THE ENDLESS BLUE OCEANS STRETCH FOR MILES,
THE ADAARAN PRESTIGE VADOO IS THE PERFECT TRANQUIL GETAWAY.
The island of Vadoo is small, you can easily walk around the island in ten minutes, even if you stop to admire the views. It’s the perfect place for a long weekend stay as it is only 20 minutes by boat to the airport. The resort was originally Japanease owned, bought by Adaaran 10 years ago. Although the villas are newly built, the Japanease atomosphere lingers throughout the rooms coupled with a contempory twist. The Adaaran Prestige Vadoo has fifty private room villas, each with their own plunge pool. The surrounding reefs are an unimaginable shade of blue, and the ocean stretches for miles. The Adaaran Vadoo boasts its own reef filled to the brim with colourful fish. If you're lucky you may even spot a turtle.
The Adaaran Prestige Vadoo has three types of villas - sunrise, sunset and honeymoon villas. There are four honeymoon villas which boast more space and privacy than the other two. The sunrise villas overlook the main Island and the neighbouring capital city of Male. Therefore I would highly recommend booking one of the sunset villas, which open out into the open ocean and boast stunning sunset views. Along with the standard sunrise and sunset villas, there are also a handful of japanese style villas which can be requested on booking.
We stayed in room 833, a sunrise villa towards the end of the decking. There is plenty of privacy in the sunset villas, despite the proximity of the neighbouring rooms. Although, we did have an issue of noisy neighbours, playing music throughout the day. The room itself is fairly simplistic. A large bed fills the centre of the room. My favourite part was the fact the door opens up completely, allowing you to admire the endless ocean from the comfort of your bed.
The room has stairs leading directly down to the ocean. The water is breathtakingly blue, as if it has a permanent Instagram filter on it. The reef surrounding the villas are teaming with fish, so it’s the perfect place to snorkel directly from your villa. If you’re lucky you might even see some turtles. Outside there is a private plunge pool which is the perfect temperature to cool off. As well as a day bed, where I spent most of my days.
The bathroom is huge, there are two sinks on either side. Perfect for keeping my endless lotions and potions out of the way from Steve’s lone toothbrush. There is a glass bottom window so you can see the ocean below the bathroom. However, ours was slightly clouded so you couldn’t see through too clearly. It does provide a beautiful blue glow through though. The bathroom opens out to an outside jacuzzi bath, which is more than big enough for two.
We did the all inclusive package, which makes it much more relaxing as you don’t have to worry about the cost of anything during your stay. As with everything in the Maldives, it can be pretty pricey. There are two restaurants on the island. The main restaurant where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the Japanese restaurant reserved only for dinner.
With the all inclusive package you can have breakfast in your room. I highly recommend it. While you’re admiring the ocean views whilst you eat your breakfast on your private terrace, you won’t want to ever leave. The breakfast options are plentiful offering freshly squeezed juices, fresh fruits and pastries along with many hot options too. Or if you’re feeling authentic, why not try a traditional Maldivian breakfast.
For lunch you can have a four course meal if you would like. Consisting of starters, soups, mains and dessert. There are both western and asian options, offering plenty of options for all tastes.
For dinner you can eat in either the main restaurant or the Japanese. The Japanese has to be booked ahead of time. It’s important to know they offer two menus, that alternate each day. We didn’t realise this, so when we ate there a second time we were disappointed to find the same menu. However, the sushi was fantastic, so we still thoroughly enjoyed our meals. In the main restaurant you can choose from a number of set menus. Typically choosing from seafood, pork, Western, Maldivian.
I wasn’t disappointed in the food, but at the same time I wasn’t overwhelmed. Most of the meals were very nice, but not outstanding. I do feel that the island would benefit from a beach restaurant, or prehaps an option to eat at the beach even if the food came from the main restaurant. I think without the all inclusive package you would definitely feel put off by the prices when ordering, although you could easily just have breakfast and dinner. We often skipped lunch. I believe breakfast is $65 per person daily.
The hotel also offers a number of special dining options that aren’t included on the all inclusive offer. Such as a romantic floating dinner, a treehouse dinner and beach barbecues. However, if you’ve already paid for all inclusive, the price feels far too steep. For example, the barbecue will set you back $100, and the floating romantic dinners start at $260
The Adaaran Vadoo offers a number of activities, such as water-sports, scuba diving and fishing. Snorkelling equipment can be borrowed free of charge, and the all inclusive package include a 30 minute marine tour. However, the marine tour was more of just a snorkel following someone else. If you’re a nervous swimmer or snorkeler it would probably a nice taster session. But if you’re comfortable swimming on your own, you can probably give it a miss.
Excursions include boat trips, tours of surrounding islands, and trips to secluded sand banks. Many of the excursions do require a minimum number of people. So it may be that you are not actually able to do them, unless you’re willing to pay for an exclusive tour.
There is shark feeding daily at 5:30pm. Where you will see numerous sharks and larger fish gather in the shallows of the island.
The spa is somewhat basic. We opted for the honeymoon massage, which consists of an hour massage, 30 minute facial and 30 minute foot massage. There was an issue with their indoor couples room, so we had to have our massage in the outdoor tent. The setting was beautiful, however it was a bit too warm and the surrounding area was quite noisy. Including at one point, what sounded like a leaf blower for at least ten minutes. So it was a little disappointing. However, the massage itself was great.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Adaaran Prestige Vadoo. It wasn’t perfect, but we had an absolutely amazing holiday. So please don't be put off by the above negatives, it was still briliant! I’d like to give a special mention to Yaniu who was our waiter for the majority of our meals. He was an absolute sweetheart. He was always extremely jolly and remembered everything we liked.
During your stay at the Adaraan Vadoo you are assigned a butler. Your butler is your point of contact during your stay and he will organise all of your activities and food. If you need something, they’re willing to go above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need. Our butler’s name was Jins and he was great, and did his best to make sure our stay as everything we could have imagined. Having a butler is a lovely touch, and really helps to create a personal experience during your stay.
The endless blue sea is breathtaking, and the private villas are the perfect getaway. I'd absolutely recommend visiting the Adaaran Prestige Vadoo. Particularly if for a short break as it is so close to the airport.
A huge thanks to the Adaaran Prestige Vadoo for welcoming me to experience the Maldives! All opinions and photos are my own.
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