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Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
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“Paradise on earth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2010

My husband and I went to Dhigu for a 3 day 2 night stay in early December. It is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. We stayed in a over water deluxe sunset villa and it was just amazing. The room was very spacious and the bathroom and the deck was just gorgeous. The service was excellent and the food was awesome. we had lobster, prawns, etc every meal. The food is a bit pricey but for a 5 star place, it wasn't much at all. My husband and I spent about a $100 on average per meal and that was with a dessert everytime. The drinks are about 10 - 12.50 for cocktails which isn't bad at all. The acquatics center on the island offered alot of water activities. We went on a snorkeling trip where the reefs and the fish were just gorgeous. we also did kayaking on a glass kayak and did parasailing. The prices for all these activies were very reasonable. The infinity pool at Dhigu is gorgeous. There are multiple restaurants at Dhigu and also at Veli for anyone looking for different cuisines. There is a boat that is runs between dhigu and veli every 10 minutes from morning till night, so you have the flexibility to go between the 2 islands anytime you feel like. All in all, we had an amazing time and would highly recommend this resort to anyone looking for a peaceful and amazing getaway.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2009

Flight:
Hong Kong International Apt [HKG] → Male [MLE]
Male [MLE] → Hong Kong International Apt [HKG] (Adult)
HKD 24278 + USD $330 Speed boat [Seaplane USD$1000]

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Anantara Veli Resort And Spa Maldives
1 x Over Water Bungalow Including Breakfast
Room Type: Over Water Bungalow Including Breakfast
Nights: 4
Arrival: Wed 27 May 2009
Departure: Sun 31 May 2009
Address: Anantara Veli Resort And Spa Maldives
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Located in the South Male Atoll, Anantara Veli Resort And Spa Maldives is just 35 minutes by private speedboat from Male International Airport. Bodu Huraa is a 3 acre palm fringed private island Rates are based on double occupancy.

Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2009

What can I say, I took my wife to a really special holiday for our 10th year anniversary. Had high expectations from the Anantara, and they delivered beautifully.

We checked in for 5 days late Nov 2009 through the assistance of Conde Nast Traveler - recommended Linara Travel (who got us a good deal) and enjoyed a beach holiday to truly cherish for a long long time.

At the Male Int'l Airport we were collected by resort representatives who took us to the resort on a private boat. Blue and torquiose waters greeted us from left and right as we made our way through the different atolls leading to the resort.

Upon reaching the hotel a marvelous sight appeared. This resort is on a tiny island but the whole place was wonderfully laid out. The waters around it looked fantastic. Could have swam in all corners of the beach around the island. Modern asian structures with touches of native design housed the lobby reception and restaurants. Wonderful. We arrived at the dock and were warmly greeted by hotel staff, who attended to our check-in details as we sat comfortably with drink in hand. Then a quick tour of the resort's 4 restaurants, bar, pool and other facilities before the resort shuttle took us to our villa.

What a villa it was! We got a sunset over-the-water suite perched away from the island but within walking distance to the beach. Personally I'm not used in staying in big hotel rooms but this really big suite made me feel right at home, right away. New, Modern Asian, well-laid out, working, clean, wow. After you open the door a small ante room greets you. It had 2 chairs and a table with table games (chess, backgammon, etc...) for lounging around. Next to it was the most complete refreshments cabinet I have ever seen. We even had a separate wine chiller with a great wine selection for an instant romantic date. It had a view of the ocean outside and a pair of sliding doors that led to the bedroom. The bedroom was great! King sized bed, LCD TV with cable, iPod adaptor, study desk, roomy closet with floor lamp and full-size mirror, native ceiling fan, and, wherever you were in the room, a fantastic view of the water (and sunset) was just a glance away. Sliding doors led out to a balcony where 2 sun beds with a sun umbrella waited to be used. 2 dining chairs and a table as well as a daybed kept it company. The balcony led to a deck where you could go down into the water - NICE! Tried it out, then on our way back up, we didn't notice that there was a separate shower that we could use on the deck - just to rinse off! The bathroom was a separate structure and had impressive amenities - his and hers lavatory, big mirrors, dresser table. A few steps away was a separate shower area with a view of the ocean. Opposite that was the water closet area. Get this - while you were seated there, a glass-covered hole on the floor lets you watch the fishe swimming underneath the suite! Talk about relaxation - even while you're doing your business! The crowning glory of this bathroom is the bathtub - it's right next to the water! You just pull away the curtains, then the sliding doors and its chillout heaven.

The restaurants were great at the resort. Pricey but very much worth it. We tried the Aqua Cafe, the Baan Hura for Thai, the Gecko for Japanese and everything matched (sometimes surpassed) our expectations. The service was marvelous. We couldn't complain about anything.

What really did it for us was the beach. Clear waters that turned torquiose, green and aqua was just all around. You could walk a long way and realize that the water is still up to your knees! Hammocks jutted out of the water far away from the beach, inviting you to enjoy a short nap in complete ocean peace! Everywhere were great patches of beach, whether in the sunrise side or the sunset side of the island. Just perfect!

The staff was great. They always made sure you got what you wanted, and were nowhere when you didn't need them. Just right for enjoying a quiet time together.

All in all our stay at the Anantara made us fall in love with the Maldives. I hope to be able to come back soon to enjoy the Maldives all over again - and The Anantara Dhigu will definitely be first on the list of resorts to revisit.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2009

We stayed in Sunset Deluxe Overwater Suite and in Sunset Deluxe Beach Villa.
We benefitted from advices on tripadvisor and asked the sunset deluxe on the opposit side of the breafast restaurant. Definitivelly best choice. Beach in front of the suite tends to be small but you do not feel any overcrowded. In other part of the island it can be the case.

Especially the bathroom was very interesting with a lot of space for a jacuzzi style in the garden. All usual ammenities were included

Over the water (again sunset is a must) gives you the feeling of the navigation without the occasional discomfort. It sports a glass on the floor just before the wc seat so when you rest there you can enjoy occasional small sharks passing by. Best of all are the very farmost suite because they have open 280° opeb view on the ocean and on nearby islands.

breakfast: good selection of everything nice restaurant.
Lunch: varied but tends to be the same everyday
Dinner: we dined a couple of time. nothing to remeber but the bill
Transfer to and fro: correct no waiting time. You want to insist that this is included in the deal. We got it.
room service: discrete and available within a short delay
water sport: everything comes very dear. snorkelling equipment for free fairly new. windsurf is also for free and it is actually a very good spot for practicing. kayak are namely for free but infact they lack proper seats. if you want the ones conveniently equipped you have to pay. catamaran from 80 to 120$. personnel is very concerned you break something and they put a great deal of pressure on you.
Kids enjoied animation organised for them and in many respects I can say the resort is childre friendly.

Snorkelling is certainly not the best here and the excursion hotel organises are dear and of no particular interest.

Despite the good money we paid for it, hotel managed to charge us for few hours we stay in waiting for our flight even though they had plenty of free rooms.

Overall a nice stay that could have turned very nice if it were not for the water sports and some greedy behaviour. Room location is crucial. Though not bad or insufficient you do not go to this resort for the food.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2009

We went for a special holiday for my 40th Birthday. We stayed in a beach villa on Dhigu which was lovely. Huge bathroom and lots of space. We went to the sister island Veli on the boat but it is definitely looking tired compared to Dhigu. Pricey to eat and drink as you would expect on both islands but you do not need to sign up to the meal plan. On Dhigu, the grill and Italian restaurant are both good (not quite fine dining service) and if you do not want 3 courses then cheaper than the buffet restaurant (which incidentally is a very high standard). Every type of food imaginable at breakfast! We stayed on the sunset side of the island which is the windy side so be warned! Pure relaxation and luxury. No cars, no noise, just wonderful beaches and plenty of snorkelling. People are friendly and nothing too much trouble for them. Would highly recommend. Enjoy!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2009

Anantara Dhigu was our fifth Maldives resort. It goes without saying that the Maldives are beautiful....And as almost all the resorts look so fantastic in the pictures and many are five star, the aim of this review is just to share a few things you can only find out by going there and that I'd have loved to have known before I arrived!

Be aware that Anantara Dhigu and Veli are within a few yards of one another and are effectively one resort, so pick your accommodation on that basis. You can easily cross to the other island via a three minute shuttle boat ride to eat in a different restaurant.

The accommodation at Dhigu is in very good condition (compared with Island Hideaway for example, which, though well-designed and spacious, was tired and worn). However the beach bungalows are very close together. You may be able to see your neighbours close at hand - and hear each other - if you are sitting on your terraces. On the sunrise side of Dhigu, you get a view of the service island (not great) and the service jetty bringing supplies to the kitchens and staff to work, as well as of Naladhu and the Thai restaurant, a few hundred yards away. On the sunset side, you may find yourself a bit too close for comfort to the speciality restaurant kitchen, so ask for a villa near the water bungalow end of the island on the sunset side for uninterrupted ocean views. Be aware though that on this side there is much less vegetation between you and the beach, so far less shade. If you want a shady bungalow set back from the beach, go for the sunrise side at the Veli end of the island for the best view.

If you want a water bungalow, go for Dhigu over Veli every time. The Veli water villas are many and clustered like a shanty town, many with views of each other rather than the open ocean, and we would have been pretty disappointed to get one of these. In addition, the little shuttle boat between the island motors back and forth to a jetty set in the midst of the Veli water villas, so your terrace may not feel very private in the evening. Also, some of the Veli water villas are built so close to the shore that, when the tide's out, they stand in but a few inches of water.... By contrast, at Dhigu, the water villas all extend in a straight line off a single jetty in a decent amount of water, and there's no overlook. If you go for a water bungalow at Dhigu, pay more if necessary for the Sunset side. The sunrise side will give you a view of the service island (NOT beautiful) whereas the sunset side is all ocean as far as the eye can see.

As far as aesthetics go, when we were there, there was also a large rusty JCB earth mover parked on a barren sand bar between Veli and Dhigu and in direct line of sight of some of the water villas. You might want to check if it's still there, as it was pretty ugly and not what you go to the Maldives to look at!

Service: all in all, pretty good especially from the pool bar staff at Dhigu. However, the resort does suffer from a layer of management who think that mechanically asking guests if they are happy with their food etc (without particularly wanting to hear the answer) is what five star service is all about. This grated on us after a while, whereas those members of staff whose smiles made it to their eyes and who actually noticed when you'd finished or were looking for some service were fantastic.

Food and drink: all pretty good though breakfast was not as appealing as at other resorts (less choice). Cocktails were great. Everything is expensive, but I guess that doesn't single out Anantara! A special mention goes to the utterly outstanding and world class Thair restaurant that sits off a walkway linking Naladhu and Veli. Superb food and service that had us returning pretty much on alternate nights.

Diving: Anantara isn't a divers' resort. The watersports franchise seemed to cater as much if not more for sailing, motorised watersports etc and we didn't feel like there was the passion for diving and for taking you to the best sites and giving you a great experience that we have enjoyed at other resorts (e.g. Four Seasons Kuda Huraa and Kuramathi Blue Lagoon - where the dive teams and the experience they gave us - were amazing). Again, brace yourself for the prices or better still, check before you go.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2009

I must say that I was a bit worried when reading some of the reviews but all negative thoughts were gone when I saw the island! I knew I was in paradise!

First time in the Maldives but I've been in many hotels around the world, so I can objectively say that this is a five star hotel with a 4 1/2 stars service. The reason I don't give service 5 stars is because although very friendly, attentive and smiling they were a bit slow at times. But all in all we really enjoyed our week there and at a place like this one needs to relax a bit. What's the rush anyway?

We were there on our honeymoon and we got champagne and other little surpises as well. We stayed 3 nights on a sunset beachfront villa and 4 nights at sunset over-water suite because we couldn't decide which to choose and we loved both for different reasons! It was the best decision.

From the restaurants we tried fushi cafe (don't miss bbq night it was excellent), fuddan (was ok), baan hura the thai restaurant (excellent, we went twice) and 73 degrees on the night they had maldivian buffet (excellent also). One one night we ordered room service and enjoyed our veranda. We also had special dining on the beach , candlelit just for the two of us which I highly recommend. It was the most expensive dinner we ever had but well worth it. (140 dollars each, plus 100 for the location, plus wine, total 450) Order the signature seafood menu and do not eat anything after breakfast because the amount of delicious mouthwatering seafood that will arrive is enormous.

From the excursions and activities we chose the dolphin quest (saw loads, very cool), snorkelling trip (definitely a must) and island hoping. Island hoping was fun, as we saw how locals live and got to buy some cheaper souvenirs (very expensive at hotel). I fell sorry for them as they were hit by the tsunami and generally live poor lives and wish I had taken more money with me to spend as we were only 5 tourists that day on an island with 20 shops. So, I recommend buying something from at least 2-3 stores, not all in one and think of it as charity. I bought a really cool handmade wooden mask and everyone compliments on it back at home.

On the way back from island hopping they took us snorkeling again at a different location and it was magical. for those who love to snorkel, there are plenty of good spots around the hotel, especially in front of the sunset over-water suites, there are some areas where the water is darker because it's deeper and we got to see many beautiful fist and sting-rays there.

The spa is very good but very expensive also. We booked nevertheless massages for both of us but as we ended up sunburned we had an aftersun aloe-vera treatment instead which was very cooling and comforting.

I would love to go there again if our budget allows it. It was a great honeymoon

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
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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
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dhigufinolhu Island
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Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 110
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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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