As the world gradually returns to normalcy and borders reopen, an international vacation now sounds more like a plan than just a dream. With luxury travel taking the lead in assuaging safety and hygiene concerns, island destinations such as Maldives have surged in popularity in recent times. With its one island-one resort concept, near-perfect temperatures and dry climate, Maldives is a perfect year-round destination for a worry-free vacation. Long stretches of unlittered, white sandy beaches, flourishing coral reefs, and private resorts entice those looking for the ultimate secluded vacation.
From the go-to holiday location of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to the favourite resort amongst A-listers, check our definitive guide to some of the finest Maldives resorts that are worth travelling for.
Cheval Blanc Randheli
Everything about this resort is pure class and elegance. Your VIP treatment at this resort begins even before you arrive, with a transfer journey onboard their customised and private seaplane, offering superior facilities and a wealth of personal attention. As the go-to-holiday location of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this LVMH-owned resort features immense level of privacy, with its smallest villas measuring a whopping 2,600 square feet.
With their high vaulted ceiling, villas are cathedral-like; breathtakingly designed and decked in a subtle and soothing palette of greys, whites and yellow. Epicureans can delight their taste buds at Le 1947, a fine-dining establishment and the brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno with a weekly changing 12-course tasting menu. A visit to the Concept Store is a must; with all the hallmarks of a luxury boutique, it features exclusive-to-this-resort collections by renowned brands and designers such as Fendi Beachwear, Hublot and Emilio Pucci. For ultimate indulgence, discover the exclusive Guerlain Spa that sits on its own island, accessible by a short 5-minute ride by Dhoni.
Velaa Private Island
Velaa Private Island is the realization of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ ultra-exclusive island hideaway. Awarded the best “Hotel Under 50 Rooms – Global” at The International Hotel & Property Awards 2019, this unique destination was developed to embody the very best of this unique archipelago. Every aspect of your stay is superlative in its delivery. No request is too much over here; feel like royalty with your requests taken care of by their professionally trained butler. Each villa comes with a large, private pool, and are respectfully tucked either on a private patch of beach, or positioned over water for access over the ocean, promising ultimate privacy to its occupants.
With five restaurants and bars, and the largest collection of wine and Champagne in the country, drink and feast on a global gourmet menu with the finest ingredients. The resort’s signature is a Michelin star inspired dining with degustation menus designed by Michelin starred chef Adeline Grattard. Delight in fitness and wellness activities with their world-class facilities, such as a nine-golf course with a state-of-the-art practice simulator, or indulge in their sublime spa which showcases the first ‘snow room’ in the Maldives, a cloud-shaped reclining pod by Klafs and Sha that slowly sways and cradles guests into deep relaxation.
Recognised as one of the Top 3 Resorts in the World by Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Award 2020, The Nautilus is a haven of barefoot luxury private island that invites guests to embrace liberating indulgences without the shackles of social constraints and time. The moment you disembark from your flight, you’ll be whisked to a VIP lounge, whereby you will be guided through a seamless and private immigration clearance and the subsequent transfer journey to the resort.
With only 26 exceptionally spacious Houses and Residences, this place feels immensely private. Each comes with its own temperature-controlled freshwater infinity pool and extensive private decks, and attended by a dedicated House Master offering top-notch and outstanding butler services. Everything is painstakingly tailored to your desires, from the pool’s temperature, to choosing between Hermes, Penhaligon’s, or an organic line for your bath products. Guests are encouraged to request whatever they crave by relishing in their unscripted ‘Anytime, Anywhere’ gastronomic all-day breakfast and unlimited dining at islandwide restaurants.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
The Waldorf Astoria Maldives is the epitome of luxury, exclusivity and never fails to impress. Getting to the resort couldn’t be easier, as you’ll arrive at the resort after a quick, 40-minute transfer onboard a luxury yacht with a host of facilities. Surrounded by dazzling white sand, sparkling clear water and hypnotic sunsets, this island is more than worthy of the term paradise.
Impeccably designed, each spacious and exclusive villa features a wealth of luxurious facilities and furnishings that blends seamlessly with the unforgettable ocean backdrop. Freely choose from 11 celebrated dining venues, with the headliner being The Ledge by Dave Pynt, who created the Michelin-starred restaurant, Burnt Ends, in Singapore. For the most discrete and exclusive experience with your family and friends, escape to Ithaafushi, a 9-bedroom private island sanctuary that is accessible only via a private boat shuttle. The island has everything you need with a host of private facilities like spa, gym, entertainment centre and a personal concierge to take care of every aspect of your stay.
One&Only Reethi Rah
A favourite among A-listers, such as The Beckhams, Tom Cruise and Mariah Carey, discover this award-winning resort providing the ultimate, and unparalleled luxury living in the Maldives. Just 40 minutes via luxury speedboat from Male airport, this resort offers picture-perfect scenery and breathtaking beauty of the 12 immaculate white beaches, coconut groves and blue lagoon.
Set on one of the largest private islands, each villa is discreetly placed and located either along the shore or above waters for maximum privacy. With vaulted ceilings, beautifully styled in wood and natural stone, furnished by elegant furniture and sunken baths, the villas represent the finest in luxury living that is accompanied by an abundance of space. Be spoilt for choice with an exciting array of dining options that is on par with the best restaurants in the world, set in panoramic ocean venues. The world-class ESPA, named as one of the world’s best hotel spa, is a must visit with their extensive range of spa treatments and wellness programs that will bring you on an extraordinary journey for your mind, body and soul.
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Embodying a ‘no request too big, no detail too small’ philosophy, you’ll have the team’s undivided attention with a personal Foray Concierge allocated to you. They are well-versed in coordinating a seamless experience from flight disembarkation to the end of the journey; facilitating demands of privacy and exclusivity; and can even work their magic to get highly exclusive, sought-after and sold-out villas.
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