Refurbished Vilu Reef relaunched as Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
Sun Aqua has announced the opening of its second property, the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, a stunningly refurbished resort found on Meedhuffushi Island in the heart of the South Nilandhe Atoll. The property is the second addition to the group after the opening of Sun Aqua Pasikudah earlier in 2015 on Sri Lanka’s north-eastern coast.
Originally opened in 1998, Vilu Reef will now sit as the flagship Maldivian property for the Sun Aqua brand, which plans to continue its international growth over thecoming years. On 28th October 2015, the original date of opening in 1998, the property officially re-launched to a fanfare of celebration with official ceremonies followed by a beach side feast, dancing and live music held throughout the evening.
Property & Accommodation
The Sun Aqua Vilu Reef is easily accessible from Male’ and the International Airport via a 40-minute seaplane ride. The Sun Siyam Family Lounge at the seaplane terminal bids an immediate start to the holiday offering refreshments and massages to help settle guests into the Sun Aqua spirit. The property has gone through a complete revival and been refurbished to an extremely high standard creating five different categories of rooms including 15 new Sun Aqua Pool Villas.
Hidden amongst the foliage are 62 shell shaped bungalows, (14 Beach Villas, 18 Deluxe Beach Villas and 10 Jacuzzi Deluxe Beach Villas, 5 Deluxe Beach Villas with Pool & 15 Sun Aqua Pool Villas) some now with lava-stone pools and whirlpool bathtubs. Rooms are now all 20% larger than before and offer private sundecks, re-fitted bathrooms and day swing beds.
A further 41 Water Villas (20 Reef Villas, 9 Sunset Reef Villas, 6 Aqua Villas with plunge pools, 5 Aqua Suites now with private swimming pools & 1 Grand Reef Suite) complete the accommodation offering with a select few even hiding inviting over-water hammocks. All water villas offer incredible vista views across the Indian Ocean and a true Maldivian experience.
Dine & Imbibe
One of the best parts of any journey is the adventure into exotic flavours. Guests can be selective at Sun Aqua Vilu Reef and explore the spice and warmth of home style Maldivian cuisine, feast on gourmet organic and free-range produce grown on the resorts private Farm Island, sink their teeth into freshly caught, barbequed seafood or dine under the stars with the properties destination private dining experience.
The Aqua is the resorts main restaurant sat over the water, producing freshly prepared western and international cuisine served in a buffet style and is also the resorts beautiful breakfast spot. The Well Done, the island BBQ grill on the beach serves freshly caught fish and seafood as well as being the home to the islands impressive glass enclosed wine cellar, featuring the finest wines from around the globe, creating a sophisticated backdrop for any evening. The resort also features a boutique pizzeria creating handmade pizzas topped with authentic seasoning and fresh ingredients. Destination Dining offers guests the chance to dine in private away from other guests on any spot on the island accompanied by their own private chef and waiter.
Spa & Leisure
One of the biggest developments at the resort has been the creation of a full holistic spa offering. Now a major focus of the resort the Sun Aqua Spa consists of six private treatment pavilions each with open air flower baths, open showers, a hydrotherapy area and double treatment beds. On offer will also be a salon, manicure/pedicure and a beautiful relaxation area.
In addition to spa the Sun Aqua Vilu Reef also offers plenty of leisure activities to keep everyone entertained, relaxed and enjoying their time on the island. Diving is a big part of the culture in the Maldives in general and at Sun Aqua Vilu Reef in particular. The 5* Gold Palm PADI / SSI Diamond Dive centre brings together an exciting array of diving and snorkelling programmes and a chance to explore the sea life and reefs that litter the warm and extremely clear waters. The property hosts one of the best house reefs in the region, located just 30 meters from the shore, offering snorkelers an unrivalled experience. Watersports are also a big part of island life and guests at Sun Aqua Vilu Reef can enjoy windsurfing, canoeing and sailing as well as a range of motorised watersports such as jet skis and water-skiing.
A further development on the island is the addition of the resorts first kids club. Children are VIP’s at Vilu Reef Kids Club and have their own little paradise on the island including a private pool, games room and an array of children’s activities. Open to children from 3-12yrs with a baby sitting service available on request.
Guests looking for more stimulation can enjoy a wide variety of live music evenings, DJ nights, karaoke nights, cultural shows and movie nights on the beach, suitable for all ages.
The property offers free Wi-Fi in all areas of the island as well as a reading corner, satellite TV, laundry service, in-house doctor and clinic, a beach wedding/ceremony service for those thinking of taking their vows in paradise and 24hr guest’s services to ensure all needs are taken care of.
Brand & Culture
The Sun Aqua brand is a visionary creation from Sun Siyam, one of the most forward-thinking and dynamic hospitality companies in the Maldives. With Maldivian entrepreneur Ahmed Siyam Mohamed at the helm, Sun Siyam aims to create a collection of hotel and resort brands across the Indian Ocean and Asia infused with his uniquely passionate and colourful spirit. The vibe is unpretentious and laid back, yet is punctuated by bursts of vivid colour and quirky touches. Such unexpected moments take guests by surprise, put a smile on their faces and create unforgettable memories.
Sun Aqua Vilu Reef has rooms available on a B&B basis from $471 per night in a Deluxe Beach Villa or from $544 per night in a Reef Villa (Jacuzzi Water Villa).