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, 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

  • 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 and 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 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 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). 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).

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.


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 2 adults.

Family Villas are 173sqm 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 93sqm 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 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 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 Saturday. Dinner every day except Friday), CHARCOAL (à la carte beach grill, open for dinner every day except Friday), KAAGÉ (open for lunch on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, and dinner every day except Friday), BAY ROUGE (serving snacks every day from 4.00pm-6.00pm).

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. Snorkelling*, windsurfing*, kayaking* and catamaran sailing*. Motorised water sports*. PADI certified scuba diving*. Tennis court, beach volleyball, table tennis (floodlighting*), billiards. DJ music at brunch on Tuesday's.

* Denotes local charge. 

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May 20, 2022 dritond2022

It was perfect, the service the food the drinks, i cant say that there was something that i diden't like. All the rooms have great views and all around the island we have nice beaches. Great job keep it going.
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May 20, 2022 TravelerflorianZ

the service was special for us , thank you so much Varu By Atmosphere, Best place i ever seen service best place best i dont know how to say it but it was amazing , mr Priyanka was the best and very positiv person Thank You again
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May 20, 2022 tylerpS1082TA

Varu by Atmosphere made my honeymoon with my husband one to remember. From the time that you board, you are made to feel like royalty. Everyone addresses you by your name, greets you with a smile, and constantly checks in with you to make sure that you have the best stay. The accommodations were always clean and beautiful. The food was nothing… Read more
Varu by Atmosphere made my honeymoon with my husband one to remember. From the time that you board, you are made to feel like royalty. Everyone addresses you by your name, greets you with a smile, and constantly checks in with you to make sure that you have the best stay. The accommodations were always clean and beautiful. The food was nothing short of spectacular. I couldn’t have asked for a better stay. Saathu was so hands on with my husband and I. He always checked in with us and made us feel special. He’s the sweetest. If you visit, ask for him. Read less
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May 19, 2022 Carrie497 Newport, United Kingdom

It has taken a little time to do this review as I wanted to totally absorb the experience and make sure I didn’t forget anything. From the moment we stepped onto the arrival deck, we were treated with the utmost kindness and respect. I have a mobility problem and so getting on and off the transfer boat was difficult and not particularly… Read more
It has taken a little time to do this review as I wanted to totally absorb the experience and make sure I didn’t forget anything. From the moment we stepped onto the arrival deck, we were treated with the utmost kindness and respect. I have a mobility problem and so getting on and off the transfer boat was difficult and not particularly dignified but the staff were excellent, respectful and we managed it without too much difficulty. I was very grateful for they way they handled it. Our contact on the island was Jinah and I have to say, his care and attention to us was outstanding. We had a WhatsApp group set up immediately so we could call on him whenever we needed anything. Due to needing to use a wheelchair for distances, it was clear that moving around the island would be difficult (due to the sand covered walkways). I was also initially anxious when I saw the steps up to the room which did not have a handrail. I need not have worried, Jinah was there to drive us wherever we wanted to go on the island and immediately decided the best option was for him to reverse the buggy up to the top step which meant I only had to step from the buggy onto the top of the steps. This also worked at Lime and Chili so I had very little need to struggle with steps. I cannot thank Jinah enough, he made our holiday as easy as possible for us. Whilst we didn’t manage to make breakfast at all, due to sleeping so soundly, we thoroughly enjoyed our lunches at Lime and Chili and our evening meals at each of the restaurants on the island. Lime and Chili was great, I particularly enjoyed the Mezze option, that was available at lunch and dinner, and the live cooking stations. My utmost respect to the chefs working these stations in the heat. They always had a smile and a friendly word. We loved chatting to the staff, in particular Janani and Sovan but to be honest everyone was friendly, kind and helpful. We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Charcoal which was amazing. We were right by the water and very romantic. We were given a lovely anniversary cake at the end of the meal which made it feel so special. We also at at Kaage. I’ll admit, the menu didn’t excite me and we very nearly cancelled it in favour of one of the other restaurants but I am so glad we didn’t. It was such a great experience. It is a taster menu so you had all the starters and desserts and chose 3 of the main courses to share. It was delicious and I highly recommend trying it. However, our favourite restaurant was Nu. The food was outstanding. The lobster was the best I have ever tasted. We were lucky to eat there twice and were not disappointed. We also would go to the bar there for 6pm to watch the sunset which was simply stunning. We loved our treatments at the spa, I particularly enjoyed watching the fish whilst having my massage. We also enjoyed watching the sharks being fed, definitely make time for that. No review would be complete without a massive thank you to our room cleaner, Niham. He kept our room spotless and his towel art was outstanding. He made a huge effort on our anniversary but the towel animals were brilliant. He showed a great sense of humour, one night we had a mouse on the bed and a few nights later we had a crocodile complete with my husband’s glasses with Ferrero Rocher for eyes and the mouse in his mouth! I still laugh at that now. The variety of towel animals caused much discussion when we shared them on Facebook. A massive thank you also to Frank who was extremely kind. I have only mentioned the names of people I remember but there was not one member of staff who failed to give us five star service. We returned after 10 days more relaxed than we have been for a very, very long time. Whilst the Maldives are not ideal for people with mobility problems, if you are able to transfer from your chair to the buggy you will be fine and very well cared for at Varu. Read less
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May 19, 2022 mentorz2022

I hope that this message will arrive to a Service Menager,I'm here for 1 week,and the Service here is just amazing good,but I neeed to mention Miss Bianca, everytime that I come in a bar,the frist thing that she do ist smileing,and she gives her all. I wannt just to say that you [Resort] are lucky that a kind of this employer works for you. Thank… Read more
I hope that this message will arrive to a Service Menager,I'm here for 1 week,and the Service here is just amazing good,but I neeed to mention Miss Bianca, everytime that I come in a bar,the frist thing that she do ist smileing,and she gives her all. I wannt just to say that you [Resort] are lucky that a kind of this employer works for you. Thank you very much, and if possible share my thank to Miss Bianca. Best Regards Bledion Read less