With so much choice in the Maldives nowadays, it’s hard to decide where to stay when booking your tropical vacation. Here to help, we have put together our wish-list covering everything from our favourite fitness locations to the most secluded settings
Dusit Thani Maldives
Dusit Thani Maldives blends graceful Thai hospitality with the unparalleled luxury setting of the Maldives. Encircled by white sandy beaches, a stunning reef and a turquoise lagoon, the resort on Mudhdhoo Island is just 35 minutes by seaplane from the capital Male, and 10 minutes by speedboat from the domestic airport in Baa Atoll. It’s a great spot for swimming. with the largest pool in Maldives onsite plus great diving and snorkelling. There is also Devarana Spa’s treetop treatment pods for a pampering experience beyond compare, or dine at one of the exquisite restaurants before heading back to the comfort of one of your villas.
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
The gloriously isolated Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, a former coconut plantation, comes complete with spacious yet private villas, healthy food at seafood restaurant Fuego Grill and Lebanese Al Barakat, and the spa is truly outstanding, kitted out with overwater treatment rooms. The resort can also set a restorative 14- or 21-day panchakarma cleanse, which takes pounds off like nothing else. Furthermore, the island has a fantastic Marine Discovery Centre, run by a team of biologists whose main focus is manta-ray research.
Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
Surrounded by nothing but clear skies, sandy beaches and crystal-clear water, far away from the glare of city lights; the home of romance in the Maldives, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, is also a superb stargazing spot. Guests who want to have light-year-distant views into the cosmos can immerse themselves in the resort’s Stargazing experience, offering couples the chance to tour the skies in a masterclass and name their very own star, followed by a romantic dinner under the constellations. Cocooned by crystal blue waters and swaying coconut trees, the resort, on the North Male Atoll, is not only a short speedboat ride from the airport, but is also a place to switch off and engulf in spa and stargazing heaven.
Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi
Known for its stunning location, stylish guests and sensational overwater villas, Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi is definitely one of the most popular Maldive spots for the young and trendy. The multi-award winning island resort offers 44 naturally modern bungalows and the luxury of ‘suites at sea’, traditional Maldivian sailboats fitted out with modern indulgences. The words ‘Huvafen Fushi’ translate as ‘Dream Island’ in the local Maldivian tongue, and this concept serves as the inspiration point for the island’s experiences. Home to the world’s first underwater spa, listed in Conde Nast’s UK and US Hot Lists, and named Best Beach Resort in the World by Harper’s Bazaar Travel Guide, PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi is contemporary fantasy, a world of experimental luxury and boundary-free experiences.
Men looking for a place to have a fun time with a group of friends, the look no further than Angsana Velavaru. Located on the island of Velavaru in the south atoll of the Maldives, you can enjoy more than 101 activities plus the resort’s unique and uber-luxury In-Ocean villas, allowing instant access to the vibrant reef, as well as space for up to four guests as well as a private dining and entertainment area on the top floor. Angsana Velavaru combines a full range of land and aquatic activities for sports lovers. Boys looking for an exciting challenge can play volleyball or water polo whilst adventure seekers will appreciate the dive centre or perhaps learn how to take underwater photos with a digital camera. Night diving is a real thrill whilst above the waves, there’s jet-skiing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, water skiing and canoeing. The resort’s catamaran is also available to explore the lagoon and its amazing marine life or perhaps go further afield to discover local islands, manta rays and whale sharks.
Anantara Kihavah Villas
Set on Kihavah Huravalhi, one of the most pristine Maldivian islands, Anantara Kihavah Villas is 30-minute seaplane flight from Male International Airport, an unforgettable experience in itself as the plane flies over a string of glowing coral islands amidst turquoise waters. It is all about being in or under the water at this gorgeous resort and it is here where you can snorkel some of the world’s most treasured reefs within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve or explore uninhabited islands encircled by abundant reefs home to turtles, eels and beautiful coral formations. If that is not enough, you can dine underwater at Sea, a unique restaurant surrounded by pristine coral and budding reefs.