Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat

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Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat is a small island paradise in the Maldives’ Southern Ari Atoll, where guests can enjoy a journey of self-discovery in one of the most beautiful locations on earth. Seclusion, tranquillity and escape come together for an authentic Maldivian experience that blends rustic appeal with understated comfort and charm.

With just 10 Beach Villas and 20 Water Villas set over one hectare, the intimate resort conjures up an illusion of being cast away on a desert island where guests relax in total serenity, safe in the knowledge that if they need anything there is a team of friendly, experienced staff there to look after them.

The pressures of daily life melt away in simple yet comfortable surroundings, where modern technology is paired to a minimum, encouraging you to reconnect with nature and rejuvenate body and mind.

Natural spa treatments and invigorating water sports are available to pass away the days, as well as an incredible dive team who can guide and assist you to encounter the most dazzling marine life.

Locally inspired menus, natural products, traditional design elements and signature Maldivian hospitality evoke a true sense of rustic charm for an unforgettable stay you will want to repeat year after year.

Drift enjoys a secluded location on the idyllic Maldivian island of Thelu Veliga in Southern Ari Atoll.

Spanning just over a hectare in size, this intimate retreat can be reached by a direct 35 minute seaplane journey from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (Malé) or via a 35 minute domestic flight from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (Malé) to Maamigili Local Airport followed by a 30 minute speedboat ride.


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Thelu Veliga, South Ari Atoll Maldives 20183 Maldives



The cosy paradise island resort features 30 villas where guests enjoy rustic simplicity, enhanced by space and comfort. The 10 Beach Villas, all at 39 sq. m and are tucked away on the shores, amongst lush vegetation ensuring seclusion and privacy. The Beach Villas all provide direct access to the beach and views of the crystal clear water beyond.

Water Villa 

Water Villa, Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat
Water Villa, Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat

Our 20 Water Villas are poised over the island’s vast turquoise lagoon. A private deck allows direct access into the cool blue waters. Wake up to the music of the waves or spend balmy evenings stargazing from your private terrace. A king sized bed faces floor to ceiling windows, soaking the villa with gentle glow of the sun. A sunny bathroom features a stylish designer bathtub with a spectacular ocean view.  

Beach Villa 

Beach Villa, Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat
Beach Villa, Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat

Gently rounded in design, our 10 Beach Villas are tucked away on shore, ensuring total seclusion and privacy. Fling your doors open to step onto a pristine white beach and gaze at uninterrupted views of the crystal clear waters beyond. White-washed walls contrast with the rich colors of hand-carved wooden furniture. A sweeping net canopy encircles a large king sized bed.


  • airport transfer
  • babysitting
  • bar
  • luggage storage
  • restaurant
  • room service
  • safety deposit box
  • shop

Notices & Policies

  • No pets allowed.
  • Payment can be made by credit card at the hotel.

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