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I can say with a lot of certainties that the Maldives are on most people's bucket lists. It's at the very top of mine. These islands are home to some of the most luxurious resorts and hotels. If any place deserves the label of paradise, it is the Maldives with its pristine sand and crystal clear blue water. On top of that, the Maldives is well known for its overwater bungalows, some that are the most impressive in the world.
The most idyllic retreats in the Maldives for affluent travelers offer world-class accommodations, luxurious facilities, the finest dining, and impeccable service.
Following are some of the resorts that would meet the needs of the most discerning traveler who is looking for a luxurious tropical getaway.
This relaxed island resort is Set in North Male Atoll, ringed by white-sand beaches and surrounded by its own lagoon.
Airy, upscale rooms with simple decor have open-air showers, private verandas leading onto the beach, and flat-screen TVs. Wi-Fi is available. Upgraded rooms are set over the water and have sundecks with stairs to the sea, and hot tubs. Luxe suites add separate lounges and private pools.
There are 6 informal restaurants serving cuisines including Italian and Japanese. There are also 5 casual bars, a disco, a gym and a spa. Water sports such as sailing and diving are available.
Each Villa features: flat satellite TV in the room direct dial phone, king-size bed or interconnecting room, modern airconditioned bathrooms with walk-in shower, outdoor “under the stars” shower, bathtub for two, separate WC and bidet, dressing room and walk-in closet, luggage rack, hairdryer, bathrobes, personal safe, tea and coffee making facilities, daily refreshed minibar, twice-daily maid service, room controlled air conditioning, overhead fans, working desk and also Wi-Fi internet access all over the Resort
On its own island, this refined resort occupies traditional, thatched-roof villas on stilts over a lagoon, and lies 5 km from Vaadhoo island and 11 km from Gadhdhoo island.
Ultrachic villas have terraces/verandas and come with flat screens, DVD players, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffeemakers. Most have posh lagoon-view bathrooms. Upgraded villas add private pools; some include glass floors, and extra living space and/or bedrooms. Room service and butlers are available 24/7.
In addition to free breakfast, amenities include 7 restaurants and bars, plus a kids' club, a high-end spa and a 24/7 gym. Diving, surfing and other activities are available.
Need to know: Transfer from Male Airport to resort
Domestic Flight Transfer (50-minutes from Male Airport). The return rates are:
- Adult: USD 385, round trip, inclusive of all taxes
- Child (2 to 11 years): USD 193, round trip, inclusive of all taxes
- Infant (0-1 years): Complimentary if no seat is occupied
Surrounded by lagoons and beaches on a private island in the Laccadive Sea, this stylish hotel is accessible by boat. It's 10 km from Velana International Airport.
Featuring decks or balconies, the elegantly furnished rooms with sea views provide Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minibars, tea and coffeemakers, and safes. Upgraded villas (some overwater) offer lounge areas; 2 have private pools.
Amenities include 3 airy restaurants and a cafe, as well as a gym, and an outdoor infinity pool that has sea views.
Need to know: Transfer from Male Airport to resort
Boat Transfer (15-minutes) from Male Airport
- Adult (12 and above): USD 148
- Child (6 – 11): USD 74
- Child (below 6): Free of charge
"The Coralarium is situated in the centre of the largest developed coral lagoon in the Maldives, on the island resort of Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi and is a semi-submerged tidal gallery that interlinks the skyline, inter-tidal waterline and seabed. The ever-changing museum conceptualized as your portal to the abundant sea life and pristine house reef surrounding our world-class resort is also the Maldives’ first and only coral regeneration project in the form of an underwater art installation. A place of preservations, conservation, and education, it aims to connect sea, sky, and sand, to you. It also brings into focus our delicate relationship with nature."
Need to know: Transfer from Male Airport to Resort
It is a 55-minute ride over a stunning marine seascape before you touch down directly at Sirru Fen Fushi.
- USD 585 per adult (age 12 years and above)
- USD 340 per child (ages between 2 – 11.99 years)
- Complimentary for infants (age below 1.99 years) roundtrip
Domestic Flight + Speedboat Ride (Male Airport to Hanimadhoo Airport followed by 50-minute speedboat ride)
- USD 680 per adult (age 12 years and above)
- USD 515 per child aged (2 years to 11.99 years old)
Nestled in tropical gardens, this luxurious resort is on a tranquil, private island in the Laccadive Sea.
Featuring natural materials and wood floors, the elegant, overwater villas are reached by boardwalks from the island. They have open-air living rooms and rooftop terraces and offer free Wi-Fi and flat screens. Upgraded villas add dining areas, private motorboats and/or mini wine cellars; some include personal butlers, spa areas and cinemas.
Upscale, beachfront dining options include Japanese cuisine and local seafood. There's a chic pool, a cinema and a spa, as well as an overwater bar and a wine/chocolate cellar.
Set on a private island in Kaafu Atoll, this tropical resort is a 25-minute speedboat ride from the island of Male. The chic, bright rooms feature balconies or terraces, as well as minibars, tea and coffeemakers, cable TV and Wi-Fi (fee). Some add lofts with extra beds. Thatched-roof garden and beach bungalows are also available, as are water bungalows with Jacuzzis and lagoon access. A breakfast buffet is free. Other amenities include a juice and cocktail bars and 3 restaurants. There's also a gym, an outdoor pool, tennis and badminton courts and a spa. Activities include surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing and water sports.
Need to know: Transfer from Male Airport to Resort:
Speedboat transfer takes 75 minutes from Male International Airport:
- Adult: USD 250, round trip, inclusive of all taxes
- Child (2-11 years): USD 125, round trip, inclusive of all taxes
- Infant (0-1 years): Complimentary
Seaplane transfer takes 25 minutes from Male International Airport. The return rates are:
- Adult: USD 450, round trip, inclusive of all taxes
- Child (2-11 years): USD 225, round trip, inclusive of all taxes
- Infant (0-1 years): Complimentary
On an atoll surrounded by white-sand beaches and coral reefs, this luxe resort is accessed by seaplane from Malé. Featuring thatched roofs and contemporary artwork, the ultrachic 1- and 2-bedroom villas provide living areas, dressing rooms and open-air bathrooms. All have private garden terraces and outdoor infinity pools; some are set on stilts over the water. A lavish 4-bedroom villa on a private island comes with a bar, a grand piano and dedicated staff. In-villa dining is available. There are 5 trendy restaurants and 2 bars, along with tennis courts, a gym, a kids' club and a waterfront spa. Water sports and local tours are offered.
This ultra-luxe beach resort is set on a private island in the Laccadive Sea. Featuring sea views and teak furnishings, the stylish 1-bedroom villas have thatched roofs, and offer high-speed Internet, TVs and separate living areas, as well as garden cabanas, terraces and private pools. Upgraded villas add iPads; some are overwater. Posh 2- and 4-bedroom villas are beachfront or overwater. A breakfast buffet is complimentary. There are 5 upscale restaurants and a wine cellar. Amenities include a chic spa and an outdoor pool, along with a kids’ club and a golf course. A seaplane shuttle from Male’ International Airport is available for a fee.
Need to know: Transfer from Male Airport to resort:
Seaplane transfer takes 50 minutes from Male International Airport. The return rates for shared seaplane transfer are:
- Adult (12 years and above): USD 1066 per adult, round trip, inclusive of all taxes
- Child (2-11 years): 50% of the adult rate per child, round trip, inclusive of all taxes
- Infant (below 2 years): No charge
Seaplane transfer between 6am to 5pm only
This high-end island resort with thatched-roof villas is a 35-minute seaplane journey from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.
Upscale bungalows and villas with furnished verandas or terraces offer minibars and Nespresso machines, plus free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; some have 4-poster beds. Villas, some overwater, add wine fridges and direct beach or sea access. Some have private pools and whirlpool tubs.
Breakfast and dinner are included. There are 7 restaurants and 7 bars, plus a wine cellar, an ice cream parlor and a tea house. Other amenities include a golf course, an outdoor pool, a gym and a spa. Water sports are available.