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Nestled on the pristine island of Thelu Veliga, located in the South Ari Atoll, approximately 56 mi southwest of the capital, Malé, Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat features of its own magnificent house reef. The property is a 35-minute seaplane ride away from Malé International Airport. The villas are tastefully designed to evoke the authentic, unspoiled charm of the Maldives. All are equipped with a mini-bar and tea/coffee maker and the private bathrooms include a hairdryer and toiletries derived from organic teas. Some villas have private access to the beach while some are poised over the island’s turquoise lagoon. Guests can pamper themselves at the Intimate Spa by THEMAE or partake in activities such as snorkeling, diving, wind surfing and kayaking; where all can be arranged at an additional cost. In addition the resort offers a menu of bespoke romantic experiences and excursions which may be arranged upon request. The property has Chinese speaking staff. Dining highlights include the restaurant that serves a variety of cuisines including local seafood with continental and Asian flavors. Other dining options, such as in-villa, on-the-beach private dinners and seafood BBQs may also be arranged for guests upon request. Guests can also enjoy refreshing beverages and light dishes at the sunset-facing bar and lounge. Complimentary WiFi is available for guests in rooms and public areas of the property.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.5 for a two-person trip.

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Property highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.5)

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast Info

Continental, Italian, Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Halal, Asian, American, Buffet





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Guest reviews


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  • Anastasios
    Netherlands Netherlands
    I would say everything. Friendly and helpful staff, great rooms, everything sparkling clean, well maintained, amazing food, perfect location with rich sea life. It was a perfect choice and we definitely recommend it. Thank you Drift for the...
  • Gianpiero
    Italy Italy
    The island is very small and cozy, since there is few people around at all times it becomes a paradise for relaxation. Staff was extremely gentle and supportive at all times; also the food was excellent and you get plenty of choice every day, with...
  • Sarah
    Australia Australia
    Lovely and personable staff, incredibly beautiful location. Everything you could imagine for a Maldivian holiday!

Area info

1 Restaurant On Site

  • Restaurant #1
    • Cuisine
      American • Austrian • Australian • Asian
    • Ambience
      Traditional • Modern • Romantic
    • Dietary options
      Halal • Kosher • Vegetarian • Gluten-free • Dairy-free

Resort facilities at Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat
Great facilities! Review score, 9

Most popular amenities
  • Free Wifi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Beachfront
  • Spa
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
  • Tea/Coffee Maker in All Rooms
  • Bar
  • Private beach area
  • Breakfast
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Alarm clock
  • Sea view
  • View
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Beachfront
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Private beach area
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Beach
  • Evening entertainment
  • Water sports facilities on site
    Additional charge
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
    Additional charge
  • Canoeing
    Additional charge
  • Windsurfing
    Additional charge
  • Fishing
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Telephone
Food & Drink
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Snack bar
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Minibar
  • Restaurant
  • Tea/Coffee maker
Wifi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
Front Desk Services
  • Baggage storage
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Ironing service
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Safe
  • Adults only
  • Air conditioning
  • Mosquito net
  • Wake-up service
  • Private entrance
  • Fan
  • Ironing facilities
  • Suit press
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Wake-up service/Alarm clock
  • Room service
  • Spa/Wellness packages
  • Spa lounge/Relaxation area
  • Massage
    Additional charge
  • Spa
    Additional charge
Languages Spoken
  • Bengali
  • English
  • Hindi

House rules
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From 14:00
You need to let the property know what time you'll be arriving in advance.
Until 12:00
Cancellation/ prepayment
Cancelation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Enter your stay dates and check the conditions of your selected option.
Children & Beds

Child policies

Children not allowed.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction
The minimum age for check-in is 18
Pets are not allowed.
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The fine print
Must-know information for guests at this property

The property can be reached by a seaplane.

Please share your flight details with the property at least 2 days before your arrival to secure your seat(s) for the transfer.

Please note that children from 2 to 10 years cannot be accommodated at the hotel.

Please note that the connecting transfer can only be arranged from 09:00–17:00 daily, kindly send your flight details after making a confirmed reservation.

This is an all-inclusive property. It consists of of:

- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner served at the main restaurant

- Selection of tea, coffee, soft drinks, juices, water, draft beer and house wine by the glass with meals at the main restaurant

- Lunch at the main bar from the all-inclusive snack menu between 00:30–14:30, with the credit amount of US$20 per adult per day

- Unlimited access to soft drinks, juices, draft beer, wine by the glass, selection of house wines by the glass (red, white and rose, depending on availability), select house pouring spirits (Whiskey, Vodka, Rum, and Gin) at the main bar from 10:00–23:00

- Unlimited cocktails from the all-inclusive beverage menu and 1 special cocktail of the day per person per day

- Afternoon snacks at the main bar from 16:00–17:00

- Unlimited use of snorkeling equipment

- Unlimited use of select non-motorized water sports equipment depending on availability

- One shared group fishing excursion per person during the stay

- In-villa tea and coffee facilities

- Complimentary mini-bar drinks consisting of 2 soft drinks and 2 Carlsberg Beer or Tiger Beer per day. Additionally, 2 complimentary 1.5 liters water bottles will also be provided daily to the villa

- All-inclusive supplements and benefits will be discontinued at 12:00 on the day of departure

Non-complimentary items (not included in the all-inclusive package). Any services or facilities not mentioned above may incur charges, in addition to 10% service charge and 12% GST.

Please inform Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

FAQs about Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat

  • Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Spa
    • Massage
    • Snorkeling
    • Diving
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Windsurfing
    • Beachfront
    • Evening entertainment
    • Water sports facilities on site
    • Spa/Wellness packages
    • Private beach area
    • Beach
    • Spa lounge/Relaxation area

  • Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat is 5.6 miles from the center of Dhangethi. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Guests staying at Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 10.0).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Italian
    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Halal
    • Asian
    • American
    • Buffet

  • Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat has 1 restaurant:

    • Restaurant #1

  • Room options at Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat include:

    • Villa

  • The prices at Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Check-in at Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM.