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Anantara Veli Maldives Re-Opens After Wellness-Centric Renovation

Anantara Veli Maldives recently re-opened after a nine-month renovation.


Offering a reimagined adult-only experience set amid crystalline lagoon waters, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort recently re-opened following nine months of extensive renovations. With revamped accommodations, including the introduction of stylish new Beach Pool Villas, a new Villa Host service for all guests, newly redesigned restaurants, and a hammam added to the wellness-focused spa, the Maldivian playground is all set to cradle couples into vacation mode. Set on a stunning island in the South Malé Atoll, surrounded by a pristine lagoon, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort boasts an unspoiled setting that inspired New York-based designer Yuji Yamazaki to develop a renovation concept rooted in nature and wellness. To keep guests at one with the environment while giving them a sense of intimate seclusion, Yamazaki added an extra layer of privacy to the entire stay experience—from self-sufficient villa and spa designs to restaurants infused with modern takes on no-walls tropical living.

The resort’s brand-new Beach Pool Villas are set on soft white sands and come with sliding glass doors that open onto a private pool flanked by a cushioned daybed, an open-air living and dining space, and an island-style bedroom surrounded by tropical foliage. The most exclusive of Anantara Veli’s villa categories, each of the six new Beach Pool Villas offers 486 square feet of space, with direct beach access and the utmost in privacy. Over-water villas at the resort are a study in serene functionality. Both those with and without pools have been fully renovated in traditional-meets-contemporary tropical style, using a natural palette of wood and stone, cool fabrics and rattan finishes, and the latest in high-tech comforts. With cool powder tones and organic patterns borrowed from nature, many of these private cocoons have a standalone tub and outdoor rainfall showers. The over-water villa offering at Anantara Veli has been elevated with the addition of six brand-new Deluxe Over Water Pool Villas, with enhanced interiors, a larger private pool and deck, and an over-water hammock to gaze at the glimmering waters beneath by day and the stars by night.

Anantara Veli Maldives Resort Balance Wellness Treatment room

The relaunch of Anantara Veli also sees the introduction of a new wellness concept that allows guests to book a personalized Wellness Villa experience. Enhanced with light, sound, and scent therapy that changes the ambience from day to night, the villa comes with Ayurvedic spa amenities, an earthing mat for meditation, and a wellness minibar with herbal teas, healthy shakes, and whole-food snacks. All stays in a Wellness Villa include a wellness consultation upon arrival, daily yoga or personal training session, a healthy cooking class, and 20 percent savings on treatments at Balance Wellness by Anantara.     Offering multi-day wellness retreats alongside consultations with the resident naturopath and nutritionist, personal trainer, yoga and lifestyle coach, Balance Wellness by Anantara is an oasis of healing in the tropical heart of the resort. Surrounded by nature, the spa goes beyond the traditional spa experience with wellness options ranging from Ayurvedic and holistic treatments to the latest in epigenetics, sound healing, and IV therapies. The brand new Moroccan hammam offers authentic treatments using MarocMaroc products, while its facial and body therapies use exclusive skincare brand 111Skin of Harley Street, London. Balance Wellness by Anantara features five treatment suites, a nail salon, a medical spa, a Shirodhara treatment bed, a steam room and a sauna, indoor and outdoor showers, and a relaxation garden with hot and cold plunge pools. 

With numerous dining venues, guests can enjoy the finest cuisines from across the globe while learning about old and new world wines from the resort’s wine guru. Cumin offers dishes from Sri Lanka, India, and Maldives, while the stylishly refurbished Origami serves modern Japanese fare including teppanyaki and robatayaki. Poolside, Dhoni Bar specializes in Mediterranean tapas, with coffee and smoothies by day and Champagne and signature cocktails after dark.   Poised over water on the edge of a lagoon and outer reef, Baan Huraa delights with coconut curries from Thailand’s southern provinces and spicy dishes from the north. On neighboring sister island Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, Sea.Fire.Salt serves up expertly grilled meats and fresh fish and seafood from the local waters, while Aqua delivers wholesome Italian fare. Breakfast is served a la carte overlooking the ocean at Cumin, with a variety of wellness options included on the menu. Guests also have the freedom to dine outside the restaurants thanks to Anantara’s signature Dining by Design experience with private chef, butler, and sommelier.

Whether seeking serenity or reconnection, travelers will find a wide array of water- and land-based activities. Guests can enjoy the thrills of underwater discovery with Aquafanatics, the resort’s resident watersports partner, catch a wave during the surf season with resident experts Tropicsurf, and join the resort in its habitat preservation efforts by adopting a coral as part of Anantara’s sustainability program with the resident marine biologist.    On land, there is a fully equipped fitness center, in addition to an outdoor gym, a tennis court, and dedicated spaces for volleyball, badminton, table tennis, chess, and Pétanque. Guests can also book fitness sessions with a personal trainer or try their hand in the new boxing ring. Holidaymakers looking for quieter pursuits can book a Spice Spoons cooking class, meditate or practice yoga at the ocean-facing pavilion, or lounge by the infinity-edge swimming pool.    

About The Author

Julie is the co-founder of Well Defined and a longtime influencer and advocate in the wellness world. Along with her work at Well Defined, she is an executive recruiter and marketing specialist for Hutchinson Consulting. She is also a consultant and content strategist for numerous wellness brands. She is the former editor-in-chief and publisher of American Spa and was named a 2019 Folio Top Woman in Media in the Industry Trailblazers category and a 2018 winner of ISPA’s Innovate Award. She is also a seasoned journalist, specializing in spa, travel, health, fitness, wellness, sustainability, and beauty. She has been published in Departures,, E! Online,, Insider’s Guide to Spas, Luxury Travel Advisor, Marin Magazine, Ocean Home, Smart Meetings, Spa Asia, and Travel Agent.