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10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Maldives

Written by Shandley McMurray
Jun 4, 2021

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Ahh, the Maldives; merely viewing images of this idyllic archipelago is enough to make your shoulders relax. Located off the coast of Sri Lanka, this stunning destination is the perfect spot for a beach vacation. While getting here is a bit of a hike, the country’s phenomenal all-inclusive resorts make it easy to lap up the life of luxury while enjoying its sugar-white sandy beaches and crystalline turquoise water.

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly resort that boasts endless activities and kids’ clubs or an adults-only nirvana featuring private plunge pools, overwater villas, and romantic dinners on the beach, you’re sure to find a resort that caters to your every desire. One resort even offers classes to help you become a mermaid. See, you’ll find it all in the Maldives!

Find the perfect place for your next vacation with our list of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Maldives.

Note: Some businesses may be temporarily closed due to recent global health and safety issues.

1. Hurawalhi Island Resort

Photo Source: Hurawalhi Island Resort, Maldives
Photo Source: Hurawalhi Island Resort, Maldives

Welcome to paradise. Oops, we mean Hurawalhi Maldives. This luxurious private island resort is the place where relaxation was born. Not really, but a stay here will definitely soothe your soul, calm your mind, and loosen tight shoulders. Plus, it’s an adults-only retreat, which means tranquility and quiet are easy to find. No wonder it’s known as one of the best couples’ resorts in the world.

Nothing screams vacay like a hammock swinging before a beachfront sunset, and you’ll find plenty of these here. A translucent turquoise lagoon glistens beneath posh overwater villas, offering views so picturesque, your camera will go into overdrive. Only certain villas (both on land and water) boast their own plunge pool, but all feature rainfall showers; sundecks; and a fresh, colorful design.

No private pool? No problem. The resort is home to a crystalline infinity pool so well designed, it appears to join the lagoon before it.

The All-Inclusive Plus Package is the most popular with guests, not to mention the best way to get more bang for your buck at this lavish resort. Included are all buffet meals at Canneli Restaurant, 24-hour snacks at Coco Bar, almost all beverages (including those from the minibar), and the option to “dine around” on a three-course lunch or dinner at the Kashibo Restaurant or two-course lunch or dinner at the J.F.K. Restaurant.

You’ll also find the world’s largest underwater restaurant, the 5.8, which boasts food as inspired and remarkable as its one-of-a-kind surroundings (for an extra fee).

Other perks include a sunset dolphin cruise, half-hour snorkeling tour, 30-minute windsurfing lesson, fee yoga and other fitness classes, as well as use of water sports equipment. For an extra fee, guests can book romantic photo shoots and treatments at the Duniye Spa.

Dedicated to going green, this eco luxury resort has installed solar panels throughout its village to help harness energy. It also has a desalination plant, which distills drinking water before pouring it in glass containers; an organic garden; and “thoughtfully sourced food.”

Address: Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives

Accommodation: Hurawalhi Island Resort

2. Pullman Maldives All-Inclusive Resort

Photo Source: Pullman Maldives All-Inclusive Resort
Photo Source: Pullman Maldives All-Inclusive Resort

A relaxing spot to unwind, the staff at this epic resort are so friendly and attentive, you’ll want for nothing. They’ll even pick you up in a buggy if you’re too tired to walk to another section of the resort. Plus, pop up food carts take the stress out of having to get off your lounge chair to find sustenance when those mid-morning and late afternoon hunger pangs hit.

A stay in one of the plush villas is so luxurious, it will be hard to go back to your normal life. The two-level Aqua villa has a submerged master bedroom, meaning you’re essentially sleeping in the sea. The other bedroom is over the water, with fantastic sunrise views. There’s also a beautiful outside deck, and plunge pool. In case you weren’t already sold, the villas boast indoor and outdoor showers.

Allowing the kids to tag along to this majestic locale? Great idea. The Pullman offers a slew of fun activities like tennis, golf, snorkeling, SUPing, beach volleyball, and nature walks. Plus, there's a children’s club to keep them occupied when you wander off to enjoy a spa treatment, solo swim, or romantic meal for two. The kids' playground is open to little ones aged 4 to 12, while Skillz is reserved for teens.

Ever wanted to become a mermaid? Now’s your chance. The Pullman Maldives All-Inclusive Resort offers a unique, PADI mermaid program to train guests aged six and up to swim like a mermaid, complete with a tail. It’ll cost a bit extra, but can you really put a price on becoming a mythical creature?

All-inclusive means your meals (in three top-notch restaurants), beverages, fitness classes, a sunset cruise, one hour daily of non-motorized sport equipment (i.e. a catamaran, canoe, or windsurfer) and kids’ clubs are complimentary.

The longer you stay, the better the perks. One excursion (i.e. guided snorkeling trip or sunset fishing) and one activity (i.e. a 60-minute spa treatment or 30-minute Jet Ski) are permitted per person every five to seven nights. Stay longer, and you’ll get two excursions and two activities included in your price.

Address: Maamutaa Island, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, Maldives

Accommodation: Pullman Maldives All-Inclusive Resort

3. JA Manafaru Maldives

Photo Source: JA Manafaru Maldives
Photo Source: JA Manafaru Maldives

Turtles and sharks and sting rays, oh my! You can see all of these and so many more vibrant creatures from your overwater villa at the outstanding, five-star luxury JA Manafaru Maldives resort.

Located on a private island in the most northern Maldives atoll, Haa Alif, this luscious spot oozes tranquility — from its sumptuous spa and wellness center to three luxuriant swimming pools to an offshore reef teeming with marine life. It will take about 20 minutes to walk around the entire island, which is palatable in size yet substantial in beauty.

Lounge above the lagoon in a private hammock, just off the patio of your overwater villa, or have a soak in the deep tub of your beach villa’s open-air bathroom. Every villa, be it land- or water-based, boasts a private pool.

Meals, beverages, and snacks are included from most of the seven restaurants and snack bars, as are non-motorized water sports and butler service. Kids can enjoy the kids’ or teens’ clubs, and everyone can partake in a yoga class on the dock, head out parasailing (for a fee), or get PADI certified at the Dive school (also for a fee).

Address: 20012 Dhidhdhoo

Accommodation: JA Manafaru Maldives

4. LUX* South Ari Atoll

Photo Source: LUX* South Ari Atoll
Photo Source: LUX* South Ari Atoll

A stay at the divine LUX* South Ari Atoll will put the “yay” into any vacay. Stunningly gorgeous vistas hover above cerulean water that laps sugar-white sandy shores and beneath a sky so blue, you’ll think Crayola was involved.

Six restaurants and five snack bars are ready and willing to tempt your taste buds with a variety of foods and beverages so delicious, you’ll beg for seconds. All are included in your package, which also grants a 30 percent discount off Unami and Allegria restaurants, (these aren’t included in the all-in rate).

Stay seven days, and you can dine at a different restaurant daily. No matter how long you stay, you can have bottomless ice cream, which is sure to please your children, as well as the kid in you!

Speaking of kids, boy will they love it here! A welcome book encourages them to search for treasures on the property while the PLAY kids’ club packs fun into each and every day. While they’re entertained, spend time in the spa; borrow a bike and cycle the jetty; and explore the Marine Protected Area, which includes 50 dive sites and plenty of opportunities to swim with dolphins, reef fish, and even whale sharks.

Choose between a beach bungalow and an overwater villa. Both feature bright, airy spaces, phenomenal views, plush furnishings, and private terraces. Some boast infinity pools and outdoor showers or bathtubs.

Address: Dhidhoofinolhu, South Ari Atoll

Accommodation: LUX* South Ari Atoll

5. LUX* North Malé Atoll

Photo Source: LUX* North Malé Atoll
Photo Source: LUX* North Malé Atoll

The idyllic LUX* North Malé Atoll is the ultimate destination for romance. A large infinity pool sits almost at the ocean, flanked by comfortable sun loungers that look out to the turquoise sea. A spa awaits those in need of relaxation, and attentive staff make sure you won’t want for anything.

Accommodations are as contemporary and swanky as you’d expect from a five-star resort, and they were designed to make the most of the luscious landscape.

Two-story overwater bungalows boast rooftop patios, private pools, and floor windows that offer stunning views of the marine life below. If you have your own yacht, good news! You can park it on your private dock at the LUX* Overwater Retreat. The Beach villas are also two- or three-stories tall, featuring roof decks, infinity pools, and a gazebo.

Kids are welcome, too. Those between 3 and 11 can join daily programs and activities at PLAY to give their grownups a little time to explore the area alone. Teens between 12 and 17 are also welcomed, with a separate area featuring art classes and other interesting opportunities to keep them entertained. The kids’ menus make it easy to feed the pickiest of eaters at the on-site restaurants.

Everyone will love the surfing lessons (for a fee), snorkeling, and diving opportunities.

Address: Olhahali, North Malé Atoll

Accommodation: LUX* North Malé Atoll

6. Diamonds Thudufushi

Photo Source: Diamonds Thudufushi
Photo Source: Diamonds Thudufushi

While you may not find diamonds in the soles of your shoes at this luxurious five-star property, guests of Diamonds Thudufushi will discover something even better: serenity. Set a mere 20-minute seaplane flight from Malé, this natural haven boasts a crystal-clear lagoon; tall, waving palm trees; and a soft, sandy beach.

Hoping for something more eccentric to take home? Choose a fabric and have a new outfit made by the in-house tailor. Or visit the Spherique Boutique to be tempted by everything from beach wear to funky paintings.

Accommodations include beach bungalows, beach suites, water villas, and Jacuzzi water villas, all of which boast an outdoor tub, relaxing views, private verandahs, and a minibar that’s replenished daily.

Beverages, Wi-Fi, snorkeling equipment, windsurfers, canoes, and meals at five restaurants — featuring dishes ranging from Traditional Maldivian treats to fresh seafood, to Japanese delicacies — are included with your stay. A slew of activities are also complimentary, like yoga classes, aqua aerobics, tennis, Pilates, astronomy evenings, biology talks with a resident marine biologist, and nature walks.

Address: South Ari Atoll

Accommodation: Diamonds Thudufushi

7. Nika Island Resort & Spa

Photo Source: Nika Island Resort & Spa
Photo Source: Nika Island Resort & Spa

Secluded romance is the name of the game at this lovely retreat. Created in the early 1980s, this boutique resort exudes Maldivian charm. Unlike other high-end resorts peppered throughout the region, the Nika Island Resort & Spa has kept things more natural, like they were before the area became a hot spot for beach lovers.

The coral reef is in excellent condition, making it a wonderful place to come face to fin with some of the area’s most exciting creatures. On land, a giant furnace once used to cast and forge metals has been transformed into a unique and worthy museum. Wind your way through the maze of tunnels, galleries, and vaults made of coral, to catch glimpses of the area’s history, as well as impressive creations made by local artists.

The coral villas are as charming as you would imagine, topped with thatched roofs and decorated with clean, crisp colors; four-poster beds; and outdoor showers. The overwater villas are beyond gorgeous, and include a patio, and a floor window to the sea. All villas include a private beach and tranquil garden.

Nika Restaurant offers both buffet and á la carte meals with a heady mix of Mediterranean and Italian flavors. The meals and beverages are included in your package.

There are a slew of excursions hosted by the resort, all of which encourage visitors to appreciate the natural history and impeccable environment surrounding them. Sign up for a sunset fishing trip, nighttime snorkeling adventure, or a tour of the Bay of Turtles (for a fee).

Address: North Ari Atoll

Accommodation: Nika Island Resort & Spa

8. Angsana Velavaru

Photo Source: Angsana Velavaru
Photo Source: Angsana Velavaru

Treat the kids to a family getaway they’ll never forget. Angsana Velavaru sits quietly on a private lagoon that sparkles in all its cerulean glory, awaiting guests to jump in for a swim, snorkel, or dive. They can water ski, Jet Ski, learn to scuba dive, windsurf, tube, or head out on a fishing or dolphin tour (for an extra fee).

As with many Maldivian retreats, the accommodations here include only villas — 79 are beach-based, with another 34 perched serenely over the lapping waves. Outdoor showers, rooftop terraces, private verandahs, beach access, and direct water entry are popular perks.

This Angsana resort knows that all-inclusive isn’t always a one-size-fits-all deal. That’s why they offer five types of packages to cater to your exact needs. For instance, Dine offers all meals and beverages. Play includes only breakfast and dinner. And Style includes all meals and drinks, access to the Club Lounge, laundry, and in-villa dining (for an added fee).

All five packages include access to the Rangers’ kids’ club, non-motorized water sports, minibar restocking, and a daily guided snorkel tour of the house reef. Spa treatments are extra but well worth the fee.

Complimentary activities include planting coral, outdoor movies, feeding stingrays, snorkeling, feeding birds, karaoke, attending a marine talk presentation, a drumming concert, stand up paddleboarding, sailing, kayaking, and aquapolo. Trust us, you’ll all sleep well at night!

Address: South Nilandhe Atoll

Accommodation: Angsana Velavaru

9. Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Photo Source: Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives
Photo Source: Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

Kick off your flip flops and relax at the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives. A beautiful blip of an island in the South Ari Atoll, this retreat boasts 112 villas situated both over the shimmering water and nestled within lavish gardens. It’s a family-friendly resort perfect for a lavish beach vacation.

A PADI Dive Center, kids’ clubs for varying ages (including teens), a children’s pool, fitness center, spa, and gift shop are among the many amenities available on-site. There’s a scuba- or snorkel-worthy shipwreck just offshore; fantastic house reefs; and water so crystal clear, you can see the vibrant marine life from above.

Multiple restaurants — the Italian (Azzuri Mare), Thai (Suan Bau), international (Reef), and snack bars (Aqua Bar and Coral Bar and Lounge) — offer tasty fare to help you refuel for more hours spent worshipping the sun or paddling an SUP through the ocean. Book the all-inclusive package to have your beverages, meals, and snacks included.

Tip: Be sure to book the restaurant and any activities 24 hours in advance, and be ready to walk, as there are no bicycles or golf cart shuttles to take you from your villa to other parts of the resort.

Address: South Ari Atoll

Accommodation: Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives

10. Mercure Maldives Kooddoo

Photo Source: Mercure Maldives Kooddoo
Photo Source: Mercure Maldives Kooddoo

An Accor Hotels property, this four-star, 70-villa retreat features a dive center, spa, 50-meter swimming pool, a lavish restaurant offering both themed buffet and á la carte meals, and a gorgeous overwater gastro bar featuring great food, fragrant teas, a pool table, and karaoke area.

The all-inclusive package grants guests select beverages, three buffet-style meals a day at Alita restaurant, daily minibar service, as well as afternoon snacks from the Alita Pool Bar. Those staying between one and six nights can enjoy one á la carte meal with no extra fee, or stay longer than six nights and get two.

The stylish villas include beautiful and lush furnishings, private terraces, an outdoor shower and bathtub, and, of course, breathtaking views — especially if you choose to stay in an overwater sunset villa.

Activities include snorkeling, tennis, volleyball, darts, outdoor movie nights, and concerts featuring traditional Maldivian Boduberu music. The on-site kids’ club will help keep little ones happy while you enjoy some down time or an excursion like a Jet Ski tour or dolphin cruise.

Address: Gaafu Alifu Atoll

Accommodation: Mercure Maldives Kooddoo

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