Written by Mark Smith. Published on .
With summer slowly fading into memory, I am reminded of the endless blue waters, pristine white beaches, and perfect sunsets of The Maldives. But with over 100 hotels to choose from, which one is right for your holiday?
Take a look at some of the categories below that may take the calibre of your luxury holiday to the perfect escape of a lifetime!
Borrow the complimentary snorkelling equipment and venture into the stunning waters around the private island that has one of the best house reefs in the Indian Ocean.
One of the best diving spots in the world, the South Ari Atoll is also on the migration route of manta rays, whale sharks, and dolphins. With PADI certificate courses and nearby diving sites such as Shark Point, the Constance Moofushi earns its place as the best hotel in The Maldives for diving & snorkelling.
When a hotel boasts the first underwater massage rooms in the world, it is hard not to have it on this list. The light filtering through the clear blue water as colourful fish swim past soothes you, all while the tensions of the real world fade away.
Lime Spa at Huvafen Fushi is definitely the best spa in The Maldives and, in my opinion, may just be the best spa in the world!
A lot of hotels in The Maldives claim to have a private island, but the truth is more often than not that you share their “private island” with a few dozen (or more) other villas. Alternatively, they will say that you can take a day trip to a private island, but will have to return each evening.
For the ultimate private and exclusive holiday, Coco Prive offers guests the facilities of a resort, but the privacy of a tropical island all to themselves! With just the one master residence and 5 villas for your guests, the entire island is at your disposal, whenever, whatever, and wherever you like.
The perfect boutique hotel with the ultimate understated luxury, Baros Maldives offers honeymooners with the facilities of a big hotel, but the seclusion of a boutique island resort.
From greeting you at the jetty to the service in the restaurants (and on the beaches, sandbanks, or anywhere on the island you feel like taking your meal), this place is a true getaway; simple, elegant and truly Maldivian that will suit the most discerning of clients.
With one of the most inclusive kids clubs in The Maldives, the Dhoni Club at the Anantara Dhigu Resort caters for ages 3 – 12 years. New themes every day keep the kids entertained, with several activities and play areas throughout the hotel. Children younger than 3 can be looked after by the babysitting service, and the hotel offers child-friendly dishes in all its restaurants.
Older kids can enjoy the surf school, free-diving school, and activities with a marine biologist to the coral nursery.
From the moment children arrive, an imaginative kids pack is offered, they receive unlimited free ice cream from the pool bar, and villas cater for children with bathroom amenities, flip-flops, and slippers.
Including almost all of the above features, and with every villa having either a private pool or direct water access, the Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa offers visitors the best of all worlds. On top of the usual activities in the resort, such as diving, snorkelling, and fishing, the Shangri-La also has the added benefit of being one of the only resorts in The Maldives a 9-hole golf course and 2 tennis courts!
Being one of the larger islands also means the hotel comes with its own nature experiences. Teeming with wildlife and secluded by vegetation, visitors can escape amongst the dense banyan trees and coconut palms as they explore along the nature trails.
Great for adults and children, honeymoons, spa treatments, water activities, golf, and with the ability to lose yourself momentarily in lush forests, the Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa is a fantastic all-round Maldivian experience!
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