“Good-value Maldivian resort with all you'd want and expect: water villas, gin-clear sea and lashings of romance...”
There are 62 rooms at Taj Coral Reef, divided into 4 categories. All are beautifully decorated with neutral furnishings, elements of driftwood and trees in the furniture and flooring, and decadent open-air showers plus indoor tubs.
Our favourites are the Premium Indulgence Water Villas. These spacious standalone rooms are located down a pier and raised over the water with direct access to the lagoon from your large private deck. Bedrooms are large and airy, and you get Forest Essentials toiletries and bathrobes.
If you're travelling with kids, go for one of the Presidential Nirvana Suites, which have 2 floors and 2 ensuite bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin; bathrooms have a tub and shower). In addition, these suites come with a private butler, a vast living area, a private plunge pool, a work station and a pantry.
There are also several beachfront villas. Deluxe Delight are the larger category, and these have a large private deck with a daybed and hammock, plus a bedroom, dining area and outdoor shower. The Superior Charm villas are smaller and the least expensive overall, with a sea-facing double bed and open-air shower, plus a private deck.
Breakfast is included in the rates; there are also half-board, full-board and all-inclusive options, which offer good value for money. As with many Maldivian resorts, you're limited to what the resort offers in terms of what you can eat - there's nowhere else nearby if you don't like it! Thankfully there is plenty of diversity here, with 2 restaurants and a bar, and reports on the food are positive.
Latitude serves pan-Asian food à la carte: Thai, Indonesian, Maldivian and coastal Indian cuisine. Open The Grill is an alfresco Teppenyaki restaurant with Japanese food, a sushi bar, a tandoor and a wood-fired pizza oven. Expect the likes of Chilli Crusted Swordfish, Australian Lamb Chops with fennel and ginger barbecue sauce or Curried Coconut Chicken.
You can request bespoke romantic and special dining options: candlelit dinners on the beach, picnics on secret sandbanks, in-room BBQs, and private dining in the restaurant's wine cellar. There is also 24-hour room service.
Reef, the resort's bar, has lavish drinks choices: sundowner cocktails, of course, but also a signature exotic-salt tequila, where your glass rim is iced with pink Himalayan salt.
While the Maldives are known for being a honeymooners' paradise, this resort does cater for children and has 2 suites that are big enough for families. There is plenty to do, of course: the beach, snorkelling, boat trips, board games and DVDs. Note there is a charge for all children.
The Presidential Nirvana Suites are set up for families, with 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin). For those with 1 child, you can add a rollout bed or baby cot to the Deluxe Delight Beach Villas. All rooms have an indoor tub and outdoor or open-air shower.
Babysitting is available on request