13 luxury hotels in the Maldives

Much loved for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs tourism, the Maldives is also famous for its luxury hotels. Here's our pick of the best.

Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa
Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa

NB/ This article has been modified since its publication on 30 January 2019 when it was titled 10 new hotel openings in the Maldives

Much loved by tourists for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs tourism, the Maldives has been steadily growing and recent figures reveal that it is 7.9% up on the same time last year. To accommodate the influx of holidaymakers more than 25 resorts have opened since 2013.

Some of the more recent openings include Fushifaru Maldives, Reethi Faru and Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort.

Here we include some of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives, from old faithfuls to brand new openings.


1. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

The Spa Retreat on Rangali Island (c) Justin Nicholas

Opened in 1997

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island opened in 1997 as Hilton Maldives Resort and Spa, and was rebranded in 2007 as part of their high-end luxury collection of Conrad Hotels and Resorts. The resort is committed to sustainable hospitality; encouraging their guests to make smart eco choices and pledging to eliminate the use of plastic on the property. There are two outdoor infinity pools, two award winning spas, a 24-hour gym and 12 restaurants and bars. Conrad Maldives are also proud trailblazers: opening the world’s first undersea restaurant and more recently, the world’s first undersea residence, The Muraka.