Things to do – Veligandu Island

A 3 Days Getaway Guide To Veligandu, The Secluded Island

Veligandu is a destination island our guests love for long stays, immerse in the activities they love, dive, dine well and respite on the palm-fringed island.  However, for guests who would like a quicker phased itinerary to enjoy the best of Veligandu, we have listed how you can make your day unfold.

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


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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.

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.

A Romantic Evening In Paradise

In Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, there are endless opportunities for romance and myriad ways to connect. Further, there are innumerable chances to enjoy the splendour of nature, be it from the deck of your villa, or by the beach. Our experiences are designed to provide the perfect occasions that bring you closer to your partner and nature.

Part of our romantic experiences, the ‘Bubbly Sunset Love Bed on the Beach’ is a delightful way to start your evening while in paradise. Set on the beach, settle in and get cosy while watching nature’s show in front of you. The setting sun paints a beautiful picture, leaving in its wake a colourful sky and a stunning reflection on the sea. As the sea breeze blows gently on your skin, sip on chilled champagne and toast to incredible moments shared in paradise.

To complement the view and the drinks, we have a canapés menu featuring cold bites and sweet bites, from which you can choose four items. This unforgettable experience is $149, but guests on our All Inclusive Plus Package get a special price of $120. After a wonderful evening, you may retire to your room or enjoy our evening entertainment.

On our special offers page, we have listed the latest offer available that you can take advantage of while you book your trip to our romantic haven.

Snorkelling At Sunrise

Beyond the pristine, white sandy beaches, and lush, tropical nature in Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, there lies more beauty. A lagoon that is teeming with marine life surrounds our island. Swimming in the crystal-clear waters introduces you to a world of wonder as schools of colourful fish float past you, frolicking in the coral reefs. For those eager to go further from our house reef, we have specialised snorkelling trips scheduled regularly. The Private Sunrise Snorkelling By Speedboat trip is one of them.

This excursion is perfect for couples as it allows you to enjoy two of the purest luxuries in life, sunrise and the magical sea. Early in the morning, embark on an adventure as a speedboat transports you to nearby coral reefs. The morning light brings with it excellent visibility, perfect for sighting fish and other marine life in their natural habitat. The tranquillity that comes with being alone at sea heightens your experience, allowing you to immerse yourself fully into your exploration.

Scheduled on Thursdays and Sundays from 7 am to 8:30 am, the Private Sunrise Snorkelling trip is for swimmers only. Snorkelling equipment is available for rent from the Dive Centre or for purchase from the Gift Shop. Bring your cameras along as well to document your escapades!

Have a look at our full list of excursions here.

Happy adventures ahead!

3 Water Sports To Try In Veligandu

With crystal clear shallow waters, endless stretches of sea and a cooling breeze, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa has excellent conditions for fun on the water. If you are looking for experiences that are more action-filled than the last ones we shared, you will want to read on. Take on the Indian Ocean and chase the adrenalin with these three water sports.

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding

Also known as stand up paddling or ‘SUP’, this sport allows surfers to stand atop their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves across the ocean. Stand up paddle boarding makes for a leisurely workout as you enjoy the seascape. The crystal clear waters in Veligandu ensure that you get to view the marine life beneath you.

 Windsurfing

Feel the wind on your skin as you surf across the sea. Windsurfing combines surfing and sailing to create an exhilarating experience at sea. Those who are not afraid to get their hair wet will enjoy gliding over the waves. Windsurfing is an incredible way to take in the sights as the tropical breeze guides you.

 

Jet-Skiing

By yourself or with your partner, hop on a jet ski and bump off along the waves. Adrenalin filled and thrilling, jet skiing is a wonderful way to experience the lagoon differently. Nothing compares to that moment when you are speeding off across the ocean, shouting at the top of your lungs and making a splash.

 

 

Adventurers are advised to practice caution and safety while out at sea. To ensure that the tranquillity that other guests enjoy is not disturbed, motorised water-sports are conducted at a distance from the beach. Our qualified Ocean Water Sports team is ready to recommend a Water Sports option that suits both your experience level and preference. Equipment rental and lessons can be booked at the Ocean Water Sports Centre, which opens from 8 am to 6 pm daily.

Check out our special offers if you are planning your visit to Veligandu and view other things to do on our island.

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Delightful Romantic Experiences In Veligandu This May

At the heart of Veligandu Island Resort & Spa, is our desire to create beautiful experiences that allow you to make extraordinary memories. Here are the beach dining affairs that you can be apart of in May.

For seafood lovers, the Madivaru Sunset Seafood Dinner on May 9, 2019, is the dinner not to miss. Served on the quiet and romantic beach, watch the sun go down as your waiter attends to you. Indulge in exquisite treats such as the yellowfin tuna nigiri tempura on seaweed salad followed by fresh lagoon prawns and finish off with a mouth-watering dessert.

On May 12, 2019, join us on the beach for our Mother’s Day Dinner. Our Executive Chef, Siegbert Horn and his team have created a sensational menu that will ensure you wrap up this special day in the most spectacular way. The incredible menu and the awe-inspiring setting by the sea will guarantee that you have a Mother’s Day to remember.

The Romantic Full Moon Dinner on May 18, 2019, and May 24, 2019, appeals to your romantic nature. The enchanting atmosphere under the moonlight, by the sea, as a cooling breeze blows sets the scene to enjoy dinner in the company of your loved one. Lose yourself in the wonder of the night and each other while you enjoy tantalising delicacies.

With the Bubbles & Lobster Dinner on May 31, 2019, Chef Sigi puts together a fantastic menu around the Maldivian lobster. Toast to the beautiful island life with a glass of Prosecco as you relish the delectable feast. Dig into the char-grilled prawns served with arugula salad, followed by grilled or steamed lobster served with asparagus pilaf rice, to mention but a few.

Finally, throughout the month, escape to a private location on the beach for the Signature Private BBQ Dinner. Secluded and idyllic, this highly requested dinner allows you to have the beach to yourself as you enjoy prime cuts or fresh seafood, expertly barbecued for you by your private chef.

To reserve any of these dinners, kindly email reservations@veligandu.com.

Bon Appétit!

As you plan a visit to Veligandu, we have special offers  that you can take advantage of.

Couples Bucket List For The Maldives

They say it is not where you travel to, but who you go with. While we agree that the right person by your side makes all the difference, we also work to make Veligandu Island Resort & Spa the perfect destination. Whether you are celebrating your honeymoon, anniversary or taking a much-needed romantic getaway, our lush, tropical paradise, with its pristine beach and warm hospitality, is an idyllic place to get lost in. Here are a few of our best things to do together that are guaranteed to sweep you off your feet, as you fall head over heels with each other.

Go on a cruise

For the grandest adventure of them all, re-affirm your commitment to one another by renewing your vows in an elaborate ceremony that can be traditional or customised. Remind one another why you fell in love with each other on the stunning beach, with the most beautiful scenery around you. As you plan your trip to Veligandu, take advantage of our special offers. Start your romantic adventure by booking now.

Watch as the sun dips into the ocean, painting the sky stunning shades of orange and hopefully spot dolphins on our Sunset ‘Punch’ Lucky Dolphin Cruise.

For a more private experience, try out our aptly titled Romantic Love Boat Sailing. The captain will steer you around Veligandu, allowing you to take in the picturesque views of our charming island against the backdrop of the sunset.

Dine on the beach

Picture yourself seated on the powder soft beach, with the waves crashing softly near you, and a gentle breeze blowing on your skin, savouring a delicious meal that has been prepared just for you. Beach dining in Veligandu combines a stunning setting and indulgent delights to create perfect experiences.

 

Get a couple’s massage

A vacation is not complete without getting one or more treatments from the award-winning Duniye Spa. Enter a world of tranquillity and sink into bliss at the hands of our qualified therapists. Enjoy a calming and restoring Balinese massage, enveloped in the aromas of essential oils.

 

Go stargazing

 

Float gently on the sea under the expansive Maldivian sky and enjoy the glittering stars on the Romantic Stargazing Cruise, just you, the sea and the sky. Peaceful and relaxing, this cruise offers jaw-dropping views like no other.

 

Snorkel at sunrise

Rise at morning light to roam around our lagoon and discover the secrets that lie beneath the crystal clear waters. Our Private Sunrise Snorkelling Trip offers a serene yet exhilarating adventure where the two of you can explore the beauty of the underwater world.

 

Renew your vows

For the grandest adventure of them all, re-affirm your commitment to one another by renewing your vows in an elaborate ceremony that can be traditional or customised. Remind one another why you fell in love with each other on the stunning beach, with the most beautiful scenery around you.

As you plan your trip to Veligandu, take advantage of our special offers.

Start your romantic adventure by booking now.

 

 

Easter In Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

On Sunday, April 21, 2019, join us on Madivaru Restaurant Beach for a delightful Easter Dinner. Our Executive Chef, Siegbert Horn has carefully curated a menu that will please you and your loved one. The mouthwatering menu, combined with the idyllic setting by the beach guarantee an unforgettable evening.

Download the full menu here.

Cost: USD 239.00 Per Couple. (Price is inclusive of 12% GST & Service Charge)

To reserve, kindly contact Guest Services.

View our other special and romantic beach dining experiences for April here.

 

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