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Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

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.

Room Tip: If you are debating with yourself whether to get a sunrise or a sunset over water suite, go for the...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

Our family of four visited this resort in December 2012 over New Year's Eve. The GM, Jeffrey is an affable presence and made us feel so welcome. The hospitality was warm without being intrusive. He gave us good tips on the various restaurants. The food was perfect at the grill restaurant, where we had most of our meals. Breakfast is a spread and the Thai restaurant is superlative. Prices are high considering everything is flown in. Local seafood is not easy to procure. The resort is spread over the island to ensure maximum privacy, the children could play on the strip of beach outside our room in a tranquil bay. There are the usual water sports and the instructors are a god send for beginners. The spa carries elemis products and follow Thai procedures and you can never go wrong with that. My husband spent evenings playing volley ball with guests and staff most evenings. The pool is fairly large and has fairy lights at night. There is so much natural beauty that one is instantaneously relaxed. I barely wore slippers for the whole trip! However, I felt the rooms were a bit too dark and the daily clean up job was average. There was a thick layer of dust at the mini bar. A superb trip and we will surely revisit. Thank you Jeffrey and team. The Shroffs

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

Feeling is everything. Excellent Service, Elegant and spacious hotel room, amazing sunset and sunrise view, Variety of food from Asia to Europe to Local, I'll definitely recommend everyone I know to stay in this resort when they go to Maldives and I'll also go back again for next holidays. Thanks Anantara Dhigu for everything.......

Room Tip: Over water sunset villa is the best option in the resort if you are not budget traveler. It's aw...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

We were in Anantara Dhigu for 7 days on our honeymoon last November and the experience we had was fantastic! On the first day of our arrival we were picked up by a private boat chartering us to the resort. In the boat, there was only 2 of us and another couple from Sweden. The trip was quite scary as the boat leaving male was really bumpy due to the high tides, but the boat was really really comfortable.
Upon our arrival we were greeted by the Customer Service managers along with the Maldivian drums and a glass of refreshers. We were taken to our Beach villa overlooking the sea. The room was perfect! it was decorated with roses and we had free champaign and chocolate. My only advice is that if you are looking for a private moment together, do not stay in the Beach villa, the reason is because there is no partition between your room and your next door neighbor, aside to that every single thing is perfect.
We upgraded ourselves to the Water villa on our 4th night just to get the experience of the Water Villa. It was more than I could have expected. The room was clean and the service is amazing. You will be surprised everytime you leave your room, because the room will be clean again and again and it feels good to be back inside after being out in the sun.
I can described Anantara Dhigu as home because of the treatment and service you tend to received. The only thing I would suggest is to boost up on the efficiency of the room service, we were patient as we do not want to spoilt our honeymoon, but the room service can be quite slow. We tried all the restaurant around the island and the food and breakfast is good and acceptable. We even had the Dinner by design, where the dinner is prepared outside your villa. it was extremely memorable. I would love to come back to Anantara Dhighu again definitely in the near future!
Love it! Love it..excellent place to be in!

Room Tip: The water villa without a doubt!
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

Excellent service, best beach i have been at and the kids loved the pool.

Maldives is about 1:30 hours flight from Trivandrum (TRV), India. You fly into Male (MLE) and take a speed boat to Anantara Dighu. There are four islands, one for the staff and three resort islands. The islands are small, we walked around Dhigu island in 30 minutes. There is also a free ferry if you like to visit Anantara Veli.

Dhigu island is family friendly. We were travelling with our two kids 8 and 12 years old at the time. Kids loved it, and so did we. Kids are not allowed to stay in the water villas, this was the rule in all the resorts i checked. Lot of things to do. I found the fishing trip to be not very safe. The sea was rough and the staff a bit lax on safety, i almost lost my thumb when my fishing line got tangled in a reef. These trips are not operated by the resort - so not their fault.

Food was excellent, both at Dhigu as well as Veli. Kids loved the morning buffet.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

The best resort ever! Everything at the Anantara was perfect, starting from the hospitality and international guest relation managers who welcome guests at arrival! We enjoyed every second of our stay - 6 nights was certainly not enough! For context, my husband and I traveled here from London on a belated honeymoon and stayed in a beach villa with pool. Anantara well exceeded expectations, and has reset my bar for what a five star is capable of.
This place is beautifully done in a very modern style, but sympathetic to its surroundings.

We stayed in a detached Beach Villa on both the sunset and sunrise side. The sunrise side is good because it's pretty quite (only constant sound from the waves), but the view during the day is better on sunset side. The rooms are identical and HUGE! We loved the outdoor bathrooms with tub and shower! Even though it's only a 30 minute speedboat from Male, there are no loud seaplane/boat noises.

The room was clean and huge. Our pool was incredible - the hardest decision of our day was whether to stay at the pool or walk the few feet to the beach chairs. (Another great thing is that the beach chairs are private and set up each day for you). There are no insects on the island - they spray twice a day! Room service is very good, and they clean 2 times per day. Bottles of fresh water were provided everyday for free and all of the housekeeping staff is incredibly nice.

THe breakfast was exceptionally good - a huge buffet with lots of choices. People working in the restaurants are very friendly and speak English. We chose to eat at BanHurraa (the best Thai food, according to my husband who lived in Thailand for years), Fuddan Grill, and Terrazzo. The FOOD IS AMAZING! Truly exceptional quality. GO for the steaks and crab - incredible! We usually want to try everything as we're quite big foodies, but the food was so delicious that we just re-visted each place.
We loved that kayaks and snorkelling equipment are provided without charge at the resort. They let you keep the snorkelling stuff in your room for the week, in fact. We snorkelled every day and saw plenty of reef sharks and rays just sitting at the beach. The best place for snorkeling is at the house reef near the sunset Honeymoon villas. Lots of corals and fish. We even saw a sleeping turtle!

The SPA was incredible! One of the best treatments I've had with beautiful views from the treatment room and a glass bottom view while you're getting a massage!
The Internet is available in all the rooms without fee.

The manager's party is every Tuesday night and it's hosted at the beach with a very cool setup and tasty drinks. We loved the Beach Guru, Xavier, who came around with coconuts and stories while we were laying out every day.

The pros:
Food excellent, service superb, friendly and personal. Sailing facilities good for the region ( advanced level windsurf gear if you're up for it). Wonderful infinity pool and bar area. Great sandy beach areas and awesome snorkeling. So relaxing!

Recommendations:
Eat at Ban Huraa/Fudan during sunset! Gorgeous!
take banknotes for tips: Good to tip 3-4 per day for room service, restaurant and bar, as the service is exceptional.

Room Tip: LOVED the sunset beach villa! Excellent views.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

We arrived 2 days ago and are half way through our holiday with our 2 year old little man. The journey starts with a short walk out from the lounge at the airport straight onto a luxury large speedboat and here the special little moments begin. Cool drinks and friendly boat crew whisk Jack off to the Captains Chair to drive the boat here. Big smiles all road. A wonderful welcome and off to our room which was stocked with an array of Johnsons Baby products. Beautiful seaside sunset villa with easy access to the turquoise blue waters. First night lovely dinner on our terrace and last night at the Japanese tepenyaki on the adjacent Anantara island. We all had a ball with Jackneating masses of egg rice made in front of him. Diving this afternoon and a sunset spa experience the next day. Heaven and such lovely friendly people. Surprising ideal for little children.

Room Tip: Sunset side is best for views but sunrise side for snorkelling.
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Address: Dhigufinolhu, South Male Atoll, 2098
Region: Maldives > Kaafu Atoll > South Male Atoll > Dhigufinolhu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Dhigufinolhu Island
Price Range: £398 - £1,912 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 110
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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Anantara Dhigu Resort And Spa
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