Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

Chic retreat perfect for couples

Anantara Veli Resort & Spa is a chic island paradise surrounded by soft white sand and azure waters. Stay in an overwater bungalow and watch the sea life swimming beneath you. Enjoy an array of water sports in the crystal clear lagoon or unwind at the tranquil Sundari spa. Being an adults only island, resort is ideal for couples looking for peace and tropical simplicity, with a host of watersports and an infinity edge swimming pool. Only a short boat ride away, visit  Anantara Veli's neighbouring island - Anantara Dhigu for an even wider array of experiences and facilities. 

Hayes & Jarvis Rating

Guide Price

€2,759 per person
Hotel Category
Luxury
Location Type
Beach
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Tripadvisor rating 2407 Reviews
Maldives, Indian Ocean

Hotel highlights

  • Natural treatments at the serene Sundari Spa
  • Anantara Veli offers a swimming pool and watersports in the lagoon

Hotel Features

General Information

  • 67 rooms
  • Transfer duration: 35 minutes by speedboat from Malé airport

Main Facilities

  • Diving
  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Barefoot style

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
  • Half Board

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

  • Beach
  • Approx. 35 minutes by speedboat from Malé airport.
2407 Reviews 95% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 2090
  • Very Good 232
  • Average 55
  • Poor 10
  • Terrible 20

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Sep 21, 2019

Beautiful but...

New York

Well, the Maldives is paradise and this is definitely a luxury resort. I was a solo female traveler who was in India for work the week prior so decided to treat myself for a few days to check off a destination on my travel bucket list. I stayed in an overwater bungalow with a pool an that was a mini version of heaven for me. It was mostly private - I say mostly bc some couples swam up in front of my deck on occasions and just stayed there (weird), and each on either side had their drone out above us which felt icky. Loved the pool, lounges, and ability to swim out and snorkel from the room. The snorkeling outside the room though did leave a lot to be desired. These bungalows are a bit of a walk to the island if anyone has mobility issues. The breakfast buffet was delicious and the hostess, Jen, was lovely. She offered me reading materials since I was dining alone each day and she remembered my coffee order daily. Amir was probably my most favorite employee there - he was the most genuine and sincere when asking how I was and what I wanted to do for the day, etc. He was not saccharine and didn’t feel forced friendly. I never dreaded him walking up to my table to say hello like I did when some of the other staff did. The excursions were great - I did scuba, whale snorkeling, and dolphin quest. I lucked out on all 3; kudos to the folks from Aquafanatics. I tried snorkeling on ghuilfushi/picnic island 2x but it was rough so the current was strong and visibility was low. That was a shame but I still used the free snorkeling equipment daily! I did yoga one day -the free morning session. The instructor was new and asked me if I had ever done yoga before. I told him I had and he seemed very surprised (mind you, this was before class even started). I felt slightly insulted but let it roll off and enjoyed the class regardless. The grounds were immaculate and were constantly being groomed by the staff, even in the oppressive heat. I don’t know how they do it - The restaurants: I tried a couple but also had in-room dining. The restaurants were OK; overpriced for the quality, in my opinion, but I’m spoiled having amazing restaurants in the city where I live. The staff also kept pressuring me to make my dinner reservations even though it was low season and not at max capacity. It’s no surprise they recommended the most expensive restaurants first and when I said I wanted to dine in my room some nights I felt judged. I know it’s the Maldives and had expected to blow a small fortune for my “once in a lifetime” trip, but just to give an example at how exorbitant it was ...I had a FREE buffet meal with my package and STILL wound up paying $86+ for the meal because I had two glasses of wine and water. Yes, just 2 wines and water. I honestly felt robbed by the waiter who asked if I wanted champagne and served me ONE glass that cost $33 base price (+ tax, +10% service fee). It would have been nice if he told me I was spending $40 on one glass - literally. I wasn’t given the wine menu at this point so was not able to check for myself and took his recommendation blindly which was definitely a lesson I learned. I was actually quite insulted and felt like I was being taken advantage of as a young solo female traveler. I had quite a few dry meals after this. Don’t get me wrong, I expected things to be extremely expensive. And I live in NYC so I get it! But this was a whole other level. He also kept pushing me to book a $200 meal on their private island. I wasn’t interested regardless of the price. He was extremely pushy all night about it and even asked me again the next morning at breakfast after I told him I wasn’t interested. Do they make $ off of my reservations or something? Quality of in-room dining food was less than the restaurants but sitting alone in a restaurant where they keep trying to upsell you, surrounded by honeymooners gets old fast. They do a really nice job setting the table for you with room service and come precisely at the requested time for cleanup. I had a butler with the villa, who was nice but I didn’t feel like he really did anything spectacular to enhance my stay. Adam, the room boy, however, was lovely. He kept my room clean and he even gifted me something he hand-painted on my last day of the stay. The spa at dhigu was incredible; best massage I ever had. Go here instead of the one on Veli. I got my nails done there and it was a complete disappointment. The truth is, it’s the Maldives - paradise! And Anantara is beautiful; the access to the sister islands and amenities just a quick pontoon ride is key. They offer a plethora of activities so one can’t get bored unless they want to. Overall, I loved it because I had a relaxing time and saw the beauty of the area. I came to get away from the hustle & bustle. It helped that it was low season which made it more peaceful. Most of the staff tried to make me feel comfortable traveling alone but there were some that made some “interesting” comments/questions that had me feel very out of place there. That sucked. I also would be remiss not to mention that the staff can be too friendly at times. Some people like that; others hate it. I’ve never stayed at a "resort" before so not sure if this was to be expected, but it seemed a bit extreme at times. I must have had at least 4-5 people stop me just at breakfast - and I only sat there for about 40 minutes. At first, it was nice but every day, and at every meal, felt intrusive. There are some that may sincerely just be friendly and want to chat and/or see me sitting alone and want me to feel comfortable. After a while though, it just felt like they were working for tips. They also must train them all to use the same script because, on my last day, 4 people kept saying how sad they were to see me leave but that I have to leave in order to come back. It’s a cute saying but when you hear it multiple times in just a few hours, it feels cheap and disingenuous. I’d rather them just wish me a safe journey and at least try to sound sincere. Would I go again? Probably not. It was gorgeous and I had a nice time despite some of what I posted above. The facilities and amenities on offer were great. I just felt a bit overwhelmed by the staff at times. Perhaps I’d go on my honeymoon or with friends/family and feel differently. For now, I'll save my pennies and go elsewhere if I'm dropping that much cash.
Sep 20, 2019

Chis my Fav dive master

I had an amazing time in Anantara. Staff was incredible and friendly. Shout out to Chris who was the scuba diving instructor. She was not only patient but very learned. My boyfriend and I were very comfortable even though my boyfriend wasn't comfortable at first Chris made it very clear and in the end we got certified as PADI suba divers. Hope we can go back to do open water certification with her.Can't find anyone as good here in LA
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Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

Facilities

Sundari Spa

The spa offers five treatment suites nestled in pristine gardens. Indulge in treatments that use healing natural ingredients to relax, detoxify, polish, and rejuvenate.

Land Activities

Discover plenty of activites to experience on the beach, including yoga, cookery classes, tennis, volleyball, badminton, and meditation.

Watersports

The Aquafanatics Water Sports Centre offers diving, cruises, windsurfing, fishing, parasailing, kayaking, surfing, sailing, and snorkeling.

Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

Room Types

Over Water Bungalows

These 62-square-metre Over Water Bungalows come with hardwood floors, a coconut thatch roof, and stylish contemporary décor. The private sun terrace gives each guest their own space to relax with a day bed and direct access to the lagoon.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Towels included

Deluxe Over Water Bungalows

The 92-square-metre Deluxe Over Water Bungalows enjoy a separate dressing area, semi open air bathroom, and exclusive double sun deck with sun loungers, day bed, and direct access to the lagoon.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Deluxe Over Water Pool Bungalow

These romantic bungalows are incredibly spacious with direct access to the lagoon or plunge pool from the deck area. Discover breathtaking views and a modern design.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Bath
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • In Room WiFi
  • Minibar
  • Private Pool
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

Food & Drink

73 Degrees

Under a Maldivian style thatched roof, this light and airy restaurant pavilion is reminiscent of a colonial home. The breakfast buffet offers fresh tropical fruits and juices, cereals, homemade breads, grilled meats, vegetables, and made to order omelettes. In the evenings, the seafood buffet serves fish plucked straight from the ocean.Open for breakfast and dinner.

Additional Restaurants at Sister Hotel

Just a short boat ride away, Anantara Dhigu is home to light lunches at Aqua, buffets by the sea at Fushi Café, grill specialities at Sea.Fire, Salt and Italian cuisine at Terrazzo.

Baan Huraa

Dine on fragrant Thai cuisine in this overwater teak restaurant perched right on the ocean. Signature dishes include coconut curries from Thailand's southern provinces and hot and spicy options from the north. Open for lunch and dinner.

Origami

This casual yet chic Japanese restaurant serves light dishes like fresh sashimi or Teppanyaki. With intimate alcoves and outdoor seating, you can dine with the sand between your toes. Open for lunch and dinner.

Dhoni

Kick back by the tranquil lagoon and infinity pool at this poolside bar and lunch restaurant, serving cocktails and light snacks perfect for those Maldives sunsets.

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast

Enjoy buffet breakfast at 73 Degrees restaurant.

Half Board

Head to 73 Degrees for a scrumptious buffet breakfast. With a wide array of dinning options for dinner, head to either Fushi Cafe or 73 Degrees for a buffet style meal, or treat yourself in a speciality restaurant, Sea.Fire.Salt, Terrazzo or Baan Huraa. Please note that certain items on the menu will not be included on this meal plan.

Full Board

Head to 73 Degrees for a scrumptious buffet breakfast. With a wide array of dinning options for lunch and dinner, head to either Fushi Cafe or 73 Degrees for a buffet style meal, or treat yourself in a speciality restaurant, Sea.Fire.Salt, Terrazzo orBaan Huraa. Please note that certain items on the menu will not be included on this meal plan.

Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

Special Offers

Receive a complimentary board upgrade and accommodation discount

Receive a complimentary board upgrade from Bed and Breakfast to Half Board along with saving up to 30% on your accommodation. Minimum 7 night stay apply. Valid for stays between 06 Janaury 2018 - 27 December 2018.

  • Black out dates may apply.
  • Combinable with each other where applicable.
  • Accommodation discount amount can alter depending on travel date and duration of stay.

Honeymoon Offer

Receive a 5% discount on your accommodation, combinable with he 30% discount if staying a minimum of 7 nights  and receive a 60 minute couples massage, a bottle of Champagne, fruit platter and bed decoration. Valid for stays between 09 April 2018 - 23 April 2018. 

This offer is applicable within 12 months of the wedding date and a certificate will need to be provided upon check in. 

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