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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

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Luxe waterworld for travelers who take their beach vacations with a shot of adrenaline

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

Anantara Veli Maldives Resort
Anantara Veli
Veligandu, 00000 Maldives

Reviews

Pure paradise
Anilthussu34

We had a great stay with warm welcome everywhere.
Started at airport and speedboat transfer to resort where they meet us with warm greetings and we had very relaxation time . Mo was taking care off us during our check in until our check out he give us very especial attending all the time and always checking if we need anything more he can do for us and that guy at bar also he was so friendly with us and all staff was great .

Honeymoon!
Nubia E

I visited Maldives as part of our honeymoon and we can't be more happy that we chose Anantara Veli as our place of stay. They began by welcoming at the airport providing fresh drinks while waiting for our speedboat transfer.
The welcome at the resort is so happy and warm!
I had the most peaceful and romantic time with my husband during our stay. We booked for 3 nights, it only rained after sunset during the first day and the morning when we checked out so we could enjoy a lot.
The hotel provides complementary basic snorkel equipment which I think is great since I know other resorts charge extra for it.
The resort also offers a photo shoot session were you are given 1 free picture and you can buy additional ones if you like them. My suggestion is BOOK IT! the moment you see sunlight just book it (since the weather can vary so fast!). The place is just amazing and I promise the pictures will totally worth it <3. My husband and I took our GoPro camera, if you are planning in going I recommend to take yours! The water is so clear that we got some amazing shots for our honeymoon videos. The resort also provides GoPro rental but I think it's better if you take your own :) As additional info we booked an ocean front room with private pool directly in the website and we were given a free massage! The SPA is just amazinngg and the staff super friendly. I must say is the best relaxing massage I ever had! I recommend to take the massage in sunlight hours so you can appreciate the view! I want to give special thanks to Mo our personal host who was more than kind to us and really helped to make our stay more pleasant. Also a special shout out to the lady cooking the crepes and waffles! I'm sorry I can't remember her name but she is literally the kindest person ever :) her Maldivian crepes are the best! Thanks to all the staff that decorated our bedroom so pretty! Saludos desde Mexico!

Yoga class with Instructor Brigd
Juliana S

We had a great yoga class with Brigd. ( I guess is how you write his name????????‍♀️) anyway he was very knowledgeable and we had the best yoga class with him at 8am in Dighu. I can’t wait to get a massage in Veli wellness with him!