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About Maldives

The thousand or so tiny islands of the Maldives have some of the world's most perfect beaches. Fine, white sand underfoot with perfectly clear aqua water lapping against it. On one side are the fringes of tropical forest and on the other spectacular coral reefs. Mmmm…. heaven. And a heaven you should see before it's submerged. The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in the Maldives offers something for everyone, whether you want good value family friendly or romantic barefoot luxury.

Every Maldivan resort has its own private island, so there's plenty of choice if you're looking for a secluded luxury resort on a tiny island. The world's biggest hotel brands fight it out, trying to outdo each other with luxury extras like wish-fulfilment services, private pools, pillow menus and personal butlers. But as well as the five and six star resorts there are also specialist resorts for divers and families, and eco-resorts.

These days it's also possible to skip the resorts and experience the Maldives on your own. You can stay in privately run guesthouses and island hop at your own pace using the local ferry serves. If you do travel independently bear in mind that the Maldives are a Suni Muslim nation, so alcohol, pork and dogs are banned and the weekends are Fridays and Saturdays. It’s also advisable to dress modestly.

Some of the more remote islands are also some of the best places to stay in the Maldives if you're going on a family break. You'll find brilliant kid's clubs, and plenty of resort entertainments - these resorts have to have everything as it's a long journey to the next island!

Where to stay in the Maldives - which area?

  • Staying near the capital, Malé, means you're close to the airport, and the kind of attractions you'd expect from most capitals. There's a museum exploring the nation's history, a beautifully ornate ancient mosque, a large choice of places to eat and drink, and plenty of cruising, sailing, diving and other watersports options. Malé is also home to the 'Whale Submarine', which isn't a submarine used for whale watching, it's for exploring the reefs.
  • If you stay in the more remote resorts you're more limited to the facilities your resort offers.
  • The more remote your island resort the better chance you have of seeing totally clear night skies if you're a stargazer. You also have the opportunity to spot dolphins and baby sharks in secluded lagoons, or meet turtles, dolphins, coloured swarms of tropical fish or maybe even a whale shark. Yes, you can see amazing marine life all over the Maldives, but the more remote the island, the more at home the marine life is and the better your chances of spotting large pelagics.

Just don't forget that these islands are popular year round so make sure that you plan well ahead if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in the Maldives.

The Best Places to Stay in The Maldives

Malé: the best place to stay in the Maldives for buzz

  • On South Malé Atoll, Anantara Veli is only 30minutes from Malé International Airport. So no relaxation time is wasted transferring you to the island paradise of your dreams. It's difficult to differentiate the Maldives's daydream island resorts from each other, they all look so perfect, but Anantara Veli offers the chic simplicity of those huts that sit out over the water.
  • If you prefer sleeping above land, but still want to be close to Malé, book Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu. This eco resort looks like a village of huts, fitting seamlessly into the tropical surrounds. But inside the 'huts' are quite luxurious.

For divers and snorkellers

  • Anantara Dhigu on South Malé Atoll is another of those beautiful collections of thatched bungalows on stilts. This one overlooks a stunning calm lagoon brimming with spectacular corals.
  • The Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru's private yacht makes this one of the best places to stay in the Maldives for sailors. This resort also has its own dive centre, so there's plenty to do without leaving the resort. Each of the 48 units has it's own private pool, so this is also a nice private spot for honeymooners.

For families

  • Sand this white and powdery, and water this aqua doesn't come cheap, but if you're looking for something at the more affordable end of the Maldivian scale, try The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi. This is a large resort, which is how they can keep prices down, but it takes up the whole island, so outside of meal times, you can still have that feeling of desert island seclusion. Both the prices, and the generous sized villas, make this one of the best places to stay in the Maldives for families.
  • The Lily Beach Resort and Spa is a stunning, five-star resort on a private island. There’s a choice of suites or villas, all with wonderful sea views. There’s also a kid’s club, an over-water spa and a some of the best diving in the region.
  • The Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, just a short boat ride from Malé, is also known for its excellent kid’s club and beautiful infinity pool.

For castaways

  • For a real tropical island experience the Four Seasons Resort Maldives, Landaa Giraavaru, offers true open-air living. On one of the more remote islands, this a real castaway experience - but with a dining pavilion and internet access.
  • Soneva Fushi Resort & Six Senses Spa is the definitive example of the term 'barefoot luxury'. There's an outdoor cinema, for entertainment under the stars, a Robinson Crusoe style treetop restaurant and each villa has an open air bathroom leading onto its own stretch of private beach. Having won a Green Resort Award, this is also one of the best places to stay in the Maldives if you're looking for somewhere eco-friendly.
  • Cocoa Island has just 33 rooms, so it's a small resort in these parts. There's a yoga pavilion, a world class spa, amazing snorkelling opportunities and an award winning chef.
  • Conrad is a chic and luxurious ‘stilt-villa’ hotel perched on the tip of a perfect, white-sandy beach on a beautiful tropical island. Villas have private hot tubs, luxurious bathrooms and enormous terraces overlooking coral reefs.

For complete relaxation

  • Huafen Fushi on North Malé Atoll has differentiated itself from the other idyllic tropical island resorts by building its spa underwater.
  • Don't think the Maldives is all thatched huts, if you're looking for chic you'll find it at W Retreat & Spa. The W concept has made it to the tropics, and has been seamlessly integrated into the beautiful surrounds. Creating one of the hippest, grooviest, best designed back to nature resorts in the world. And there's even a bar with dancing.
  • One&Only Maldives at Reethi Rah promises heaven on earth. Which might sound like a steep challenge, but when you see their facilities - 130 villas and suites set in 190 acres of tropical gardens - many with private pools and butlers, you'll get a sense of what you're in for. They give you a bike to get around to your spa treatments and meals...

For Romance

  • Island Hideaway has the name to match the experience - it’s a luxurious boutique resort on a privately owned virgin island. Villas come complete with personal butlers and some have private pools, there’s also an extensive spa and five star cuisine.
  • The Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is an opulent, over-water paradise with stunning interiors, spectacular views, award-winning restaurants, a pampering spa and a fantastic cocktail-bar. Unspoiled and peaceful.
  • Anantara Naladhu is a small Maldivian dream offering peace and tranquility in either a beach house or ocean house - both offering private pools and complete seclusion, and only reachable by boat. There’s also a luxurious spa, and the option to dine alone on the beach.

For a self-catering Apartment or Private Villa

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Most people arrive on the Maldives at Velana International Airport on the island of Hulhule, just a short distance from Malé. Transferring to your resort is different depending on the resort. Some are a speedboat ride away, some require seaplanes.
  • If you want to hire a car while visiting the Maldives we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • The Maldives offer a mild climate, ranging from around 26°C - 30°C year round, and plenty of sunshine Oh, yes, it is That Perfect! There’s no hurricane season, through there is a short monsoon, during November and December when it tend to get rainy in the afternoons. So those two months are probably not the best times to go - though to be frank, Christmas and New Year are the most popular times to go. If forced to recommend a most perfect time then January though March would be It.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in the Maldives for you?

  • Contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
  • Nothing here that suits? Check out our recommendations in Sri Lanka or Mauritius instead.

Best Hotels in Maldives

  • Filitheyo Island Resort Maldives 125 rooms from £121

    Honeymoons  -  The spa is a must for honeymooners and couples and there are special honeymoon excursions such as romantic boat trips
    Active Holiday  -  The main focus of the resort is centered around its scuba diving centre
    Fishing  -  The resort offers morning fishing, trolling fishing and night fishing
    Spa  -  There are six suites which combine modern and traditional therapies

    Rustic, wooden walkways and sandy trails make this resort a barefoot retreat. The comfortable, stylish villas have outdoor bathrooms. As the only resort in Faafu Atoll it offers incredible reefs to explore and a private diving school. A diver's dream with a refreshing unspoilt charm to it. See More

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  • Reethi Faru Resort 05140 Raa Atoll, Maldives 150 rooms from £151

    Total relaxation  -  The resort is very peaceful and serene with the spa offering moments of peace
    Honeymoons  -  Newlywed packages are avaliable catering to any romantic desires you may have
    Restrictions on children  -  More suitable for older children
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    A collection of garden, sea or stilted villas. Private, airy and spacious with bathtubs, rain showers and terraces with breathless views of the ocean. Expect no less than six restaurants and bars plus an indulgent spa. Set near one of the areas most spectacular reefs. Ideal for a couples' escape. See More

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  • The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Republic of Maldives 221 rooms from £227

    Spa breaks  -  The pampering spa has a resident Ayurvedic doctor who will tailor make a programme for your individual needs
    Families  -  This resort has everything you need for a family holiday: kids club, kids' menus, pool, water sports...
    Spa  -  Superb spa with 20 treatment rooms, which focusses on holistic and Ayurvedic treatments.
    Swimming Pool  -  Two pools including an adults only infinity pool with stunning ocean views

    The Maldives can be frighteningly expensive. Iru Fushi is an exception. Far enough from Male to require a seaplane transfer, this well-run resort offers desert island seclusion (the whole island is given over to the resort) and tons of family friendly activities. See More

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  • Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu Male, Maldives 98 rooms from £306

    Beach Life  -  Whether it's lazing on the white sandy beaches, hunting out turtles or diving the deep - there is something for everyone!
    Honeymoons  -  An ideal honeymoon hideaway with private dining, romantic boat trips, couples' massages and your own secluded love nest.
    Spa  -  Pamper yourself at the award winning Coco Spa, with beauty treatments and Indonesian, Thai and Indian massages.
    Great walks  -  With acres of sandy beaches and jungle to explore there is plenty to keep you entertained.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    Eco-friendly resort on its very own tropical island reachable by sea plane. Thatched villas offer a barefoot luxury chic to your hideaway stay. Romantically decorated rooms with fourposter beds and ethereal drapes. Eat well at the restaurant, enjoy the water sports and relax at the spa. See More

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  • The Standard Maldives 20085 Raa Atoll, Maldives 115 rooms from £332

    Outstanding location  -  Located on Raa Atoll on Huruvalhi island, which is a elana International Airport is a breathtaking 40-minute seaplane ride
    Families  -  Endless opportunities for family fun such as watersports and snorkeling, plus kids club & inflatable water park!
    Groups  -  Great for groups of friends who want to enjoy the sunshine and have a lively time in the evenings
    Swimming Pool  -  There is an adults-only pool and one other pool avaliable for all guests to use
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    A fabulous resort offering 115 beautifully-modern beach and overwater villas. The Standard has a more upbeat ambience than the other Maldivian resorts whilst celebrating the local vibrant culture. With lively bars and a renowned Pool Party, this is more suited to groups of friends or families. See More

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  • Anantara Veli Male, Maldives 67 rooms from £361

    Romantic Break  -  A wildly romantic resort oozing tranquility and luxury from its private villas, sandy beaches and fine dining restaurants.
    Spa  -  Balance Wellness offers treatments and therapies to beautify and revitalise alongside its steam room, sauna & relaxation garden
    Romantic  -  Couples' spa treatments, open air cinema and private dining
    Sailing  -  Take a romantic cruise around the island at sunset.

    A blissful adults only island resort, with romantic seclusion in luxurious surroundings. A fantastic array of watersports for thrill seekers and an Anantara Garden Spa for those who like to take things easy. Romance, action, and maximum pampering. A chic slice of heaven. See More

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  • Anantara Dhigu Male, Maldives 110 rooms from £376

    Romantic Break  -  Peaceful, private with lovely open bathrooms and the simple romance of beach living.
    Beach Life  -  Pefect white sandy beaches and clear turquoise seas.
    Cooking classes  -  Learn Maldivian or Thai dishes from the resident chef.
    Sailing  -  Explore desert islands on the hotel's motor yacht.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection

    Uncompromising luxury on this secluded island paradise. Understated elegance and chic simplicity. Informal dining options in stunning locations. Fantastic watersports and spa facilities. A brilliant romantic getaway or family holiday. See More

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  • Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives 103 rooms from £410

    Families  -  Superb family friendly accommodation and a wide range of activities for all ages make this ideal for a family holiday in the sun
    Beach Life  -  White sands, crystal clear waters and a watersports centre offering water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing and diving.
    Romantic Break  -  Secluded and spacious Villas boasting private pools or Jacuzzi's, with romantic couples dining under a canopy of stars.
    Diving  -  Meridis is a PADI 5* Gold Dive Resort licensed centre, so get out there and explore the fish filled waters!
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

    A luxury boutique resort situated on a privately owned virgin island. Exclusive villas come with personal butlers and some with private pools. An extensive spa uses Natura Bissé products. Five star cuisine served in a truly romantic setting. Plenty of activities on offer. Complete bliss. See More

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  • Constance Moofushi Himandhoo, Maldives 110 rooms from £534

    Families  -  Babysitting can be arranged to allow parents to roam free plus the wide-range of watersports will keep kids busy all day
    Spa breaks  -  The 8 treatment rooms, complete with sea views, use aromatic natural products inspired by plants from the Indian Ocean
    Beach Life  -  With villas hanging over the ocean you can slip out of bed straight into the crystal clear waters
    Romantic Break  -  Romantic villas, private sunset dinners, and couples' massages ensure a perfect break for two
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Luxurious boho-chic villas built hovering over turquoise waters. Private and romantic, the villas feature large terraces complete with hammocks (of course), sea views from the beds, and outdoor showers. With lobster on the menu and a lively cocktail bar, this is an undeniably romantic stay. See More

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  • Finolhu Kanufushi Island, Maldives 125 rooms from £437

    Beach Life  -  You can't get much more beach chic than this - whether you chill out on the lounger or dive to coral reefs it's got you covered
    Families  -  Perfect for the whole gang with family pools, kids indoor and outdoor play areas, creche, babysitting and kids menu
    Romantic Break  -  With overwater villas, an incredible spa, romantic private dining and idyllic sandbanks and beach walks
    Snorkelling  -  The hotel offers free snorkelling trips to the nearby reef
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    A Robinson Crusoe style retreat in the stunning Baa Atoll. With elegant villas overlooking the waters, some with private pools and openair bathrooms. What makes this resort stand out from the crowd is their emphasis on fun which you will find at all the four restaurants. Oh and the private butlers! See More

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  • Amilla Fushi 20215 Finolhaus, Maldives 67 rooms from £570

    Total relaxation  -  Amilla Fushi’ translates to 'Your island home' and guests can expect to feel at utter ease here
    Honeymoons  -  The resort can tailor to your specific ideas including candelit dinners and romantic boat trips
    Active Holiday  -  A host of excursions and activities avaliable from watersports to tennis
    Diving  -  5* diving partner, Dive Butler International is located on-site
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Whitewashed, minimalist villas perched on stilts over the Indian Ocean, on the dazzling white shore or 12 metres high amongst the trees. Villas features abstract prints, sleek lines and natural wood furnishings plus each has its own pool. Conscious luxury promoting wellness and conservation. See More

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  • Kanuhura Maldives 80 rooms from £582

    Families  -  Accomodating for all ages with activites such as snorkelling and movie nights plus the resort offers a special family package
    Outstanding location  -  There are two more islands for guests to use which they can speedboat to at anytime
    Fishing  -  The resort offers the chance to go deep-sea fishing
    Kayaking  -  Complimentary from the resort

    An idyllic island resort with perfect beaches and large enough that you can get your own private patch of white glistening sands. Villas have modern furnishings mixed with thatched roofs, white woods and vivid artworks. The spa is what dreams are made of, pure bliss. The perfect family getaway! See More

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  • Vakkaru 20301 Baa Atoll, Maldives 113 rooms from £592

    Honeymoons  -  Experience the romantic setting of the Indian Ocean and enjoy activites such as couple massages and private beach dining
    Families  -  The watersports centre SPLASH is not to be missed and kids can enjoy the activies offered by the kids club
    Outstanding location  -  Baa Atoll is renowned as a place of outstanding pure beauty, reflected in its status as a UNESCO Biosphere
    Weddings  -  A picture perfect wedding venue with gorgeous turquoise waters and dazzling white sands
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Tablet

    The resort, situated moments from the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, offers modern and spacious villas decorated in a local Maldivian style. Watch the parrotfish swim beneath you, whilst lounging on your own deck. With fantastic cocktails and seafood, there is something for all the family. See More

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  • Maalifushi by Como 08190 Maalifushi, Maldives 65 rooms from £612

    Families  -  There's a full children's menu, a great kids' club with activities including the likes of crab racing and sand-castle building
    Romantic Break  -  Imagine private romantic candlelit dinners on the beach and special boat trips for couples
    Outstanding location  -  Only resort to open in the Maldives' Thaa Atoll, nestled in the archipelago's southern reaches
    Spa  -  Como Shambhala spa- very popular. Offers hot stone massage or Guinot Hydradermie facials
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith

    A mixture of 65 luxury land and over-water suites and villas. Rooms are decorated with indigenous furnishings mixed with a tropical-minimalist style reflecting the islands calming nature. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto the dreamiest views. Prepare for total relaxation. A celebrity favourite! See More

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  • Kandolhu Malé, Maldives 30 rooms from £488

    Honeymoons  -  Long known as a romantic getaway, this hotel won't dissapoint. Tranquil and private the perfect post-wedding escape.
    Hideaway  -  A real tropical oasis ideal to completely unwind.
    Diving  -  Kandalhu has easy access to some of the best diving spots in the Maldives.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children above 2 years old are welcome
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet

    A romantic resort on a tiny island fringed by perfect white powder sands. Private villas are contemporary in style. The best stand on stilts over the ocean and boast terrace plunge pools. A pampering spa, fantastic diving opportunities and exemplary restaurant will make this hard to ever leave. See More

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  • Emerald Maldives 20081 Raa Atoll, Maldives 120 rooms from £645

    Families  -  A host of activites for all the family to indulge in from watersports to tennis, with a great kids club too
    Total relaxation  -  The spa treatments and general service by the staff provide a calming setting for families to relax
    Outstanding location  -  Surrounded by 1,5 km of soft white sand, on a private 20 hectares island
    Beach Life  -  Imagine an endless amounts of crystal white beach all to yourself
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

    Natural, wooden and airy water and garden villas built using local materials to compliment the surrounding natural island environment. All come with their own private decking, plunge pool and garden. A deluxe all-inclusive package perfect for families, that screams luxury. See More

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  • Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat 20183 Theluveligaa, Maldives 30 rooms from £507

    Weddings  -  The perfect destination wedding venue with the resort catering to all your needs such as beach cermonies and candle-lit dinners
    Total relaxation  -  The numerous treatments offered in the spa gives guests a chance to completely unwind and enjoy their holiday
    Romantic Break  -  Bespoke romantic trips and experiences are arranged by the resort such as sunset boat cruises
    Beach Life  -  The idyllic crystal blue water and white sands provide the ultimate beach life

    Tasteful, authentic unspoilt beach and sea villas displaying the true charm of the Maldives. The villas are decorated in a traditional Maldivian style incorporating locally handcrafted pieces with simple colour schemes. Perfect for couples who want to unplug from technology and totally relax. See More

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  • Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru Maldives 48 rooms from £546

    Beach Life  -  With turtle rescues, diving, snorkelling, sailing, walking and much much more you'll find plenty of things to fill your days.
    Honeymoons  -  Achingly romantic with private villas overlooking the crystal clear waters and candlelit dining under the stars.
    Cooking classes  -  Learn how to whip up a scrumptious Maldivian meal during your stay.
    Sailing  -  The hotel has its own yacht that can accommodate 12 people.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

    A hideaway resort in utter paradise with an array of temptations for guests. The 48 private villas have their own swimming pools, fantastic watersports including the use of a yacht, marine biology, PADI diving, and a world class spa - barefoot luxury, romance, and adrenalin rushes. See More

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  • Heritance Aarah Maldives 150 rooms from £751

    Families  -  No family member will be bored at this resort with facilities for all including kids club, watersports, spa...
    Local exploring  -  Explore the local islands by boat and learn about their culture and traditions
    Sights nearby  -  The resort offers excursions to explore the archipelago, such as dolphin cruises and visits to a nearby islands
    Spa  -  There is a medi-spa in the resort offering endless amount of treatments including a hangover spa treatment!

    Stunning wooden beach and water bungalows dotted around the private island of Aarah. Offering the Maldives' first medi-spa, guests will feel revitalised in a matter of moments! The food and service are wonderful. Truly, one of the best all-inclusive deals in the entire Maldives. See More

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  • Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Maldives 151 rooms from £587

    Spa breaks  -  Conrad Maldives offers not just one but two spoiling spas for a seriously indulgent break!
    Beach Life  -  Located on a picture perfect remote tropical island.
    Spa  -  The overwater spa boasts glass floored treatment rooms and the Spa Retreat on the mainland offers a holistic spa experience
    Diving  -  You're close to 42 dive sites and the surrounding coral reef provides fantastic diving opportunities.

    A luxury hotel on a quintessentially perfect white sand tropical island. Chic villas stand on stilts over glistening turquoise waters. Boasting private hot tubs, luxury bathrooms and enormous terraces this is a spot designed with romance in mind. The ideal getaway. See More

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  • Lily Beach Resort and Spa Maldives 125 rooms from £613

    Honeymoons  -  Exclusive, private and wildly romantic location for honeymooners - luxurious beach villas and couples' dining on the beach.
    Spa breaks  -  Pamper yourself at the glorious semi-outdoor spa that benefits from the relaxing sounds of the lapping waves.
    Families  -  With family beach villas close to all the resort facilities and superb kids club, all ages will be happy.
    Kids Club  -  Turtle kids club offers everything from hermit crab races and treasure hunts to a wide range of watersports

    A stunning 5 star resort on a pristine island. Villas and suites are the height of luxury and offer wonderful sea views. A kids club will keep little ones entertained whilst an over-water spa is total bliss. A wide array of restaurants assures evening variety. A perfect all inclusive escape. See More

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  • Ozen by Atmosphere at Maadhoo Maldives 90 rooms from £808

    Foodies  -  The range and variety of food is unprecedented meaning each night guests can be transported to a different cuisine
    Active Holiday  -  Everything on offer for the sporty types from kayaking, jetskiing to active fitness classes
    Luxury  -  Experience the Atomsphere INDULGENCE which is a luxury holiday plan
    Spa  -  Luxury Spa- ELENA by Atmosphere which has a special salt pool

    An adrenaline-fuelled, all-inclusive resort where fun, privacy and luxury go hand in hand. A mixture of beach and water over-water villas with stunning views overlooking the Indian Ocean. The jewel crown of the resort is the underwater seafood restaurant, M6m. A must-visit for families and foodies. See More

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  • St Regis Vommuli Resort Maldives 77 rooms from £858

    Families  -  Special family tailored activities offered such as family boat cruises and great snorkelling for all levels
    Honeymoons  -  Special experiences can be tailored to honeymooners such as private romantic dinners
    Total relaxation  -  The spa offers endless opportunites for peace to give guests a relaxed holiday
    Beach Life  -  The ultimate beach experience surrounded by white sands and azure water

    Unique, bespoke villas hovering perfectly above the azure waters. Villas feature exquisite contemporary architecture with an up-market and elegant ambience while still feeling homely. Each villa has a dazzling private deck and pool. Families can anticipate nothing but pure island heaven. See More

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  • Raffles Meradhoo Maldives 38 rooms from £870

    Romantic Break  -  The resort is perfect for couples and offers romantic dinners on the beach aswell as special trips to deserted islands
    Weddings  -  Plan the perfect wedding with the resorts packages that include photography and an 'under the stars' dinner
    Swimming Pool  -  An infinity pool and an outdoor pool are avaliable to all guests
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A stunning resort stretched over two islands in secluded Gaafu Alifu Atoll. Luxurious overwater or island villas feature private pools and vast indulgent bathrooms. Interiors have a classic-modern twist with a running nautical theme reflecting the ocean. A paradise-island retreat ideal for couples. See More

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  • Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives 64 rooms from £687

    Great walks  -  Wander the beaches and through the lagoons, this unspoilt paradise is made to be explored.
    Fishing  -  Head out on one of the deep sea fishing trips, a wonderful experience not to be missed.
    Diving  -  Dive into some of the clearest seas in the world and explore the exquisite coral reefs.
    Swimming Pool  -  There is an infinity pool and some private villas come with plunge pools.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection

    The Taj has outdone itself with this Maldives paradise. Every detail oozes opulence and relaxation. With stunning interiors, spectacular views, award winning restaurants, pampering spa, knockout cocktails and an extensive wine cellar. Prepare to be treated like royalty. See More

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  • Baros Maldives Maldives 75 rooms from £723

    Romantic Break  -  Baros Maldives is made for romance: adults only, private dinners, luxurious accommodation and white sand beaches.
    Total relaxation  -  A little slice of tropical paradise perfect for completely unwinding.
    Diving  -  Find thirty world class dive spots within 50 minutes by boat.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pools
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    A luxury resort set on a picture perfect tropical island surrounded by beautiful reefs. Individual villas are light and airy, built with local materials and wonderfully luxurious. The best stand on stilts amidst the crystal clear seas. Ideal for both diving enthusiasts or those looking to unwind. See More

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  • Cocoa Island Maldives 33 rooms from £741

    Eco break  -  Cocoa Island has a comprehensive eco-policy and takes great care of its pristine natural environment and house reef.
    Beach Life  -  White sands, blue waters and tropical fish swimming around the stilts of your private beach villa.
    Honeymoons  -  Honeymoon heaven - world class spa, phenomenal food, astonishing views and total tranquility.
    Sailing  -  For those with sailing experience the hotel catamaran is lent out for dolphin watching and island hopping excursions.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection

    Relax in privacy at this supreme getaway island - stretch out in the stilted yoga pavilion, unwind in the world class spa, feast on nature's larder in the fantastic restaurant, and dream about the next day's snorkelling in the lofty-chic stilted villas. See More

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  • Six Senses Laamu 20077 Laamu, Maldives 97 rooms from £763

    Families  -  Various facilities and activites to cater for a range of ages from a great kids club to kayaking
    Honeymoons  -  A real hot honeymoon destination spot with special tailor-made experiences such as fine dining
    Eco break  -  The resort prides itself on the fact that it is sustainable
    Surfing  -  During the months of May to September there are daily trips to the YinYang Surf break the most famous in the Maldives

    Remote, luxury resort with a sustainable yet chic style. Thatched villas with sunken glass bathtubs. The no-shoes policy is surprisingly refreshing. The seafood is outstanding and who can say no to free ice-cream? An island castaway-type holiday and without a doubt worth the effort of getting there. See More

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  • Velaa Private Island Maldives 43 rooms from £1000

    Romantic Break  -  The resort offers exclusive romantic residences which can only be reached by boat, allowing even more privacy and exclusivity
    Groups  -  Tailormade celebrations can be arranged and events with maximum capacity on the island of 130 pax
    Active Holiday  -  From golf, squash, diving and climbing the range of activies makes sure that no one goes bored
    Beach Life  -  The white sands and crystal blue Indian ocean are just perfect

    Gorgeous villas located on the remote private island of Veela. Guests can expect ultimate privacy and to be treated like royalty. Velaa plays host to the best scuba diving and snorkelling spots in the Maldives. Food is incredible from gourmet menus to unpretentious dishes. The definition of luxe. See More

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  • Milaidhoo Island Baa Atoll, Maldives 50 rooms from £1086

    Romantic Break  -  Favours couples as there are endless romantic experiences offered such as couples' spa retreat and dining experiences
    Outstanding location  -  The resort is located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO biosphere reserve, close to Hanifaru Bay, 126km north west of Male
    Weddings  -  The resort offers various romantic settings and packages for weddings such as beach cermonies
    Spa  -  The over-water spa has four treatment suites. Treatments are focused on African rituals and local ingredients

    A luxury resort that offers 50 traditional beach pool and water pool villas with classic thatched roofs and complementing colour schemes. Dining is standout, particularly the unique “teppanyaki” table. The ideal couples paradise with numerous romantic experiences carefully planned out. See More

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  • Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Maldives 96 rooms from £859

    Kids Club  -  Fully staffed kids club for all aged 4-12 with a wide range of both outdoor and indoor activities on offer
    Spa  -  The Island Spa Sanctuary offers a huge range of treatments and therapies for the ultimate in pampering
    Swimming Pool  -  Beach front infinity pool, plus adults only serenity pool, and children's pool
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    Ultimate pampering a short boat ride from Male. Beautifully crafted bungalows and speciality suites offer top of the range accommodation all with private pool and plenty of family options. Superb dining including award winning Indian cuisine, plus spoiling spa, kids club and much more. Heaven! See More

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  • W Retreat & Spa, Maldives Maldives 78 rooms from £872

    Honeymoons  -  Private villas with stilted terraces, couples dining wherever you fancy, his and hers spa treatments and sundowner boat trips.
    Foodies  -  Everything from international KITCHEN, to bbq's at FIRE, superbly cooked local seafood at FISH and knockout cocktails at SIP.
    Total relaxation  -  Relax in the world class spa, lounge beside your own private pool, sip cocktails on the beach and listen to the waves lap.
    Sailing  -  Charter or skipper the hotel sailing boats, the perfect way to explore this enchanting haven.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

    Surely the hippest and grooviest place in the Maldives - sleek style and contemporary comfort without getting in nature's way. The ultimate gourmet, spa, and romantic lifestyle where all your wishes will be fulfilled, and more. See More

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  • Huvafen Fushi Maldives 44 rooms from £905

    Eco break  -  This resort gives back to the local community, supporting coral-reef rehabilitation projects and sustainable local businesses.
    Honeymoons  -  Honeymoon heaven: destination dining anywhere on the island, sunset cruises, couples' massages and long walks on the beach.
    Spa  -  The world's first underwater glass-walled spa.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely outdoor pools.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels

    Unique Maldivian luxury resort that combines the wonders of nature with the luxuries and style of the 5*. Sleek villas mirror the surrounding crystal blue water. Fantastic watersports, the ultimate pampering in world's first underwater spa and delicious meals. A true hideaway in utter bliss. See More

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  • Naladhu P.O. Box 2014, Maldives 20 rooms from £937

    Beach Life  -  Make the most of this idyllic island life; palm trees, white sands, turquoise seas and the blissful Anantara Spa.
    Romantic Break  -  Arrive at your private beach house by boat, enjoy couples dining on the beach and romantic outdoor baths.
    Sailing  -  Take a romantic sunset cruise around the island, the perfect end to your evening.
    Surfing  -  Great surfing particularly in the months between April and October.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels, Mr & Mrs Smith

    A Maldivian dream brought to life. Peace, tranquility, and privacy in either an ocean or beach house with private pools. A romantic seclusion from which to indulge in the fantastic watersports and beach life, and unwind later in the luxury spa. Complete paradise. See More

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  • Gili Lankanfushi North Malé Atoll, Maldives 45 rooms from £1005

    Honeymoons  -  The Maldives has long been known as a honeymoon destination and this utterly spoiling spot perfectly fits the bill.
    Total relaxation  -  With the moto being 'no news, no shoes' you'll be sure of a relaxing stay.
    Spa  -  Meera Spa boasts 6 overwater treatment rooms, an Ayurvedic Treatment Champa and much more!
    Cooking classes  -  Learn the secrets of Maldivian cuisine, or how to perfect your sushi or curries!
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    If you were to conjure up the perfect tropical island escape, this would be it. Secluded villas standing on stilts above crystal clear waters, swaying palms and the whitest of white sands. Add into that mix fabulous food, a spoiling spa, superb diving and friendly yet efficient service. Magic. See More

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  • Soneva Fushi Resort & Six Senses Spa Baa Atoll, Maldives 55 rooms from £1022

    Romantic Break  -  One of the most romantic spots in the world, head off to a tiny private island for a picnic, or take a Dhoani on a sunset cruise
    Eco break  -  Committed to preserving the natural beauty of their island, using indigenous materials and employing eco friendly policies.
    Beach Life  -  Each hut nestled into the jungle, with private stretch of white sand, feels like a desert island.
    Cooking classes  -  Take part in the weekly cooking classes with the resort's chef, using local organic ingrediants.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection, I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith

    The finest barefoot luxury can offer with an Eco-conscious ethos - rustic-chic villas, a Robinson Crusoe tree-top restaurant, and outdoor cinema. The land of milk and honey with spa, dive centre and astrological observatory! See More

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  • Cheval Blanc Randheli 11111 Manadhoo, Maldives 46 rooms from £1357

    Families  -  Snorkel the crystal blue playground that surrounds the resort with your family and there are great kids and teen clubs
    Groups  -  Hire out the entire resort for your entire family or friends and enjoy the exclusivity and special occasion
    Spa breaks  -  The Guerlain Spa is exclusive to the Maldives providing guests with moments of serenity and ultimate peace
    Romantic Break  -  Various romantic experiences are avaliable to couples such as private beach dining
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    With water, island and beach garden villas, the resort offers countless chances for total relaxation. Each villa has a sleek pool, and huge daybeds, with a great amount of attention to detail. Relax in the ultra-exclusive Guerlain Spa for a completely rejuvenating stay. A firm family favourite. See More

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  • Joali 20066 Raa Atoll, Maldives 73 rooms from £1478

    Total relaxation  -  Set on a private island - spend days unwinding in your own private pool or indulging in a spa treatment
    Eco break  -  Joali has encorpated the existing trees into the architecture and landscape
    Families  -  Fun for all the family from watersports to live music
    Views  -  A choice from sea views, pool views and inner courtyard views
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Private beach and water villas each with their own pool. Each villa is designed to illustrate its own individual story. A host of activities are offered from snorkelling with manta rays, an immersive art tour to learning Maldivian delicacies. A unique luxury hideaway. See More

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  • Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru Maldives 103 rooms from £1327

    Eco break  -  Luxury resort with responsible tourism practices such as turtle conservation, coral preservation & recycled building materials.
    Romantic Break  -  Private villas, spa treatments and sunsets strolls along deserted beaches are just the tip of the iceberg.
    Families  -  There are suites for the whole family to stay in plus a kids club and kids menus.
    Diving  -  45 minute orientation dive.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

    The ultimate luxury resort on a remote desert island in the Indian Ocean. The turquoise waters can be seen from bed, spa bath or infinity pool. Romantic dinner with sand underfoot or sip on cocktails while the sunsets. Oozing opulence and style. See More

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  • One&Only Maldives at Reethi Rah North Male Atoll, Maldives 130 rooms from £1366

    Honeymoons  -  Achingly romantic from the moment you set out on the luxury yacht, to watching your final sunset from your private villa.
    Back to Nature  -  The Beach Huts sit in dense tropical vegetation, facing out to sea where you can explore the reefs and swim with turtles.
    Families  -  The resort has a KidsOnly Club tailoring to younger kids, and a range of fun activities for teenagers.
    Diving  -  Head to the PADI National Geographic Dive Centre and explore some of the most remarkable reefs in the world.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith

    Luxury and sophistication makes this resort heaven on earth. A jewel among a string of coral atolls, lagoons and white sands. Tapasake offers Japanese, Fanditha for Eastern and Reethi for Mediterranean cuisine. Private pools, spa treatments and ample activities for all. Memorable hideaway spot. See More

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  • Soneva Jani Maldives 24 rooms from £1592

    Total relaxation  -  'No shoes, no news' policy, a top notch spa, private villas and round the clock service - relaxation is certainly on the cards
    Honeymoons  -  Each villa comes with a private pool, plus stargazing with an astrologer and prosecco fuelled bluetooth silent cinema...Bliss!
    Spa  -  Soneva Spa offers a wide range of healing treatments, plus tailor made spa journeys and much more
    Diving  -  Take a PADI diving course at the hotels dive centre and explore the local reefs
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Spectacular private villas (many come with rooftop water slides) on the island of Medhufaru. Every detail has been thought of from spa to dining, to activities and relaxation. Sustainably sourced interiors, organic local produce and faultless service - these guys do the Maldives like no other. See More

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  • The Nautilus Maldives 26 rooms from £2466

    Beach Life  -  The resort is completely surrounded by crystal white sands giving guests the opportunity for a real beach lifestyle
    Total relaxation  -  The numerous amounts of treatments offered in the spa gives guests opportunities to completely unwind
    Families  -  A host of experiences and activites to share together with your family from yoga to sailing
    Weddings  -  What better place for guests to renew their vows with their loved ones
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    The resort has relaxed beachside and overwater houses. Rooms have a bohemian design with natural furnishings and a walk-in rain shower. The food is superb and overseen by one of brightest chef's in the Indian Ocean. This resort epitomises the definition of barefoot luxury. Perfect for all the family See More

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