Chasing Easter bunnies in lagoon hues at Anantara, Naladhu Maldives
Easter eggs marbled with aqua tones. Bunnies scampering across sand. Chocolates galore, handmade and best consumed overlooking the ocean. Settle for nothing less but a surreal setting – and spend a one-of-a-kind Easter in a Maldivian paradise.
With a unique set up of three resorts perched around an emerald lagoon, Anantara Dhigu, Anantara Veli and Naladhu Private Island Maldives offer the perfect setting for an Easter as adventurous or laid-back as you like. Hide away in a beach house at Naladhu Private Island Maldives, kayaking across the waters for the occasional jungle spa treatment. Luxuriate in an overwater villa for two at Anantara Veli Maldives Resort, or explore an island of water sports, kids’ adventures and more at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort.
Easter happenings on the lagoon this year encompassing feasting, playing and kicking back. Parasail in tandem high above the waves. Explore the rotating daily promotions at Dhigu’s overwater Anantara Spa and Veli’s Balance Wellness Sanctuary. Spend Easter Sunday dining on lobster, Champagne and chocolate under the stars with your toes buried in the sand.
Family activities run all week with Easter-themed programmes at the Dhoni Club for kids. From bunny sack races to Easter egg painting, the little ones are sure to enjoy themselves. Fun for kids and adults alike includes an Easter egg hunt across Dhigu, as well as an Easter Sunday Chase the Easter Bunny Run at sunset. Where will you chase the bunny this Easter?
Part of Thai hospitality group Minor Hotel Group, Anantara runs three resorts in the Maldives: Anantara Veli Maldives Resort and Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort in South Male Atoll, and Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas in Baa atoll.
Situated on Dhigufinolhu Island in the South Male Atoll is Anantara Dhigu, where luxury meets simplicity. The resort comprises of the most spacious of luxury villas coupled with private plunge pools while just being a quick 35-minute speedboat ride away from the main Velana International Airport.
Anantara Dhigu provides a harmonious combination of both the romantic, adventure and family friendly. Upon arrival guests can peer into the crystal waters below the jetty at puffer fish, sting rays and baby reef sharks.
Choose between villas perfectly positioned to catch the sunrise or sunset, or those that have their own private plunge pool. Among Maldives luxury accommodation, Anantara Dhigu is outstanding with its choice of stylishly designed villas and suites. A number of these villas come with direct access to the powdery white beach and all only steps away from the tranquil lagoon.
Parents can relax while little ones are entertained for hours and spoilt for choice with Anantara’s kids club and numerous activities available. Thrill the family with adventures that include water bobbing, surfing and deep sea fishing. Families can even take a short pontoon ride to the island of Guli Fushi, picnic on the deserted beaches and experience some of the best snorkelling in the Maldives.
The cuisine at Anantara Dhigu is an inspiring Maldives restaurant gastronomic experience. Dining is relaxed and informal, with an array of seafood and meat grills, fine Italian cuisine and varying themed buffet dinners, to lighter meals poolside for lunch.
Anantara Dhigu’s evocative location is matched by a tranquil island design approach that feels like home away from home while providing guests with their every need.
Anantara Veli, located very close to Anantara Dhigu, is one of the few adult-only islands in the Maldives where white sand and azure waters provide the perfect setting. The resort is perfectly suited to couples or groups of friends looking for a relaxing island hideaway where turquoise waters beckon from a choice of intimate accommodation bungalows, some with direct lagoon access.
Relax with a loved one in the over water bungalows, as a spectacular plethora of sea life swims in the crystal-clear lagoon beneath or unwind on a sun deck overlooking the palm fringed island and pristine coral reefs in the South Male Atoll, just 35 minutes from Velana International Airport. For guests who wish to experience ultimate relaxation, exclusive access to Sundari Ayurvedic Spa will provide a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.
Anantara Veli also boasts convenient dining options, such as international cuisines at 73 Degrees and Thai food at the esteemed Baan Huraa, which will re-open in May following an extensive refurbishment. In the evening, add an element of gourmet dining with a unique menu designed by guests and the chef, served on a deserted sandbank that has a backdrop of a breathtaking Maldivian sunset.
Meanwhile, Minor separately runs Naladhu Private Island Maldives in the South Male Atoll and Niyama Maldives Private Islands in Dhaalu atoll.
Located only a 30-minute speedboat ride from the main airport, Naladhu offers an intimate beach resort experience with just 19 guest villas, including six Beach Pool Houses, 12 Ocean Pool Houses and a Two-Bedroom Pool Residence. These weathered-wood accommodations come with a private garden and an infinity pool, high-ceilinged interiors decorated in cane and tropical hues, and an open-air bathroom with L’Occitane products and a sea-facing tub for two.
The Living Room restaurant’s dining spaces range from tables set around the all-glass wine cellar to cushioned Indian daybeds under the stars, and a fleet of traditional Maldivian dhonis adds onboard private dinners.
Dedicated butlers, or Very Good Chaps (VGCs), exceed expectations with quiet, smiling service.