You probably have seen the best luxury resorts in the Maldives. The Maldive Islands are a honeymooners paradise or for anyone looking for a luxurious island getaway. You really cant get much more in your face, water at your feet tropical romantic getaway than here! Its in fact it’s SO pretty that when it comes to capturing your happy snap holiday moments, no photo does justice for this picturesque paradise.
Picturesque, yet also a place full of character, where its people have long spent their days languishing in the very essence of idyll living. If your idea of a tropical island holiday includes white sand beaches with turquoise waters glistening, tropical gardens exploding in beautiful color and picture perfect sunsets igniting the sky, then the Maldives will never let you down.
While it is the perfect place to sit on a beach and watch a sunset with a cocktail balanced on your hand, it is also a geographical marvel, knowing that there are thousands of fish swimming around the vivid corals just a few feet away from where you sit.
Located southwest of India and Sri Lanka, the Maldives is a tropical country, made up of 26 coral reefs that fragmented into 1,192 islands, only 200+ of which are inhabited. Tourism powers the economy. In fact, 80+ of the inhabited islands are exclusive private luxury resorts, designed to attract tourists. So with all these pretty little islands… what’s the best one to choose for your luxury holiday escape? Read on to see the recommendations from Wandering Trader:
TOP SEVEN RESORTS IN THE MALDIVES
Voted the #1 Resort in the World on Trip Advisor in 2016, the stunning Gili Lankanfushi is nestled in tropical gardens barefoot luxury at its finest. There are very few places on Earth that have more impressive overwater bungalow villas than those at Gili.
With slides from your bedroom into the ocean, a private jungle cinema, an underground chocolate cave and a whole ocean villa to yourself to call home – this resort is an adults playground paradise of luxury living at its finest.
No shoes, no worries. At this world class resort is that they have a “no shoes, no news” policy where they encourage guests to really disconnect from the daily grind, relax and go barefoot.
Prices per night start from $2,000 USD
Per Aquum – Nimaya
Second on the list of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives is a hip resort in one of the most desirable destinations is especially suitable for active vacationers. Being a larger island than most in the Maldives Nimaya offers more variety and choice for restaurants and activities.
It has an overwater restaurant and underwater nightclub, 24/7 spa center, beach movie nights and themed restaurants with incredible decors! All suites have a service of a personal butler, so one can expect a royal welcome indeed.
Nightly rates start from $800USD and for $4,500 you can stay for 7 nights with an all inclusive package in the low season.
Anantara Kihavah Ocean Villas
The luxury resort is found in idyllic Lhaviyani Atoll. The natural beauty of the island, its white soft sand and azure water are the general qualities of Maldives. Antantara’s impeccable service and owned private lagoon and ocean villa comes with a glass bottom jacuzzi ensure smooth relaxation.
The resort is surrounded with coral reef and features great diving sites. It also provides water sports, tennis courts, fitness suite, beach volley court and a games room. Perfect for honeymooners and anyone who loves to stay in style and appreciates their privacy.
Prices start from $1,000 USD per night
The Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa
You can’t talk maldives without the Shangri-la water villas. They’re the ones you see on your instagram feed when you’re at work and dreaming of being somewhere else and they were also the first ever five start resort on the islands.
The waterfront villas with private pools and on water access are some of the most exclusive and sought after holiday stays in the world.
Prices are in lower range for the Shangri-la (surprisingly!) with rates starting at $500 USD per night and overwater villas at $1000 USD per night
Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi
Huvafen Fushi is a luxurious resort located in the North Malé Atoll in the Maldives. It features overwater and beach bungalows with private pools, free Wi-Fi throughout the property and 6 dining outlets. Huvafen Fushi resort is a 30-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport. An alternative seaplane journey takes 15 minutes.
Nightly rates start at $1, 300 USD per night
Lily Beach Maldives Resort & Spa Sunset Water Suites
Located at Huvahendhoo, the 5-star all inclusive Lily Beach Resort and Spa presents luxurious villas and suites with free Wi-Fi access throughout the property. 2 outdoor pools, a diving centre and 5 food and beverage options await guests. Holistic rejuvenating therapies are offered at Tamara Spa’s over-water spa pavilions. Recreation facilities include a fitness centre and tennis courts. The resort also provides snorkelling equipment and has its own house reef coral garden. The resort’s convenient location allows easy access to more than 40 dive sites.
Prices range from $850 USD – $2,000USD per night
Cheval Blanc Randheli
Part of the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton group, Cheval Blanc Randheli is a 45-villa resort set in Noonu Atoll, 40 minutes north of capital city Malé by seaplane. All Cheval Blanc villas offer private infinity pools, overwater decks and private gardens. For a bite, choose between the resort’s five restaurants, ranging from fine dining to relaxed alfresco options. Recently, Cheval Blanc Randheli also launched its own luxury yacht service, taking guests for extended diving trips and intimate adventures for honeymooners or friends.
Nightly rates for villas are from US$1,600 to US$3,700.
TRAVELING BETWEEN THE ISLANDS
There’s no public transport between resorts so you’ll have to get your resort to arrange the transfer or go back to the mainland and transfer from the Malé airport. Whether you go directly or not depends on how close the two resorts are to each other. If the island you’re wanting to visit is very close, then you can arrange a private speedboat (for which you’ll pay) to take you. If they’re not that close to each other, then you’ll transfer back to Male and the next resort will pick you up from there.
A 20 minute ride on a seaplane will cost you around $300USD and expect to pay twice that for a speedboat transfer. Another factor to consider here is that transfers will be fairly expensive no matter where you go and you’re losing relaxing holiday time unless the islands are quite close to each other.
RESTAURANTS AND DINING
The dining experience of the Maldives is known for Impeccable service, great cuisine with all fresh ingredients, night entertainment in venures scattered across the island that will attract those who like to combine active holidays and pristine location. The cuisine found in the island nation is a mix of Arabic, Indian and Oriental influences. The typical food staples are coconuts, tropical fruits, fish and starchy vegetables like potato and rice for making curries.
Try sampling the local dish, Garudhiya: a fish broth served with rice, lime, chili and onions.
Ithaa Restaurant on the Conrad Rangali Island of the Maldives was the first resort in the world to build an underground wine cellar; the first to create an undersea restaurant; the first to invite world-class chefs and winemakers to its islands and the first to establish a cheese bar.
The impressive wine list has numerous of awards from global travel organisation for their creative design concept, cuisine and wine list that has a collection of over 20,000 bottles in the cellar that’s build two meters underground. The dress code is smart-casual and no shoes are encouraged!
Tribal Restaurant, Nimaya Island
On the Nimaya Island there are four very unique dining choices: Nest is an asian fusion restaurant built in a tree house, Tribal offers a uniquely authentic cultural experience of African, Central and South American tribal cuisines. Subsix – Underwater Playground is hidden 500 meters out in the ocean and 6 meters below the waterline; and Edge provides exclusive over water dining, accessible by boat, featuring delicate Indian Ocean flavors and fresh local seafood.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
The peak seasons of the Maldives run from November to April. Prices will be higher if you are visiting the Maldives during these months and there is very little rain and plenty of tropical sunny warm weather.
The native language is Divehi yet English is widely spoken and many of the luxury resorts are multilingual.
As the islands are an Islamic nation, the population does not drink alcohol, however, it is available in most resorts. Locals instead prefer to drink sai or tea.
Malé International Airport is on Huhule Island a few kilometres from the capital. It is the only international airport in the Maldives.
Sri Lankan Airlines flies from Colombo to Malé for around $100 USD one-way. You can also find tickets with Emirates via Dubai and fares start at $300. The main company for inter-island transfers is Maldivian Air Taxi, info link here >> http://www.transmaldivian.com/