The Maldives is made up of 1,190 tiny islands situated in the Indian Ocean. From its ivory sand beaches and flourishing vegetation to its lapping cyan waters that turn into the sapphire sea, it is no wonder the Maldives is a popular honeymoon destination spot. With so many different hotels to choose from, we put together a list of the Maldives’ TOP 10 luxury hotels and resorts.
Looking for a luxurious place that the whole family can enjoy? Bandos Maldives is the ultimate family-friendly resort with an all-inclusive option. The complex offers guests the option to stay in a variety of accommodations, including everything from a standard beachfront room to an over-the-water villa. With seven onsite restaurants and private dining options, there is a wide selection of cuisine and something to please everyone. Drop the kids off at Kokko’s Kid Club, where qualified childminders will watch over your children as they make new friends, do arts and crafts, learn how to cook, and hunt for treasures. Meanwhile, adults will enjoy relaxing at the Orchid Spa, snorkeling or scuba diving to see the coral reef, taking a dip in the turquoise ocean, or sunbathing by the pool.
The Westin Maldives Miriandohoo Resort
With 70 villas spanning the azure waters, the Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort gives travelers the option to choose from eight different room styles. It’s the perfect place to snorkel since Baa Atoll – where the resort is situated – is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with over 250 coral reef species, manta rays, and whale sharks. Guests can experience the warm water by snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and tubing.
The dining options range from Japanese food with freshly caught seafood to Asian-fusion street cuisine to international dishes. A bar offers cocktails and tapas as guests can watch the sun slowly set over the Indian Ocean.
The Dhigali Maldives resort has eight different room styles ranging from classic over-the-water villas to residences that walk out to the resort’s private beach.
This 5-star luxury hotel presents guests with three swimming pools to choose from, a fitness center, a game room, and a spa. The spa offers massages, body scrubs, facials, and yoga. Dhigali recreation center gives guests many different excursion options such as a Dolphin cruise or a Sunset cruise. There are eight diverse restaurants to choose from, featuring Maldivian spices that complement the fresh and local seafood.
W Hotel Maldives
This luxury hotel is built on a heart-shaped island, making it the perfect place for lovers to visit. Guest rooms include overwater villas, where guests can peer into the deep blue lagoon from the comfort of their private deck. There are also more tropical options, which give guests stunning views of white sand beaches and lush green foliage.
Three different restaurants offer international cuisine, fresh seafood, and barbecue. W Hotel has two bars. SIP serves cocktails paired with fresh sushi and sashimi while providing fiery sunset views. WET is a poolside bar that offers guests cocktails and wood-fired pizza, burgers, salads, and sweets.
Hurawalhi is an intimate, adults-only resort and is perfect for a peaceful and romantic getaway.
The resort offers visitors five different types of villas. The most popular is the Ocean Pool Villa, where guests have a private infinity pool that suspends over the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean. The rooms feature a king-size bed, a private sun deck with chaise lounges, and a table and chair set.
Hurawalhi Resort holds symbolic (but not legally binding) wedding ceremonies from three picturesque locations.
Anantara Kihavah Maldives
Rich with coconut, mango, and papaya trees, Anantara Kihavah Maldives is a luxury resort that has maintained the original nature of the island. Perfect for the master astronomer or the average stargazer, this resort has the Maldives’ only observatory that hovers over the water. Anantara Kihavah Maldives has many different types of accommodations, from classic overwater villas to a four-bedroom beach residence that houses up to 12 adults.
This 5-star resort has a spa, boat excursions, water sports, activities for the kids, and eight different restaurant options. Their most popular is SEA, an underwater dining experience.
Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island
With hotels all over the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region, and Europe, Jumeirah Maldives is the place to go and be pampered. After taking a 15-minute scenic seaplane to the hotel, travelers are greeted with crystal waters and pearly white sand. There are many different styles of villas to choose from at this luxury resort. Regardless of the variety of accommodation layouts, every villa has a private rooftop terrace and infinity pool.
Jumeirah Maldives offers guests private movie screenings, land and water activities, babysitting services, an on-island photographer, and a semi-submarine ride.
Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru
This resort sits on an island in the Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve, so guests can expect shockingly iridescent blue waters and thriving green jungles.
The accommodations include 10 different room styles that allow guests to have the option to hover above the ocean in a villa or have direct beach access from a bungalow. Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru also has seven different specialty suites for families or larger groups. The dining includes everything from Italian to Arabic to local Maldivian seafood. There are four bars scattered across the resort that guests can visit.
Soneva Jani is a luxury resort with cyan waters surrounded by a winding boardwalk that leads to many different types of accommodations.
With 27 newly added over-water villas, this resort has rooms and suites that cover the needs of several types of guests. The villas range from one to four bedrooms, with freshwater pools and terraces, plus some villas have winding waterslides. Patrons can also choose to be surrounded by the jungle in either a two-, three-, or four-bedroom private beachfront villa.
Soneva Jani offers unique experiences where guests can sign up to see sea turtles, go on a dolphin cruise, go to the Soneva spa, and much more!
Located on the island of Muravandhoo, Joali Maldives features the only art-immersive resort in the Maldives. With one-of-a-kind art installations scattered across the property, guests can explore art created by indigenous Maldivians and international artists. The resort also has an art studio for guests to use.
Joali Maldives has 73 accommodations – from overwater villas to beach bungalows – and they all feature a private swimming pool. Six restaurants cater to all palettes. HER Kitchen also offers cooking classes in a professional restaurant kitchen. Joali Maldives has a spa sanctuary with a relaxation lounge, healing garden, and a fitness center.