Anantara Veli Resort & Spa – Maldives
With a total of 50 overwater bungalows and no other rooms, the Anantara Veli is more private and secluded than the Anantara Dhigu Resort located on the next island. The overwater bungalows are large and luxurious, with the Deluxe ones offering extras like a bathtub-for-two that could make a honeymoon even more memorable.
The location is a tropical paradise, and even better you can take a 2-minute boat ride to the other resort to get a wider variation of restaurants and daytime activities. This is a 5-star resort in every sense, and a perfect choice for a romantic Maldives getaway or any special occasion.
This is more of a romantic couples resort than a family resort
It's worth stressing that these two resorts are on neighboring islands and share much of the same infrastructure, but they offer two very different experiences. The Anantara Veli Resort is more secluded and more set up for romantic couples, while the Anantara Dhigu Resort across the lagoon has a Kids Club and more services for families and children.
Some people actually get offended to hear that some guests to the Maldives prefer to stay at a resort with no children, but it's the reality so it's best to take that into account. In other words, if you are coming on a romantic holiday yourself, then this is the one to book at, but if you are bringing children you'll definitely have a better time and fit in with the other guests more at the Anantara Dhigu Resort.
The Anantara Veli Resort & Spa is located 21 kilometers south of the main island of Malé in the Maldives.
36 Overwater Bungalows
Area: 667 sq ft (62 m²)
14 Deluxe Overwater Bungalows
Area: 990 sq ft (92 m²)
Special room features
- Beds: One kingsize
- Wi-Fi: Available
- Entertainment system: Flat-screen TV, CD/DVD and MP3 player
- Room service: 24 hours
- Espresso machine
- Private waterfront sundeck
- Separate bathtub and shower
- Daybed on deck
- Dual vanities and dressing room (Deluxe-only)
- Two-person bathrub (Deluxe-only)
- Two-level terrace/sundeck (Deluxe-only)
- Low season online specials from US$707 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,100 per night
*Sea-plane return transfer from Malé Airport: US$221.76 per adult
Restaurants and bars
- Baan Huraa
- 73 Degrees
At next-door Anantara Dhigu Resort
- Fushi Café
- Fuddan Fusion Grill
- Dining by Design
- Jet skis
- Beachside yoga
- Cooking school
- Dhoni Kids Club
- Morning meditation
- Infinity-edge pool
- Volleyball & badminton
- Wedding facilities and packages
Anantara Spa Dhigu is located in overwater suites and offers full 5-star service and many massage and treatment options.
- Island hopping
- Island picnic
- Malé excursions
- Sunset cruise
- Sunset handline fishing
What the reviews say
Similar to its sister resort, the larger and more family-oriented Anantara Dhigu that is located on the next island, reviews for the Anantara Veli Resort are almost all very positive. Most guests are extremely pleased by the location and the overwater bungalows, and this hotel seems particularly well suited to honeymoons since it's more private and less child-friendly than the other one. Catering to adults, this resort is seen my many as on the romantic side, so if that's what you're looking for, you're in luck.
However, there are always people who are disappointed, and it's not too hard to find reviews from other people who didn't feel the resort lives up to its reputation or price. Still, with the overwhelming number of reviews being very positive, it feels like you'd be unlucky to experience most of the negative things that a few people bring up.
To reach the Anantara Veli Resort & Spa you'll need to fly to the main Malé International Airport in the Maldives. From there you'll be met by hotel staff who will put you on a private speedboat for the 35-minute ride to the small island where the resort lies.