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Anantara Veli or Maafushivaru

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Anantara Veli or Maafushivaru

I wish to be in Maldives for my Honeymoon and I am trying to decide which of the two resorts I should chose?

I am getting a deal of $3500 at Anantara Veli but that only has breakfast and $4400 at Maafushivaru with full board. Now, Anantara Veli states that half board will cost $75pp and full board $135pp. So if I take full board at Anantara Veli, it ends up being pricier than Maafushivaru.

There is an option of la carte at Anantara Veli, but I guess since the full board is $135pp, la carte would be even costlier? Any idea about la carte prices in Anantara Veli?

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31. Re: Anantara Veli or Maafushivaru

Other than budget, what is important,

Reef? Medium

Beaches? High

Quality of rooms? High

Food options? i m getting half board in Komandoo

Excursions/water activities? Medium but would prefer

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32. Re: Anantara Veli or Maafushivaru

Also food options would be vegetarian, with eggs and prawns or shrimps.

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Seems Komandoo is out since it needs minimum 6 nights stay. So now I have finally got Anantara Veli WV with B&B and Velassaru WV with B&B. The honeymoon package of Velassaru is much better.

I have heard that the garbage island is viewable from Velassaru but it is pretty far away to cause any problems in your stay.

what are your inputs on Velassaru?

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34. Re: Anantara Veli or Maafushivaru

FroggyEngland/others- when you talk about "New island, very, very densely populated in comparison to others, very small rooms, very poor reef, more on a par with a all inclusive deal in Mexico"- is that Maafusivara.

I am debating Maafusivara v Annatara Veli v Baros v Diamonds Athuruga

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35. Re: Anantara Veli or Maafushivaru

FroggyEngland/others- when you talk about "New island, very, very densely populated in comparison to others, very small rooms, very poor reef, more on a par with a all inclusive deal in Mexico"- is that Maafusivara.

I am debating Maafusivara v Annatara Veli v Baros v Diamonds Athuruga

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36. Re: Anantara Veli or Maafushivaru

FroggyEngland/others- when you talk about "New island, very, very densely populated in comparison to others, very small rooms, very poor reef, more on a par with a all inclusive deal in Mexico"- is that Maafusivara.

I am debating Maafusivara v Annatara Veli v Baros v Diamonds Athuruga

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37. Re: Anantara Veli or Maafushivaru

Maafushivaru is in S Ari Atoll and the world away from rubbish island. I have been. It is a beautiful island with a lovely reef. The rooms are enormous and well equipped. I thought the food was poor though. Good all inclusive. It also has the attraction of Lonubu, its little sister island. You can go across there morning and afternoon and again a lovely reef.

I have not been to Baros.

I am a repeat visitor to Athuruga. I love it but other regular posters on here - Paul for example seem to think it is over rated. Fantastic reef. Rooms not as good as at Maaf unless you are in a WV. Food better than Maaf by far. Great all inclusive. I prefer Ath to Maaf.

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38. Re: Anantara Veli or Maafushivaru

PS - unless it has to be all inclusive, I would seriously consider Robinson Club. Great, great food. Slightly larger island. Excellent reef. Enormous rooms.

But, another little suggestion - if you are travelling before December this year, consider Park Hyatt Hadahaa which currently has an all inclusive offer that has to be seen to be believed.

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39. Re: Anantara Veli or Maafushivaru

Flaxeed - the new island referred to is Centara Ras Fushi.

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40. Re: Anantara Veli or Maafushivaru

Thanks a mil for this. We are thinking WV. I have been told that the flights leave 9am to Male and you can't choose a later leaving time (although you can express a preference). Seems a bit odd to pay so much and not be able to stay during the day. Was that your experience at maaf and diamonds?

The maaf rooms look more 4* - do you agree?

What about Coco Palms Bodu Hithi?

Thanks

Ps we are going in feb.