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Blick auf Sangeli, Bild: Colours of OBLU

Maldives Islands: Sangeli

At the northwestern tip of the Malé Atoll of the Maldives lies the island of Sangeli, where the OBLU SELECT Sangeli has been located since July 2018. The resort consists of two islands – a large main island and the smaller One Banyan Island – which are connected by a curved wooden walkway, where the water villas are also located. One Banyan Island is reserved for adults only from sunrise to sunset and features the popular Honeymoon Water Suites with pool.

Green gardens with tropical flowers, towering palm trees and the white sandy beach make up the charm of this island, which is surrounded by turquoise waters with coral reefs and diverse marine life. Right from the jetty, guests can even spot reef sharks and stingrays in the blue waters.

The five-star resort features modernly designed villas and suites in different categories, a selection of restaurants and services, and is located in the middle of some of the most exotic diving and snorkeling spots on the Malé Atoll. Sangeli Island can be reached in 50 minutes by speedboat from Malé International Airport.

The Resort and its Philosophy

Getting married on Sangeli
Getting married on Sangeli, Image: Colours of OBLU

OBLU SELECT Sangeli offers discerning travellers a comprehensive, stress-free beach holiday in the Maldives. True to the motto “Joy of Giving”, the generous Maldivian hospitality can be felt in every detail. With the exclusive Serenity PlanTM, guests can enjoy gourmet international cuisine combined with a range of activities, including unique diving experiences, water sports and a tranquil garden spa complex.

The Serenity Plan includes everything you need for a dream vacation, making the island a home away from home for guests. Holidaymakers can fulfil their wishes anytime and anywhere without having to worry about additional and hidden costs. The resort strives to provide the best beach holiday in the Maldives in its class.

This spirit of giving extends to the environment as well. Sensitive treatment of the island’s ecosystem, an in-house water bottling plant that ensures that the island remains free of single-use plastic, supporting local communities and other green initiatives are at the forefront of Sangeli.

The accommodations

Guests of the resort can choose from a total of 137 detached villas in five categories. The entire resort combines tropical design with colorful décor. Each villa has a private outdoor terrace and a large bathroom with

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Double sinks. Standard amenities in all villas include king-size beds, air-conditioning, fan, coffee- and tea-making facilities, hairdryer, mini-fridge, safe, life jackets, CD/DVD player and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.


Simply Veg on Sangeli
Enjoying dinner at Simply Weg, Image: Colours of OBLU

On Sangeli there is a main restaurant, two gourmet restaurants and three bars.

The Courtyard

A selection of freshly prepared local snacks, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at The Courtyard. The main restaurant is the heart of Sangeli Island. Guests can enjoy daily changing buffets of international cuisine, traditional Maldivian dishes, an à la carte menu and live cooking stations. Each day has a special motto, so that guests can embark on a culinary journey around the world on Sangeli.

Just Grill and Simply Veg are located on One Banyan Island, which is exclusively for adults during the day. After sunset, children under the age of 16 are welcome, so guests can dine there with their families.

Simply Veg (One Banyan Island)

Simply Veg is not only very popular, but also the first vegetarian gourmet restaurant in the Maldives. Modern vegetarian cuisine is served with delicious, unadulterated flavours and artful presentation. The vegetarian menu offers a mix of Asian and European dishes: green papaya salad with lime and coconut milk dressing, potato gnocchi, rice pudding with rose water, banana blossoms and bean fritters and much more.

Just Grill (One Banyan Island)

For lunch and dinner, Guests at Just Grill can enjoy fine specialties from the à la carte menu, such as gourmet dishes, fresh seafood and grilled meats, side dishes, drinks and desserts.


Three bars, The Rock Sunset Bar, One Banyan Island Pool Bar and The Sangs, offer refreshments, cocktails, fine drinks and coffee or tea, all included in the Serenity PlanTM.

The Rock Sunset Bar stands on stilts in a shallow lagoon at the western end of Sangeli Island. Around the bar are comfortable beanbags and also a traditional wooden swing. With a gentle sea breeze and beautiful sunset views, this is one of the most picturesque places on Sangeli.

For a small appetite in between, The Sangs serves traditional Maldivian snacks daily between 16:00 and 18:00. The delicious fried snacks are made with local ingredients such as coconut, onion, chilli, lime, fish and vegetables and taste best with tea or coffee.

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The PADI and SSI-certified TGI Dive & Water Sports Centre on Sangeli and its multilingual team take guests into the wonderful underwater world of the Maldives. You can choose from a range of diving certificates, from beginner to advanced level. Guests will be assisted by highly qualified instructors to complete the dives required for certifications.

Highlights in the lagoon

Highlights include the outer reef, the inner lagoon between the two islands and the rows of overwater villas that invite you to snorkel or try diving. The lagoon itself is home to a variety of small reef fish species throughout the year. The deep blue waters are characterized by colorful corals and an abundance of native marine life in a relatively small area.

Activities & Recreation

Snorkeling & Water Sports

The resort’s Serenity PlanTM includes complimentary snorkeling equipment for the entire duration of the stay. Guests can enter the water directly from the beach to discover a variety of animals and corals around the island. In addition, snorkeling trips are offered daily in the vicinity of the resort. These are free of charge and allow guests to experience the underwater world of the Malé Atoll in even more places.

For more experiences, guests can enjoy a range of motorized and non-motorized water sports, as well as exotic island and boat excursions. Guests can use unlimited and free non-motorized water sports equipment such as stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and pedal boats.


To stay active, guests have unlimited use of the fully equipped gym and leisure centre. Weekly and seasonal group activities are offered throughout the week, including yoga, strength training, and Pilates.


Theme evenings, events and festive events are offered throughout the year. With Bodu Beru music, DJ nights, and live music events three times a week, Sangeli Island offers lively diversion.

Kids Club

Sangeli Island offers a Kids Club with a children’s pool, a playground with a trampoline and a variety of indoor games. For children (from 4 years old) and young adults, a number of exciting activities are organised every day.

Medical facilities

The island of Sangeli has a doctor’s office open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The resident doctor is available around the clock for medical emergencies. The nurse in the clinic is also responsible for the Kids Club. There is also a round-the-clock boat service to the nearest local hospital.


Velana International Airport is located about two kilometers from the capital Malé. Guests will be met at the airport by the Sangeli team and taken to the island by speedboat. The scenic drive takes about 45 minutes.

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