This was our first time in the Maldives and we were every bit as impressed as we hoped to be.
We discovered Anantara Dhigu by chance, after searching for alternatives to the two resorts most frequented by our fellow compatriots. From the original pick of around eight places, we managed to narrow the choices down to three based on how well each resort responds to our e-mail inquiries. Anantara Dhigu was our eventual choice and we were not one bit disappointed.
Our sunset over water suite is very large for two people. The bathroom alone is already larger than many standard hotel rooms. There is no direct line of sight between the balcony of one unit and the next. The small safe box provided does not look extremely heavy or durable but you can comfortably fit a 14" laptop plus other valuables in it. And the free wifi connection is very, very fast. You will not want to stay long on your device, however. The water is so nice you will find yourself dipping in it again and again. Don't forget to have your waterproof camera ready for those moments when baby sharks, young rays or other small fish pop up near where you are.
Food is somewhat more expensive than where we came from (Thailand) but certainly not to the level of extortion. For the purpose of comparison, let's say it is typical European prices. Breakfast, included in our room price, is hearty and offers reasonable variety. It can become somewhat repetitive after many days but any resort would be more or less the same way in this area.
For lunch and dinner, you can try one of their restaurants each day of your stay and take a short boat ride to the nearby Anantara Veli for more restaurants once you have exhausted all options at Dhigu. In-room dining is also a good choice as the view from our suite is already as good as any of the resort's dining outlets.
The resort is quite large so there is space for you to roam. Occupancy was medium during the days we were there but the place was always quiet and serene. There are several water sports choices to choose from or you can go to the far end of the island where the spa is located. Their spa is large and over water. It is staffed by experienced Thai therapists, just so now you know you will be in good hands.
It was a shame we had time for only four-night stay and the weather was bad on the last two. The optional snorkeling cruise would have been fantastic. We did take the optional dolphin cruise one afternoon, though, after we were informed that the wind was too strong for safe kayaking and parasailing. The marine biologist joining us and the other guests was very friendly and informative. The resort did not promise dolphins as they discourage baiting. But quite fortunately for us, there were two flocks of dolphins that tried again and again to swim by our ship. It was a great time for all adults and children on board.
We are comfortable recommending this resort to our personal friends in real life. We feel that it is spectacular enough and worth the money paid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An idyllic tropical island paradise set in the South Male Atoll, just half an hour from Male international Airport, Anantara offers the Maldives resort experience you've only dreamt about, with two lush islands, Dhigufinolhu and Veligandu Huraa. Unwind on endless white sand beaches, palm-fringed islands and pristine coral reefs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anantara Dhigu Hotel South Male Atoll
- Anantara Dhigu Resort And Spa
- Anantara Resort Maldives
- Anantara Maldives
- Anantara Hotel Maldives