The 10 Best Hotels in the Maldives for 2021/2022
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Escape to the world’s most exclusive and extravagant sea resorts with a stay in the Maldives. Our top 5 picks include indulgent spa escapes and private island getaways.
Quiet and tranquil thanks to its secluded palm tree forests, this resort offers charming water villas with private shoreline terraces. The island's spa is among the Maldives' most prestigious, with indulgent private treatments looking out across the sea. What’s more, the internationally-inspired restaurant serves a delectable range of fresh seafood and sumptuous spices.
Enjoy a private island escape in the only resort on Faafu Atoll. Expect world-class spa treatments, attentive staff and exotic sea views with dramatic sunsets. Featuring breathtaking water villas with a wealth of facilities on the main island, guests can wander the atoll’s sprawling vegetation and book diving excursions in the Indian Ocean.
With pearl-like beaches and pristine waters, the Residence is your very own secluded island paradise. Choose between luxurious water villas and beach-bound lodges, all of which offer unrivalled access to sun and sand. The on-site spa offers Clarins treatments and guests can also enjoy a revitalising yoga deck.
This indulgent and characterful Maldives resort is a peaceful and private getaway. With spectacular castaway-inspired beach villas offering up superb ocean views, some lodgings even come with their own private sea pools. As for facilities, you'll never forget your experience in the underwater restaurant, offering panoramic views of the azure ocean below.
From water villas to beach huts, this paradisiacal resort is renowned for its high-quality services. Enjoy sumptuous spa treatments or take to the dive centre for tours of the surrounding reef systems. The Mercure Kooddoo Resort boasts several delectable dining options, from mouth-watering gastro-pub offerings to inspired pan-Asian cuisine.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Butler service
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Luxury toiletries
- Flatscreen TVs
- Luxury bathrooms
- Spa treatments
- Swimming pools
- Waterfront bars
- Multiple dining options
The Maldives has much to offer at different times of the year. The peak tourist season is from December to February, when the weather is at its best and rain is scant and humidity low. Expect price hikes during Christmas and New Year in particular. The shoulder season from March to April is equally delightful, with good surfing in March and weather reaching its hottest. As for the low season, May to November can offer great deals but rainstorms are likely. Weather remains warm and resorts are cheaper to book - just ensure you book a resort with plenty of rainy-day activities.
The Maldives is attractive to all types of visitors. Renowned as an immensely romantic vacation spot, it’s the perfect anniversary or honeymoon escape. But it also has much to offer families as well, particularly those with adventurous kids who love the water. You’ll find a wealth of diving excursions, including deep wreckage diving and shallower reef snorkelling. If you’re looking to get away with friends, the Maldives offers excellent outdoor and water sport pursuits, as well as indulgent spa days and breathtaking bars.
- Resort hotels
- Seafront hotels
- Spa hotels
- Remote hotels
- Island resorts
- Comfortable shoes
- Evening attire
- Charging cables
- Sun cream
- Swimming costume
- Travel towel
Most guests will arrive in the Maldives via international airports in Velana, Gan or Hanimaadhoo. Once you've arrived, you'll likely be transferred to your resort via speedboat or seaplane, depending on the location. That's essentially the only way to travel around the Maldives unless you're sticking to Male. Some larger islands can be traversed by cycle, but expect a largely transport-free experience in the heart of secluded nature.
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Home to unrivalled luxury and unbeatable sandy beaches, the Maldives is a dream destination. With so many resorts to choose from, it's best to pick something that caters to you specifically. Looking for spa treatments, water sports, surfing or glamorous dinners at sunset? There's plenty of choice out there for a holiday of a lifetime.
Many visitors only glimpse Male from the window of a plane before hurrying to their resort. If you can, take some time to explore this vibrant capital with its fascinating sights and sounds. From bustling markets of fresh produce and seafood to the must-visit National Museum, Male has much to offer in terms of atmosphere.