The Maldives is considered to be one of the most exclusive destinations to enjoy the ultimate tropical gateway. The Maldives is a collection of about a thousand small coral atolls, situated on the equator towards the south of India. It is blessed with the most stunning beaches, crystal clear lagoons, and incredible underwater marine life. The archipelago is a paradise covered by islets of white sand and palm trees, dreamy atolls, and a turquoise ocean in full view.
However, the Maldives is also home to the most luxurious hotels and resorts that are perfect for anyone and everyone. From scuba divers to honeymooners and even celebrities, the idyllic retreats offer world-class accommodation, the finest dining experience, luxurious services, and exceptional facilities for the perfect vacation.
From the secluded overwater villas to sustainable cottages, here are the top five affluent hotels of Maldives:
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is a boutique hotel and provides all the advantages of a paradise island one can picture. Its splendid location within the northern Baa atoll offers no shortage of wildlife and marine adventures at the resort. The island of Kihavah is ringed with white powdery sands and turquoise waters providing the most scenic views. Its remote location also means guests can enjoy a starry night and endless horizons.
The luxurious overwater and beach villas provide private infinity pools, open-air bathrooms, and beautiful sea views. Upgraded villas have elegant living rooms, private beaches, dining areas, and butler’s kitchens. The glass-bottomed bath is one of the highlights of the hotel and is found in some of the villas.
The hotel also has an overwater spa, an underwater restaurant, an overwater observatory, an outdoor cinema beneath a celestial sky, a kids club, an art studio, and more. The water sports center offers an array of activities including kayaking, windsurfing, and snorkeling.
Gili Lankanfushi is an award-winning Maldivian resort with its rustic-chic style and eco-friendly practice, serene atmosphere, and first-class services. The private resort island of Lankanfushi is set in North Male Atoll. This paradise isle is surrounded by a shallow lagoon of glistening blue waters, broad white beaches, and shape-shifting sandbanks.
The homely palm-thatched wooden villas are stilted over the water, keeping the wild island and the beaches on full display. The villas are built with sustainable items such as teak, bamboo, and coconut and feature handmade wooden furniture as well as spacious interiors. For guests seeking the ‘castaway experience’, the Robinson Crusoe villas are set out at the edges of the lagoon and are reached by a small pontoon.
The facilities of the resort include the Meera Spa, an ocean-side swimming pool, fitness rooms, tennis courts, and more. The beachside Kashiveli restaurant serves a range of delicacies while the Passage to India focuses solely on delicious Indian dishes.
Situated on an unhabituated five island cluster in the Noonu Atoll that boasts brilliant turquoise waters and unobstructed views, Soneva Jani offers an unparalleled experience in idyllic surroundings. The prominent Soneva team was the first to introduce over-water villas to the Maldives and Soneva Jani is no exception.
The resort is covered in white-washed wood with splashes of purple and green. The villas are built using sustainable plantations. The massive overwater villas are accompanied by an equally spacious swimming pool. Other features include access to the private lagoon, high-end interiors, retractable ceilings, and portholes in floors that reveal the marine life below.
There are four restaurant options and a bar offering a range of cuisines and refreshing drinks. Around the corner of the resort is the homemade ice cream and a chocolate room where one can choose from a dozen of different types of truffles and ice cream flavors.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is a remote island resort in the secluded Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The resort combines innovation, wellness, and conservation to provide a glorious experience in the Maldives. The isolated location means uninterpreted vistas of the sea, a clear lit sky, and a tranquil atmosphere.
This sophisticated retreat is surrounded by a coconut boulevard and features traditional Maldivian architecture. The resort comprises thatched bungalows and villas boasting chic contemporary interiors, coral walls, and cozy living areas. Each unit sits effortlessly above the pristine water on stilts. The huge outdoor spaces have a private infinity pool, offer direct ocean or beach access, and mezzanine-level lofts.
The resort offers a unique Ayurveda consultation service where resident physicians analyses problem areas and offer diet and lifestyle recommendations to guests accordingly. Moreover, guests can head over to the resort’s overwater spa rooms and try out yoga sessions. Lunch can be enjoyed at the beachfront Fuego Grill or the rooftop Al Barakat. Guests can sip on refreshing cocktails and drinks at either the Sea Bar or the Shisha Bar. The interactive and educational talk at Marine Discovery Centre, run by a team of biologists, cannot be missed.
Located in the North Male Atoll, Baros is one of the Indian Ocean’s first luxury dive resorts. Due to a staggering house reef, marine adventures are abundant. As the resort is set on a private coral island, it features warm waters, snow-white sands, groves of coconut palms, and dynamic landscapes that appear straight out of a postcard.
Boras is an elegant and comfortable accommodation that pays utmost attention to details. The quality furnishing of villas, sandy foliage-lined pathways, stylish settings, and more guarantee a lavish yet relaxing stay. The beautiful beachside villas open into a private leafy garden and the beach. The Baros Resident is set in a secluded location that has its own private pool while the water villas are set in a prime position to observe scenic sunsets.
Among the restaurants of the resort, guests can enjoy fine dining experiences at Cayenne Grill that provides delicious seafood, Mediterranean cuisines at Lighthouse, and informal meals at Lime. The resort also has a fantastic spa, a large swimming pool, water entertainment from a luxury yacht and other marine activities.
The Maldives is a dreamy destination and staying at any of the above-listed hotels can make your trip even more unforgettable.
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