Picture an image of paradise in your mind and it’s likely to resemble a Maldives beach – pristine soft white sand and vibrant turquoise waters found almost nowhere else in the world.
Combining breathtaking natural beauty with resorts of unparalleled luxury, the Maldives is an obvious choice for once in a lifetime holiday.
The Maldives comprises 1200 almost impossibly pure islands, with 90 dedicated to luxury resorts. Home to arguably the best beaches and the finest hotels and spas in the world, it can be difficult to decide exactly which one to visit.
Here are 6 of our favourites and the reasons why we love them, to help you make the best choice to have the perfect holiday in the Maldives.
Coco Palm Bodu Hithi has a really amazing overwater spa, offering a vast array of treatments in an idyllic setting. It won the award for Best Maldives Luxury Destination Spa last year, and continues to impress with the tailor made healing treatments for body and mind. There are two overwater yoga pavilions too.
Best for divers
The captivating turquoise ocean surrounding the islands is home to some of the most beautiful marine life on earth. The warm waters offer almost guaranteed high visibility. Often it’s clear enough to spot fish passing as far as 50m away. All of our resorts have diving facilities, but Kuredu Island Resort and Spa is especially popular with those who dive. You can easily access the house reef from the shore where you can see turtles, stingrays and all kinds of tropical fish, or take a boat to over 50 nearby spectacular dive spots. The All Inclusive package offers excellent value. The island is large, but not too large, and there’s plenty for non-diving partners too – with plenty of activities on offer from dolphin watching to windsurfing. LUX* Maldives also has a very good PADI diving centre, with very experienced instructors.
Best for families
With a few exceptions, children are welcome at most resorts. We particularly recommend Atmopshere Kanifushi. Boasting some of the largest villas in the Maldives, the accommodation is spacious and can comfortably accommodate family groups. It has a beautiful wide protected lagoon ideal for swimming & a perfect place for children to paddle. There’s a super kids club for younger children, and teenagers are also well catered for with a range of special activities and unlimited ice cream. LUX* Maldives also has fantastic facilities for children with two separate kids clubs catering for youngsters aged 3-13 and 12-17 years old. Facilities include a large outdoor playground, and plenty to keep teenagers entertained, including a cinema lounge, beach & watersports and games area. There are 7 restaurants to choose from, including the finest pizza in the Indian Ocean (a favourite with the kids!)
Best Value 5* Resort
Lily Beach Resort & Spa at Huvahendoo is great choice if you’re looking for value – it’s a luxury all inclusive experience that’s reasonably priced. Aside from the dining choices and large selection of inclusive drinks (including minibar), the main appeal here is the incredible shallow lagoons that surround the island – absolutely perfect for snorkelling.
Best for Culinary Delights
Fish is (obviously) the preferred food group in the Maldives, as everything else (apart from coconuts) has to be imported. That said, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa’s fabulous new restaurant The Island Grill sources as much as possible from local islands. Set in a beautiful location overlooking the ocean, you watch chefs prepare mouth-watering dishes over the traditional grill and wood burning oven. Fresh herbs are grown in the resorts own hydroponics garden to ensure freshness.
Best for Secluded Luxury
If you’re looking to escape it all, we recommending heading to Jumeirah Dhevanafushi. Further away from Male (400km), it feels very remote. The transfers are longer, but it’s worth it to put some distance between yourself and the capital so you won’t be bothered by the proximity of the airport or commercial shipping lanes. Often the transfer (via seaplane) is a sightseeing event in itself with unrivalled views as you fly over spectacular desert islands. It goes without saying the resort itself is incredibly luxurious secret hideaway, with all the facilities and first class service you’d expect…. it’s really no exaggeration to call this place paradise on earth.
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