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Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts in the Maldives

By Daniel Shosky best luxury resorts maldives

Get prepared for the azure and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, white palm tree beaches, and panoramic views. Awake in a luxury accommodation where personalized services await you at one of many chic and posh resorts we selected. Whether you are looking for romantic seclusion, multiple water sports activities or meditating in a tropical paradise, there is sure be an exquisite resort that can cater to your needs… These are the best luxury resorts in the Maldives:

Velaa Private Island
Be prepared to do absolutely nothing as the ultimate in personalized butler services awaits you… Located within the Noonu Atoll, Velaa Private Island is named after hundreds of generations of migrating sea turtles who give birth to their younglings on the white sand. The luxury of privacy, clear blue waters and gorgeous accommodations is what the Velaa Private Island brings to its guests.  Velaa has 45 private over the water villas and beachfront homes as well as exclusive residences with private pools. The resort defines luxury with a Maldivian feel of imported marble, woods, and chic contemporary furnishings. The secluded Romantic Pool Residence is ideal for honeymooners and can only be reached by boat.  You will find plenty of adventure from state-of-the-art yachts and watercraft to a kid’s club for young explorers. Also, the dining experiences are beyond compare when you order the catch of the day!  For the ultimate in a private vacation, you can rent the entire island starting from a million dollars for a four nights stay.

St. Regis Vommuli Resort
Located on a small island within the Dhaalu Atoll, these 77 luxury accommodations are meticulously constructed to resemble flying manta rays. The villas blend extremely well with the natural tropical landscape and ensure an eco-friendly environment. Overwater and beachfront accommodations are highlighted with a contemporary décor, most have a private plunge pool or direct access to the calm waters of the Indian Ocean. Expect a perfect combination of luxury and legendary butler services. Your personal butler is ready to fulfill your every wish… The resort boasts six restaurants, an overwater Iridium Spa, an infinity swimming pool, tennis courts, a kid’s club, a plethora of watersport activities, as well as miles of white sand beaches. When you finish your day at the award-winning Whale Bar during sunset you will know you are paradise. Are you traveling with your family or a larger group? Then you might want to indulge in the resorts John Jacob Astor Estate, which is the largest overwater villa in the Maldives.

Cheval Blanc Randheli
Surrounded by the waters of the Noonu Atoll, the Chaval Blanc resort houses 45 huge villas of which their décor stands out with superb craftsmanship and detailing. The beauty of the resort comes as no surprise as this is a collaboration with Louis Vuitton, Moët, and Hennessy that brings you this exclusive property. The villas offer your 3 different choices: Overwater villas, island villas and beach garden villas, each featuring a relaxing hammock, loungers, day beds, rain showers and an oval tub. Also, each villa comes with a massive infinity pool! Want to go over the top? Also available is the ”owners villa”. Which is located on its own private island with four bedrooms and a one bedroom cottage nearby.

Huafen Fushi
This adult-only boutique style resort features 44 luxurious two-level overwater villas and beachfront suites. Each has a private pool, a chic sophisticated interior, is eco-friendly and sport a hip Maldivian architectural style. Enjoy the turquoise clear waters, which are supported by in-house coral reef rehabilitation projects, or just relax on the white sand beaches. You will be amazed at the lagoon-style Infinity swimming pool which seems to merge with the horizon above the ocean. Couples especially enjoy the four restaurants serving tasty cuisine and the first underwater spa will surely pamper you while vacationing in this tropical paradise.

Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru
Residing within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (the leading party in sustainable development) the Four Seasons Resort offers the perfect luxurious island getaway in an ECO-friendly way. There are hundred and three villas spread over the tropical landscape and water, which feature gorgeous eco-friendly architecture, chic interiors, and a private pool. Swim with abundant marine life in the azure waters of the Indian Ocean around your villa or visit the onsite Marine Discovery Centre. Take the complimentary catamaran to the island of Kuda Huraa where you have privileges at the sister resort, allowing you a two-for-one experience that exudes romanticism and family fun. Whether you are relaxing in the 3-acre Ayurveda Wellness Spa, playing tennis or want to try an extreme sport, this resort knows luxury and fun.

Dusit Thani
The Dusit Thani Maldives Resort will have you relaxing in the luxury of Thai-influenced hospitality at its finest. With onehundredandeight overwater-, lagoon-, ocean view- or beachfront-villas which feature a tasteful eco-chic Thai interior with plenty modern technology, and most with a private pool. The resort offers tremendous value with complimentary non-motorized watersport equipment, three restaurants with outstanding cuisine, butler service, the treetop Devarana Spa, and one of the largest Infinity salt water swimming pools in the Maldives.

Taj Exotica

Located on a private island just 15 minutes from the airport, lays the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa with its villa’s spread across the Emboodhu Finolhu island in the middle of one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. Offering 64 villa’s and suites, 2 gourmet restaurants with private dining options, a bar, a wellness center, and private plunge pools and beaches. Enjoy private dining in mesmeric settings, with handcrafted menus from the catch of the day. Impeccable service is a standard here…. Relax in your pool at your private beach or laze in the hammock over the blue waters during the day or under the stars at night while the butler is on his way with your drinks. The Taj Exotica offers you luxury only.

Shangri-la’s Villingili
The surroundings on the island of Villingili are what make the Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa extra inviting. The turquoise waters and the 12-acre private island is the backdrop for 132 all-villa style lodges, that are constructed to leave the surrounding forest intact. The luxurious villas are complete with a chic contemporary interior and range from overwater and beachfront accommodations with a plunge pool to a spectacular treehouse with panoramic ocean views. With the only 9-hole golf course within the Maldives, this resort has everything to keep you occupied, including six kilometers of soft white sandy beaches, ocean waters filled with marine life, mangrove forests, and freshwater lagoons. Experience a dine anywhere on the island, you are free to have your meal wherever you like.  Whether that is on the beach, in the jungle or next to a crystal clear lagoon, , your meal awaits you.

Conrad Rangali Island
Residing on two gorgeous tropical islands that are connected by a 500-meter bridge, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers a serene lush setting surrounded by the Indian Ocean. With 150 traditional-thatched-roof overwater- beachfront- and garden-view- accommodations, you can be assured of a luxurious experience that is second to none. There is plenty of staff on hand to help you with any special request. Your wish is their demand… The resort allows you to lounge on the beautiful white sand beaches or explore the surrounding tranquil waters in an unpretentious way. There is a little bit of everything for everyone here, from watching an idyllic sunset from the bridge, to relaxing in the glass-floored overwater spa or swimming in the aquatic gardens. You can actually dine in twelve different restaurants! And you will most be mesmerized by the marine life while dining underwater at the Ithaa restaurant. The resort boasts tennis courts, a kid’s club, two spas and a dive center with complimentary snorkeling equipment. Your vacation will match the perfect experience of luxury and personalized services.

One&Only Reethi Rah
Situated on a gorgeous 44-acre private island with six kilometers of beachfront, the One&Only Reethi Rah stands out as one of the best all-villa luxury resorts in the Maldives and is proven a top choice for celebrities as well as royalty. The predominant South Asian architectural style of the 130 overwater or beachfront villas, is equipped with a private pool and highlighted with chic traditional wood furnishings. The resort is surrounded by 12 surreal beaches giving you tremendous access to the warm clear waters. Upon arrival, you will notice superb services from complimentary bicycles and golf carts to numerous amenities such as the only National Geographic PADI Dive Centre in the Maldives. But that’s not all… This hotel is a true luxury playground featuring a private club and a luxury spa resort. Walk along the white sand beaches before visiting the beach club, relax beside one of the three Infinity pools, visit the Espa Spa, play tennis, practice your golf swing, try the challenging climbing wall, or relish the unique cuisine of one of the five restaurants.

Park Hyatt Hadahaa
Experience the chic luxury accommodations at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa while you explore a private island that is packed with gorgeous white sand beaches and surrounded by one of the most beautiful reefs in the Indian Ocean. Whether you decide to stay over the water or along the beachfront in one of the 50 chic villas, you will be delighted with the views of this stunning landscape provided by floor to ceiling windows as well as a private deck with private plunge pool. The adventure is endless with soft white sand just steps away from your door. This amazingly beautiful setting provides the backdrop for some incredible experiences.