best resorts in the Maldives


The Park Hyatt Hadahaa has a strikingly modern and beautiful design, situated on a private island 55 km north of Equator and in one of the world’s deepest atolls. With only 50 villas, the minimalist interior is equipped with the most comfortable and luxurious, whether in the tropical characteristics (three villas), just steps from the sea or raised above sea level (8 villas in total). The apartments are very comfortable. All villas have floor-to-ceiling windows and all the comforts that you might expect, some beach villas with an additional luxury of a swimming pool (but there is no private pool in overwater villas). The resort is set in one of the most untouched house reefs in the archipelago, offering easy access to explore the Indian Ocean’s underwater wonderlands.


The South Male atoll is a resort with only 33 overwater suites and villas located on the COMO Cocoa Island. Every room has a private terrace that takes you to the watery expanse and horizon in the second and it is inspireder by dhoni boats — the slightly curving timber vessels that fishing local fishers use. The land itself is surrounded by spectacular clear waters, consisting of live coral reefs and sand bars that distinguish the natural ecosystem. The resort offers a number of private dining experiences across the island for a private dinner with your partner. Activities like snorkelling for sharks, snorkelling for catamarans, or cruising at sunset can take place near the island. A whole array of holistic Asian therapies are offered by COMO Shambhala retreat for a more calm time.


Located within the Noonu Atoll Islands collection, Velaa Private Island is elegantly placed to take in enchanting views of the cerulean ocean. The resort’s name comes from the generations of sea turtles who flock to nest and hatch, with 45 private villas, some of them overwater. A personal butler is included in every villa. All services available can be customised to your individual requirements and everybody’s attention to detail is flawless: deserve pavements in Jordan, Indonesian flowers, Borneo wood panelling and brilliant Italian marble. The resort also contains a Romantic Pool Residence, only accessible by boat, which allows even more exclusive accommodations.


Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy’s ultraluxe hotel refers to the Noonu Atoll as the home of a handful of virgin green islands (some of which man-made) protected by a wide coral reef from the ocean. The islands mix palm trees, tropical flowers, the banks of white sand, the pristine turquoise waters and the reef. 46 island, water and garden villas in neutral colours and tones complement the open design of the space offer a famous, ultrachic Resort. They all have many elements of modern design, high doors and ceilings, open-air relaxation areas, an amazing private pool and pontoons along the lagoon. During their Maldivian getaway a few years ago, Cheval Blanc Randheli was the playing field of Kate and William.


When it was opened in 2005, the luxurious One&Only Reethi Rah resort delivered an unmistakable level of style and sophistry in the world. The resort has an extraordinary octopus with an exceptional 6 km of coastline. It has a beautiful view. The 130 spacious villas are located in a quiet position among beautiful landscapes, each occupying a secluded piece of sandy shore or private deck on crystal-clear lagoon waters onone of the North Male Atoll’s largest islands. Some of its overwater villas have recently been fitted with private pools. Guests are accustomed to the highest standards at the service and dining level. One of the most popular Hollywood celebrities is One&Only Reethi Rah.


Located on Kihavah Huravalhi, one of the pristine islands in the country, Anantara Kihavah Villas is an unforgettable experience as the aeroplane flies through a series of shining coral islands in the heart of turquoise water a 30-minute seaplane flight from Male International Airport. Either over the water with sweeping views of the sea or nestled on the private stretch of beach are the 79 spacious luxurious villas. All villas in overwater are constructed of wood-lined grooves, with high ceilings and hardwood floors. They have spacious terraces, with private swimming pools and views of the turtles in the lagoon and dolphins of the Indian Ocean. At Anantara Kihavah Villas, guests will find a range of restaurants, including amazing restaurants.


Gili Lankanfushi is a 20-minute speedboat ride to the North Malé Atoll from Malé International Airport, the capital of the Republic of Maldives. It was previously known as Soneva Gili. It is an intimate coral island in a sparkling lagoon where 45 large villa units are covered by a jetty. The resort is unique because it provides only overwater (no beach villas). The details of each villa are very careful and are built to be eco-friendly. You will live right at the edge of the water with your own private water garden and sun deck and a separate douche and an open-air pathway with a bathroom. Some of the overwater villas are completely remote from the mainland and can only be accessed by boat.


Imagine heaven. Heaven. Sands of the island of the tropics. Palms swinging. Infinite waters of turquoise. Open your eyes and you will be at Naladhu, a beautiful resort shared with its sister resorts Dhigu and Veli in a ridiculous clear lagoons. Naladhu offers a mosaic of timeless moments on the blue waters of the Indian Ocean as a “beautiful island,” and invites you to unwind in blissful isolation. The resort is very exclusive as it has just 20 villas and buildings in colonial style, each with its own private pool facing the azure Indian Ocean, unsurpassed comfort and graceful style. The ocean houses overlook the open ocean at the sunrise side of the resort. The beachhouses facing the turquoise lagoon have a greater feeling of seclusion.

By Anurag Rathod

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