Imagine the perfect setting to some of the best luxury resorts in the world, seemingly afloat on the turquoise ocean with white sand and tropical palms. Picture those islets strung like pearl necklaces onto dreamy atolls, making the Maldives a dreamy location with its private islands that are too good to be true. These hotels in the Maldives are worth travelling to for affluent tourists. From the most sustainable back-to-nature style bedrooms with the best access to the bountiful reefs in the country to swanky overwater villas, they have it all.
If your idea of a perfect resort in the Maldives involves unostentatious luxury, impeccable service and excellent design, then look no further. If your best possible time off involves utmost exclusivity and authentic experiences— we have explored the 26 atolls of the Maldives so you can get it the right first time. From a sprawling luxury playground to a venue for quaint island life, these resorts are the best luxury resorts in the Maldives-
The pioneering Soneva team was the first to introduce over-water villas to the Maldives. The resort also has a robust environmental code and a determination to disconnect from the noisy outside world. The five tiny islets in the Noonu Atoll sets Soneva Jani apart from other resorts. Cycle across the island to an open-air floating cinema with your loved one, where you wear Bluetooth headphones to avoid disturbing the turtles. It is the drop-dead gorgeous one with green credentials, splendid villas, quality service, and pioneering vision of all the Maldives' openings.
Four seasons has raised the proverbial bar when you have Baa Atoll lapping at your shores and your yacht to explore it. It is a remote wilderness where anything is possible and White beaches and crystal-clear water flank exotic jungle greenery. It is the world's first exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway for those who want to retreat, explore, connect or celebrate however they like.
The only resort in the southern part of Laamu Atoll sets itself apart from the fly-and-flop brigade with its surf break. Regularly visited by reef sharks, manta rays and birds in a palm-fringed lagoon, we fill you with wonder and fuel your wanderlust. Villas in the resort are set on overwater stilts or beachfront. The 97 villas are designed to harmonize with the island's natural beauty and offer privacy, cosy, and comfort. With direct access to the sea, snorkel around the lagoon or relax on the overwater netting hammock.
An immense and hugely successful hotel, The hotel is intensely glamorous with 12 private beaches. Climb to the treetop deck for catching an unforgettable colourful equatorial sunset and a unique panoramic view of the Indian Ocean. A place where cloudless azure skies meet turquoise clear waters. The resort makes its home on one of the largest islands in North Malé Atoll. Six kilometres of private coastline includes 12 pristine beaches and two swimming pools. The villas feature large living and dining spaces along with never-ending views of the glorious Indian Ocean.
A tropical paradise in the picture-perfect environment, Velaa is a place of pure seclusion. The villas are thoughtfully designed and offer effortless comfort and the perfect escape. Complete with elegant and contemporary design, interiors have been arranged with privacy in mind.
Present on a private beach, the residence offers 1,350 square meters of usable interior and exterior space. For outdoor adventures, there is a nine-hole golf course, tennis and squash courts. Meals are served over the water in a secluded dining pavilion with a kitchen and potential private chef and butler.
The Indian Ocean is an exhilarating playground for the senses, and this is the peaceful haven of the Maldives. A jewel nestled in the Noonu Atoll is an enveloping home where emerald gardens meet aquamarine waters. A place where Maldivian inspiration meets eternal privacy Sleep softly in a cocoon surrounded by the deep blue. The living room boasts views over the crystal waters, is idyllic for couples seeking privacy and offers an unparalleled invitation to relaxation. Sumptuous rooms for ultimate relaxation, Cheval Blanc celebrates privacy between ivory sands and leafy gardens.
Soneva Fushi, the first Robinson Crusoe' style hideaway in the Maldives, is set on the privately-owned tropical island of Kunfunadhoo, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The island, which is 1,400 m (4,600 ft) long and 400 m (1300 ft) wide, ranks among the Maldives' largest islands. Inspiring the imagination with 63 beachfront villas and eight Water Retreats, this is the Maldives' original desert island hideaway. Enjoy virtually unimpeded views out to sea, with islands located far away from the resort.
With the natural greenery on the island and rich marine biodiversity in the surrounding lagoons, Wake up to that spectacular sunrise view at the water's edge each morning when you are in Gili Lankan Fushi. There's also a Private reserve with lavish perks such as – gym, spa, screening room, and waterslide leading straight to the ocean. Feel the ocean's breeze beneath you as you lay on the large catamaran net extended out into the ocean. The resort offers endless possibilities for relaxation and an incredible dining experience.
Romantic and family-friendly in equal measure, this remote resort offers spacious luxury villas spread across a tropical island wilderness. Present in the Baa Atoll Unesco Biosphere reserve, this is an innovative island sanctuary. Visitors can expect five-star facilities, world-class cuisine, pristine beaches and above all, impeccable service. A place where jungle greens, iridescent blues, and dazzling whites meet conservation, innovation and wellness with equal intensity. Take in gorgeous sunsets as you lounge in your villas and immerse yourself in the total serenity of the Maldivian way of living.
Nestled in the archipelago's untouched southern corner, Como Maalifushi is the only luxury resort in the Maldives' pristine Thaa Atoll. The property offers excellent surfing and diving with seasonal whale shark and manta sightings. Designed by Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi, the resort reflects his sensitive approach to nature and cultural authenticity. It embodies the spirit of the Indian Ocean and the understated chic of the COMO brand. The resort's 33 overwater and garden villas feature refined decor, with oak floors, decorative swathes of netting around the beds and plunge pools with world-class comfort. The accommodation has indigenous architecture while reflecting the island's calming setting.
Imagine enjoying your vacation on the tropical palms and staying afloat on the Indian ocean at one of these heavenly abodes. All of this is the default setting in some best luxury hotels in the Maldives.