The Maldives is home to some of the most exclusive luxury hotels in the world. We have already taken a look at the best luxury boutique hotels in the Maldives and now we now investigate the best of the best including larger chain hotels as well as exclusive boutiques.
The Maldives are a collection of more than a thousand small coral atolls, located on the equator towards the south of India in the Indian Ocean. These beautiful islands are actually the visible coral tips of an underwater volcanic mountain range. The archipelago houses some of the world’s most spectacular beaches, crystal clear turquoise lagoons, the most colourful fish in the world (not to mention the sharks, stingrays and more!) and breathtaking luxury resorts. The Maldives offers the ultimate beachside tropical paradise getaway for honeymooners, sun worshipers, romantics, nature lovers, scuba divers and celebrities.
I have picked the top 10 best luxury resorts in the Maldives. As you can imagine, these resorts are not cheap. Some of them have the most expensive hotel rooms in the world, but if you want a room with a slide straight into the sea and a roof that opens up to the stars, you have to pay the rather expensive prices. All the resorts featured are reviewed in great detail at the bottom of this article, which should help you choose the best choice for your trip.
Everyone should visit the Maldives at least once in their lives. Their isolated nature separates you from the rest of the world and clears your mind. Feel the hot white sand slip between your toes and float your way to happiness in an azure blue sea. It seems like dream and yet it is real. Just go! I guarantee you will fall in love with these heavenly islands.
Free Upgrades & Offers At The Best Hotels In The Maldives
Book any of these hotels with our Luxury Travel Concierge to get brilliant benefits at the same price as the hotel website. If you want to get the best possible rates, you should also travel out of the main season (avoid Christmas and school holidays). You can then often take advantage of discounted third or fourth night free offers, extra resort credits, complimentary breakfast and more across all these resorts.
Four Seasons Private Island Maldives At Voavah
In at number one is a Four Seasons hotel. This hotel which is also available for exclusive-use, is located on a private island and is currently the only Four Seasons hotel in the Maldives. It offers all the Four Seasons luxury and guarantees of service and perfection that you would expect from this major luxury brand. the Four Seasons Private Island Maldives At Voavah, Baa Atoll.
Much like Richard Branson’s Necker Island, this Four Seasons Luxury Private Island is rented out as a whole or “entirely yours”. With seven bedrooms, a Beach House, dive school and a private spa extend the oceanic spoils of the Maldives’ only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, you and 21 other guests can enjoy days in the double-storey Beach House and adjacent white sands.
Brand new and the sister hotel to Soneva Fushi Resort, Soneva Jani is located on the island of Medhufaru in the northern Atoll of Noonu, an hour by speedboat from Soneva Fushi. It offers a huge 4 kilometers of unspoilt beach.
Each one of the 24 water villas has a private lap pool and opens to its own stretch of lagoon, with some villas featuring slides going directly from the top deck into the lagoon below. The highlight of the villas is the retractable roof in the master bedroom, which slides back at the touch of a button so that guests can lie in bed and stargaze.
In our number two spot is Soneva Fushi, sister resort to Soneva Jani (although to be honest, there is little to choose between these resorts). Soneva Fushi is located in the stunning Baa Atoll island archipelago, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Eco-chic villas are hidden among dense tropical foliage and are the stuff of romantic Robinson Crusoe fantasies. In fact, many are built to resemble tree houses. All open to their own private stretch of sugar white sands and most boast their own private seawater swimming pools. Service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers who know what you want before you do!
Milaidhoo Island Maldives
The Milaidhoo Island Maldives opened in November 2016 and we personally reviewed Milaidhoo Island Maldives in 2018. With 30 over-water villas and 20 additional villas that sit among the tropical greenery along the beach, this resort is idyllic. Each villa comes complete with private freshwater swimming pool and your own personal concierge.
Though the resort is a boutique hotel, its dining options are on a grand scale. Choose from 3 restaurants and 2 bars throughout your stay. A modern take on “island influenced” cuisine will be offered in the signature restaurant, and the impressive wine list will please any connoisseur.
Idyllic beaches, world famous diving and snorkelling, fishing trips and cultural excursions are just some of the memory-making activities Milaidhoo will offer. This is a place to take it easy and take a dip with your dolphin, whale shark and manta ray neighbours within this protected marine area. Pack your bags, paradise has been found.
It’s not the boho-chic interior decor we’ll take away with me from this little gem of a hideaway, nice though it all is. No, it’s the warmth of the team who looked after us as during our visit in 2018. Kanuhura, Maldives, also a member of the luxury hotel brand Leading Hotels of the World, is a place to watch spinner dolphins until you lose count, it is as close to paradise as I can imagine (although is missing slides and a retractable roof!)
The beach at Kanuhura is a major feature. It is simply huge for an island of this size. Huge, white and clean. The soft coral sand just begs you to go barefoot. As if that wasn’t enough, the resort includes two further islands, one of which, Jehenuhura has another gorgeous wide beach where turtles nest and a pretty restaurant hidden under the shade of the palm trees.
At night the staff decorate your bed and bath with fresh Hibiscus blooms gathered from the meticulously kept garden, the message spelt out on the bed in carefully folded palm-fronds is “come back” and trust us, you will!
The St. Regis Vommuli Resort, Maldives
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide recently opened (Nov 16) the first St. Regis brand in the Maldives. Located on Dhaalu Atoll Vommuli, the St. Regis Vommuli Resort offers 77 private villas will include majestic manta ray shaped lagoon villas and the John Jacob Astor Estate, one of the largest villas in the Maldives, which will span 1,540 square metres and feature a 92m private pool, as well as a spa room, fitness area and mini theatre. The resort will offer six distinct dining venues, a 24-hour butler service for all guests, a nature discovery centre and a dive centre. If you collect Marriott Bonvoy reward points, this is the ultimate place to spend them!
Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
Awarded the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award of Best Hotel in the World for 2015, Gili Lankanfushi resort is just a short boat ride from Male Airport. With its philosophy of “no news, no shoes”, it’s clear that Gili Lankanfushi prides itself on being a place where you can leave all day to cares behind and relax.
Choose from luxurious water villas, spacious residences with their own mini wine cellars or impressive complexes that can house all the family or even have their own private gym. Villas on jetty 3 are generally considered to be the most peaceful and boast the best sunset views. Jetty 1 is a great choice if you like the idea of snorkelling right by your villa.
When it comes to dining, there’s a lot of choice at Gili Lankanfushi, not to mention some truly exceptional culinary experiences. Dine on the beach surrounded by lanterns or in the garden where much of the produce is grown.
The stunning pool with its luxurious loungers almost melts into the ocean, and it’s there that you’ll find a lot of the best activities. With the clear waters and abundance of coral, colourful fish, little sharks and rays, even just wading in the shallows is an adventure. For those who want to explore the sea life further, snorkelling and diving are very popular. Gili Lankanfushi is the perfect resort for anyone wanting to discover the breathtaking beauty and total relaxation of the Maldives.
Loama Resort Maldives
Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili is one of the newest resorts on these islands. Located on the beautiful Raa Atol which is just 700 meters in length, Loama Resort is easily reached by a 45-minute seaplane journey. The island boasts a long history and several artefacts from the Ching dynasty were unearthed during the construction of the hotel. You will also notice a well on the island circa 1500AD from when the island was used as a Buddhist refuge. Since completion, Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili has been listed by Conde Nast Traveller Middle East as one of the Best New Hotels in the World and you can now book your own moment on these palm-fringed beaches.
Cheval Blanc Randheli
This Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy resort s located on Noonu Atoll its home which is made up from a number of green islands protected from the ocean by a large coral reef, home to multicolour fish, rays and sea turtles. Getting there involves a trip onboard a Twin Otter of Havilland seaplane that has been exclusively designed for the Maison.
The famous resort offers 46 island, water and garden villas that feel like elegant cathedral-style lofts, with high doors and ceilings, outdoor areas for relaxation, stunning private swimming pools and lagoon-side pontoons. Cheval Blanc Randheli was the hotel chosen by Kate and William during their Maldivian getaway a few years ago.
One & Only Reethi Rah
This luxury resort is set on a partly man-made, octopus-shaped island in the North Male Atoll, the resort is blessed with an extraordinary 6 km (3,7 mi) of coastline, dotted with white sand coves and turquoise bays. All 130 spacious villas occupying their own secluded piece of sandy shore or private deck over the lagoon’s crystal clear waters. Food is innovative and of the finest ingredients. Set apart from the rest of the resort, the spa is located within tranquil gardens and manicured lawns. One&Only Reethi Rah is a favourite among royals and A-list Hollywood celebrities.
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