Experience – 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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Mas Riha – Maldivian Fish Curry By Chef Didi – Taste Of Maldives By Veligandu

For our guests who had tried this before and for those who love to cook, Veligandus’ famed and talented Maldivian chef Didi will guide you on how to prepare an authentic Maldivian Mas Riha (Maldivian Curry).  You can easily prepare this entire delicious meal in less than 30 minutes and bring the tropical Maldivian flavours to your kitchen with this luscious Mas Riha.

Here’s everything you’re going to need:

  • 2 tbsp. Oil
  • 1 Dried Gamboge
  • ½ tsp Fenugreek seeds
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp Sesamee seeds
  • 2 medium Onion, finely sliced
  • 4 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1  fresh ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • Few Hikadhi Faiy (Curry Leaves)
  • 3 Raanba Faiy (Pandan Leaves), cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 Maldivian chilli
  • 1 tsp fish curry powder
  • ½ tsp Chili powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 300ml coconut milk
  • 500g Fresh Red Snapper or any other firm fresh fish cut into small cubes. (Authentic Maldivian Fish curry is usually cooked with fresh tuna, Kaṇḍumas (skipjack tuna), but also Kanneli (yellowfin tuna) or Laṭṭi (little tunny)
  • Salt to taste (about ½ tsp)

Veligandu's Chef Didi cooking Mas Riha - Maldivian Fish Curry

How to cook:

  • Heat the oil in a pot on medium heat.
  • Add the dried gamboge, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, sesame seeds, sauté for few seconds.
  • Once they start to splutter, add onions, ginger and garlic and stir. Add tomato, curry leaves, pandan and Maldivian chilli into the mixture. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Once the onion softens, add Curry powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder and mix well. Stir for 30 seconds until the mixture becomes fragrant.
  • Add coconut milk and cook for about 5 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Gently add fresh red snapper cubes and toss until all pieces of fish are well coated with the source, simmer without stirring until the fish is well-cooked, about 5-6 minutes. The fish is ready when it slightly resists flaking, to confirm, gently nudge the fish with a spoon.
  • Add salt to taste and stir gently. Simmer about 1 minute.
  • Plate up and serve hot with basmati rice or roshi (Maldivian traditional flatbread).

Mas riha is commonly eaten with steamed white rice or Basmati, but when eaten for breakfast it is served with roshi (flatbread) and eaten along with hot tea.

Tips: The real secret to a luscious curry is fresh spices. Blooming the spices is a crucial step to creating a delectable curry, as it releases the essential flavour to the curry.

Make your own Maldivian curry powder fresh at home: Roast coriander, cumin, funnel, chilli and cinnamon powder along with ground pepper and cinnamon seeds in equal quantity. Leave the mixture to cool down as you begin with your curry preparation.

Basically the fish is diced and cooked together over low fire with a mixture of sautéed onions and spices to which Coconut milk is added and left to simmer for 5-10 minutes. Once you nail the basic steps on how to make a curry, you can have your way and create your very own curry that suits your taste buds.

We will see you soon when the time is right, till then enjoy the taste of Maldives in the comfort of your home.

Mas Riha

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.

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!

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.

Experiences To Add To Your Couple’s Bucket List In 2020

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is custom-made for romance. Early this year, Veligandu was ranked as the Maldives’ Number 1 in Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Hotels for Romance; a firm favourite among couples searching for the best honeymoon destination in the Maldives. At Veligandu, love is always in the air, and with our collection of experiences to add to your Couple’s Bucket list, you’ll find love on the beach, at sea, under the stars and at the spa too!

 Love on the beach

Veligandu’s stunning beach lends itself perfectly to enjoying time with your loved one. By day we recommend an island picnic – spend the day together snorkelling, relaxing and enjoying a BBQ lunch. As day turns to evening choose a candlelit dinner with sand beneath your toes and the twinkling expanse of stars overhead.

 Love at sea

What could be more romantic than sailing off into the sunset aboard a private dhoni with your loved one? With Romantic Love Boat Sailing, a traditional Maldivian boat takes you back to times long forgotten. Just the two of you, toasting your love while watching mother nature paint the sky with incredible sunset hues. With luck, you may also spot dolphins playing in the bow wave.

Love under the Stars

Watching the night sky from a dhoni is an experience not to be missed. During the Romantic Star Gazing Cruise, you will be mesmerised by the endless star-studded sky while enjoying non-alcoholic bubbly and canapés. There is simply nowhere quite like the Maldives for stargazing – away from light pollution.

For the ultimate secluded bolthole, elope to a private island with your loved one and sleep under the stars surrounded by the sound of the waves gently lapping the shore and an incredible sunrise to start your day – a truly unforgettable bucket list experience.

Love & Spa

For pure romantic indulgence, enjoy a Him and Her Herbal Oil Body Massage at Duniye Spa. This pampering couple’s treatment is a restoring and calming Balinese Massage, carried out in a candlelit room with the aromas of pure essential oils filling the air. The treatment is followed by champagne for you to savour as you toast to your love.

Get ready to fall in love with Veligandu, in every way possible. Take advantage of our special offer to get started on the romantic holiday of your dreams.

Experience A Summer Romance In Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

As you plan your 2020 travels, pencil in a visit to Veligandu Island Resort & Spa. With our stunning sandbank, picturesque beach, lush tropical nature and turquoise lagoon, Veligandu is the tropical hideaway you have been waiting for. Whether you are looking to get away for a few days, celebrating your honeymoon, babymoon or anniversary, you will love Veligandu for its small size and the tranquillity it offers. Your days can be spent indulging in elaborate, romantic beach dinners, or exploring the ocean at your own pace. Your holiday can be elevated with a pampering treatment at Duniye Spa or a once-in-a-lifetime experience on a private island.

Between now and December 31, 2019, take advantage of our special offer for a 20% discount on stays between April 16, 2020, and September 30, 2020. Book your stay on full board, or take advantage of our All Inclusive Plus package that provides excellent value. Glimpse all the romantic options available to you here, and follow our social media channels for some travel inspiration.

What To Expect This Festive Season In Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

As the year comes to a close, we are looking forward to creating beautiful memories in Veligandu Island Resort & Spa. Our team has put together an excellent programme with exciting activities that do not take away from the serenity Veligandu offers.

To start us off, we will be decorating the Christmas tree at Thundi Bar on December 21, 2019. Thereafter, the General Manager will officially open the festive season by turning on the Christmas lights at the Welcome Cocktail Party. The rest of the programme includes traditional favourites such as our themed buffet dinners, Piano Night and Christmas movie screening. Bring your competitive spirit, as we shall have a few games such as gingerbread house making, water volleyball, sandcastle building, treasure hunts and more. The highlight, as always, will be the gala dinners on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Our culinary team shall prepare mouth-watering delights for you to enjoy.

We look forward to welcoming you to paradise for a fantastic time. If you will not make it to visit during the festive season, have a look at our special offer for Summer 2020 and plan a visit

This Cooking Class Is A Romantic Experience For You In Veligandu

Try something new in the most beautiful place on earth. Veligandu Island Resort & Spa has been voted as the most romantic resort in the Maldives with good reason. Our breathtakingly beautiful island and variety of unique, romantic experiences make Veligandu an idyllic destination for a couple’s getaway, honeymoon or anniversary.

Make timeless memories as you connect and stir up some romance with our cooking class. Don your aprons and learn from our expert Chef, who will introduce you to the richness of Maldivian cuisine. Under our Chef’s guidance, you will learn all about the ingredients and techniques used to prepare Maldivian favourites. Preparing the meals by yourselves will help equip you to recreate the dishes once you are back home.

Nothing beats learning together in a stunning setting, creating mouth-watering delicacies garnished with love. The cooking class is US $69 per couple. Once on the island, you can reserve the class by contacting Guest Services.

Are you planning your holiday in the Maldives? Browse through our blog for more ideas to add some romance to your holiday. Have a look at our special offer for great discounts!

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