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|DISTANCE FROM AIRPORT|
|128km from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport|
|35 mins by Seaplane|
CULTURE AND COMMUNITY
Sun Aqua’s island and its neighboring islands nurture a rich enclave of culture and time-honored traditions. Fishermen ply the ocean in wooden dhoni, same as they have for centuries, supplying the islands with fresh seafood. Women grate coconut for a breakfast of mas huni, reserving the milk for rich Maldivian curries. Nearby, farmers tend produce on an organic agricultural island, harvesting sweet potato, breadfruit and starchy cassava. We support the preservation of these long-standing traditions, and invite our guests to a taste of real local culture, breaking bread with villagers and seeing, smelling and sampling authentic life in the Maldives.
A sun-kissed sanctuary, our island is covered by a lush layer of coconut palms and scented by the sweet fragrance of frangipanis. Ringed by pristine corals and clear, turquoise waters, Sun Aqua is a haven of peace, home to bright blooms and friendly fauna, with hermit crabs, grey herons and multi-colored geckoes among our exotic inhabitants. This delicate ecology offers quiet moments with nature, the opportunity to immerse in delicious serenity. Only 145 kilometers south of capital Malé, we’re just a 35-minute seaplane ride from the international airport – a short but spectacularly scenic ride.
Organic homegrown produce plus the planet’s best ingredients equals a flavorful fusion of progressive world cuisine. We farm our own vegetables on a dedicated agricultural island, ensuring the freshest, tastiest food, Maldivian favorites come to the fore – flame-red curries and sambols with a kick. Then there are Northern Thai dishes to tickle the taste buds, and Italian Tuscan-style home-cooking to warm the soul. Alongside fresh seafood daily, and tantalizing wines, our cuisine feeds both body and spirit, keeping you energized from morning to night.
Private Destination Dining
Candlelight, constellations and finely crafted cuisine – Destination Dining at Vilu Reef lets you choose your own setting. Escape to a quiet enclave on the beach, set up over the water, or enjoy a private dinner for two on the terrace of your villa.
Melted mozzarella, sweet island pineapple, rich red tomatoes grown in our garden – our new pizza joint is destined to impress. Hand-stretched pizza bases are topped with the freshest ingredients, with authentic seasonings and sauces for the heartiest of meals.
Sweet tropical shakes, ice-cold mocktails, vitamin-packed smoothies – at the Pool Bar you can replenish body and mind against a beautiful Maldivian backdrop. Keep cool in the shade, enjoy the sunlight on a lounger, or drift across the pool with a cold cocktail in hand. Stay all day – we’ll bring drinks and snacks to your sun lounger from morning till night.
Start the day with zest over the brilliant azure waters of the lagoon. The Aqua lets you enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner with a side serving of stunning views. A lavish breakfast spread includes warm treats from the bakery, sweet, fresh juices made from local fruits, favorite Western dishes and local Maldivian fare. Come for lunch and dinner, too – this is a lively gastro-hub where you can come to refuel morning, noon and night.
The Well Done
Toes in the sand, a balmy breeze in the air, The Well Done serves up fresh fish and seafood, right on the beach. Grab a seat with a view and enjoy a succulent grill, prepared to perfection with local herbs and spices. For a delectable drop with someone special, opt for a degustation experience in our glass-enclosed wine cellar.
Nourish the senses with a spice-scented scrub. Tantalize the skin with a muscle-soothing massage. Sun Aqua Spa at Vilu Reef specializes in healing, and deeply rejuvenating rituals with pure, wholesome ingredients that draw on the Earth’s organic goodness. Our indulgent treatment menu includes fragrant flower baths, Ayurvedic rituals, aromatherapy massage and scrubs that will have you glowing from within.
Treatments are based upon the elements of earth, water, air and fire with an inspired mix of Eastern and Western therapies and modern beauty treatments. Feel the goodness of organic products and the therapeutic properties of our serene treatment spaces.
Cruise over the water, dive under the waves – on land or underwater, Vilu Reef provides myriad ways to experience the Maldives. Explore our crystal-clear lagoon by kayak, snorkel the house reef, sail to neighboring islets, or simply sink into a sun lounger – no two days need be the same at Sun Aqua Vilu Reef.
The villas of Vilu Reef give you a bite of island life – a laidback luxury that brims with warmth. If you prefer a beach scene, we’ve got three villa categories dotted along our sandy shoreline – all freshly refurbished in bright island hues. Or, if you’d like to stay over the lagoon, we’ve got a loop of spacious overwater villas, each with far-reaching panoramas of the Maldivian sea. Drift off to sleep to the sound of the waves and dive into the water from your own private jetty.
Our villas feature:
At least 76 square meters of space – 20 per cent more room than before
Full glass-paneled doors leading out to a private sundeck
Stunning ocean views
A boudoir-style divan that doubles as a bed
Accommodation for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
Nescafé Alegria coffee machine (excluding Beach Villas)
Step into one of our 14 refurbished Beach Villas and let the magic of the Maldives whisk your cares away. All-white interiors are decorated with a vibrant tropical theme, with bright throw pillows, a plush bed and a cozy divan where you can snuggle with a book. A stocked mini-fridge comes bursting with fruit, drinks and local goodies, while outside you can enjoy blissful beach views from your own private terrace.
Bathe in the spectacular scenes of sunset from your Maldivian swing – a sumptuous daybed plumped with plush pillows. Our 18 Deluxe Beach Villas have all the features of our Beach Villas, with a private deck and sparkling Maldivian seas just steps from your door.
Soak beneath the constellations in your private iSpa. Our 10 Jacuzzi Deluxe Beach Villas each offer a private hot tub enclosed in an open-air courtyard so you can enjoy the romance of the Maldivian night sky.
Rising up out of our dazzling turquoise lagoon, our 20 Reef Villas serve up a glorious island experience. Soak in the views from your Jet tub, perched on your private deck. Or enjoy a day gazing out over the water from your personal chaise longue. There’s a sundeck for bathing on and a private lagoon jetty so you can explore the coral direct from your door. For the best sunset views, try our Sunset Reef Villas.
Loaded with charm, laden with luxury, our 6 sumptuous Aqua Villas offer idyllic island living. Inside you’ll find a deep, freestanding tub and an oversized shower, a plush daybed and a dedicated dressing area. Gaze out into the blue from your infinity plunge pool, or bathe in the glow of sunset in your deep, decadent hammock.
Find your oasis steps from the water, with our 5 Deluxe Beach Villas with Pool. Make a splash in your own private 30-square-meter pool, and drift into the evenings on your cozy Maldivian swing, perfect for capturing sunset with your beloved.
Dip your toes in sugar-fine sand, right on the doorstep of your signature Sun Aqua villa. You’re on prime beachfront here, with breezy island décor, abundant natural light and bright pops of color to awaken the senses. A Maldivian swing gazes out to the horizon, while your private pool invites you to take a midnight dip.
Luscious living for lovers – our 5 Aqua Suites (formerly Honeymoon Water Villas), are the icing on the cake for couples seeking romance. There’s a wide deck to embrace the views, an oversized canopy bed draped in creamy linens and a spacious separate living space that doubles as a children’s room. Inside you’ll find a lush array of luxury goodies, while just outside the door waits the island’s delights. Best of all, you’ve got a 30-square-meter infinity pool all to yourself.
Treat yourself to an indulgent stay – our Grand Reef Suite offers sublime privacy and laidback island luxury. With two bedrooms, a kitchenette and a living room, there’s plenty of space for the whole family to relax, while a wraparound terrace lets you bask in the glow of stupendous ocean views. Blending the curves of Maldivian craftwork with clean, modern lines, this suite also boasts an infinity pool, blue and still as the horizon.
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