VARU by Atmosphere

Maldives, Indian Ocean

Virgin rating

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, snorkelling on the two included excursions per day 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 4 restaurants including 3 fine dining options, such as Kaage the award winning Maldivian restaurant, NU serving Mediterranean Sea Food and Charcoal Beach Grill all part of the plan based on length of stay, plus luxury spa treatments included based on length of stay and more. And that's before you step into your own private villa, complete with your own pool if you wish. Staying with the family, then upgrade to one of the magnificent Majlis Suite Villas, complete with 3 bedrooms and private pool and garden.

Amenities

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

Where is it

Situated in North Male Atoll. Speedboat transfer time from Male International airport: 40 minutes, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hotel information

108 villas and suites, all with private terrace, TV, bathrobes and slippers, beach bag, complimentary WiFi access, mini-bar and wine fridge (replenished daily), and tea/coffee-making facilities. Beach Villas are 75sqm and are located overlooking the beach, with an open-air bathroom, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 people.

VARU Plan includes: 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. Champagne welcome drink on arrival. In-villa mini-bar stocked with beer, soft beverages, and a selection of snacks as well as an exclusive wine chiller – replenished 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, with weekly activities including yoga and pilates. Complimentary use of non-motorized water sports, snorkelling equipment, and two snorkelling excursions daily (on pre-registration basis, weather permitting). Complimentary excursion (sunset cruise or stargazing cruise) 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). 20% discount on first two regular dives (on pre-registration basis, weather permitting). 

Please note: dining in the speciality restaurants is dependent on the length of stay. For a stay of 3 nights: one meal per stay, 4-5 nights: two meals per stay, 6-7 nights: three meals, and 8-10 nights: four meals per stay. 

Please note: all-inclusive ceases at 11am on the day of departure.


Room upgrades

Beach Villas with Pool are 90sqm and are on the beachfront, with a private pool on the verandah, an open-air bathroom and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 people.

Water Villas are 93sqm and are located on the water with steps down into the lagoon, 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.

Two Bedroom Beach Villas are located near the Lime & Chili Restaurant, just steps away the beach. Ideal for families with 2 king-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults and 2 children or 3 adults and 3 children, or 2 adults and 4 children.

Two Bedroom Beach Villas with Pool are 170sqm and are on the beachfront, with a private beach garden, a private pool on the verandah, an open-air bathroom and 2 king-size beds, sleeping 4 adults and 2 children or 3 adults and 3 children, or 2 adults + 4 children.

Water Suite with Pool is 155sqm 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-enclosed rain shower and bathtub with views of the lagoon, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Majlis Suite is 329sqm 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.

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 30 Sep '24 to receive up to 15% off the accommodation cost for travel between 01 May - 30 Sep '24. Terms and conditions apply. Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. Blackout dates apply. 

LIME & CHILI (International buffet restaurant with live cooking stations, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), NÜ (over-water à la carte Mediterranean seafood restaurant, open for lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Dinner every day except Friday), CHARCOAL (à la carte beach grill, open for dinner every day except Friday), KAAGÉ (Maldivian cuisine, open for lunch on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, and dinner every day except Friday), BAY ROUGE (pool bar open for drinks throughout the day, serving snacks daily from 4.00pm-6.00pm).

Daily DJ music or live entertainment. Engaging events organised on a weekly or seasonal basis. Indian Ocean Gala Dinner every Friday, and themed brunch on Tuesdays with live music and performances. 

Outdoor swimming pool. ELENA over-water spa* with a range of treatments*, single use steam sauna pod, saltwater infinity pool, salon, and relaxation area. Air-conditioned gym. Yoga. Pilates. Snorkelling, windsurfing (guests must clear a windsurfing competence check), kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, and water bikes. Motorised water sports*. PADI certified scuba diving*. Tennis court, beach volleyball, badminton, table tennis (floodlighting*), billiards. On The Move Kids Club. 

Complimentary WiFi access. Concierge. 

*Denotes local charge.

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 Bay Rouge of Varu

May 27, 2024 Matt W

Hemant afla and the bar manage were very friendly and making excellent cocktails with good service. We had memorable experiences while we stayed with Varu. A blue cocktail wasn't on the menu, however you have to ask the bar manager to get it.
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May 27, 2024 Sherpa51183607064

I had a very delicious cocktail. I was recommended a non-alcoholic menu because I was not a good drinker, and it was very good. The kind aflah served and the bartenders were dimutha and hemanth. I will never forget that. If I visit Maldives again later, I will come back here.
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May 26, 2024 Bessy1323

We had a wonderful time at VARU. The resort is beautiful, we stayed in the water villa and it was wonderful. The room is spacious overlooking the ocean it was breathtaking. The accommodations and the service are excellent. They really make you feel welcomed. The buffet Lime and Chili was very good, great variety of food for breakfast, lunch and… Read more
We had a wonderful time at VARU. The resort is beautiful, we stayed in the water villa and it was wonderful. The room is spacious overlooking the ocean it was breathtaking. The accommodations and the service are excellent. They really make you feel welcomed. The buffet Lime and Chili was very good, great variety of food for breakfast, lunch and supper. We also ate at the Nu, Charcoal and Kaagen, excellent especially Kaagen were you experience a traditional Maldivian meal. My husband and I were celebrating our 50th birthdays and they really made it special. Elena spa we had massages and a facial best I have ever had! Big thank you to Bella, our host who made sure we were well taken care of. Thank you to Sobi who assisted us in providing a private tour to Male right before our flight out. Thank you to the VARU staff they were all very friendly and made you feel welcome. I highly recommend this resort and will definitely go back! Read less
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May 26, 2024 Firas S

Sahoo and Hazim at the bar were amazing and very nice. The staff were very welcoming and hospitable. The drinks were great and nonstop. Really appreciate the hospitality would recommend this place. Great view as well with good snacks during the day.
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May 26, 2024 Alp E

We stayed for one week for our honeymoon. The transfer from the airport was very easy. We were welcomed by the staff at the hotel harbor, with local sounds played. It was lovely. The resort is in a perfect location both for the sea and the views. Love the color of the sean and the sand. The restaurant are amazing, with variety of choises, perfect… Read more
We stayed for one week for our honeymoon. The transfer from the airport was very easy. We were welcomed by the staff at the hotel harbor, with local sounds played. It was lovely. The resort is in a perfect location both for the sea and the views. Love the color of the sean and the sand. The restaurant are amazing, with variety of choises, perfect food and local tastes. Of course loved the music from local duos, made the dinners exiting and romantic. Our room next to the beach with pool is again lovely, swim both in the pool and in the sea, consequently. The pool is cleaned everyday. For the room two times housekeeping everyday with all our needs. Everyday the house keepers placed some surprises in our room, loved that. The staff is also is very pro, helpful and respectful at all times, and helps you everytime. I would like to thank again especially to our host Julia, Hermand from Bay Rouge Bar, and ofcourse to our housekeeper, and to rest of the crew. Loved every second of the stay. We unfortunately miss the excursions to the bad weather but Varu was kind enough to offer us special late check out offer in return for that, really appreciated it, and it made our last day great. All the best, for sure we will be back again! Read less