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 new openings.
1Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island opened in 1997 as Hilton Maldives Resort and Spa and 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 is also proud trailblazers: opening the world’s first undersea restaurant and more recently, the world’s first undersea residence, The Muraka.
2Coco Body Hithi
Located in the North Male Atoll and just 29km (18 miles) from the capital, Coco Bodu Hithi is one of the smaller, but no less luxurious, islands in the Maldives. Owned by four local brothers, the resort is part of the Coco Collection and opened its doors to the public 2006. Every space at Coco Bodu Hithi is designed to connect you to the water, whether you are running on the treadmill, reading a book in your villa or dining at one of six restaurants. Every month the hotel takes part in a coastal cleaning of the island to collect plastic from the water and help preserve the surrounding reef from further ecological damage.
3Furaveri Island Resort & Spa
Furaveri Island Resort & Spa is a located in the Raa Atoll near “Hanifaru Bay”, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. There are 107 private villas at Furaveri, all of which are spacious and tastefully furnished. For the ultimate luxury, the two-room suite with infinity pool is a real showstopper – honeymooners often rent this for a day or two as a special treat on their trip. On the island, there is also a spa, gym, diving school, tennis court, badminton court and large outdoor pool, and guests can dine in four different restaurants.
Fushifaru Maldives goes beyond the typical confines of sun, sea and sand. Located on the eastern fringe of Lhaviyani Atoll, the island’s surrounding ocean is a nature-lover’s paradise and home to eagle rays, parrotfish and even the occasional hammerhead shark. Accommodation options at the resort include Beach Villas and Water Villas and the island also has three restaurants, including Raakani Grill, which serviced flavourful Asian delicacies and a wide range of fresh seafood. For a more private dining experience, guests can also pick a spot anywhere on the island or sandbank to enjoy a customised meal.
5Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort
Bringing stylish mid-scale accommodation to the pristine south of the Maldives, Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort provides travellers with one of the best value accommodation options. The resort has 68 villas, including 43 over the water and 25 on the beach. It is built using local materials, bright colours and stylish furniture and interiors designs, all of which reflect traditional Maldivian culture and the spirit of travel.
Translated to ‘beautiful reef’ in English, Reethi Faru is unsurprisingly surrounded by stunning white beaches, coconut groves and lush vegetation. Along with a beautiful house reef to explore, the four-star resort promises to offer guests a relaxing atmosphere, friendly service, a comprehensive selection of activities and facilities, and a tasteful choice of cuisine. Located on the compact Maldivian island of Filaidhoo in Raa Atoll, the resort will feature 150 well-furnished homely detached and semi-detached villas. All of which will be set amid tropical foliage or on stilts over the lagoon and built in a traditional style to blend perfectly into the natural beauty of the environment.
7Baglioni Resort Maldives
Italian-owned Baglioni Resort Maldives, located on Maagau in Dhaalu Atoll, offers a piece of island paradise, with a blend of sport, relaxation and mouth-watering gourmet dining. The 96-villa resort’s elegant Italian design is complemented with the Baglioni Spa, which along with a yoga pavilion, offers guests a deeply relaxing experience via a host of deluxe natural treatments in a lush, tropical setting. Meanwhile, beach volleyball, the beach gym and a range of watersports keep the more active guests entertained.
8OBLU SELECT at Sangeli
Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts has continued its ongoing expansion with the opening of another addition to its Maldives resort portfolio: OBLU SELECT at Sangeli. Located in Male Atoll, the four-star deluxe resort features 137 villas, positioned along the beach and over the water. For newlyweds, the resort plays host to exclusive overwater Honeymoon Pool Suites, situated in a separate sand bank within the Sangeli Lagoon and each providing skylight features and a private pool. Activities at the resort include music and DJ nights, sunset fishing, daily kids’ activities, and facilities include a full gymnasium and a recreation centre.
9Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives
Situated on the remote Kuredhivaru Island in Noonu Atoll, Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives is the brand’s first resort in the Maldives. The 102-unit resort provides guests with a choice of 32 Beach Villas and 70 Over Water Villas, all designed with both comfort and style in mind. While intended as a destination for relaxing and rejuvenating escapes offering a high degree of privacy, the resort also features an array of onsite recreational facilities to entertain a wide range of guests, from honeymooners to adventurous families. The waters surrounding the resort are rich in marine life and the first Marine National Park in the Maldives is just a 15-minute speedboat ride away, providing guests with excellent diving opportunities.
10Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa
Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa is first resort opening for Carpe Diem Maldives, one of the only hospitality brands in the Maldives to offer both liveaboard cruises and resort stays. Located in Raa Atoll, on one of a trio of uninhabited islands on the edge of Baa Atoll, the resort’s vast lagoon is home to 115 Pool Villas, a spa, a selection of restaurants, and a private water park of inflatable slides. The Carpe Diem name has become renowned in the travel industry for diving and leisure, and the current portfolio includes three high-end liveaboard cruises, each catering 20 guests at a time.
11LUX* North Male Atoll
Following the successful re-launch of LUX* South Ari Atoll in September 2016, LUX* Resorts opened its second resort, LUX* North Malé Atoll, in February 2019. Blessed with a pristine reef teeming with sea life, the innovative resort redefines island hospitality. A short transfer from Malé by luxury speedboat, LUX* North Malé Atoll has disrupted the mould by replacing traditional thatched villas with over-sized, penthouse residences. With sweeping ocean views and a fleet of luxury yachts, this is a one-of-a-kind escape for confirmed epicureans.
12Waldorf Astoria Maldives
Spanning three islands in the South Male Atoll, approximately 23 kilometres from Velana International Airport and about 20 minutes away from the Maldivian capital of Male, Waldorf Astoria Maldives offers travellers the best of both worlds – an exclusive, charming escape with easy access to the mainland. The Waldorf Astoria Maldives is the second hotel in the Maldives for Hilton and boasts 10 dining outlets, including nine speciality restaurants, providing guests with a selection of unique experiences.
13Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa
Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa offers 60 beach villas and 60 over the water, all including contemporary and tropical touches. The resort is located on the island of Fasmendhoo in Raa Atoll and guests can reach the island via a 40-minute scenic seaplane journey from Malé. Along with a spa and gym, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa has four restaurants, including a grill restaurant, situated on the beach, and a South American-style steakhouse.