Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat


A throwback to a much simpler time, Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat is based on a private island surrounded by a lagoon and plush vegetation.

Thriving marine life and stunning coral can be found in the island’s house reef while adventurous guests can make the most of big game fishing or water sports.

Take a 30 minute speedboat trip to Whale Shark Point of South Ari Atoll to spot or snorkel with some of the 80 unique whale sharks that call this protected region home.

Couples can also enjoy specially created trips including A Local Fisherman’s Journey, A Maldivian Family Experience and The Castaway Sandbank Picnic.

Luxury Property
Five Star
  • Destination


  • Location

    South Ari Atoll

  • Island Size


  • Reef Type


  • Suitable Options

    Honeymooners, Families

  • Meal Plans

    BB, HB, FB, AI

  • Number of Rooms

    30 Rooms

  • No. of Restaurants

    1 Restaurants

  • Number of Bars

    1 Bars

  • Transfer Type

    Seaplane (35 Mins), Domestic Flight (65 Mins)

Villas & Residences

Just 30 villas dot the shore and lagoon and are designed in the style of traditional thatched houses decorated with local handicrafts.

Beach Villas are tucked away on shore ensuring total seclusion with doors that open onto a pristine white beach.

Perched on traditional stilts overlooking the waters of South Ari Atoll, water villas have private decks allowing direct access into the cool blue waters and a bathtub with views across the lagoon.

Food & Beverages

Using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, the restaurant at Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat offers a buffet as well as a la carte options in an open-air environment.

Guests can enjoy a curated selection of culinary focused experiences as well as themed dining evenings and both in-villa and private beach dining.


The overwater spa boasts a carefully selected menu combining massage treatments from Indonesia, Thailand and India as well as enriching facials and stimulating body treatments, all carried out by expert therapists.


Drift Retreat is 90 kilometres west of the Maldivian capital of Malé and located in South Ari Atoll.

Guests can reach the island with a 35-minute seaplane ride from Malé International Airport.

Property Highlights

The huge beach that wraps around this tiny little island is most certainly a highlight
Reservations Manager - Male


Great option if you are after a boutique five stay hotel.