When it comes to a superior travel experience, Maldives sets the standard in terms of luxury accommodation, out-of-world ambiance, curating memorable adventure experiences, and delectable cuisine. The extravagance ranges from underwater spas to restaurants dangling above lagoons with glass floors, treehouse bars, and more. From boutique resorts to budget guest houses and world-class hotels, there are plenty of options spread across the country – some are even based on their private islands.
Your experience of Maldives has more to do with your choice of hotel. Your choice of star hotels in the Maldives depends on your budget and travel style. This is because most islands in the Maldives are tiny and typically home to just one resort. If you’re confused about your choice of accommodation, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 hotels in the Maldives.
Kudadoo Maldives Private Island
Kudakoo was voted among the top 10 hotels in Maldives by Conde Nast Traveller. The island is situated on the Lhaviyani atoll and was developed by Lars Petre, a Swedish entrepreneur. He not only created the island country’s first sea-plane company but also the first all-inclusive luxury hotel. The Kudakoo is also the country’s first solar-powered hotel. The hotel has over 15 rooms influenced by Japanese architecture. The price may seem high-end, but it’s worth the money considering everything is included – from Healing Earth treatment to a 24×7 butler, deep-sea fishing experience, and a feast that involves the finest wines and world-class cuisine.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives
The Waldorf Astoria is one of the best luxury hotels in the Maldives. The hotel is built in the middle of the Indian Ocean and is one of the most well-rounded resorts offering a range of offerings and amenities. There are over 100 hotel rooms to match your budget – ranging from overwater villas to reef villas and other beach accommodations. Its proximity to Male ensures that you can reach the hotel by boat, eliminating the need for a seaplane. This helps you save money and time since sea transfers within the Maldives are expensive.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
The Gili Lankanfushi hotel is located in North Male and is set on one of the most beautiful lagoons, thanks to its white sandy beaches, shape-shifting sandbanks, and sapphire blue waters. The villas in this hotel are stilted over water with unique architecture.
Conrad Rangali Islands, Maldives
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has twice been voted the best hotel in the world. The hotel is famous for its beautiful greenery, luxury accommodation, and spa retreats. It is also home to the country’s first undersea restaurant.
JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa
This resort is located in the far-northern Shaviyani atoll and is famous for its picture-perfect location. You can walk the entire stretch of the island in 20 minutes. You can reach the island in an hour by seaplane. The reefs around the island are perfect for catching a glimpse of white-tip reef sharks, moray eels, shoaling fish, and dolphins. The resort has two main swimming pools and a glass-encased spa. There are plenty of activities for children, thanks to a huge kids’ club.
Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives
The Baa Atoll has been earmarked UNESCO world biosphere and is home to one of the world’s best luxury hotels in the Maldives. The island resort is famous for its white sand beaches, beautiful marine life, and luxurious underwater spa. The resort covers four islands, stretching for around one and a half miles.
The Jumeriah Maldives is an all-villa island resort in North Male surrounded by turquoise waters and beautiful marine life. The resort is famed for its eye-catching architecture. Every penthouse within the resort is set on the beach, taking indoor-outdoor living to a whole new level. The resort hosts an open jacuzzi, a rooftop bar, and an open-air barbecue.
Niyama Private Islands Maldives
Niyama Private Islands Maldives is set on two islands, Chill and Play, and is famous for its marine life, including brightly colored fish and sea turtles. The resort offers multiple dining options, including an open-fire restaurant and a signature restaurant with a sail-like white roof that’s half a kilometer into the ocean. They also provide complimentary non-motorized watersports, including kayaking.
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo
The Raffles is located on a remote island, but the surrounding atmosphere is worth the effort. Their all-inclusive accommodation includes a complimentary breakfast serving world-class cuisine, ranging from Sri Lankan hoppers to detox juices and French boulangerie. The resort also has an overwater spa where Balinese therapists are happy to help you relax and rejuvenate.
Hurawalhi Island Resort
The Hurawalhi is famous for its underwater restaurant, which is the biggest in the Maldives. The resort is surrounded by over 50 dive sites and is famous for its manta rays around the resort. There are two restaurants and a bar, but the highlight is its well-stocked cellar.
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