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Most Luxurious Retreats in the Maldives


Explore the plethora of opulent resorts that proudly call this gorgeous South Asian archipelago home.

The Maldives is a favourite hotspot for luxury resorts due to its stunning white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, lush flora and vast coral reefs full of colourful sea life. Whether you’re looking for an exotic honeymoon, a luxurious family holiday or a romantic getaway, the Maldives has a range of resorts to fulfil all your expectations. 

Below are our top picks for most luxurious resorts. They all come with exquisite dining including destination dining, fitness centres or wellness activities like yoga and personal training, as well as amazing spa experiences that will leave you feeling like you’re walking on clouds. Despite their similarities, they are all unique and offer their own set of luxurious experiences. So which will you choose?

Soothing Six Senses Laamu

As one of only a couple of resorts located in the remote Laamu Atoll, the spellbinding Six Senses Laamu offers complete privacy and tranquility, surrounded by impossibly clear blue waters and pristine, powdery-white beaches. This eco-resort is the base of the award-winning Maldives Underwater Initiative (MUI) marine conservation project, so your stay here will contribute to the well-being of the Maldivian environment.  

The resort’s overwater or beachside villas are gorgeous, designed to look and feel like traditional tropical huts with thatched roofs and timber everywhere. The overwater villas feature glass bathtubs and coffee table areas from which you can view the ocean below. The Robinson Cruso-esque architecture is carried through to the amazing restaurants and bars, with hewn wood decks and natural interiors. Indulge yourself in gourmet Maldivian, Mediterranean, Japanese Omakase or International cuisine at one of the three restaurants, or grab a drink at the overwater bar.

The resort offers a plethora of exciting activities besides those mentioned above. Explore the area, do some wine-tasting, cocktail creating or chocolate experience. Participate in some ancient rituals, spot dolphins on a sunset cruise or enjoy a glass of bubbly at the cinema under the stars. Be treated like royalty at the spa with a personalised treatment journey that will leave you feeling rested, healthy and beautiful.

Mesmerising InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau

From the moment you step onto the shores of Raa Atoll, you’ll be mesmerised by the sapphire Indian Ocean, powdery sands and serene atmosphere of the beautiful InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort. This all-inclusive, five-star resort has exclusive access to the nearby UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and manta ray sanctuary, where you can swim with or even adopt these peaceful creatures. 

Each luxurious beach, lagoon or overwater villa is equipped with its own infinity pool, wide terraces and stunning views of the Indian Ocean, even from your bathtub. This gorgeous thatch-roofed accommodation is decked out with modern fittings and decor, giving a warm, sumptuous feeling. The resort’s six restaurants and bars will delight you with Mediterranean, International and seafood fusions made from local, seasonal produce and served in gorgeous scenic settings, including a lighthouse. 

If you love the beach and water, you’re in for a treat here. You can explore nearby islands, spot dolphins and whales on a cruise, swim with the local manta rays and turtles, or dive to see some of the most colourful coral reefs in the world. Burn off some energy at the gym, then head over to the exquisite award-winning spa for a rejuvenating experience by amazing therapists in one of the six picturesque spa villas.

Incomparable COMO Maalifushi

The glorious COMO Maalifushi is a luxurious hideaway situated in the Thaa Atoll. Surrounded by powder-white beaches, jungle-covered mangroves and a crystal-clear lagoon, the architecturally-designed COMO Maalifushi is the epitome of a luxury paradise, with a huge number of activities that will create beautiful memories and ultimate relaxation.

Japanese architect Koichiro Ikebuchi has designed the resort’s scenic beachside and overwater villas to be eco-friendly and authentic representations of the Maldivian culture. The bright, high-ceilinged spaces have teak floors, thatched roofs, huge floor-to-ceiling windows, outdoor showers and spacious entertainment areas, among other spectacular features. The luxury extends to the three restaurants, which serve fresh, local seafood, Maldive favourites, Japanese and International delicacies, as well as healthy COMO Cuisine classics and creative cocktails, all in stunning surroundings. 

The resort boasts an array of unique activities and experiences such as castaway picnics, underwater photography guides, whale shark night snorkelling, romantic dhoni cruises and cultural experiences that provide an insight into the local way of life. Visit the fitness centre, yoga pavilion and tranquil meditation areas, steam, sauna and jacuzzi for a break. The spa’s eight overwater treatment rooms are ideal for a full immersion into wellness for mind, body and soul. 

Truly the One&Only Reethi Rah

The magical One&Only Reethi Rah resort is located on one of the largest unspoiled islands in the North Male Atoll. This jewel of a resort is 110 acres of tropical paradise, lush green foliage and twelve dazzling white beaches, plus the three creative pools that make this an idyllic location for water lovers. 

The classy accommodation options at One&Only Reethi Rah are beautifully appointed, featuring a mix of modern and traditional decor, as well as huge outdoor areas and floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. Opt between overwater or beachside villas, many with private pools. There are six restaurants and two bars – all with breathtaking scenery –  serving spectacular cuisine from the Maldives, Japan, the Mediterranean and more. Many of the fresh ingredients are sourced from the resort’s own organic gardens, creating a flavour journey like nothing you’ve ever experienced. 

Because Reethi Rah is so large, there are plenty of opportunities for exploring your surroundings by foot, bike or air. You can also explore the underwater world with scuba and snorkelling experiences. Get back on land with tennis, badminton, volleyball, pétanque, rock climbing, and other wellness activities. Indulge in watsu, yoga, meditation and some of the most relaxing spa treatments ever. There’s nothing too difficult for the friendly and dedicated staff, so just ask and they’ll help you live your best life.

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