Veligandu Island Resort

North Ari Atoll, The Atolls, Maldives Book from

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Affordable island paradise with long, quiet beaches and a relaxed 'no news, no shoes' vibe
It can be difficult to choose between Maldivian resorts. But let's help you out here: Veligandu Island, 20 minutes by seaplane from the international airport is great value for money. Guests keep returning to experience its friendly hospitality and relaxed island style, and no wonder. Its motto of 'no news, no shoes' is all that you really need to know: this 76-villa resort is laid-back rather than overblown, and is a place to go barefoot all week rather than pose in designer clothes.

Once you've kicked off your shoes and cooled down with an icy towel and cool drink, you can sign up for diving, boat trips to see turtles and dolphins, and tours to nearby islands. Or you can simply take in the view of the sea from your private terrace and do nothing at all. The long stretches of white beach are so quiet that you'll sometimes feel like the only people on the island. It's paradise for a romantic break, perhaps a honeymoon or anniversary, and extras like moonlit dinners on the beach and night diving make it all the more special. We haven’t visited yet but can't wait to do so.

Highs

  • Stunning rooms with elegant décor, sunrise or sunset views, and private terraces. Most are stilted over the water, and all have a jacuzzi or whirlpool bath
  • Friendly staff who soon know you by name
  • Good food in the 2 restaurants, and delicious cocktails - all stays are full board and you can upgrade to all-inclusive packages
  • A fabulous dive centre - this is one of the best spots in the Maldives for seeing hammerhead sharks
  • Just an hour's flight from Sri Lanka, so you can easily combine the 2. Our Tailormade Tour Operator can suggest bespoke adventure + beach itineraries

Lows

  • It’s a small island (you can walk around it in 30 minutes)
  • Expensive extras, including (slow) internet
  • Won't suit those who get restless, and you really need to enjoy your partner's company - you'll spend most of your time relaxing à deux
  • Ages 18+ only

Best time to go

October to April are the months when any rain is least likely, with February-April being the hottest and driest period of all. This naturally means more visitors and higher prices, though the island will only usually be at maximum capcity at Christmas and it could then feel a little crowded. June to October are the monsoon months, when rain is more likely, although the islands are still warm and weeks can often go by with no sign of it. You'll benefit from much lower prices from May onwards.

Our top tips

  • Advice from recent visitors: don't overpack - it's too hot here to be overdressed. All you need is swimwear, a pair of flip-flops and plenty of suncream, plus light outfits for the evenings
  • Snacks are pricey - frequent visitors beat that by bringing their favourite nibbles with them
  • If you're a light sleeper, bring earplugs as the sea is so close that it could disturb you
  • Great for...

    Beach
    Honeymoon
    Spa
    Wedding
    • = Recommended
    • = Best in region
    • = World favourite
    • Beach Resort
    • 76
    • All meals included
    • Ages 18+ only
    • Open all year
    • Heated Pool
    • Spa
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Concierge Service
    • Jacuzzi
    • Watersports centre
    • Dive centre
    Room:

    Rooms

    There are 3 room categories: most popular are the Jacuzzi Water Villas, which are on stilts in the lagoon with an indoor-outdoor bathroom and a jacuzzi. Water Villas also overlook the lagoon, but have an indoor whirlpool bath instead; Jacuzzi Beach Villas are the same as Jacuzzi Water Villas, but set on the beach. Visitors say there is no such thing as a bad room here.

    Décor-wise, rooms are similar. They are all beautifully and simply styled, with high pitched ceilings, whitewashed walls, kingsize beds positioned with a sea view, a white sofa, and dark polished wood floors. They all have a sundeck terrace and rooms over the lagoon have private steps into the sea.

    Perhaps the most important consideration when booking is whether you want a sunrise or sunset room. Sunrise rooms give you a spectacular early morning view and are cooler in the afternoons; sunset rooms have the hot sun on them all afternoon, then a perfect vista of the sun disappearing into the sea.

    Bathrooms are spacious, with double sinks, large glass-walled showers and a generous selection of toiletries including conditioner and body lotion. Elsewhere in the room you'll find a large flat-screen TV, an iPod dock, a ceiling fan and quiet air conditioning.

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Coffee maker
    • Coffee tea making
    • Complimentary beach loungers/towels
    • Dvd player
    • Fan
    • Full kitchen
    • Hairdryer
    • Internet access
    • Ipod dock
    • Jacuzzi
    • Phone
    • Safe box
    • Satellite tv
    • Toiletries
    • Turndown service
    • WiFi

    Eating

    The resort has 2 restaurants, a bar and a snack bar, as well as room service and a minibar in each room. All stays are full board, but you can upgrade to an all-inclusive package if you prefer; enquire for details.

    The Dhonveli Restaurant is a buffet restaurant but don't let that put you off: reports say this is anything but a classic all-inclusive spread, and in fact offers a fantastic array of international food and curries to suit everyone. Food is made fresh to order and there are regular Maldivian nights. The atmosphere is laid-back and relaxed - there's no need to dress up - and barefoot dining is typical.

    The Madivaru Restaurant is the resort's à la carte dining room, with a selection of special dishes on offer. It is also possible to book a romantic beach dinner, with the likes of lobster and Wagyu beef on the menu, served under the stars.

    The Thundi Bar serves daily cocktails and Lion beer and hosts a programme of entertainment including film nights, crab racing, slide shows and music.

    Recent guests have highlighted that the 'all-inclusive plus' package might not be worth paying extra for. We'd advise checking exactly what is included in each package before booking.

    Features include:

    • All meals included
    • Bar
    • Coffee maker
    • Coffee tea making
    • Full kitchen
    • Room service
    • Vegetarian menu
    Eating:
    Activity:

    Activities

    • Start your day with a champagne breakfast, drink in the sun from your private terrace, then snorkel from the beach before having a siesta. Or just do nothing and soak up the scenery

    • Hole up in the spa for a massage (there are multiple varieties on offer), reiki, beauty treatments or a private yoga session. The honeymoon indulgence package gets great feedback

    • Boat trips can take you out to the reefs to snorkel amid white- and black-tipped sharks, turtles, octopuses, rays and eagle rays

    • Learn to dive at the dive centre, or take off on trips around the atoll to see soft and hard coral and a variety of marine life. This is one of the best places in the Maldives to see hammerhead sharks. Night diving is also available

    • Take a dolphin sunset cruise and watch them dive over the bow of the boat

    • Lounge by the infinity pool and have drinks and cold towels brought to you

    • Go kayaking among turtles, or take a windsurfing lesson - watersports are free

    • Go deep-sea fishing and bring back kingfish for supper. Or build up an appetite by playing beach volleyball or badminton

    • Take a day trip to Rasdoo Island to witness Maldivian life first hand

    • Watch the sun set from your private jacuzzi, cocktail in hand

    • Book a romantic 5-course meal on the beach, and eat lobster and Wagyu beef under the stars

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Badminton
    • Beach volleyball
    • Boat trips
    • Dolphin watching
    • Fishing
    • Kayaking
    • Sailing
    • Scuba diving
    • Scuba diving courses
    • Shopping / markets
    • Snorkelling
    • Swimming
    • Windsurfing
    • Yoga

    Kids

    The resort is a classic honeymooners' paradise, so only guests aged 18 and over are accepted.

    Kid Friendly:

    Our guests' ratings...

    9/
    Rooms
    8/
    Food
    7/
    Service
    9/
    Value
    9/
    Overall

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