The best resorts in Maldives provide travelers a lifestyle set in paradise with a touch of luxury and personalized service. In this post, we cover 27 Maldives resorts for this unique, and once in a lifetime experience.
The Best Luxury Resorts in Maldives in 2020
When we see pictures of some of the best resorts in Maldives, each resort typically shares the same qualities: bungalows over clear turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and palm trees dotting the resort.
This post will cover 27 luxury resorts in the Maldives that converge tropical and unique luxury hotel experience in the world.
The Maldives is well-known as “the tropical paradise” for its most stunning surroundings that are hard to find anywhere else in the world.
This tropical country has separated islands which are surrounded by its lagoon. Each island has pure white sandy beaches. The sea covers 99% of the Maldives, and it is where you can see beautiful fishes and corals.
Not to Miss Luxury Hotel Reviews:
1. Soneva Jani
The Soneva Jani Villas are some of the unique Maldives resorts on the island.
The luxury villas at Soneva Jani are set on a private island and features 24/7 butler service, direct access to the beach, and other upscale amenities that every luxury traveler needs. The massive Robinson Crusoe-style villas have lush jungle interiors with some of the most exotic outdoor bathrooms and private pools on the island.
Many guests (including some notable celebrities) rate Soneva Jani as one of the best resorts in Maldives because of their pledge for marine & island conservation. Soneva Jani has “no shoes” and plastic on the island policy. Your shoes are taken when you arrive at the jetty and are barefoot on the island through your holiday.
Highlights: Overwater bungalows with private pools and slides direct to the sea, spa, tennis courts, private coach onsite, and outdoor movie theater with free screenings.
2. Soneva Fushi
Guests arriving at Soneva Fushi will notice the lush and dense setting upon entering this exotic Maldives resort.
The first barefoot Maldives retreat. Soneva Fushi, along with Soneva Jani, is also “no news, no shoes” eco-chic jungle hideaway with Robinson Crusoe-style villas dotted along the powdery white sand beach, an upscale spa, open-air cinema, exceptional kids’ club, and 24-hour butler service.
The eco-design thatched-roof villas at Soneva Fushi are some of the most charming rooms, furnished with driftwood furniture, flowy mosquito nets, and other exotic decors.
Highlights: yoga, tennis, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, diving, fishing, spa access.
3. Jumeirah Vittaveli
Some of the best Maldives resorts are set on a private island.
The stunning Jumeirah Vittaveli is in a remote location of Bolifushi Island of the Maldives, the only property on the whole island.
Jumeirah Vittaveli villas have elegant interiors that match the stunning ocean views. This luxury Maldives resort has 89 stunning on-land villas or over-the-ocean suites.
Considering the closest island is a 20-minute boat ride away, guests are pampered with activities right on the island. Jumeirah Vittaveli features an outdoor pool, spa, yoga center, fitness center, four restaurants, a bar, and a diving center.
Highlights: Stunning villas have private pools and beach access, gorgeous suites with lunge pools set over the Indian Ocean, beautiful outdoor pool area with cabanas, pool bar, and loungers, private beach and free use of snorkeling gear and kayaks
4. Waldorf Astoria Maldives
The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is a next-level luxury resort.
This Maldives resort has 122 villas across three private islands, including two separate private villas, set out in the middle of the sea.
The stunning luxury villas offer ample outdoor living space with an infinity pool, a gazebo perfect for outdoor dining, and a swing day bed for you to relax all day long.
The layout of the villas ensures a spectacular view of the clear azure waters. The villa amenities include iPad controlled rooms, minibar, Nespresso café, a wide array selection of tea.
Highlights: luxurious and modern bathroom with walk-in closets, double vanity, indoor and outdoor shower, a deep soak oval tub, gym, tennis courts, and beach access.
5. Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa
The Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa has 112 spacious rooms that are exceptional value for the Maldives.
Centara Grand Island Resort offers competitive room rates compared to other high-end properties, and few provide the all-inclusive perks of Centara.
Guests at Centara enjoy all-inclusive alcoholic drinks, a la carte meals, daily 30-minute massages, water sports rentals, supervised kids’ activities, wifi, and excursions are covered in the rates.
Highlights: Overwater fitness center with ocean views, private club with its restaurant, pool, and beach (for an extra charge), free rentals, Free windsurfing lesson, banana boat rides, and tube rides, free wifi throughout the resort for most non-motorized water sports gear, plus a dive center with jet ski rentals, upscale spa with hydrotherapy pools and steam room; free daily 30-minute massages
6. One&Only Reethi Rah
One&Only Reethi Rah is situated on one of the larger private islands in the Kaafu Atoll, surrounded by turquoise, azure waters. The luxury resort is the only property on an entire island, which spans 109 acres and includes 12 beaches.
The interior decor is a fusion of modern and popular style elements. Upon check-in, you will notice the tall carved wooden columns, dark-wood screens, and soft wicker furnishings with cushions in a pink and magenta color scheme.
The floors in each room are polished marble with dark trim and paired with high wooden ceilings and trim wooden shutters and lightwood mid-century modern furniture.
Highlights: Fitness facilities include a gym, tennis courts, a climbing wall, a wide selection of restaurants and bars offering Japanese, Italian, and fusion cuisines, a full-service spa offering an outdoor pool, crystal steam room, and various treatments.
7. Furaveri Maldives
The picturesque Furaveri Island Resort & Spa is a 45-minute seaplane away, set in a UNESCO biosphere reserve, in the Raa Atoll near “Hanifaru Bay.”
Furaveri Maldives features 105 inviting rooms with a wide range of amenities for guests to enjoy. The hotel offers various unique recreational activities such as badminton court, canoe, dart board, watersports equipment rentals, windsurfing.
The beautiful island features powdery soft white sand beaches. The center of the island forms a series of pathways fringed with lush, green vegetation.
Furaveri prides itself on being an eco-friendly Maldives resort. Each room has a water bottling plant, and restaurants serve water strictly in glass bottles.
8. The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
The ultra-chic St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is part of Starwood property and is one of the most stunning Maldives resort you will experience.
The luxury resort is 45 minutes by seaplane from Male International airport and is set on nine hectares in the Dhaalu Atoll. St. Regis is surrounded by pristine landscapes, thick tropical vegetation, a powdery white-sand beach, and the glimmering turquoise Indian Ocean.
Each villa and suite features a private pool and 24 hours butler service.
Highlights: anti-gravity yoga, acupuncture at Vommuli House, children’s club, access to the largest heated saltwater hydrotherapy pool (Iridium Soa).
9. Baglioni Resort Maldives
The swanky Baglioni Resort is a 45-minute seaplane journey south of the capital Malé, located in the Dhaalu Atoll.
Guests at this Maldives resort are immediately greeted by friendly international staff in Italian upon arrival – ‘buongiornos’ and ‘buona sera’s’ – on every occasion possible.
Baglioni Resort has 46 over-water villas and 50 beach villas, designed with simple styling and cream-on-cream color scheme that gives a chic and elegant vibe without ever feeling uptight or pretentious.
Highlights: There are free daily wellness classes – yoga, core, aqua aerobics – and a watersports center with complimentary kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, pedalos, and catamarans. An array of activities can also be arranged, from dolphin-spotting tours to sunset cruises to fishing excursions, deserted island drop-offs, and star-gazing.
10. Intercontinental Maldives Maamunagau
The stylish Intercontinental Maldives Maamunagau rests on the southern tip of scenic Raa Atoll, a brisk 40-minute seaplane ride from the international airport.
This beautiful Maldives resort features duplex villas, inward-facing beaches, and a raised lounge area with a pool and restaurant against the stunning natural backdrop.
Intercontinental features 81 villas in three different categories: beach villas, overwater villas, and duplex lagoon villas. Each villa features vibrant interiors with the use of bright tropical colors.
Highlights: watersports center, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, windsurfing – are complimentary. Aqua toys, such as jet skis, sea bobs, and water-skiing, are available for a fee. Other activities include complimentary yoga at sunrise and sunset. There’s also the excellent Avi Spa, with six gorgeous overwater treatment rooms, and an in-house doctor of traditional Chinese medicine.
11. Heritance Aarah
Heritance Aarah features 150 elegant rooms – from over-water ocean villas to beach and family villas – spread over the island and split into various categories.
Select rooms include private pools and beach access and private 24-hour butler service. Every villa has a striking yet straightforward decor. This Maldives resort is extravagant yet homey with views to the water, private sundecks on top of excellent facilities such as large bathrooms with deep tubs, rainfall showers, well-stocked minibars (replenished daily with two bottles of wine).
Highlights: diving, canoeing, catamaran sailing, kite surfing, jet skiing dolphin cruises, tours to a nearby “local” island, playground for kids, tennis courts, beach volleyball, football, an exceptional spa.
12. Adaaran Prestige Water Villas
The dazzling Adaaran Prestige Water Villas spoils their guests with stunning views from their villa, with direct access from the balcony into the sea. Each villa comes with unparalleled service with 24-hour butler service.
Guests who book the overwater villas have exclusive, full access to the whole island, including a private beach, private pool, private restaurant, and private garden.
This Maldives resort has a wide selection of restaurants, with little extras provided by the chef.
Highlights: Overwater villas with direct access to the ocean, ocean view rooms, fitness center, diving, airport transportation, and spa.
13. Joali Maldives
JOALI Maldives takes luxury into a whole new level with its blend of classy, sophisticated, chic – yet intimate and sensuous vibe all into one.
The ultra-luxurious Maldives resort offers 73 villas in six different distinct categories. Guests can select from a spacious suite on the beach to a deluxe three-bedroom, over-water apartment with two pools.
All villas include traditional thatched roofs, stunning sea views, a lovely infinity pool, and chic décor.
Bathroom amenities include calming and reinvigorating toiletries; slippers made of cotton wool that cocoon the feet; kimonos that drape the body in silken prints, and delicate, extra-weighted towels that hug you from head to toe.
Highlights: superb facilities include a bedside iPad that controls the villa – even the closing and opening of the curtains. Most villas have outdoor baths and showers.
14. Milaidhoo Island Maldives
The charming Milaidhoo prides itself on being a small island: you can walk from one end to another in under 10 minutes. The spa, small boutique, restaurants, and bars cluster on one end of the island, while the beach-front villas and diving center, dotting around the other half.
Each villa is split into two categories: Beach Pool and Water Pool.
Beach Pool Villas, in particular, carry a turquoise color scheme inspired by the shimmering sea. At the same time, Water Pool villas have bright fuschia and orange hues, about sunset and coral reefs. Both villas have thatched-roof style, with added dried palm leaves for the extra flare.
The glitzy bathrooms are spacious and light-filled, featured with double sinks, walk-in shower rooms and designer tubs stocked with full-sized Acqua di Parma toiletries.
Highlights: Request for a lush bubble bath (with hibiscus flowers sprinkled on top) – the staff will be more than happy to accommodate you.
15. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
The luxury villas of Anantara Kihavah Maldives is a picturesque 35-minute seaplane ride within the Baa Atoll.
Anantara is regarded by many as one of the best luxury resorts in Maldives. The swanky villas and residences have a backdrop of the whitest powdery sands and crystal-clear azure waters inhabited by a rainbow-like collection of tropical fish.
Guests at Anantara can select two different types of luxury villas: the Beach Pool villas, and the overwater villas.
Each villa comes with private pools, sundecks with day swings, property-wide wifi access, outdoor hot tubs and hammocks on select villas. If possible, opt for a Sunset Overwater Pool villa with a glass-bottomed bathtub.
Highlights: watersports center, snorkeling around the house reef with a marine biologist, kayaking, windsurfing, sunset cruise, underwater wine tasting, star-gazing sessions, and a dreamy spa with treatment beds that look over a glass-bottomed floor.
16. COMO Cocoa Island
COMO Cocoa Island is on the tiny island of Makunufushi, a 40-minute speedboat ride from Malé. This Maldives resort features extraordinary marine life, with parrotfish, rays, and sharks frequently making an appearance in the surrounding waters.
COMO Cocoa Island features minimalist style on each of its 33 water villas. Each villa features a private terrace and styled only with cotton drapes, whitewashed walls, and wheat-colored carpets. The overall style creates a calming and relaxing vibe – perfect for travelers looking to unwind.
Highlights: Watch the incredible sunset at Checkout Cocoa Island. Enjoy the resort’s main restaurant, which specializes in delicious Southeast Asian and Mediterranean dishes.
17. JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa offers unrivaled luxury in the stunning Indian Ocean. Considered by many as one of the best resorts in the Maldives, the property is in the beautiful crescent-shaped Vagaru Island.
The bright and contemporary villas are some of the largest in the Maldives, each featuring a private pool, plush bedding, and (extra) generous space.
Delight your palate with stylish gastronomies from around the world with a wide selection of five trendy restaurants. Guests enjoy artfully concocted cocktails overwater in one of the three bars in this Maldives resort.
Highlights: Family-friendly with a kids club available on the property
18. Pullman Maldives
Pullman Maldives Maamutaa is a short 15-minute boat ride from Male International airport, in the southern Maldives in Gaafu Alifu Atoll.
The Pullman Maldives resort is in amidst a welcoming forest and a natural lake, which includes two aqua villas featuring stunning underwater bedrooms.
All the villas feature an outdoor sala, an indoor and outdoor showers, a generous minibar replenished twice daily, 42 inch HD TV with international channels, a Nespresso machine, USB chargers.
Highlights: Motorized and non-motorized watersports, diving courses on a PADI 5 star diving center, snorkeling, dolphin cruise, sunset fishing, tennis, running track, beach volleyball or beach cruiser bicycle rental.
19. The Nautilus Maldives
The Nautilus Maldives is a luxury resort in the Baa atoll, a UNESCO biosphere reserve, where you can swim with manta rays in select season. The island has its outstanding coral reef just that is just meters away from the beaches.
Guests at this Maldives resort will have a hard time choosing over which villas to choose. The Nautilus Maldives has two types of overwater villas: one with views through a glass floor panel onto baby sharks below, or a view with a garden on the beach.
The swanky resort is top-notch in the food department as well, with options such as Japanese- Peruvian (excellent teppanyaki), Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern in the island’s restaurants.
Highlights: complimentary water sports such as windsurfing, canoeing, catamaran sailing, and snorkeling are flattering.
20. Kudadoo Maldives Private Island
It can’t get any more luxurious than staying at your private island.
Kudadoo Maldives is a private island – a luxury all-inclusive, exclusive resort consisting of just 15 expansive, overwater Ocean Residences with 44 sq yard terrace pools.
The 5-star deluxe resort is in Lhaviyani Atoll. It features 24-hour butler service to cater to your every need. Guests have access to spa treatments, private diving, excursions, water sports, a wine cellar, cheese room, bar, games room and swimming pool
This Maldives resort also solar power to sustain the resort.
Highlights: Guests can enjoy unlimited private dining, spa treatments, water sports, endless private excursion, Private yoga and meditation, private personal trainer, unlimited in-residence dining, unlimited private dining, premium champagnes, wines and beverages, and all nonalcoholic drinks.
21. Naladhu Private Island Maldives
Naladhu Private Island takes luxury travel to the next level.
Guests staying at this luxurious Maldives resort are picked up at the airport on a leather-lined, wifi-enabled, modern yacht.
The private property is surrounded by baby-blue waters and powdery white sand beaches. This Maldives resort has 20 swanky, spacious villas, either on the beach or ocean-facing (not stilted over the water).
Each villa is well spaced apart and feels exceptionally private and secluded. Ample outdoor spaces include pools large enough to do laps in, wooden decks with swinging daybeds, and grand bathrooms with private steam and sunken tubs.
Highlights: diving, sunset cruises, green turtle-spotting
22. Kandolhu Maldives
Kandolhu Maldives is a top-notch five-star luxury boutique, located in Maldives’ picturesque North Ari Atoll.
The property features 30 upscale and contemporary styled, spacious villas. Each room features amenities such as outdoor bathrooms and direct sea access, private sundecks, and sea views.
The highest category rooms in this Maldives resort features private infinity dipping pools and sleek, unique outdoor glassed-in bathrooms with sliding doors that open up to large decks, outfitted with patio furniture and panoramic views of the ocean.
Highlights: private island, amenities include iPads, stocked wine fridges and minibars, adapters, and flashlights, Four a la carte restaurants and a beachside bar
23. Raffles Maldives Meradhoo
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo features 16 water villas with large terraces, with steps leading straight into the Indian Ocean,
The swanky rooms have yoga mats, flip flops and beach bags, a choice of eco-luxe toiletries, and private pools.
This Maldives resort features two distinctly luxurious experiences: a private island with white sands, turquoise lagoon and lush greenery, and an overwater enclave facing east and west to capture majestic sunrises and sunsets.
Highlights: Fitness center, beach, babysitting services, diving, airport transportation, private balcony, ocean view rooms, and suites
24. Lti Maafushivaru Maldives
Lti Maafushivaru Maldives is an all-inclusive boutique luxury resort in the South Ari Atoll. The location is perfect for travelers looking for whale sharks and island hopping activities.
The 48 villas have sophisticated decor, clean and modern rooms with private decks, shared pools, and in many, sunset or sunrise views.
This Maldives resort features spacious beach villas, light, sea-facing outdoor decks with sun loungers, and upscale wicker furniture. Upgrades to pool Villas get you a separate dining space, a small open-air lounge area, and a private infinity pool.
Highlights: active lagoons, beachside infinity pool with cabana beds and loungers, excellent buffet, large beach- and poolside bar with a small, refrigerated wine bar, Overwater spa and gym area with open-air yoga pavilion, free daily trips to a private sister island.
25. Velaa Private Island
The ritzy Velaa Private Island is in beautiful Noonu Atoll.
The resort is on white-sand beaches and crystalline waters.
The luxury resort’s aesthetic features villas with teak furniture, bamboo light fixtures, and rattan swinging chairs but seem almost somber compared to the turquoise waters surrounding them.
The outdoor spaces are also not to be missed. Each villa features a private pool with extensive terraces, daybeds, shaded garden spaces, and outdoor baths and showers.
Highlights: Swanky gyms and an excellent spa, leisure facilities include squash and tennis courts, a climbing wall, a golf academy with 170 meters of lush greens, and a swing studio. Impressive diving and snorkeling sites are nearby, and the resort’s water sports facilities are among the best in the country.
26. Huvafen Fushi
The chic Huvafen Fushi is a luxurious resort located in the scenic North Malé Atoll in the Maldives.
This luxury Maldives resort features spacious overwater and beach bungalows with sundeck and private pools. Add amenities such as large flat-screen satellite TV, Bang, and Olufsen Bluetooth speaker. Attached bathrooms include a rain shower and a separate bathtub. Extras include slippers.
Huvafen Fushi is a short 30-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport. An alternative seaplane journey takes 15 minutes.
27. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
The Four Seasons Resort Maldives is a treat for those looking to catch whale sharks and experience the world’s largest gathering of manta rays (from June to November).
The Ultra-private water villas at Four Seasons feature steep thatched roofs, cozy living, snuggly beds, coral walls, and living areas.
Each villa at this Maldives resort features chic, spacious bathrooms with twin vanities, indoor and outdoor showers, separate bathtubs, and organic toiletries. Substantial outdoor spaces include private infinity pools, mezzanine-level lofts accessed by a spiral staircase, and direct access to the beach or turquoise lagoon.
Highlights: anti-gravity (upside-down) yoga, overwater or nature-themed spa, Marine Discovery Centre, and Maldives’ only Olympic-sized pool.