Whether you’re looking for a post-snorkelling refresher or an exotic nightcap to enjoy under the sparkling sky, the Maldives has the cocktail of your holiday dreams.
In addition to its beautiful blue lagoons and white-sand beaches, the Maldives is known for its signature cocktails, each uniquely crafted by exceptional bartenders across the islands. The best cocktails often include local tropical fruits and spice blends, which many resorts use to create their own craft cocktails, as well as a few classics like margaritas and mojitos. Here’s where to find the best cocktails in the Maldives.
Sunset Bar at InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort
Sunset Bar at the beautiful InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort offers an incredible selection of craft cocktails that will please every taste or whim. Located on the stunning Maamunagau Island in Raa Atoll, this bar boasts the ideal location for indulging in some delicious cocktails. Sunset Bar serves up an extensive selection of classic and creative concoctions, all centred around the flavours of champagne while being perched above the idyllic waters of the Maldives.
The talented bar staff expertly create cocktails that embody a truly unique experience. Whether you're looking for something light and refreshing or bold and complex, fruity and fizzy or as sweet as sugar, you’ll find it here. They also have a lavish imported champagne selection that boasts some of the finest and most exclusive bubbles from around the world. Sip deliciously vibrant cocktails on the serene dockside loungers while you watch the sky change from day to night.
Glow at Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali
Glow at the exotic Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali serves up refreshing cocktails and delectable eats all day long. Located on the stunning private Olhahali Island, Glow is a chic bar area with a lounge, cabanas, an infinity pool and sweet views of the nearby lagoon. At night, the pool is lit up as soft tunes create a romantic yet laid-back vibe.
Expert mixologists use locally sourced ingredients and draw on tropical flavours and Asian influences to create unique combinations of the freshest, most robust and most flavourful cocktails. Choose from an array of cocktail classics or inventive contemporary signature mixes, or have your mixologists create something unique based on your desired taste. There is a plethora of heavy and heady or light and spritzy options, so whatever your taste, you’ll find your ideal cocktail.
By the Bar at Soneva Fushi
By the Bar at the glorious Soneva Fushi Resort is said to have some of the best cocktail selections in the Maldives. This true island sanctuary is located in Baa Atoll’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, meaning it’s a genuine, unspoiled paradise with awe-inspiring views that can be seen from By the Bar.
This paradise for cocktail aficionados has a carefully curated menu utilising the freshest ingredients to create delicious, complex flavours. There’s something here to satisfy any taste: we recommend the delectable ‘Coco Jazz’, with Bacardi Coco Rum, passion fruit, almond syrup and fresh lime juice. The bar staff are passionate about mixology, and they’re a great resource if you need help choosing the perfect drink.
In fact, if you have your own creative concoction in mind, they’ll be happy to make it just for you. The huge selection of liquors, liqueurs, and other ingredients can be combined in countless mouthwatering variations. Indulge in your favourite classic or unique creation while relaxing on extremely comfortable seating rough-hewn with local timber and admiring the crystal waters.
Chill Bar at Six Senses Laamu
The phenomenal Chill Bar at Six Senses Laamu is certainly a visitor favourite, with a multitude of five-star reviews for its ambrosial cocktails and paradisiacal setting. Located on the glorious Olhuveli Island, Laamu Atoll, this multi-level overwater bar is the perfect place for after-dive drinks and watching the sunset turn the water into a vibrant pink.
The bar – which is located metres away from the house reef – is staffed by highly-skilled mixologists who have a passion for turning fresh exotic fruit, premium spirits and innovative garnishes into exquisite flavour profiles that will make your mouth water. Accompanying the tantalising cocktails is a Vietnamese menu, other enticing drinks and incredible views over the azure ocean. With a resident DJ helping you relax, let your worries melt away with one of the classic or signature cocktails, like a ‘Ready, Set, Chill’, which is a spectacular blend of cognac, bourbon, Dom Benedictine, coffee cigar bitters and a delightful chocolate treat. Whether you’re feeling adventurous or just want a familiar classic to wind down the day, there is always something for everyone here.
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