Having just completed a report on Meeru Island here is our Veligandu report. If you have never visited the Maldives then please read on. 8th visit to the Maldives having previously visited Meeru Island (3 times) Ranvelli, Sun Island, Hudhuranfushi, Kuredu and Vilamendhoo. Visited for two weeks 5th Oct. Upon arrival at Meeru we were offered 5 nights here at Veligandu. Had read a lot about the island so the offer was too good to turn down and we are so glad we made the choice. All islands are different, some larger than others, some have more facilities than others but all have their own character so please don't ask me which is the best. Other islands allocate you your own table and waiter which is nice because you know where you sit for every meal. However...at Veligandu you sit where you want which made a nice change. The restaurant is right near the waters edge so every meal time is picturesque. Some island restaurants don't offer this. It at this point we want to mention Abdulah. If the island management read this he is first class and represents all that's excellent with this island. Thank you Abdulah. Its only 30 mins maximum to walk around the island. Other islands have longer walks. Personal choice again. The island has a lovely 'spit' of sand protruding into the ocean at one end where you can sun bathe and take in its beauty. The one and only bar area is here. Other islands have more bars. Again, personal choice. It was never busy here. The seating and layout of the bar is excellent. With its doors open you can sit in the bar area and see the ocean on all sides. There is free wi fi in this area and ok it might be a little slow but you can at least keep in touch with the outside world. There is slight sand erosion along one side of the bar area but they are at least pumping sand from the sea back onto this area. Ok the sight of long pipes along the beach spoilt our holiday pics which is a shame but I am sure the pumping will only be for a few weeks.The pool area is excellent and despite having beach towels in your rooms every sun lounger by the pool had a towel rolled up and placed on it each morning. We never had a problem finding a lounger and yes ok, there are not many around the pool but that did not bother us, we wandered onto the sand 'spit' and soon found one. We stayed in a jacuzzi beach villa which was lovely. Every room had its own hammock. In fact there were hammocks everywhere. We love snorkling and this island has a lovely reef and we saw and swam alongside a turtle on the first day. By all means read our reports on other islands and don't hesitate to contact me if you want any tips or advice. Recommend Veligandu ? Definitely. Want to return here ? Definitely. Best Island so far? Very very possibly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Veligandu Island Resort, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, an excellent house reef and long stretches of white, sandy beach, is the only Resort on the island of Veligandu, North Ari Atoll. It is 600 meters long by 150 meters wide, about 22 acres. Your seaplane transfer from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is a scenic, 20 minute flight. 91 Rooms include 54 Jacuzzi Water Villas, 10 Water Villas, 16 Jacuzzi Beach Villas and 11 Beach Villas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Veligandu Island Hotel North Ari Atoll
- Veligandu Island Resort
- Hotel Veligandu Island
- Veligandu Resort