Maldives, Indian Ocean

Virgin rating

The hotel

Just a 25-minute seaplane transfer from the airport is Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa, the idyllic setting for your Maldivian adventure. This beautiful, unspoiled island with lush vegetation and pure white sand is surrounded by a crystal-clear lagoon, ideal for snorkelling, and divers will be in their element in the incredible house reef - one of the few places in the world where you’ll find a year-round aggregation of whale sharks! There’s something for everyone here, with adults-only and family-friendly areas that make sure everyone has the perfect spot to unwind, as well as exciting restaurants to discover. What do you fancy, live teppanyaki, or a meal cooked on hot volcanic rocks? Amazingly, those are both options here. You’re sure to have an unforgettable time.


  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

In South Ari atoll, 84km south of Malé. Transfer time from Malé International Airport: 25 minutes by seaplane (remember to pack light for the seaplane transfer as luggage allowance is 20kg plus 5kg hand luggage, per person).

Hotel information

194 rooms, all Maldivian inspired with king-sized beds, air conditioning, a fully stocked minibar, open-air bathroom with modern amenities, cable TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, and a personal safe. Garden Rooms are nestled in the natural island gardens, with a private porch, privacy screen between each room and easy access to the island’s facilities. With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child, or 3 adults.


Full Board: Inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner served in the buffet restaurants.

All-Inclusive Plus Package: includes the following 

- Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner in either Funama Restaurant (for guests staying in Garden Rooms and Beach Villas) or Ahima Restaurant (for guests staying in Jacuzzi Beach Villas and Jacuzzi Water Villas)

- 24-hour snack menu at Bonthi Bar

- Snacks from 10:00-22:00 at Sunset Bar

- 20% discount on all food items at Asian Wok or the Hot Rock (not valid for special events or teppanyaki)

- One lunch or one dinner at Asian Wok restaurant for every 5-night stay (pre-booking required, not valid for special events)

- Unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (including bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea, smoothies and milkshakes, draught beer, wine, house spirits, and cocktails and mocktails made with house spirits)

- Mini-bar with a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, plus snacks (refilled once per day)

- One 1/2 bottle of champagne per room per stay

- 20% discount off selected spa treatments taken during the first two days of your stay

- Activities included as per schedule: one Sunset Cruise; one 1/2 hour group snorkelling lesson (equipment not included); one Dhangethi Island Excursion; one 1/2 hour group windsurfing lesson (equipment included); one 1/2 hour group tennis lesson (equipment included); free use of Fitness Centre; daytime use of tennis, volleyball and badminton courts; table tennis, billiards, snooker, darts and football; free use of kayaks and windsurfers; free group yoga session at Duniye Spa.

Please note: guests will be required to sign all food and beverage bills, except buffet meals. No charges will be posted to your hotel account for the benefits included in your All-Inclusive Plus Package. Charges not included must be paid upon checkout.

Beach Villas are detached villas just a few steps from the shore, with a private furnished porch perfect for enjoying the fantastic ocean view. With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children.

Jacuzzi Beach Villas offer Maldivian inspired beach living with views of the lagoon, private sundeck and Jacuzzi for two, with a private walled-in outdoor area. These villas are located in the adults’ only area and exclusively for guest over 18. With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Jacuzzi Water Villas are over-water villas with a private sundeck, with stairs leading into the sea. These villas are exclusively for guests aged 18 years and older. With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 23 Dec '23 to receive up to 15% off the accommodation cost between 1–23 Dec '23.Terms and conditions apply. Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. Blackout dates apply.

Two buffet restaurants: Funama (open air, family friendly) and Ahima (adults-only). A la carte restaurants: Asian Wok Restaurant and Bar (with live teppanyaki station) and Hot Rocks (meals prepared on hot volcanic rocks). Snacks served at bars. Bonthi Bar (with overwater wooden deck), Boashi Bar (ice cream and smoothies available) and Sunset Bar (adults only).

Three pools, including a child’s wading pool. House reef, great for diving and snorkelling (snorkelling equipment available to hire*). Fun dives* for certified divers. Diving courses*. Non-motorised water sports* including stand up paddle board, kayaks and windsurfing. Catamaran sailing*. Award-winning Duniye Spa, offering traditional and modern treatments. Children’s play area, close to family-friendly Boashi Bar.

*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 Very relaxing stay

Dec 9, 2023 olafh918 Hamburg, Germany

We stayed at Vilamendhoo for 16 days and joined every single hour. An amazing ressort with friendly, competent, professional and discreed staff. A nice house reef, a really relaxing spa, a well equipped and organized dive center, a delicious and varied kitchen. We will come back and can recomend it clearly.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Vilamendhoo is great for diving and relaxing

Dec 6, 2023 beatm228

Vilamendhoo is a great resort, specifically for diving. The food is amazing and the overall experience very good. If compared to much more expensive places, I am sure there is not much to be missed here, also for 'spoiled' customers. The dive center is also great in service and offered diving trips.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Paradise

Dec 6, 2023 Genmorris Essex, United Kingdom

Absolute paradise. Staff were exceptional... all friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Room was always clean. Food amazing. 5 star location, room and service. Would highly recommend. Staff made the experience rememorable.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely house reef

Dec 6, 2023 LizandGary Hove, United Kingdom

We loved snorkelling around the island with variety of sea life including friendly turtles. The adults only restaurant, bar & pool was great. We enjoyed our jacuzzi room & sunbathing area & eating at the Asian Wok restaurant.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A wonderful place to stay

Dec 6, 2023 martinemil2n

We stayed for six nights in Nov/Dec time. The weather was changeable but always hot! The staff are so helpful and super friendly and attentive to your needs. We had booked a stand alone beach villa and got given 101 but asked to move as it didn’t have a view and right by reception. Without any issues we were moved at the soonest available time to… Read more
We stayed for six nights in Nov/Dec time. The weather was changeable but always hot! The staff are so helpful and super friendly and attentive to your needs. We had booked a stand alone beach villa and got given 101 but asked to move as it didn’t have a view and right by reception. Without any issues we were moved at the soonest available time to 174 which had a beautiful view. So much wildlife everywhere and the snorkelling was amazing. Best to go out in the morning as clearer than later in day. You don’t need to sort into the water to see the amazing fish as the water is so clear. We swam with tutles, rays, small sharks, eels and so many amazing other amazing fish. We stayed on an all inclusive plus package. The food and drinks were very good and varied. Drinks were strong even if not branded! We had a complimentary photo shoot and free photo to add to our memories! The two complimentary excursions were a local island (we didn’t do) and a sunset boat trip. Unfortunately for us the trip wasn’t ideal as the weather turned whilst out and didn’t really get a sunset and we all got wet! We used the gym which had a good assortment and was very clean and cool. Overall an amazing place to stay and would definitely go again but for longer! Read less