​Anantara Veli Maldives – a perfect place to relax and recharge

Maldives
The beautiful Maldives

Anantara Veli Maldives had caught my interest a few times. In addition, the Maldives was on my travel list for a long time. As a result, I made sure to make a visit to these beautiful islands. What a fabulous trip. True TLC for the mind, body, heart, and soul. Time to reflect, relax, revive and rejuvenate. One of those holidays where you can do as much or as little as you want. Spend all day at the beach, dive to your heart’s content, or go for a pamper in the Spa. In addition, visit other islands, go on an excursion, it’s all up to you.

Azure blue everywhere in the Maldives

Arriving at Male International Airport, located on Hulhule Island was a feast for the senses. Blue clear skies, ocean, and golden beaches everywhere. Promptly a speedboat whisked us off to the Anantara Veli Resort. With fresh salty air, a breeze on my face, I could feel all the tension leaving my body. The Maldives is a stunning unique location consisting of 26 atolls made up of approximately 1,000 coral islands. People love to visit the Maldives for the amazing diving and snorkeling opportunities. Coral reefs are protected as much as they can be on the islands.

Climate change a major concern for the Maldives

Climate change is a major concern to everyone particularly in the Maldives. Rising levels of oceans pose a big threat to Island life. Interestingly to draw attention to this the President Mohamed Nasheed held a cabinet meeting underwater in 2009!  Along with his 13 officials, they sat on desks at the bottom of the seabed to highlight the dangers of climate change and how it will impact the Maldives going forward.  Hopefully, his work on highlighting the need for taking action on sustainability is making a difference. It would be a great shame to have the Maldives sink.

Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

Anantara Veli Resort is on a private island approximately 21 kilometres south of the airport.  No matter what time you arrive, the speedboat is on hand to whisk you to this stunning resort. Close by is the Anantara Dhigu and Naladhu. We popped over to both a few times to sample their facilities and dining options. All have a different vibe and feel.

Water bungalows at Anantara Veli Maldives

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Water bungalows

We were given a warm welcome and taken to our water bungalow. What a stunning place to be for a whole week!   There are different types of water bungalows offering various sizes and facilities. To be honest you can’t go wrong with any of them. Our water bungalow gave immediate access to the crystal clear water via steps down leading into the turquoise blue underwater world.  In addition, there was a fabulous sundeck with a double sunbed to relax on. The room itself was beautiful, bright, airy and relaxing. The deluxe water bungalows come with their own private pool. 

Snorkels and fins on

Eager to get into the water as soon as possible we showered quickly, popped our snorkeling gear on and off we went. One of the best things we loved about being in the water bungalow was waking up and a few seconds later being in the water. Colourful fish can be seen everywhere. Evenings on the balcony were spectacular. A cheeky gin and tonic in hand while watching small sharks swimming underneath the water bungalow.

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A relaxing day at Anantara Veli

Delicious food

Eating at the resort was a foodies delight. My personal favourite was the Baan Huraa, a stunning Thai restaurant.  I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen prawns this huge! Set in a teak house style positioned over the water,  a perfect way to watch the sun go down or just allow the evening to pass by in a romantic setting. Thai food is my ultimate favourite, therefore, we had a few more meals there.  

Something for everyone at Anantara Veli Maldives

During our time in the Maldives, it was also our anniversary. What a lovely surprise to return from our evening to find a bath with rose petals floating on top.  After a sound nights sleep, we enjoyed breakfast in the 73 degrees restaurant. Where to start? Delicious fresh fruits, cooking stations and a wide choice available to suit all tastes.  We enjoyed a couple of evening meals here too as the restaurant transforms into a romantic candlelit dining area when the sun goes down. Many of the guests were Japanese, so it was good to see Japanese food on the menu because the Teppanyaki at Origami was delicious! Early afternoon was a good time to have a lovely cappuccino and dip in the pool at Dhoni. Lunches and snacks were plentiful and delicious. 

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Beautiful Spa experience at Anantara Veli Maldives

Being a Wellbeing therapist, I love a good spa, therefore I couldn’t resist the Spa on the Island. Make sure to book early as it gets busy. Set among swaying palm trees, flip flops and stress are left outside the door.  My favourite spa had to be the one at Dhigu close by. One of my favorite travel candles I take with me on my trips is the Neom Organic candle. Beautiful, natural and very relaxing.

As I lay on my tummy looking down at a window on the floor into the water I willed myself not to fall asleep and miss this experience. There are six over-water suites, open-air salas for those that enjoy Thai massage and Beauty rooms. I did notice a hair salon, however, I was in the water too much to bother. If Spas are your thing, you will enjoy all available here.

 Spa
Beautiful Spa

Be respectful to the faith of the country

It’s easy to forget that the Maldives follows the Muslim faith, therefore alcohol is only served in hotels and resorts. Similarly, don’t think you can go topless on the beach. This is not tolerated. Nip over to Europe if nudity and going topless is important to you. 

Is one week enough at Anantara Veli Maldives?

Some would say that four days is enough in the Maldives. This may be true for those that are not ‘water’ oriented. I found seven days was perfect to experience all that the Islands offered. The service we received was impeccable. A personal butler was on hand if we needed. Friendly, warm, helpful and approachable. It was a real pampering experience. The Maldives didn’t disappoint in any way. 

Budget-friendly options in the Maldives

For budget-friendly options, it’s good to hear that the Maldivian government has allowed the locals to have their own restaurants and guesthouses. This is also a great option for travellers who wish to have an ‘off resort’ experience on an island of their own independent choice. As a result, you get a unique perspective into the Maldivian way of life.

A surprise upgrade

All too soon it was time to head to the airport. I literally snorkeled and swam half an hour before leaving the resort. Still wearing fuzzy beach hair, casual sundress and flip flops we checked in. On the plane, our names were called. We had been upgraded to first class on the plane. Firstly I was thrilled, but secondly, I was mortified as I wasn’t ‘dressed’ for first class. However, I held my head high and enjoyed the free-flowing bubbles and the whole first-class experience, despite the scowls from other passengers.

Choose the type of holiday you are interested in

This was very much a ‘resort’ holiday, exactly what we wanted at the time. Most tourists visiting the Maldives choose to stay at a resort for various reasons. However, dig a bit deeper and discover that there is much more to this part of the world. For those that like to explore a little further afield, do some research to have a more culturally authentic experience. Anantara Veli Maldives has so much within the resort, you may not feel like leaving.

Favourite cable bag

There’s nothing more annoying than forgetting one of your cables. Scrabbling around in your luggage trying to find what you need is annoying. This is the bag I take with me on my trips. Convenient, compact and handy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on Anantara Veli Maldives. Is the Maldives on your travel list? If you’ve been lucky to go, what are your thoughts? Feel free to read other destinations to visit on the site.

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