OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo South Male atoll

Our Opinion
Opened in July 2016, OZEN is the next offering from Atmosphere in the Maldives, and a step up from the preceding Atmosphere Kanifushi and OBLU at Helengeli resorts. The island is a long, narrow strip on the Eastern rim of the South Male Atoll. Like most of its Male neighbours, there’s no house reef straight off the beach, but twice-daily complimentary trips should provide a sufficient snorkelling fix for most of OZEN’s guests. Both Beach (‘Earth’) and Water (‘Wind’) Villas are spacious (Wind Villa decks could be bigger) and comfortable, without necessarily reaching the refined luxury of the very top-end resorts, and come with or without an attractive pool, those with a pool all being on the sunset side. With a growing demand for 2 bedroom villas in the Maldives at anything approaching a reasonable price, the very large Earth Family Pool Suites are likely to be snapped up.

So much for the hardware. What’s got everyone’s attention with OZEN is the ‘5 Star’ All Inclusive package. It wasn’t that long ago that All Inclusive in the Maldives meant an uninspiring buffet, obscure (usually dire) brands behind the bar and a choice between red or white wine with dinner. Some resorts haven’t improved much on this, and if you don’t fancy the Chateau Battery-Acid house wine then spending $50-a-bottle on something from the ‘premium’ list that’s regularly on offer in your local supermarket for £5 just makes you feel exploited. OZEN has genuinely set out to address this widespread sense of punter-mugging, and a browse through the drinks list should be enough to convince you that a great deal of thought has been put into the offering. The variety and quality of brands ‘on tap’ is unprecedented, from the collection of single malt whiskies to the different pouring Champagnes that have been selected for specific outlets. Fancy a glass of the delectable Cloudy Bay? Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, you choose.

Even more surprising is the quality of dining at OZEN. Our dinner at IndoCeylon was nothing short of spectacular. In our view, it’s the best Indian cuisine the Maldives has to offer, and at a level that would command top dollar in a swanky London restaurant. Raw, serving healthier lunchtime options at an outside stool bar, including delicious sushi & sashimi, looked to be highly popular. The underwater M6M is a real treat, with the 7 course degustation menu with wine flight only just eclipsed by the mesmerising array of marine life on display, coaxing gentle oohs & aahs from the clientele. 2 and a half hours literally whiz by and you’re very likely to find yourself chuckling over another glass of bubbles, each time you remember that this is all part of the ‘package’ and there’ll be no wince-inducing bill at the end of your meal. By the second or third day, it might be worth casting an eye over the schedule of free exercise classes.

As with all new resorts, we noticed a few snagging issues, such as some hasty finishing touches and/or inconsistent materials, and we suspect some of the interior furnishings might have been last minute substitutions. These things will be tidied and resolved relatively quickly. The island itself is also a little sparse in vegetation in some areas, but should mature nicely in the next year or so. Even if you notice such things they’ll be quickly forgotten over a long lunch. The most important shortcoming from our perspective is the presence of just one main bar on the island. As nice as Joie De Vivre is, it’s modern and buzzy, and more Miami Beach than Maldives. A second, more intimate chill-out bar on the beach would be a great addition, and the resort management assure us that options for this are currently under consideration. In the meantime, there’s always the option of lounging in your villa and dipping into the complimentary mini-bar, re-stocked twice daily.

It may not appeal to those looking for the more rustic and traditional islands, but OZEN has set a new benchmark for All Inclusive luxury in the Maldives. As long as the dining quality and service are maintained at the post-opening ‘honeymoon period’ levels, OZEN will fill its villas with ease and be sending ripples around the atolls, prompting some well-established resort brands to review their propositions.
Special Offers
    2017-18 7% Discount 30 Day Early Bird Offer
    2017 Winter Bonus Nights Offer
    2017-18 10% Discount 60 Day Early Bird Offer
    2017-18 Summer Family Bonanza Offer
    2017-18 Single Parent Offer
    2018 Summer Bonus Nights Offer
    2018 Spring Bonus Nights Offer
    2016-17 10% 60 Day Early Bird Discount
    2016-17 7% 30 Day Early Bird Discount
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    Summary
    Amidst the exotic turquoise hues of South Male Atoll, Just 35 kms/19NM from Male International Airport, lies the tranquil island of Maadhoo, home to the Lifestyle Luxury Resort - OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo, Maldives.

    The OZEN philosophy is “NO Shocks. NO Surprises. No Hidden Extras – JUST BLISS!” offering the discerning traveller a unique, All Inclusive, holiday plan - The Atmosphere Indulgence - where guests will experience the ultimate hassle-free, luxury lifestyle beach holiday in the Maldives.



    Some of the highlights of OZEN’s package include:
    A la Carte Dine-Around throughout your stay : select from different dining options starting from World Cuisine dining at The Palms, to specialty Indian or Chinese cuisine, to RAW cuisine, to the underwater M6m experience

    A Gourmet Underwater Dining Experience Included: As part of the Atmosphere Indulgence plan, an exotic modern seafood cuisine underwater dining experience at M6m, included without any additional charge (minimum stay of four nights)

    Champagne Indulgence: Hand-picked selection of quality Champagnes: Cartier for the arrival experience and general dining experiences; Moet & Chandon for the a la carte dining experiences at The Traditions – PEKING as well at The Traditions – INDOCEYLON; Tattinger Brut for the Exotic Underwater dining at M6m

    Malt Whiskies – 18+ as well as Award winning Wine labels included!

    Excursions & Picnics including Unlimited Snorkelling Excursions Included! : As part of the Atmosphere Indulgence plan, varied excursions and picnics included with no extra charge

    See the Dining section for more details on the Atmosphere Indulgence.
    All Inclusive
    Dining Options
    Diving
    Kids Club
    Luxury
    Overwater Villas
    Speedboat Transfer

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