Think the Maldives is all about lying prone on a sun lounger? Think again! Step forward, Anantara with three luxury Maldives resorts all bursting with a wide range of land and water sports to occupy even the most energetic of guests. From world-class surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, snorkelling, diving, sea bob, fishing, kayaking, water skiing, beach volleyball and badminton to night-time SUP.
There’s certainly no danger of lounger boredom setting it!
Whether you’re looking to fill your days with non-stop sporting activities or to just dip your toe in every now and again, at Anantara’s Maldives Resorts guests can do as little or as much as they like, even fly indoor drones as if you were at home.
Each resort offers a different but equally luxurious experience. Here is a snapshot of Anantara’s Maldivian island hideaways and the many exciting activities sporting enthusiasts can look forward to.
Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort: fun for all the family
Just a 35-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport in the South Male Atoll lies Anantara Dhigu, comprising some of the most spacious luxury villas in the Maldives. A resort for the whole family, all ages can expect a thoroughly warm welcome and home from home experience.
The Dhoni Children’s Club will keep smaller members of the family happily entertained, while older members take advantage of the many sporting options. From diving, kite surfing, sailing, snorkelling, parasailing, water skiing and surfing – water sports fanatics will be grinning from ear to ear. The calm waters around the island are ideal for stand-up paddle boarding and for something a little bit different try SUP at night with lights on the boards so that you can see the fish.
Back on dry land, there is tennis, badminton and beach volleyball.
Prices start from £498 (USD 704) per room, per night.
Anantara Veli Maldives Resort: the adult-only island
One of just five adult-only islands in the Maldives, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort in the South Male Atoll is ideal for couples or groups of friends looking for a sophisticated, grown-up retreat. White sand and turquoise waters provide the perfect backdrop to enjoy an endless choice of water and land-based sports.
Arriving by speedboat, guests can look forward to elegant bungalow accommodation, some with direct lagoon access.
Explore the local area on a guided jet ski adventure, take out a glass bottom kayak to enjoy an unique perspective of the marine life as your paddle around the island, learn to wake board or mono ski, experience some of the best snorkelling in the Maldives or enjoy an evening game of tennis on the island’s floodlit court. There are no shortage of sporting activities to choose from at Anantara Veli.
Prices start from £570 (USD 805) per room, per night.
Naladhu Private Island Maldives: the private hideaway
For seekers of exclusivity and privacy, Naladhu Private Island Maldives is an idyllic location that offers the best retreat for guests looking for the ultimate castaway luxury. The island offers an unique holiday home feeling, underpinned by a sense of total seclusion and privacy, with just 20 expansive houses and residences, each with its own private pool fronting the Indian Ocean. Each house comes with round-the-clock service from your very own House Master (butler).
Located in South Male Atoll, guests are whisked to Naladhu by speedboat before abandoning shoes to explore the island’s endless sandy paths winding through pristinely kept vegetation.
A full range of water sports are available at Naladhu. Discover the famous underwater world of the Maldives with snorkelling excursions on the house reef, nearby manta ray cleaning stations and neighbouring reefs. Water skiing is sensational on the island’s mirror-like lagoon. Kite surfing and surfing are also excellent from Naladhu, the best surfing months are from April to October.
Prices start from £997 (USD 1,409)per room, per night.
Anantara runs three resorts in the Maldives: Anantara Veli Maldives Resort and Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort in South Male Atoll, and Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas in Baa atoll.
In addition to the Anantara branded resorts, parent company Minor Hotel Group separately runs Naladhu Private Island Maldives in the South Male Atoll and Niyama Maldives Private Islands in Dhaalu atoll.
Meanwhile, Anantara’s sister brand AVANI Hotels and Resorts has recently announced the development of its first property in the Maldives, with the AVANI Fares Maldives Resort scheduled to open in late 2019.