A dream come true – luxury overwater bungalow Adaaran Prestige Vadoo Maldives
What I liked at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo Maldives:
- Privacy – There’s just 50 bungalows which is a great advantage. That part of the resort where the bungalows are located will never feel overcrowded as the guests are inside the bungalows and you won’t see them much. Just randomly you might see other guests hanging out in their plunge pools or snorkeling around the bungalows. Still pretty private, which I really appreciated.
At the World Travel Awards in 2010, Adaaran Prestige Vadoo won the World’s Leading Water Villa Retreat. That says it all :)
- The whole overwater bungalow is super luxurious. You can walk around in a circle – from the bedroom to the bathroom and back through the second door. Difficult to explain, but it was so cool. You can choose from different pillows to be even more comfortable on the really wide king size bed. There’s also 2 sofas in the bedroom, and one more in the bathroom.
- The bungalow bathroom has an indoor shower, and an outdoor jacuzzi from which you can watch the stars above you, the TV inside of the bathroom or even see to the bedroom if you open the bathroom wooden window. Oh, and there’s a glass floor in the bathroom to observe underwater life below. It was freaking amazing to simply watch the fish swimming beneath me while I was brushing my teeth in the bathroom.
- Each bungalow has a private plunge pool on the deck in front of the bungalow. Time spent in the little pool was my favorite from the whole stay. I so loved cooling down in the pool and simply looking around other overwater bungalows, and the white sand beach on the Vaadhoo island close by. As we had a sunrise bungalow (there’s also sunset ones), we could also see Male in distance. Maybe next time I would choose a sunset bungalow for even a more secluded feeling of being surrounded just by the Indian Ocean and no other islands.
Here’s a video from our bungalow:
- As we had a sunrise bungalow, it forced me to wake up early to watch the sunrise right from our sun deck still in PJ’s. Morning meditation there with more and more sunbeams on my face gave me a lot of energy for the upcoming day.
- Welcome fruit at the bungalow – I can never get enough of tropical fruit on a hot sunny day.
- Snorkeling – I had my own snorkel mask but you can also rent snorkeling gear on the island. Having my own was more convenient, though. Each time I spotted loads of fish from the plunge pool, I could just walk down the wooden steps from our bungalow sun deck directly to the ocean and go snorkeling there. I managed to see a big purple cauliflower jellyfish, a reef shark, and many different kinds of fish.
- Wifi at the overwater bungalow – as you all know, wifi is one of the most important things for a digital nomad like me. I really need it to work and at Adaaran was quite good. I managed to get some work done. However, I don’t know why but my laptop decided to switch off and not to switch on again for a day and a half. At first, I was really scared and angry, but then I realized maybe that was time to relax more. So I did. I spent half of the day in the plunge pool or snorkeling around.
- Yummy food at the restaurant – We had 3 meals per day included. It’s not a buffet restaurant, but a la carte one. You always have a couple of choices for each course, from vegetarian ones, to Western meals, local cuisine and Indian meals etc. As sometimes the vegetarian menu had dairy or eggs I could not eat, I would always advise them about my vegan diet before each meal and the chef was kind enough to adjust the meals for me. So grateful for that! I also loved fresh fruit smoothies.
- As it’s possible to order in-room breakfast, one morning we decided to have breakfast in our bungalow. As I am crazy about Indian cuisine and hadn’t had much of it in the past months, I asked for fresh fruit and Indian vegetarian breakfast. I had all the vegan meals and my friend finished all the non-vegan ones. First we ate at the table outside on the sun deck, but then the sun was getting stronger so we moved the table inside the bedroom to finish breakfast.
- Romantic music fom 1980’s and 1990’s was played at the restaurant. It always made me sing along and get into a better mood :)
- There’ a bar on the island with beautiful sunset above the overwater bungalows. I was just sipping on water and looking at the Sun setting down in the horizon. If you are also a sunset lover, the bar is the place to be when staying at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo. Once in a while also look down to the ocean as I’m 100% sure you will see big sharks swimming around.
Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is just one of the luxury Adaaran resorts in the Maldives. I haven’t had a chance to stay at the other ones yet but I was more than happy to visit Prestige Vadoo. I can honestly say, that our overwater bungalow was beyond my expectations.
However, the rest of the resort island is not that luxurious. At least not compared to the prestigious bungalows which are the highlight of Adaaran Prestige Vadoo. There’s also a spa, gym, a public swimming pool for all the guests, snorkel gear rent and diving centre. And we were told the snorkeling in front of the beach is really cool and you can spot stingrays, manta rays, turtles, parrot fish and much more. But I enjoyed doing nothing at our bungalow so much that I did not go snorkeling to the beach.
What I did not like at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo
If you read what I wrote above, then you know I was fascinated by 98% of what Adaaran Prestige Vadoo has to offer. But to be very honest with you, there were also 2 things I was not very happy about.
1. Feeding – in the evening they feed sharks, fish and manta rays. I know it’s a cool tourist attraction and even I was surprised to see so many big sharks and fish jumping all around to grab a piece of meat a hotel staff member would throw into the ocean. To many tourists, that’s a cool thing to do. However, it’s not natural in the nature to feed wild ocean animals with meat like that. That’s why many other resorts do not do feeding any more.
2. Non-resort guests – This is a common practice at many Maldivian resorts and in a way it makes sense to invite people from surrounding local islands and other resorts to experience this resort for a day. That’s why you might see some luxury resorts with more guests during the day as some come on a speedboat using a resort day pass. Those guests usually spend the day by the public swimming pool or on the beach. Sometimes you don’t notice a big difference but at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo there was quite a few non-resort guests taking over the resort swimming pool. Unfortunately, if it was more empty, I would have gone for a swim there every day. Thankfully, those guests are not allowed to walk around the overwater bungalows so at least there we could have more privacy. And I really appreciate them.
To sum up my experience at the overwater bungalow Adaaran Prestige Vadoo, I can only say that it was really unforgettable! I give you thumbs up for delicious food, most luxurious bungalows, perfect views (both sunrise and sunset), and a great underwater life around. Thank you Adaaran resorts for fulfilling one of my biggest dreams :)
I think the sunrise photo I took from our bungalow will convince you to go.
Here’s more photos I took at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo :)