The traditional dive resort of Helengeli reopened in November 2015 after a complete transformation into the new all inclusive, 4 star Atmosphere resort. “Genuine Value” is the key brand essence of OBLU by Atmosphere. All of its portfolio will deliver value for the cost conscious traveller without compromising the characteristics familiar with the Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts’ top class service and quality.
The refurbished resort features contemporary Maldivian architecture in a trendy fresh vibrant colour palette.
Helengeli is famed for its exotic house reef (we rate it as one of the best for snorkelling in the Maldives) and being located in the eastern rim of the North Malé atoll, unparalleled dive locations are within the vicinity of the island. Having stayed at Helengeli both pre and post takeover by Atmosphere, we are delighted that the house reef remains as rewarding as ever.
Helengeli was always a fantastic resort with possibly the best house reef for snorkelling we have experienced. However, the resort infrastructure has now been totally upgraded so that it matches the great beaches and outstanding underwater experience.
We originally stayed here for 2 weeks with our boys Matthew 13 and Thomas 11. We immediately warmed to the natural simplicity of the island. It took just a little while longer for the caring personality of the island to shine through and by then we were hooked. Our first snorkelling trip ‘wowed’ us all. No where else have we seen so many fish and of such variety in one snorkelling trip. Octopus, turtles, rays, eels, lionfish, napoleon fish, squid, reef sharks on top of the usual suspects were all sighted on that first trip. This is as good as it gets in the Maldives.
We returned to the resort for another holiday after being taken over by the Atmosphere group. We were relieved that the house reef was as good as we remembered from our first stay and appreciated the improvements to accommodation and food standards. OBLU Helengeli is hard to beat for a great value, all inclusive resort with one of the best house reefs in the Maldives.
There are four types of accommodation at OBLU Helengeli. The entry level are Beach Villas which are the original villas but renovated with bright and vibrant interiors, an outdoor veranda with daybed and an open air bathroom. The Deluxe Beach Villas are all new builds and are larger with direct access to the beach . The Water Villas are larger again and are positioned half over the water with the deck providing direct lagoon access. Each Water Villa has its own plunge pool. Helengeli also has two Suites, each with its own swimming pool. These have a main bedroom plus a twin room and are perfect for families. These two bedroom villas are very popular so early booking is essential.
Our preferred room category is the Deluxe Beach Villa; most are located along the sunset side of the island and have easy access to the house reef. Being newly built, they are also a higher standard than the renovated Beach Villas.
The spice- Serves Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner as a buffet and live food stations offering food from around the world. The restaurant offer indoor and outdoor seating and stunning views.
Just Grill- A fine Dining Specialty Restaurant with an a la carte menu. Open for dinner serving a selection of seafoods and meats. The restaurant has a great ambiance and is a great spot to relax at the end of the day.
Helens Bar- The bar offers a selection of cocktails and house pour Wines & Beers. The sunset views are absolutely stunning. Evening entertainment is provided and weekly themed nights are available to all.
House Reef: The house reef is excellent and close to the shore all round the island. There can be a current but our experience is that providing you snorkel in the same direction as the current, there is no problem. The array and quantity of fish is unmatched in anywhere else we have been (56 islands so far!).
Diving: The PADI certified dive school and watersports centre operates a full programme of courses and boat dives to local sites. This is very much a dive island, you won’t be disappointed. The lobster cave on the house reef is a particular highlight.
Water Sports: Snorkelling equipment, excursions and lessons are available as are motorized and non-motorized watersports.
Spa: For those who want to be pampered, ‘Elena by Atomsphere’ offers a range of traditional and innovative treatments and massages.
- One sunset fishing during stay
- One shopping excursion to a nearby inhabited island during stay
Diving: Due to Helengeli’s location on the outer reef the unspoiled house reef is just off the beach, easily accessible for snorkelling and divers. Some of the best dive sites, such as the Helengeli Thila, are also found near Helengeli. The dive school is professionally run and equipped with the best modern equipment. Experienced, multilingual European diving instructors teach PADI courses up to internationally accepted diving certificates of different levels. Twice a day diving excursions to some of the 36 dive sites nearby Helengeli are arranged, some as close as 5 minutes from the island.