Anantara Veli Maldives Resort
What We Love
- Buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Full activities roster
- Tennis court with an ocean view (located on neighboring Bushi Island, which is two pontoon boat rides away)
- Access to the family-friendly sister resort, Anantara Dhigu
What To Know
- The property will be closed for renovations from April 8 through August 31, 2013
- Speedboat transfers cost $180 (plus tax and service charge) per person, round-trip
- A 10 per cent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- There will be a compulsory New Year's Eve gala dinner on Dec. 31 respectively
- The cost of NYE dinner is: $450 per person
- Free WiFi
If Maldivian resorts can be faulted for one thing, it’s that they are perhaps too relaxing. After all, too much time spent lazing in the sun can get tiring. And that’s where the Anantara Veli steps in. A 35-minute speedboat ride from Malé, the luxe property is for travelers who take their beach vacations with a shot of adrenaline but don’t want to give up the intimate size of a real tropical escape. Built for water lovers, all 50 bungalows are a built over the Indian Ocean, and there’s an on-site water sports center that can send you to sea to kayak, windsurf or catamaran.
Bed and Bath
The Veli’s 50 bungalows are built over the Indian Ocean and have a contemporary yet simple design that mixes white and beige and is offset by colorful silk and natural wood accents. Not so simple are all the modern amenities, which include flat-screen TVs and terrazzo bathtubs in both the standard and deluxe bungalows (an added perk: Espresso machines are available in the deluxe bungalows). All have idyllic terraces with sun loungers and dining areas, plus stairs that lead directly into the lagoon.
There are six dining options — and even more at sister property Dhigu, which sits across the lagoon — but Baan Huraa is a particular highlight. Built to resemble an oversize Thai pavilion, it is set over the water and serves excellent regional Thai dishes (a signature of the Bangkok-based Anantara chain) with fresh Maldivian ingredients. Foodies can learn to prepare regional, Thai and other Asian fusion dishes at the cooking school, and there’s a top-notch garden spa specializing in Asian-inspired treatments. Or, for more active pursuits, guests have access to an endless range of facilities and activities at both Veli and Dhigu. The fully equipped Aquafanatics Watersports Centre provides kayaks, windsurfboards, catamarans, mini-cats and jet skis, and there’s a surfing program that takes novice and expert riders to some of the Maldives’ best breaks.
How to Get There
I strongly recommend Anantara Veli to anyone. Courtesy of employees who treated us using our names, they even knew of my fiancee's birthday and sent us a bottle of champagne. The massage at the SPA is most relaxing. The accommodations are very confortable and clean, room service came twice a day to clean the room. The beach is beautiful and snorkling showed turtles, baby sharks, octopus, ray and lots of fish. Breakfast was very diversified and tasteful. It was all great!
In love with this hotel... absolutely nice... clean... airport greeting... with good ride to the airport... staff are helpful and friendly..... the only hotel i will stay on maldives.. food nice too... free snorkelling equipment...
Nothing to complain about at all.Truly wonderful. Location, Rooms, Facilities, Food (although we are vegetarians), water sports facilities and spa. Everything is perfect. Would highly recommend Anantara Veli and Dhigu.
This hotel really does have it all. From the moment you arrive at the airport you feel well looked after. The maldives is now a huge attraction and has hundreds of hotels and where this hotel really does stand out is the staff. It really does feel like nothing is toom much effort and its great.
As with everything you get what you pay for and this isnt a cheap hotel but its stunning.
Also bit of a random thing to say but you wont have a better night sleep than here - amazing and I cant wait to come back.
This was our second visit to Veli after we loved it so much the first time. This time we chose it for our honeymoon. We had the best trip and huge thanks to all the lovely staff who were exceptional. Special mention to Murey and Imthy who went out of their way to make sure we had an amazing time. The property has exquisite views, stunning accommodation and great food. It was very hard to leave and we hope to come back as soon as possible.