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“Heaven Is A Place on Earth” 5 of 5 stars
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Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Dhigufinolhu, 2014   |  
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Heaven Is A Place on Earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I always thought heaven was a place most of us went to when we died. Somewhere up there, far beyond the blue sky, and fluffy clouds. A place where you felt euphoria every day and walked around pinching yourself to see if you really were dead or in fact just dreaming. This week I discovered that actually, in the words of Belinda Carlisle, Heaven is a Place on Earth, and it's only a short four hour plane trip from Bangkok. It's a place called the Maldives, and it really is Heaven on Earth.

From arriving at Male airport and being whipped through immigration and collecting bags within about fifteen minutes,we were sitting in the comfort of the Anantara Maldives Welcome Lounge waiting to be escorted to the boat that would take us to the resort. Looking over the edge of the pier I was astounded to see beautiful crystal blue water glistening up from a snow white bed of sand. If this is what the water at the jetty looked like, what on earth was the resort going to deliver?

Forty minutes later, after bounding over gentle waves in a speedboat, marvelling at the patches of intermittent crystal aqua waters interspersed between dark blue areas of ocean outside the reef, we disembarked to a welcome parade of Resort staff beating drums, and clapping hands, just as I imagine God greets a newcomer.

Heaven. A bungalow planted in the lagoon, with steps directly entering the lapping waves. The seabed visible for as far as the eye can see, turning various shades of darker blue as it leads to the reef. Opening the windows to allow a sea breeze to engulf the room brought sounds of waves that could lull you to sleep. Whilst there were other bungalows next door, the design allowed for privacy and it felt like we were in our own little world.

Looking over the railing I saw a pod of manta rays float by, followed by a turtle bobbing around in the waves enjoying his afternoon play. Fish of all shapes and sizes chose to join us for a swim, and I truly felt at one with nature.

In the words of Mark Twain- “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” So that's what I decided to do.

Surfing the waves with the professional surf instructor saw me do something I believed I was well past. How exhilarating to be riding the waves on top of a reef with the tropical fish swimming below. Night fishing saw us catch ( and throw back ) a beautiful rainbow coloured fish. Looking for dolphins delivered just that, what remarkable creatures and such an experience watching them ride the drag of the boat, whilst putting on a show of tricks and spins to delight those on board.

The island felt like home, just as Heaven must. The staff so friendly and eager to please. Riding around the island on bikes with not a care in the world allowed me to totally relax and enjoy. We had the most amazing holiday and cant wait to visit again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Patrick E, Manager at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Dear AussiExpatinHongKong,

Thank you so much for your great review! Amazing!

It is very rewarding for our team to realize that their warm, professional and anticipatory service very much contributed towards your stay experience at Anantara. Indeed, it is the Anantara way to ensure that all our guests receive the genuine warmth and hospitality that they deserve.

Maldives as a destination itself is brilliant! The warm hospitality of the Maldivian culture, the magnificent views of the Indian Ocean and a luxury environment are a superb combination to relax and enjoy this place of the world. Great to see that you have experienced also some watersport activities!

Each Anantara Hotel and Resort draws its strength from the rich cultural traditions, historic heritage and natural beauty of its destination. As such, every experience is a unique voyage of discovery and inspiration that is distinctly Anantara.

We have already shared your lovely review with our team members and all of us are looking forward to welcome you soon back again!

Warm regards from the Maldives,

Patrick Eggebrecht
Resort Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Although the weather was not promising when we arrived at the resort, the front staff & Ms Joanna greet us with a warm greeting & smiling faces

Beside the good foods, cozy rooms to beautiful corals, this is the place you can called it a "Paradise"

Only a minor hiccup on the last day we check out.

We was completely wet due to heavy rain as the buggy that we call was unshielded. When we ask why, the staff said it was dangerous to put up cover as we are staying at the water villa.
We got a shock when another buggy passing by was fully covered. It puzzle me & sound weird why this staff said so. Maybe we didn't give him tips...hahaahaa :)

Thank you so much for hosting us with your warm & wonderful hospitality, especially Ms Joanna Lardizabal for being helpful to show us around the 3 property (Anantara Dhigu, Anantara Veli & Naladhu Resort)

Of coz we will highly recommend to our corporate clientele, friends & family

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Patrick E, Manager at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Dear Christy Y,

We are delighted to see, that we played a key role for the success of your holiday.

Thank you very much for taking time out of your schedule to share your experience with other travellers on trip advisor.

We are more than happy to read your feedback. It makes us glad, that we could contribute to making your trip to the Maldives a great experience for you and for your family.

Your feedback has been shared already across the whole team, who are equally delighted to have received such positive comments. We have well noted your comment concerning the buggy transportation and I will personally look into this one. Thank you very much, for bringing this to my notice.

Thank you once again for your lovely words, we are looking forward to see you soon again on your paradise island!

Warmest regards from the entire team,

Patrick Eggebrecht
Resort Manager
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Heaven on earth, I don't want to leave this place, we stayed for 3 days and 2 nights and this resort is a paradise. This location is very good as this is only 30-mins via speedboat from Male airport compared to some beach resort that you need to have sea plane transfer. This resort also is 5-mins via speed boat from Anantara Veli.

One word "Paradise". And, I will surely come back to this Paradise.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Patrick E, Manager at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Dear vinatraveler,

We are more than happy, that you have enjoyed your stay at Anantara Dhigu and all our efforts have contributed to the success of your well-deserved holiday ‘at your heaven on earth’.

All of us are extremely grateful that you took time out from your schedule to share this wonderful feedback. The voice of our guests is extremely valuable to us and serves as tool to implement improvements and enhancements throughout the resort and our service culture.

We are truly appreciative of your comments and your positive recommendation of our resort.

All of us would be delighted to have the privilege of welcoming you back to our resort, and do hope you will visit us again soon.

Best regards from the Maldives,

Patrick Eggebrecht
Resort Manager
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Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Wow what a beautiful place. Think of paradise and it will still not match the beauty of here. The service was great, the staff were really friendly and the spa was amazing. The Thai restaurant on Veli was one of our highlights with a setting that keeps you mesmerized! It's not a cheap option though so be prepared!! It was truly the most idiyllic place for a romantic, relaxing and perfect honeymoon.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Patrick E, Manager at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Dear Debbie G,

Great to see, you have reached home safely after your trip to Anantara Dhigu Maldives.

Thank you so very much for all those words of encouragement. We have already shared your lovely comments with the entire team. We take pride in creating amazing stories and warm hospitality.

Knowing that we have been able to provide you as our guest a fantastic stay and some memories to take home, is the best thing about our daily work here at Anantara Dhigu Maldives!

We are going through each and every social media review during our team meetings, to discuss our successes and additional opportunities.

I personally look forward to an opportunity to welcome you back to the Anantara Dhigu Resort Maldives in the near future.

Warm regards,

Patrick Eggebrecht
Resort Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

this is the best service you can find on the planet.
the crew is so helpfull , it is clear that they are very well trained for this purpose.
the land is amazing for sure. the ocean and the lagun is very clear and it has plenty nice beaches and pools to enjoy. the restaurants are good and the weather in june is also very well. for honey moon couples it is exactly the best place to be. the sand villas should be selected as the one on the ocean are without and garden, green plant and shadowed areas. the bathrooms are very cute and the beds are king size. in the sand villas the wind is so strong that you dont need any a/c and you can sleep the doors left open. you can use bikes which are at several points of the island for free. to swim with stingrays and sharks are amazing:)

Room Tip: sunset beach villas are good for more windy weather, getting less hot. and very special beach to use...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Patrick E, Manager at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Dear istanbuller,

We are very proud to receive comments like yours, as part of our ongoing effort is to understand the guests needs, combined with our luxury environment. We will pass on your comments to our team across the board, as feedback like yours is telling us, we’re on the right way!

Thank you very much for your feedback about your stay at Anantara Dhigu!

All our luxury Beach Villas and the Over Water Villas are equipped with a lot of nice amenities, such as free Wifi-Internet, outdoor terrace, flat-screen TV with international channels, Minibar as well as coffee makers.

Indeed, the outdoor bath rooms in our Beach Villas are a real WOW factor and we receive a lot of positive comments from our guests.

We are looking forward to have the opportunity of welcoming you again in the near future at our paradise island Anantara Dhigu Maldives.

Warm regard from the Maldives,

Patrick Eggebrecht
Resort Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I really regret that i just stay for 5 days at this beautiful paradise. If i can plan my visit again, i will stay at least a week to enjoy more activities and try more restaurants in this beautiful hotel.

Unlike other hotel in Maldives, Anantara Dhigu are actually form by three islands. Thus the area are much bigger than the other hotel in Maldives.

The big area make the hotel have many different restaurants which make the hotel really special, you can choose from Thai food, Japanese food, western food or buffet...... And all are very delicious, especially the thai food at Baan Huraa and the seafood at Fuddan Fusion Grill, you must need to try it at lease once~~ Although the price may be a little bit expensive but still acceptable.

I have stay at the overwater suite, the room are very big and well equip. Also the view are spectacular. you can walk directly to the water from your room and there also a shower at the sun deck for the convenience.

The service, no doubt that is first class service. I have visit others Anantara hotels at Bangkok and Phuket, they both have good service but Dhigu have the highest service level! Every staff have s big smile on their face and are all really helpful.

A Big thanks to Anantara Dhigu~~

Room Tip: Spend at least a week at this hotel to enjoy all the facilities!!!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Patrick E, Manager at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Dear NG C,

Thank you so much for your feedback. We are more than happy, that you have enjoyed your holiday with us.

Indeed, it’s a great benefit for our guests, that 3 individual resorts ( all with different concepts ) are connected to each other, separated through a beautiful, turquoise blue lagoon. Our sister resort ‘Anantara Veli’ is the ideal choice for couples, traveling without children, while ‘Anantara Dhigu’ offers various options for families, traveling with kids.

Naladhu Maldives, our private island resort, offers the ultimate privacy, serviced by 1 housemaster, taking care for all the guest needs.

As you know, our choice of different dining options and restaurants will leave you with many options every evening! The Japanese Restaurant “Origami”, the Italian Restaurant “Terrazzo”, our Thai Restaurant “Baan Huraa” or one of our 2 Theme Buffet Restaurants ( Fushi Café & 73 Degree ) are just some of the options, our guests can choose from.

Rest assured, we will continue with this kind of service, as complete satisfaction is our passion at Anantara Dhigu Maldives, your family resort.

The voice of our guests is extremely valuable to us and serves as tool to implement improvements and enhancements throughout the resort and our service culture. We have already shared your comment with our team.

When are you coming back? All of us are looking forward to welcome you soon again at Anantara Dhigu Maldives!

Sunny regards,

Patrick Eggebrecht
Resort Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

we are family of 4 with 5 and 9 years old boys, we had wonderful time in this hotel, right from the pickup from the airport which was well organized till the welcome drumming that they received us with when we reached the hotel. the rooms are spacious with great attention to details, when arrived the room was already set with the 2 extra beds for the kids along with cartoon printed towels, kids tooth brushes and kids toothpaste.... kids were so excited to find these things arranged for them also we found 4 life jackets 2 are for the kids as well.I would have preferred more view of the sea, it was sunset villa and you can't see the sea from your front porch.
the staff was the best from Nihan in the reception who accompanied us to the room and explained all the facilities of the hotel to Duhha, Ali and Joe in the water sport center and Jully from the breakfast restaurant who were very helpful, kind and genuinely doing their best to make you happy and enjoying your stay. wouldn't recommend June; there was thunderstorms which is the last thing you want to have on an island vacation.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Patrick E, Manager at Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 4, 2014
Dear Raniahassan,

Thank you so very much for taking time out of your busy schedule to share your experience with other travellers on trip advisor.

It is very rewarding for our team to realize that their warm, professional and anticipatory service very much contributed towards your stay experience at Anantara. Indeed, it is the Anantara way to ensure that all our guests receive the genuine warmth and hospitality that they deserve.

Rest assured, we will continue with this kind of service, as complete satisfaction is our goal at Anantara Dhigu Maldives, your family resort. The voice of our guests is extremely valuable to us and serves as tool to implement improvements and enhancements throughout the resort and our service culture.

We have already shared your comment with our team, especially with Nihan, Duhaa, Ali, Jully and Joe.

It is a pleasure for us, to work in this industry, because of feedback like yours. When all our efforts are contributing to create a memorable guest experience, we know, we are on the right way, as full guest satisfaction is our target at Anantara.

I personally look forward to an opportunity to welcome you and your family back to the Anantara Dhigu Resort Maldives in the near future.

Warm regards from the Indian Ocean,

Patrick Eggebrecht
Resort Manager
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Additional Information about Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

Address: Dhigufinolhu, 2014
Location: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > South Male Atoll > Dhigufinolhu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Dhigufinolhu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An idyllic tropical island paradise set in the South Male Atoll, just half an hour from Male international Airport, Anantara offers the Maldives resort experience you've only dreamt about, with two lush islands, Dhigufinolhu and Veligandu Huraa. Unwind on endless white sand beaches, palm-fringed islands and pristine coral reefs. ... more   less 
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Anantara Dhigu Hotel South Male Atoll
Anantara Resort Maldives
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