One of the first resorts in the Maldives, Embudu Village remains simple and natural. The pace of life slows down as soon as you arrive, kick your shoes off at the jetty and take in your surroundings. There are no airs and graces, just a warm welcome that will make you feel like you have been there many times before. The team at Embudu are like a family, with the General Manager Mr Ramsey having been there for over 30 years.
Along with giving exceptional service to every guest, the team are also focused on being guardians to their island’s habitat. Water is heated by rooftop solar panels, fruit and vegetables hydroponically grown on a nearby island, and the launder-when-needed programme assures there is no water wastage. Their ethos is to tread lightly on the earth, leaving only footprints in the sand, and they encourage their guests to do the same.
Offering great value for money, Embudu is a small island less than 2 miles long, in a great location close to Male (South Male Atoll), just a 20-minute speedboat ride from the airport. The atmosphere is laid back and the efficient service always comes with a smile. A beautiful lagoon surrounds Embudu where the spectacular house reef starts just steps from the beach in some places and over 100 metres offshore in others. The Village has a lovely mix of Waterfront and Beach Bungalows, and a buffet style restaurant with a variety of dishes to tempt all palates.
For some serious pampering visit The Serena Spa, part of the Heaven on Earth brand, an international wellness group operating across the Indian Ocean and beyond. Treatments include a wide range of Ayurveda and Asian massages, along with many other luxurious beauty treatments. The resort also arranges a daily schedule of excursions and activities such as paddle boarding, snorkelling, and windsurfing. Excursions include visits to island villages where you can immerse yourself in local culture or pop across to lively Male for some shopping and sightseeing.