Best Place To Stay In Male Maldives – 15 Luxury Resorts in the Maldives Planning the perfect beach vacation? Choose the best island resort!
If anything deserves to be called a ‘postcard destination’, it has to be the Maldives. Imagine small islands of white sand with thick palm trees, strung like pearl necklaces on dreamy atolls, seemingly floating in the blue ocean. Better yet, consider them the backdrop to some of the best vacation spots in the world.
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When planning a visit here, travelers face a dilemma: which resort in the Maldives will offer the perfect beach vacation? After all, few other destinations are bad for choice.
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We can’t claim to have the right answers for every traveler, but the average visitor should understand what we’re looking for by now. If your idea of a resort includes grand design, understated luxury and personalized service, if your ultimate vacation includes exclusivity and authentic experiences, look no further: this is the list for you. From simple island living to luxury resorts – these fifteen have one thing in common: they’re all the best luxury resorts in the Maldives.
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“It’s not easy to really stand out in the Maldives, a destination full of the world’s best resorts. But Jowali did it, without difficulty.” – in our review of Joali Maldives.
Quietly and effortlessly sophisticated, Joali Maldives brings its brand of luxury to a place where you’ve seen it all. The resort emphasizes the need for a luxurious experience, craftsmanship and service, refined to perfection.
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We love it because: The resort’s magical design, with nature as a manta ray picnic house or wave-like reception rooms.
Pro tip: The only difference between the two standard overwater villa types (other than the nightly rate) is the extra space, which is an extra lounge area and a large outdoor sun deck.
In Jani, the philosophy and aesthetics of the Soneva brand come together to create an almost perfect living room. The resort is located on a large island and is surrounded by infinity pools on one of the largest lakes in the country. The design and interior decoration are adapted to the idea of a barefoot beach holiday, celebrating the elegant whitewashed style, while the seamless service makes every day here special.
We love: Huge overwater villas, each with a private infinity pool and retractable roof over the bedroom (so you can sleep ‘under the stars’). Many villas have water slides – and they are great fun!
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Pro tip: Be sure to visit the chocolate and ice cream shop, open from noon until late. It’s free; you can come here as much as you want!
Alternatively, Soneva Jani’s book: Hotel Tablet | Expedia | Agoda or see other people’s reviews on TripAdvisor. Photo © Soneva
“Laamu has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday, not just the luxurious luxury of a resort, served in a relaxed and comfortable environment.” – in our Six Senses Laamu review
Our regular readers will remember that we’re big fans of Six Senses’ rustic-chic concept. After visiting Six Senses Laamu recently, we decided that the chain’s Maldives location might best exemplify a philosophy that deftly combines remote beauty, eco-living and uncompromising luxury.
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We love it because: Our favorite thing about this resort is the beautiful Ocean Water Villa—spacious, innovative, and designed to match the experience of arriving in paradise.
Pro tip: All guests have bicycles available for use. And if you are a returning guest or if you book a Laamu Water Villa category and above, your bike will be personalized with a wooden tag. Nice touch!
Alternatively, book Six Senses Laamu via: Hotel Tablet | Expedia| Hotels.com or see what others are thinking on TripAdvisor. Photo (including main image at top of article) © Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas
Soneva Fushi is the first resort created by Sonu Shivdasani and his partner Eva, the power couple of the hospitality industry and the driving force behind the concept of barefoot natural luxury holidays. Soneva Fushi is a true desert island retreat in the Maldives – self-proclaimed “shipwreck chic”.
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Its eco-friendliness, simple luxury and elegance make the hotel a magical experience. Also, the concept of Soneva No news No shoes is not only on paper, as you can be without shoes for the entire stay. We did it.
We love it because: The villas, mostly designed in the “tree house” style. This beautiful sanctuary is well covered with lush greenery. Oh, also, Soneva Fushi overlooks the night sky!
Pro tip: On a seaplane trip, one thing comes in handy—noise-cancelling headphones. Among all the headphones we’ve tested, we can recommend the Sony WH1000XM3 as the best. Advertisements
Alternatively, book Soneva Fushi from: Hotel Tablet | Expedia | Agoda | Hotels.com or see what others are thinking on TripAdvisor. Photo (including main photo at top of article) © Soneva
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“[St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort] is striking with its contemporary design, set against the beauty of the secluded lagoon.” – in our St Regis Vommuli review
The St Regis Maldives Vommuli impresses with its stunning architecture envisioned by WOW Architects. At Vommuli, a Singapore-based design studio creates some soft and almost invisible buildings and structures – like a bar inspired by a shark or a spa reminiscent of the shape of a lobster. The resort’s bold design extends to the guest accommodations, especially the bold silhouettes of the overwater villas. These villas have spacious sunbeds and private pools – captured in this video on our Instagram page.
We love it because: In addition to the resort’s design, the food at St. The Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is amazing. It was a real highlight of the stay.
What you need to know: The resort is very far. It takes 40 minutes by seaplane to get here from Malé.
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Or, the book St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort by: Expedia | Agoda | hotels.com | Marriott Bonvoy or see what others are thinking on TripAdvisor. Photo © Marriott International
Gili Lankanfushi is one of the best sea resorts in the world. On a beautiful coral island surrounded by sparkling blue seas, this Maldivian retreat defines ‘barefoot chic’ luxury. It offers a quiet and intimate experience, consistent standards of luxury and service and sophisticated design.
We love it because: Famous villas have real substance. Our room is located in a spacious and deep space with a romantic bedroom, a beautiful sun terrace and a roof terrace where we spent the night in a specially prepared gazebo. Sleeping under the stars is wonderful.
Pro tip: If you want to make your stay special, book one of the independent villas. They are located away from the resort, on the edge of the coral reef, and are almost a private island, accessible only by boat.
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Our Instagram Photos: Don’t miss some of the photos we took at the resort, including these photos of our cabin above and below the water or this one from the sun and sunset deck! Have you heard of bamboo bicycles?
Alternatively, book Gili Lankanfushi via: Expedia | Agoda | Hotels.com or see what others are thinking on TripAdvisor. Photo © HPL Hotels & Resorts
One of our recent trips to the Maldives couldn’t be complete without a stay at the COMO resort, which we’ve been looking forward to checking out since it launched in 2015. We’d choose Maalifushi’s perfect blend of serenity and simplicity any day.
“Maalifushi is all about peace and quiet, and as such, it’s as peaceful a place as you can find.” — in our COMO Maalifushi review.
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We love it because: The island smells great, thanks to Shambhala, COMO’s flagship cosmetics line, which is dispensed in the bathroom. And the COMO Shambhala Spa was as beautiful as we expected!
Pro tip: The beach villas on the sunset side are not very private from the sun deck, as a snorkeler can sometimes wade into the shallows in front.
Alternatively, use the COMO Maalifushi book via: Hotel Tablet | Expedia | Agoda | Hotels.com or see what others are thinking on TripAdvisor. Photo
We could stay at One&Only Reethi Rah for a month and never get bored. With many attractions, great style and a great atmosphere, the five-star Reethi Rah is like a cross between a country club and a quiet resort. The place looked like a millionaire’s playground.
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We love it because: Beach Villa with Pool where we stay. It is comfortable, clean and offers plenty of space to get in and out. We also spent a few days in the overwater villas, but opted for the beachfront villas.
Pro tip: Don’t miss the spa. The treatment was the best we had. We recommend a 2 hour session to fully appreciate it.
Our Instagram photo: The sea villa where we stayed for a few days
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