With over 100 luxury resorts spread across 80 islands in various atolls, picking your ideal retreat in Maldives is not an easy choice! Five-star resorts generally offer accommodation in beachside or overwater villas, often accompanied by private pools, gardens and access to the house reef. World-class dining and spa experiences, as also curated excursions into the sea and surrounding forests and villages complete the Maldivian resort experience.
Since most are ensconced in private islands, expect to see no one but other vacationers and hotel staff. Though far-flung, speedboat rides mean that many of the hotels can be considered as close to Male Airport. Whether you want to visit the archipelago on a romantic honeymoon or for a stress-free holiday with your kids, these are arguably the best resorts in Maldives.
Our top 10 picks in Maldives :
1. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, Alifu Dhaalu Atoll
This retreat has been voted the best hotel in the world, and may very well be the queen of Maldives’ luxury resorts. For lovers of exclusive dining experiences, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a dream come true. Dine in a first-of-its-kind underground wine cellar or sample world cuisines at Atoll Market’s multiple buffet spreads.
Highlights: Plush suites and villas with personal pools and gardens, undersea restaurant with stunning views of marine life
2. Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Alifu Dhaalu Atoll
If you’re wondering where to stay in Maldives for an all-inclusive holiday, look no further than Lily Beach Resort & Spa at Huvahendhoo Island. The platinum package includes complimentary French champagne, all meals, water sports, and two excursions per day. And of course, you can pick between beach villas and deluxe water bungalows.
Highlights: One of the best all-inclusive resorts in Maldives, organized trip to a nearby fishing village
3. Niyama Private Islands Maldives, Kudahuvadhoo Dhaalu Atoll
The villas of this resort are divided between two islands that they’ve termed ‘Chill’ and ‘Play’. Lush vegetation and pristine white sand characterises Chill, while Play houses the spa, and heavenly restaurants. One of their restaurants is accessible only by boat, while another hosts weekly glow parties. Party at the rooftop bar or right at the waves, at the open-air beach club.
Highlights: Honeymoon package with professional photo shoot, tree-top restaurant nestled in the jungle, spa with special treatments for children
4. Soneva Fushi, Baa Atoll
Set in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Baa Atoll, Soneva Fushi specialises in sprawling villas perfect for large groups. The nine-bedroom Private Reserve features a spa, sauna, gym, children’s room, and water slide. What sets this resort apart is its commitment to simplicity, natural designs, and environmental sustainability. Incidentally, it was originally the home of hoteliers Eva and Sonu Shivdasani.
Highlights: Family retreat with entertainment facilities for children, classic film screenings at open-air theatre
5. Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, South Male Atoll
With a top-notch surf school, Anantara Dhigu is among the best Maldives surf resorts. Facilities for PADI free-diving and an overwater spa make this the ultimate destination for water babies. All the overwater suites boast of sunrise or sunset views, absolute seclusion, and private pools. Beach villas come with their own gardens, rains showers, and outdoor baths.
Highlights: The chance to adopt a coral and observe its progress, access to amenities at Anantara Veli
6. Jumeirah Vittaveli, South Male Atoll
Maldives may be synonymous with water, but at Jumeirah Vittaveli on Bolifushi Island, you can even try ice-skating! The resort organizes some of the best New Year’s and seasonal parties. Kuda Koli Kids Club and the Island Treasure Hunt keeps the little ones busy. The Best Dives Dive Center offers courses and experiences for both beginners and frequent divers.
Highlights: Snooze on a beachside hammock, explore the island on hotel bicycles, and feel at sea at the overwater lounge
7. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa, Gaafu Alifu Atoll
This luxury retreat in North Huvadhoo offers unique ‘blind dining’ experiences, personalised by the Executive Chef, as well as cooking classes where you can learn to cook an entire reef fish or prepare garudhiya (Maldivian soup). You can also learn to fish on a Maldivian dhoni, or scout for bottlenose dolphins. For those who like to pick up new skills, this resort is indeed the right place to be. The resort’s house reef is populated by bio fluorescent organisms that you can discover on night snorkelling and diving trips.
Highlights: A 360-degree private reef within a stone’s throw of every villa, opportunity to cross the equator by sea
8. Kurumba Maldives, North Male Atoll
Kurumba Maldives at Vihamanaafushi was the first private resort on the archipelago, and it takes its tradition of unrivalled hospitality seriously. There’s something new happening every day, be it in terms of activities or meals and entertainment. Enjoy stunning vistas on a seaplane ride or go for a sandbank picnic on an unexplored island. For the true Maldivian cultural experience, there is nothing better than a stay at Kurumba Maldives.
Highlights: Accessible within 10 minutes from the airport by speedboat, local Maldivian music and dance programs
9. Baros Maldives, North Male Atoll
Known for balmy climes and warm, wooden villas, Baros Maldives is a great choice for soaking in the wonders of Maldives. Surround sound systems and yoga mats in all villas invite you to immerse yourself in music and wellness. The Lighthouse Lounge is the perfect spot for watching the sun go down, with a expertly churned cocktail in hand.
Highlights: Small island with a natural jungle, resident marine biologist and house reef teeming with fish and turtles
10. Hurawalhi Maldives Resort, Lhaviyani Atoll
This adults-only resort is the most romantic escape you can have. Watch the ocean from the comfort of your very own infinity pool in the ocean pool villas, or find the sea at your doorstep with the ocean villas. The romantic ocean villas are tailor-made for honeymooners, offering a luxurious bath ceremony, couples massage, and mesmerising sunset views.
Highlights: All-glass undersea restaurant, adults-only, eco-friendly and sustainable meals and showers