Few places can match the magnitude to that of the Maldives when it comes to the ultimate holiday destinations that are both otherworldly and offering the highest level of luxury. Coral-fringed shores, crystal-white sand beaches, and the most comfortable overwater villas you could ever imagine, and it doesn’t stop there. Each resort adds its own unique touch to redefine and elevate what true luxury means. There are over 100 resorts in the Maldives, each on its own private island, and we know that these 5 are at the very top. Which one will you choose?
Embodying serenity, luxury, and harmony, Gili Lankanfushi sits on the private resort island of Lankanfushi in the North Malé Atoll and is without a doubt one of the most remarkable resorts in the Indian Ocean. This water-villa resort not only looks and feels authentic but it also seamlessly blends into the environment with its eco-friendly ethos. At Gili Lankanfushi luxury equals experience. Everything is created in a way that allows forgetting everyday worries when you stroll around barefoot on high-quality natural materials, soaking in the sun and the fresh ocean air.
There are 45 thatched-roof villas above the clear blue waters that are spacious and light. Open-air decks give immediate access to the divine lagoon and rooftop terraces with daybeds – perfect for stargazing late into the night. Unwind and let yourself be pampered in the resort spa or immerse yourself in one of the many water activities offered here – from water sports to fishing and snorkeling, there is enough to do for the whole family.
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, located on the Shaviyani Atoll, an island that is less than a mile long, embodies everything you would expect from a tropical paradise like this. It is a sophisticated and elegant all-villa resort surrounded by perfectly white beaches and stunning coral reefs. The waters are full of reef fish which creates an unforgettable snorkeling experience in the over 5-mile long house reef surrounding the resort.
The resort boasts 120 ultra-luxurious rustic-chic villas. Thatched roofs and spacious, light-filled interiors with natural material elements create perfectly harmonious spaces where time seems to stand still. Infinity pools, sun-filled terraces, open-air bathrooms – these are only some of the features that add to the impeccable feeling of a tropical sanctuary for the body and soul. The 2000 sq. meter wellness area is all about tranquility where deeply calming treatments refuel every inch of your body with much-needed harmony.
Amilla Fushi certainly stands out among other Maldive resorts, and undoubtedly – for all the right reasons. The stylish resort embraces contemporary aesthetics that you would be more used to seeing in the French Riviera than in the Indian Ocean atolls. Located in the Unesco-protected Baa Atoll, the beautifully modern, white buildings contrast with the surrounding waters and tall palm trees, and nothing says ‘island living’ better than this. The coral-fringed haven embodies comfort, luxury, and sophistication.
The cubic white villas floating above the translucent blue waters all feature beautiful and modern interiors that almost resemble a Scandinavian minimalistic feeling with hardwood elements, pastel, and Earth-tones. Large windows let in the sunlight and fresh ocean air, creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. Each villa features a private pool and a terrace for tranquil lounging in the sun. The resort’s own Javvu Spa was nominated for the World Luxury Spa Awards in 2017, and we really can’t think of a better way to unwind and treat yourself than by immersing yourself in their lush treatments.
Within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve lies the Soneva Fushi – an award-winning resort which not only embraces the Robinson Crusoe traditional vibes but also brings it to the next level by being a completely barefoot luxury resort. Its nature-inspired architecture and top-class hospitality create an atmosphere where all the world’s problems fade away – quite literally as the resort also has a no news policy. 65 thatched-roof villas surrounded by lush jungle are ideal for a romantic getaway as well as a family holiday – from private seclusion to kid-friendly facilities.
All of the villas are divided into two parts of the island – sunset or sunrise side. The sunset side offers villas with easy access to reefs and therefore are ideal for snorkeling. The sunrise-side villas are perfect for early-risers, who value privacy above anything else. Tranquil mornings with endless ocean views here are unmatched. The resort doesn’t have a communal pool, however, the vast majority of the villas do have their own.
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
It’s not possible to talk about the best hotels in the Maldives without mentioning The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. It’s a household luxury name that asks no questions, and yet the quality and outstanding opulence never cease to amaze. The stunning architecture is immediately striking and fits remarkably well into the environment without feeling overdone or forced. Elegance is weaved through every thread of this resort, and the result couldn’t be more alluring.
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort boasts 77 villas, which are divided into three categories – jungle villas in the garden, beach villas sitting on top of the pristine white beach, and ample overwater villas, which are unlike anything you’ve seen before. Facing West, these offer immaculate sunset views and calming Indian Ocean horizon as far as the eye can see. Elegant and soothing interiors in neutral tones aren’t there to overwhelm and every accent is thoroughly thought-through and the overall feeling embodies quality and excellence. From soothing spa treatments to exciting water activities, it’s all about indulging at St. Regis. Expect nothing short of the highest quality which has made this Marriott establishment so famous.