Located on Dhigufinolhu Island, Anantara Veli is the absolute dream for couples looking for an adult-only (18+) resort with only overwater villas. Set in a tropical lagoon in the South Malé Atoll, Veli shares its beautiful surroundings with its sister islands, Naladhu and Anantara Dhigu. This is the perfect space for couples looking for escapism, but with fun on the doorstep in the form of buzzing restaurants, bars, land and watersports. The 67 villas sit perched over the crystal-clear lagoon; some with private plunge pools and others perfectly positioned to catch the sunrise or sunset. Facilities on Veli include a yoga pavilion, three restaurants, cooking school, fitness centre, tennis court and volleyball as well as a multitude of watersports from diving and surfing (best from April to October) to deep sea fishing and sailing.
All bungalows are over water, but decisions need to be made about whether you have a private pool and where the best location is for you. The Ocean Pool Bungalows command a clifftop setting with views of the Indian Ocean, whereas the Deluxe Over Water Pool Bungalows have direct lagoon access and sunset views. If you want easy access to the beach, then consider the Over Water Bungalows, or if you prefer a more peaceful setting then the Superior Over Water Bungalows are the ones for you. If a terrazzo tub overlooking the lagoon is the order of the day, then you should consider a Deluxe Over Water Bungalow.
WINE & DINE
A great variety of drinking and dining options are on offer with access to seven restaurants spread over both Dhigu and Veli, boasting cuisine spanning Japan, Thailand, India, Mediterranean and the Orient. Veli has three restaurants and the Dhoni Bar which provides poolside refreshments and light snacks with unobstructed ocean views. Of course, if you prefer to be completely alone there are many “Dining by Design” options to choose from, such as a candlelit dinner on your own stretch of sand or desert island, a barbecue on your terrace with a personal chef and other countless secluded getaways. The staff at Veli will be happy to arrange anything you wish. For those not wanting a painful final bill, try the All-Inclusive package to cover all meals and a selection of premium drinks.
Weddings – on sand, over water or on a private island
THINGS TO DO AT THE RESORT
Balance Wellness by Anantara Spa – 5 treatment rooms; 2 dedicated to Ayurvedic therapies.
Cocoon Medi Spa – offers the latest in aesthetic wellness with oxygen treatments and vitamin drips and an array of facials.
Infinity edge pool overlooking the Ocean.
Fitness centre and beachside yoga.
Spice Spoons cooking classes – Maldivian and Thai
Cinema under the stars
Sports including tennis, table tennis, volleyball, and badminton
Deep Sea Fishing – morning or afternoon excursions in search of sailfish, marlin, and wahoo
Aquafanatics – the watersports centre includes snorkelling, waterskiing, kayaking, parasailing, catamaran, jet skiing, windsurfing, sailing, seabob underwater rocket, speedboat, or luxury yacht charter, eco adventures with the resident marine biologist and Coral Adoption as part of the Reef Protection Programme.
PADI Dive Centre – offering daily dives to over 20 nearby reefs and full and half-day “safari dives” to reefs further offshore. A full range of PADI courses is available for all levels.
OUT AND ABOUT
Access to Anantara Dhigu’s facilities
Surfing – local breaks from April to October and the “surf safaris” to the North Malé Atoll from November to March.
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