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Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives

South Ari Atoll, 50km away from the capital Malé

30 minutes by seaplane from Velana International Airport

Resort Description

Experience tranquillity, comfort, and beach chic vibes at the Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives, a unique 5-star resort nestled in the South Ari Atoll. This romantic escape boasts coral gardens, white sand, and turquoise waters, making it ideal for couples, families, and adventurers. Enjoy a wide variety of water sports, including whale shark and manta ray watching, while staying in one of the 100 well-equipped rooms.
The resort features three restaurants, a snack bar, and three bars, offering authentic culinary experiences. Take in stunning sunsets from one of the two large infinity pools, or relax with self-care treatments at the Mandara spa.


  • Arrival Pavilon
  • Dive Centre
  • Reception and Lounge
  • SPA
  • Recreation Centre
  • Gym
  • Water Sports
  • Main Pool
  • Lagoon Pool


    ROOM TYPE                         NO. OF ROOMS                         KING                         TWIN                                  CAPACITY                                  SIZE IN sqm                      

Sunrise Beach Villa                            33                                       16                              17                          1A/2A/2A+1C/3A/2A+2C                             78    

Sunset Beach Villa                             30                                       15                              15                          1A/2A/2A+1C/3A/2A+2C                             78

Sunrise Water Villa                            12                                        9                                3                                    1A/2A Only                                             85

Sunset Water Villa                             18                                       14                               4                                    1A/2A Only                                             85

Sunset Suite Villa                               7                                          7                                  0                                  1A/2A/2A+1C                                      114  
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Sea Salt Restuarant & Lounge

Main Restaurant & Buffet

Sea Salt is a multi-faceted dining experience that offers guests a range of fine cuisine, with Live Cooking stations for breakfast and Dinner. The Outlet offers an Indoor area, a semi outdoor area as well as an outdoor terrace. This venue also offers a Bar near the lobby, which is the perfect spot for a drink before or after dinner. This bar has a semi-open area an an outdoor terrace.




Pool Restaurant & Bar

Breeze is the resort’s cocktail bar, offering light snacks, and finger foods, a great location for sunset drinks, and late night entertainment. Decked with sun loungers and
Balinese beds, Breeze offers a Semi-Open area along with the outdoor terrace.




Speciality Restaurant

Aqua is the resort's Signature Mediterranean fusion Restaurant. A perfect outlet to savor fish and seafood specialties. The restaurant boasts an indoor area and an outdoor area. For a truly special dining experience, guests can book private dining palapas.




Cocktail Snack Bar

The Magical pool bar provides a festive atmosphere, allowing guests to enjoy appetisers and healthy bites with vibrant views of the sunrise. It is located near the Lagoon pool, offering uninterrupted ocean views and a peaceful atmosphere for relaxation.
Whether guests seek a lively or serene setting, Magical is a must-visit spot at the Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives enhanced by the gentle lapping of the waves.




Mandara Spa

In the tranquillity of the Mandara Spa at the Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives hotel, guests will immerse themselves in the traditional healing practices of the mystical island of Bali. With six treatment rooms designed to harmonise body, mind and spirit, you can enjoy the rejuvenating experience of Mandara's time-honoured methods, now available to guests at Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives.

The spa at the Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives hotel also has a sauna and a Turkish bath, accompanied by its own relaxation areas, perfect for resting and recharging before or after treatments. And if you're looking to refresh your look, the spa has an area dedicated to beauty treatments.




Swimming Pools

The resort's main infinity pool, 37 meters length, has spectacular sunset views and as area with sunbeds and Balinese beds. The pool lagoon is a 250 degrees panoramic infinity pool. A quiet space offering early morning activities such as Yoga and Pilates. It also has sunbeds and two palapas/gazebos.




For fitness enthusiasts, the all-inclusive resort has a fully equipped gym with both indoor and outdoor areas. Indoors, guests will find a wide range of cardio equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, dumbbells and weightlifting machines, while outdoors, guests can stretch and relax in the fresh air. Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives also offers an extensive selection of fitness and sports classes to suit a range of interests and abilities. Both experienced athletes and those who are just starting out will have the possibility to maintain their fitness routine during their stay.

The gym has the following equipment:

  • 2 treadmill
  • 1 Elliptical
  • 2 Bikes
  • TRX station
  • 2 benches
  • Weights
  • Gym material; balls, mats, elastic bands, etc.

Recreation Center: Club One

The hotel has a Recreation Center, the perfect space for teenagers. This space has an outdoor terrace and offers:

  • A lounge area with sofas 
  • TV, consoles, and videogames
  • Library
  • Table Tennis


Whale Shark Snorkeling 

Without local insight, it can be hard to know where to find the best marine life in the Maldives. With this tour, receive expert guidance and set off to a place that’s the natural habitat of whale sharks for a snorkeling session. The trip also includes an opportunity for dolphin watching.

Manta Snorkeling

Manta rays are also spotted in Ari Atoll in the northeast monsoon from September to May, with the best time being after February. In South Ari Atoll, you can see manta rays all year round. Depending on the time of year, manta rays are often encountered by divers at Madi Farucleaning station or HukuruElhi Faru. The best spot to find manta rays in Ari Atoll throughout the year is DhigurahEtere-where you can snorkel with them in the lagoon.

Turtle Quest

This experience is a guided tour that will enable you to witness sea turtles from a small distance. You’ll be close but not too close! And it goes without saying that you will fall in love with the ocean all over again with the peaceful presence of the turtle.

Coral Garden Snorkeling

This spectacular snorkeling site is a just a few minutes dhoniride away from the resort and offers the chance to snorkel with a host of colorful Indian Ocean reef fish. Enjoy at their easy sites or drift along reefs where it’s not uncommon to come face to face with the big fish. Whichever snorkeling excursion you decide to join, the underwater world will be a pleasant experience.

Romantic Sunset Cruise

Experience a sunset cruise in the Maldives for yourself by joining one of the weekly excursions, Most cruises set off between 6-6.30pm and slowly make their way out into the open waters, leaving you with unspoiled panoramic views of the surrounding lagoons, beaches and islands.

Sunset Handline Fishing

Reef bottom fishing is a traditional activity in the Maldives, which guests can try for themselves while the sun sets over the island. Your catch can also be cooked by our chefs for lunch or dinner the next day.

Dolphin Quest

Dolphins are a common sight on Sunset Cruises around the Maldives, which ranks as one of the best spots in the world in which to observe these absorbing creatures. Keep your eyes peeled for the various dolphin species which frequent the waters, including bottle-nosed Dolphins, spinners and stripper dolphins, to name but a few.

Big Game Fishing

Casting your line from boats is one of the best ways to enjoy a spot of fishing on the islands. So-called 'Big Game Fishing' ranks among the most popular activities, mostly because of the large fish species which inhabit the deeper waters. Tuna, barracuda, wahoo, dorado and sailfish are just some of the prized assets which can be caught just offshore. Maldives Big game fishing includes heavy duty trolling, jigging, and popping. Jigging and popping are preferred for Giant Trevally, Red Bass, Barracuda, Amberjack, and more.

Lampuga Jet Board

An electric surfboard, or jet board, allows you to surf on virtually any body of water, by motorizing your board and jetting you through the water. A jet board will provide you with one of the coolest and most adrenaline non fueled water sports experiences that can be enjoyed despite flatwater conditions.

Sand Bank Visit

This tour will take you to a reef for snorkeling and a sandbank surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and breathtaking view. This tour can be enjoyed by swimming and snorkeling around the Sandbank and playing with the white powdery soft sands in the Sandbank.


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