000 sq ft and are located on the water with steps down into the lagoon, with a glass-enclosed rain shower and bathtub with views of the lagoon, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Water Villas with Pool are as above, but have a 10 square metre private pool on the deck, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Water Suite with Pool is 1665 sq ft and is located on the water at the end of a wooden jetty with uninterrupted sunset views, with steps down into the lagoon, private pool on the deck, glass-encolsed rain shower and bathtub with views of the lagoon, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Majlis Suite is 3540 sq ft and is located on the beach front with a private terrace opening out to the beach, 45-metre private plunge pool, a separate living and dining room and mini-library, two bathrooms, and 2 king-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

LIME & CHILI (open for buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner), NÜ (over-water à la carte Mediterranean seafood, open for lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Dinner every day except Wednesday), CHARCOAL (à la carte beach grill, open for dinner), KAAGÉ (open for lunch and dinner), BAY ROUGE (pool-side lunch served every Tuesday and Saturday. Snacks every day from 4.00pm-6.00pm), Koimala Main Restaurant (open for buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner; International cuisine), Makana Restaurant (buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, exclusive for Water Bungalow guests), Rehendhi Restaurant & Bar (exclusive for Over Water Suite guests). Raalu Bar. Freshwater swimming pool with kids pool, plus exclusive infinity pool for Over Water Suite guests. ELENA over-water spa* with sauna and aromatherapy bath. Mini-gym. Snorkelling*, windsurfing*, kayaking* and catamaran sailing*. Motorised water sports*. PADI certified scuba diving*. Tennis court, beach volleyball, table tennis (floodlighting*), billiards. DJ music. Maldivian cultural show.

* Denotes local charge. 

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Apr 21, 2021 neel27oct

We visited Varu By Atmosphere in the month of April for 4 nights and 5 days. Our stay was remarkably spectacular. We had 2 nights at beach villa and 2 nights at water villa but they upgraded us to water villa all 4 nights. The restaurants Lime and Chilli, Nu and Kaage were spectacular with some amazing vegetatarian indian dishes. The buffet at… Read more
We visited Varu By Atmosphere in the month of April for 4 nights and 5 days. Our stay was remarkably spectacular. We had 2 nights at beach villa and 2 nights at water villa but they upgraded us to water villa all 4 nights. The restaurants Lime and Chilli, Nu and Kaage were spectacular with some amazing vegetatarian indian dishes. The buffet at Lime n Chilli is finger licking delicious The entire staff is so helpful and soft spoken that they will make you feel like home. For the experiences part, we did snorkeling, jet ski, kayaking and canoeing. Stargazing cruise is a treat to watch at night. Special mentions to Safae, Nisha, Shamim ,Alisha and Thushara for the wonderful hospitality they gave us. Onw important point though the safety measures while going for water sports should be strengthened. Nobobody should be allowed without life jacket in water or on boat. I would definitely recommend you to visit this place. Regards Neelesh and Divya Read less
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Apr 20, 2021 bramq2015 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Me and my wife had the best time in Varu. The experience was seamless from start to end. We rented an overwater poolvilla with stunning sunset views. If you’re planning to stay within a speedboat trip from the airport, we highly recommend Varu by Atmosphere. Impeccable service (thanks Lara!), great food options, amazing towel art and clean… Read more
Me and my wife had the best time in Varu. The experience was seamless from start to end. We rented an overwater poolvilla with stunning sunset views. If you’re planning to stay within a speedboat trip from the airport, we highly recommend Varu by Atmosphere. Impeccable service (thanks Lara!), great food options, amazing towel art and clean rooms (thanks Limon!), and the most accommodating staff. If you’re interested, ask for Tuan. He’ll make anything happen. We will be back! Read less
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Apr 19, 2021 kartiksahgal

Our holiday in Maldives was indeed a memorable experience. The property is very well kept and the 4N5D package was just perfect. The F&B Manager Mr.Aroop did a splendid job and his personal interaction with the guests made us very comfortable and his entire team took good care of all the guests. The house keeping staff also took excellent care and… Read more
Our holiday in Maldives was indeed a memorable experience. The property is very well kept and the 4N5D package was just perfect. The F&B Manager Mr.Aroop did a splendid job and his personal interaction with the guests made us very comfortable and his entire team took good care of all the guests. The house keeping staff also took excellent care and kept the rooms spic and span. However the reception and front office staff needs some training and were found lacking. Overall a super experience. Kartik Sahgal Read less
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Apr 19, 2021 JenBDubai Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We were pleasantly surprised by just how perfect Varu was. I would say that the highlight was the outstanding service that we received by the restaurant staff, bar and water sports team. I was a bit nervous about going as I have coeliac disease and a number of other food allergies, which means that I only eat gluten free and vegan food. Some… Read more
We were pleasantly surprised by just how perfect Varu was. I would say that the highlight was the outstanding service that we received by the restaurant staff, bar and water sports team. I was a bit nervous about going as I have coeliac disease and a number of other food allergies, which means that I only eat gluten free and vegan food. Some places I've travelled to, it's been really challenging for me to eat. However, at Varu, the chef, Monu knew about me coming in advance, and he planned an array of creative meals to keep me fed for the whole week that we were there. The food that I had was simply out of this world. I want to say a special thanks to Chef Monu and his pastry chef Vishnu who utterly made my trip. I'm actually going through withdrawal from all of the fabulous food Monu feed me with! I think I would return again just for Monu! In the restaurants, the teams were always lovely and professional - and Keshav and Michelle in particular went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The bar and pool are also a great retreat to just relax and catch some sun. The team there make fabulous cocktails and mocktails and always have a smile on their faces - a big thanks to Dominic and Sandeep who always took amazing care of us. We also went scuba diving for a few days and managed to see some white tip and black tip reef sharks, turtles and rays. We brought our own gear, but the gear available at the hotel is also relatively new and good quality Scuba Pro. We had a water villa with a pool, and it was the most beautiful room and relaxing view. We enjoyed just spending time sitting outside taking in the scenery. The pool is also a decent enough size and depth that you can have a refreshing dip. The team looking after the villas were also lovely - Janika and his team were fabulous and entertained us daily with different towel animals we'd find around the room! The only thing that I'd say is a bit of a let-down about the resort is the front desk / reception area. We found check-in was slow and a bit disorganised, and when we went for information about other issues, people didn't really know the answer - and no one took ownership of it. Definitely more training is needed to have the team running like a well-oiled machine like the rest of the resort. Given that we had minimal contact with them, I haven't let that change our review of the resort, but this is definitely an area that could be improved upon. Read less
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Apr 17, 2021 vibs91 Greater Noida , null, India

Varu by Atmosphere property opened our eyes on how luxurious a stay can be achieved. This property has THE best views we have ever personally seen. I can't recommend it enough basis on the views, the hospitality, activities and the price too! Thanks to everyone from the hospitality staff for taking immense care of us during the stay. Especially… Read more
Varu by Atmosphere property opened our eyes on how luxurious a stay can be achieved. This property has THE best views we have ever personally seen. I can't recommend it enough basis on the views, the hospitality, activities and the price too! Thanks to everyone from the hospitality staff for taking immense care of us during the stay. Especially Sita from front desk for making our visit comfortable, Vishal and Akshay from the wait staff for being patient while we sort through the varied food and beverages menu and Limon from the house service staff who made a wonderful bed decorations on both days and made sure we had everything necessary. Also. to the Chefs who were very kind to make for us North Indian vegetarian dishes that were not part of the buffet menu. We have been won over by this incredible hospitality and plan to visit soon. Some cons - Food staff can include some more Indian dishes basis on the popularity of the resort among Indians. Also, one Spa session is free in the Varu plan but we were only able to avail 20 mins of it out of 45 mins. It was fully booked during our stay and due to reasons out of our hands, we were late to the session. So, sessions can be planned in a better way by the management It still doesn't take anything away from the overall experience we had at the resort, Thanks to the team for making our trip highly memorable! Read less