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), 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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Nov 28, 2021 757les

It's hard to put into words just how incredible this resort was. From the moment we arrived to the time we sadly said good bye, the service, the food, the spa, the drink, in fact everything was just exceptional. We had an overwater villa with pool which was out of this world - highly recommend! Sampath was an absolute star, looking after us,… Read more
It's hard to put into words just how incredible this resort was. From the moment we arrived to the time we sadly said good bye, the service, the food, the spa, the drink, in fact everything was just exceptional. We had an overwater villa with pool which was out of this world - highly recommend! Sampath was an absolute star, looking after us, amazing us with his towel art and just generally being there for all our needs. We loved the spa and the food options were much more than we expected. A huge thank you to everyone but if we had to name a few thank you to Afa in Lime and Chilli for looking after us, Aleisha for all the drinks, Elouise for our incredible anniversary meal in NU (you made our night with your cheerful personality and service) and Shah in Charcoal - thank you for our dessert under the stars! A big thank you also to everyone in Kaage - we've done a separate review but we liked our experience enough to visit you twice! Thank you so so much to everyone - it is indeed a very special resort Read less
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Nov 28, 2021 mike250725

We didn’t expect much but left the restaurant with a lot of tasty experience. A menu is served a little bit adjusted to personal needs (not so spicy 😉). Very friendly staff here, especially Yumnam. Interesting highlight was the short movie before dinner. Thanks!
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Nov 28, 2021 Itaic791

We were on vacation on Varu by atmosphere and it was amazing!! The food is great, you have several options for restaurants such as sea food, meat , and local food. The Staff is superr friendly- they take care for everything (Even small detail). Highly recommended!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent meal to try traditional Maldivian cuisine

Nov 28, 2021 James_Cumberland1 London, United Kingdom

Amazing food, service and ambience at Kaage. Start with a video explaining the traditions of Maldivian cuisine before being treated to an amazing 3 course meal taking in all aspects of the cuisine. Service was great with a personal touch from all the staff. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to sample some traditional food.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing resort with traditional Maldivian restaurant

Nov 28, 2021 vishwanathkulkarni

Pickup and drop service by speed boat. 2 days in beach villa with pool and 2 days in water villa. NU : Awesome lunch experience here. Starts with wine, followed by soup(2 options for vegetarian). Main course we liked mashroom one, another vegetarian option was little heavy. Ended with chocolate moose and tiramisu dessert. Elena spa: We… Read more
Pickup and drop service by speed boat. 2 days in beach villa with pool and 2 days in water villa. NU : Awesome lunch experience here. Starts with wine, followed by soup(2 options for vegetarian). Main course we liked mashroom one, another vegetarian option was little heavy. Ended with chocolate moose and tiramisu dessert. Elena spa: We choose body massage which was performed very professionally and was very relaxing. Multiple options are available at low price. Kage: One of the best lunch date we had at this restaurant. This is the traditional Maldivian restaurant, starts with a welcome drink and rich heritage video. “Moosa” was assisting us from start to end. If you are vegetarian and need help, request for him, he is a gem at giving food options for vegetarians. Food starts with traditional chips, followed by soup and Kopa fai( moosa made it for vegetarian ) then for main course we had roti(Maldivian style), alo-jeera, malai kofta and coconut milk rice(really tastes good). we had Dessert sampler which provided wide range of options with perfect quantity of desserts. Had special dinner planned as we were celebrating our honeymoon, followed by bed decoration. Overall we enjoyed our stay at Varu.It was relaxing and refreshing.one of the best resort for couples to spend their honeymoon. Read less