Popular Maldives Resorts
We cannot stress enough how important it is to choose the right Maldives resort. Its white beaches, crystal clear waters and incredible service makes the Maldives Heaven on Earth.
The Maldives are known for their pristine natural environments. Outside of the capital island Malé, this made-for-tourism destination is just resorts, resorts and more resorts, punctuated by endless stretches of empty beach.But picking the right Maldives resort for you will keep things exciting. Here is a selection of the best ones for those looking for sports, romance, family fun and more.
Travel to the Maldives has truly boomed in the past decade to the point that its resorts now set the standard for long-haul luxury beach holidays and are regular winners of international travel awards. Outside on the lagoon at the airport, red Maldivian Air Taxi Twin Otter seaplanes line up like black cabs outside Paddington Station, ready to spirit new arrivals away to their resorts. Flown by their famous barefoot pilots and seating a maximum of 20 people, these 'air taxis' are the closest most of us will ever get to travelling in a private jet - you sometimes find yourself as the only passenger on board. The ride is thrilling (provided you're not a nervous flyer, of course), not least the splash-landing in the lagoon of an island paradise that will be your home for the next week. Jumping out of the plane, you're then delivered by traditional dhoni fishing boat to the island's dock where crisp linen-uniformed staff line up to welcome you bearing cold compresses for your brow and a welcome cocktail for your thirst. Welcome to the Maldives, where things are really rather lovely. +4The luxury you experience in the Maldives is incomparable. Made up of more than a thousand equatorial humps of sand poking their heads above the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are as strange and delicate as they are heavenly.Famously at risk from rising sea levels (the islands' highest point is just 8ft above sea level), the Maldives have turned their geographic uniqueness into their main selling point and fashioned themselves into an unparalleled luxury destination by limiting development of each tiny coral island to just one resort and nothing else. Read more:
Diamonds Thudufushi Beach & Water Villas
Set on the western edge of the South Ari Atoll, Diamonds Thudufushi Beach & Water Villas lies about 25 minutes scenic-flight by seaplane from Male International Airport. The resort is an exclusive oasis dedicated to the perfect holiday.Diamonds Thudufushi Beach Bungalows AccommodationThe 47 beach bungalows facing the pristine and shallow water of the lagoon have private deck veranda with direct access to the beach. Rooms feature custom designed furniture, independent air conditioning and ceiling fan, large bathroom with double basin and open air shower Photo Gallery Thudufushi Water VillasThudufushi Beach Bungalows Packages Diamonds Thudufushi Water Villas LocationLocated in the colourful house reef of Diamonds Thudufushi Island Resort, these newly built exclusive water villas are raised over the pristine waters of the shallow lagoon.Diamonds Thudufushi Water Villas Accommodation25 water villas hosting a private large terrace with direct access to the water. All rooms are equipped with personalized climate control ,tasteful furnishings including custom made rattan furniture, canopy kind size beds, Italian contemporary lighting and handmade wooden parquet floors.Each villa offers ample living space with a comfortable sofa bed, mini bar corner and Italian Espresso machine. The large bathrooms have twin basins, vanity mirror, bathrobes, a choice of personalized fine toiletteries and spacious walk-in shower featuring a double showerhead and direct access to the outside terrace. 21 Water Villas and 2 Two bedroom Villas with large communal terrace and plunge pool
One&Only Reethi Rah
Surrounded by the wonders of the sparkling Indian Ocean is an all-villa resort offering an unrivalled level of style, choice and personalised exploration. Sleek and spectacular, with unprecedented privacy, One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives inspires extraordinary journeys for the soul. One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives is located on North Male’ Atoll, one of 26 natural atolls scattered across 90,000 square kilometres of Indian Ocean.Its spectacular shape creates six kilometres of stunning coastline with 12 beaches – ample space to grace each and every villa with an ocean view, a generous private verandah, and over-water deck or stretch of powder-soft sand. The 35 kilometres between the resort and Male’ International Airport are swiftly covered by a 75-minute journey in a 55-foot luxury yacht.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
Some of the best surfing spots in the Maldives are just a few minutes away from the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa.The in-house surfing school, for ages six and above, has instructors from Australia who promise to get you standing after the first lesson.This Maldives resort also offers complimentary wakeboarding, windsurfing, sailing and water-skiing.If that’s not enough, thrill-seekers will be pleased with the shark safari where you can rub shoulders with blacktip reef sharks.
Experience the unique in barefoot chic and laid-back luxury at this beautiful resort set on its very own castaway island. Relish the inspired combination of luxury and simplicity that has led to this unique resort with a soul. Constance Moofushi is set amid the intimate location of pure lagoons, sandbanks and tropical surroundings. Choose from villas which nestle discreetly on the white sand beach or float above the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Relax knowing everything is taken care of with our All-Inclusive Cristal Package that includes everything from premium drinks sparkling wine to mouthwateringly exquisite cuisine and luxury accommodation
Diamonds Athuruga Beach & Water Villas
Set in the middle of the Ari Atoll, Diamonds Athuruga Island Resort lies about 25 minutes scenic-flight by seaplane from Male International Airport. A holiday at Athuruga is a real Robinson Crusoe adventure with all the advantages of perfect services.Diamonds Athuruga Beach Bungalows AccommodationAthuruga offers 46 beach bungalows, 1 family beach bungalow and 1 family garden bungalow. Family units have separate living room and all bungalows have private deck veranda with armchairs, coffee table and sun beds. Rooms feature custom designed furniture, king size bed, independent air conditioning and ceiling fan, large bathroom with double basin and open air shower
One & Only Kanuhura, Pearl of the maldives
A luxury Maldives hotel at the heart of an atoll
Kanuhura is the very essence of authentic relaxed luxury in Maldives. Everything has been done in order to preserve the naturally idyllic beauty of the island.At the heart of one of the most spectacular Maldives atolls, lapped by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Kanuhura seems to be resting on the waves…making your holiday in the Maldives like a stay in paradise!The quality of service at this luxury Maldives hotel makes of Kanuhura an incontestable member of the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’.
Club Med Kani
A paradise island for divers in the Maldives, with a magnificent lagoon
In the heart of luxuriant nature inhabited by multi-coloured birds, the rooms offer tailor-made services for demanding Robinson Crusoes.
Between diving* in the underwater depths and the pleasure of sampling the exquisite flavours of Asia, Kani is an Eden for all those who love to explore and discover.
. Discover Manta, the Luxury 5Ψ Space within the 4Ψ Kani Resort.
It's the ideal option for those in search of privacy, premium customised services and luxury comfort, without sacrificing the warm and friendly spirit of the Club Med:
● An exclusive, private space with a dedicated lounge, poised on the turquoise waters of this "garden island"
● Luxury accommodation consisting of Suites on Stilts(1) with direct access to the sea
● Privileged services: room service for breakfast, champagne included in the evenings (2), concierge service, etc
● Unlimited access to the activities and services at the 4Ψ Resort
(1) From 14 years old
(2) Served by the glass, from 6 pm
4 Star MEERU ISLAND RESORT & SPA
A 55 minute speedboat transfer brings you to the island of Meerufenfushi and its sole occupant, Meeru Island Resort; a lovely, well-established, South African favourite.
Barefoot is the only way to go on this laid-back island and the chilled atmosphere makes for the ultimate relaxing holiday that caters for all tastes. But don’t think that there’s nothing going on; there’s an excellent house reef, beautiful lagoon and the most perfect stretches of beach; a golf driving range, putting green and 9 hole pitch and putt course, Euro Divers Scuba Centre and great evening entertainment. Stay on the beach or over-water with Jacuzzi options for both, and eat and drink at one of 4 restaurants – 2 a la carte – and 7 bars. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all guest rooms and most public areas.
The Duniye Spa, whether over-water or on land, is definitely worth a visit, if you are looking for quiet relaxation, the pool at the Pavilion Bar is strictly for adults only – no under 18’s allowed – but if its action you are after check the resort’s weekly programme. Whether it’s a snorkelling excursion, a sunset cruise or an aerobics class there is sure to be something for everyone.
4 Star VELIGANDU ISLAND RESORT & SPA
It’s relatively small and intimate – 600 metres long and only 150 metres wide - with 91 villas and it’s a great value 4-star deluxe resort in the North Ari Atoll.
Accommodation ranges from Beach Villas with a Jacuzzi to Water Villas with a whirlpool bathtub and Jacuzzi Water Villas. It has one of the best sandbanks in the Maldives, an amazing house reef, excellent snorkelling off the beach, an infinity pool overlooking the beach, and the Duniye over water spa. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all guest rooms and most public areas. Good for couples and honeymooners as from May 2016 Veligandu will be an adults only resort with no children under 18 allowed. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed – shorts, T-shirts and sarongs are the most clothes you will need – not even shoes are required in this barefoot paradise.
The Ocean Sports Centre has a terrific range of water sports, both motorised and non-motorised, including waterskiing, wakeboarding, jet skis, kayaks and more. A sunset punch cruise on the resort dhoni – you may just be lucky enough to see dolphins in the setting sun. This experience comes highly recommended as do sundowners at the Athiri Bar.
North Ari Atoll
91 Rooms include 54 Jacuzzi Water Villas, 10 Water Villas, 16 Jacuzzi Beach Villas and 11 Beach Villas.
All feature tropical décor, a king size bed, wood or tile floors, private porch with furniture, air-conditioning, overhead ceiling fan, sitting area, stocked Mini Bar with refrigerator, complimentary tea/coffee, espresso machine, IDD telephone, 36 inch flat screen cable TV, DVD/CD player, iPod docking station, high speed broadband Internet connection, personal safe, partially open-air bathroom with rain shower, double sinks, bath accessories, hairdryer, nightly turndown service and complimentary use of chaise lounges at the beach and pool and beach towels.
The Dhonveli Restaurant serves “all you can eat” buffet style meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, in a traditional open-air, sand floor, thatch roof dining room with a separate table for each guest room.
The Madivaru á la carte restaurant features fresh, grilled seafood and prime beef.
A snack menu is available at the bars and pool and special dinners can be arranged on the beach anywhere, anytime (supplementary charge applies).
The Thundi Bar and al fresco deck overlooks the lagoon and is a favourite meeting place, specially for satellite TV coverage of international sporting events! The new Athiri bar is a small and intimate option on the northern beach.