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Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat

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- Small Resort
- House Reef
- Watersports
- Rustic Simplicity

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Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat is a breath of fresh air for those who prefer there beach resorts simple and small. With only 30 rooms on a tiny Island it is a fraction of the size of most other Maldivian resorts (where 100 rooms is the norm for a small resort!).

Spanning just over a hectare in size, Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat is a simple traditional Maldivian retreat with white sandy beaches, plush vegetation and a house reef for snorkelling from the beach.

There are 10 Beach Villas and 20 Water Villas with a traditional thatched house design.

It is a very small island, so Drift is most definitely better suited to water sports lovers. In addition to the excellent snorkelling, kayaks, SUP, windsurfing, Kite surfing, catamaran sailing, diving and fishing are all available. Just a 30 minute speedboat ride away from Drift Retreat, close to Maamigili Island, is the famed Whale Shark Point of South Ari Atoll. Known as the foremost location in the world for spotting and snorkelling with the gentle giants of the sea, over 80 unique whale sharks call this protected region home.

Drift is not well setup for young families, but would well for families with children over 10 who love snorkelling and watersports. There are no specific family rooms, childcare or childrens activities.

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