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Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat

Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat, South Ari Atoll
90 km from Velana International Airport, Malé
35 minutes by seaplane
30

Facilities

Weddings
Watersports
Spa
Snorkeling
Scuba Diving
Children's Facilities
All Inclusive Package
Wi-Fi
Baby Sitting

Spanning just over a hectare in size, Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat  is an untouched island that promises white sandy beaches and plush vegetation. Surrounded by a turquoise lagoon, this private island is a throwback to a much simpler time.

Here, nature never fails to captivate as you discover a wonderland of thriving marine life and stunning coral in the island’s house reef. Take to the waves and enjoy big game fishing or water sports. Or take it easy and savour the authentic luxury and simple pleasures that Drift has to offer. Life on our island is as invigorating or as relaxing as you desire. It is, after all, yours to enjoy.

Room Categories

Land Room
39 sq feet
10

Gently rounded in design, our 10 Beach Villas are tucked away on shore, ensuring total seclusion and privacy. Fling your doors open to step onto a pristine white beach and gaze at uninterrupted views of the crystal clear waters beyond.

White-washed walls contrast with the rich colours of hand-carved wooden furniture. A sweeping net canopy encircles a large king sized bed.

Gently rounded in design, our 10 Beach Villas are tucked away on shore, ensuring total seclusion and privacy. Fling your doors open to step onto a pristine white beach and gaze at uninterrupted views of the crystal clear waters beyond.

White-washed walls contrast with the rich colours of hand-carved wooden furniture. A sweeping net canopy encircles a large king sized bed.

AMENITIES: Air-conditioning, King sized bed with traditional net canopy, Hair dryer, Organic bathroom amenities, Safe, Mini bar, Tea and coffee making facilities, Complimentary wifi, Private outdoor seating and sun loungers
Direct access to the beach

Over Water Villa
54 sq feet
20

Water Villas are poised over the island’s vast turquoise lagoon. A private deck allows direct access into the cool blue waters. Wake up to the music of the waves or spend balmy evenings stargazing from your private terrace.

A king sized bed faces floor to ceiling windows, soaking the villa with gentle glow of the sun. A sunny bathroom features a stylish designer bathtub with a spectacular ocean view.

AMENITIES: Air-conditioning, King sized bed with traditional net canopy, Hair dryer, Organic bathroom amenities, Bathtub with ocean view, Safe, Mini bar, Tea and coffee making facilities, Complimentary wifi, Private outdoor seating and sun loungers, Direct access to the lagoon

spa

Inspired by nature with a breaktaking view of the lagoon, our overwater spa is a peaceful and refreshing haven.

A carefully selected menu combines massage treatments from Indonesia, Thailand and India, and enriching facials and stimulating body treatments, all carried out by expert therapists trained to restore inner harmony.

diving

Famous for its ivory beaches and turquoise shores, the Maldives is one of the world’s top diving destinations, and South Ari Atoll in particular is renowned for its biodiversity.

The resort partners with a highly accomplished diving team to help guests discover the incredible beauty of the Maldivian underwater ecosystem.

water sports

A rush of adrenaline on the clearest of waters. Snorkelling, Wind Surfing, Kayaking Paddle Boarding, Catamaran Sailing, Water Skiing, Kite Surfing, Wake Boarding

Snorkelling gear of a variety of sizes are available at Drift. For those looking for adventure close to home, House Reef is a just short swim away.

excursions

Discover the sights and sounds of South Ari Atoll. The Coral Garden Adventure, The Ultimate Desert Island Experience, An Afternoon Spent Fishing, Bird’s Eye View from a Seaplane, An Island Hopping Adventure, Going Dolphin Watching

sports and recreation

The picture-perfect Maldives makes a dream destination for your special day, and at Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat, our friendly team will create a truly personalised occasion that reflects your individual style and tastes.

Discuss the details of your blessing or renewal of vows ceremony with our lifestyle hosts and discover how we can help plan your special moment.

Please note that wedding ceremonies in the Maldives are not legally recognised in your home country, and are a symbolic gesture of love.

Wining and Dining

  • THE BAR

    The beachfront bar offers the perfect opportunity to witness the stunning Maldivian sunset as you sit and sip on one of the cocktails. With light meals and snacks available throughout the day, it is the perfect spot to relax and mingle with other guests.

  • DELECTABLE DELIGHTS

    Drift’s team of highly-skilled chefs create delicious dishes incorporating a signature island flair. With an emphasis on exceptional ingredients and fresh seafood, sourced locally wherever possible, you will experience unique and memorable flavours bursting with authenticity.

    The retreat’s restaurant offers a sumptuous buffet as well as a la carte options in a stunning open-air environment that ensures you will never forget your beautiful surroundings.

    For the epicureans at heart, a carefully curated selection of culinary focused experiences are available for you to enjoy, as well as themed dining evenings, and both in-villa and private beach dining options.

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