Every one of us has come across the images of those spectacular images of water villas, (seemingly) floating on the vast blue expanse of the ocean at least once in a mag, movie or postcards. Ocean or water villas are definitely the things dreams are made of and a definite must on a luxury travelers’ list. Now there are very few places that offer these wonderfully luxurious options for accommodation, they are in Philippines, Bora Bora, Fiji and Maldives (Let us know if we are missing any other destination). Well, I happened to be in one of these countries, the Maldives. It would have been blasphemous for the explorer in me to “not explore” water villas while being in this amazing country. Basically, I had to travel back and had only one to two days to spare in between. So I finally took the call and landed at the Japanese Sunset water villa at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, a five-star property near the capital Island of Male’. Now water villas are a costly affair but I highly recommend that you save up and book one, trust me it will be worth all that you spend!
The Smooth Sailing
It was the glorious sunny morning of 21st January’2017 that we started for Adaaran. The pick-up from Airport was quite hassle free. A wait of about half an hour and a nice speed boat arrived to take us to the paradise. Smiling faces greeted us, offered bottled water which we were thankful for since the temperature was soaring quite drastically. With life jackets on, we began the journey that would take us to a unique and first-time experience of its kind. About 20 minutes later we were welcomed at the resort by all smiling and courteous staff that received us, took our luggage and made us comfortable at the bar with a welcome drink.
Now Adaaran has a thatched roof platform with gates for the boat to berth. As soon as the gates opened, we got the first peek into the resort….all we could see was dense lush greenery with brightly colored flowers adding a brilliant contrast to the surroundings. The hot sun was now no more the focus. We were mesmerized by the soothing verdant gardens of the resort that gave us a feeling that we were in a forest resort.
The Slice of Paradise
After a quick check-in process, we were introduced to our very courteous and friendly butler, Mr. Vaisakh who gave us a brief tour of the property. The plush greenery in the resort makes the property look really big. The fact is that the island is super tiny and they have only ocean villas as there really is no place for island villas. The restaurant, bar, spa, swimming pool and beach front take most of the space and rest has been very thoughtfully left for vegetation to grow. We also crossed a volleyball court on the way to the reception. The entire tour was completed within five minutes under the cool shade of thick trees and foliage that was on the island. They have a full fledged dive and water activity center which basically extends into the sea (As I already mentioned, the island is small). Everywhere we were welcomed by the staff with big smiles and in a very polite manner. Even though we were to stay at Adaaran only for a day, no detail was missed. We were informed about the activities at the resort and handed the brochures.
To the Room
The tour was done and we were graciously escorted to the beginning of the wooden pathway to villas. A buggy took us to our villa which was at the end of the row and quite a distance from the entrance to the pathway. When we walked back to the island in the evening, instead of requesting for a buggy we decided to walk. It was quite enchanting to take a stroll amongst the charming villas on either side. They also have seating areas at many places that open over the ocean on the side of the pathway. It was nice to sit and enjoy the sea breeze at these shaded seating areas.
The Japanese Style!
As we reached the end of the pathway, our villa waited for us. The entrance with a wooden sliding door, a small verandah with some more greenery welcomed us here. As we entered our suite, another ante’ room lay before us, right before the main bedroom. The color scheme of the room in light hues was quite calming. It is all done in beige, cream and, a splash of brilliant blue has been used sparingly in the closets and racks. The floor had a padding and there was low seating around the table keeping up with Japanese ethos. The villa itself is huge and in total, it has five areas- the main entrance, ante’ room, bedroom, bath area and sun deck. It was quite surprising how these villas look real small from outside but pack so much at the inside!
There was a king size bed with a floor bed nicely tucked in one corner for my four year old son. The table looked inviting with neatly stacked menu, fruit basket, champagne, wine glasses and champagne glasses arranged impeccably.
Fruit basket was quite abundant and had berries, kiwi, dragon fruit, apple, tangerine and dry fruits like pistachios, whole nut, peanuts etc. We did not find the Japanese style floor chairs really comfortable, besides we were happy lazing on the deck outside. There was glass flooring in the middle of the room from where you could see gentle blue swell of the sea lapping up at the pillars of the villa.
There were two windcheaters in the closet, a safe and hangers for use. The bathroom is again decently big with a toilet, shower area, two sinks and a large open air Jacuzzi! The flooring and counters are done in black and look quite chic. There were lots of towels provided including beach towels. Toiletries were also nicely arranged and included toothbrush, soaps, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, shower cap, hygiene kit, sewing kit, slippers etc.
Our favorite part!
For us, the entire room paled in comparison to the sun deck! It was just miles and miles of azure blue in front of us. Wooden deck with a private plunge pool in the center and a queen sized sun bed on one side got us all pumped up. Staircase from thedeck led straight into the ocean below where we could swim and snorkel. There was a fresh water faucet at the stairs itself. A life buoy on the side of stairs and life jackets were on the deck in case of any incident. After our butler showed us around the room and excused himself, we promptly got into our swimwear, took out our snorkeling gear and jumped into the water. It was an aquarium there under! I must mention here that there was a slight swell in the water and for non-swimmers, it is strongly advised that they wear life jackets. Swimmers too should not venture far away from the villas. If you want to get far then it is better that you head to the beach and go snorkeling there with people around.
The depth around the villa is quite less and in some places, you may not be able to swim because of coral. But it is the complete privacy our villas gave us that we chose to stay and snorkel here. Besides our son was super happy in his own pool which was also a safe bet for him as these plunge pools are quite shallow. In the night we just lay on the sun bed under the brilliant blanket of a starry night sky with dim lights in the pool and deck accompanying us. It was surreal. In these modern times, how many opportunities do we get to sleep under the night sky?
The food hunting
Adaaran does not offer Buffet spread and has a different set menu to choose from every day. They have barbecue buffet which is set on the lovely beachfront but you are charged separately for it even if you have opted for all meals included plan i.e. full board. Our food tasting started with lunch. Their restaurant has both inside and outside seating and we opted to sit inside in the afternoon. It is a spacious affair, with lovely ambiance. The décor is pleasing and very attractive. Waiters were quick and immediately came to take our order. Both lunch and dinner had salads, starters, main course and dessert. The presentation of the food was quite artsy! We gorged into Hawaiian seafood salad and vegetable salad. Vegetable salad was quite bland-ish but Hawaiian salad had lovely prawns, squid and fish in it with great flavors. For main course, we had pasta, sandwich and lamb steak. I don’t like to eat lamb and just wanted to sample it. As expected after one bite I could not eat it so asked the staff to replace the dish with a chicken sandwich. They did it promptly without questioning me or making me uncomfortable in any way. Dessert comprised of lovely creamy gateaux of some sort, which was quite delicious. They also had an assortment of ice cream with chocolate sauce. The staff was quite chatty with my son and they asked me if I wanted to order anything special for him. Even after my assurances that he eats everything, they went out of the way to prepare a nice chicken burger for dinner just for him. We were quite thankful and touched by the gesture.
We chose to sit outside the restaurant in the night. For Dinner they had four menus- Vietnamese (vegetarian), Mediterranean (Poultry), India (Seafood) and European (Meat). These menus had starter, soup, mains and dessert. I was quite impressed by the variety that took care of all options and preferences. I had Vietnamese menu and husband opted for Mediterranean. I was quite satisfied by the way food tasted and looked except the dessert comprising of iced tea ice cream (this is personal choice though, I am not a big fan of this flavor). The tiramisu served was simply yum….creamy and wonderful. I can safely say, one of the best I have ever had!
Then came breakfast which was served in our room on the sun deck. The sun was still behind the villa and breeze was cool. The setting created a perfect ambiance for a hearty breakfast. Our wonderful butler got us more than what we ordered for. We had bread basket, pancakes, waffle, South Indian breakfast, masala omelet, Maldivian breakfast, vegetable platter, jams, syrups, butter, fruit platter, coffee and hot chocolate. It was a feast and we enjoyed it immensely.
The Good life
Adaaran is located at the right distance from the Airport and Male’. The city is near but not too near and from the sun deck of sunset villas you can see two more resorts at the horizon but nothing hampers your privacy. Apart from the nice rooms and awesome sundecks, it is the staff at Adaaran that makes your visit here so special. Everyone is attentive and concerned about your wellbeing and needs. Whether it is the staff at the restaurant or a random guy cleaning the pathway….they all smile and wish you. They are also very quick in resolving issues and meeting demands of the guests. Whether it is a bad faucet, a requirement of an additional blanket, cleaning or just about anything, we had a fantastic experience with their turnaround time. The butler assigned to you is non-intrusive and ensures that you have a quiet and private time…and he is just a phone call away!
Things that need help
Vadoo prestige is a five-star property and it does live up to the expectations in terms of service, the décor and the ambiance. However, we found that the property itself needs a little more maintenance. Anybody who likes to stay in luxury resort would be used to shiny sparkly bathroom fittings but here the flush looked a little rusty and in fact, would get stuck every time we pressed the button. But as I said, the minute we reported, it was fixed. The Jacuzzi also had some snag which was rectified while we were having our lunch. The polish on the wooden deck looked slightly weary and a sliding door was not very comfortable to manage. Now we stayed for a day so it was okay but for someone who is staying for a week or so may find this annoying.
Some Tips: Whenever you are booking make sure you book a sunset villa because all sunrise villas have deck facing the Adaaran Island but sunset villas open towards Open Ocean and afford a lot of privacy. Japanese villas are at the end of the pathway, so if you are someone who does not like too much of walking or have real small kids who would hate negotiating the way then take a villa closer to the island. Though buggy is available at all times but it can take some time to arrive. Snorkeling equipment is available at the resort but you are charged separately for it. We carried our own when we went there.
If you have decided to visit this gorgeous country, we highly recommend you checking out our blog on Maldives.
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