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Choose Veligandu Island Resort & Spa As Your First Couples Holiday Destination in the Maldives

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Couples Holiday in the Maldives

Deciding where to go on your first romantic getaway? If you are looking for a destination where you can relax and escape from it all, the idyllic shores of the Maldives are waiting for you.

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is the perfect destination for a luxurious couples holiday, where you can share pure bliss and intimate moments amidst the inspiring beauty of the Maldives.

Find out why our romantic Maldives resort is the ultimate choice for your first vacation away together.

Experience Romance, Veligandu Maldives-style

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Voted a top romantic hotel in Asia and the Maldives, Veligandu offers an idyllic paradise with a whole host of romantic experiences. On the guests’ bucket list are:

 • Romantic Love Boat Sailing takes couples to a private sunset sailing experience across the Indian Ocean;
• Sleeping under the Stars on a Private Island provides couples with an exclusive paradise for a night of romance;
• Stargazing Cruise offers a whimsical star-watching experience that provides lovers with an intimate evening together as they cruise along Maldivian waters;
• Signature Private BBQ Dinner treats couples with a private barbecue on a secluded beach.

Begin your Life-long Journey Together 

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Veligandu is the ideal setting for an unforgettable Maldives wedding. Say ‘I do’ overlooking the sparkling turquoise lagoon on the undisturbed stretch of palm-lined beach. Whether you are newly married or celebrating your anniversary, there is no place like Veligandu to fall in love  all over again.

Embark on Relaxation and Adventure 

Couples Holiday - Veligandu Maldives

There is no shortage of things to see and do in our secluded haven. With a myriad of activities to choose from, lovers can fill their days with pure relaxation, island adventure, or both.

Therefore, whether your idea of a perfect getaway together consists of once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as swimming with sea turtles, dolphin spotting expeditions, or private dining on a luxury yacht, or is all about those days lazing on the beach or winding down at an over-the-water spa, our resort offers the perfect mix of bliss and adventure.

Be sure to contact the friendly team at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa to find out more about our romantic couples holidays in the Maldives.

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Travel Inspiration for Your Much-Awaited Maldives Getaway 

Travel Inspiration for the Rest of 2021

Offering some of the world’s best beaches, two vibrant house reefs, and an exclusive island all to itself, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa provides the perfect setting for that long-awaited safe and beautiful holiday experience after months spent in lockdown and restricted by postponed travel plans.

We have some travel inspiration to help you plan your next vacation experience – and you never know, it might lead you to our secluded island in the Maldives. 

Summer Getaway (August – September): Make it a summer to remember with lots of experiences to discover. From kayaking through a turquoise lagoon and snorkelling around our beautiful house reef to indulging in delightful cuisine and getting pampered at our tropical, overwater Duniye Spa. At Veligandu, you can enjoy paradise precisely as you wish.

Autumn Escape (October – November): With regular whale shark and manta ray sightings being common in Ari Atoll, make sure to add these incredible wildlife encounters to your bucket list of adventures to be checked off this autumn.

Sun, Sea, Sand, and Sparkle (December): Festive season in the tropics awaits you with many surprises and ’tis the season to be merry’ moments. Be spoilt by choice with our festive offerings, including a delectable selection of gourmet delights, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day events, and the appearance of Santa himself!

End the Year with a Dose of Paradise: The ample space on our tropical island lends itself perfectly to natural seclusion, ideal for enjoying togetherness with those you love. But when it is time to celebrate as the year draws to a close, you can discover a range of year-end entertainment and activities to enjoy.

Romance, Relaxation, and Endless Sunshine Year-round: Voted a top romantic hotel in Asia and the Maldives, Veligandu offers a relaxed atmosphere perfect for days of unwinding on the palm-lined beaches, admiring endless tropical views, or simply enjoying intimate moments with your significant other.

Book with Flexibility

The World's Best Beach - Veligandu Island

We have put flexibility at the heart of every booking. Our ‘Travel Flexibility’ policy allows you to cancel or move your stay dates just in case your holiday plans are compromised due to the ever-changing travel restrictions.

Please view our selection of special offers, including last-minute deals.

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Featured image: Private sandbank excursion with Veligandu Maldives, courtesy of @eagleviewportugal

5 Romantic Things To Do For Your Maldives Honeymoon

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Experience A Maldives Honeymoon Unlike Any Other At The Secluded Island Of Veligandu

There is nothing quite like a honeymoon in the Maldives. At Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, we are proud to offer an idyllic paradise for romantic holidays where couples have the opportunity to enjoy intimate moments and share new experiences together.

Voted a Top Romantic Hotel in Asia and the Maldives, Veligandu provides the true essence of an authentic Maldivian paradise where honeymooners can experience a secluded haven of chic simplicity in a charming tropical island setting.

We have rounded up our take on romantic things to do in the Maldives, so make sure to add these must-dos for your ultimate romantic Maldives getaway.

Enjoy The Best Beach In The World

Maldives Honeymoon - Veligandu

There is no shortage of spectacular beaches in the Maldives, but if you want to experience one of the best, seek no further than the beach at Veligandu. 

Voted the world’s best beach, couples can spend the day luxuriating by the ocean whilst soaking up some tropical sun on Veligandu Island Beach. However, when it is time for some fun, there are a plethora of activities on offer, including kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and Catamaran sailing for lovers to do together.

Dine Under The Stars

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Pamper your special someone with a delectable dining experience, with the menu created according to your tastes and preferences. Our chefs use natural and sustainably sourced ingredients and present various menus, featuring meat, seafood, vegan, and vegetarian selections to meet your lifestyle.

Veligandu offers an array of curated dining experiences at different locations and ambiences to enhance romance. Imagine your toes in the sand with stars above, you and your loved one enjoying delectable cuisine whilst being serenaded by the gentle sound of the ocean, or savouring a romantic and luxurious dinner on a yacht. Let our team assist you in making your dining experience under the stars memorable.

Get Pampered Together

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Indulge in spa treatments and enjoy relaxed, quality time together. Award-winning Duniye Spa at Veligandu has world-class facilities where you and your other half can lay back and unwind as you revel in traditional therapies and blissful massages.

Dive Into The Deep Blue Sea

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If you want to fill your romantic holiday with new experiences, then take advantage of the fact that the Maldives is a renowned scuba diving destination.  So grab your diving gear and dive into the deep blue waters to discover the enchanting underwater world of the Maldives.

Renew Your Wedding Vows

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There is no better place to share your “ I dos” for the second time than in this idyllic paradise. Imagine exchanging vows surrounded by crystal-clear waters, the purest stretches of white, sandy beaches, and the Indian Ocean.

Veligandu offers a range of thoughtfully-curated wedding packages whether for the ultimate romantic elope or a grand celebration with your nearest and dearest.

Travelling in the ‘new normal’ – Have A Safe Holiday Experience at Veligandu
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Planning to visit Veligandu Maldives?

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We continue to allow maximum flexibility given these unique circumstances.
Book now at your convenience with the freedom of FREE Cancellation on Room Rate for cancellation received 3 days prior to arrival.

Coral Regeneration – Underwater Gardening at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

Coral Regeneration Project at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, Maldives

Veligandu has two house reefs, abundant with marine life and blessed with soft corals and resident turtles. The west-facing house reef can be easily reached from the beach, while the north reef is a five-minute boat ride from the island.

With rising ocean temperatures brought about by global warming, coral bleaching is an alarming occurrence in the Maldives and all around the world. Corals play a vital role in the marine ecosystem providing food and habitats for many oceanic life species.

To protect and conserve the island’s reefs, the Veligandu team, in partnership with the Ocean Maldives, continues to enhance its commitment to the environment by launching a pilot project to help regenerate corals and ensure the reefs, aptly named the rainforests of the seas, remain healthy.

There are currently two coral frames installed on Veligadu reef, one of which is shaped like a hammerhead shark to honour Veligandu Hammerhead Shark Point, the Big Blue where guests can dive to see these elusive sharks.

 How Do You Regenerate Corals?

The team collects naturally broken live corals from the sea bed, such as Acropora coral, small polyp stony corals, and other fast-growing species. The coral fragments are then attached to a frame which will act as the artificial reef scaffolding. The pieces need to be monitored during the growth process. Any dead fragments need to be replaced, and the frame structures must be maintained by scrubbing off growing algae.

Underwater Gardening at Veligandu Island Resort & SpaCorals are delicate marine animals, and different coral species need the correct pressure, water temperature, ocean currents, and water quality to regenerate successfully. The artificial reef frames are placed in similar conditions, such as the underwater environment where the coral fragments are usuually found.

Guests can visit the reef where these coral frames are stationed whilst snorkelling and diving. Veligandu’s hammerhead shaped frame is placed visible for all guests to see from the surface, at about a depth of 5 meters (depending on the water level), on the house reef in front of the Water Sports Centre. Guests who dive can enjoy it more closely while exploring the house reef. The other smaller frames found their happy home on another side of the jetty.

Ready to Book Your Maldives Getaway at Veligandu?

Please get in touch with our team about arranging your Maldives holiday. Guided by our purpose of care, we continue to allow maximum flexibility for the new normal traveller. Book now with the freedom of FREE Cancellation on Room Rate for cancellation received three days before arrival.

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Veligandu Island Resort & Spa Unveils a Collection of Time-honoured Photographs, Showcasing the Property’s Inspiring 37-year History

The Tale of Veligandu

Guests can connect with Veligandu’s past through a collection of old photographs that provides a window into some of the fascinating moments of the resort’s humble beginnings.

The secluded haven of Veligandu Island Resort & Spa in North Ari Atoll, a property of the Crown & Champa Resorts Collectionthe leading resort group in the Maldives, unveils ‘The Tale of Veligandu’, a compilation of time-honoured photographs which plunges readers into the charm, history, and transformation of one of the Maldives’ pioneering resorts. 

Announcing ‘The Tale of Veligandu’, Mr. Fathuhulla Ibrahim, General Manager, said, “Veligandu is one of the long-established resorts in the country, and we have created it for our guests to connect with our fascinating past. It is brimming with vivid photography and an inspiring archive of images over the years, showcasing some of the most captivating and heart-warming moments of Veligandu history. We cherish these moments in our hearts; these moments are our life.” 

The resort’s humble origins began in 1984 with the development of a small island in the Indian Ocean, which was named ‘Veligandu’ after the Dhivehi word for ‘sandbank’, starting only with 17 standard rooms made with corals, which were used as bricks during the time, and with no air conditioners, 1 small restaurant, 1 bar, 2 Dhonis, 1 jetty, and with less than 50 team members. The resort went through a series of refurbishment works, year after year, to bring in a fresh look, sustainability, and innovative technologies to keep up with the ever-changing tastes of global travellers whilst maintaining its local Maldivian charm. 

Today, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa has distinguished itself as one of the leading resorts in the country, voted amongst the top resorts for romance in Asia and the Maldives. With 91 tastefully appointed accommodations, including over-the-water and beach villas, an impressive array of entertainment, facilities, and activities, as well as the warm Maldivian hospitality the resort is renowned for, guests are guaranteed a truly authentic and memorable holiday experience in this secluded paradise.

The Tale of Veligandu

Veligandu invites guests to have a glimpse of the resort’s treasured tales and the collection of age-old photographs by visiting the history book:  ‘The Tale of Veligandu’.

To stay updated, follow Veligandu Island Resort & Spa on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. #VeliganduMaldives

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Sustainable Practices at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Sustainable Practices at Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, the Maldives’ Secluded Island

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, one of the leading sustainably-run resorts in the Maldives, is committed to taking action to make a positive difference to preserve and protect our beautiful yet fragile environment.

We believe that in order to achieve sustainability goals, we have to make our team members, guests, and partners more aware of environmental issues and work closely together in the conservation of natural resources for future generations.

To help conserve the natural beauty surrounding us and reduce our impact on it, we have placed several sustainable practices at our eco-friendly Maldives resort.

Energy Optimization: At Veligandu, we have implemented efficient lighting in all our villas and public areas, with about 97% of light bulbs replaced with energy-saving LED lamps. This has helped the resort achieve a 2% reduction in energy consumption.

Waste Management: Our suppliers’ environmental impact has become a paramount consideration for our purchasing department. We now work with our suppliers to minimise packaging and ensure that it has to be reusable or recyclable whenever packaging is needed. Moreover, we have significantly reduced the use of single-use plastics by completely replacing plastic drinking straws and plastic water bottles with more environmentally-friendly alternatives.

Sustainable Supplies: Our philosophy of ‘ocean to plate’ means that much of our fresh seafood is sourced locally from our neighbouring islands, thus creating revenue for local fishermen and their families. Additionally, we regularly purchase fresh produce from the nearby Thodhoo Island supporting the livelihood of the locals.

Travellife Gold Award: The Travellife Gold Award is given to resorts with a continued commitment to green issues. We are a proud recipient of this prestigious sustainability certification, which is only a testament to our dedication to implementing sustainable practices, reducing our negative impact on the environment and encouraging our team members, guests and local community to be mindful of the natural surroundings.

[Related:  Events In Veligandu:  Commemorating Earth Hour 2021 with sustainable activities » ]

Book Your Sustainable Holiday Experience at Veligandu Resort & Spa Maldives 

Veligandu Island Sustainable Maldives Resort

Looking for a sustainable resort from which to explore the many wonders of the Maldives? Located in North Ari Atoll, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is one of the Maldives’ leading eco-friendly resorts. It is the perfect tropical escape providing heartfelt hospitality and an authentic beach-chic lifestyle experience, ideal for travellers looking to create memorable moments in the most atmospheric island setting.

Click here to view our special offers and deals. We continue to allow for maximum flexibility for the next normal traveller. Book now at your convenience with the freedom of FREE Cancellation on Room Rate for cancellation received three days before arrival.

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Earth Hour & Sustainable Holidays With Veligandu

As a sustainability-focused resort, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa had been energy-saving focused and looking at industry practices to reduce the carbon footprint.

Over the years, the Veligandu team continued to switch off the non-essential lights all around the island to participate in the global Earth Hour movement that drew attention to nature loss and the climate crisis. This year, Veligandu take part immensely and going to the next level to spread the same message and re-create the unmissable sight by turning off 90% of the electrical lights all around the island

In all our restaurants, our guests and team members will dine under candlelight without any electric lights to commemorate reducing the carbon footprint. Veligandu has organised a private beach dinner experience consists of luscious organic cuisines and organic wine set on the beach with live music using non-electronic music instruments to show we can still have a gourmet dining experience while reducing the carbon footprint.

Furthermore, the resort is well-prepared with exciting eco and carbon-conscious activities like zero-emission sunset yoga on the sandbank to sustainable Dhoni snorkelling trips, star gazing cruise to a screening of Eco-movie related to the planet and a beach cleaning activity.

Commemorating #earthhour

Sustainable Dining Events

🌏 Inspiration 1: ECO-BEACH DINNER

Monday, 27 March 2021 from 1930 to 2130 | Pool Beach
USD 229.00 per couple

Celebrate the Earth Hour with a luscious meal in a romantic eco and charismatic ambience created on pool beach. Sense the perfect harmony in the ocean breeze listening to live music played without electricity by our talented in-house local Maldivian-band, “Spirit Henge”. Capture the treasurable moment with
our photographer and acquire one complimentary picture as a souvenir.

Yellow fine Tuna Carpaccio, Bio Framed Micro Green and Leaf Salad
Lemony Foam Artichoke Cream with Pan Seared Shrimp

Yellow Runner Jack Fish with Steamed Sweet Potato and Parmesan gratin, Cauliflower Somite
Grilled Maldivian lobster with Garlic – Parsley butter, Potato Mashed and lobster sauce

Panna Cotta Parfait with Coconut Ice Cream
Two Glasses of Sparkling Wine
Selection of Tea or Coffee

Options of organic wine with additional charge (20% discount applicable on the original price of organic wines during the dinner):
WHITE: Emiliana navas gran reserva (CHILE) grapes variety CHARDONNAY | Original Price: US$ 50.00 per bottle
RED: Emiliana navas gran reserve (CHILE) grapes variety CABERNET SAUVIGNON | Original Price: US$ 50.00 USD per bottle


Original Price: USD 299.00 per couple
With 15% Discount: USD245 per couple

Package Includes:
Eco-Beach Dinner from 1930 to 2130 at the Pool Beach


Traditional Dhoni Snorkeling Trip with a cool box for 1 hour 30 minutes. Maximum 2 couples per trip.
Star Gazing Cruise with fruit punch and water for 1 hour.  Maximum 2 couple per trip


Choose any massage from the spa menu including the Indian Head massages. An open-air massage experience during the Sunset or Sunrise. Limited space. Maximum one couple for sunset and sunrise. Total two couple per day.

60 minutes – USD 205 per couple
90 minutes – USD 250 per couple

Gift: Coconut Body Lotion, 50ml per couple.

In addition to the above:

All guests will experience,

🌴 Eco-Movie
A documentary about the planet screened at Thundi bar from 2130 to 2230. All in-house guest. Invited at no cost.

🌴 Sunset Yoga
Sunset yoga on Veligandu Sandbank from 1800 to 1900.
All in-house guest invited at no cost.

💡 Switch off 90% of electrical lights all around the island for one hour at #earthhour.

🌴 Veligandu Teams gift to guests;
Bed-decoration using recyclable items

For dinner reservations and more information, guests on the island can speak to your waiter or Island Host.
Guests planning to visit Veligandu can contact reservations@veligandu.com

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Veligandu, the Perfect Maldives Resort for Weddings

Weddings in the Maldives

The Maldives is one of the most wished-for destinations by couples seeking a special place for their ‘biggest day’ and to begin their life-long journey together. Couples also visit the Maldives to rekindle their love or celebrate it with a second wedding ceremony on anniversaries.  There is no better place to say ‘I do’ than in this idyllic paradise with azure waters, the purest stretches of white, sandy beaches, flanked by palm trees and the Indian Ocean.

Veligandu Island Resort & Spavoted as Asia and the Maldives’ top resort for romance, offers the perfect destination for weddings and renewal of vows. The resort island is intimate and tranquil, creating the ideal atmosphere for you to celebrate your love for each other.

Here at Veligandu, we offer a range of thoughtfully-curated wedding packages to suit your wedding day wishes, be it the ultimate romantic elope or a glorious celebration with your nearest and dearest. Our team of professionals will go beyond and above to bring your dream wedding to life on our secluded island. 

Here is Why Veligandu is the Best Maldives Resort for Weddings

    • Veligandu offers several wedding options to match your budget, preferences and requirements. Whether it is a symbolic wedding on the beach, or a wedding ceremony on a luxurious yacht where you can sail across the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean while exchanging vows, it is sure to provide you with an experience that you will cherish for the rest of your lives.
    • With a stunning sandbank, lush greenery, and pristine panoramas of an idyllic paradise with freedom of space and uncrowded beaches, Veligandu provides a phenomenal backdrop for the most important celebration of your lives.
    • Forget all the hassle of organising a wedding and let our experienced team of in-house event coordinators take care of all the details. We can arrange photographers, hairdressers, and a lavish feast, however you like it. We can also keep it simple as you wish, just you and your special one exchanging ‘I dos’, barefoot in the sand and in love. Best of all, when you get married at Veligandu, your honeymoon begins the moment you are declared husband and wife.
    • Having your destination wedding at Veligandu can also be less expensive, as your guests will typically cover the cost of their own flights and accommodations. Our Maldives resort provides special rates and arrangements with lots of flexibility should you wish to celebrate this special life event with as many family and friends as you like. Be it a grand affair with your extended family and friends or just an intimate celebration with a handful of your favourite people in attendance. The dynamic team at Veligandu is always on hand to help you realise your dream wedding in the Maldives.

Plan your Dream Wedding in the Maldives with Veligandu

Veligandu Maldives Weddings

With a stunning location and endless opportunities for romance, you are guaranteed to have timeless memories at Veligandu. As you plan your dream wedding, have a look at our Maldives Wedding page to inspire you.

For enquiries, please contact our wedding planners at reservations@veligandu.com.

Marriage Proposals At Veligandu

Create your own “Marry Me” anecdote in your secluded haven.

The Veligandu team is fantastic at setting intimate and surprise proposals on the island’s exquisite long beach, in your villa, over a romantic dinner, on the yacht, even on a traditional Dhoni boat or as you imagine.

Learn more about the romantic proposal options or tell us how you envision it.

FAQs. Is It Safe to Travel to the Maldives?

Maldives: is a WTTC Global Safe Travels Destination and received the ‘Safe Travel Stamp’ for implementing health and safety measures, in line with the World Travel & Tourism Councils’ Global Safe Travels protocols.

Veligandu: Learn more about the Health & Safety Guidelines and the A Safe Holiday Experience In Paradise initiative, including PCR Test facilitation at our resort. Guests who completed their Maldives holiday and returned home have nothing but praise for their experiences, the Maldivian hospitality, and safety. Read guest reviews.

Veligandu Maldives continues to allow maximum flexibility for today’s traveller.  Book now at your convenience with the freedom of FREE Cancellation on Room Rate for cancellation received 3 days prior to arrival.


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