Discover the ultimate Maldives holiday with these incredible resorts

With convenient deals and secluded stays, there has never been a better time to plan a Maldives holiday.

With its stretches of white sand flanking the turquoise Indian Ocean and stilted waterfront villas, the Maldives is all about luxury and a connection with nature. With more than a thousand islands and 26 coral atolls brimming with marine life, the reasons to visit the Maldives are unending. 

Paradise with a mindful touch at JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa

Located on Vagaru Island, Shaviyani Atoll, this luxurious five-star resort is a mesmerising destination for your next Maldives holiday.  JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa focuses on holistic wellbeing and enriching, thoughtfully curated experiences. Indulge in a rejuvinating treatment at Spa by JW, or take a private yoga class.  The resort boasts a curated collection of beach and overwater villas, all with private pools, spacious decks and personalised butler service.

You’ll be spoilt for choice with five dining venues, three full-service bars and a wine room boasting over 1,200 labels. Or take in the sunset and dine with your feet in the sand at your own private beach dinner.  Travelling with little ones is even easier as the resort has one of the largest kids’ clubs in the Maldives. Here, kids can enjoy a range of activities including beach olympics, nature walks and pizza making. 

A secluded luxury Maldives holiday experience at W Maldives

Looking for absolute privacy and repose? Discover the secluded W Maldives island resort on the North Ari Atoll.  The five-star resort is available for complete island buyout, allowing access to 77 stunning villas, each with a private plunge pool and sundeck. Or book your own slice of this blissful paradise with a choice of overwater or beachfront villas.

The heart-shaped island playground also features six creative gourmet dining venues and lounge bars. Here, you’ll savour the freshest seafood, elegant cocktails and vibrant Maldivian cuisine. Glide beside reef sharks at the house reef, one of the Maldives’ best. Make the most of the complimentary snorkelling gear and embark on a marine biologist-led snorkelling excursion catered to all levels.

The private W Maldives island resort

For a taste of both island and ocean life, the luxurious two-cabin ESCAPE yacht is ready to set sail. The private vessel is perfect for daytime adventures, dive trips, overnight escapes and exclusive airport transfers.  Relax in the overwater treatment rooms at the AWAY Spa, or get your heart racing with windsurfing, jet skis and parasailing.

Escape to Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

Just a scenic 15-minute speedboat ride from the airport, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is a haven for those who favour convenient travel. Set amid lush vegetation on the private Furanafushi Island, this hideaway is enriched by enchanting views and manicured gardens. The resort has something for everyone, with two freshwater pools, a tennis court, 24-hour gym and plenty of on-island activities.

Sheraton’s signature Side-by-Side Family Program has enough educational activities and beachfront crab races to keep kids entertained for days.  For adventure lovers, there’s watersports, sunset dolphin cruises and a coral propagation project to fill your Maldives holiday itinerary. 

At night, find rest in one of the resort’s deluxe rooms, charming cottages and villas or indulgent water bungalows. Sample culinary delights from seven restaurants and bars offering a range of cuisines from Asian to Mexican and Mediterranean.

Relax on overwater decks at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
Aerial view of Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

Experience a Maldives holiday with a difference at the Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

Nestled on a beautiful coral island of the Baa Atoll, the Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is a wellness oasis. Baa Atoll is the first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site in the Maldives, home to extraordinary and thriving reefs. This bucket-list dream for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts is the perfect destination for your next Maldives holiday. The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort presents a distinct eco-friendly design with uninterrupted ocean and pristine turquoise lagoon views. There are 70 spacious villas to choose from, all designed by award-winning architects from the Italian PEIA Association.

Heavenly Spa by Westin offers an impressive range of body treatments, massages, relaxing facials and natural beauty treatments. Relax and rejuvinatre with ritual therapies and sensory experiences. Too relaxed to journey to the spa? There’s also the option of in-room treatments, complete with a soothing mineral bath to unwind.

Main pool at the Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Maldives Image: LUX* South Ari Atoll
Image: LUX* South Ari Atoll

Located on the picture-perfect island of Dhidhoofinolhu, LUX* South Ari Atoll is everything you’d expect from a 5-star resort in the Maldives. This large resort, lined with palm trees and surrounded by waters of a shallow lagoon, feels almost like it’s own village. Free bicycles are supplied to get around, and a large golf buggy does a never-ending loop around the island to take you from one end to the other. There are 193 private villas, some of which are the dreamy overwater bungalows that come with their own infinity pools. The vibe here is a funky, yet relaxed with DJ tunes in the background. The dining options at LUX* are endless, much like the options for water sports. And if you choose to go snorkelling or scuba diving, be sure to keep an eye out for the atoll’s resident whale sharks. Read our full review here.

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa

Image: Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives
Image: Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives

Less than 20 minutes away from Velana International Airport by speedboat, Centara Ras Fushi Resort awaits with its idyllic beaches, crystal clear lagoon and romantic setting. Located in North Malé Atoll, Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives is an adults-only retreat that is ideal for couples and honeymooners. Accommodation is in beachside or overwater villas, with the white sand beach and blue lagoon a perfect playground for beach games, snorkelling and water sports. Some of the Maldives best dive sites are less than half an hour away, and some of the top surf breaks such as Chickens, Ninjas, Sultans, Honkys and Tombstones are also close by. The best time to surf is between May and November, with waves ranging from one to over two metres.

Club Med Finolhu Villas

Maldives Club Med Finolhu Villas
Image: Club Med Finolhu Villas Maldives

The days when Club Med resorts were for family fun only are long gone. Gasfinolhu Island is the private setting for Club Med’s eco-chic villas reserved for couples only. The focus is on eco-friendly luxury living, with tasteful modern interiors, large outdoor terraces and plunge pools. You’ll have the choice between overwater bungalows with direct access to the sea or a beach villa with its own private seafront. There is also an organic spa on site, along with several bars and restaurants, but if you’re looking for the more boisterous Club Med culture, they’ve got you covered too. Club Med Kani resort is just a five-minute speedboat ride away.

Soneva Jani

Soneva Jani Image: Burak Issevan

Luxury resort Soneva Jani was voted one of the ‘Decade’s Best New Luxury Hotel’ by LTI – Luxury Travel Intelligence, in 2019. Inspired by a word that means ‘wisdom’ in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani encompasses a collection of water villas and island sanctuaries. Set within a lagoon of crystal clear waters, it is fringed by pristine beaches and blanketed in lush tropical greenery. The villas offer uninterrupted ocean views and a luxurious castaway experience thanks to the beautiful designs and ultimate privacy. While you’re there you can enjoy stargazing at the overwater Observatory, sunset dolphin cruises, movies on the beach, or a private breakfast prepared on the seashore.

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Image: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Located in North Huvadhoo, one of the largest natural atolls in the world, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa offers guests a completely secluded resort experience. The unique location, away from the teeming atolls of the north, blesses its guests with a pure Maldivian experience with a natural white beach and azure lagoon housing a 360° house reef. The careful and seamless integration of environment, culture and modern design have earned the resort a certification for both design and construction by EarthCheck and a Gold Certification by Green Globe for its sustainability efforts. There are 50 private land and water villas to choose from, each designed with the utmost comfort in mind while featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that lead out to a private deck. Some are also fitted with a personal plunge pool and direct access to the beach. Spend your days partaking in the various water activities organised by the resort’s  5-star PADI Dive and Activity Centre or indulge in beauty and wellness offerings at The Vidhun Spa.

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