OBLU SELECT Sangeli

Maldives, Indian Ocean

Virgin rating

The hotel

They dare to be different on Sangeli island, on Malé Atoll’s north-west perimeter — where creative minds have concocted a dazzling design hotel that’s a far cry from the simplistic rustic retreats of ‘old Maldives’. Edgy features make it feel fabulously fresh and innovative, but there’s still a nod to authentic Maldives in your super-spacious beach-skimming villa. The main Sangeli Island and the smaller adults-only island, One Banyan, are linked by a string of overwater villas, plus the exclusive honeymoon select ocean villas— you can amble between the spa, gym, dining venues and recreation and water sports hubs at your leisure. And, the premium all-inclusive Serenity Plan provides complimentary treats along the way, including a daily mini-bar refill, two fine dining experiences a week, unlimited drinks, one 45 minute spa treatment for every 4 night stay per couple and selected excursions, activities and water sports.

Amenities

  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

On the north-western edge of the Malé Atoll, this resort is set over two small islands linked by a curve of water villas, with the spa and two restaurants on the smaller island, and most other amenities on the larger island. Complimentary speedboat transfer to and from Malé International Airport: 50 minutes, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On arrival day, guests will be met by representatives at the airport and escorted to the speedboat jetty. A boat host will be on hand to ensure a smooth journey.

Hotel information

137 villas and suites, all with air-conditioning, safe, tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, complimentary WiFi access, complimentary mini-bar replenished daily, iron and ironing board, mini bar, flat-screen LCD TV, bathrobe, and slippers.

Beach Villas are 81m² standalone villas facing the lagoons, and have a semi open-air bathroom, direct beach access, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Serenity Plan: All-Inclusive of: buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Courtyard, plus one visit included at either JustWok or Just Grill, for lunch or dinner, for a one to three-night stay (two visits included, for a four to seven-night stay; three visits included, for an eight to 11-night stay; four visits included for a 12-night stay and above. Pre-booking required, as per availability. Children under 16 years can dine at specialty restaurants during dinner only). Freshly prepared local afternoon snacks at the Hedhikka Hut. A selection of drinks including regular international brands spirits, wines, and beers, cocktails, mocktails, soft drinks, mineral water, tea and coffee from The Courtyard, JustWok, Just Grill, The Sangs Bar, One Banyan Bar and The Rock. In-room mini-bar (beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks, replenished once per day). Water sports including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, pedalo rental and snorkelling equipment. One complimentary sunset fishing trip per stay (weather permitting) and one complimentary excursion per stay from a selection. Entertainment (live music three times a week, DJ twice a week). Weekly, seasonal group activities, including yoga and pilates. Kids’ club.One 45-minute spa treatment pp for every 4-7 night stay. Two 45-minute spa treatments pp for every 8-11 night stay. Three 45-minute spa treatments pp for every 12-15 nights stay. Unlimited access to fitness centre. 

Please note: All-Inclusive will cease at 11:00am on day of departure. Some items may incur a supplement, such as premium brand drinks. 

Beach Villas with Pool feature a 13m² private plunge pool, and direct beach access ,with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Water Villas are set over the ocean with direct lagoon access, ocean view bathtub and rain shower, private sundeck with loungers, and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Water Villas with pool are the same as water villas, with the addition of an outdoor bed and private pool, featuring 1 king-size bed, sleeping 2 adults.

Honeymoon Select Ocean Villas are intimate over water villas with a private pool, sunset views, and an outdoor shower, sleeping maximum 2 adults. These villas include direct check-in at your villa, welcome bottle of champagne with canapés and fruit platter, dine-around in all three restaurants throughout the stay, one couples massage per stay (for stays of 4 nights or more), special evening turn-down service, dedicated butler service, and in-villa breakfast once during stay.

Two Bedroom Beach Pool Suites feature two open-air bathrooms, spacious living area, direct beach access, veranda with comfy daybed, and a private pool. One master bedroom has 1 king-size bed, with the secondary bedroom featuring twin beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 30 Jun '24 to receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost for travel up to 31 Oct '24. Terms and conditions apply. Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. Blackout dates apply. 

3 restaurants: The Courtyard (all-day dining menu with buffet, live cooking stations, and theme nights), JustWok (contemporary Pan-Asian menu, outdoor dining area), Just Grill (fine dining seafood and meat grill menu, open for lunch and dinner). The Sangs pool bar (with fresh local afternoon snacks by Mr Fry). 

Music and DJ nights (three times a week). Live music (weekly).

Outdoor swimming pool, One Banyan Pool (adults-only) and kids' pool. ELENA Spa*. Fitness centre. Atmosphere Aqua Club* (stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, pedalo, snorkelling equipment, diving* and sunset fishing trips – weather permitting). Unlimited snorkelling excursions included during stay. Excursions*. 

Complimentary WiFi.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: One Banyan Island is an adults-only island from sunrise to sunset (children are allowed to attend the two specialty restaurants for dinner).

Please note: to ensure our customer's safety, we are unable to offer over water accommodation to children under the age of 12.

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A wonderful week for my husband’s 40th

Apr 21, 2024 Kate B London, United Kingdom

We have just returned from a fabulous week in the Maldives, celebrating my husbands 40th with our two children (2.5 years and 4 month). We couldn’t fault it! We stayed in a one-bed villa with private pool and it worked perfectly for our family. The entire Oblu team were faultless, but specific mention has to go to Lahiru & his team (for keeping… Read more
We have just returned from a fabulous week in the Maldives, celebrating my husbands 40th with our two children (2.5 years and 4 month). We couldn’t fault it! We stayed in a one-bed villa with private pool and it worked perfectly for our family. The entire Oblu team were faultless, but specific mention has to go to Lahiru & his team (for keeping Max’s “cocktails” flowing all day) and Mohamud & Michal in the Courtyard restaurant who were so welcoming for our meals and paid extra attention to keeping our 2.5 year old happy :) Thank you all. We hope to be back soon! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very good but not perfect. We didn’t want for anything but things could be better for the money it costs!

Apr 21, 2024 Joe M

The staff are very polite and welcoming. At the buffet you’re always greeted with a smile and asked what did you do today? Did you have a nice day? These are nice personal touches that go a long way. Checking in was smooth sailing as we were met at the airport by a Sangeli representative. Our bags were tagged with our room number and they were… Read more
The staff are very polite and welcoming. At the buffet you’re always greeted with a smile and asked what did you do today? Did you have a nice day? These are nice personal touches that go a long way. Checking in was smooth sailing as we were met at the airport by a Sangeli representative. Our bags were tagged with our room number and they were in the room when we later got to the room. One thing that I found not personal is that you are always directed to use the app for everything including to check in. I’ve come away here to get away from using my phone/technology. Again it’s no hardship but something we found a little annoying. Another example is at the A la carte restaurants which were fantastic, to view the menu… you guessed it, on the app. The steak I had at the Grill restaurant was one of the best I’ve ever had. The room: we stayed in a water villa with a pool. The room is a lovely layout and the soft furnishings are very nice. I wouldn’t say 5* luxury but definitely above average. The bedding and towels were always clean and beautifully presented. The room always kept clean and mini bar stocked this is thanks to our room server Sikdar, this man always tried to surpass our expectations, a true gem and asset to the resort, nothing was ever too much trouble. Things that were a little disappointing: The A/C in the room never achieved the set temperature and was never that cool (I appreciate these machines are working overtime in the beautiful hot climate) it did make sleeping at night sometimes uncomfortable. The mattress was very comfy, although likely coming to the end of its life. My wife and I found ourselves falling into the middle where it has started to sag. Some of the net curtains had small holes in them as did the mosquito net around the bed. The coffee machine in the room was well used and tatty and could do with replacing although functioned. In our pool there were cracked mosaic tiles and the grouting was falling out. I could go on, I don’t want to sound like a snob but all these little things just take the edge off. It could do with a little TLC/redecorate/maintenance to really bring it to a wow factor experience. The food: As said earlier the a la carte restaurants’ food was amazing. The buffet was also really good, so much choice and very good quality for a buffet. There are also different stations within the buffet such as eggs at breakfast, pancakes, pasta, Indian, grilled meats, Asian. It really was good. The only small downside with the food is the strict times at which you can eat. Some days it can be really busy but we never waited for a table. To our knowledge you cannot get food outside of these times or a snack bar to make do if you’ve been out on an excursion for example. The drinks available were vast and good. Shop/Dive Centre: The shop has a number of essentials and souvenirs although be warned it is expensive! Everything is priced in US Dollars too, I assume so they can acquire a better Forex rate. If there is no price on an item and you ask. It feels like they look at you and make a number up depending on what you may be wearing. The dive centre staff are mostly really nice. We did a couple of excursions and they were really good. The only downside I experienced was when I was enquiring about a nurse shark excursion. Sadly we couldn’t do it due to the next tour was on our departure day. Instead he was trying to pressure me into buying the jet-ski tour for over $500 as the answer to all my problems. He took a few ‘no’s’ before he finally accepted I was not interested. Be aware also, the prices are similar to the USA. The price listed is without the extra service charge and taxes that they add to every purchase. Sea/reef/pool: Sea and the reef is beautiful we saw lots of amazing animals just on the house reef. Stingrays/eagle rays/black tip sharks/cuttlefish as well as the other beautiful tropical fish. The only thing is it is so shallow! Even at high tides we were frightened of damaging ourselves on the corals or damaging the corals themselves! The beach was beautiful, if you’re having a paddle in the shallows some beach shoes would be a good idea as some of the coral can be sharp under foot. We didn’t use the pool often as you have the beautiful beach/sea nearby but it was very nice! If you’re at the beach or the pool, servers will come round and offer you drinks and take your orders. You don’t have to lift a finger if you don’t want to! Check out: We asked for a late checkout and were told you can have a couple of hours extra for $250 which we found expensive. The all inclusive runs out at 11am on the day of departure too. If you don’t leave the resort til later in the day this is another cost you will have to face. Overall: It is a beautiful resort, I wouldn’t say it’s 5* as it needs a bit of a refresh in some areas as mentioned above and it is looking a little tired in places. It’s a business, I understand this but it did sometimes feel like the resort was trying to squeeze every penny out of you at very inflated prices. If you are loaded then I’m sure it’s not an issue but if like us you have saved for years for a once in a lifetime holiday somethings like the all inclusive running out at 11am on your last day stings a bit. It’s really not cheap to come here in the first instance! So the odd thing like that left a little sour taste in the mouth! We had a lovely time and there were no major dramas. Would we come again if we could? We don’t know. I think if we’re ever in a position to come here again, we’d try a different resort. Hope this helps someone. Read less
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Apr 21, 2024 gregsmith305 Dundee, United Kingdom

Just departing from our first experience of the Maldives and can say our time at Oblu select was great! Asides from the beautiful island, I’d have to say that all staff members were exceptional and deserving of 5* feedback- particular mentions to our golf buggy driver each night Shaikath who is the friendliest person and great photographer too.… Read more
Just departing from our first experience of the Maldives and can say our time at Oblu select was great! Asides from the beautiful island, I’d have to say that all staff members were exceptional and deserving of 5* feedback- particular mentions to our golf buggy driver each night Shaikath who is the friendliest person and great photographer too. His smile represents the staff of oblu! Additionally the staff at the Sangs bar led by Lahiru and his team who made the pool party day memorable and fun afternoon- although my feedback would be that you should host this twice per week as it was such fun for those 2 hours!! Another person worth mentioning is Dilanka and his team who took great care of my wife and I at just Wok and just grill restaurants! Some areas for improvements could be better choice of foods at breakfast and lunch in the courtyard, the rooms (although cleaned twice daily) could perhaps have been a bit more thorough- but more than acceptable and most likely as a result of staffing levels for such a secluded island! We did all the excursions that come with the package and these were great fun although we didn’t get lucky with the manta trip but we still did some nice snorkelling and spotted some really nice fish and a big turtle! The entertainment at night was good but probably started too early and finished too early- with little to no musics afterwards even at low levels- kind of killed the atmosphere! The app is great, assuming you use this but perhaps a board could be updated daily at the sangs bar to tell people what events are taking place. The spa experience was amazing to the point where my wife and I both fell asleep mid way through the massages! Overall definitely rate this hotel as a visit and believe it offers good value for money! Read less
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Apr 21, 2024 Martha K

One of the best holidays of our life! Thanks to Mr. Sherif for the excellent service. It was a pleasure. Thanks a lot Martha & Mike
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice people and amazing place

Apr 21, 2024 Thomas Z

The Time here is amazing! Thanks Lahiru and his team from sang’s bar for the nice time with you. The service was perfekt and Lahiru and his team was like a family.