Ever wondered why the Maldives is so sought-after among leisure seekers? Well actually, there are multiple reasons – the romantic overwater villas, mouth-watering cuisine, water excursions and state-of-the-art spa retreats, to name a few.
If you’re wondering where to stay when you travel to the Maldives, look no further. We’ve handpicked a list of seven stunning resorts sure to satisfy from the moment you check-in…
1- W Maldives
A perfect example of style meets comfort; 5-star island resort W Maldives has been satiating the needs of visitors with its panoramic ocean views and unmatchable service. You’ll find everything you need and more at this elegant resort, from private access to white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and alluring reefs to discover. This heart-shaped island resort is perfect for couples seeking ultimate R&R.
Location: Fesdu Island, North Ari Atoll.
Rooms: Overwater villa, Ocean Escape Suite, Beach Oasis Villa, Ocean Haven Suite, Beach Oasis Villa.
Activities: Snorkelling, Luxury Yacht Tour.
2- Taj Coral Reef Resort & Spa Maldives
We love boasting about this property due to its long list of salient features. Located on Hembadhu Island by a coral reef lagoon, this luxury resort includes access to the beachfront, a stunning outdoor swimming pool, pampering spa treatments and a selection of activities available. The Vivanta By Taj diving school is a must for those eager to discover the rainbow-coloured marine life, have fun snorkeling or organise island-hopping trips. Plus, guests can indulge in superb Pan Asian, Italian and Japanese cuisine at the on-site restaurant – or perhaps you want to order romantic in-villa dining, instead?
Location: North Male, Atoll.
Rooms: Water Villa, Nirvana Presidential Suite, Beach Villa.
Activities: Diving, Fishing, Coral Regeneration, Fish Feeding.
3- Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
If you’re looking for a home away from home, then you’ve just found it. You’ll feel pampered as soon as you step foot in this incredible resort, which is set on two separate islands and connected by a bridge. Relax in the private villas packed with amenities, indulge in some R&R at the lagoon Spa Retreat and Over Water Spa – or why not treat yourselves to an unforgettable dinner at the famous underwater Ithaa Restaurant? Whatever you do while you’re here, you can be sure it will be luxurious.
Location: Rangali Island.
Rooms: The Muraka, Beach villa, Beach suite, Water villa (Sunset, Premier, Grand).
Activities: Catamaran sailing, Jet skiing, Paddleboarding, Scooter-snorkelling, X-Jetpacking, X-Jetblading.
4- Hurawalhi Island Resort
You’ll certainly experience world-class service at Hurawalhi Island Resort. Set on the idyllic Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, this adults-only luxury resort is one you’ll swoon over long after you’ve visited. The stylish overwater villas serve up panoramic views of the blue water and comfortable amenities, making the perfect base whether you want a laid-back or lively retreat. The Duniye Spa is an oasis of relaxation perfect for those who like to be pampered, while the action-packed activities are sure to keep the adventurous guests entertained, from snorkeling to diving, yacht experiences and even an on-site marine biology centre for those eager to learn more about the exotic reefs. What better way to end the day than at the resort’s underwater restaurant, an incredible experience matched by mouth-watering cuisine crafted by sought-after chefs? Need we say any more?
Location: Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi Island.
Rooms: Ocean villa, Pool villa (Sunset, Beach).
Activities: Snorkelling, Dolphin Safari, Parasailing, Kneeboarding, Canoeing, Catamaran sailing.
5- Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
This luxurious 5-star beach resort on Embooghu Finolhu Island – nestled in the middle of one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives – is the perfect hideaway for those seeking tranquility. Renowned for its unique flora and fauna, this tropical isle is a haven for wildlife lovers and is surrounded by coral reefs – so don’t forget your snorkel! The sea-view villas and suites come complete with an infinity pool with views over the twinkling lagoon, plus there’s the Jiva Grande Spa, which is perfect for unwinding. If you need to blow off some steam, why not take part in a variety of watersports activities on the island, from fishing to windsurfing, diving and boat trips. There’s never a full moment when you’re on Taj time.
Location: Emboodhu Finolhu, South Male Atoll.
Rooms: Lagoon villa, Premium villa, Ocean suite, Beach suite, Beach villa, Presidential suite.
Activities: Scuba diving, Snorkelling and Parasailing.
6- Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort
Indulging in delectable cuisine and admiring the sunset is one of many pleasures you’re signing up for when you stay at the iconic Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort. Renowned for providing unique experiences, there’s an abundance of things to see and do at this resort situated on the private Furanafushi Island, North Male Atoll. When you’re not relaxing in your deluxe suite or soaking up the sun at the beach, how do you fancy an afternoon getting pampered at the award-winning Shine Spa for Sheraton? For something faster-paced, go on a snorkeling safari or try your hand at diving or parasailing – a few of the popular watersports to do while you’re on the island. When it comes to gastronomy you’ll be spoilt for choice, with no less than seven spectacular restaurants to dine in under the stars from Asian-influenced cuisine to Maldivian, Arabian, Indian and Thai to choose from. With a family programme fit for tots to teens, this spectacular resort has got everything covered.
Location: Furanafushi Island, North Malé Atoll.
Rooms: Ocean pool villa, Water suite, Cottage, Water bungalow, Water villa.
Activities: Dolphin watching, Wakeboarding, Boating, Bobbing.
7- Cocoon Maldives
Located on the island of Ookolhufinolhu in the Lhaviyani Atoll, this stunning resort boasts stylish interiors by Italian designer Daniele Lago, plus private beach access and exciting watersports facilities. A perfect choice if you like to be at one with nature, lush vegetation and the turquoise Indian Ocean surround the guest rooms – creating a calm and tranquil atmosphere you’ll feel relaxed in. If you want to lap up the luxury (why not, you’re in the Maldives after all!), the XXL All-Inclusive package is ideal, offering delicious meals at award-winning restaurants, a BBQ dinner on the beach, a daytime excursion and 20% discounts on all SPA services.
Location: Island of Ookolhufinolhu, Lhaviyani Atoll.
Rooms: Beach Villa, Beach suite, Lagoon villa, Lagoon suite, Lagoon suite pool.
Activities: Snorkelling, Jet skiing, Dolphin cruise, Sunset fishing.
We hope we’ve inspired you with our list of the top hotels in the Maldives. If you’re interested in booking a holiday here, give us a call on 0207 612 0500 and allow us to tailor your holiday to best suit you – plus, our fantastic flight deals mean you can enjoy a Maldivian adventure for even less.