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Ultimate Indulgence: The Maldives’ Best All-Inclusive Resorts


Escape to a place where the water is crystal clear and the drinks are free flowing with our guide to the Maldives’ best all-inclusive resorts. 

Aquamarine waters, pure-white sands and towering palm trees – the Maldives offers the ultimate indulgent escape for hedonistic honeymooners, fabulous families and everyone in between.  

While it may already feel like paradise, all-inclusive escapes dial the tranquility up a notch – from daily gourmet dining to free-flowing drinks and excellent excursions, you won’t have to worry about a thing. Here is our pick of Maldives’ best all-inclusive resorts. 

Discover more about the Maldives on the new season of Luxury Escapes: The World’s Best Holidays, airing Tuesdays 8.30pm AEST* on Foxtel Lifestyle and on demand on Binge and Network 10. *Check your local TV listings for details. 

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Drink from the wine wall: Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort  

Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, hidden among forest, a natural lake and breathtaking lagoon, will leave you wanting for nothing. Eat your heart out with unlimited a la carte dining at the three onsite restaurants and sample the flavours of the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Maldives. The fun continues at the three bars with unlimited free-flow drinks, including premium spirits and over 80 wines displayed on the dedicated wine wall. Keep hydrated with unlimited soft drinks, milkshakes, bubble tea, smoothies and fresh coffee and tea – or turn to your in-room minibar, replenished twice a day. 

It’s not just incredible dining and drinks on offer: a stay at Pullman Maldives Maamutaa resort starts and ends with an included domestic flight from Malé to Kooddoo and a speedboat from Kooddoo to the resort. During your stay, you can choose to go-go-go with an included 30-minute jet ski safari or tank dive, or take it slow-slow-slow with a 60-minute spa treatment. Get up close to nature with the resort’s selection of complimentary excursions, choosing between guided snorkelling, sunset fishing or cruising, a nature walk and marine biology presentation.  

Free-flow French Taittinger champagne: Lily Beach Resort & Spa

Castaway on the private island of Lily Beach Resort & Spa for an award-winning, all-inclusive escape that redefines island indulgence. Your stay starts when you step off the plane at Malé, where the resort team will be waiting to whisk you away via seaplane and speedboat to Lily Beach.

Premium all-inclusive dining means you’ll never go hungry, with all-day buffets, a la carte lunch and snacks, and extravagant dinners across four restaurants. There’s a drink for any hour of the day, with a free-flowing selection of cocktails, premium spirits, beers, premium wines and French Taittinger champagne by the glass, as well as juices, teas, coffees, soft drinks and daily restocks of your minibar. 

Make the most of your time in paradise with three excursions per person, per stay. Choose between coral garden snorkelling, a fishing trip and a sunset cruise, plus enjoy unlimited access to snorkelling equipment and non-motorised watersports. On land, find your zen with a group yoga class or work up a sweat at the tennis court, gym and beach volleyball court.  

Nightly sundowners: JA Manafaru

Step into a pristine paradise at the idyllic JA Manafaru, where tropical island bliss and an incredible all-inclusive concept come together to offer world-class luxury with a relaxed beachside ambience. Travel in style with included roundtrip transfers between Malé and the resort, before toasting your stay with a welcome bottle of Taittinger Brut champagne and homemade macaroons.

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are all included: wake up to breakfast at Kakuni, before indulging in a three-course à la carte lunch at either Kakuni or Andiamo Bistro. The decadence continues with daily afternoon tea, nightly sundowners and canapés at White Orchid Lounge, before finishing with a three-course a la carte dinner at one of the four restaurants onsite.  You’ll never go thirsty with a daily replenished villa bar and free-flowing drinks between 11am and 11pm – take your pick of beer, spirits, New and Old-World wines, juices, soft drinks, house cocktails and mocktails.    

Villa bicycles, morning yoga classes, tennis courts and non-motorised watersports equipment will keep everyone entertained for days on end. If that’s not enough, take advantage of a 15% discount on unique experiences, including Maldivian cooking classes and Dining by Design at ‘The Cellar’, the Maldives’ first and deepest wine cave.  

Read 6 Surprising Things About a Villa Stay at JA Manafaru, Maldives.

Seaplane transfers & upgraded dining: Finolhu 

With a guest list that includes Leonardo DiCaprio and the Beckhams, you’ll be in good company at Finolhu, an award-winning, all-inclusive luxury playground located in the heritage-listed Baa Atoll. It all kicks off with roundtrip transfers – as you step off the plane in Malé, you’ll be whisked away to the Finolhu Airport Lounge, where you can relax before your exciting seaplane adventure to the resort. Start every morning with breakfast at the ocean-facing Beach Kitchen, then choose between Beach Kitchen and Pizza Counter for lunch and dinner. Keep cool with free-flowing drinks during restaurant opening hours, with a choice of cocktails, assorted spirits, wines by the glass, soft drinks and tea and coffee.  

Three upgraded a la carte dining experiences make your escape even more memorable: enjoy one laidback lunch at Crab Shack, a beachfront dinner at Arabian Grill and a breathtaking dinner at Kanusan, where modern Asian-influenced dishes are served with a backdrop of 360-degree ocean views. Upgrade to the Premium All-Inclusive package to expand your lunch and dinner options to include all restaurants and bars, enjoy a wider selection of drinks and graze on house-made pastries, sandwiches, juices and coffee at Milk Lab. You’ll also receive a 40% discount on drinks from the Exclusive Selection and US$50 credit towards bottles of champagne or wine.  

Moonlight cruising: OBLU SELECT Sangeli 

Leave your troubles on the plane and embrace picture-perfect paradise at OBLU SELECT Sangeli, a five-star escape that offers an upgrade to an unbelievable all-inclusive SERENITY package. Look out for resort representatives at the airport, who will whisk you away to the speedboat jetty for a 50-minute ride to the resort. Your package includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Courtyard, as well as an a la carte lunch or dinner at fine-dining restaurants Simply Veg and Just Grill. Pair each meal with free-flowing spirits, wines, beers, soft drinks and water, or sip on signature cocktails at the three bars onsite. Local music and DJ nights provide the soundtrack twice a week, while live music performances entertain three times a week.  

It’s not just delicious dining on offer: excursions include a sunset fishing trip and a choice of guided snorkelling, moonlight cruise or local cultural experience. Stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, snorkelling gear and pedalos are available for the length of your stay, while weekly yoga and pilates sessions will help maintain your zen. A holistic treatment at ELE|NA Spa is the cherry on top – stay four nights for one 45-minute treatment, eight nights for two and 12 for three. 

Fine dining & free-flow drinks: Atmosphere Kanifushi

Two kilometres of endless white beach, azure waters and palm trees await at Atmosphere Kanifushi, a villa-only all-inclusive haven in the Lhaviyani Atoll. Switch into holiday mode from the moment you land – the resort team will meet you at the airport and escort you to the private lounge while you wait to hop on a seaplane to Kanifushi Island.  

Spend hours at The Spice, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served buffet style and at live cooking stations, or keep it light with à la carte lunch and snacks at The Sunset Pool Bar or Liquid. Sample authentic Sri Lankan street food at Ceylon Bliss or, for something truly special, take your pick of a fine-dining experience at either The Sunset or Just Veg, the Maldives’ first vegetarian restaurant. Signature cocktails, spirits, beers, wines, soft drinks, juices and water are free-flowing at The Spice, The Liquid, The Sunset and Just Veg, while your in-villa minibar is restocked daily, ensuring you’ll never go thirsty.  

Activities are equally as varied – cast a line on a sunset fishing trip and choose between a visit to a turtle rehab centre or historical journey to Kurendhoo Island. Explore the surrounding lagoon with unlimited use of non-motorised watersports or join guides on a snorkelling excursion, departing twice daily. Daring divers can also book two dives with a 20% discount, while spa savants can relax with a 50% discount on one couple’s massage.  

Indian Ocean’s largest floating water park: Siyam World

With the promise of endless escapades and unlimited choice, The Maldives’ newest five-star resort aims to redefine the all-inclusive concept, offering guests a holistic package with no caveats or conditions. Spread over 54 hectares in the Noonu Atoll, Siyam World is home to 14 restaurants and bars, the Indian Ocean’s largest floating water park, a world-class spa, countless wellness and sports facilities and some of the region’s best dive sites.

Savour each meal at one of the eight restaurants onsite, working your way through Thai and Indian classics, Spanish and Japanese fine dining or international buffets with live cooking stations. A medley of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options is on hand for all-day refreshments, including world-renowned wines, champagne, casual cocktails and refreshing beers. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the roaming gaadiyaa, an authentic Maldivian food cart with sweet and savoury snacks, soft drinks and tropical fruit.  

The wow factor doesn’t end here: there’s an ever-expanding collection of experiences for every type of holiday. Think sunset cruises, snorkelling safaris, pilates, yoga and aqua aerobics classes, and beach BBQs, as well as unlimited access to Siyam Water World, the Indian Ocean’s largest floating water park. Hop on an included dolphin sunset cruise or try a snorkelling safari. There’s plenty more for families, with yoga and dance classes, a Little Explorers kids’ club and the Not for Kidz teen hangout area.  

Discover more about the Maldives on the new season of Luxury Escapes: The World’s Best Holidays, airing Tuesdays 8.30pm AEST* on Foxtel Lifestyle and on demand on Binge and Network 10. *Check your local TV listings for details. 

Feature image: Lily Beach Resort & Spa.

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