is a haven of invaluable comfort and pleasure. There are a few
places - even in the Maldives - that can compare to the islandâ€™s
natural beauty. Encircled by beautiful beaches of fine powdery sand
and a huge sandbank of 80 meters on one end, Veligandu is a haven of
peace and tranquility, the perfect place for a relaxing holiday.Â
The designs of the resortâ€™s
architecture, right down to the final touches, are authentically
Maldivian. Apart from the thatched roof and the fine white sand on
the floor, Veligandu offers real Maldivian charm, a high standard of
services, friendly and experienced staff; it has an extra-ordinary
elegance that is almost beyond compare. This is the real Maldives.Â
Veligandu is situated in Rasdhoo
Atoll in North Ari Atoll, some 50 kms from Maleâ€™ International
Airport. A short scenic flight of 20 minutes that will carry you
over some of the beautiful Maldivian islands and reefs, will take
you to the landing platform right at the edge of the famous sand
bank at Veligandu.
The resort offers four
choices of accommodation: secluded Deluxe
Water villas, Water Villas, Deluxe
Beach Bungalows and Beach Bungalows.
Although different in size, design and the location, all rooms offer
comfortable accommodation and are air-conditioned with ceiling fan,
and equipped with IDD telephone, mini-bar and en suite bathroom with
hot and cold water, showers and shaver points. Deluxe Beach
bungalows and Beach Bungalows are furnished with a third bed, making
it especially convenient for a family with a child to accommodate.
The Beach Bungalows are
located facing the beach - in fact they are no more than a few
metres away from it. The individual bungalows are tastefully
designed and furnished. All Beach Bungalows offer an excellent view
of the lagoon and the ocean beyond. Even inside, the glass doors
afford an excellent view of the sea. The floor of the verandah
outside the room is of fine white sand and comfortable white deck
chairs afford a place to lie back and watch the ocean. The floors
are tiled, and the tropical prints and colours of the drapery accent
the white ceilings and walls. A choice of lighting enables you to
choose how bright or soft you want the ambience to be. The rooms are
furnished with bed, closet, dressing table and mirror and a writing
table and chair. All beach bungalows have a third bed, but here you
may choose a twin room or a double room when you make your
reservation. The bathrooms are spacious and are partially open air
with shower, WC and washbasin.
- Deluxe Beach Bungalows
The deluxe Beach Bungalows offer
spacious accommodation. Accessible from the land, but the
semi-circular sundeck to the front juts out onto the shallow
lagoon. These sundecks are furnished with comfortable sun loungers
and offer total privacy - no one to overlook you - while you
sunbathe or spend an afternoon reading. The view is of a clear
peaceful turquoise lagoon that gives way to the dark blue ocean
that merges with the sky at the horizon. Step from the sundeck
into the clear blue waters of the lagoon. The scene is of perfect
The room is
conveniently furnished with comfortable rattan chairs and a glass
top coffee table. All rooms have double beds and a third bed. The
rattan furniture is elegant and comfortable, and includes a
wardrobe, a writing desk and dressing table with mirror. A
well-stocked mini bar & Tea / Coffee making facilities adds to
your convenience. The fully fitted bathroom is partly open air in
true Maldivian tradition, with bathtub, shower and washbasin.
- Water Villas
Walk under the continuous arch
formed by the trees on either side of the main walkway, right to
the northern end of the island. A long wooden jetty leads you to
these exclusive rooms, secluded from the rest of the island. Each
room an individual bungalow, is as beautiful inside as they are
from the outside. Step inside the bungalow from the jetty, into
the living area, furnished with closet, a set of drawers for your
belongings, coffee making facilities and a mini safe.
Step into the lavishly furnished
bedroom, with pine interiors, furnished with a comfortable queen
sized bed, with glass-topped round bedside tables, writing table
with chair and a seating area with comfortable cushioned seating,
and glass-topped coffee table. The tiffany style lampshades add to
the ambience inside.
Full glass doors open out to a
private terrace, furnished with cushioned sun loungers, and a
wooden table with chairs. Steps from the terrace lead down on to a
private sundeck. Feel like a swim? Step down into the lagoon from
The fully fitted, spacious en
suite bathroom is equipped with WC, bidet, bathtub, a separate
shower, and hair dryer. Shutters on the full glass window, next to
the bathtub opens out to a magnificent view of the sea.
- Deluxe Water Villas
are even more spacious, and feature a
luxurious partially open-air bathroom.
Restaurant & Bar
offers accommodation on full board & all inclusive basis only. All
meals are served either buffet style or a la Carte, and offer an
excellent choice to suit all tastes. Professional kitchen staff
prepares the best culinary delights with you in mind. The atmosphere
is relaxed and casual both in the Dhonveli Restaurant (main) and the
Dhonveli restaurant is spacious, open on all sides with bamboo
shutters that can be pulled down in the event of the odd squall.
Under the palm thatch, the floor is covered with fine white sand
so you can dig your feet in as you enjoy your meals. Veligandu is
certainly not the resort for you if you are planning to lose some
weight during your holidays. The food here is excellent and rated
very highly by guests.
choice of German, English and local breakfast is offered at the
full buffet breakfast and a late breakfast is available from 9.30
to 11.00 am at the coffee shop. Lunch is always served buffet
style, and dinner is served either buffet style or a la carte,
with a wide choice of entrees, soups and desserts and a choice of
main courses. These include continental and Asian dishes. The
Maldivian buffet, seafood and pasta buffet, Mongolian and western
barbecues provide a rich variety to the dinner programme. The
Maldivian buffet gives you a unique opportunity to sample the
local delights in an environment enhanced by the local costumes
worn by the waiters, and followed by the eveningâ€™s entertainment
when you get to sample the local music and dance. The seafood and
pasta night features handmade genuine Italian style pasta.
Once a week dinner buffet is held
outside on the wooden deck right outside the restaurant
overlooking the lagoon. Each outside dinner is a special event, in
a romantic atmosphere under the stars and the coconut palms
providing many moments for the memories.
Vegetarian meals are provided on
request. You will just need to inform the reception upon arrival
at the resort.
- The Haruge Bar & Coffee Shop
A spacious bar with a
high thatched roof and comfortable seating, can offer you a wide
range of refreshing drinks. You can enjoy your selection either
inside the bar, with your feet in the sand, or outside on the
spacious wooden deck on the beach. Coconut palms sway gently to
the rhythm of the soft breeze as you sip your favourite cocktail.
If you feel like it you may enjoy a
small afternoon snack here. Snacks, including sandwiches, cakes
and pizzas are available through out the day. The coffee shop
snacks service is available only in the afternoons. Choose one of
the many varieties of ice creams, offered here, to quench your
thirst after a swim.
A games area next to the bar
offers a variety of board games and a television so you can switch
on your favourite satellite channel. A tradition â€˜udholiâ€™ - a
grand swing on which two can sit comfortably hangs outside just
next to the bar. Beyond the end of the bar is the massive
sandbank, from which the resortâ€™s name is derived. If you are
feeling romantic you may walk out on to the sandbank and sip your
drinks under the stars.
Sports & Activities
Your holiday at Veligandu may be
one of relaxation mixed with fun and activity. The choice is yours.
Veligandu offers a variety of non-motorized water sports, a
selection of land sports, in addition to the several dive courses,
snorkeling and fishing and sightseeing excursions.
A variety of excursions are on
offer at Veligandu. These offer you the chance to venture out for a
change of scenery. There are several resorts that can be visited, or
you can catch a glimpse of the daily life of Maldivians in one of
the fishing villages. For those who wish to test their skills at
fishing a variety of fishing expeditions are organized.
Excursions are organized on a
weekly or twice-weekly basis. However these are subject to weather
conditions and a minimum level of participation by the guests.
The Swiss managed Ocean-Pro Dive
Team at Veligandu provides all diving education within the
PADI standards. The Centre is well
equipped with modern diving gear and support equipment.
Day excursions are organised for
advanced divers who would like to experience more challenging sites.
The house reef of the resort is about 150 metres away from the
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