One of the most amazing parts of the world, find the best places to stay in the Maldives, whether you are travelling with your family, as a couple, are looking to relax or want to explore the ocean…
The Maldives is the quintessential island paradise. Home to some of the best beaches on the planet, this string of islands in the sun is one of the most envied luxury holiday destinations. However, while each resort may share the same stunning setting, they all also offer their own take on a tropical escape. Find the best places to stay in the Maldives for your holiday type and plan your luxury holiday with Elegant Resorts.
The Best Places to Stay in the Maldives
It might be known as a honeymoon heaven, but families shouldn’t be put off. The Maldives offers plenty of potential for a luxury family holiday, too, with a number of hotels offering children’s clubs and fun activities to keep all ages busy. The beaches have the benefit of being very safe; set on private islands, there is no traffic or busy crowds to get lost in. For teenagers, find a resort with a good watersports offering and they can be kept busy all day.
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort offers a children’s club with a range of activities to introduce to children from 4 to 12 years, such as yoga, meditation and cooking classes, plus creative arts and crafts and games. You can also head out on a Family Expedition on a Maldivian dhoni and spot dolphins for a fun day out!
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is also one of the best places to stay in the Maldives for families. With the trademark ‘Kids For All Seasons’ programme, there is a range of complimentary activities, including coral reef building, tree walks, snorkel adventures and lizard safaris, along with an array of non-motorised watersports. Niyama is also a good pick, with its Explorers Kids Club, while Soneva Fushi boasts The Den, which features a pirate ship, two swimming pools and a cinema, plus the gardens and beaches to explore.
The Maldives is famed for its romantic splendour. Partly down to its stunning setting, and partly down to the highly personalised service that the islands are known for, the Maldives is one of the best places for a luxury holiday for couples.
One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives is one of the most recognised names in the Indian Ocean. Having topped lists of the best places to stay in the Maldives since it opened, over ten years ago, you can’t go wrong here if you are looking for an ultra-luxe place to escape with your partner. Hide away in the serenity of your own private water villa and spend the afternoon admiring the horizon from your hammock, strung over the lagoon below.
For an adults-only place to stay in the Maldives, go to Huvafen Fushi, where you can head down to the wine cellar to sample the fine vintages, pamper yourself with a treatment at the world’s first underwater spa or enjoy an intimate dinner with a private sandbank experience. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru also has plenty to offer couples; the Mid-Ocean dining experience is wonderfully unique, transporting couples out to a private platform in the lagoon to enjoy each course of their meal as it arrives by boat.
Don’t think you are marooned from good food in the Maldives. Six Senses Laamu prides itself on its sustainability initiatives, which extend to the brilliant dining options. Centred around minimising their carbon footprint, the resort grows its own produce in its Leaf Garden to provide organic fruit, vegetables and herbs for the restaurant – they have also recently welcomed a lucky flock of 24 chickens to lay free-range organic eggs!
Another of the best places to stay in the Maldives for dining is Niyama, which boasts a fabulous selection of unique dining venues. Enjoy Asian flavours in the treetops at Nest, a Champagne breakfast in the underwater Subsix or head into Tribal’s boma for a taste of Africa – be sure to try the deep flavours of the African coffee after your meal!
Soneva Fushi features an extra-special dining experience. Sobah’s Restaurant is located on an uninhabited island, which guests can reach by speedboat. Seating just 18 guests for dinner at any one time, the restaurant is named after its chef, Chef Sobah, who forages and catches his own ingredients by hand for every dish. After dinner, the resident astronomer will draw an end to the evening with a tour of the starry night sky.
The luxurious surroundings of the Maldives make a perfect setting to be pampered in the spa. If wellness is high on your agenda, then go to Six Senses Laamu to find an array of treatments, experts and practitioners at your disposal. With treatment rooms set in thatched ‘nests’, cocooned by the natural vegetation, there are holistic therapies and Ayurvedic treatments, plus aerial yoga with soothing views of the ocean.
The adults-only Huvafen Fushi boasts the claim of possessing the world’s first underwater spa, offering an ethereal escape in which to unwind with a facial or massage – if you have overdone it in the sun, the Huvafen Sun Repair treatment cocoons you in cooling aloe and cucumber clay to nourish dry skin. Jumeirah Vittaveli, meanwhile, is home to the award-winning Talise Spa. Along with an extensive list of treatments, including a fabulous selection of pre- and post-sun boosters, there is a selection of bathing therapies to help you relax with fragrances and mineral-rich waters.
Four Seasons Resorts Maldives at Kuda Huraa is another of the best places to stay in the Maldives for spa lovers. The only spa in the Maldives to be set on its own private isle, wind down for the evening with a Night Spa ritual under a blanket of stars or strengthen your core with a stand-up paddleboard yoga session, before rebalancing your body with reiki or reflexology sessions.
…For Diving and Snorkelling
The Maldives is one of the best places in the world for diving and snorkelling, offering beautifully clear waters filled with marine life and coral reefs. Six Senses Laamu is perfect for underwater explorers, with the resort’s own Deep Blue Divers PADI-certified diving centre, where a team of ten instructors can lead you down to the House Reef to meet friendly Green Turtles or to Manta Point to see the Manta Rays. The programme has also been listed as 100% AWARE by Project Aware for Six Senses’ commitment to marine conservation.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru boasts a host of marine adventures. Known worldwide for being one of the best places to stay in the Maldives for diving, the PADI Five Star IDC Centres in the resort allow you to delve into the Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve to see huge shoals of fish, turtles, dolphins and much more. You can join the Manta Ray Scientist for a Day experience to free-dive among these gentle ocean giants, while children can head to the Marine Discovery centre to help transplant coral frames and learn to snorkel in the Coral Garden. You can also board the DeepFlight Submarine for a unique underwater encounter!
COMO Maalifushi is also great for diving in the Maldives. As the only resort to open in the Thaa Atoll, the resort offers the perfect castaway experience, where you can take a guided catamaran or kayak snorkelling trip, enjoy an aqua safari with a marine biologist or experience unique UV night snorkelling, among much more. For families not quite ready to take the plunge, Jumeirah Vittaveli has the perfect solution – the Semi-Submarine is half submerged 1.3 metres below the water, allowing you to see the kingdom below with ease.
…For Barefoot Luxury
If you want to get away from it all and enjoy undisturbed island life, you can’t do much better than the Maldives. As the home of barefoot luxury, here you can find the best places to kick off your shoes and simply relax.
Amilla Fushi, which translates as ‘my island home’, offers tranquil villas set along the beach or over the sparkling lagoon, perfect for an intimate hideaway. Next to the pool is the Bazaar, which is the social hub of the island, where you can enjoy casual cuisine before sinking your toes into the sand. At COMO Maalifushi, you can hideaway amid the tropical greenery and cobalt lagoon and relax in your stylish suite, designed by Japanese architect, Koichiro Ikebuchi. You can also take a castaway picnic, enjoy an island barbecue or head out to visit the village of a nearby island.
Soneva Fushi is one of the best places to stay in the Maldives if you want the quintessential island hideaway. Certified by Positive Luxury for its commitment to environmental responsibility, the luxury villas are created from natural wood and stone. While here, you can cycle the pathways, dine with your feet in the sand, gaze at the stars at the observatory or watch a film on the beach at the Maldives’ first open-air cinema. For ultimate seclusion, Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah boasts an incredible location, allowing you to have an entire seven-bedroom retreat, all to yourself.
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