Angsana Velavaru: the Maldivian Island where Staying in a Water Villa is a Must

As a big fan of and frequent visitor to the Maldives, I’m often asked which accommodation is best when travelling to these sunny islands. On Angsana Velavaru, the choice is obvious – it has to be a water villa. Angsana’s second Maldivian property, which has a strong Asian feel, is most notable for its ‘InOcean’ water villas. Their uniqueness lies in their remoteness from the shore and absolute privacy – the stand-alone structures are situated a kilometre from the main island and are reachable only by boat across the lagoon.

Angsana Velavaru water villas view

Angsana Velavaru is the first resort in the Maldives to construct in-ocean villas that are separate from the island. The thirty-four, two-storey high, spacious water villas come with a roof top sala with sunbeds, an over-water trampoline and an amazing, private infinity swimming pool. They have their own reception and restaurant and, despite their exclusivity, offer quite affordable relaxation starting from 700 dollars per night per villa.

Angasa Velavaru hotel bedroom

Bath in Angasana Velavaru hotel

Angasana Velavaru pool

Place to relax on the beach

Sunbathing at hotels beach

The beachfront villas (starting from 300 dollars per night) are also impressive and have their own pools. I would prefer them to face the ocean and not to be located in the garden behind the villa but, on the other hand, you are afforded absolute privacy as nobody can see you having a swim there.

Stingray at Maldives beach

Happy woman posing at Maldives

Posing with parrot

Enjoying Angsana Velavaru beach

The island, located 40 minutes by seaplane from Malé International Airport, is a real stunner – it has wide sandy beaches where turtles once nested (Velavaru means ‘turtle island’ in the Maldivian language) – and while the wide lagoon is no good for snorkelling, there are free snorkelling trips to other islands every day.

Angasa Velavaru view

The dining options include five restaurants. I really enjoyed having breakfast barefoot at Kaani, a beachfront restaurant with a view over the lagoon. The Italian restaurant, Azzurro, is great for a lazy dinner under the starry skies.

Transfer boat Maldives

Despite its small size, the island offers countless entertainment options (101 in total!), everything from dolphin-watching and fishing trips in a traditional Maldivian Dhoni to movie and karaoke nights. So you will never be bored here, unless constantly being surrounded by such beauty bores you!

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