Spanning just over a hectare in size, Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat is an untouched island that promises white sandy beaches and plush vegetation. Surrounded by a turquoise lagoon, this private island is a throwback to a much simpler time.
Here, nature never fails to captivate as you discover a wonderland of thriving marine life and stunning coral in the island’s house reef. Take to the waves and enjoy big game fishing or water sports.
Or take it easy and savour the authentic luxury and simple pleasures that Drift has to offer. Life on our island is as invigorating or as relaxing as you desire. It is, after all, yours to enjoy. Known for its outstanding, unspoiled natural beauty and marine life, Drift Retreat is 90 kilometres west of the Maldivian capital of Malé.
The island is located in South Ari Atoll, home to some of the most incredible snorkelling and diving spots in the world. Promising an arrival you’ll never forget, you can reach the island with a 35-minute seaplane ride from Malé International Airport.
Our cosy island resort features just 30 charming villas dotted by the shore or across the shimmering lagoon. Echoing the design of traditional thatched houses, our villas provide a sanctuary of organic luxury and rustic simplicity.
Designed to create a relaxed environment, each villa combines earthy colour schemes with local handicrafts that complement, rather than compete with, the outside world. The elegant design and seamless integration with the natural landscape create a dreamy space for you to spend your days.
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 colours of hand-carved wooden furniture. A sweeping net canopy encircles a large king sized bed.
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.
Drift’s team of highly-skilled chefs create delicious dishes incorporating a signature island flair. With an emphasis on exceptional ingredients and fresh seafood, sourced locally wherever possible, you will experience unique and memorable flavours bursting with authenticity.
The retreat’s restaurant offers a sumptuous buffet as well as a la carte options in a stunning open-air environment that ensures you will never forget your beautiful surroundings.
For the epicureans at heart, a carefully curated selection of culinary focused experiences are available for you to enjoy, as well as themed dining evenings, and both in-villa and private beach dining options.
Our beachfront bar offers the perfect opportunity to witness the stunning Maldivian sunset as you sit and sip on one of our cocktails. With light meals and snacks available throughout the day, it is the perfect spot to relax and mingle with other guests.
Inspired by nature with a breaktaking view of the lagoon, our overwater spa is a peaceful and refreshing haven.
A carefully selected menu combines massage treatments from Indonesia, Thailand and India, and enriching facials and stimulating body treatments, all carried out by expert therapists trained to restore inner harmony.
WEDDINGS IN MALDIVES
The picture-perfect Maldives makes a dream destination for your special day, and at Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat, our friendly team will create a truly personalised occasion that reflects your individual style and tastes.
Discuss the details of your blessing or renewal of vows ceremony with our lifestyle hosts and discover how we can help plan your special moment. Please note that wedding ceremonies in the Maldives are not legally recognised in your home country, and are a symbolic gesture of love.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Set yourself up for the day with a sunrise breakfast cruise, or learn to scuba dive in the crystal clear waters to discover the vibrant colours and marine life of our coral reefs. Plan to do as little or much as you like, from the thrilling to the relaxing, Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat is yours to explore.
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.
Join our highly experienced team to go on an unforgettable adventure to swim alongside these remarkable creatures. Our team will always take the utmost care to be ecologically considerate during the excursion, and will be on hand to advise on how to enjoy this experience in a responsible way.
Famous for its ivory beaches and turquoise shores, the Maldives is one of the world’s top diving destinations, and South Ari Atoll in particular is renowned for its biodiversity. The resort partners with a highly accomplished diving team to help guests discover the incredible beauty of the Maldivian underwater ecosystem.
Drift Retreat is proud contributor of whale shark sighting reports to The Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme, a charity which studies and advocates on behalf of whale sharks.