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Best Resorts in the Maldives

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

This is our definitive list of Maldives resorts that will abolutely blow your mind! From the most exclusive overwater villas to resorts that feature underwater restaurants, this list will help you find your favourite resorts in the Maldives! We've researched all of the Maldives' atolls to ensure you get it correctly the first time.

Amaya Kuda Rah Resort

Enter an island haven where your can drink cocktails all day and watch the sunset from unside the infinity pool. The resort features a number of beach and water villas, a waterfront bar and restaurant, underground bar and games room. This place is nice and small for anyone who doesn't like a long stroll, or you could borrow a bike and explore it that way. The Amaya Kuda Rah resort is located very close to the Whale Sharks and Manta Point so you will have plenty of options for snorkelling or dive trips.

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives is an adults-only getaway suited for couples and honeymooners. The resort features a huge international buffet along with a number of chefs working the grill at each meal. Pure white sand and a shimmering lagoon make this the ideal playground for beach activities, snorkeling, and water sports. You can lay in the suspended hammocks and enjoy a cocktail while taking in the amazing over water villas or there are a number or pools on the island, but none more popular than the swim up bar on the main beach!

Adaaran Hudhuran Fushi Resort

At Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi, you'll get an unmatched choice of activities for your tropical vacation. The island is blessed with lush greenery and clean seas and is nestled in calm isolation in the North Male Atoll, making it the ideal Maldives beach resort for your trip. The island is home to some of the Maldives best surfing at Lohis Break. This exclusive break is only allowed to be surfed at by approved guests and is well known all around the world! The island also features a huge full size sports ground in the middle, amazing sunset and sunrise beaches for yoga and a swim up bar which connects to the resort poo! One more special feature of this island is that you can organise a private trip to a nearby island to watch the sunset and party into the evening.

Hurawalhi Island Resort

Set on a beautiful private island in the Maldives' pristine Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi Island Resort features one of the most amazing Bucket List items in the country, the spectacular 5.8 Undersea Restaurant! The restaurant is exactly what its name suggests and is located 5.8 metres below sea level, so you can enjoy breakfast whilst watching the fish, turtles and other random marine life swim past. The island also features a number of restaurants above sea level, a day spa, dive and watersports centre.

Taj Exotica Resort

The Taj is part of an exclusive international hotel chain and located in Finolhu island which is just a short 15 minute speedboat ride from the Malé Internation Airport. You will be spoilt for choice for places to eat, with options like the the Teppanyaki Kitchen or fresh seafood at 24 Degrees or the Deep End Restaurant, then finish off with a leisurely cocktail at the Equator Bar. The Taj has 64 overwater villas, they range from sunrise, to sunset villas and some even with their own pools.

Milaidhoo Island

This island is located inside the UNESCO biosphere reserve, so you will have the opportunity to see some of The Maldives best marine life from edge of your water villa! Milaidhoo Island is also the closest resort to the world famous Hanifaru Bay, home to not only the annual manta ray migration, but whale sharks, nurse sharks and an abundance of sea turtles, this place will blow your mind. The resort is involved with local sustainability projects and encourages its guest to take a layer back approach to life!

Kandima Island Resort

This amazing resort is located in the Dhaalu Atoll, which is south west of the nations capital and only accessible via a flight. The island has a spectacular pool with a swim up bar, which is surrounded by palm trees and overlooks the ocean. There are a number of different restaurants and bars scattered across the island and you will have an option to stay in an overwater bungalow or simply a beachfront villa that has its own private pool. The resort offers, not only much of the same waterposrts and diving activities, as other island in The Maldives but also one additional super unique thing to do which is exclusive to this islands, and that is to go skydiving!

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Located on Meradhoo Island in Gaafu Alifu Atoll, this resort offers a more exclusive experience when staying in the water bungalows because they are actually discounted from the main island. You will still have a Butler, but at Raffles, they are known as Marine Bulters, as they are trained by the resorts very own marine biologist. This enables the Marine Butlers, to not only tend to your service when ordering a cocktails or snack, but to also lead you on a snorkelling tour of one of the most pristine ecosystems in the country.


Where in the world can you walk of your balcony and plunge into crystal clear waters, to go and swim with Manta Ray? This resort is located on Sirru Fen Fushi island which is in the northern section of the Maldives and more conveniently, right next to a Manta Ray cleaning station. For any avid divers or the snorkelers who are obsessed with Marine Life, this little patch of paradise is for you. After you have spent the day exploring, you can relax by one of the longest pools in The Maldives before heading to the amazing Azure Restaurant for sunset dinner.

Soneva Jani

Wow! Thats all we have to say about this resort. Soneva is a hotel chain which boast some of spectacular resorts in the Maldives. They all feature different features and characteristics, but our standout is the Soneva Jani, located on Kunfunadhoo Island in the world famous Baa Atoll. The thing that sets it apart is that resort has the best water villas in the Maldives. They are large, they have world class finishes with huge infinity pools and some even have water slides!

Gili Lankanfushi

This amazing resort is named after the island that it lays, Lankanfushi. Located in the Kaafu Atoll, just a short 20 minute boat ride from Velana International Airport in Malé, there are 45 massive rustic over water villas, that are surrounded by their very own lagoon. The restaurants and bars offer a little break from the villas and there are a variety of water sports to choose from plus its very own fully-equipped dive school, at this natural and eco-friendly resort.

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