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Anantara Dhigu

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8/10

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Highlights

- Short speedboat transfer from Male airport
- Lovely swimmable lagoon, characterful feel
- Waterskiing, windsurfing, surfing, diving
- Snorkelling, visits to nearby islands

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Overview

Anantara Dhigu is a blissful tropical resort set on Dhigufinolhu Island in the Maldives’ South Male Atoll. Dhigu has a serene, laid-back feel, although there are plenty of activities on offer for those who want to keep busy, including a lovely swimming lagoon as well as a large pool. It’s one of several dozen resorts in the Anantara chain which specialises in luxury holidays in exotic locations all around the world, and it takes just over half an hour to reach the resort by speedboat transfer from Velana International Airport in Male.

There are a total of 110 beachside villas and over-water suites, many of which come with a private plunge pool. All accommodation at the resort is designed to offer plenty of space and give guests the feeling that they’re stepping into a home away from home. Villas and suites are well presented and tastefully decorated, with a range of convenient amenities. Some of these include a mini bar, a flat-screen satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a private outdoor lounge area - some types of accommodation also have a private open-air bathroom with separate bathtub and shower. Floor-to-ceiling windows enable guests to make the most of the gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean.

There’s a good selection of dining options available. ‘Fushi Café’ offers buffet-style dining with international and Maldivian dishes, while ‘Sea. Fire. Salt’ offers fusion-style seafood and steaks. In contrast, 'Terrazzo' serves delicious Italian cuisine. There are various meal plans available and guests can try out restaurants at the nearby sister resort Anantara Veli, although note that the Veli resort is adults only.

Lots of watersports and water-based activities are available, such as waterskiing, windsurfing, snorkelling, diving and even sunset cruises. Trips to Male enable guests to explore the Maldives’ capital and excursions to delightful nearby islands are also possible. Those after a more laidback time can book a treatment or two at the soothing Anantara Spa, whose suites are all perched over the island’s crystal-clear lagoon.

The resort caters well for children. The kids club accepts children from as young as three and offers a broad menu of age-appropriate and imaginative activities and entertainment throughout the day, some of which take place in air-conditioned play spaces. Surfing and freediving lessons are available, and there’s a resident marine biologist to teach children all about the local coral and marine life. Children under the age of three can join in providing they’re accompanied by an adult or babysitter – note that the resort’s babysitting service is available for an extra fee and must be booked in advance. The 'Sunset Villas' can house two adults and up to three children, while older families might prefer the 'Two Bedroom Family Villas' which comprise two suites connected via a sun deck. Parents are reminded to keep children under adult supervision at all times.

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