The Maldives must feature on everyone’s bucket list! Why? It’s one of the most sought-out luxury destinations thanks to its stunning location and amazing experiences on offer. Turquoise waters, beaming sunshine and lavish villas built on water… what’s there not to love about the Maldives?
These set of islands are the perfect location for a couples getaway, especially those on their honeymoon. But adventure seekers who love to explore new surroundings will have a great time here too. Of course, the Maldives are fit for family holidays, with many resorts offering plenty of facilities for the little ones and all inclusive benefits. So, whoever you decide to travel with, there is a wide variety of top resorts to choose from. But we’ve picked out our top 10 favourites for your Maldives holiday, which will surely not disappoint.
Located in the South Ari Atoll, this resort boasts beachfront accommodation only a 25-minute plane ride from Malé International Airport. Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa has 112 villas over water and suites engulfed by the beautiful natural surroundings of the island.
One of the great things about this resort is that it caters for children as well as adults. So, it’s a fantastic choice for families as well as couples. In fact, it has been voted as the most family-friendly resort in the Maldives twice and there’s no wonder why. The little ones have their very own pool, kid-friendly water sports and beach games as well as Kids’ Club visits to Camp Safari and E-Zone.
There are six restaurants and bars offering a range of cuisine and exotic cocktails. The Coral Bar & Lounge includes games and pool tables for a bit of relaxing fun. It also serves ice cream in the afternoons which the children will surely enjoy. In addition, there is plenty more on offer at Centara Grand Island Resort including an oceanfront spa, infinity pool, tennis courts, motorised and non-motorised water sports and a PADI dive centre.
With a stay at the Anantara Kihavah, you’ll be based in the Maldives’ Baa Atoll and surrounded by beautiful shades of blue waters. In fact, the resort is located within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, so you’ll well and truly be holidaying in paradise.
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas offers a world of unique experiences to its visitors. Whether it’s snorkelling with the manta rays, wining and dining in an underwater restaurant or stargazing at SKY Bar (the Maldives first ever over water observatory).
On top of that, stay in luxurious villas overlooking crystalline waters with a private pool. Plus, spot hawksbill turtles as you snorkel along nearby reefs, start your day off with soothing yoga and enjoy a sunset cruise with your loved one.
The Dusit Thani Maldives Resort is situated on Mudhdhoo Island in the Baa Atoll – the first and only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in the world. The resort is fantastically located, only 35-minutes away from Malé by seaplane, 25-minutes via a domestic flight and 10 minutes by sea boat from Dharavandhoo Airport.
Thanks to its wonderful location within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, diving or snorkelling is a must-do activity at Dusit Thani Maldives. Aside from that, you can walk along the golden shores of the resort or take a dip in the infinity pool.
Kids are more than welcome at the Dusit Thani Resort! They can spend some of their time at the Baan Sanook Kids’ Club where they can have fun with other children with a range of activities. Whilst they’re face painting and out on nature walks, the adults can spend some time in the spa or cruising around on a bike ride.
The 4-star Kuredu Island Resort & Spa is situated within the Lhaviyani Atoll, only a 35-minute seaplane ride from Malé.
There are a fantastic range of facilities at the resort making it perfect for those in need of relaxation with a mix of adventure. The tranquil waters of the Indian Ocean are right on your doorstep boasting a whole host of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Experience the thrills on a jet ski, witness the stunning coral reefs and marine life by snorkelling or test your skills on the golf driving range.
There are tons of other features great for the whole family at Kuredu Island Resort & Spa. Children between the ages 3 and 12 will have more than enough to do thanks to Max’s Mermaids & Pirates Kids’ Club. Plus, with 14 restaurants and bars at the resort, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to meal times!
Based on the island of Fonimagoodhoo in the Baa Atoll, the Reethi Beach Resort will surely cater to all your holiday needs in the Maldives.
Transport yourself to this paradise with golden shores backed by swaying palms. Tropical villas which open out onto the beach and tons of exciting activities to do. The Reethi Beach Resort Maldives doesn’t disappoint when it comes to watersports. In fact, there is a wide variety from windsurfing to scuba diving. Plus, with the resort’s PADI dive centre available, you can enjoy professional training and guidance as you explore a number of house reefs.
If relaxation is more your aim, the Coconut Spa is on hand to help you unwind. Indulge in a range of treatments as you make the most of all the resort has to offer. On the other hand, there are five restaurants to chose from during your stay, so you’ll be pleased to know there is a tasty range of cuisine on offer.
The Meeru Island Resort & Spa is situated on Meerufenfushi Island. It offers a range of facilities and comfortable accommodation, perfect for couples as well as families.
Villas at the Meeru Island resort are spacious and relaxing, especially the rooms which feature a Jacuzzi. But when you’re not kicking it back in the comfort of your very own villa, there are plenty of experiences to be had around the resort. These include a swim in the beachfront swimming pool, dinner on the beach and kayaking in the surrounding lagoon. Of course, it wouldn’t be the Maldives if you didn’t have the opportunity to snorkel and scuba dive too!
The Kids’ Club and Teens Club is great for those between the ages of 3 and 17, as they’ll be kept busy during their holiday with a range of fun arts and crafts and active days out. Whilst they’re taken care of, perhaps you’d rather pamper yourself in the Duniye Spa or indulge in a cocktail or two at one of the resort’s bars.
The Baa Atoll’s Soneva Fushi Maldives villas are not only stunning, but they offer visitors a unique tropical vibe too. Soneva Fushi adds a nice touch to their accommodation, providing guests with sunset side villas and sunrise side villas.
Both sides still have lovely white sand beaches and turquoise waters, but they also have some differences too. The sunset side is perfect for possible dolphin watching and seeing the surroundings including the nearby island. Whilst the sunrise side offers more privacy and tranquil views.
The Soneva Fushi resort has a variety of wonderful experiences that are made ten times better when you’re in the Maldives. Try an astronomical dinner cruise which includes a four-course meal whilst analysing the wonders of the night time sky. Make the most of a Robinson Crusoe Castaway experience as you’re taken to a nearby uninhabited island for some alone time. Or spend the evening with the kids during a private cinema experience.
Whether it’s for romantic escapes or once in a lifetime experiences, the Komandoo Maldives Island Resort is great for all around fun and relaxation. With villas over the water and beach villas too, you choose the scenery you wish to wake up to!
It’s easy to fall in love with Komandoo Maldives Island Resort for a number of reasons. It’s gorgeous location, the tranquil sounds of the Indian Ocean washing up on shore and of course its wide range of activities. Enjoy a day-time date with your loved one at the Duniye Spa as you indulge in organic and holistic treatments.
After you’ve spent the day scuba diving, playing tennis or easing tension in a yoga session, enjoy the evenings with live entertainment. From live music to cultural dance shows, it’s all going on at the Komandoo Maldives Island Resort.
The island of Dhidhoofinolhu is the home of LUX South Ari Atoll, where 193 villas line the powder-white sands of the island and are stilted in the blue lagoon. Accommodation at the resort also provides sunset facing and sunrise facing villas.
The 5-star PADI dive centre is the place to be for your chance to explore the depths of the Maldives’ ocean. Plus, with whale sharks and other marine life on offer, snorkelling also provides you with the opportunity to enjoy all that the Maldives’ lagoons and waters have to offer.
The LUX South Ari Atoll has two infinity pools, tennis courts, a Technogym fitness centre and a wellness centre, home to invigorating and revitalising treatments. Plus, with eight restaurants and five bars available, enjoy a host of tasty international flavours and refreshing cocktails.
The very first resort in the Maldives, the Kurumba resort boasts top-notch facilities and breath-taking natural scenery.
There are four outdoor pools with two exclusively for children, the Majaa Kids’ Club, a cinema room, two floodlit tennis courts and games area. On top of that, you can enjoy a range of experiences at Kurumba Maldives. These include cocktail master classes, Maldivian cooking demonstrations, sunset reef fishing, dolphin discovery cruises amongst many more.
You’ll have the usual scuba diving sites and water sports activities available to you. As well as eight restaurants, three bars, Maldivian cultural activities and evening entertainment too.