We Only Want Holiday at This Maldives' Resort Right Now
Opening in October, VARU is the newest property under the Maldives-based hospitality masters, Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts – but this resort is anything but more of the same. Ask Venkata Giri, VARU’s COO, and he’ll make a simple case for why this new Maldivian five-star resort is something special. He describes it as an “uncomplicated joy” – and it’s not hard to see why.
Here, on the northwest edge of the Malé Atoll, VARU boasts the natural wonders that come part and parcel with the location: all white sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons. But to find these wonders a short speedboat ride from Malé? It feels like you’re getting away with something. The resort’s name derives from Dhivehi, the native Maldivian language, referencing strength, resilience and life in abundance.
And life here certainly feels abundant. The Beach Front villas, spacious and tranquil, are surrounded by lush greenery. The nearby reef is thriving with wildlife, its crystal clear waters making it an ideal spot for snorkelers and diving experiences. We can gently (but seriously) recommend opting for a private infinity pool on the deck. They’re perfect for those moments where – fine! – a single body of water is not enough to satisfy your true vacation urges.
Like the name of the resort itself, ties to local tradition and cultures are dotted throughout the sprawling island, from subtle design language to dining options. Kaagé, VARU’s Maldivian restaurant, is a first-of-its-kind culinary journey, fusing elements of traditional culture and performance with a variety of progressive local cuisine.
But our favourite part of VARU’s DNA is something else entirely. It’s a gift, really. The gift of not thinking. Every stay on the island comes with the VARU Plan: a modern, sophisticated take on all-inclusive privileges, which encompass everything from in-villa services to amenities to excursions to, of course, food and beverage options.
And, let’s be honest, anything that can take our minds away from our daily itinerary slog and towards an endless turquoise horizon...well that has to be a very good thing indeed.