Maldives

Best Luxury Hotels In The Maldives

Located in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are a collection of tropical islands made up of 26 atolls and more than 1,000 coral islands. The country is well known for its breathtaking beaches, crystal blue lagoons, and some of the best reefs for diving anywhere in the world. The islands feature luxurious beach getaways but also has the added bonus of bustling markets, premier dining, and shopping you won’t find anywhere else. Any of the following resorts will make your stay that much better.

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

A complimentary speedboat transfer will deliver you from the airport to this idyll on the private Furanafushi Island in less than half an hour. After getting settled into your thatched overwater bungalow, you can choose whether to visit the Shine Spa, swim in the freshwater pool, play tennis, take a yoga class, book a dive session, or unwind with a beverage at the Anchorage or Beach Bars. When you’re feeling peckish you can snack on dim sum at Chopstix, tuck into steak and seafood at Sea Salt Beach Grill or dine at Baan Thai, eat anytime at Feast and al fresco at the Masaala Hut.

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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

The ultimate in exclusivity, you can book your own private island within the already super private Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi; it comes with five pools, a cinema, two spas, a children’s playground and an entourage of chefs and butlers. Found in the South Male Atoll, the resort is spread across just over two miles and three islands (including the private one), accommodating 11 dining venues, watersports and a sprawling wellness centre. Shakira recently shared snaps on social media of herself and her family at the hotel, living the Maldivian dream, paddle boarding and taking speed boat rides from the hotel.

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Angsana Velavaru

Translating as “Turtle Island” in the local Dhivehi language, Angsana Velavaru is a wonderful place to snorkel and dive if you’re dreaming of coming up close to Maldivian marine life. It has its own PADI 5-star Gold Dive Centre and a Marine Lab (dedicated to protecting coral reef ecosystems through research and conservation) where you can join a class or a snorkelling safari. Those preferring to take it easy can visit the outdoor treatment pavilions of the award-winning Angsana Spa, or bliss out at the infinity pool with a design cocktail from the bar. Meanwhile, kids are catered for with activities at the Rangers’ Club.

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COMO Cocoa Island

With two private house reefs teeming with green turtles, reef sharks and bigeye trevally, this is an elite dive spot. 33 overwater villas have an understated design, adding to the sense of serenity encouraged at the resort. COMO Cocoa Island is a place to disconnect from the outside world; take a yoga class in the open-air studio, book a Shambhala massage treatment beside the lagoon, ease aching muscles in the hydrotherapy pool and take a wellness class to get fine-tune your holistic well-being. The food is created to balance flavour and nutrition, with organic ingredients rich in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals, served raw, steamed or grilled for optimum health benefits.

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Six Senses Laamu

Since opening a little over a decade ago, Six Senses has maintained a strong commitment to sustainability. Shoes are discarded on arrival, making it true barefoot luxury, and with the opportunity to feel the soft silver sand between your toes, and soak in your own glass-bottomed bathtub with marine life passing beneath, who needs footwear? It offers some unforgettable experiences and excursions, like sunset dhoni cruises, private picnics, sand-dune dining, chilli dining (at a communal table, surrounded by a garden of chilli plants), Cinematic Orchestra DJ sets and jungle movie nights.

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Conrad Rangali Island Maldives

Dita Von Teese, Roger Federer and Kris Jenner have all been spotted holidaying at this celeb-friendly idyll. It’s spread across two islands joined by a wooden bridge, in the South Ari Atoll. Villas and suites are either nestled among greenery or suspended above the lagoon. And if you want to see underwater without getting wet, you can book a table at the incredible Ithaa, which takes the form of a subaquatic tunnel, five metres below ground (there are 11 other restaurants besides). Or stay in the Conrad Rangali Island’s showstopping underwater suite, The Muraka, where you’ll receive 24-hour butler service.

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Four Seasons Maldives Kuda Huraa

A brief speedboat hop from Male will bring you to Kuda Huraa, a coral island with 96 palm-thatched pavilions and bungalows (sleeping up to five) situated beside the sand and above the lagoon. Separate adult-only and family pools ensure both types of traveller are at home here and there are treatments catering to both younger and grown-up guests; take the minute-long sail across the lagoon by dhoni, to reach this very special mini-island spa, where you can indulge in rituals both day and night. Addtonally, you’ll have access to two restaurants, a surf school and PADI 5-star diving centre, a kids’ club, shark safaris, dolphin cruises and the onsite Marine Discovery Centre.

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Raffles Maldives

Raffles’ Maldivian property encompasses two islands of the Gaafu Alifu Atoll; one is set entirely over-water and includes its spa, the other offers lush tropical flora and fauna, with sandy beaches and villas, each has its own reef and around the clock butler service. The larger island hosts the laidback all-day dining venue,Thari, perched beside the shore, while the over-water dining option is Yuzu, serving international fusion Nikkei Cuisine in rustic-chic surroundings. During your time at Raffles, you may like to go snorkeling with a marine biologist, practice yoga at sunrise and swim in its divine infinity pool.

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Soneva Jani

Soneva Jani is nestled within the tranquil waters of the Noonu Atoll, presenting breathtaking panoramic views of turquoise waters and blue skies. With just 51 over-water and three island residences, the resort offers guests privacy and space. Choose from Chapter One: Water Retreat or Chapter Two Water Reserve Villa (the latter being the most recent properties) – all of which boast private pools and some of which have their own waterslide into the lagoon. Dining is an international affair with several restaurants presenting varied menus; from plant-based dishes to seafood and the exciting secret menu and location concept. A wide range of activities and experiences, for all the family, can be enjoyed within the resort and within the local area; from dolphin spotting, diving, DJ’ing, cooking classes or a restful time at the spa.

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Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa

Just 20-minutes by speedboat from Male airport, this brand new resort on Amingiri Island is taking bookings for its very first guests in September 2022. 109 villas are either on the beach or overwater, all with their own pools, ocean-facing bathtubs and floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the paradise views of the surrounding aquamarine lagoon. Additionally, the family-friendly resort offers a shared pool, a kids’ pool, a spa, salon, fitness centre, a kids’ club and a teen zone, as well as six dining concepts and bars (one of which is adults-only, specialising in gin and champagne and suspended above the water).

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Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island

This blissful island retreat seamlessly blends beachfront and overwater living with contemporary architecture and interiors – with crystal blue waters as its backdrop. From relaxing to spa treatments to an energetic workout in the fully equipped gym, the spectacular overwater views can be enjoyed from every angle. There is a superb range of dining options which include fusion cuisine from Japan and Peru, Mediterranen-inspired menus and many delightful all-day snacks.  The private butler service, sporting activities, kids club (and more!) offer guests the option to enhance their Maldivian experience. This is the ideal choice for a holiday where sanctuary and seclusion are high on the agenda. 

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W Maldives

W hotels are known for being distinctive and cutting edge and it’s no different in their Maldives resort. Located on the beautiful and private Fesdu Island, W Maldives is the epitome of luxury in each of its suites and ocean havens, each with its own deck and plunge pool. When you aren’t enjoying the turquoise water in the house reef, home to wondrous wildlife, and white sandy beaches, you’ll enjoy a pampering spa menu, six gourmet restaurants, and a lounge bar. The water sports menu is adrenaline-rushing with parasailing, windsurfing, diving, snorkelling, water skiing, sailing, and more.

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Niyama Maldives

Luxury abounds here, but there’s also plenty of rest and recreation to choose from. Enjoy villas that cater to adventurous visitors or kick back in style in one of the over-the-water studios on one of two private islands: Play and Chill. Hop back and forth between the two islands for alternating thrills and adventure and tranquillity and relaxation. An exclusive spa and premier dining are ideal for after a day of water sports, biking, or reef diving.

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Lux Maldives South Ari Atoll

Nestled in the South Atoll, this luxury 5-star resort is a haven for a laid-back island getaway and especially for unplugged vacations. The 193 villas extend out onto the water, giving you a premier experience. Facilities include two infinity pools, floodlit tennis courts, a cinema, and a luxury spa. When you aren’t enjoying being in or near the ocean on the two miles of stunning beaches where you might catch a glimpse of a whale shark, you can enjoy the state-of-the-art fitness centre.

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Dusit Thani Maldives

Mudhdhoo Island is a gorgeous part of the Maldives and home to this resort with some of the best diving, snorkelling among manta rays, and swimming in the country. Located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the resort features 360-degree ocean views, a turquoise lagoon and white sandy beaches, as well as spa rooms elevated coconut trees, and activities for families of all ages including tennis, yoga, and cycling. Dusit Thani also has one of the largest infinity pools in the Maldives.

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Jumeirah Vittaveli

This resort is perfect for couples and families and boasts 89 villas and suites, each of which has its own pool and direct access to the ocean or lagoon. The free-standing ocean villas offer the utmost in luxury for a romantic getaway. The restaurants offer a selection of cuisines and one is situated over the water. As with all luxury hotels in the Maldives, there are plenty of opportunities for water sports including diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, and canoeing. A premier spa, fitness centre, and kid’s club make this the ideal place for a romantic getaway or family holiday.

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Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives

This beachfront haven is one of the best for exploring the Indian Ocean from either your oceanside villa or overwater villa nestled amid lush vegetation on a pristine island. Crystal waters are prime for snorkelling amid the five species of turtle that call the reef home and there’s an underwater dining room for a truly unique experience. Don’t miss the on-site holistic spa which can tailor-make a wellness experience during your stay or the many dining options.

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Soneva Fushi

This resort can be found on its own private island nestled amid lush green foliage. In addition to the traditional villas, the resort also offers the Private Reserve, complete with its own gym, chef, and children’s area. All of the villas are luxuriously outfitted with pools and plush bedding and the resort also offers premier diving, a Lego room, music room, library, and decadent dining options to please any palate. An excellent menu of excursions and activities includes a picnic, dolphin sunset cruise, eco-friendly windsurfing, and an astronomy dinner cruise.

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Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

Located on the North Malé Atoll, this superb 5-star resort presides over the ocean with its luxurious villas complete with decks and overwater hammocks. Indulgent gourmet dining and romantic white beaches make this a great place for couples. There is an excellent choice of water sports which include lessons for beginners in windsurfing, catamaran sailing, water skiing and wakeboarding, and of course, diving. There’s also a number of daily excursions meaning that families will also enjoy a stay here. Cooking classes and an exclusive spa are also on-site for fun and relaxation when you aren’t strolling the beach or enjoying the mesmerising views of the turquoise Indian Ocean.

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