The best Maldives resorts to book for your ultimate island getaway
We are no strangers to the paradise destination that is the Maldives. The tropical archipelago is famous for its enchanting beaches, crystal clear waters and marine life, but above all, how isolated it is from the rest of the world.
The remote location makes for an intimate vacation, ideal for those looking to disconnect from their hectic lives and reconnect with nature and what it feels like to be truly immersed and present in the moment. In today’s hectic world, that’s really the only thing we all need.
We totally understand that a trip to the Maldives might not be as affordable as other closer places like Bali, but if there’s anything the pandemic has taught us, it’s that we we should just take the plunge and travel the world when we can. Plus, you’ve saved on travel costs over the past two years, so you totally deserve a good splurge. We are facilitators, we know that.
With over 100 resorts spread across the atolls, it’s hard to choose which one(s) to stay at. From relatively more affordable options to luxury stays, read on to discover the best Maldives hotels to book.
The best Maldives resorts to book for your ultimate island getaway:
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The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives
Contrary to its name, the Standard experience is anything but standard. While most Maldivian resorts amp up the tropical island experience, The Standard Maldives strays from convention, with unique features like a shimmering disco ball that dangles above the bathtub in every villa bedroom , and neon color accents all around. Afternoons are best spent at the center of the pool where DJs spin groovy tunes, perfect with food and booze from one of the resort’s six restaurants that offer local and global cuisine.
Randheli White Horse
If you have a sense of aesthetics, you will be delighted as soon as you enter Cheval Blanc Randheli. The 45-villa locale was designed by famed Jean-Michel Gath, and no detail is overlooked in the expansive space. The elegant experience of barefoot living guarantees you a refined and tasteful experience in one of the contemporary designed thatched roof villas. Those who prefer fine dining can feast at Restaurant 1947, but those who enjoy more casual fare will love the mix of pizzas, burgers and wraps at White’s and Deelani. In terms of activities, immerse yourself in the golf simulator, the Dive Center or the relaxing Spa Guerlain.
Randheli Island, Noonu Randheli Island Atoll, 04130, Maldives
The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort
Located in the Unesco Biosphere Reserve in Baa Atoll, The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is an overwater hotel that dazzles guests from the moment they arrive. The clear turquoise waters teem with marine life, and that ocean element translates into the hotel’s design as well. There are 41 rooms on the island and 29 villas overseas in six categories, so there’s sure to be one to suit your budget. If you have Marriott points to spare, the Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort should be one of your top choices.
Miriandhoo Island Baa Atoll, 06060, Maldives
InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort
The ultra-luxe InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort is home to 81 types of lagoon and beach villas, with sparkling beaches and sea views, of course. You cannot miss the activities of the nautical center; it is staffed by marine biologists and you can arrange snorkeling and diving trips to the beautiful reefs in the area. A trip to the spa should be on your itinerary, with six beautiful overwater treatment rooms to completely unwind. Those who prefer traditional remedies will also appreciate that the resort has an on-site TCM doctor.
Maamunagau Island Raa Atoll, 05060, Maldives
The Nautilus of the Maldives
An experience with The Nautilus Maldives begins as soon as you touch down on the tarmac in Male. Rather than wading through crowds at the airport, you’re led to the VIP lounge to clear immigration and customs privately, before boarding the seaplane directly from the lounge for your 30-minute seaplane ride. The resort is home to 26 homes on the beach or over the water, with custom touches throughout. Think of a mini-bar, a collection of books, a library of films and a pool temperature adapted to your tastes via a pre-arrival conversation with your butler. Don’t want to use Hermes or Penhaligons for your bath products? You also have the choice between an organic range.
Thiladhoo, Baa Atoll 20066, Maldives
Nature and architecture are one here at Patina Maldives. The One Bedroom Sunset Water Pool Villa Twin – an overwater villa that offers incredible sunsets and a private pool – is a luxurious option that will give you the best photos of the Maldives during your stay. If you prefer to be on land, however, the One Bedroom Beach Pool Villa is an equally gorgeous option that offers a private garden, private pool and oversized outdoor tub. The venue was designed to be environmentally focused – no single-use plastic can be found on the site, and the area is dotted with 16,800 trees and 320,000 shrubs that were transplanted from islands that were to be cleared for industrial purposes. You can spend your days dining in one of the 12 restaurant concepts or at the spa for a moment of relaxation.
Fari Islands, North Malé Atoll, 20026 Republic of Maldives
One&Only Reethi Rah is an all-villa resort, perfect for those looking for a time away from the hustle and bustle of life. A popular option for many A-list celebrities (think Gordon Ramsay, Milla Jovovich, Russell Crowe, David Beckham and Tom Cruise), you can be promised a level of privacy you won’t find elsewhere. If you’re looking to splurge, book The Grand Sunset Residence which boasts its own private beach, outdoor cinema and choice of pools.
Reethi Rah, North Male Atoll, Male 08440, Maldives
Well-being enthusiasts, here is one for you. Joali Being, the newest resort in the Maldives, focuses on personal well-being and connection to nature, while providing you with the same kind of impeccable service and amenities you would expect from a high-end hotel . The 68 private beach and overwater villas all come with private pools and are spacious with high ceilings and soothing with a neutral cream palette.
Meals are organized with a land-to-table concept (i.e. using ingredients researched, sourced and grown on the island), with calorie intake and dietary information also provided. After participating in a host of wellness activities like anti-gravity yoga and sound healing, return to a bed of your choice; The resort has a sleep menu that lets you choose your pillows and even your mattress for the ultimate good night’s sleep.
Bodufushi Island, Maldives