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.
In the North Ari Atoll
TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2019
Veligandu is one of our favourite hotels, but don’t just take our word for it – TripAdvisor reviewers agree and have voted the resort 19th in the Top 25 Hotels for Romance in the World category for 2019!
Kuoni extras -
You’ll receive access to a seaplane lounge on arrival in Malé
Good to know
Minimum age 12 in Water Villas. Minimum stay: 3 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 £48 • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at Dhonveli Restaurant • 24-hour snack menu in the Thundi Bar • Selected unlimited drinks including soft drinks, coffee, smoothies, draught beer, house brand spirits and house wine • 1 scheduled sunset cruise • 1 half-day local island excursion • 1 x 30-minute group windsurfing lesson • 1 x 30-minute group snorkelling lesson • Minibar refilled once daily (selected items including water, soft drinks, canned beer, house wine and snacks) • Use of the fitness centre, volleyball and badminton courts • Use of kayaks and windsurfs • Scheduled group yoga session.
*Denotes local charge