2020 – Veligandu Island

Veligandu in Maldives – Perfect holidays in the new normal

In the eyes of our first guests who completed their Maldives holiday in Veligandu and returned home, they were still able to experience the best of destination and the Maldivian hospitality despite the prevailing uncertainties of the pandemic.

Guest Ms Jennifer L. from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA wrote a heartfelt 5-star Tripadvisor review on Sep 16, 2020 left us a Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes emoji. Guest Mr. Andrew from the United Kingdom gave a 10 out of 10 on booking.com reviews and call Veligandu “Exceptional” on Sep 18, 2020. These heartfelt reviews from the left the team beaming with pride.

Her experience in Veligandu, by Ms. Jennifer on Tripadvisor

A slice of heaven on earth! 😍

My husband and I had an excellent and very unique experience at Veligandu amid COVID-19. We hope to come back to paradise soon! I’d like to first mention that we were impressed with the safety measures put in place throughout the resort – hand sanitizing stations, staff wearing masks and social distancing measures during dining – we felt safe our entire stay. They check your temperature every morning, FYI. I say we had a unique experience because there were only a handful of couples on the resort during our 11 night stay. It felt like we had the entire island to ourselves and the service was impeccable! We will miss Naaem, Akram, Abdulla, Naail, Adam, Rifau, Alex and all the wonderful staff at Veligandu.

Our island host Rifau was very attentive – he upgraded our villa to a sunset jacuzzi villa – and we are so happy he was able to do so (without us even asking)! My husband had a blast every morning snorkeling right off the deck- I joined him a couple of times – we saw beautiful fish, sea turtles, sting rays and reef sharks! Incredible! And the cherry on top were the beautiful sunsets mostly every night.

We looked forward to walking the island every morning after breakfast and lunch – it’s a small island so you can walk the entire island under 20 minutes. We also enjoyed our spa days and some of the excursions included in the All Inclusive Package. The sunset cruise is included in the AIP – highly recommended. We didn’t get to see any dolphins the first night, so Adam – Director of Operations – kindly offered us to join another sunset cruise a different night. We didn’t get to see any dolphins the second time around either, but the experience made up for it (They offered to take us on a third sunset cruise – that’s how great the customer experience is). The food was delicious every meal! One of the main chefs is from Indonesia, so make sure to get any Indonesian/ Asian food on the menu! Some of the dishes were some of the best we’ve had. We also enjoyed the BBQ nights on the beach! Also the daily soup options – chefs kiss!

It was sunny a majority of our stay. It is monsoon season in September, so you can expect some high winds at times and rain showers that last for a couple of minutes – nothing that will spoil the trip. We were very sad to leave Veligandu. We would highly recommend this resort to our family and friends, and we hope to be back soon! A handful of couples we met were repeat guests (12th and 19th time) – that spoke volumes to us. Truly a slice of heaven on earth – nothing like it! This place will always have a special place in our hearts.


Maldives is stamped as a Safe Travel destination by World Travel and Tourism Council. Veligandu is a 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winning resort which is also ranked as one of the Top Romantic Hotels in Asia and Maldives.

For the well-being and peace of mind of our guests, Veligandu follows the Hygiene Guidelines for a Safe Holiday Experience In Paradise.

Living in the ‘new normal’ – A Safe Holiday Experience In Veligandu.
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August 2020 Message From the General Manager

Dear Guests,

Greetings & Blessings from Veligandu Island Resort & Spa!

The global novel coronavirus outbreak has evolved from one of general alerts and watchfulness to an escalating public health issue which forced us to close down our resort operation for the past few months. We took this as an advantage to give our team a time off from work and spend some quality time with their family, relatives and friends. Concurrently, some of our team members remained on the island to look after our secluded haven and had completed some repairs and maintenance work. Our team effort was excellent during this difficult time, we managed to renovate most of our facilities and few minor repairs around the island, especially a new landscaping throughout the island creating a vista with more greenery and exotic blooms, which looks stunning, thanks to the team for their usual magnificent work.

A well trained Crown & Champa Resorts (CCR) airport representative will receive you and provide guidelines through the airport journey. Trans Maldivian Airways strictly follows the required guidelines from the government authorities. A safe physical distance between guests will be maintained while seated and the seats will be disinfected with each transfer.

Your designated Island host will assist you upon arrival to the resort following the internal resort operation and local government guideline to operate during new normal without compromising any service standard and our true Veligandu hospitality.

In the main restaurant, Dhonveli, waiter will serve your selected food directly on to your table from a carefully well-developed buffet with live cooking stations. In addition we have enhanced our guest experience by adding two BBQ beach dinner and one theme night on the beach per week under the weekly dinner schedule.

In order to assure safety, only a limited number of guests will be confirmed to enjoy the facilities at once, like at Madivaru Restaurant, Spa, excursions, and etc. you can download the resort mobile application which we will launch anew end of August, prior to arrival where you can view all our menus and book all the desired services, offerings or any other request or through your Island Host upon your arrival. Internationally approved chemicals are used to disinfect and clean all areas and the highest standard of hygienic protocols are implemented across the services provided by strictly observing the required health protection agency guidelines. Sanitizing dispensers are placed at the entrance of all facilities including public toilets and public areas.

A well established and trained medical team is available on the island to carry out the well-being needs of each guest in corporation with the health protection agency. For a hassle-free holiday, we are facilitating free of charge PCR testing for guests who stays more than seven days and has a compulsory requirement by the airline or home country. Each PCR test will be conducted by our well trained medical team on the island and test result will be submitted to the guests prior to the departure.

We will continue as normal with safety protocols in place and maintaining safe physical distance between guests. All our staff continue to receive comprehensive training with the guidance of established, accredited international partners to assure the highest most updated standards are understood and followed.

Having said that, the whole team and I are fully ready to welcome our guests to a safe & comfortable environment on September 1, 2020. We are confident and have no doubt that all our guests will enjoy their anecdote at our forevermore secluded haven even under new normal operation guideline.

With these safety guidelines in place, guests can confidently start packing their bags and trust to have a safe holiday experience in paradise. Please visit the travel updates page for an insight look into our safe holiday experience in paradise guideline and protocols.

We all look forward to our valued guests to stay with us, enjoying true Maldivian hospitality, making their story of a one resort one island a meaningful experience.

We are ardently waiting to welcome you for an indelible tale at your forevermore secluded haven

With lots of Blessings and warm regards,

Fathuhulla Ibrahim

General Manager

 

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Cooking with Chef Didi: Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino

Spaaghetti Aglio, Olio e Pepperoncino is a simple yet delightful dish guests enjoy al fresco in the never ending summer at Veligandu Maldives.

Spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Pepperoncino means Spaghetti with garlic, oil and chili. This classic Italian dish appeared for the first time on the Cook book “Cucina Teorico Pratica” written by Guido Cavalcanti in 1837, under the name of “Uermiculi Aglio e uoglie”.

This dish is one of the most popular pasta recipes in Italy and in Veligandu as well. This late-night Roman staple is astonishingly full-flavored that at the end of a night out with friends, it is common that someone says “Andiamo da me a farci una Spaghettata!” (Let’s go to my place to eat Spaghetti!), due to its simplicity, convenience, and flavorsome, this spaghetti recipe is almost always the first choice.

Wine Paring

The Italian sparkling wine Prosecco pairs well with this dish as Prosecco’s bubbles cleans your mouth from the odor created from the fried oil and garlic. Sauvignon Blanc, a “crisp, elegant, and fresh” white wine which is not too dry and not too strong is an alternative. Those of you who prefers red wines over white can nosh this dish with Pinot Noir wine.

A quick recipe to prepare, let Veligandus’ Maldivian chef Didi guide you on how to prepare one of the best-loved Italian dish.

Here’s everything you’re going to need

  •  3⁄4 pound spaghetti or linguine
  •  6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  •  2 to 3 whole fresh pepperoncini (small red chilies), or small dried red chilies
  •  4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  •  Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (about 1⁄2 tsp)
  •  1 cup freshly grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
  •  2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

How to cook

  •   Boil the spaghetti until it is al dente for 4 minutes, nearly but not quite done and still a bit chalky in the middle. Drain and keep it aside.
  • Heat the oil in a pot on medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and pepperoncini sauté for 2-3 minutes until the garlic is translucent and slightly golden brown.
  • Once they start to splutter, lower the heat and toss the spaghetti.
  •  Add salt and cracked black pepper to taste.
  •  Remove from the fire and plate up the dish. Garnish with parsley, cheese and additional pepperoncini.
  •  Serve it warm to your family and friends with panfry or grilled seafood and your choice of wine.

Create unforgettable moments as you savour fabulous food alongside great company at Veligandu during your beach holiday in the Maldives.
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Veligandu Island Resort & Spa wins 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award for the 7th Consecutive Year

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is honored to be awarded yet again the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for the year 2020. Thank you to all our guests for your continued patronage. We will continue to provide exceptional hospitality in tropical paradise.

The prestigious Travelers Choice Award formerly TripAdvisor excellence award for the past 7 years. This hallmark of remarkable service and quality experiences for travellers is only received by the top 10% hotels of the world.

Amidst challenging times, unparalleled service and safety our main priority! Further to ensure and to be a safe haven to everyone, in association with Crown & Champa Resorts, we are introducing Hygiene Guidelines for a Safe Holiday Experience in Paradise.

We look forward to serving you again soon.

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Veligandu offers flexible cancelation and offers for travel during November-December 2020 and in to 2021.

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Veligandu is opening September 1, 2020

How to spend your day in Veligandu

Live out your dream Maldives vacation at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa. The 90-room, 4.5-star resort is recognised as one of the Top Romantic Hotels in Asia and Maldives by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for romance.

Veligandu’s natural beauty, with lush tropical gardens, pristine stretches of beach and glittering azure lagoon, will sweep you off your feet as you fall in love with all the different ways to spend your time.

Here are a few ideas for a blissful day in paradise.

Touch Down

A scenic 20-minute seaplane transfer will bring you to the island, where you will be welcomed by the swaying palm trees and the sound of Bodu Beru drums. A cool, refreshing drink will be placed in your hands as you are guided through the check-in process 

Plan Out The Perfect Itinerary

Settled in your beach or water villa, and your Island Host will help you plan out the perfect itinerary. You can snorkel, dive or have some fun with Watersports such as paddle-boarding, or be as leisurely as you please, with indulgent spa treatments in the over-the-water Duniye Spa.

Capture Your Memories

A must do is a photo-shoot to commemorate your time in paradise. Veligandu’s in-house photography studio will take good care of you, whether you are looking for a more traditional shoot or an extraordinary drone shoot.  

Lunch  at Madivaru à la carte

Madivaru, offers a fine dining menu of a fusion of Asian and Western cuisines, artfully prepared, mouth-watering specialities, spiced up with mesmerising lagoon views.

Say I Do, One More Time

You can celebrate your love by reaffirming your vows in the most beautiful place on earth. Have a symbolic, traditional Maldivian wedding against the backdrop of the sea and the sounds of Bodu Beru drums will serenading you as you declare your love. 

Set Sail In A Sea Of Romance

As the sun sets, take to the sea on any of the romantic cruises Veligandu offers, or enjoy the tangerine skies from your sunset villa.

A Delightful Dinner For Two

After dinner, stargaze, attend the guest cocktail party and meet new friends or enjoy live music, each evening presents a different experience. 

Start Over Again

Wake up and do it all over and more. There will be plenty more to do, from couple treatments at the spa, fine dining, laying by the infinity pool cruising on a luxury yacht to deep-sea fishing even!

Global Wellness Day – How One Day Can Change Your Life

Global Wellness Day is celebrated annually every second Saturday of June. The purpose of Global Wellness Day is to ask the question, even if for just one day, “How can I live a healthier and better life?”, to direct the thoughts of both individuals and society towards “living well” and to raise awareness.

In addition, if you incorporate just a few of the following practices practices into your daily routine on a regular basis, you’ll soon be living a well life. By helping others do the same, you will be spreading the wellness dream.

  • Drink more water
  • Walk for an hour
  • Eat organic foods
  • Stop using plastic bottles
  • Do a good deed
  • Eat a family dinner
  • Go to bed at 10pm

Experience Wellness at Veligandu

Duniye Spa at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa allows you to experience wellness in every way. Founded on a philosophy of nurturing the body, calming the mind and inspiring the soul, Duniye Spa has a holistic approach to well-being. They have put together treatments that honour our human need for relaxation, beauty, balance and connection. Visit Duniye Spa at Veligandu Island Island Resort & Spa once and you will set the course of your day with heart-centered treatments; seek pampering and inspiration regularly and enter the path of joyful, healthy living to last a lifetime.

Veligandu Oriental Drink

A favourite of many, Veligandu Oriental Drink is a drink of choice among wellness enthusiasts. Here is a DIY recipe to try it out.

Ingredients:
30 ml of Orange Juice, 30 ml Carrot Juice or Fresh carrot squeezed, 20 ml of coconut water, 5 ml of ginger syrup

Procedure:
Mix all ingredients and shake with ice cubes , served in a cocktail glass.

Health Benefits:
Boost immunity, refreshing, detoxifying, prevent cancer cells to develop and restrain growth. Reduces cholesterol, controls heart diseases, cleanses the liver, relieves abdominal gas, increases metabolism, provides instant energy and controls sugar levels.

Oriental drink can be served in a coconut or a glass.

Veligandu is yet again awarded HACCP Certification

For the seventh year, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa had achieved the highly regarded accreditation in HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), principles and practice based on the World Health Organization Codex to ensure Food Safety, Hygiene and Cleanliness for the Resort. HACCP is a prevention-based recommended control system for the hygiene of food hygiene and safety with strict adherence and implementation of food safety procedures in hotels and food establishments.

As a property who complies with HACCP protocols, Veligandu offers the continuous wellbeing of the guests by;

  • Allowing guests to enjoy our services with full confidence in the quality of our food supplies and its preparation.
  • Maintaining the highest skills and knowledge of all food handlers, not only in the kitchen.
  • Practising proper and approved hygiene and cleanliness systems is adhered to within all levels of operations.
    and
  • Providing and sourcing the highest quality in food produced which are safe for resort guests and team members.

Ramadan Greetings from Veligandu Island Resort & Spa! – A Message From the General Manager

Dear all Muslims around the globe,

Ramadan Greetings from Veligandu Island Resort & Spa!

As the auspicious month of Ramadan starts, may the crescent-shaped moon brighten your path toward enlightenment and may Allah bless you and your family with peace and good health.

Ramadan is a month of worship, reflection and reconciliation; where the basic tenets of tolerance and forgiveness are integral to our fasting. This year, we enter the holy month of Ramadan during a time of health crisis, we pray that Allah ease all of us to keep fasts and grace us with the strength to do all the prayers while we battle against COVID-19 globally.

May the observance of Ramadan this year shall bring to us strength and the earnest will to work together to harness a speedy recovery from this pandemic of COVID-19 and enlighten all our darkness, wash away all our sorrows and heal the infected people rapidly providing strength to their families, bringing the globe to a normal state.

The best way to control this pandemic is to adhere to the recommendations and guidelines provided by the health authorities globally. Henceforth meekly stay indoors until it is felicitous to move around again and enjoy the holy month of showered blessings with your loved ones at home.

On behalf of Veligandu team, I would like to extend our best wishes to all Muslim communities around the globe during this holy month. May the spirit of this holy month inspire and give us the desire, strength, as well as the determination to achieve our common global goal, to recover from the worldwide health crisis.

RAMADAN KAREEM 1441 TO ALL MUSLIMS AROUND THE WORLD

With lots of Blessings and warm regards,

Fathuhulla Ibrahim

General Manager

Earth Day 2020 at Veligandu

At Veligandu, Earth Day is every day and we have been working towards sustainable tourism being conscious of climate action for a long time.

Do you know?
🌱 By adopting glass soft-drink bottles, we reduced 0.95 tons of plastic annually from the Resorts consumption.
🌱 Having a desalinization plant allows us to make our own drinking water, 164,980 litres daily for guest and staff consumption.
 We opt to recycle. Our flower garden beds are lines with old glass bottles.
🌱 Native and naturalized fauna is used to manicure our gardens and to provide ground cover to protect and nurture the island’s soil.
🌴Roots of the coconut trees are used to protect the beaches you love from eroding. You will find 10 coconut trees newly replanted when you visit Veligandu and we will soon share how we do this.

 

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