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Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, South Nilhandhe Atoll

  • Especially Romantic
  • Allows Children
  • Luxury resort
  • Pool
  • Diving / Watersports
  • Spa

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef is a luxurious island resort with one of the most amazing beaches that we have ever seen! Small and intimate with expansive white sand beaches fringed by a superb aquamarine house reef, this island is one of our favourites for couples and honeymooners. Sun Aqua Vilu Reef was named 'Indian Ocean's Leading Water Villa Resort' at the 2017 World Travel Awards.

The resort occupies Meedhuffushi Island in South Nilhande Atoll, 145 km south of Male Airport and reached by a 35 minute seaplane flight - a dedicated seaplane lounge at Male airport allows guests to relax or freshen up before the onward journey. 

Recently refurbished accommodation is split between 10 different villa categories, from a Beach Villa to the Presidential Suite. All villas offer laid back luxury either on the beach or over the lagoon, with brightly coloured fabrics and comfortable furnishings. 

With a range of complimentary and chargeable activities available, Sun Aqua Vilu Reef allows guests to have the tranquil castaway experience with the option to explore the water surrounding them. Complimentary activities include swimming pools, tennis, a children’s playground, fitness room, badminton and evening entertainment, while chargeable activities include catamaran sailing, diving, kite boarding, windsurfing, fishing and much more. The island's house reef is superb while stingrays can be seen from the beach. There is also a small spa which offers a range of Ayurvedic rituals, aromatherapy massages and other relaxing treatments.

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef offers guests a range of dining options from cocktails at the Pool Bar, fresh grilled seafood and fish at The Well Done and your morning buffet style breakfast at Aqua restaurant. For something special you can arrange for the resort to set up private dining for you – on the beach, a private island… the choice is yours. Stays at the resort are on an all-inclusive basis which includes all meals at Aqua Restaurant, while a "extreme" all-inclusive option is also available which includes additional benefits such as the option to dine at the other restaurants and either US$100 spa credit per day or up to 3 dives per week. 

Sun Aqua Vilu Reef is a quiet, relaxed resort with extremely friendly and attentive staff making it an ideal choice for those seeking a relaxing, value for money, Robinson Crusoe style beach holiday. Children are welcome and there is a kids club, with under 15's staying free of charge. 

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Fact File

Children: Children are welcome all year round. There is a kids club which is free of charge for children aged 2 - 11 years old, plus chargeable baby sitting and childcare. Water villas are not recommended for young children. 

Transfers: 35 minutes by seaplane (NB Luggage allowance strictly 20kg including 5kg hand luggage)

Complimentary Facilities: Use of snorkelling equipment and non-motorised water sports (2 hours per day for certain activities), swimming pools, fitness centre, volleyball, tennis, badminton, table tennis and darts. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main public areas and in all villas. Access to the kids club is free of charge for children aged 2 - 11 years old.

Facilities Available at a Local Charge: Spa treatments, snorkeling, game fishing, dive centre, watersports including windsurfing and catamaran sailing

Check In/Out: Guests are asked to check in from 14.00 and to check out 12.00.

Meal Arrangements: Stays at Sun Aqua Vilu Reef are on an all-inclusive basis comprising of a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at Aqua Restaurant plus afternoon tea. A range of unlimited drinks are offered throughout the day and night, including a choice of wine by the glass, beer, some spirits, soft drinks and some cocktails. Also included are a dolphin sunset cruise, a local island hopping excursion and a 15 minute neck and shoulder massage. An "extreme" all-inclusive package is also available which includes a range of additional benefits. 

There is an array of villa accommodation to consider either on in beachfront locations or on stilts above the lagoon with a variety of private pools and Jacuzzis to choose. There are 14 Beach Villas, 18 Deluxe Beach Villas, 10 Jacuzzi Deluxe Beach Villas, 5 Deluxe Beach Villas with Pool, 15 Sun Aqua Pool Villas, 20 Reef Villas, 9 Sunset Reef Villas, 5 aqua suites, 6 aqua villas and 1 Grand Reef Suite.

Beach Villa: Semi-detached rooms in landscaped gardens equipped with all modern amenities, partially open-air bathrooms and a comfortable patio with sun loungers. Just a few paces from the beach and lagoon. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children. 

Deluxe Beach Villa: Featuring a private wooden sundeck with a Maldivian swing and sun loungers, a spacious bedroom with four poster bed, separate dressing area, a large partly open-air bathroom with bath, shower WC and washbasin and a sitting area with a writing desk. Additional features include air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a safe, telephone, satellite television, a mini bar and a separate single bed for 3rd adult/child. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children. 

Jacuzzi Deluxe Beach Villa: All of the facilities of the Beach Villa plus a private hot tub in an enclosed open-air courtyard. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children. 

Deluxe Beach Villa with Pool: All of the facilities of a Deluxe Beach Villa plus a 30sqm. private pool and a Maldivian swing. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children. 

Sun Aqua Pool Villa: These villas have the same features and facilities as the Deluxe Beach Villa with Pool in a prime beachfront location with sunset views. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults & 2 children. 

Reef Villa: The luxury water villas are built on stilts over the lagoon and have a sundeck with private Jacuzzi, sun loungers and direct access to lagoon. Other features include a four poster king sized bed, an en suite bathroom and a sitting area. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults & 1 child. 

Sunset Reef Villa: As above but with the extra advantage of a sunset view to enjoy from your terrace. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults & 1 child. 

Aqua Suite: Features as Reef Villa but with an oversized, four poster beds, an additional living room with 3 glass walls providing stunning lagoon views and a 30sqm private infinity pool. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults & 1 child. 

Aqua Villa: Set on stilts over the water, each villa has panoramic ocean views and direct access to the lagoon via private stairway. The large balcony has an extended sun deck, private plunge pool, chaise lounges for sunbathing and a hammock suspended over the lagoon. There is a large bedroom with double bed, a daybed which can accommodate an additional third person, a dedicated dressing area and bathroom with roll top bath. Maximum occupancy: 3 adults or 2 adults & 1 child. 

Grand Reef Suite: This villa is the height of luxury - a sumptuous suite at the northern tip of the resort combining modern design with Maldivian architecture. It has a wraparound terrace, private infinity pool with a Jacuzzi on the double level timber deck, spectacular views from the glass walled living room, two king sized bedrooms with en suite facilities, a well-stocked kitchenette and luxurious dining room. Maximum occupancy: 6 adults or 4 adults & 2 children. 


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