Allow us to narrate a summary of our 2 nights stay.
On arrival at the airport - the airport team did a really good job in checking on us if we are on our way and told us where to specifically see him and true enough he was waiting for us and greet us with a smile assisted us with our luggage and brought us all to Moonima Lounge while he does the check in for our domestic flight. We had a light lunch in the comfort of the lounge while waiting for our domestic flight. We took Manta Air, a short domestic flight to Daravandhoo airport. This airline is pretty much new and we are happy with its bigger leg room,a more confortable seat, a friendly service by the flight attendant and the smooth landing by the captain.
Upon arrival at Dharavandhoo airport - we saw a big smile and felt the warm welcome of Zahid -- our island host/butler. He made us comfortable in the shuttle bus and to the speedboat waiting to take us to the island for about 30minutes but since the boat captain drived quite fast - it didnt feel 30mins at all and we are in the island.
On arrival in the island - is another warm welcome by Diana, Wael, G, Razan, Max and other staff that made us feel at home right away by their smile and comforting words to enjoy the stay even with the gloomy weather that day. They all have sunny personalities to start with.
At the Villa - we stayed in an Overwater Villa. This villa is spacious, and thoughtfully designed from its color scheme, the materials and furniture. The overwater villa we stayed in had a super comfortable bed, pampering bathroom/tub/shower area with Appelles amenities, and stunning outdoor space. The villa is cozy,spacious, very tidy and smells so good and not to mention its stunning unobstracted view of the ocean. Kudos to the housekeeping team for doing such a wonderful job maintaining its quality.
Restaurants & Bar - on our first night, Diana hosted us a sumptous dinner at ONU, their Asian restaurant. ONU is The food is delectably good and the serving is of good portion. We also liked the ambience of each of their restaurant other than enjoying the good food. You'll see the difference of its theme and cuisine on each restaurant. The Isoletta - which is their Italian Restaurant is also of a different feel - I think there is a lot of olive trees around the restaurant while Onu is also made of bamboo being Asian. The Vakku Grill is stunning -- it is really a place for beach and barbeque. The seafood served that night is fresh and juicy. Really delicious! Another restaurant we want to special mention is the Amaany - their main and breakfast restaurant. Oh please dont skip your breakfast there - or you'll miss the wide variety of bread,cheeses, fresh fruits and juices and all other food you can think of for a perfect breakfast with a stunning view of the beach and ocean. Their main pool and bar is at the Cabana -they have one of the widest and biggest main pool in the Maldives and right next to it is the cozy bar with its own bartender to cater you with the drinks of your choice. Or if swimming isnt your thing - they have comfy lounge chairs and sofa around to just chill and enjoy a drink or sheesha. For sure you will find something else to do that will spike your interest and mood.
Spa - The team went to see around the spa before the treatment and to our surprise - male spa staff in the frontdesk who welcomed us. But we are more surprised with their thorough knowledge of the spa amenities and their products. Sujay - explained each one with a free consultation of what will be the right product for our skin and one of us really ended up buying and true enough she is so happy with her beauty product purchase. Steam, Sauna and Jacuzzi with a view is available after every treatment at the relaxation area. A special thank you to Putu and Vipin for the pampering. You guys are high recommendable.
Other facilities -- One of the biggest kids & teens club in the Maldives I have seen -- Parrotfish ( kids club ) and Coconut Club ( recreation & teens club ) is stunning. The staff are so enthusiatic too. The Vakkaru Retreat is equally as beautiful -- with so much variety or wines and spirits.
The beach is stunning, water is clear - (even it was gloomy most of our stay but we know it could be clearer if the weather is good ). We know the housereef sorrounding the island is rich and colorful being in Baa Atoll. Another thing we appreciate as guests are the lighting in your pathways -- it is good that the island is well lit, pavement is clean and well maintained.
Thank you to the Sales and Finance Team for showing us around and for letting us experience this timeless sanctuary - Thank you Zhilah, Diana,Wael, Maria, Max, Razan. Congratulations and thank you chef Onuver for the good food and good job for looking into each of te restaurants -- you and your department did a good job too in addressing some of our dietary requirement. to F & B Team -- we cant fail to mention Shaan at the Amaany restaurant who attentively took care of us every morning. Please give a pat on the back to Shaan for exceptional attention to detail and service - to mention, the first day he saw one of us pouring sugar in our fruit juice, there came Shaan bringing sugar syrup without us asking. The 2nd day he knows already what type of coffee we are drinking. When I came from the buffet, my cappuccino is already on my table waiting just in time for me. He knows that one of us loves mango - so a freshly sliced is already on the table. Impeccable Shaan -- small things makes it really standout. wish that all service staff are like you. You are a gem. Another Kudos for Zahid for taking care of us...Thank you.
Overall -- a special mention to the HR and Training Team headed by Joyce and to GM Nicholas and G for having such a wonderful, and warm staff -- each one seems to know thier role and adding extras to it. They smile at you yet looking at their eyes -- it is smiling too. You have a very good team so Kudos to all of you.
You guys rock! and we are highly recommending Vakkaru!