From havens of wellness to romantic honeymoon escapes and family-friendly resorts, the Maldives has more diversity than you might expect.
When postcard-perfect beauty and unparalleled luxury come together, there's one place that immediately springs to mind – the Maldives. It’s not just the untouched white-sand beaches or the spectacular Indian Ocean views that people are here for: it’s the glamorous, five-star resorts that elevate this tropical paradise above any other destination.
From secluded romantic sanctuaries to gourmet food havens and family-friendly vacation spots, there’s a Maldives resort for every type of traveller. Read on to discover the perfect Maldives resort for you.
Best for Families: Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives
A true Maldives family holiday wouldn’t be complete without a fun-filled entertainment program, especially for the kids. Luckily, you’ll be able to experience all that and more at Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives, a stunning resort offering all sorts of watersports, boat cruises and snorkelling trips out in the Indian Ocean. Children will be beyond enchanted by the resort’s Oceaneer's Club, with a large variety of activities designed to keep them stimulated. They can learn to shake up a mocktail, embark on a turtle adventure with a professional marine biologist and play to their heart’s content with supervised snorkelling and kayaking expeditions.
Ready to escape? Check out our exclusive Finolhu offer here with all-inclusive dining, drinks and seaplane transfers from Male.
Best for Wellness: Alila Kothaifaru Maldives
Take a much-needed breather at the tranquil Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, designed in harmony with the abundant nature surrounding it. Start each day with a sunrise morning yoga session, before being pampered in the treetop Spa Alila. Nestled in the leafy canopy, this indulgent spa features four double treatment suites, all equipped with private bathrooms, showers, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Offering beauty rituals inspired by ancient healing techniques and traditional Balinese massages, this truly is a place to soothe your body and mind. For those wanting to enhance their own massage skills, a holistic massage workshop is offered – an inventive way to create a deeper bond with your partner.
Best for Honeymooners: JA Manafaru
Presented as the World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort at the World Travel Awards 2021, the romantic JA Manafaru is the ultimate luxury getaway for a little privacy and seclusion post-wedding. Soak in magnificent sunset views from your private pool villa, complete with direct access to the pristine beach and the Indian Ocean. Check out the seven world-class dining venues, or if you don’t want to leave your intimate bubble, you can even dine in-villa.
For an ultra-romantic touch, arrange a private destination dining experience across the ocean, or explore local or deserted islands with a sunset dolphin-watching cruise. Could there be a more perfect way to kick off a blissful marriage?
Best for Foodies: LUX South Ari Atoll
For the food enthusiasts out there, LUX South Ari Atoll is the ultimate Maldives resort to indulge your epicurean cravings. Start your gastronomic exploration of the resort’s eight restaurants and five bars with chic Japanese cuisine supplemented with fresh, locally caught seafood and the finest sake and whisky. Next is a selection of fiery Southeast Asian dishes served up at an overwater bar, which promise to awaken your tastebuds with explosions of spice. Take a detour to the Mediterranean, featuring comforting Italian and traditional Southern European recipes. Last but not least, the resort’s main restaurant, MIXE, combines the best of global flavours with a relaxed beachy ambience, where you can relax after a long night with accompanying live music.
Main image: Alila Kothaifaru Maldives
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