Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat Maldives

A small island resort with 30 rooms in total, land based and over the water, The Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat aims to please with lots of activities, amenities, and beauty. With 20 overwater villas, guests will find ocean views both in their rooms as well as on their private terrace, which also offers steps that lead directly into the water below. Because there are no TVs in the rooms, this resort is a great choice for those looking to escape the outside world. This is a partial escape however as Wi-Fi is available in each and every room throughout the resort.

Guests will also find an on-site spa that impresses with multiple styles of massages and treatments as well as a sea view. If you're an animal lover, then you'll want to inquire about the whale shark adventure offered, as well as other area snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities.


The Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat is located in the South Ari Atoll, roughly 90 kilometers west of Male, Maldives.

30 Rooms/villas/suites

  • Beds: 1 Double bed
  • Area: 581 sq ft ( 54 m²)
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Entertainment system: No TV in rooms
  • Room service: Available

Special room features

  • Air conditioning
  • Fan
  • Telephone
  • Mosquito net
  • Wake up service
  • Linens
  • Slippers
  • Umbrella
  • Alarm clock
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobes
  • Private terrace
  • Floor to ceiling windows
  • Hues of whites and tans
  • Wood floors
  • Free bottled water
  • Minibar
  • Coffee and tea making area
  • Desk
  • Seating area
  • Dining area
  • Closet
  • Steps that lead directly into the ocean


  • Low season online specials from US$438 per night
  • High season online specials from US$679 per night

*Seaplane return transfer from Malé Airport: US$438 per adult

Restaurants and bars

  • The Restaurant
  • The Bar

Resort features

  • Snorkeling
  • Wind surfing
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Catamaran sailing
  • Kite surfing
  • Wake boarding
  • Water skiing
  • Fishing
  • Local tours
  • Island hopping
  • Whale shark adventure
  • Public Wi-Fi
  • Private beach
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Luggage storage
  • Babysitting
  • Kids club
  • 24 Hour front desk


The resort's spa offers guests an assortment of treatments and massages, of all sorts, including Indonesian and Indian. You'll also note the spa's treatment menu that details facials and body treatments as well, all of which are experienced with a sea view.

Nearby activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba diving

What the reviews say

Considering that this resort is in the budget category, the reviews are quite outstanding. In fact, most people rave about this resort, and all of its amenities. Guests love the comfortable beds and relaxing atmosphere of the rooms and appreciate the staff members and their ability to help when needed.

If you're looking to enjoy the ocean while staying at a resort, then you'll be pleased to learn that many guests feel that the resort's daily snorkeling boat and other water activities are top notch and bring lots of enjoyment. The only consistent compliant is about the lack of variety at breakfast. Many guests feel that having the same food for breakfast every day isn't ideal, but considering the price point, this doesn't seem like a big deal.

Getting there

To reach the Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat Maldives, you'll first fly into the main Male International Airport within the Maldives. You'll then board a seaplane for a 35 minute flight to the resort.

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