The best resorts in the Maldives, from the new to the iconic

WT Writer
Oct 6, 2021

Find your perfect slice of paradise by immersing yourself in our list of the very best resorts in the Maldives, from secluded retreats to family hotspots and hidden hideaways

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Swaying palm trees, ocean-view infinity pools, dazzling white sands… Sun Siyam Iru Fushi ticks off every possible Maldives wish-list, and much more besides. A pristine beach encircles the whole island, with low-slung hammocks and secluded sunloungers, while the all-villa accommodation offers private pools and Jacuzzis galore. Feeling adventurous? Maybe you’ll start the morning with a nature walk through the tropical gardens – before a day of scuba diving, watersports and island hopping in a dhoni sailing boat. Meanwhile, the spa specialises in Ayurvedic treatments, plus one-to-one yoga sessions and guided meditation – ideal for easing into the languid pace of island life.

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Don’t miss…

A family-friendly snorkelling trip to a reef famed for its clownfish, where you can search for your own little Nemo and Dory.

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Maldivian sunsets are always glorious. As the day draws to a close, retreat to the whirlpool of a Sunset Horizon Water Villa for the best view on the island.

Adaaran Club Rannalhi

The South Atoll is generally considered the best snorkelling destination across Maldivian waters, and Adaaran Club Rannalhi sits right at its tip. So, if aqua adventure tops your wishlist, then head here to get your fix of giant manta rays, striking whale sharks, and soft-natured sea turtles. Keep the itinerary action-packed when you opt for this fun-loving resort by planning in everything from sunrise fishing to sunset cruises. And if you feel like exploring further afield, you can embark on an island-hopping adventure, visiting a trio of neighbouring islands.

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A chance to experience the traditional lifestyle of the Maldivians when you take a day trip to the local town.  

Room with a view

Feel like you’re walking on water when you stay in one of the water bungalows. They have glass porthole floors, so you can watch sea life float on by.

Kurumba Maldives

If you simply can’t wait to set foot in paradise, Kurumba Maldives is the resort for you – a mere 10-minute speedboat ride away from the airport, a service that’s available around the clock. That means more time to enjoy the ample attractions on offer – from snorkelling (try it at night for a whole new perspective) to scuba diving; shark safaris to dolphin cruises; and from trips to local islands to learn of the local culture to nightly entertainment under the stars. This is a resort that promises much and delivers plenty, particularly if you have the kids in tow. There are dedicated kids’ and teens’ clubs to ensure nobody misses out. Ideal for a family getaway, the Family Villa sleeps up to three adults, two children and an infant in secluded luxury.

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The opportunity to go all-inclusive, to take away the only headache you may have while here.

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The spacious Family Villa has a private decking area that overlooks your crystal clear swimming pool.

Kurumba Maldives

Dhigali Maldives

How to better the thought of being on an all-inclusive holiday in the Maldives? Think of being on a ‘premium’ all-inclusive holiday in the Maldives, obviously. That’s one of the USPs at Dhigali Maldives, and it means everything you could possibly want is yours without having to open your wallet. You want premium wines and spirits with your meals? Check. How about a meet and greet service and complimentary VIP lounge access on arrival at the airport? Check. Dolphin cruise? Check. The minibar in your room? Check. You get the idea. And with no worries weighing you down, you can hit the island’s 12-room spa to relax in the best possible way.

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Snorkelling in the house reef, where abundant marine life will welcome you to warm waters.

Room with a view

The Dhigali Suite offers up an ocean view framed by swaying palm trees, all from your own courtyard.

Dhigali Maldives

Heritance Aarah

The 40-minutes by seaplane that separates Malé from this slice of paradise is just enough time for you to build excitement for what awaits when you touch down. And what awaits is heart-tugging – ivory-hued sands, lapped by waters the colour of Listerine, in an area of spellbinding natural beauty. Choose from Beach Villas to the grand Ocean Residence, with plenty more in between. And for dinner, take your pick from multiple restaurants – serving everything from seafood to Sri Lankan. But why burden yourself with tough decisions? Go premium all-inclusive at Heritance Aarah and you can get your fill of all your heart desires – drinks, food, a massage, and excursions, including the likes of diving and a dolphin cruise.

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Shaking up a storm at the bar by taking a cocktail-making masterclass with the resort’s mixologist.

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The Family Pool Beach Villas are both spacious and sea-facing – you can also view the ocean while enjoying a bath.

Heritance Aarah

Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives

Embark on a 45-minute seaplane ride after you land in Malé, and you’ll find yourself in the Noonu Atoll, where resorts are sparse. That means that if you’re seeking no-corners-cut luxe and back-to-nature vibes, the secluded Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives is the one. What’s more, if you’re travelling with little ones, they’ll love the variety of family-friendly activities on offer and the busy Little Birds kids’ club here.

Don’t miss…

 A morning spent practicing your downward dog on the beach before a healing treatment in Sun Spa’s jungle rooms.

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Not only does the Overwater Pool Villa Lagoon King offer an unbroken view over the ocean, but it also does so beneath it, thanks to a glass-bottom floor

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

It’s one-third of the resorts located in the Fari Islands, but this one is set on soothing the souls of its guests; Patina Maldives is the place to come when you really need to check in your day-to-day stresses at the door and check out the natural beauty that the Indian Ocean has to offer.  Intent on guests harnessing the power of nature during their stay, the interior design of the resort has been carefully considered in order to seamlessly blend from inside to out. Do good for the body by embarking on a journey to wellness in the spa, and relax the mind during a unique paddleboard meditation. You’ll feel like a new person by the time you go home.

Don’t miss…

Taking part in a boduberu class. Bodu means ‘big’, and beru means ‘drums’, so you get the idea. The instrument is traditional across the Maldives, and you’ll hear the drumbeat as you’re welcomed to the resort.

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Want a change from the typical Maldivian scenes? Opt for a studio, sitting on the edge of the vibrant Fari Marina Village for a view with a little bit of life.

Velassaru

Those postcard-perfect pictures you see of sand-ringed, postage-stamp-sized islands alone in the translucent ocean? That’ll be Velassaru; paradise found, just a 25-minute speedboat ride from Malé. The accommodation here is as varied as it is fantastic, offering up a choice of bungalows, suites and villas, either on the powder-soft sand or overwater. You’ll also find ample offering when it comes to dining – take your pick from the live cooking stations at Vela to the flipping good fun at Teppanyaki, and plenty more besides. Don’t worry, you can stretch out that bulging waistline at one of the complimentary sunset yoga classes.

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The chance to whisk your significant other off to a secluded sandbank for the ultimate romantic dinner.

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No prizes for guessing the view that greets you at the Water Villa, but it’s jaw-dropping all the same.

Velassaru

Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

Fans of this Thai-inspired luxury hotelier (it’s hard not to be a fan, to be honest) will be happy to know there’s not one, not two, but three island resorts by Anantara waiting for them in the Maldives. And Anantara Dhigu, which opened in 2006, was the first to set up shop. So what’s the original resort promising still-deciding guests? Well, if an island resort in the Indian Ocean wasn’t secluded enough for you, you can take a trip to a completely private island for the day. Then, with just your loved ones around to join the fun (oh, and a personal butler for all your refreshment needs), you can soak up on the sun on ivory-hued sands and frolic in the clear seas. Bliss.

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Dining at BAAN HURAA. Signature Thai cuisine served over a lagoon? Hard to beat.

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If you’re a bath lover, embark on a soak to remember (a giant tub under the starry skies, anyone?) when you stay in one of the beach villas.

Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences

One of the largest islands yet hosting just 67 villas, sign up for a vacation here to max out on space. But more than just a roomy resort with the classic seascapes and superstar services, Amilla Maldives also comes out top trumps as one of the luxury destinations for those with thoughts of sustainable travel on their minds. Located in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in Baa Atoll, preserving the waters and local landscape is non-negotiable here – exchanging one-use plastic for a water bottling plant on the island itself, one such example of the resort’s commitment to the environment. As over 70 per cent of the 23.5 hectares of landmass has been left entirely untouched, you get a glimpse of the lush greenery and sea blues, while the restaurants are known for their unique dishes, put together using locally-grown, locally-sourced ingredients.

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The 2,000 plus species of fish (and turtles, manta rays, dolphins) that thrive in this UNESCO-protected sea stretch. Get snorkelling.

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Fall asleep to the sound of waves gently breaking against the shore when you opt for the Amilla Glamping experience.

SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton

One of the archipelago’s best-connected resorts, SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton combines breathtaking natural beauty with the buzz of a shopping, dining and entertainment hub. It’s one of the three islands at Crossroads Maldives – putting extra spas, bars and boutiques just a short walk away – and is a 15-minute speedboat hop from Malé and the airport. So you won’t have to wait long to dip your toes in the huge infinity pool, or slip into the ocean from your overwater villa. In the resort itself, you’ll find three restaurants and an exclusive beach club – all with a colourful island-inspired aesthetic.

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The fragrant curries, fresh noodles and spicy salads at Mr Tomyam – the hotel’s top-rated Thai restaurant.

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With the sand literally on its doorstep, a King Beach Villa offers front-row ocean views – yet remains handy for the resort’s restaurants and amenities.

SAii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

From the underwater tunes at the swim-up bar, to the curated vinyl collection (and premium headphones) in your suite, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is the spot for music lovers, where paradise comes with a pitch-perfect soundtrack. As well as an abundance of classic Maldivian perks – the white-sand beach, the stunning infinity pool, the snorkelling and scuba trips – the resort hosts live gigs, DJ sets, pool parties and beach barbecues. The morning after, Rock Spa offers salvation in the form of a ‘Synchronicity Massage’, a soothing full-body treatment set to its very own playlist.

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The chance to follow the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, by rocking out on a Fender Stratocaster – delivered straight to your door. It’s one of four models on the ‘Guitar Menu’, with lessons available too.

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The Rock Star Villa has a glass floor, so you can spy on the sea life without getting your feet wet.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

Siyam World Maldives

With 4km of flawless beaches, and an even longer ‘house reef’ for spectacular snorkelling, Siyam World Maldives is one of the nation’s largest island-resorts – and its most varied, too. There are 21 accommodation categories to choose from, many with private pools, personal ‘katheeb’ (butler) and uninterrupted ocean views. Room rates are all-inclusive, so you can dine with abandon at the 14 bars and restaurants, which serve everything from tapas to sushi, as well as local Maldivian delicacies. As for activities, take your pick from beach bootcamp, sunset meditation, the inflatable obstacle-course of Siyam Water World – and much more

Don’t miss…

A glimpse of the Milky Way, on a stargazing session led by an expert astronomer.

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With its very own water slide into the ocean, a Lagoon Villa is ideal for families (and big kids, too).

Siyam World Maldives

JA Manafaru

When you step off the seaplane, you’ll kick off your shoes and forget all about them – because JA Manafaru is a paragon of barefoot luxury. Naturally, it’s fringed entirely by a paradise beach, upon which sit several restaurants and dining venues, plus an infinity swimming pool (one of three) with stellar sunset views. Inland, hidden from view by blossoming fruit trees, lies a cluster of secluded villas: each with their own swimming pool and spa pavilion. Just offshore, two crescents of over-water villas jut out into the Indian Ocean, orientated to face either sunset or sunrise – and surrounded, of course, by sparkling gemstone-blue shallows.

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Want to really get away from it all? On a ‘Castaway’ boat trip, you’ll be whisked to a far-flung desert island – yours to explore for the day.

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Earlybirds love the east-facing Sunrise Water Villas, which catch the first sunshine of the morning. You can sip your morning coffee in the private pool.

Kuramathi

Kuramathi was one of the first islands in the Maldives to welcome guests, and its well-honed offering is what keeps them coming back. It packs a lot into its 1.8km length – from a house reef chockful of vibrantly-hued fish to a superb spa, kids’ club, sports centre, watersports aplenty, and nightly entertainment. Who says there’s nothing to do in the Maldives? But it’s when it comes to dining that Kuramathi really excels. If you’re too much of a fussy eater to find what you like at one of the nine a’ la carte restaurants, there are also three buffet restaurants. Though wherever you choose to dine, head first for a glass of bubbly at the brilliant Champagne Loft, home to some forty labels.

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The chance to take a night dive in the house reef, to check out a 40-metre wreck.

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Perched on the edgeof the sandbank, the Thundi Water Villa with Pool guarantees a stunning sunset.

Kuramathi

Sun Siyam Olhuveli

Every evening, the jetty of Sun Siyam Olhuveli is surrounded by manta rays, which come to feed on its plankton-rich waters. That’s just one of the ways that this resort – set on a trio of islands – sits in harmony with its natural surroundings: even the humblest dwelling has beautiful beach views, while the three swimming pools are set in lushly-planted gardens. The lagoon is the centrepiece of the resort, where you can try flyboarding, paragliding, kitesurfing and more, all with expert tuition. While families are welcome and kids are cosseted, there are plenty of adults-only spots too – including a sea-view infinity pool, selected restaurants and overwater villas.

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The chance to scuba dive on the shipwreck at Vaavu Atoll, surrounded by vibrant shoals of fish. It’s a short boat ride away from the resort.

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From the open-air (yet utterly private) bathtub of a Two Bedroom Beach Suite, you can look to the skies while you bathe.

Sun Siyam Olhuveli

Huvafen Fushi Maldives

In the North Malé Atoll, just 30 minutes by speedboat from the airport, is the stunning Huvafen Fushi, where absolute luxury abounds. Did we mention yet that it has an underwater spa, submerged eight metres below the surface to offer spa-goes a real once-in-a-lifetime experience (unless you head here for more than one treatment, which you definitely will). The accommodation offering is split into bungalows and pavilions, and on the beach or overwater. They’re big, beautifully designed, and you’ll find us cocooned in the gargantuan Cube With Pool, replete with a private steam room and sauna.   

Don’t miss…

Checking out the rare vintages at Vimum. It’s not just the spa that’s submerged at Huvafen Fushi, but the wine cellar tool, a first for the Maldives.

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The Two-Bedroom Ocean Pavilion With Pool stands atop the turquoise ocean, affording its guests soul-stirring vistas.

Huvafen Fushi

Six Senses Laamu

In true Six Senses style, this resort offers unbridled luxury with a sustainable twist: its marine conservation projects have garnered multiple awards, and each villa is made from natural materials (with nary a piece of single-use plastic in sight). As if by reward, Six Senses Laamu is replete with wildlife – including a resident pod of dolphins, a coral reef busy with mantas and parrotfish, and turtles nesting on its magnificent sands. As well as the full gamut of island experiences (watersports, scuba, sandbank dining and more), its activities put Maldivian culture in the spotlight: think dhoni sailing, local cooking classes, and spa treatments infused with island-grown coconuts and herbs

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The chance to get involved with marine conservation – whether that’s spotting turtle hatchlings on the beach (May and August), or joining the Junior Marine Biology Program (ages 6-16).

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With its outdoor shower, glass-bottomed bathtub and aquarium dining deck, a ​​Laamu Water Villa offers multiple ways to enjoy its ocean setting.

Kandolhu Maldives

You’ll have to hop on a seaplane to reach Kandolhu, but in just 25 minutes you’ll land on an island that Mother Nature would rightly rank amongst her finest work. It houses just 30 villas, nestled amid thickets of emerald-green foliage, ranging in style from Beach Villas to Ocean Pool Villas. The spa here bows to the romantic vibe via three couples’ treatment rooms, as will the chef, who will devise a dinner menu just for the two of you to enjoy on a private spot of sand. On other nights, take your pick from five à la carte restaurants. But be sure to set your alarm for a snorkelling adventure in the South Ari Atoll, where you’ll likely spot magnificent whale sharks.

Don’t miss…the opportunity to ramp up the romance with a champagne sunset cruise.

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It’s the bathroom we love inside the Ocean Pool Villa – it opens up to a deck and the endless ocean beyond, best viewed from the bath.

Kandolhu Maldives

One&Only Reethi Rah

When you’ve stayed at One&Only Reethi Rah, holidays will never be the same again. Because how do you top a setting as naturally opulent as this, blessed with twelve pearl-white beaches, luxuriant gardens, and cerulean ocean as far as the eye can see? Even the palm trees have supermodel looks, with their glossy fronds and picture-perfect poses. But the resort doesn’t rest on its laurels, either: the thatched villas are exquisite, the One&Only Spa is divine, and the service is impeccable – whether you’re sipping sundowners on Tapasake’s sea-breezy terrace, or devouring lunch beside the resort’s three swimming pools.

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While the resort’s kids’ clubs are fantastic, its family-friendly experiences give you the opportunity to explore together – on dolphin cruises, whale shark expeditions and more.

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In a Grand Water Villa, you can see the sea from the comfort of your kingsize bed – and sunbathe on a secluded catamaran net, just inches from the ocean. 

Sun Siyam Vilu Reef

Totally in tune with its idyllic location, Sun Siyam Vilu Reef is a haven for wildlife – as well as discerning guests. The surrounding reef offers fantastic diving and snorkelling, while the treetops bustle with exotic birds. The resort has occupied this island for 20 years, but still feels fresh and luxurious: a handful of beach suites sit between the coconut palms, while stilted villas overlook the turquoise lagoon. The on-site scuba school offers guided dives for beginners and pros alike, as well as canoeing, windsurfing and banana boat rides – while land activities include everything from tennis and yoga, to moonlit movie screenings on the beach.

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The speedboat ride to Sun Siyam Iru Veli, to spend the day on Vilu Reef’s sister resort – another five-star retreat.

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You can step right onto the sand from a Jacuzzi Deluxe Beach Villa, and snooze on its sea-facing sofa swing.

Sun Siyam Olhuveli

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

While yes, you could spend your entire holiday snoozing under a coconut palm, or floating in your own private swimming pool, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is full of wild wonders you won’t want to miss – including a house reef teeming with manta rays, sea turtles and colourful coral. Its top-rated PADI dive centre puts you closest to the action, but you’ll also get a great view from the underwater restaurant, or the glass-bottomed whirlpool bath of your sunset-facing villa. Other activities include everything from stargazing to sports (badminton, tennis, Muay Thai and more) – plus dolphin spotting on Ocean Whisperer, the resort’s 24-metre luxury gulet.

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The incredible array of Ayurvedic spa treatments and wellness therapies – plus reiki, meditation and energy healing with genuine experts. The aerial yoga, practiced in a soft fabric sling suspended over the ocean, will elevate your sun salutations too.

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Thank goodness the private ‘villa hosts’ (butlers) of the Over Water Villas are on-call 24 hours a day – because you won’t want to leave your sea-view infinity pool.

Soneva Fushi

For a castaway experience with a five-star twist, Soneva Fushi’s ‘Signature Experiences’ really capture the magic of its tropical setting: think overnight glamping on a deserted sandbank, private surfing lessons on the atoll’s smooth breaks, and seafood suppers with sand between your toes. Out on the lagoon, you can whiz through the crystalline shallows on speedy eFoil boards, or enjoy effortless snorkelling on a SEABOB water-scooter. For dolphin sightings and easy access to the house reef, choose a villa on the sunset side of the island; meanwhile, the sunrise side offers more privacy, with neighbouring island Maalhos just a speck on the horizon.

Don’t miss…

Candlelit romance at Fresh in the Garden, the resort’s treehouse-style restaurant. Its menu is inspired by the Mediterranean, featuring fresh herbs and vegetables grown in the very Eden it overlooks.

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More of a mansion than a villa, the Private Reserve features nine bedrooms and two swimming pools – with a canopy-level upper deck, from which you can gaze out over your domain.

Soneva Fushi

The Nautilus Maldives

With just 26 villas on the entire island, you can spend a whole fortnight at The Nautilus Maldives and rarely see another soul. Indeed, the only crowds you’ll encounter are the whale sharks and manta rays of Hanifaru Bay – an incredible dive spot that’s just a 30-minute boat ride away. Guests are encouraged to follow their own rhythms, with no set time for dining and no activity timetables: instead, each experience is completely bespoke, whether that’s a seaplane tour of Baa Atoll, or a sandbank barbecue beneath the stars. The accommodations are secluded and spacious, with butler service and private pools in each one.

Don’t miss…

The over-water dining pavilion at restaurant Zeytoun, which features four private jetties – each with a table set for two.

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Described as a ‘castle’ by the resort, the three-bedroom Nautilus Mansion is located right on the beach, and features a traditional Maldivian undolhi (swing-bed) overlooking the waves.

JOALI BEING

A mere 40 minutes by seaplane from Malé is all that separates you from the unique JOALI BEING, an island utopia built from the ground up using biophilic (a love of nature) design principles and an ethos based on what the brand state are ‘The Four Pillars of JOALI BEING: Mind, Skin, Microbiome, and Energy.’ This is a wellbeing sanctuary on another level, one where each guest is greeted with an initial in-depth consultation on arrival to ensure their ‘Immersion Programme’ (as it’s termed here) is designed bespoke. Then it’s off to sample the extraordinary wellness facilities (Hydrotherapy Hall, Sound Therapy Hall, and Herbology Centre included) before dinner at the open-plan, three-kitchen Flow (ingredients soured for sustainability, of course) as the sun sets on just another day in paradise.

Don’t miss…

The chance to check out the island’s Turtle Rehabilitation Centre – one of just three in the Maldives.

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How about the Four Bedroom Wellbeing Private Ocean Residence? It marries a well-being room and ‘movement zone’ to what are jaw-dropping, uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean. Customised minibar included.

Joali Being

Soneva Jani

The overwater villa was (and remains) ubiquitous in the Maldives, a hard-to-top guest experience. Then Soneva Jani birthed the Water Retreat, upping the ante by adding huge water slides to the overwater accommodation offering – and a retractable roof over the master bedroom, allowing you to sleep under the stars without eschewing the comfort of your bed. Since then, the resort has added the slightly larger Water Reserves, the ultimate in over-water living. You won’t be surprised to learn, then, that the other offerings here are also a cut above – exceptional dining and wellness options underpinned by visiting Michelin-starred chefs and world-class practitioners; aquatic adventures replete with turtles and dolphins; and a technology-free kids’ club so that they can fully appreciate their idyllic surrounds. Whether young, old, or somewhere in the middle, this is the Maldives resort of your wildest dreams.

Don’t miss…

Dinner in the unique setting of the island’s own observatory, where the in-house astronomer will be your guide to the stars that light your memorable meal.

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It would be remiss not to take the chance to book a room that affords you the opportunity to slide from your bedroom into the crystal-clear lagoon below. Yep, it’s a Water Retreat or Water Reserve for us.

Soneva Jani

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Though it’s just a 30-minute yacht trip from Malé and the airport, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi feels fabulously far-flung: a trio of islands dotted with stylish villas and suites, and multiple sugar-soft beaches around a peaceful lagoon. For families, the youth club and activities will keep the kids entertained while you hit the spa, soak in the swimming pool (there are two), or explore the islands by catamaran. There are 11 restaurants to choose from, each in a spellbinding spot: like the sunset-view terrace of Amber, the Arabian-styled village of Yasmeen, and the treetop ‘nests’ of Terra – for incredible stargazing while you dine.

Don’t miss…

The adrenaline rush of an X-Jetblade, the under-feet hydro sport – or the X-Jetpack, which flies up to 15 metres into the air. The watersports centre is full of great gadgets, including Seabobs and jetskis too.

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Why have a villa, when you can hire Ithaafushi Private Island? This nine-bedroom sanctuary is totally separate from the main resort, with five swimming pools and a string of spectacular beaches.

Naladhu Private Island Maldives

Designed to feel like your very own isle, Naladhu Private Island Maldives offers an entirely tailormade experience – with dining customised to suit your tastes, activities curated to match your interests, and the services of a dedicated butler to ensure everything runs perfectly smoothly. There are just 20 houses in total, all with their own pools – and everything from surfing lessons to sublime spa treatments at your fingertips. The neighbouring reef is renowned for its wildlife, with opportunities to snorkel alongside wild dolphins, turtles and nurse sharks, or explore on a privately-chartered yacht.

Don’t miss…

The taste of a fresh coconut, hand-picked by Naladhu’s ‘Coconut Guru’ – followed by a tour of the herb garden and a Maldivian cooking class with one of the chefs.

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Each of the island’s 20 villas has private access to the beach, but only an Ocean House has its very own cabana on the sand.

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

Yes, the Maldives is famed as a secluded destination, ideal for honeymooners and peace seekers. But that doesn’t mean you should write it off as a holiday spot without a social side. Enter relative newcomer The Ritz-Carlton Maldives. One of three luxury resorts in the Fari Islands connected by a chic marina, there’s ample opportunity to socialise, explore and soak up the buzz of human interaction. After ticking off the plentiful activities opportunities on and off property, return to your own private paradise; one, two, and three-bedroom villas are available, either over water or along the beachfront, and each champions minimalistic design inspired by the Maldivian landscape.

Don’t miss…

A trip to Rake & Revolution. The luxury shopping destination works in partnership with many fashion houses to bring high-end attire to the island.

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The best of the best can be found in The Ritz-Carlton Estate; 1500 square metres, three bedrooms, one private beach stretch, one supersized pool, and a personal villa butler and chef to keep you holiday-happy.

Looking for further island inspiration? Check out our guide to Mauritius