The Anantara Veli Maldives Resort has emerged from a nine-month renovation impacting its accommodations and public spaces, including F&B and wellness facilities.
Led by New York-based architect Yuji Yamazaki, the updates further embed the property in the natural splendor of the South Male Atoll and conjure a sense of intimate seclusion. “People visit the Maldives to experience nature,” Yamazaki says. “Our inspiration is always how to invite that nature into the built environment. The guests would feel safe and private, at the same time, the breeze, sound, and views are always within steps away.”
Apt for the tropical setting, timber anchors the updated material palette. “Teak has natural oil embedded within the body, and it will transform to beautiful silver-gray sheen when used outdoors with no coating,” Yamazaki adds.
The new Wellness Villa debuts with spaces for yoga, training, and workshops as well as therapies that correspond to the time of day. The central Balance Wellness by Anantara facility surrounds guests in nature across five treatment suites, a nail salon, medical spa, steam room, sauna, indoor-outdoor showers, and a relaxation garden featuring hot and cold plunge pools.
Several new accommodations, including six Beach Pool Villas and six Deluxe Over Water Pool Villas, have also debuted onsite the Anantara Veli Maldives. Set upon white sand beaches and endowed with private pools flanked by cushioned daybeds, the 1,600-square-foot Beach Pool Villas comprise open-air living and dining spaces and island-style bedrooms ensconced in tropical foliage. Deluxe Over Water Pool villas embody a tropical, traditional-meets-contemporary sensibility comprising wood, stone, and rattan elements. Cool powder tones and organic patterns borrowed from nature permeate each villa, which boast larger private pools and decks.