Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces has reopened and renamed the Taj Coral Reef resort in the Maldives after a comprehensive renovation. Taj has renamed the hotel the Vivanta Coral Reef and it becomes the first resort hotel under the new brand.
Vivanta Coral Reef has 62 villas, all with panoramic views of the sea. The resort also offers an eclectic choice of dining options and a comprehensive array of recreational activities.
Located on Hembadhu Island, in the North Male Atoll in The Maldives, the resort is 32 kilometers from the airport, a distance traversed in less than an hour by luxury power-yachts. Villa sizes start at 58 square meters for the Charm Beach Villas and go up to 215 square meter for the Nirvana Suites.
Each villa sports its own deck with loungers, daybeds and area for a private meal. Each of the Indulgence Water Villas has a deck over the sea and its own outdoor rain shower. All villas have wi-fi, large LCD TVs with home theatre & mp3 connectivity, cordless phones, organic mini-bars and large or walk-in wardrobes. The Nirvana Suites are designed for families, featuring two bedrooms and a large outdoor deck with private plunge-pools, as well as personalized butler service.
Executive Chef Vikas Milhoutra has created a diverse range of menus which offer regional and international fare from light meals to indulgent fare. The all-day-dining restaurant, Latitude, offers Pan-Asian flavours; Open, an alfresco restaurant with an interactive Tepanyaki grill, offers a range of culinary styles including Wagyu, Creole, Mediterranean, Japanese and Indian.
Snacks and light meals at the poolside pizzeria and 24-hour in-villa-dining ensure that guests can dine at any time. Private dinners can be arranged at various romantic locales including a casual in-villa barbecue evening, the stunning Moon-deck or even on an exclusive island. Water lovers can opt for the secret ‘sandbank’ picnic location, surrounded by water only accessible at low tide.
The open-air Reef Bar offers a comprehensive wine-list with 120 labels from the old as well as new worlds and an equally extensive liquor and cocktail choice, as well as a select water menu and a choice of cigars.
Vivanta’s recreation options include island-hopping; a sea-plane flight; diving in a submarine; snorkeling; big-game fishing; and various picnic options. Also available are soothing activities such as a champagne breakfast, a sunset dhoni cruise or a sandbank visit.
Vivanta Coral Reef boasts a ship-wreck just 30 meters away and its own own coral reef, and hosts an evening ritual of sting-ray feeding. The hotel also has a PADI-affiliated dive centre, catering both to serious divers and novices who want a first taste of diving or snorkeling.
Couples wishing to renew their vows can pledge themselves to each other at the beach pavilion or sandbank, on a dhoni, underwater or even in a submarine.
At the heart of the island, the Jiva Spa features two double treatment rooms and two single treatment rooms with private soak bath areas. Guests can choose from authentic Indian, royal and holistic experiences specially designed to maintain physical, mental and spiritual equilibrium.
Vivanta Coral Reef says it fully recognizes that it is a part of a fragile eco-system and lives up to its responsibility to preserve natural resources by employing measures such as energy-efficient lighting and a captive water-bottling plant. Vivanta has also initiated a plan to regenerate the corals around the resort affected by bleaching and is working with the assistance of the International Finance Corporation by setting up a nursery to rejuvenate the coral life.