In this island nation dotted with 80 resorts, it's almost impossible to pick just one that's the best -- so here are two. Anantara's Veli and Dhigu islands in the South Malé Atoll of the Maldives are connected by long walkways and free shuttles across the lagoon, sharing their collective eight restaurants and two spas among the guests of more than 100 bungalows and villas. Island chief Didi will kick off a night of dining with a story of the Maldives' history. To learn more about the Thai and fusion dishes, sign up for the Anantara Cooking School. To claim a piece of the Maldives just for the two of you, enjoy a private meal just off Dhigu on an uninhabited speck of sandy paradise -- with table and umbrella. (OK, that makes three islands.) See photos.
Here is further insight from the managers of Anantara Resorts:
What do U.S. travelers enjoy most about Matangi Island? Travelers most enjoy our people, our culture and the pristine beauty of our island.
Can guests at Dhigu enjoy the amenities of Veli and vice versa? Yes. We have shuttle service for free of charge among the islands for guests from each resort to enjoy facilities at another.
What amenities or activities do U.S. travelers seem to enjoy most there?
Which of Dhigu's and Veli's offerings best celebrate the authentic island culture?
What makes these two resorts unique among all the world's private-island resorts?
Are there any new amenities, accommodations, travel specials or other features planned for 2009?
This pair of resorts in a destination full of them truly stand out