The Anantara Dhigu, Veli and Naladhu Private Island properties stand their own in the plethora of luxury resorts in the Maldives.
The trio of island resorts are located a less-than-five minute boat ride away from each other and share the same lagoon, with guests being able to enjoy the facilities of all three. Small, cosy and rustic, we chose to spend a few days at the beautifully appointed gem – the 20,000 square meter-sized Anantara Dhigu. Only a 35-minute boat ride from Malé airport, the resort has newly refurbished sleek accommodations at a range of more affordable budgets, whilst retaining all the amenities of a five-star property.
It’s the perfect spot to refresh and rejuvenate Maldives style.
We chose to stay in the newly-renovated roofed Sunset Beach Villa, tucked in a cocoon of foliage with its very own private stretch of ocean. Bright décor, teak wood flooring and a beautiful deck featuring a hammock and day bed, it was the epitome of modern beach luxury. Bathrooms in the Maldives are usually stunning and ours didn’t disappoint. The open-air courtyard bathroom was a total winner. Featuring a rain shower and a statement oval tub, it’s pretty much everything. The resort also has overwater villas, beach pool villas and two bedroom family villas if you’re travelling with a ton of friends and family. The great part is they have rooms with and without private pools, depending on your budget which isn’t easy to find in The Maldives.
One of the most beautiful spas we have set eyes on, it’s no shocker that the overwater haven has won several awards. There’s something amazing walking to the middle of the ocean for some TLC. After guiding me to the private treatment room, my amazing therapist gave me a soothing floral foot massage before kneading out my knots with a special blend of oils during the signature Anantara massage. The bliss continued on deck with a gorgeous view of the sunset with a honey tea –holiday happiness at its best.
When you’ve got three resorts worth of restaurants to choose from, it’s kind of tough – #FirstWorldProblems. But the good news is you can’t go wrong. From a luscious breakfast buffet at Fushi Café to a fresh seafood dinner at Sea.Fire.Salt. , divine Italian at Terrazzo and our personal fave – the Thai restaurant set over a lagoon, Baan Hura at Anantara Veli. There’s nothing quite like Thai food and the peeps at Baan Hura have nailed it. Mango with sticky rice drizzled with coconut cream and some of the best Penang curry we’ve indulged in, we’d travel all the way back for just for another heaped plate of Baan Hura magic.
With private snorkelling tours and a reputation for some of the best surfing, there was tons of stuff do. Top of our list? Taking a dip in the stunning infinity pool and setting off for a dolphin cruise. The Aquafanatics centre has a ton of water sports, most popular of which were the seabobbing and jet packing. You can also get the Maldives’ first freediving certification at the PADI-certified dive centre. I don't think life could get any better honestly. Just book your ticket and head out!