2020 – Veligandu Island

3 Ways to Relax this Summer at Veligandu

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives provides its guests with a great opportunity to relax, unwind and switch off from day-to-day life. Tropical bliss of white sandy beaches, sparkling blue lagoons and plenty of sunshine combine with great food, carefree all-inclusive package, a sprinkling of romance and lots of relaxation opportunities. Here are three of our favourite ways to unwind at Veligandu this summer:

Be pampered at the spa – there’s no better way to relax than an indulgent treatment at Duniye Spa.  Make wellness a priority and let your mind, body and soul give in to the holistic treatments using carefully selected natural products.

Immerse yourself in nature snorkelling and scuba diving are claimed by many to be very relaxing pastime, with the marine life leaving you mesmerised by the colours of the tropical reef fish darting about and turtles gracefully gliding through the water. The professional team at Ocean Dive Centre is on hand for an experience of a lifetime.

Dine by the ocean – with stars overhead, the sound of the waves lapping the shore and your toes in the sand, nothing says ‘Maldives’ quite like a candlelight dinner on the beach! Choose from a variety of beach dining options including a Private BBQ, Veli Dinner where your table is dug from the sand, or an exquisite Bubbles and Lobster feast, all are perfect for relaxing with your loved one in the most romantic setting possible.

Turn your daydreams of long sunny days spent doing exactly as you wish, reconnecting with your loved one and just simply taking some time out to relax into reality and banish those winter blues too by booking your relaxing summer holiday at Veligandu.

Meet Chef Frianto – Creator of Fabulous Fusion Food at Veligandu

Madivaru Restaurant, our a la carte outlet, is a must-do dining experience for guests staying at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa. The fabulous food, coupled with a choice of settings: indoor, alfresco or on the beach, make this an unforgettable way to spend an evening in the Maldives. Chef de Cuisine, Frianto, is the talent behind the culinary creations at Madivaru.

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Chef Frianto’s love for cooking came naturally and developed when he was a child; from the age of 12, he helped his mother in the kitchen to prepare dishes for the entire family. He used to wake up early in the morning before school, just to make sure he didn’t miss what his mother would prepare for the day ahead. Since then, cooking became part of Frianto’s daily routine, he was constantly learning, cooking and picking his own ingredients from the garden surrounding the local vineyard.

Frianto’s passion to keep learning and discovering took him to Indonesia, Maldives, Dubai, Brunei Darussalam, Seychelles, Dubai again and back to the Maldives, where he joined us at Veligandu as Chef de Cuisine for Madivaru Restaurant.

A significant point in Chef Frianto’s career was when he joined Burj Al Arab Dubai in 2004 as Senior Chef de Partie, working in Almahara fine dining restaurant together with Michelin star chefs from around the world. During this period, he learned a lot about different cooking techniques and styles, modern presentation, matching different ingredients and collaborating dishes. It was here that his love of creating new fusion dishes blossomed and has continued to shine through in his dishes.

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We managed to steal a few moments with Chef Frianto…

What type of fusion food do you create and what is your inspiration?  

My love of Asian ingredients combined with Western cooking techniques gives me the freedom to experiment and fuse it into a single dish, or I switch things around to use Western ingredients with Asian cooking techniques. I am happy to share a few dishes which I have created along my journey as a chef:

  • Wok Fried Noodle with Seafood, Capers and Italian Basil
  • Asian infused Lobster Bisque, Lobster Tempura and Asparagus Salad
  • Grilled Chicken Salad on Crispy Indonesian Crackers
  • Rare cooked Angus Beef with Massaman Risotto

What is your signature and ‘must-try’ dish and the story behind it?

It has to be Wok Fried Noodle with Seafood, Capers and Italian Basil. In Indonesia and most of Asia, noodles are eaten daily, either for breakfast, lunch or dinner, just like rice. They go well with capers, which will give you the taste of lemons, olives and salty flavours. Italian basil is very aromatic and has a pleasant spicy taste and smell. These all combine into a mouthwatering dish.

How do the restaurant views, al fresco dining and Veligandu’s general topography and ambience contribute to the fusion food?

I would say Veligandu is a unique tropical island resort and Madivaru occupies an amazing location, surrounded by lush vegetation and white sandy beaches, it has a relaxed atmosphere too. We express these qualities in our dishes with tropical produce, balanced, light dishes and unique tastes which most of our guests have never experienced before.

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Add Madivaru to your Veligandu holiday itinerary and sample some of Chef Frianto’s fusion creations. Reservations are essential and can be taken up to two hours before the restaurant opens each evening.

Endless Opportunities For Romance at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

With its romantic hotels and luxury resorts, the Maldives is world-renowned for romance and as a top honeymoon destination, it’s the definitive place to go for a romantic getaway. Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is a small but beautiful island where the white sand and sparkling ocean provide the perfect backdrop for romance in paradise.

The opportunities for romance at Veligandu are endless and include everything from intimate candlelight dinners on the beach to a cocktail with your loved one while watching the setting sun light up the evening sky. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to surprise your loved one here is a snapshot of how your romantic escape could look:

  • Start the day with a champagne breakfast in the comfort of your villa. Enjoy the view of the Indian Ocean while you feast on a scrumptious continental breakfast accompanied by a half bottle of perfectly chilled Moet & Chandon Champagne.
  • Wander hand in hand to the spa and indulge in a Him & Her Herbal Oil Balinese Body Massage in a candlelit room followed by champagne as the finishing luxurious touch to this treatment.
  • Book a special spot from where to appreciate the spectacular Maldivian sunset, Veligandu’s ‘Bubbly Sunset Love Bed on the Beach’ experience is guaranteed to melt your loved one’s heart. Sip champagne and enjoy the delicious homemade canapés while Mother Nature transforms day to night.
  • For the quintessential finale, a candlelight dinner on the beach is an absolute must. With your feet in the sand, exquisite food on the table and your eyes on each other, it’s an evening to remember. Choose from a Private BBQ, a Veli Dinner where your table and chairs are made from the soft white sand, a Bubbles and Lobster Beach Dinner or Madivaru Sunset Dinner – whichever choice you make, it will be a night to remember.
  • Want to take romance to the next level? What could be more romantic than renewing your wedding vows? There is no better place to reaffirm your love than at this island paradise.

It’s always romantic at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa so don’t worry if your escape is not in February, the romance never ends and the above experiences are available throughout the year!

Book Veligandu with Summer Special Offer

If you’ve been dreaming of a romantic escape to a secluded island in the sun, now is a great time to turn those dreams into reality by booking Veligandu Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives. If booked by the end of February, you can take advantage of the Summer Special Offer – 20% discount on all villa packages with full-board or all-inclusive!

Veligandu offers one of the best value all-inclusive packages in the Maldives whether you’re looking for peace and tranquillity for quiet walks along the beach, a place to sip champagne and celebrate your love, or to indulge in an intimate meal under the stars.

This exclusive offer ends soon, book direct with Veligandu Island Resort & Spa.

Terms & Conditions

Book your stays on Full Board or All-Inclusive Plus package and receive an additional 20% discount on all villa categories­.

  • Booking Validity: From January 1, 2020, until February 28, 2020
  • Travel Validity: For stays between the night of April 16, 2020, thru and including the night of September 30, 2020.

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Veligandu – A Year Round Maldives Destination

The Maldives is unusual amongst tropical destinations in that it is a great place to visit all year round with an enviable amount of sunshine, enough rain to ensure the islands retain their deep emerald green centres and near-constant warm temperatures that make travelling light easy. As for the duration of your holiday, anything goes – Veligandu is just as well suited to long breaks where you can relax fully into island life and enjoy all it has to offer or, indulge in a mini-break you’ll never forget – but be warned, this will leave you longing to come back!

The seasons of the Maldives follow two main monsoons. From November to April, Veligandu experiences its high season with little wind but a lot of sun, the sea is mostly calm and the visibility underwater is at its greatest. The weather from May to October is less settled and brings more cloudy days and slightly more rain but still plenty of sunshine. The underwater visibility is slightly reduced due to the plankton-rich water flowing through the atoll but for divers and snorkelers, this is exciting news as this is food for whale sharks and manta rays! Low season is a great time to visit if you’re searching for a good deal as there are often more special offers available.

Once you’ve decided when to visit, the next decision will be how long to stay for. At Veligandu you can be as busy or relaxed as you like, with a wide range of experiences on offer. Almost everyone spending their holidays with us here wishes they had ‘just another week’ – even if they’ve spent two weeks already! Enjoy water sports in the calm lagoon, snorkel the amazing reefs, go scuba diving with hammerhead sharks at the world-renowned Rasdhoo site, treat your mind, body and soul at the award-winning Duniye Spa and tickle your taste buds at some of the best restaurants in the Maldives – could you fit all this into the best romantic mini-break ever?

It’s always a good time to visit Veligandu Island Resort & Spa; you’ll love it, however long you stay.

All-Inclusive Romantic Maldives Honeymoon

If you’re looking for a romantic Maldives getaway, a place to celebrate your honeymoon or simply somewhere to relax and enjoy a carefree holiday with your loved one – with Veligandu Island Resort & Spa’s All-Inclusive Plus Package you’ll find everything you’re looking for. From the moment you set foot on the island, love will be in the air and it will become clear why Veligandu is the place to be for those searching for the best all-inclusive honeymoon resort in the Maldives.

The stunningly beautiful island, luxurious villas and attentive service are complemented by the extensive all-inclusive package which has just seen even more benefits added:

New Updates to Veligandu’s All-Inclusive Plus Package :

  • 20% discount on all food items at Madivaru à la carte Restaurant (not valid for onsite special events such as themed dinners)
  • One lunch or one dinner at Madivaru à la carte Restaurant for every guest staying 5-nights – pre-booking required and subject to space availability (not valid for onsite special events such as themed dinners)
  • 20% discount from selected spa treatments taken during the first two days.

We want your honeymoon or romantic holiday to be relaxed and carefree, enabling you and your loved one to enjoy the Maldives to the absolute max without the worry of how big the bill will be at the end – and that’s exactly what Veligandu’s All-Inclusive Plus Package is designed to do. Allow yourself to imagine your days spent at our tropical paradise without a care in the world…

…Sumptuous buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 24-hour-a-day snacks, free-flow alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including the quintessential cocktails for watching those glorious Maldivian sunsets, are yours to enjoy. Days spent wandering hand-in-hand along the soft white sand, exploring the lagoon in a kayak or learning how to snorkel and windsurf can be complemented with a sunset cruise, local island trip or a yoga session. Celebrate your love with a half bottle of champagne per room per stay too – all within the incredible all-inclusive package at Veligandu.

Explore more of our All-Inclusive Plus Package here.

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