Maruhabba! A self–confessed lover of the coral islands, we think of Maldives as not merely a retreat but rather an astonishing, unrivalled underwater world with the power to make your holiday a once–in–a–lifetime experience. The land with over 100 resorts in the form of private islands, the question prevails – where to head? Whether you are a honeymooner, a family vacationer or a humble traveller looking for a back–to–nature experience, we have our top 10 best resorts list ready for you. Read on to discover a plethora of private pools, personal butlers, in–room massages, underwater marine life, and much more!
10. Mirihi Island Resort
Mirihi, a small paradise lying in the azure, warm waters of the Indian Ocean, is the perfect combination of traditional and modern elements. Located on the South Ari Atoll, you can fly in here on a seaplane from Male. Mirihi is one of the smallest islands of Maldives, and the limited number of rooms and villas here make it a catch. A four–star retreat, it’s private – island setting has garnered amazing positive reviews. It is great from angles of service, affordability and quality. Deep sea fishing, snorkelling, sunset cruises, island hopping, and much more can be achieved on this small yet breathtaking island. This is your best bet if you are travelling under a tight budget, but I hope to make it perfect nonetheless.
9. Baros Maldives
Sitting in the middle of the vastness of the Indian Ocean, Baros luxury resort welcomes you with open arms, outstretched like a blue lagoon. Encircled by white sand beaches, Baros is a 25-minute speedboat ride away from the airport. Choose to reside in one of the secluded Water Villas or the elegant Beach Villas hidden in the lush woods of the island. The villas boast palm-thatched roofs, sandstone walls and wooden decks with private lagoons to dip in and sunbathe while treating your ears to the rustling waves. Get a view full of clear blue skies, coral reefs, white sand, and plentiful vegetation and enjoy customized underwater excursions. With over 75 villas and three restaurants and its proximity to the airport, Baros is your tasteful, perfect, tropical getaway.
8. Veligandu Island Resort & Spa
Here’s your perfect romantic getaway! Veligandu is an adult–only tropical island resort famous for its splendid long trails of sand; Veligandu translates to ‘sandbank’ in Maldivian. Turquoise lagoons glistening with crystal clear and warm waters, adorned with sandy beaches and bejewelled with palm trees, this island is a treat to the eyes and your soul. A part of the North Ari Atoll, the Veligandu resort is hardly a 20-minute seaplane jaunt away from the Velana Airport. Your options for a room here range from Beach, Water, and Jacuzzi villas, all offering 5-star amenities. Engage in thrilling water sports and activities, or opt for a scarlet romantic or spa evening. There are excellent dive spots nearby as well; you’ll be spoilt for choice here, engaging in the fine dining experience available on a beach.
7. Niyama Maldives
This little wonder of Maldives is quite aptly named “Nature’s play area”. Niyama offers you not just one but two islands – Play and Chill – one for a family retreat and the other for a couples retreat. We couldn’t have assigned them better names! The two-island experience assures you of doubling your pleasure while you stay here. Reach here in a seaplane from Male in 20 minutes. Frolic in the white sands, run into the infinite horizon blazing with treetops and revel in fresh, fun and quirky activities. Lounge in one of the exquisite water studios and pavilions here overlooking the ocean scape, and head to the LIME Spa to dwell in a cocoon of relaxation and make the most of the flavour exploding culinary marvels of the island.
6. Conrad Maldives – Rangali Island
Believe us when we say this is the place to dine 16 feet below the waves! Conrad Maldives brings you a 180-degree view of the majestic marine life through arched glass walls while you dive into culinary excellence. Conrad boasts of awards and accolades, Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel for 2015 and 2016, and presents you with aquatic gardens, swimming manta rays, dining halls, lush tropical environment, topaz sunsets and compelling cocktails. Relax and rejuvenate in the Water and beach villas that feature mesmerizing decor. Rangali Island is a 30-minute seaplane ride away from Male and offers unforgettable wedding ceremonies, ocean adventures, coral reefs and lagoons, premium accommodation and state-of-the-art amenities.
5. Four Seasons Resort Maldives
Four Seasons gets you the best deals in the pristine tropics of Maldives by offering two superb resorts and four private cruises. What’s even better is the private island resort, a hideaway at Landaa Giraavaru – on Baa Atoll, which promises an unforgettable experience. Accommodations offered here include sunset villas, beach villas, family beach villas, suites and estates, complete with contemporary Maldivian design, private gardens and pools, sand floor dining areas, spacious sundecks, outdoor showers and much more. Be a Manta Ray scientist for a day on this island and get to observe sea creatures in their natural habitat. Savour the spectacular and lip–smacking flavours seated on the beach or poolside with blue lagoons extending as far as the horizon.
4. Constance Moofushi Resort
This 5-star luxury resort in the lap of the Indian Ocean boasts 110 villas and suites, 86 of which are located underwater in the lagoon surrounding the Moofushi island. Dwell in villas on dazzling white beaches or on stilts afloat the turquoise waters on this secluded island that offers you the ideal combination of simplicity and luxury. Perched on the South Ari Atoll, the Constance Resort lets you explore one of the best diving sites in the world and engage in the marine spa treatments available here. Feast on fresh seafood and gulp down some of the finest wines in the world atop this island while gazing at the setting sun.
3. The Residence Maldives
Witness paradise right before your eyes and reside in the bounty of nature here at The Residence. Nestled on Falhumaafushi, this island in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll renders you speechless and rejuvenated amidst its secluded and unparalleled beauty. The shimmering seashore is adorned with airy Beach, Beach pool and Water pool villas for your sublime relaxation. Bask in the soothing greenery glistening with sunny ocean views, fine dine and treat your palates to the best food, and rejoice in this haven suitable for couples and families alike. Make the best out of the early bird offers available here and make your dreams of dining on the beachfront or over the Water a reality this year!
2. Constance Halaveli
Another one from Constance here, the one in Halaveli, is set in the North Ari Atoll, and since you step onto this jewel, time stands still. The contrasting crystal blue waters and the lush green foliage create a one–of–its–kind backdrop for the resort. Overwater, underwater and beachside villas appointed with natural building materials blend in the pristine surroundings seamlessly. Dive into the exceptional flora and fauna of these blue waters, excite your taste buds with wine, and pamper yourself at the SPA. This island is shaped like a dhoni boat, promising breathtaking views; diving is voted as the best activity atop this luxury island. Your experience here will be one to cherish forever!
1. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
Rush over to this haven of tranquillity on the exotic Emboodhu Finolhu Island, right in the middle of the world’s largest blue lagoon. A 15-minute speedboat ride away from Male International Airport, this island was once called the ‘Three Coconut Island’ and is blessed with nature’s seamless beauty, adorned with pale white sand and electric blue Water. This extraordinary luxury island is the perfect concoction of natural splendour and contemporary design. The best part about this one is that it is surrounded by Water on all sides, engulfed by the lagoon literally! The various villas are amazingly impressive, and they all have spacious private pools, Jacuzzi baths and sundecks. The Jiva Grande Spa here is one of the finest in Maldives and hosts a free yoga session every morning. Stylish bars, walk-in pavilions, wine cellars stocked with the best of vintage, and private ocean pavilions are a few of the best reasons to go here.
Hope to see you soon in Maldives! Goodbye, or as they say in Maldives – Dhanee!