Jumeirah Vittaveli

South Malé Atoll, Republic of Maldives

Why we love it

Nestled in South Malé Atoll, Jumeirah Vittaveli sits just 20 minutes by boat from Malé International Airport. As you make your way across the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean aboard a motorized catamaran, your experience will soon exceed even your wildest expectations. With a traditional Maldivian welcome and more activities to fill your days than you can dream of, Jumeirah Vittaveli is the perfect place for the entire family to speed things up or slow things down.
Everything the Maldives has to offer served up in the way only Jumeirah can: water sports, wellness, diving, beachside havens — Jumeirah Vittaveli has it all, including an ice rink and wedding chapel. Walk down the glass-floor aisle and say yes to your love surrounded by the stunning vistas of the Indian Ocean. The wedding chapel sits serenely tucked away in the resort’s
overwater fine-dining complex, adjacent to French fine-dining venue Fenesse, the newly opened wine library Cuvée, and the tranquil overwater lounge Cyan.


Amit Majumder, general manager,, +960 664 2020


Royal Residence
Size 37,675 sq ft
Nightly rate $35,000
Set on the far end of the island, the Royal Residence offers ultimate privacy and tranquility. It comprises five bedrooms and six bathrooms that span over 37,675 sq ft. Enjoy the beautifully designed sanctuary yourself, while your family and friends can share one of two luxury one-bedroom villas or the two-story, two-bedroom guesthouse. Two private pools and a sunken lounge area provide plenty of space to enjoy quality time together. The Residence’s living and dining pavilion leads out onto an expansive deck wrapped around a designer pool. There is also a sunken lounge surrounded by a fragrant lily pond that looks out over the ocean. Beachside dining is available at the residence’s own restaurant with views of your private lagoon.


Talise Spa
Vittaveli means “vastness of space” and “eternal light,” words that perfectly describe the island. Treatments at Talise Spa are inspired by these elements of light and space. The ingredients used in the treatments are hand-harvested by local communities using traditional farming methods to ensure that the healing life energy held in all living things is honored and handed down to you through unique products and treatments. Romantic spaces for couples offer intimate moments of true relaxation, while individual treatments are tailored to cater to your health needs.
Signature treatment Kurubaa Kaashi — Gift from Nature is a gentle skin exfoliation using homemade natural coconut scrub that renews your skin’s chemical balance, followed by a luxurious papaya-and-honey wrap that draws out impurities. This is finished with a deep massage application of island-made coconut oil.
Contact Gemma Lacatan, director of spa and wellness,, +960 664 2020


Swarna translates to “gold” in Sanskrit. True to its name, the restaurant is exclusive in its decor and ambience. Set in a lush garden with open-air dining cabanas, Swarna inventively interprets traditional Indian recipes to create a unique dining experience. The award-winning restaurant’s menu features perfectly curated ingredients from around the world. The signature Swarna Thali represents a journey through the rich heritage of Indian cuisine. For its second anniversary, the Gold at Swarna menu was launched — an exquisite dining experience including rare luxuries such as Iranian caviar, known for its delicate taste; black summer truffles, picked for their distinctive aroma; as well as Khasi lamb from Jaipur in Rajasthan. The lavish meal ends with a golden dessert truffle infused with dark chocolate. Edible gold is added to each course, such as the gold-coated Himalayan pink salt or rose gold–coated lamb patty.
Contact Bharat Kapoor, chef de cuisine,, +960 664 2020



Explore the stunning house reef from the comfort of a semi-submarine — the first of its kind in the Maldives. The upper body of the vessel remains above the sea’s surface at all times while the bottom section is four feet below the water. The large windows of the underwater hull let you enjoy spectacular views of the ocean’s ecosystem. A night excursion is available as well to explore the unique nocturnal aquatic wonders. You might see minuscule polyps on the coral reefs come to life and feed on surrounding plankton, or spot eels, stingrays and sharks.


Bolifushi Island
South Male Atoll
The Maldives