Set in the South Male Atoll just half an hour from Velana International Airport, Anantara Veli is a destination created for thrilling honeymoons and romantic getaways. This is a beautiful five star resort in the topical Maldives and is one of the most luxury holiday choice for many visiting the Maldives.

Guests can relax with a loved one in the over water bungalows, as a spectacular plethora of sea life swims in the crystal-clear lagoon beneath or unwind on a sun deck overlooking the palm fringed island and pristine coral reefs.

The resort provides romantic dining settings on oceanfront and over the lagoon. Candle-light dinners take place over the waters at the Maldives’ finest Thai restaurant, Baan Huraa, or the resort’s private picnic island, Gulhifushi.

The lush garden spa in traditional Maldivian style greets with the soothing scent of orchid. Five personal treatment suites with dedicated Ayurveda set-ups offer garden views and a soaking tub in front of a waterfall.

Guests can spend their days on the water with sailing excursions, waterskiing on then re-sort's placid lagoon, seaplane flights, deep-sea fishing or sunset dhoni cruises alongside dolphins. Anantara also features its own onsite comprehensive PADI Dive Centre to guide guests through one of the world's premier diving destinations.

  • Luxury
  • 5 star
  • 57 villas
  • Speedboat
  • 35 min
  • 21km km
  • South Male Atoll
  • Veligandu Island

Villas Type


Tranquil days spent perched over the lagoon at an over water bungalow. Over Water Bungalows features Maldives design, with cool hardwood floors, colourful indigenous fabrics and a traditional thatched roof. Wake up to views of the sparkling lagoon. Spend blissful days lazing on your outdoor daybed, or dive into the waters directly below, a natural coral bed home to brilliant schools of fish. Experience the Maldives with couples’ romance at our adults-only resort.

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Romance and tranquillity in Maldivian style at our over water bungalow. Hide away in the Maldives in your Superior Over Water Bungalow perched on the outer edge of the lagoon. Watch the sun rise from the comfort of your plush bed, and slide open the glass doors to take in the ocean breeze. Descend the steps directly into the lagoon to explore the warm, teeming waters, then enjoy a private dinner under the stars.

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Revel in spacious, airy water bungalow havens and dazzling lagoon views. Deluxe Over Water Bungalows in Maldives hues offer expansive living space, with a split-level sundeck out over the lagoon and a dressing area adjacent to the bathroom. Lounge indoors or out on comfortable daybeds. Soak in an oversized terrazzo tub for two. Swim in the warm waters below, spotting the occasional sea turtle.

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Drink in blushing sunsets during your honeymoon in Maldives. Set above the tranquil lagoon, our honeymoon villas in the Maldives enjoy added privacy, a panorama of ocean blue, and glimpses of the occasional dhoni sailing into the horizon. Spend sunny days swimming in your private pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. Enjoy long soaks in a standalone tub or a blissful outdoor rain shower. Access the ocean from any of the pristine beaches around the island, an adults-only resort haven in the Maldives.

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Spacious living and the epitome of luxury at our over water bungalows. Dive from your plush bed to your deliciously cool pool to the sparkling lagoon below. Enjoy over water living at its finest. Deluxe Over Water Pool Bungalows offer panoramic Maldives views from indoors to out. Spend sunny days on your split-level deck. Enjoy creature comforts and the added luxury of Villa Host service.

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Recreate authentic flavours by hand at a private cooking class.

A spicy tuna curry. The four flavours of tom yum goong. Both Thai and Maldivian cuisine feature fresh seafood and an abundance of coconut milk.

Discover the chef in you, with step-by-step cooking classes held by our executive chef. Savour a freshly picked coconut as you dice, pound and stir. Enjoy your feast for lunch, then follow up with garnishing or table-setting classes.

Drink up the vibrant atmosphere and snack all day at our resort bar.

Soak up the sun, cool off in the shade, or swim up to the bar for chilled refreshment. Enjoy a light lunch, small bites throughout the afternoon, and drinks all the way through twilight.

Located poolside, Aqua also serves to the sun loungers and our popular ocean hammock.

Romantic Italian dinners in a loft restaurant venue overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Sample fresh seafood cooked in traditional Italian flavours – line-caught tuna carpaccio drizzled in extra virgin olive oil, handmade lobster ravioli with a lemon butter sauce. Enjoy a multi-sensory, private dining experience in the wine loft, where our Wine Guru will help you pair dishes to grapes from Italy’s varied regions.

Dine al fresco on a wooden deck at our Maldives restaurant.

Savour freshly caught Maldivian favourites such as reef fish, lobster and prawns, and prime-aged imported cuts from Australia. Have your dish flame-grilled, tandoori-style, wok-sautéed, or cooked to perfection in a wood-fired oven. Discover how different salts can accentuate your food with notes from our resident Salt Guru. Vegetarian options also available.

Greet the morning with a sun-filled gourmet breakfast in Maldives.

Breakfast on a lavish buffet of international favourites with live cooking stations, pastries fresh from the oven and an array of tropical fruits and juices.

By night, savour an extensive buffet with changing themes – Indian Ocean, Japanese, Chinese, Italian – for a culinary experience that’s always fresh.


Enjoy luxury dining in Maldives with an array of cuisines from around the world.

Savour dishes for every appetite in the comfort of your private bungalow. A selection of zesty Thai dishes to be shared by the pool. Modern Italian or Japanese cuisine overlooking the cerulean ocean. Our chefs will be happy to tailor to any specific dietary requests.


Maldives Private Dining | Dining by Design at Anantara Veli

Follow the torches to a setting for two underneath a canopy of stars or a private faree tent. Dig your toes into the sand, as fresh grilled lobster is served on your dugout table by your private chef.

Savour a wine tasting session by the lagoon amongst friends, or set sail for the day to a deserted island to enjoy the catch of the day.


Snack all day at a poolside bar in Maldives.

Our poolside bar in the Maldives offers refreshing views and vibes. Enjoy all-day iced coffees, smoothies and mocktails – as well as an array of gourmet sandwiches, paninis and wood-fired pizzas to whet your appetite. Grab your favourite flavour as the ice cream trolley makes its rounds. As sun sets, enjoy a glass of Champagne.


Enjoy the dazzle of live teppanyaki chefs slicing and dicing at our Japanese restaurant.

Begin your evening with fresh sashimi and sushi creations, highlighting local catches of yellowfin. Enjoy Hokkaido scallops straight from the robata grill, or signature dishes such as thinly sliced seabass garnished with yuzu, truffle oil and salmon roe. For an entertaining evening, choose a teppanyaki menu of Wagyu beef and Alaskan king crab which is sliced, diced, sizzled and served before you.


The ultimate Thai restaurant experience in Maldives.

Walk out over the lagoon and into a traditional teak house on stilts, magically lit with a sunset glow.

With dishes designed to be shared as in Thailand, choose from an array of delicacies from across the kingdom – sour spicy salads from the Northeast, hot coconut curries from the South, beloved dishes from the Central Plains accompanied by fragrant jasmine rice.


Sink into the sand and enjoy a world of cuisine at our buffet restaurant.

A lavish buffet breakfast offers exotic fruits and juices and live cooking stations from East and West.

As the sun sets, return to 73 Degrees for a fine vintage from our extensive wine cellar, then enjoy each evening’s themed buffet – Maldivian favourites, fresh seafood, handmade pizzas and pastas.


Dive into a brilliant blue. Lie back on a sun lounger. Refresh with a cold drink and float blissfully through the day.

Water Skiing, Wake & Kneeboarding

Rip through the waves with some help from our twins, WET and WILD. This pair of Gulfcraft Swan 20 speedboats will propel you swiftly across the lagoon with their powerful 150-horsepower engines.

Sunset Cruise

Drift across the Indian Ocean in the perfect end to yet another day in paradise. Relax on the dhoni deck, enjoying Champagne and canapés and gazing at the endless ocean.


Explore the turquoise lagoon and the colourful reef life surrounding the resort. From August to December, seize the opportunity to dance with manta rays. Whale sharks play year-round near Ari Atoll, and come very close to the surface.

Luxury Spa

Find peace in body and mind at our luxury spa with ancient Ayurvedic healing techniques.

At the heart of the island lies tranquil Balance Wellness by Anantara, a luxury spa in the Maldives. Thatched treatment suites with intricate paintwork dot an expanse of tropical green.

Soothe body and mind with treatments that beautify and revitalise - blissful warm oil massages, invigorating scrubs, enriching body envelopments.


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