- Dive colourful reefs and manta ray sites with a PADI 5-Star dive centre
- Enjoy a serene wellness getaway with the Balance Spa and Cocoon Medi Spa
- Luxury overwater villas with lavish comfort and unreal views
- Taste the world at the resort's exquisite restaurants and bars
The luxurious Anantara Veli is a romantic private island resort in South Male, surrounded by soft white sands and an azure lagoon, making it perfect for an adults-only luxury escape. Global flavours ignite the senses in exquisite restaurants and bars, and the Balance Spa opens up a world of bespoke wellness. Relax by the sparkling infinity pool or on the beautiful beach, or for the adventurous, the outstanding watersports and PADI 5-Star dive and freediving centre await, ready to showcase the stunning reefs, shark sites and manta hotspots.
About Anantara Veli
Only 30 minutes by speedboat from the international airport, Anantara Veli is an exclusive adults-only luxury resort located in South Male. Sink into luxurious simplicity, and indulge in a wellness-centred getaway, surrounded by white sand, coconut palms and azure waters. Luxury overwater bungalows combine stunning views with modern amenities for a spectacular retreat. With a range of world-class facilities, leisure activities and relaxing spaces, your luxury Maldives holiday will be one to remember. And, the friendly, professional staff are sure to deliver heartfelt service and add an authentic Maldivian touch to your five-star stay.
Taste the globe in multiple restaurants and bars, laze by the inviting infinity pool, cocktail in hand, or take the trip of a lifetime with island-hopping, snorkeling and sailing excursions. After a day of adventure, unwind in the unique Cocoon Medi Spa - a new concept in the world of luxury wellness. Step from bliss to excitement with world-class surfing, a PADI 5-Star dive centre, and the Maldives’ first PADI freediving centre.
Explore the resort
Anantara Veli’s luxurious, bright and modern overwater villas have plenty of comfortable amenities and are set over the blue lagoon. Nearby, beach, poolside and overwater restaurants and bars serve delights from all corners of the globe. Maldivian, Western, European and Asian cuisine are lovingly prepared to tempt the tongue. Anantara also offers beach, sandbank and private tent dinners.
Lay on giant bean bags in the outdoor cinema, or pamper yourself in the Balance Spa in beautiful thatched suites surrounded by tropical green. There’s a nail salon, sauna, hot and cold garden plunge pools, and the Cocoon Medi Spa offering unique, innovative treatments. Expert instructors lead yoga classes and meditation to complete the wellness experience.
For a little excitement, you can take surf lessons on the break in front of the resort, or enjoy amazing excursions from island-hopping and snorkelling, to dolphin-watching and more. Plus, there’s a huge range of exciting watersports, a fitness centre, and outdoor tennis courts. If that’s not enough, guests have access to the sister island resort - Anantara Dhigu - opening up even more activities, facilities, dining options and experiences.
Anantara Veli’s Aquafanatics Water Sports Diving Centre is an outstanding PADI 5-Star dive centre. The resort also has the Maldives’ first PADI certified freediving centre, letting guests explore the stunning reefs on a single breath. Seasoned dive instructors teach a full range of PADI courses from beginner to divemaster, as well as freediving courses. Absolute beginner or seasoned pro, the professional team does their best match ability to dive conditions, and keep dive and course groups small to ensure safety and enjoyment.
Daily half and full day dive trips take divers via speedboat to explore exciting sites in North and South Male Atoll, and Felidhu Atoll. If you prefer, you can even request a private dive guide and trip for an additional fee. Plus, there are guided snorkelling trips for non-divers who want to explore the colourful reefs. Guests can rent top-quality dive equipment, underwater cameras, 15-litre tanks, and nitrox. Divers can do their check dive on the house reef, then explore the site at their leisure.
- Anantara Veli is an adults-only resort suited to singles, couples and groups of friends seeking privacy. Guests with children will love the sister resort - Anantara Dhigu.
- It’s possible to encounter manta rays year-round, but the highest numbers are usually seen from August to December.
- Surfers will love Veli’s very own left-hander right in front of the resort!
- Anantara has one of the Maldives’ first PADI freediving centres, perfect if you’d like to try something new during your holiday.
As part of Anantara's commitment to protect the environment, it has partnered with Aquafanatics to launch a Coral Adoption Programme - a long-term plan designed to share learning experiences with guests, accelerate the regeneration of coral in the atoll reef and ultimately ensure the future of this unique Maldivian destination.
Guests are invited to participate in this long-term project by planting coral in the reef nursery, transplanting coral onto their own rope with the help of the resort’s resident marine biologist. The lagoon is shallow enough to perform the operation with a mask and snorkel, so it’s very easy to get involved. Once the coral has been attached, the rope is moved to its new permanent home. After, guests can follow its growth with photo updates and return visits.
Diving in South Malé Atoll
Eagle rayYear round
Manta RaysApril - October
Plentiful reef lifeYear round
Giant frogfishYear round
Schooling FishYear round
Soft coralsYear round