This small, picture-perfect, family-run island provides a great value, natural Maldives escape.

Beautiful Velidhu offers a fuss-free Maldives experience and focuses on its key elements: a stunning setting and warm hospitality. Iruara is the island’s only restaurant, but with the variety on offer it’s all you need, with buffet-style dishes alongside barbecued meat and fresh seafood. There are also occasional themed nights, and private dining experiences can be arranged on request – the romantic lobster dinner on the beach is a highlight. By day, the beachfront Light House Bar offers a relaxing spot for refreshing fruit juices or cocktails; by night it hosts low-key entertainment ranging from DJs to bingo! It’s worth upgrading to the All Inclusive option here to have your drinks included.

The vast lagoons that surround the island are gloriously clear and ideal for watersports. The watersports centre offers windsurfing, waterskiing and wakeboarding lessons, as well as catamaran sailing and diving. Some of the best snorkelling can be found on the excellent house reef, accessed directly from the beach, where you can see reef sharks, turtles and colourful corals. The Huvandhu Spa offers soothing treatments and healing remedies and is particularly popular with couples.

Bungalows are circular, with thatched roofs and neutral décor. In keeping with the island’s uncomplicated approach, there’s simply the choice of Beach Bungalows or Water Bungalows. Beach Bungalows are basic but comfortable, set amidst lush vegetation and just a few steps from the beach. Water Bungalows sit on stilts over the lagoon and have a small glass floor viewing window, allowing you to watch the marine life below.

All Inclusive option

All Inclusive option

Choose to upgrade for peace of mind, convenience and value.

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Key information

In the North Ari Atoll

Airport transfer time: Approx. 2 hours by speedboat or 25 minutes by seaplane (extra cost) from Malé airport
Rooms: 100

Accommodation information

80 beach bungalows


• Don your snorkelling gear and explore the house reef • Join the dolphin safari to Maavaru Thila* • Book the full-day island hopping excursion to visit a local fishing village, nearby resort and desert island* • Learn to windsurf in the huge clear lagoons around the island* • Book the popular manta ray safari when you arrive in resort*.


Restaurant, bar

What's included

Half Board • Buffet breakfast and dinner at the Iruara restaurant.

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

Full Board from £27 • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Iruara restaurant
All Inclusive
from £50 • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Iruara restaurant • Selected spirits and cocktails, beer, soft drinks, house wine served with meals (excluding minibar).

*Denotes local charge