Hello and welcome to what is sadly, the final instalment from our oh so magical trip to the Maldives. If you missed part one and two then do go back and have a read, but be warned, you will leave with wanderlust!
I hate to say it, and to be honest I promised myself I wouldn’t say it but, it would appear that we saved the best ‘till last when it comes down to the three islands that we visited whilst in the Maldives for 9 days.
Velassaru was our final stop and we worried whether anything could top the last two resorts, we wanted to finish our holiday on a high and that is exactly what we did.
Greeted with the warmest welcome with staff members aboard the jetti waving us onto the island, not to mention learning that we had been upgraded to a sea villa!!! My dreams had come true!
We checked into our sea villa and I can’t even begin to explain just how magical it felt to be staying in a room that you’ve spent most of your adulthood dreaming of staying in. When you think of the Maldives, you think of sea villas right!?
It was SO truly incredible to finish our trip the way I’d imagined it in my dreams.
The Velassaru sea villas are absolutely stunning; with turquoise accents throughout, a continuation of the stunning turquoise seas that surrounds the room.
With a huge king size bed, a fully stocked and actually pretty reasonable mini bar, beautiful bathroom, and might I add our first indoor bathroom of the trip and a huge outdoor terrace fit with a day bed, two loungers and ladder access to the biggest pool you have ever seen.... The Indian Ocean!
Velassaru is situated just 45 minutes away from the mainland of Male by speed boat. The perfect additional distance after a long ole flight from the UK or otherwise, yet this time, and unlike Kurumba, there wasn’t a sign of civilisation in sight, so despite being so close to the mainland, you still feel as though you’re on a desert island!
For our first night in Velassaru, I was itching to bring out this Dodo Bar top from Beach Cafe! The colours and the intricate details had been flirting with me from my suitcase all holiday and it was finally time to give it an outing. Teaming it with a simple white denim skirt from Topshop, an absolutely perfect piece for both holidays and time at home this summer, they’re just so damn versatile. I then slipped on those Next suede bow slides that you’ve seen a million and one times by now, this time in taupe rather than red, yup they’re so great I got em in both colours!
Our first night at Velassaru started amazingly as we dined at one of their several a la carte restaurants Etesian, it was an incredibly, romantic setting and the food utterly delicious, with me opting for lobster and George for lamb.
We then headed over to the beach where they had set up a cinema for all guests to enjoy! Several of us cosied up on a bean bag or two with a drink and some popcorn of course, to watch The Hundred-Foot Journey a beautiful film about both French and Indian food and featuring Helen Mirren too, it was the dreamiest of first nights and I believe cinema night takes place every single week, which is such a gorgeous and special treat!
The main buffet restaurant Vela was lovely, but after being absolutely spoilt by Dhigali and what I would call the best buffet restaurant known to man, It was a little underwhelming in comparison to be completely honest with you. However, every other restaurant on the island made up for it with some of the best dinners from our whole trip.
Both George and I agree that we have never had curry like the curry we had in Velassaru, cooked by a Sri Lanken chef with such love that you could actually taste it! Honestly I am still dreaming about that fish curry to this day.
Velassaru was by no means the biggest resort, however it felt like there were many different ways that you could experience the island especially by day with secret loungers or small patches of beach throughout the island to allow guests to feel like they had their own slice of paradise. We enjoyed the beach, our private decking but also the family friendly pool area. The pool area is extremely modern, with an infinity pool and the biggest sun loungers I’ve ever seen, very luxurious indeed!
A quick shout out to this teeny weeny red bikini as it was probably my most worn and most loved bikini of the trip. A bikini that actually made me feel bloody confident, and let me tell you that never ever happens when it comes to swimwear. There was something about the sporty yet very flirty cut of both the top and the bottoms that made me feel great and seemed to really flatter my shape. The colour was beautiful against tanned skin, white sand, blue skies and turquoise seas and it truly did fit like a little glove. This was one of two & Other Stories bikinis which I also loved so would now highly suggest you check out their swimsuit selection, I am very impressed indeed.
Like the other resorts we were lucky enough to visit the spa whilst on the island of Velassaru, this time opting for a full body massage each and my goodness was it utterly fabulous. Having a back massage just days before a long ole flight did wonders for me and my temperamental lower back issues and is certainly something I’m going to consider doing more of from now on.
The spa pretty much neighboured our sea villa and was such a beautiful setting with a somewhat Japanese theme throughout. The relaxation area was rather special indeed with its infinity Jacuzzi that looked out over the sea, a real romantic moment that’s for sure.
We got to know quite a few of the staff here at Velassaru and they were all truly truly lovely! Special shout outs for supervisor Amjadh who was such a treat each and every day and Hussain who looked after us day and night whilst in the pool and bar area. All members of staff seemed to be really happy and in high spirits which was really lovely to see.
Speaking of spirits, the drinks selection at Velassaru was by far the most fabulous of all the resorts we visited. First up, we were able to get draught beer, something that wasn’t readily available on the other islands, not to mention bottled beer a plenty and the best names in spirits such as Monkey 47, my favourite gin!
Our final night came around so quickly and I wanted to go out with a bang for my final outfit, so out came this House of Holland number aka the skirt of my absolute dreams! It’s a piece id been saving for months in order to rock it on the last night of our Maldivian adventure and it certainly did not disappoint.
An absolute show stopper and the perfect piece for showing off your tan especially when teamed with yet another white piece in the form of this super cute polka dot bralet from Topshop.
I am pretty sure that this outfit was my fave from the entire trip and it was perfect for ending such a magical holiday with my George.
And now, as you lot have loved them so much, now for George’s mini review on Velassaru;
"Velassaru lived up to everything you would envisage a Maldivian island in the middle of the Indian ocean to be, it was utterly stunning and there was nothing around us, except water.
When we arrived by boat to the island the staff were gathered to wave us in which was really nice. It looked like they'd been waving to greet us from a mile out! So i’ve gotta hand it to em, they must of had tired arms, 10/10 waving game guys and we felt very welcomed!
I never thought I’d experience a sea hut room, it was amazing and such a treat to find out we’d been upgraded when we arrived! I do not recommend walking bare foot along the jetty to get to the huts, I burnt the skin on my feet, never nice!
This was the first island to have draught beer, I ordered a pint, it was only Carlsberg but hey ho it was still amazing after a week of holidaying with no draught beer... What I got was far more than a pint glass, it was a chalice of pure frosty joy, we’re talking close to a litre and I sank it very quickly. As a bar owner I was really impressed with how many great beverage offerings they had at Velassaru and the cigar game was also very strong. Overall the food & drink service were fantastic- I didn’t realise curries could taste so good.
On one of their buffets they had ‘fish curry’ I thought i’d give it a try but honestly this was a curry i’ll never forget. Chefs from Sri Lanka cooking up proper traditional food with love, how it should be done, no adapted street food nonsense, just amazing curry. Boom.
The customer service on this island was amazing…. The lovely drivers of the boat even stopped for us to see Dolphins on the way back to the airport at the end…. rather than just getting rid of the Brits abroad they let us experience something truly beautiful that they probably see every day and maybe even take for granted.
The hammocks were the best, crochet I believe? Apparently that’s a fancy one Megan says.
A great island for lovey dovey couples, families and all types of people. It just really is THE ONE for us, I can’t wait to go back!!!"
Me again, I've just read through George's piece and it made me HOWL I love how he can round up the entire trip in 5 sentences and heres me waffling on.
But anyway, there we have our time in the Maldives all wrapped up, I truly hope you’ve loved reading these little round ups as much as I’ve loved putting them together for you.
If you missed the previous two round ups from the island Kurumba and Dhigali then simply click the names to be taken straight to the post as I’d love to know which resort you’d be most tempted to visit... A tough decision I know!
I’m going to keep everything crossed that I can get back to this magical country again someday, but if not, I’m happy with memories from the best holiday of my life with the love of my life. And I always have these photos to cry over hey?