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The Top 15 Luxury Resorts in the Maldives

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When planning to visit the Maldives a holidaymaker is faced with an odd dilemma: just exactly which island resort, from over two hundred, to pick? There are few other destinations that spoil for choice quite like this one.

From simple island life to a sprawling luxury playground—we present you with fifteen properties that have one thing in common: they are the very best.

Also See : Top 10: best luxury resorts in the Maldives

Six Senses Laamu

Laamu Water Villa with pool. Six Senses Laamu, Maldives. © Six Senses Resorts & Spas

“Laamu has all the ingredients of the perfect holiday—not least of which is the resort’s genuine barefoot luxury, presented in a pure atmosphere of carefree relaxation.”—from our review of Six Senses Laamu

Our regular readers will remember that we are huge fans of the Six Senses’ concept of rustic chic. After recently visiting Six Senses Laamu, we concluded that the chain’s Maldivian outpost is perhaps the best example yet of the philosophy that masterfully combines beautiful remote locations, eco living and uncompromising luxury.

Related : Maldives resort opens over water wedding pavilion with a glass aisle

Photographs (including the leading shot at the top of the article) © Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas 

Beach picnic. Six Senses Laamu, Maldives. © Six Senses Resorts & Spas Swimming pool. Six Senses Laamu, Maldives. © Six Senses Resorts & Spas


2 One&Only Reethi Rah

Grand Water Villa with Pool. One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives. © One&Only Resorts
We love it for: Our Beach Villa with Pool. Luxurious, sleek, and offering copious amount of space in and out. We also spent few days in a Water Villa, which has a multi-level deck surrounded by lounging nets, spread over blue shallows. Occasionally, we’d dip into the calm waters, directly from the deck. Pure bliss!

Photographs above and below © One&Only Resorts

Infinity Pool. One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives. © One&Only Resorts Beach Club. One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives. © One&Only Resorts


3 Huvafen Fushi

Ocean Bungalow. Huvafen Fushi Maldives. © Per AQUUM

We love it for: Superb over-water bar for gazing at sunsets and our Ocean Bungalow with Pool. Its thatched rooftop looks rustic, but the interior is anything but, with a touch of contemporary urban loft apartment style and high-tech features to match.

 

Photographs above and below © Per AQUUM

Raw Bar. Huvafen Fushi Maldives. © Per AQUUM Ocean Pavilion. Huvafen Fushi Maldives. © Per AQUUM


4 Cheval Blanc Randheli

Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives. Travel+Style

Amanoi


We love it for: The design is more sleek, stylish and glamorous than in any other resort on this list—and the Cheval Blanc Randheli villas are simply the best in the Maldives. They are huge and stunningly beautiful, and their décor stands out with superb craftsmanship and detailing. Every single one of these sophisticated sanctuaries comes with a massive infinity pool.

 

Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives. Travel+Style Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives. Travel+Style


5 Maalifushi by COMO

Como Villa. Maalifushi by COMO, Maldives. © COMO Hotels & Resorts

We love it for: This island smells good, thanks to Shambhala, COMO’s own range of high quality cosmetics, distributed in bathrooms. Speaking of which, COMO Shambhala Spa was even better than we expected!

Photographs above and below © COMO Hotels & Resorts

Garden Suite bedroom. Maalifushi by COMO, Maldives. © COMO Hotels & Resorts Maalifushi by COMO, Maldives. © COMO Hotels & Resorts


6 Soneva Fushi

Soneva Kiri


We love it for: The villas, many designed in a “tree house” style. These beautiful hideaways and massive and well camouflaged by lush greenery. Plus, Soneva’s “no-news, no-shoes” concept it’s not just on paper: you are likely to go barefoot for the entire stay.

Photographs © Soneva.com


7 Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Pool area. Park Hyatt Maldives, Hadahaa. © Hyatt Corporation

 

We love it for: Situated in Huvadhoo, the largest and deepest atoll in the Maldives, Hadahaa offers the pure Maldivian experience of blue sea, fine powdery-sand beaches and healthy, abundant house reef—with some of the best snorkelling in the country.

Photographs © Hyatt Corporation

Park Hyatt Maldives, Hadahaa. Main pool © Hyatt Corporation Aqua Villa. Park Hyatt Maldives, Hadahaa. © Hyatt Corporation


8 W Retreat & Spa Maldives

Ocean Oasis Retreat. W Retreat & Spa Maldives. © Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

W Retreat Koh Samui


We love it for: W Retreat Maldives is perfect for anybody who appreciates a young vibe, good design and fashionable music. It’s sexy, seriously indulgent and eminently luxurious.

Photographs above and below © Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Sip Lounge. W Retreat & Spa Maldives. © Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Aerial view. W Retreat & Spa Maldives. © Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide


9 Gili Lankanfushi

We love it for: These celebrated villas-on-stilts have a real wow factor: it’s the ultimate paradise living. Ah, and also… underground chocolate cave, anyone? Just take us there already!

Photographs © HPL Hotels & Resorts

Villa Suite bedroom. Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives. © HPL Hotels & Resorts Jetty. Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives. © HPL Hotels & Resorts


10 Cocoa Island by COMO

Loft Villa. Cocoa Island - Maldives. © COMO Hotels and Resorts

We love it for: Cocoa has an atmosphere of a tiny uninhabited island. All you need to remember is to pack the swimsuit… and maybe a couple of books.

Photographs © COMO Hotels and Resorts

COMO Villa, bedroom. Cocoa Island - Maldives. © COMO Hotels and Resorts Cocoa Island - Maldives. © COMO Hotels and Resorts


11 Four Seasons Landaa Giravaaru

Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru. TravelPlusStyle.com

Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui


We love it for: You get not one resorts but two! The five-star sister property of Four Seasons, Kuda Huraa, is a private island to the south, linked by the luxury catamaran Four Seasons Explorer, which cruises between the two places. Along the way it drops anchor at exceptional dive sites, tiny uninhabited beaches and remote island communities.

Photographs © Four Seasons Hotels Limited.

Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru. TravelPlusStyle.com Four Seasons Resort at Landaa Giraavaru. TravelPlusStyle.com


12 Shangri-La Villingili

Villa Muthee. Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa. © Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

 

We love it for: To avoid cutting trees down when constructing the resort many villas were built around the trunks. Some are actually built as “tree houses”—a first in the Maldives.

Photographs © Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Villa Muthee. Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa. © Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Dine by Design. Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa. © Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts


13 Velaa Private Island

Velaa Private Island, Maldives. TravelPlusStyle.com

Song Saa Private Island


We love it for: This place is all about realising extravagant fantasies. Velaa offers a walk-in snow room (literally) in the spa, a three-person submarine, a stunning purpose-build yacht, the largest collection of wines in the Maldives, a roofed tennis court… we could go on.

Photographs © Velaa Private Island.

Velaa Private Island, Maldives. TravelPlusStyle.com Velaa Private Island, Maldives. TravelPlusStyle.com


14 Anantara Kihavah Villas

Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives, © Anantara Hotels

We love it for: The huge Over-Water Residences, which come with massage pavilions and stunning views of the ocean.

Photographs © Anantara Hotels

Over-Water Pool Villa. Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives, © Anantara Hotels Beach Pool Villa. Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives, © Anantara Hotels


15 Niyama

Water Studio. Niyama, Maldives. © Per AQUUM

 

We love it for: Quirky designs and cutting-edge ideas that include a great number of activities: 24/7 spa, the underwater nightclub, an interactive hub of remote control helicopters and buggies, weekly movie nights, and more.

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