A holiday in the Maldives is the ultimate way to indulge, relax and unwind, be it for a special occasion, a honeymoon or simply a much-needed break.
The Maldives is one of the few places in the world where you will be bowled over by the beauty of the place before you’ve even landed – flying over 1,192 coral islands dotted throughout a brilliantly turquoise sea is a sight people never forget.
During a luxury holiday to the Maldives you can indulge in luxurious accommodation, idyllic islands with white powder beaches and azure blue lagoons, world-class spas, and some of the Indian Ocean’s finest diving and watersports.
Despite their similarity when it comes to the ‘paradise island’ effect, each island and resort in the Maldives has a very unique character, allowing us to find one that suits your needs perfectly.
For true escapism, natural beauty and laid-back island living our top picks would be Six Senses Laamu, Soneva Fushi and Gilli Lankanfushi – three “Robinson Crusoe” island resorts where driftwood, thatch and verdant jungle create a rustic-chic barefoot luxury. In the north, Soneva Fushi’s garden villas are hidden amongst trees on the island (some with their own private stretch of beach), Gilli Lankanfushi’s stilted water bungalows – some of the largest in the Maldives – seemingly hover over the crystal clear shallows below. Down south, Six Senses Laamu’s remote location in the virtually uncharted Laamu Atoll ensures
uninterrupted vistas, and access to some of the best surfing in the Maldives.
Cocoa Island is undeniably our favourite honeymoon retreat in the Maldives. Intimate and peaceful, thanks in part to its world-renowned Como Shambala spa and motorised watersports ban, the chic loft-style Dhoni Suites are perched over the turquoise lagoon and stunning drop-off house reef which is perfect for beginners and seasoned snorkelers/divers alike. Another favourite for couples looking to relax is Baros where there is a ‘no kids under 8 years’ rule, and plenty of facilities and watersports – including its own PADI centre with onsite marine biologist – on offer.
Looking to splurge? When it comes to all out ‘wow’ factor, Constance Halaveli and Anantara Kihavah are two of the most luxurious islands in the Maldives, with an emphasis on style, space and privacy. Constance Halaveli’s villas are mostly overwater, but for total privacy we recommend their double-storey beach villas which come complete with private gardens, huge outdoor bathrooms and plunge pools. With over 6km of coastline and 12 beaches, celeb hang-out Reethi Rah is one of the largest islands in the Maldives, best explored on bicycles or the chauffeured golf-buggies which are allocated to each of their lavish villas. With a staff-guest ratio of 3:1, this is undoubtedly the place to be pampered.
Niyama is elegant, contemporary and fun, offering a multitude of dining experiences including underwater, rooftop and floating restaurants. Spa junkies will be in heaven in their Lime Spa, open 24 hours. Activities and family-fun are also in abundance at Anantara Dighu, where an extensive watersports programme goes further than the traditional diving and snorkeling, offering kiteboarding, parasailing and surfing.