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There aren’t too many destinations that live up to the superlatives thrown at them, but the Maldives most certainly does.
+5 hours time diference
US Dollar is the main currency in resorts
(local currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa)
Male is the Capital City
A collection of atoll clusters in the Indian Ocean, there’s nowhere better to experience the luxury and serenity that this destination offers in glorious abundance. Become captivated by the azure emerald waters, pristine beaches, enchanting marine life, and enjoy a level of hospitality sure to leave you planning a return visit.
While it’s true that the Maldives is a perfect haven for honeymooners looking for that quintessentially romantic and remote experience, it remains a fantastic option for families as well, with so many resorts offering a great range of water and land-based leisure facilities, operating Kids’ Clubs with various activity programs, while boasting great pools and suitable family room categories.
Experience contemporary, life-style luxury at its best with this high-end all-inclusive resort. Situated in the South Male Atoll cluster, guests arrive at Ozen by luxury speedboat, and are effortlessly checked in with a glass of bubbly to toast their arrival in paradise. 90 spacious, stand-alone villas offer guests privacy and comfort, with private pools and over water upgrades an option for those wanting that something extra special. The resort boasts a range of quality restaurants - including its famous under water restaurant “M6m” – along with a comprehensive drinks and cocktail menu, making this the perfect resort for those connoisseurs amongst us looking to unwind and indulge.
A scenic 30-minute seaplane transfer from Male is all it takes to land at this excellent all-inclusive resort situated in the Lhaviyani Atoll group. Well priced, Atmosphere Kanifushi is great for couples and families alike. An adult only section at the sunset bar with poolside cocktails is the ideal recluse for those honeymooners seeking to relax in true Maldivian style, while the kids club, pedal bikes, land and water-based leisure facilities, are perfect for families of any matrix. The resort has a range of dining options to suit every palate, a good range of leisure facilities, and operates complimentary snorkelling trips daily for those wanting to experience the marine wonders of this remarkable destination.
This resort opened in 2009 as one of the Maldives immediate forerunners in the luxury all-inclusive market. Accessed via a 25-minute seaplane journey the resort is nestled in the South Ari Atoll cluster, regarded as one of the better regions for diving excursions. Along with with a house reef close to its shore, Lily Beach is the ideal selection for those with a keen interest in visiting our underwater friends. 3 restaurants, 3 bars, sports facilities, entertainment, a huge wine list, means that this property allows you to indulge without any risk of getting bored.
Forever Four Seasons
Definitely worth their own section on this page, the two Four Seasons properties Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giravaaru are extremely well established, top echelon resorts, delivering a level of service for which the brand have become synonymous. These properties ensure your Maldivian luxury escape isn’t compromised in any way, shape or form, always thoughtful in their approach to hospitality, and as experienced as anyone at delivering excellence to its discerning guests.
The Kuda Huraa’s remote, village-like ambience make it best suited to those looking for a very low-key, idyllic getaway. Couples and families seeking privacy in a naturally styled resort, with the intimacy of smaller cover restaurants and personalised service, will find themselves a true haven at Huda Kuraa. Its unique island spa it has to be said is the perfect sanctuary for those looking to completely remove themselves from their hectic life.
Landaa Giravaaru, being a larger atoll, affords clients a wider selection of bars and restaurants, from rooftop mezze dining at the authentic Al Barakat restaurant, to polished and contemporary beachside dining at the Italian restaurant Blu. Situated in the Baa atoll region this resort is particularly great for diving excursions; while those less daring can still avail fantastic snorkelling directly off the beach, with the resort boasting an impressive house reef.
A short seaplane transfer from Male, Soneva Fushi is the epitome of barefoot luxury, with a quintessential ‘back to nature’ approach giving their guests a true sense of environment. While their villas and resort facilities provide all of the modern bells and whistles associated with luxury-end travel, their natural aesthetic - thatched roofs, natural woods, sanded pathways, with accommodations embossed in the natural foliage of the island – produce a Robinson Crusoe sense of escape. All of this is reinforced with a strong eco-friendly attitude, and with the growing awareness on the issues of sustainability, is proud to be 100% carbon neutral, while supporting projects across the world that promote positive environmental change.
Therefore, a visit to Soneva is a paying homage to nature, while giving you the dream holiday you deserve.
A scenic 45-minute seaplane from Male takes you to the latest addition of the Soneva brand, and what must be one of the most incredible resorts not only in the Maldives, but the world. A collection of reserves on water and land, guests are encompassed by a 5.6km private lagoon, possessing an almost ethereal beauty and ensuring an immediate sense of calm and serenity - perfect for detaching oneself from the rigours of modern day life. The One Bedroom Water Retreats - the lead in category of the resort - are a 416 square metre expanse of luxury, spread over two levels, all with a private pool, dressing room, outdoor shower, dining Sala, and boasting ample outside space where you might sunbathe in privacy, all the while taking in the glorious views across azure waters. Offering two, three, and four-bedroom categories also make this resort perfectly suited for those larger families and groups looking for a top echelon island retreat.
Among the finest resorts in the Maldives, and for those seeking uncompromised luxury, we've selected some personal favorites.
These fabulous five stars are sure to capture the imagination, steal your heart, and leave you planning your next return.
Surrounded by the wonders of the Indian Ocean, One&Only Reethi Rah makes its home on one of the largest islands in North Malé Atoll. This award-winning hotel really is a jewel among a string of coral atolls, lagoons and white sands. Exceptional service, amazing stand-alone villas which are exquisitely furnished make this the perfect choice for couples and families alike.
The hotel boasts some of the best children’s facilities in the Maldives plus an award-winning spa – awarded the “Global Winner of Best Luxury Spa in 2013”. The water sports and coral are some of the very best in the Indian Ocean plus the facilities also include two floodlit tennis courts and even a FIFA approved football pitch. There really is something for everyone at one of the crown jewels of the Maldives.
Well known amongst the locals for its stunning natural beauty, the small private island of Naladhu invites you to relax in truly amazing surroundings. Enjoy the magnificence of one of 20 amazingly designed houses, each an incredible sanctuary with your own private swimming pool.
An amazing Spa, excellent restaurants and total privacy make this retreat a destination that will never be forgotten. Breakfast at your leisure, a picnic on deserted islands, or dinner by candlelight in a coconut grove.
Naladhu Private Island Maldives has been named best resort in the Maldives two years in a row by Conde Nast Traveler, as well third best in the world by its readers.
Huvafen Fushi is an exceptional island in the North Malé atoll, Kaafu. Situated just 30 minutes by speedboat from Malé International Airport. Amazingly luxurious, stunning villas and enticing restaurants. The resort boasts an extraordinary underwater spa so you can fully relax in a stunning environment covered with an abundance of natural marine life. 43 stand-alone villas all boast private pools and offer complete privacy to fully soak in all that this island paradise has to offer. The resort boasts some remarkable dining options, whether it is a beachside meal, or fine dining in their signature restaurant 8 meters below the surface. Exceptional service, stunning food, and an idyllic location, Huvafen Fushi exudes luxury.
One of the most spectacular boutique hotels in the Baa Atoll situated in a UNESCO biosphere reserve, one of the most stunning areas in the Maldives. Just 300m by 180m in size, fringed by soft deep white sand beaches and the ideal spot for nature lovers with one of the most amazing coral reefs you will ever see. Relaxation and superb service levels define the hotel, whether it’s their “barefoot informality” ethos or amazing choice of food and excursions, this resort really does appeal to all. The spa is excellent, offering a wide range of excellent treatments and an over-water yoga pavilion hosting complimentary daily yoga or meditation sessions. The perfect oasis wherein all you have to focus on is your mind, body and soul.