ADAARAN Exclusive Water Villas - Maldives
The one vision I always had before visiting the Maldives was this:
- turquoise blue waters
- bright white sand
- an abundance of tropical fish
- over-the-water villas
The photos and videos you see of the paradise which is the Maldives does not do any justice to the Maldives and it is better than it seems - the water is a brighter shade of blue, the sand is a whiter shade of white and the fish are out of this world.
The best part though? Definitely the water villa experience. The best, best bit? The price.
What to expect as part of a water villa upgrade with Adaaran
So obviously I cannot speak for every island in the Maldives, they are all different. But I can tell you that if you are staying in an Adaaran Resort this is what to expect if you upgrade your accommodation from beach villa to water villa. You can read my beach villa experience here.
Apart from the stunning views from the terrace, here are a list of things that you get as extras in the Water Villa versus the Beach Villa.
24 Butler Service:
That's right - 24 hour Butler service which sure makes you feel like a V.I.P.
When we checked in at the Water Villa reception, our butler, Asif, collected us and our luggage on a golf buggy and drove us right up to the front door of the villa. Offered to unpack our suitcase (which we politely declined!) and gave us a safety talk / tour of the amenities in the Villa.
Asif was on hand via mobile phone for the duration of our stay. We tried not to bother him too much, only to order our breakfast, but he popped over whilst we were dining just to check on us and make sure we were OK and did we need anything! All the butlers are recognised and trained by the Guild of Butlers in London, and the service is truly out of this world.
Fine Dining all day every day
Al La carte dining is not usually my thing - but this was absolutely next level. I mean, really posh. Each meal is from a menu and not buffet which is a nice difference and makes you feel a bit more fancy, but with that, its also more formal.
For breakfast you can order whatever you like - eggs, bacon sausage beans etc or fruit, yoghurt, pastries - literally whatever your hearts desire.
Lunch is a selection of sandwiches, toasties, pasta dishes, fish - again the list goes on.
Evening meals are from a 5 course menu. All the food is full of flavour and there's something for everyone. The food is immaculately presented too.
As a beach villa guest you can opt to upgrade for one meal at a staggering $130 per person! In our case it was better value for money to upgrade to stay in the water villas!
Waiter service in communal areas
When you stay in the Adaaran Water Villas, you may feel like your not even on the same island as what you were when staying in the beach villas. it is ultra exclusive with only the water villa guests being allowed in the area where the water villa amenities are located. There are only 20 Water Villas in total, meaning at full capacity there will only be you and 39 other guests maximum.
So, the Water Villa guests get their own swimming pool, in a perfect location right opposite an untouched patch of beach and the Indian Ocean. Around the pool there is no bar, however, there is another telephone. You have two options: use the phone to call reception and order a drink where the waiter will bring it to you, or, you can utilise your Butler. We used reception. This means you don't have to lift a finger, even for a drink, should you choose not to!
The bar and restaurant is also waiter / table service so no need to wait your turn at the bar.
A Massive Upgrade in Accommodation
Now for the obvious... the accommodation is a massive difference from the Beach Villas, in my opinion. The Water Villas are massive, with a huge bathroom but if I'm honest that doesn't really matter to me. The outside shower was lovely in the Beach Villa, but in the Water Villa you get an outside jacuzzi! The views from here words cannot describe... but here is something that may put it in perspective for you. Imagine sitting in a jacuzzi, with the Indian Ocean spread out underneath and in front of you, sipping on a G&T over ice... then you see, not so far away from you, a stingray LEAP OUT OF THE WATER. WTF. The best moment of my entire life.
There are lots of extras in the room also. You get a fully stocked minibar complete with bottles of champagne, beers, wines, soft drinks, crisps and chocolates. For the coffee lovers (me included) there is a proper coffee machine and not just a kettle and coffee granules. The bed is a huge four-poster bed too with views through the retractable doors that make you feel like you are sleeping outside.
The aesthetics of the room are, more tasteful, than the beach villas too. They feel more exclusive and have clearly had a lot more money spent on them so full paying guests are certainly getting what they pay for.
There is also direct access into the sea from the Water Villa terrace and you can ask for snorkelling gear if you do not already have it. The water is so insanely crystal clear that this snorkelling opportunity is not to be missed!
Here is the best bit - the price!
If you book before you go you will be paying around $1,000 per night per couple to stay in the water villas. for a 9 night holiday that's $9,000 plus your flights = EXPENSIVE.
If you upgrade whilst you are on the resort at the beginning of your holiday, you might be lucky and get it for $600 per couple per night. For me, still expensive.
However, if you book the night before you actually want to stay in the villas, as long as there is availability you can persuade the resort for a bargain price. Be Cheeky. You don't know until you ask! We ended up paying $350 per night for two nights which is the equivalent to £520. It was so worth it and we saved a heap of money by leaving it last minute. Obviously this is a massive gamble and some people paid less than us, some more. But if you are looking to have an upgrade as a little bonus try waiting out on it for the better deal.
However, if you are absolutely certain that you want to be in the water villas for your entire trip I recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
You can read my blog post on getting the best holiday deals here.