Dreaming of an idyllic vacation? The Maldives is the ultimate destination for sun worshippers who adore tropical locales. Famous for its gorgeous beaches, lush vegetation, and warm weather, the Maldives could just be your next weekend hotspot. But where do seasoned travelers stay to get their home away from home in this tropical paradise? This island country is now accepting international travelers wanting to experience the “Sunny Side of Life”.
Read on to see our list of top 15 hotels and resorts in the Maldives. Known for their hospitality and attention to guest comfort, you’re sure to have a marvelous time when you pick any of these fabulous places!
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo
Raffles is known around the world for providing luxe accommodations in their hotels, and their Maldives hotel is no exception! Be patient with its distance from all the resorts, as the remoteness adds a touch of serenity missing from many places in the Maldives. Check rates and see more photos
Complimentary neck massages, delicious food made with fresh local produce, and incredible spa treatments? Sign us up! Treat yourself to a plateful of their catch of the day and a cooling coconut version of their famous Singapore Sling, then get pampered by Balinese therapists before settling into your villa. It’s the ultimate treat-yourself trip!
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
Known as one of the first resorts in the Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi is still as stylish and popular as ever. With four dining choices and vegan-friendly options, a spa and gym, and Ayurvedic treatments, you’re sure to feel spoiled by all the luxury around you. Choose from different kinds of villas to stay in, each one given a natural finish with thatched roofs and recycled teak bed frames. Check rates and see more photos
Take a standalone villa that can only be reached by boat – you’ll feel so much closer to the wild beauty of the ocean! You could also choose a beach pool villa or one of the glamorous two-story villas for more room to lounge. Wherever you choose to rest, it’ll be one unforgettable stay.
The Soneva team brought this wonderful hotel to the Maldives, putting up some of the first overwater villas in the islands. Made of five different islets, there are plenty of hidden island villas nestling in the forests – each one is built with sustainable plantation wood with ladders and pitched roofs. Go for a wine tasting, get a massage in the hotel’s spa, or treat yourself to a movie at their cinema. Check rates and see more photos
That’s right: eco-friendly Soneva Jani boasts a beautiful open-air floating cinema where you can enjoy films while enjoying the beauty of marine life. Take a seaplane to this incredible hotel – you won’t regret it!
Four Seasons Landaa Giravaaru
Looking for a little privacy? Go on a getaway to the Four Seasons Landaa Giravaaru, where you can take a dive, enjoy your spa treatments, or simply bask in the beauty of the Maldives on its pristine shores. With only seven bedrooms in this very intimate property, it’ll feel like your personal paradise – heaven for those who enjoy peace and quiet away from it all! Check rates and see more photos
Sail away on a yacht, curl up on the sand with a good book, or toast to the high life with a cocktail in their bar. Decorated with seagrass and sublimely muted interiors, it’s a wonderful environment for relaxing and leaving your cares behind!
Milaidhoo Island Maldives
Truly a perfect pick for those who want understated luxe, Milaidhoo Island Maldives has 50 refined villas for their discerning guests. Explore Baa Atoll, take a dip in your beach pool villa, or go for a stroll to explore the tiny island. There’s plenty to see and do when you stay here! Check rates and see more photos
Ba’theli, the resort’s signature restaurant, is well-known for its Maldivian dishes showing off the best of fresh local produce. Indulge in any of their tasty menu selections before going for an herbal bath or meditation session in this cozy resort. If these choices sound too sedate, fret not: the resort is also known for being a great diving and snorkeling spot, with plenty of manta rays to greet you!
Cheval Blanc Randheli
This LVMH property is famed for its superb design and attention to detail. One charming touch we love? The white bicycles are available for guests, so they can explore the lush beauty of the Maldives. Swim and relax in their slate-lined pools, or let your cares be massage away in the Guerlain spa. Check rates and see more photos
Take your sunshine-soaked breakfast on a tres chic terrace. Some freshly-squeezed juice, a bracing cup of coffee, and chi-chi tasting menus? Yes, please!
One & Only Reethi Rah
Renowned for having a dozen private beaches and lavish surroundings, it’s said that One & Only Reethi Rah is the resort of choice for the mega-rich and members of royalty. It’s the kind of resort where people simply must dress up for dinner – and you would too if you were indulging in one of their many delicious dishes. Check rates and see more photos
Apart from a cookery school, dive school, and an area for watersports, this resort has added pools to its magnificent overwater villas. It’s a palatial place for a tropical vacation!
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Enter a haven of pool villas and marine life when you book a stay at Anantara Kihavah Villas! One of the highlights of this gorgeous Maldivian resort is the underwater restaurant and wine cellar, where you can feast on a fine selection of vintages and courses right in the heart of the sea! Check rates and see more photos
Every possible amenity is provided for in its tasteful, high-ceilinged dark wood villas. Try some snorkeling or explore the Orchid Garden. You can also marvel at the beauty of a Maldivian sunset by going on a cruise. One thing’s for sure: there’s never a dull moment in this incredible resort!
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
Escape the hustle and bustle and book a stay at the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa. Nestled in one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives, it’s known for its water treatment rooms and various holistic treatments. Check rates and see more photos
There are plenty of delicious dining choices to satisfy the hungry traveler here, as well as wellness experiences that will soothe your mind and body. Take a long, lazy soak in their private plunge pools, or try any of their water sports activities – there’s something for everyone in this resort!
Velaa Private Island
White sand beaches, turquoise water, and all the privacy you want away from prying eyes – that’s what Velaa Private Island is best known for. This ultra-luxe hotel has 43 private villas created using local natural materials – why not stay in the overwater ones to feel a bit closer to the ocean? Check rates and see more photos
Couples should try to book their Romantic Villa, the only one that can be reached by boat in this resort. With relaxing spa treatments, three restaurants, a snow room, and an ocean-view sauna, you’ll have everything you need for a beach getaway in this secluded spot!
The W Maldives has 77 private getaway villas for visitors to book a stay, and you’ll quickly see why many choose this hotel for a tranquil vacation. Their AWAY spa has a variety of pampering massage and facial treatments to choose from. Guests can try their incredible water activities like aqua aerobics or diving, or they can soothe their souls with a yoga session. Check rates and see more photos
Don’t forget to try the cocktails or any of their delicious dining options while you’re here! W Maldives’ FISH is known for specializing in scrumptious seafood dishes.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Spread over two islands and linked by a connector bridge, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island hosts a jaw-dropping 150 villas for guests to choose from. There’s even a two-level residence where you can relax in an underwater bedroom with a domed ceiling: now that’s truly getting closer to marine life! Check rates and see more photos
Not up for sleeping with the fishes? Eat amongst them instead in the Ithaa Underwater Restaurant, where you can marvel at shoals of fish while you wait for the next course.
Six Senses Laamu
Paddle-boarding and catamaran sailing are popular activities in this rustic resort, which has outfitted its villas with gauzy canopies and thatched roofs for that back-to-nature vibe. Don’t be fooled, though: it has all the creature comforts that a traveler could wish for, such as restful spa treatments, a delicious sushi restaurant, and even a wine and cheese tower! Check rates and see more photos
A luxurious resort known for its overwater and beach bungalows, Huvafen Fushi offers private pools and six dining options for the discerning, low-key vacationer still looking for luxurious accommodations. Practice your poses at the yoga pavilion, or go for a swim in the infinity pool. You can even go night fishing and enjoy the glittering evening sky while waiting for a catch! Check rates and see more photos
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is one of the relatively new luxury beach resorts in the Maldives. It has pandani and palms to provide refreshing island views and 77 palatial villas for guests. You will be amazed by the Whale Bar for a prime sunset view. Everything you want for your dream vacation is here. From the sophisticated architecture to world-class accommodation service. Check rates and see more photos
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