This small tropical island offers authentic barefoot comfort and a crystal clear lagoon.
Facilities at Veligandu are in keeping with the island’s natural Maldivian style. The main sand floor restaurant, Dhonveli, has a choice of buffet-style dishes and live cooking stations, with a weekly Maldivian night and a once-a-week sparkling wine breakfast. For more intimate à la carte dining, the Madivaru restaurant serves up a dinner menu of grilled seafood and beef. For added romance, opt for a table on the beach under the stars. There’s a thatched sand-floored bar area with plenty of tables, sofas and a glossy long bar, and the Athiri bar.
The glorious long sandbank after which the island is named – Veligandu means ‘sandbank’ in Maldivian – can be found on the southern end of the island, and the best snorkelling on the house reef can be found off here too. There are some excellent dive spots nearby to spot reef sharks, manta rays (throughout the year but best seen from December to May) and even hammerhead sharks.
Spacious villas are neat and modern inside, with high thatched roofs and dark wood floors. There’s a choice of Beach Villas with a sundeck or Water Villas with steps down into the lagoon, both with or without Jacuzzi.
All Inclusive option
Choose to upgrade for peace of mind, convenience and value.
To earn the Travelife Silver Award, a hotel will not only have to meet all the standards required for Travelife Bronze (see above); it will also need to have designated an employee each to implement its social and environmental strategies. On top of this, it will need to procure most of its goods from local (rather than international) producers, to benefit the local economy.
In the North Ari Atoll
Kuoni extras -
You’ll receive access to a seaplane lounge on arrival in Malé
Good to know
From 01 May 2018, Veligandu will welcome families and no longer be adults-only. Minimum stay: 6 nights.
91 beach and water villas
• Book a private dining table on the sandbank* • Take a diving trip to the hammerhead shark point* • Walk along the broad sandbank at sunset • Visit the tiny uninhabited island of Madivaru on a boat excursion*.
Buffet restaurant, à la carte restaurant, 2 bars
Full Board • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at Dhonveli Restaurant.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
All Inclusive Plus from £21 • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at Dhonveli Restaurant • 24-hour ‘afternoon’ tea • Selected unlimited drinks • 1 sunset cruise • 1 half day local island excursion • 1 x 30 minute windsurfing lesson • Minibar refilled once daily (selected items) • 1 half bottle of Champagne per room per stay • Use of the fitness centre, volleyball and badminton courts; and kayaks and windsurfers.
*Denotes local charge