The Maldives is comprised of hundreds of sensational islands, renowned for their palm fringed white sandy beaches, crystal clear lagoons and five-star hotels. The flight may be just under 13 hours, but it’s all worth it the moment you touch down in paradise. In this week’s Lux Guide: Top 10 Luxury Resorts in the Maldives, we will be detailing the most spectacular, extravagant and opulent hotels the country has to offer.
Six Senses Laamu
The only resort in the Laamu Atoll, Six Senses Laamu lies in the heart of the Indian Ocean and is a combination of on-land and over-water villas that will take your breath away. The luxury resort boasts several lounges and restaurants which prepare award winning cuisine using produce grown in the island’s organic gardens.
After a 50 minute seaplane ride, guests arrive at the Viceroy Maldives, set in 17 acres of palm trees and pristine sand surrounded by a vivid blue lagoon. Viceroy Maldives provides an intimate and secluded luxury holiday experience and leaves no detail unanswered.
In the local Maldivian language, ‘Huvafen Fushi’ translates to ‘Dream Island’ and we can certainly see why. The prestigious Huvafen Fushi is one of the leading luxury resorts in Maldives combining the best of natural loveliness with modern architectural splendour. The resort is home to the world’s only underwater spa and a unique raw food restaurant.
W Retreat & Spa Maldives is set on its own private island and provides a cutting-edge, contemporary experience in the Maldives. Located on the exotic island of Fesdu and close to the best dives sites in the area, treat yourself to an over-water villa, complete with glass panelled flooring to admire the ocean below you. The resort even has its own nightclub for those looking to party in paradise.
The beautiful Cheval Blanc Randheli was designed by Jean-Michel Gathy who also created the fabulous One&Only Reethi Rah. Cheval Blanc Randheli offers contemporary design, private infinity pools and an excellent fine-dining restaurant. Each villa is assigned a ‘majordome’ or butler who acts as a personal concierge to ensure all your needs are met during your stay. The hotel is owned by world leader in high-quality products LVMH, so when you request a price for a stay, expect big bucks!
Often regarded as the best luxury hotel in the Maldives, Cocoa Island Resort is ideally located along crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches and breath-taking sunsets. The chic retreat has a distinctive atmosphere of elegance which is unmatched anywhere else. At high tide, relax on your private deck and drift over a coral reef in your off shore luxury villa.
Gili Lankanfushi has one philosophy it encourages guests to abide by: “Leave your worries at home.” Voted the no.1 hotel in the Maldives on TripAdvisor, the resort prides itself as a place of positive energy. It is located on an intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties leading out to spacious villa accommodations. Guests have their own private water garden and sun deck from which they can let their worries drift away.
Taj Exotica is an exclusive romantic island resort surrounded by clear blue waters of one of the largest lagoons of the Maldives. The award-winning resort offers some of the finest in contemporary luxuries and services. Their Jiva Grande Spa boasts a range of signature wellness experiences that will leave you in a state of bliss.
Located in the gorgeous Noonu Atoll, Velaa Private Island is an exceptional luxury retreat where guests are treated like royalty. The exclusive boutique hideaway has been designed with privacy and comfort in mind where guest can be at one with nature in intimate villas built using local materials. The resort serves Michelin-star cuisine and has one of the finest wine cellars in the Indian Ocean. Golfers can enjoy a ‘short game’ golf academy designed by two-time Masters Champion Jose Maria Olazabal.
The intimate Amilla resort is located in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll and offers a choice of island homes either siting above the crystal clear waters, nestled among lush tree tops or perched on the pristine shoreline. ‘Amilla Fushi’ translates to ‘My Island Home’ which appears to be the theme for the entire resort. A kangaroo may welcome you on arrival as the resort had several imported from Dubai Zoo to create an animal friendly and fun atmosphere.