Anantara Veli Resort & Spa
Anantara Veli is the perfect romantic getaway for couples, whether on a honeymoon or another special occasion, offering a host of dining options of various world cuisines, five star resort facilities such as an infinity edge pool and fitness centre, as well as a multitude of water sports, from diving to surfing, deep sea fishing and sailing.
Along a coral-framed island in the South Male Atoll, Anantara Veli Resort & Spa, Maldives is only a 30-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport, yet the white sands, endless blue sky and lush foliage seem a world apart. Just moments away across the waters lies Anantara Veli's sister resort, the invigorating Anantara Dhigu.
Whisk yourself away to a natural sanctuary of romance. Delight in sensual living over a lagoon at Anantara Veli Resort & Spa, Maldives in one of 50 Over-Water Bungalows. Walk hand-in-hand on a secluded stretch of white island sand. Contemplate the oceanic light as it evolves from morning glow to dusk, subtly changing hues and glittering off the clear waters just beneath your private bungalow.
Spend your days relaxing on the beach, pampering yourself on an Ayurvedic spa retreat, lounging at the beachfront infinity pool, or cruising on a dhoni at sunset alongside dolphins. Then, freshen up for an evening of fine dining where the world's flavours are brought to you. A highlight: the best of Thai cuisine, set on a lone isle on the edge of a reef.
Nestled in beauty and removed from unnecessary distraction, you are free to tune inwards as well as to indulge in the romance of a thrilling honeymoon or the buzz of nighttime cocktails with fellow revellers on the sand.
Dining by Design
A banquet on the beach. A candlelit picnic on your own private stretch of sand. A barbecue on your terrace for two. A private dhoni with a sumptuous meal. Global cuisine on the remotest of island locales. Unlimited possibilities. Select from a range of Italian, Western, Asian or fusion menus for a romantic dinner for two in one of many private locations on or around the island.
Fuddan Fusion Grill
A fusion Maldivian grill is a crossroads of cuisines, making it the place for gourmets to gather and sample. The restaurant is surrounded by the gentle rolling surf at Anantara Dhigu and diners can choose indoor or over-water deck tables. An impeccably stocked boutique cellar is at hand for connoisseurs. Sample the freshest seafood scooped straight from the Indian Ocean. Carnivorous delights are prepared as you desire - blending tastes, seasonings and styles. Accompany your meal with select wines from the island cellar.
Culinary enlightenment. Take a journey to Thailand with traditional meals created and served by a smiling Thai staff. You will discover refined cuisine that will captivate your senses in a feast of Far Eastern delights and fiery flavours. This circular Thai house sits on stilts and is nestled on the edge of a coral reef. Getting there is half the fun: located off shore, a short pontoon boat ride away or a walk along the deck from Veligandu Huraa, and promising views unobstructed by anything but the vast Indian Ocean.
Located on Anantara Veli, this light and airy Maldivian thatched pavilion faces the lagoon of Veligandu Huraa. Dine at the sumptuous breakfast buffet of fresh tropical fruits and juices, cereals, homemade breads, grilled meats and vegetables and a made to order omelette station. Alternatively, select seafood plucked fresh from the Maldivian waters at the Seafood market.
Anantara Dhigu Maldives brings Italy to the tropics at Terrazzo, an intimate ocean-view restaurant serving rustic Italian favourites like wood-fire pizzas, homemade pastas and delectable seafood. Signature dishes include homemade lobster ravioli, tableside-spun Caesar salad and a sumptuous seafood spread. Accompanying the food is a selection of wines from both northern and southern regions of Italy, paired perfectly to your meal thanks to the resort's resident Wine Guru.
Enjoy freshly-baked crusts and piled high toppings from the wood-fired oven. You've found your perfect spot for inventive pizza and light snacks overlooking the lagoon at Veli Island. Dine al fresco on the deck or in the thatched roof pavilion. Sit back or try a game of pool, steps away from the free-standing bar. This could become your favourite hangout.
On the white sandy beach of Dhigu Island, Fushi Cafe restaurant at Anantara Dhigu Maldives serves a lavish full breakfast buffet each morning complete with live cooking stations. Then, as the sun sets, the restaurant transforms to offer a buffet with a variety of flavors including international cuisines and local Maldivian food. Dining by the sea at its very best.
The name hints at the bar's location next to the large island pool located on Anantara Dhigu. Serving snacks and drinks throughout the day and night. This is the island's hub for the hip with a swim up bar and upstairs chill-out lounge with board games and couches. Toast the sunset with your favourite cocktail concoction ingeniously prepared by master mixologists.
Dhoni Bar and Restaurant
Kick back by the tranquil lagoon of Anantara Veli. The poolside bar and lunch time restaurant offers the chance to savour cocktails and chilled-out vibes. Settle into the infinity-edge pool and glance at the seascape as you unwind. Anantara Veli's Dhoni Bar serves an array of island-style cocktails and light snacks, perfect for those Maldives sunsets.
• A private banquet on the beach for a wedding party or any special occasion • Smoked meat in the traditional Maldivian way in a "dhumashi" (smokehouse) at The Grill • Cooking school for culinary wizards or those who aspire to be • A candlelit picnic with global cuisine on the remotest of island locales • A starry barbecue on your terrace for two • Wine cellar at the Terrazzo restaurant features over 1000 bottles of exclusive international wines, ports and champagnes • Dolphin watch from the deck of the Thai over water restaurant- Baan Huraa
Aquafanatics Dive Centre
While Anantara certainly looks splendid from above the water, in the Maldives, you'll find some of the most beautiful sights are below the surface. See a panorama of spectacular marine views on a full-day diving safari guided by the experts from Anantara's own PADI 5-star Dive Centre. If you're a first-timer, get your PADI certification course that will guide you toward taking your first breaths underwater. Or simply snorkel leisurely on the edge of the lagoon, perusing the fabled Maldivian coral gardens on the daily guided snorkelling trips. For those looking to progress as well as experienced water-men and women, orientation dives and deep-water dives are offered every day. The Anantara Dive Centre offers two boat dives a day to over 20 nearby reefs teeming with undersea life. In addition, the Centre runs full and half-day â€œsafari divesâ€ to reefs and sites further offshore.
The Anantara Surf School by Tropicsurf
It's time to step away from the white sand and into adventures amidst the blue Indian Ocean and its world-class waves. Get your ticket to ride the waves at The Anantara Surf School by Tropicsurf. The Surf School accommodates all abilities of surfers, from those looking to take their first tentative steps to dedicated pros in search of the biggest, hollowest waves around. Surfing in Maldives can provide it all.
Please note that the Maldives surfing season is from April to October inclusive.
Meet the Cayago Magnum: the Lamborghini of water rockets. Engineered with revolutionary new technology, Mr. Cayago can scream below the water's surface at 20 km/hr â€“ almost as fast as a dolphin. Experience the crystal-clear depths of the lagoon like never before on the back of a Cayago, decked out in your choice of diablo red or titanium silver. Buckle up, and hold on tight!
Water Sports Centre
Discover the glittering seas and surrounding islands that make up Anantara's stunning kaleidoscope setting. Snorkel the Maldives legendary coral gardens. For those looking for a bit more adventure, there is always Anantara's own catamaran, which can also be chartered on an hourly basis. Test your luck and try reef and deep-sea fishing. Please contact one of the Atoll Paradise experts to help you plan from the abundance of recreational activities available during your stay.
~ Jet Skiing
~ Kite Surfing
~ Water Skiing
Explore the lost Maldivian islands scattered through the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a cocktail as you sail into the sunset. Dip into culture. At Anantara, serenity is the buzzword but some sights beg to be discovered. Please contact one of the Atoll Paradise Travel Consultants to customize the excursion to suit your needs.
Spend an afternoon as an explorer (with a few more luxuries) and live out your desert island daydreams. A tiny uninhabited island offshore in Anantara's lagoon is your playground for the day. Frolic in transparent waters, explore impressive reefs and enjoy a specially prepared picnic on white sands without a soul in sight.
There is more to the bustling Maldivian capital than just the airport. Male' offers distinctive architecture, local markets, tranquil mosques and the regal presidential palace. Immerse yourself in the local culture at the National Museum and partake in some of the country's authentic local delicacies. Shop the way the locals do to bring back some bargain souvenirs for friends and family.
A distinctly Maldivian experience. Sail the high seas in a dhoni, the traditional local sailboat. Get up close and personal with marine life when you meet and greet dolphins and pilot whales. Discover some hidden jewels of the Maldives. You might be surprised to see the many different forms paradise can take. Tour the atoll and explore the daily life of fishermen on local islands.
Morning Meditation and Beachside Yoga
Clear your mind and achieve a sense of heightened wellbeing with gentle stretching and meditation to start off your day. At the guided meditation sessions on the beach, you'll catch the island as it awakens. Draw inspiration from the gorgeous island surrounds.
Gain physical poise and mental peace through ancient exercises drawn from centuries of traditional South Asian wisdom. Yoga for beginners is available from professional instructors beachside while more seasoned aficionados can take it up a notch with a private session â€“ a signature Maldives resort activity at Anantara.
Floodlit courts allow for guests use during the day or night. When the temperature cools, things begin to heat up.
Beach Volleyball/ Badminton
Looking for a bit of competition? Challenge fellow vacationers to a match to see whose birdie gets bumped.
Slip 'n' slide into the tranquil waters of the resort's freshwater infinity-edge pool located at the edge of the ocean on both islands. Gaze out across the expanse of an aquamarine sea as you float, soak or splash your worries away. The pools cater to both, active swimmers who want to do some serious laps, or guests out for a relaxing day, reading a book and sunbathing by the cool freshness of its waters.
Made for those who are looking to keep in shape and invigorate their body inside and out. The on-site fitness centre and gym will offer you everything you need to keep you looking and feeling good, and you can even book sessions with the resort's own personal trainer.
No need for sun block in the resort's stylish showpiece library, where you can sink into a plush armchair and enjoy a new novel or catch up with all that is going on back in the "real world" on the World Wide Web. High-speed internet computers are complimentary.
Do not fret if you have forgotten to pack some essentials. You may be thousands of miles away from it all, but Anantara's on-site boutique brings the world to you, with the bare necessities like sunblock and exotic goods and handicrafts from across Asia. Immerse yourself in all that Anantara has to offer.
The Spa at Anantara Veli offers indigenously inspired treatments infused with timeless healing and wellness rituals. Be blissfully pampered in the five sumptuous treatment suites amidst tropical gardens and serene ambience. The spa is nestled in pristine gardens so you can indulge in treatments that use natural ingredients and their healing properties to enrich, detoxify, polish and rejuvenate. Escape the cares of everyday life with soothing treatments for body and soul at Anantara Spa.
~ Dedicated Ayurvedic and Thai therapies treatment rooms
~ Expansive over water relaxation deck
~ Indoor and outdoor showers
~ Steam room and sauna
~ Jacuzzi and cold plunge pool
Maldivian Coconut Marvellous
You've escaped from all the stresses of the hectic world back home. Now, make sure you return refreshed, restored and relaxed in mind, body and soul. Coax your body into an elevated sense of renewal with a sequence designed to rejuvenate couples from head to toe utilizing coconut's prized remedial benefits.
Treatment includes Floral Foot Ritual, Essence White Coconut Scrub, Essence White Coconut Wrap, Anantara Muscle Tension Release Massage
The Coral Adoption Programme
Beneath the shimmering waters that surround the island archipelago of the Maldives' South Male Atoll region, a fragile world quietly rebuilds itself. Coral reefs, the most diverse type of marine habitat, protect the pristine beaches at Anantara Dhigu, Anantara Veli and Naladhu Maldives and guard the islands' crystal-clear lagoon. They also support an astounding array of tropical fish, crustaceans and bizarre-looking molluscs, however for all of its beauty and apparent resilience, coral is a sensitive organism, vulnerable to extreme weather and sudden environmental changes.
In their commitment to protect the environment, Anantara Dhigu, Anantara Veli and Naladhu Maldives in collaboration with Aquafanatics, the resorts' experience club, have initiated the Coral Adoption Programme, a long-term plan designed to share learning experiences with guests, accelerate the regeneration of coral growth in the atoll reef and ultimately ensure the future of this unique Maldivian destination.
Experience the rich biodiversity of these undersea habitats with a visit to Anantara Dhigu, Anantara Veli and Naladhu Maldives. Swim, snorkel or kayak above reefs that shelter large-mouthed groupers, brightly-coloured parrotfish and the occasional moray eel. As you glide through their aquatic environment, watch closely for the unmistakable shape of the spotted eagle ray or try to spot a giant clam, the world's largest bivalve.
Count the anemones, starfish and sea urchins. Look for butterflyfish nibbling on coral. Chase a school of brightly-coloured damselfish across the reef. Step into the crystal-clear water and let the ocean's current carry you to countless new discoveries.
If you have always dreamed of an ultra-romantic, stress-free wedding day on the beach then let Blu Maldives help you to create your fantasy wedding. We invite you to start your life together in this exclusive island paradise. Walk down an aisle of coral sand and flower petals next to sparkling emerald sea to a symbolic ceremony at a selected tropical location. Or celebrate your absolute love in a ceremony on board a yacht with private chef preparing your barbecue dinner reception. Walk hand in hand on the beach at sunset with that person that means the world to you.
Engage in a series of couple's spa treatments prior to ceremony to make you flawless for the most important day of your life. Brides can be dressed and have their hair styled so they can relax and have fun. Maldivian traditional wedding attire rental is available for the bride and groom who would like a local theme. Heavenly scented Frangipani leis, flower bouquet for the bride and lapel for the groom are provided. Maldivian Boduberu band for live entertainment adds Maldivian flavour to the event. Professional photographer provides a photo album with 40 5x7 photos, 1 8x10 and 4 4x6 photos as well as a CD with digital negatives. Traditional wedding cake or tropical tiered fruit selection, champagne and canapes may be served at the reception. Choose your private dinner location with decorations, signature seafood platter, and wine.
Take pleasure in a romantic evening turndown with in-room floral aromatherapy bath for the couple, flowers, liqueur and chocolates. Indulge in a His and Her spa treatment on the day after the wedding to prolong your blissful state. Blu Maldives can help to make your special day unforgettable and stress free.
Gulhi Fushi is a natural uninhabited island that is designed for weddings. Couples can exchange vows on their hidden isle and even arrange for the reception dinner to include a sumptuous barbecue on your secluded beach. Newlyweds can choose to prolong the occasion by spending the night under the pavilion which has rustic sleeping facilities as well as shower and toilet. A majestic experience for couples seeking a little adventure in a truly exotic setting.
Please note: Wedding are symbolic in nature. Wedding and ceremonial arrangements can only be finalised after a minimum stay of two days at the resort to ensure sufficient time for preparation.
â€¢ A wedding coordinator is available to take care of any details.
â€¢ Wedded couples may have a coconut tree-planting ceremony with wooden carved name plaque to leave their mark on the island.
â€¢ A symbolic wedding certificate will be presented to the newlyweds.
â€¢ A champagne breakfast is brought to your villa on the morning after the wedding to give the couple some space and privacy.
Cruise the lagoon aboard a dhoni as you watch the reflection of a golden sky in the water and let the champagne in your glass take on the tints of the setting sun. Cherish an unforgettable, enchanting evening. Picture perfect for newlyweds.
Enjoy Water Sports
â€¢ Snorkel on the adjacent reef with daily guided snorkel trips in the nearby coral gardens.
â€¢ Kayak through the softly rolling waves to nearby islands and sand banks.
â€¢ Sail around the atoll on a catamaran
â€¢ Explore the Maldivian heritage of reef and deep-sea fishing.
â€¢ Try big-game fishing at sunset and catch your dinner.
â€¢ Take the family on an inflatable banana boat for hours of fun and laughter.
â€¢ Fun boats and tubes are available for floating around the lagoon.
â€¢ Receive a private lesson to learn how to waterski, wakeboard, surf or windsurf.
â€¢ In room massages for total convenience and privacy. Take a nap after your treatment without having to walk to your villa.
â€¢ On the beach or poolside massage lets you enjoy the benefits of the spa without having to go there.
Anantara Cooking School
At Anantara, you are treated to an array of inspired culinary creations. Why not learn the tricks of the trade with a cooking class from your resident master chefs? Learn to recreate traditional Maldivian, Thai, or fusion dishes to impress your friends back at home. Please contact one of the Blu Maldives Travel Consultants to help you book cooking classes.
Recognition & Awards
Departures Magazine (1st April 2007) highlights Anantara Maldives as one of its six "spectacular" newly opened resorts in the Maldives. The resort is still very young but looks promising for more awards and recognition to follow.
Dear Team, First of all many thanks for arranging our vacation. I should say everything was planned well down to micro details! We had a great experience interacting with your staff at all touch points. The experience at Anantara Veli was awesome - it is a stunning location and we would like to return again.
Perfect Villa Choice
I have returned from my honeymoon vacation in the Anantara resorts and I want to say it's a good choice. In particular, I want to thank you for communicating to the resort regarding my request on the villa location - room 178 is perfect! Great privacy, great views. We are very sastified with the service you provided, especially the pick-up at departure. In the future we will be happy to contact you again for our next trip.
Flawless Choice of Resort
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your outstanding service from the very minute we were in contact with each other, throughout the entire booking and transition of our holiday in the Maldives. We were met with a very helpful and friendly representative at the airport both on arrival and departure and he ensured our travel was smooth. The choice of Anantara Veli resort was flawless, it was truly amazing. Thank you for making our visit so memorable, we will definitely recommend you and be in touch with you soon for our next visit.
Rooms & Suites
Over water and Ocean Pool bungalows at Anantara Veli offer the perfect blend of intimacy and deluxe amenities matched with breathtaking views. The resort provides the ideal ambience for couples looking for an undisturbed tropical getaway. Relax and unwind in your own bungalow, complete with all the conveniences of modern accommodation.
Each of these striking, new bungalows feature a magnificent plunge pool and offer the ultimate in privacy. Not to mention a host of amenities such as flat screen television, high-speed internet access and a mini bar. The luxurious water bungalows offer the perfect combination for a relaxing island vacation.
Ocean Pool Bungalow
These remarkably luxurious and private bungalows occupy a secluded cliff edge and directly face the Indian Ocean. Each Ocean Pool Bungalow offers a magnificent plunge pool accompanied by 125 square metres of inviting indoor and outdoor space, with beach and lagoon access only a short stroll away. Designed with hardwood flooring, island
Deluxe Over Water Bungalow
The spacious 92 square metre Deluxe Over Water Bungalows at Anantara Veli Resort & Spa offer all the charms of island life coupled with comfortable accommodation. Enjoy a separate dressing area and exclusive outside double sun deck. Recline on your sun loungers that look out over the glorious turquoise waters of the expansive lagoon. Every
Over Water Bungalow
Anantara Veli's spacious 62 square metre Over Water Bungalows on a pristine stretch of tropical paradise come with hardwood floors and a coconut thatch roof combined with stylish contemporary dÃ©cor. Indigenous fabrics stretch across your bed, while tropical flowers and jasmine scents float through your bathroom. Experience a serene, romantic