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.

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Key information

In the North Ari Atoll

Airport transfer time: Approx. 20 minutes by seaplane from Malé airport
Rooms: 91

Kuoni extras -

You’ll receive access to a seaplane lounge on arrival in Malé

Good to know

Guests of all ages welcome in Beach Villas, minimum age 12 in all other room types. Minimum stay: 3 nights.

Accommodation information

91 beach and water villas

Activities

• 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*.

Dining

Buffet restaurant, à la carte restaurant, 2 bars

What's included

Full Board • Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner at Dhonveli Restaurant.

Meal upgrade options (per person per night)

All Inclusive Plus from £67 • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Dhonveli Restaurant featuring varied ‘all you can eat’ buffets • 1 dinner at Madivaru for every 5-night stay and 20% discount at other times • Selected drinks at Thundu Bar until the last guest leaves • Unlimited ‘all you can eat’ snack menu including pizzas, burgers and ice-cream at Thundi Bar (10am-7pm) • Unlimited selected ‘all you can drink’ alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages all day and night • 1 x 1⁄2 bottle of Champagne per room per stay • 1 x scheduled sunset cruise (equipment not included) • 1 x scheduled 30-minute group windsurfing lesson • 1 x scheduled 30-minute group snorkelling lesson • Minibar refilled once daily (selected items) • 20% discount on selected treatments at the spa (on first two days of your stay) • Use of the fitness centre • Use of kayaks and windsurfs (equipment included for 1 hour a day; basic experience required) • 1 x Yoga Session by Duniye Spa.

*Denotes local charge