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5 Reasons to Visit Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

Reserved for adult customers, Anantara Veli Maldives Hotel is just half an hour by speedboat from Male International Airport, the main gateway to the Maldives. This means you can step off your plane and head to paradise immediately after landing. Many resorts require longer transit times as they involve a bus ride to the seaplane terminal before a flight to the resort. Anantara Veli Resort is easy to get to, and best of all, it’s next to Anantara Dhigu Resort. This means a one-minute boat ride between the two resorts makes it easy to share facilities between the two.

featuredAnantara Dhigu Resort is family-friendly while Veli is adult-only. This means that Veli guests can enjoy both resorts at their leisure and can charge food, activities, and spa treatments from either property to their room. There’s a lot to like about having two resorts for the price of one. Here are the top five reasons to make Anantara Veli your Maldivian home base in this tropical island country.

The views

forest pathFrom the arrival pier to the various restaurants around the resort, the ocean view makes the color turquoise the highlight of every vantage point. Winding through the sandy jungle-like paths, you can see the sea between the branches of frangipani and palm trees. Even the walkway to the overwater bungalows surrounds you in azure hues.

villas on stilts

When you reach your stilt house, the window walls bring the outdoors in and offer ocean views from the bed, the daybed by the patio, the balcony lounge chairs, and even the bathroom. Powerful air conditioning and ceiling fans make relaxing in your room a pleasure, but those views seem to draw you outside for a dip in the infinity pool that seems to spill into the Indian Ocean.

appealA staircase leads from the deck to the sandy, shallow water below. At low tide, you can wade almost a mile at knee-deep water levels. Schools of colorful fish and even the occasional (and harmless) shark can swim by. Sea turtles, rays and other marine life keep your eyes focused on this endless view of the colorful water.

bathroomEven in the bathroom, guests can take in the view while brushing their teeth on the double sink vanity, soak in the perfectly positioned tub, or even shower in the rain shower. A frosted glass door to the washroom means you can open it for more of those lovely views.


In addition to the overwater bungalows, there are ocean pool bungalows with equally stunning views of the water.

Well-being focus

Like many Anantara properties around the world, there is an emphasis on wellness that radiates from the spa to restaurant menus and recreational activities. New to the resort, an on-site naturopath teaches guests how to improve their diet, sleep, and lifestyle habits through personal consultations. It’s become a growing focus for travelers lately, according to the resort, and it’s being well received.

Multi-day scheduling is an option for those who want more structure in their diet and wellness routines. Others can simply follow the advice of resident experts to apply both during their stay and once back home. Nutritional, Ayurvedic and healing therapies are on the menu.

There are two spas to choose from (one in Veli and one in Dhigu). The latter offers treatment bungalows on stilts where you can enjoy massage and beauty services. Even lying face down for a massage, those ocean views are front and center, as floor-to-ceiling glass windows allow you to watch marine life swim by while being pampered.


Resident fitness gurus guide guests through yoga and meditation classes, and all guests can use bicycles to cycle around the island at their leisure. With soft sand and empty beaches, it is common to be alone in the middle of nature and marvel at the beautiful surroundings.


Bali’s Cocoon Medi Spa focuses on new therapies designed around weight loss and skincare, including intravenous infusions of multivitamin concoctions that are especially important these days for those focused on wellness. .

The kitchen


Breakfast is included in the rates and is a great way to start the day with an unlimited selection of international dishes. Don’t miss the Maldivian tuna curry, protein pancakes, fresh juices and smoothies and wellness bowls. Later in the day, you can enjoy lunch by the pool where you will enjoy colorful salads, pasta dishes and spicy curries.

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Dining offers an impressive selection, including Sea.Fire.Salt (also open all day) serving grilled dishes including fresh seafood, meats and a selection of vegetarian options. During the day, the overwater terrace offers more of those great views while the evening hours provide a romantic place to dine. Baan Huraa, also on stilts, is the Thai restaurant serving amazing curries, salads and soups with a great view of the waterfront and crashing waves. The service staff and culinary team are Thai, which provides the most authentic experiences.

chiefOrigami is the Japanese restaurant that serves beautifully prepared sushi rolls, teppanyaki meals, and delicious noodle and rice dishes just steps from the waterfront infinity pool. The Italian kitchen at 73 Degrees serves freshly made pasta among other tasty dishes overlooking the ocean. In fact, all of the food outlets here overlook the turquoise water, which brings us back to the number one reason to stay here. The best ocean views seem to be everywhere.

barYou can order drinks and snacks poolside or through room service. Like most Anantara properties, Dining by Design gives guests the flexibility to host private dining wherever they choose. There’s also Spice Spoons, Anantara’s cooking school where guests can learn how to make popular dishes like Thai curries and salads, among others.


BowlThere is no shortage of things to do here. Of course, you can always lounge on the beach, by the infinity pool of either resort, or on your bungalow deck. But, if you want to get involved, there is a long list of activities.

coral reef

Environmentally conscious guests can help adopt the coral or they can assist in the regeneration of coral in the area. This is especially significant for those who enjoy snorkeling or diving around the resort’s reef areas. There is also surfing, watching movies under the night sky, yoga and meditation sessions. Plus, visitors can arrange to spend the day on a private island.

parasailingAmong the more active things to do are motorized water sports like water skiing or wake and kneeboarding. Scuba diving is also on the list of activities, including the possibility of obtaining a PADI certification.

The swimming pools

BowlIn addition to the private pools in the individual overwater and beach bungalows, the main pools are particularly idyllic with beautiful ocean views. The infinity pools are equipped with padded lounge chairs shaded by an umbrella. Anantara Veli guests can also use the Anantara Dhigu pool, although children are not permitted at the Anantara Veli pool as the property is adult-only.

BowlAs the sun sets, sipping refreshments by your private infinity pool is the perfect way to end the day. Don’t forget that the option for nature’s most hydrating drink (a fresh coconut) is always available from the friendly staff. It’s the best way to fight jet lag and fully enjoy one of the most beautiful countries in the world.