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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


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


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


5.0 Excellent 2322 Reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago

We really enjoyed here at anantara we was lucky to have mo in front desk he helped us a lot to make our stay special for us thanks for everyone they was all friendly but especial thanks to Mohamed ( mo) for his special take care of us

Reviewed 2 days ago

At first we were disappointed about the cleanliness of the room, and the reason being that there wasn't anyone occupying that room for the past week. However, the management really made an effort to turn everything around and make our stay a wonderful and memorable one, specially our room boy Chunky! The breakfast was always fresh and there was a vast variety of food selections. There are a lot of water activities to do, private romantic dinners (DBD) and Yoga! The location is 35 minutes away from the airport by boat, and they'll pass by so quickly due to the surrounding divine beauty of the islands and sea. I would like to give my express thanks to the following staff: (CHUNKY–EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH-/Imthy /Razeen /Raja /Nazim /Murey /Bokey /Kudey /Amir /Fathullah /Ankit /Prubin /Mohammed)

Great way to spend holiday
Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing hotel with an almost paradise like feeling. Spacious rooms, great views, very friendly and welcoming staff. We re really enjoyed yoga classes with fikar and held on a perfect spot just by the beach with breeze and ocean sound.

Little Paradise!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect place for relaxing, enjoy the beach, the food, the easiness of moving by boat to the neighbor island, the spa in both areas, over the water and in Veli, the warm and friendly people.
Excellent experience even under raining conditions!!

Best holiday ever
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there for 6 days and wow. Perfect location, fantastic staff and food. Would go back tomorrow. Ideal for couples that want a quiet time, perfect. Paradise as they say. Weather was great, only part of a day was a little rainy. The staff could not do more for you, nothing was too hard. The island had a boat across to the other resort they have. This was a slightly larger island more for families. Great snorkelling. Saw octopus, eels and all sorts of fish.