Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

South Male Atoll, Maldives

Anantara Dhigu is an island ideal for families looking for a relaxing Maldivian escape, but with plenty of activities to keep the more restless occupied. With an array of restaurants and an over-water spa, this island offers great value for money.

At a Glance

  • Anantara Dhigu's kids club is open to children from the age of three, while most other islands' kids clubs are open from the age of four

  • The watersports center offers a huge range of activities, including windsurfing, sailing and waterskiing

  • The Chef's Garden is the perfect place to have cooking lessons and sample Maldivian cuisine

  • The Sunset Family Villa is ideal as there is a second bedroom for the children

  • There is a wide range of dining options, as Dhigu guests can head to neighboring Anantara Veli to dine in the restaurants and bars

Family, Beach, Diving, Sailing & surfing

Insider's View

Go for an Anantara Pool Villa rather than a Sunset Pool Villa for a larger swimming pool

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Insider's View

Opt for full or half board dine-around rather than regular full or half board as it is much more flexible

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Description

Anantara Dhigu, on Dhigufinolhu Island in the South Malé Atoll, is just a 35-minute speedboat journey from the airport boasting spacious villas on the beach and over the water, some of which have pools. The proximity to the airport means that guests can really maximize their vacation, while still being far enough away to get the desert island feeling so many guests crave when they visit the Maldives.

Set in its own lagoon, Anantara Dhigu has lots to offer in terms of watersports, including jet skiing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and parasailing. Snorkelling and diving are also on offer, and guests can even try out the watersports center's very own Cayago Magnum - an underwater 'rocket' which allows guests to speed along beneath the waves.

Younger guests can head to the Dhoni Kids Club where activities including games both indoors and outdoors, as well as arts and crafts, are on offer. The club is free of charge for children from the age of 3 to 11 years, and those younger than 3 years can attend if accompanied by a parent or babysitter.

There is a wide range of dining options, as guests can head to neighboring adult only island Anantara Veli for meals in six different restaurants spanning the two resorts. Cuisines include Thai, Italian and Japanese, and there are also bars for light snacks and sundowners.

The over-water spa is staffed by massage therapists trained by Anantara in Thailand to a very high standard, offering a range of treatments.

Accommodation

Anantara Dhigu's 110 villas are located either over the water or just a few steps from the beach. Decorated simply using wood and block colors, the villas are designed to reflect the laid back atmosphere of the island. Choose between villas perfectly positioned to catch the sunrise or sunset, or those that have their own private plunge pool. Among Maldives luxury accommodation, Anantara Dhigu is outstanding with its choice of stylishly designed villas and suites. Each comes with direct access to the powdery white beach and only steps away from the tranquil lagoon.

Location & Directions

South Male Atoll, Maldives

Anantara Dhigu is located in the South Male Atoll in a lagoon shared by two other islands. The Maldives is a long and narrow country formed by 26 natural atolls (coral islands that encircle a lagoon).

When to go

The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.

February to April is the hottest period and resorts are almost all operating at capacity during this period. Mid-December to early January comes at even more of a premium due to Christmas and New Year and prices are even higher. Easter and the Italian vacation week in August also attract peak prices at most resorts.

Storms are more likely from May to November, though it’s still warm, skies can be cloudy and the humidity is higher. This is the low season, with fewer people and lower prices, with the exception of August.

Diving is good year-round, although a basic rule is that life on the reef is more varied and visibility better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll December to April.

A big attraction of this resort is its location to Haanifaru, one of the best places in the world to snorkel with Whale Sharks and Manta Rays. The season is May to October.

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