27 Top-Rated Resorts in the Maldives

Written by Shandley McMurray
Nov 11, 2022
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If you're planning a luxurious, bucket-list vacation filled with the most spectacular beaches and crystalline turquoise water, head to the Maldives. One of the most stunning archipelagos in the world, this phenomenal locale boasts some of the world's most plush and lavish resorts.

Hoping to live it up with your beloved in an overwater villa boasting private butler service, an infinity pool, and a slide to a sparkling lagoon? You're in luck. Want to treat your family to an action-packed vacation filled with fun activities like snorkeling, surfing, and waterskiing? You can do that in the best Maldives' resorts, too.

No matter which island you choose, or which resort you favor, you're in for a treat when you stay in one of the Maldives' top luxury resorts. That said, with so many amazing places on offer, it can be tough to decide which to pick.

Find your dream vacation destination with our list of the best resorts in the Maldives.

1. Soneva Jani

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Accommodation: Soneva Jani

The glamorous sister resort of Soneva Fushi, the Soneva Jani is just as impressive. Also home to some of the best overwater bungalows in the Maldives, this five-star resort is a must-stay if you've been dreaming of taking a dip in a private pool over the ocean; sliding from your villa into the warm turquoise waves; or falling asleep beneath the stars visible through your retractable roof.

Sleek and modern designs abound in the one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom luxury villas on offer, but it's the intriguing touches of Maldivian charm that really set the mark for an unforgettable stay. The 27 newest, largest villas are found in "Chapter Two," a newly appointed section of the resort that opened in 2021.

The Soneva Unlimited Plan is a must if you're hoping to avoid surprises to your bill at the end of your vacation. It includes a stay in a Chapter Two villa, unlimited meals at the on-site restaurants, as well as activities like diving, and spa treatments.

The new, Soneva Stars Programme offers guests of both Soneva Jani and Soneva Fushi access to diverse events hosted by famed actors, directors, writers, sporting legends, acclaimed therapists, and Michelin-starred chefs, to name a few.

Address: Medhufaru Island, Manadhoo, Maldives

2. JOALI Maldives

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Accommodation: JOALI Maldives

Although designed to blend in with its surroundings, the unique architecture is a standout feature of the phenomenal JOALI Maldives resort. Described as "sustainable glamor," the 73 eye-catching beach and overwater villas are exquisite both inside and out.

They come with high-end amenities, dazzling views, and a private infinity pool. A personal butler is also on hand to help with guests' every desire, and bicycles are available to tour the island. Families may want to opt for a family beach villa. These large residences offer two pools: one that faces the ocean and the other set within the backyard's garden.

JOALI Maldives is also deemed the "first and only art immersive resort" in the Maldives. That means you'll be surrounded by unique and awe-inspiring creations that go beyond the area's striking natural landscape. Art installations, sculptures, and paintings are on display. Follow the Art Map to explore the most interesting attractions.

A resident marine biologist is available to take guests on diving or snorkeling adventures while sports like wakeboarding and waterskiing are also available. Don't miss a treat from La Joie, the artisanal chocolate and ice-cream store after your adventures.

Other high-end dishes can be enjoyed at multiple on-site restaurants, from Chinese to Southeast Asian to Mediterranean to Japanese to local dishes.

The kids' club is included with your stay, and little ones from 4 to 12 can enjoy fun activities that range from cooking to painting to oceanography.

Address: Muravandhoo Island Raa Atoll, Maldives

3. Soneva Fushi

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Accommodation: Soneva Fushi

Dubbed the "original barefoot luxury hideaway," Soneva Fushi is one of the best resorts in the Maldives for good reason.

Butlers will see to your every need, outdoor showers make it easy to get clean without missing a second of outside time, and Michelin-starred restaurants are on hand to delight your palate. Fresh offers tasty, plant-based dishes in a restaurant situated above the trees.

Bicycles are provided to help you get from one stunning area of the resort to the next. Activities include glassblowing classes, snorkeling adventures with manta rays, a personal outdoor cinema screening of your favorite flick, and a sunset dolphin cruise.

The Maldives is home to some of the best overwater bungalows in the world, and you won't be sorry you chose to stay at this magnificent resort. There are only eight bungalows to choose from, so be sure to book early.

Inside, you'll get a glimpse of what life is like for the rich and famous. Slide from a small upper deck into the bright lagoon below, bob about in your private pool, or lounge on a catamaran net.

Address: Kunfunadhoo Island, Eydhafushi, Maldives

Read More: Best Family Resorts in the Maldives

4. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

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Accommodation: Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Life is good at the Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas resort. Actually, good isn't a strong enough word to describe this uber luxurious resort. Phenomenal, spectacular, and marvelous come close, but still don't paint a precise picture of the wonders that await visitors to this high-end retreat.

Shallow waters extend far out from shore, presenting guests with ample opportunities to snorkel and swim. The house reef is better than those found at other resorts in the Maldives, so you won't be at a loss for incredible creatures, including majestic manta rays, to appreciate up close.

Whether you choose to stay in a beach or overwater villa, you won't be disappointed. All are plush and stunning, with unbeatable amenities like overwater hammocks, glass-bottomed bathtubs, swinging daybeds, and 24-hour private villa hosts. Pillow and soap menus are also on offer.

The spa is as divine as you'd expect from a resort of this caliber, and the award-winning restaurants will leave you happily satiated. Do not miss enjoying a meal at SEA, the Maldives' first underwater restaurant. The cuisine is as impressive as the unique surroundings.

For those who'd prefer to have a meal above ground, there are plenty of very worthwhile opportunities at the other first-class on-site eateries.

The resort is also home to the only overwater observatory in the Maldives, which is an impressive spot to spend time stargazing.

Bring the kids along for a vacation they won't forget. The Thiththi Boli Kids' Club keeps little ones aged four to 12 happily occupied, while teens can hang out in the recreation area. With a dive center, pirate cruise, and bike rentals, no one ever gets bored at the Anantara Kihavah resort. The only thing difficult about staying here is leaving.

Address: Kihavah Huravalhi

5. Cheval Blanc Randheli

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Accommodation: Cheval Blanc Randheli

While each villa at Cheval Blanc Randheli is uber posh, it's the expansive water villas that you'll dream about long after your holiday. An expansive 2,580 square feet in size with a 12.5-meter infinity pool and panoramic vistas, these chic and elegant villas bring an added level of luxury to your stay.

Not up for staying on the water? You can't go wrong with a plush lagoon villa. These are just as large and impressive and also boast a long pool.

Add in exceptional service; five restaurants boasting drool-worthy fare; and a spa so dedicated to revitalizing its guests that it offers full-day immersions, and you're in for an extravagant Maldivian treat.

You can't go wrong with an afternoon spent at the Spa Bar, a health-conscious retreat featuring good-for-you food, unbeatable sunset views, and an infinity pool.

Address: Randheli Island, Noonu Atoll Randheli Island, 04130, Maldives

6. Gili Lankanfushi

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Accommodation: Gili Lankanfushi

A stay at the magnificent Gili Lankanfushi will give your pocketbook a workout, but the exceptional grounds and impeccable service will make that ouch-worthy price tag worthwhile. Consistently ranked one of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives, this five-star wonder is so breathtaking, you'll think you've stepped into a postcard. It's also eco-friendly with a penchant for natural and sustainable luxury, so you can leave the guilt at home.

The only real negative to staying here is the fact that this resort will ruin all other resorts—few, if any, can live up to this lavish experience. If money is no object, book The Private Reserve. The largest overwater villa in the world, this open-plan haven has an infinity pool, sundecks, a spa pavilion (complete with sauna and steam room), a gym, cinema, and a slide that leads to the sparkling sea below. It's located on its own section of the lagoon, 500 meters from the resort.

Not up for that much luxury? No worries. The resort's 44 other villas are equally spectacular and include bonuses like sea hammocks, pools, and deep soaking tubs. There are seven room types to choose from, and all come with Mr. Friday (the name is derived from Robinson Crusoe's loyal assistant), a bespoke butler to help put the "aaah" in your vacay.

The Meera Spa is sure to cure what ails you. Spread across six, over-water treatment rooms, this secluded respite is housed in a pavilion on shore. To get there, enjoy a barefoot walk through the soft sand, or hop on a bike or buggy provided by the resort. When you're feeling energetic, head out to try the resort's many water sports, snorkel around the reef, play a game of tennis, or take a cooking class.

Speaking of cooking, the food at Gili Lankanfushi is divine. Enjoy fresh, local dishes at Kashiveli on the beach; munch on Japanese fare at By the Sea; and cool off with a cold, sweet treat at Fini Foni.

Address: Lankanfushi Island, North Malé Atoll

7. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

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Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

The Four Seasons brand lives up to its promise of luxury and hospitality at its finest at the lavish Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru. Set on a large island by Maldivian standards, this plush resort lies in the BAA Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. That means you're bound to spot some of the area's most magnificent creatures, including sea turtles and manta rays, during your snorkeling expeditions.

The cuisine is divine. Many of the dishes have been created by Michelin-starred chef Gaetano Trovato or his trained on-site chefs. Children's menus are available, and kids under six eat for free.

Speaking of little ones, they'll love the Kids for All Seasons Club (ages 4 to 13), and the Young Adults Center (ages 13 to 18) is a must for tweens and teens.

Enjoy a treatment (or three) at the spa; workout at the fitness center; or lounge by one of the four pools, one of which is designed just for kids. Snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, and sails aboard a catamaran are included in the rate, as are yoga classes and a consultation with an Ayurvedic physician.

Rest your head in a villa so glam, you won't want to leave its premises. Sunset and Sunrise water villas come with their own 969-square-foot pool, a large outdoor deck, and steps leading to the warm ocean below. Family beach villas come with a lap pool and sundeck located just steps from the sand.

Can't choose between the Four Seasons' two Maldivian locales? We can't blame you, they're both spectacular. Luckily, the resorts offer a free seaplane transfer between the Kuda Huraa location and Landaa Giraavaru, so you can spend a few nights at each resort.

Address: Landaagriraavaru Island, Baa Atoll

8. Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

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Accommodation: Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

When many of us picture paradise, our mind overflows with images of pristine, sugar-white sand and the clearest of turquoise water. Above that water, luxury bungalows perch, raised on stilts so the private pools, patios, and uber plush furnishings are primed for the most ideal panoramic views. This idyllic scene is what you'll find at Kudadoo Maldives Private Island Resort.

A Hurawhali resort, this five-star gem boasts incredible service from personal butlers, a luxury spa, one- and two-bedroom overwater villas, and a gym so lovely that you may even forget you're working out. A relatively new addition to the Maldives, this small and intimate resort (there are only 15 villas on-site) opened in December of 2018.

Everything is included here, and this is one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Maldives. We're talking unlimited food, beverages, leisure and wellness activities, including spa treatments.

While most all-inclusive resorts don't offer complimentary motorized activities, you won't find that limitation here. Kudadoo Maldives both thrills and excites its guests with expeditions like Jet Ski safaris, kitesurfing, and dolphin expeditions.

As the resort promises, guests can enjoy "anything, anytime, anywhere" while visiting this lavish resort in the Maldives. A meal at the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant at nearby Hurawalhi Island Resort, however, will cost extra.

Address: Kudadoo Island, Lhaviyani Atoll

9. The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

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Accommodation: The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

One of the best resorts in the Maldives for couples and families, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is both versatile and luxuriously divine. There's no mistaking you're in A-list celeb and presidential territory here. A butler is available for your every whim 24 hours a day.

Set within a 45-minute seaplane ride from Malé, this private island retreat is peppered with 77 of the most sophisticated and architecturally masterful villas and suites; each with their own pool.

Overwater villas are hard to beat, especially if you've always dreamed of jumping off your own patio to snorkel in the luminous ocean. They come with deep soaking tubs overlooking the ocean, private pools, and relaxation nets (picture a hammock set over the waves). Inside, you'll find a mix of high-end materials like marble, floor-to-ceiling windows, white onyx vanities, and tablet-controlled facilities.

Anti-gravity yoga, snorkeling, acupuncture, and soaking in the hydrotherapy pool are top activities, followed closely by enjoying delicious meals at Crust (a family-friendly pizzeria), Decanter (a subterranean five-course dining experience), and Cargo (a garden-based gem). Craft and Alba are two more restaurants you won't want to miss.

The Whale Bar overwater lounge is unforgettable. Enjoying tapas at this unique gem during sunset is a memory you'll hold on to for years to come.

Address: Vommuli Island Dhaalu Atoll, 13080, Maldives

10. Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

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Accommodation: Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Raffles resorts never disappoint, and the Raffles Madlives Meradhoo is no exception. The level of luxury offered at this resort is second to none—you'll even receive a free neck massage as you await breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, have you ever enjoyed one while floating in a pool? You can do that in your villa's own sanctuary.

A Marine Butler is on hand to dole out snorkeling and diving equipment and answer questions you may have about the area's marine life. Not interested in getting wet? No worries. There are so many creatures that call this area home, you'll have no trouble spotting them from the soft, sandy shore or the deck of your private overwater villa.

The resort is set on two isles. The main island has towering trees and a white, sandy beach, and the other is a private enclave dotted with massive, overwater pool villas. There are plenty of boats to take you between the locations, which are less than a minute apart.

Twice daily housekeeping, a spa, three restaurants, and two bars offering tapas, as well as private butlers and fitness classes are on offer at this elegant resort.

Address: Gaafu Alifu Atoll Meradhoo Island, 17100, Maldives

11. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

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Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

You'll want for nothing during a stay at the remarkable Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa. As is to be expected from a resort of this five-star caliber, staff anticipate your every need—from cold water to fresh fruit to a towel.

Activities are seemingly endless and appeal to both families and romantic couples alike. Try your luck at surfing, head out on a snorkel adventure, scuba dive, or learn about turtle and coral conservation.

Kids can join the Marine Savers programs to build their own coral reefs or enjoy other fun events such as hermit crab races, cooking classes, and mini spa days at the Kuda Mas Club.

Choose from a stunning sunset water villa with a pool, a two-bedroom royal beach villa, or a deluxe beach pavilion (also with a pool). No matter what type of accommodation you choose, you're in for a treat—the linens are soft and luxurious, and the rooms have captivating views and elegant furnishings.

Spend your time rejuvenating at the Island Spa; frolicking in the lagoon; tempting your tastebuds at the on-site eateries; getting sweaty in the fitness center; or swimming in the multiple pools. If that's not enough to keep you busy, sign up for a surf lesson, fish feeding, or a dolphin cruise.

Address: Kuda Huraa North Malé Atoll, 20097, Maldives

12. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

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Accommodation: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

The sumptuous Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi resort is a quick, 40-minute boat journey from Malé International Airport. Think you know what luxury looks like? The magnificent accommodations at this Waldorf resort will make you realize you were underplaying things.

Spacious villas feature infinity pools, overwater hammocks, and daybed swings. Their furnishings and décor are so elegantly designed, you'll be forgiven for thinking you're a royal.

You're in for a high-end vacation you'll never forget when staying at this top resort in the Maldives. It's home to 11 gourmet restaurants, a tranquil spa, and the most glamorous villas.

Not just a romantic resort in the Maldives, this stellar retreat is a haven for families looking to unwind and have fun in a five-star setting.

The Stars Club for Kids and Club Nova Teens are ideal places for the younger generation to spend time, while their parents enjoy a game of tennis, a kayak, an underwater adventure, or a quiet afternoon at the beach. The Aqua Wellness Center is a must-see. Each "zone" is designed to target a different part of your body.

Address: Ithaafushi Island, South Male Atoll 20009, Maldives

13. Lily Beach Resort & Spa

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Accommodation: Lily Beach Resort & Spa

It's impossible to dislike Lily Beach Resort & Spa. First, it's gorgeous—we're talking crystalline water teeming with brightly colored fish, a vibrant house reef, the softest ivory sand, and the most luxurious of villas.

Next, you'll fall in love with the amenities. Tasty fare can be found in multiple locales, including the laid-back, poolside Vibes, which comes complete with a kids' playground. Lily Maa, the main restaurant, is famed for its themed meals and buffet spreads, and Les Turquoise D'Aqua is especially romantic at night.

Once you realize you can keep your wallet in the room (this lovely spot is one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Maldives), you'll never want to leave. Luxury villas can be found on the beach, beside the lagoon, or hovering over the water (sunset suites come with their own butler and outdoor pool). A spa, tennis courts, and of course a bevy of water sports make it easy to stay entertained.

Address: Huvahandhoo Island, South Ari Atoll

14. Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

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Accommodation: Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

Whether you prefer to be wowed by a Maldivian sunrise or sunset, you're in for a treat at the exquisite Patina Maldives Resort. Choose from 90 villas offering spectacular views of either of Mother Nature's best light shows. These, and the 20 studios also on offer at this swanky resort, are lush, natural, and rustic with the plushest of trimmings—like personal gardens, private pools, expansive furnished decks, and outdoor bathtubs.

This top resort in the Maldives offers guests 12 different ways to enjoy their food. Choose from poolside fare to beach club food crafted by a Michelin-starred chef, enjoy treats from the daily ice-cream truck, toasted marshmallows at a campfire, Lebanese and Indian food at Arabesque, Asian food at the Tum Tum food trailer, and Patagonian dishes at Brasa, among more options.

Each child guest is granted one intro to scuba session, and everyone is given access to use of the resort's snorkel gear and non-motorized water sports equipment. There's a gym, two pools, and a kids' club on-site, and free return airport transfer for those who stay beyond five nights.

Address: Fari Islands, North Malé Atoll

15. Ozen Life Maadhoo

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Accommodation: Ozen Life Maadhoo

There's nothing lowbrow about Ozen Life Maadhoo. Everything from five-star service (you'll enjoy the attention of a shared butler) to an overwater gym to a world-class spa to an underwater restaurant are on offer at this best resort in the Maldives.

Whether you choose a two-bedroom pool suite on land or a stunning overwater villa, you're in for a treat so luxurious, you'll have trouble settling for anything less from your next holiday. Even your children will beg to stay longer, especially once they've checked out the fun in the kids' club.

Sign up for the INDULGENCE™ Plan to take all the stress out of your vacation experience. This all-inclusive option offers everything from gourmet food to drinks to non-motorized water sports, you won't need to worry about an unexpected bill at the end of your stay.

Depending on how long you're here, snorkeling excursions, sunset fishing trips, scuba dives, and spa treatments may also be included in the rate. This make it easily one of the best luxury all-inclusive resorts in the world.

Address: Maadhoo Island, South Malé Atoll

16. The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

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Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

When you book a holiday at a Ritz-Carlton resort, you know you're in for a majestic experience. When that resort happens to be the remarkable, newly opened (in 2021) Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, all your future vacations will be spoiled. Be prepared, though, you'll have to pay through the teeth!

Regardless which type of villa you choose (beach, ocean, or lagoon), your senses will thank you. Spectacular views await, as do private pools, wooden sundecks, and chic yet elegant modern interiors. The pillow menu means you'll have a perfect spot to rest your head.

A dive center, the popular and entertaining Ritz Kids Club, and seven restaurants and bars mean you won't have to go far to stay well fed and entertained. The impressive, ring-shaped spa hovers above the lagoon, offering guests multiple ways in which to relax in the nine treatment rooms.

There's also a tennis court, fitness center with a yoga studio, sauna, and steam room, and a photography studio on-site. Shops and other restaurants are available in the nearby Fari Marina Village.

Service by the Aris Meeha (island butler) is exceptional, as is the service throughout the resort.

If you're worried about your carbon footprint, rest assured that this eco-friendly resort is doing its part to help the world—it operates mainly on solar energy, uses timber from sustainable European forests, and uses reusable glass water bottles, among other green initiatives.

Address: Fari Islands North, Male 20013, Maldives

17. COMO Cocoa Island

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Accommodation: COMO Cocoa Island

It's easy to see why COMO Cocoa Island has been deemed one of the best honeymoon resorts in the Maldives. Home to 33 of the world's most luxurious overwater villas, it's easy to spend all your time enjoying each other's company in your private sanctuary. Snorkel around the vibrant reef right off your private deck, revel in the chic indoor décor, or enjoy a plunge in your own pool.

If you do plan to venture a bit farther from your villa, make sure to enjoy the water sports, an intimate sandbank dinner beneath the stars, sailing lessons, sunset fishing, night snorkeling, or scuba diving.

The resort also offers rotating retreats like off-site kitesurfing and workshops. Grab a bite of COMO Shmabhala Cuisine at Ufaa restaurant (this is a mix of healthy Indian and Mediterranean cuisine); organize a private tented dinner on the beach; or order food to enjoy in your villa.

You'll feel as if you've entered a different world on this island paradise, a mere 40 minutes by boat from Malé.

Address: Makunufushi South Malé Atoll, 20109, Maldives

18. W Maldives

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Accommodation: W Maldives

Looking to be enriched by a thrilling underwater experience? Want to be wowed by a plethora of sea creatures and wonders under the ocean? A 25-minute seaplane ride from Malé International Airport, a magnificent world of diverse sea life awaits at this snorkelers' paradise.

The W Maldives is home to some of the best reefs in this stunning archipelago, offering amazing opportunities for guests to discover life underwater. Visitors can expect to encounter sharks, eagles, stingrays, and turtles without venturing far from the resort, and they can borrow the equipment needed to do so.

The decor at the W Maldives is fun and contemporary, inspired by its unique "let it glow" theme, yet it maintains elements of Maldivian culture and highlights the natural beauty of the island.

Over water or on land, the resort has a number of sophisticated room categories to choose from, all of which include a private pool and outdoor deck.

Guests can feel their worries melt away as they indulge in a selection of wraps, massages, and facial treatments at the AWAY spa, which is serenely perched over the water and shaded by a dhow-inspired canopy.

The resort's Energy fitness studio boasts beautiful views over the lagoon and will appeal to health-conscious guests looking for a body conditioning workout or to burn some extra calories. The fitness studio also offers various classes and activities—from calming yoga classes to more active aerobics sessions, there is plenty to choose from.

With a choice of three restaurants and two lounges for casual dining, guests have an extensive range of options for food. Named after the elements, each of the restaurants offer something unique in terms of decor and cuisine.

Kitchen, an open-air, all-day dining hall with live cooking stations, offers guests a chance to watch their meals being prepared. The beautifully designed, ocean-side Fish restaurant serves up freshly caught seafood. The resort's earthy Fire restaurant is set in sand to offer the ultimate feel of island-style dining.

The W Maldives truly lives up to the W brand in terms of excellent hospitality, luxurious grounds, and an impeccable location. You won't regret a stay at this lovely resort in the Maldives.

Address: Fesdu Island North Ari Atoll, 09110, Maldives

19. Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island

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Accommodation: Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island

Once known as the LUX* North Malé Atoll Resort & Villas, the Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island resort knows a good thing when it sees it. That's why the resort's new owners left the 67 lavish, two-story penthouse residences to house its luxury guests—both over the water and on land—when it reopened in October 2021.

The bottom level of these swish villas boasts a private pool and glass floor panels. A gazebo offers a bit of shade. The rooftop patio is a unique feature offering even more space to lounge and admire the turquoise waves. Your personal butler can even arrange an outdoor movie in this private locale.

Add romance by booking a floating breakfast spread out in your private pool (don't worry, the food is served on a large floating tray). Enjoy a laid-back Greek and Mediterranean-inspired meal at Shimmers beach club, or choose from an international menu at Glow. Café lounge is the perfect place to perk up with some of the best coffee beans in the world, and a view that can't be beaten.

Other perks include a kids' club, tennis courts, a fitness center, yoga classes, snorkeling, and spa treatments.

Address: Olhahali, North Male Atoll Maldives, 00000, Maldives

20. Six Senses Laamu

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Accommodation: Six Senses Laamu

If you've ever dreamed of rinsing off in an outdoor rain shower perched above a sparkling lagoon, book a stay at the Six Senses Laamu resort. The only resort in the Laamu Atoll, this southern Maldives gem is a wonderland of luxurious amenities.

The overwater and beachfront villas are extravagant. Made from local and sustainable materials, they play off the island's natural beauty, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that make the most of the magical view so, at times, you might mistake outside for in.

A sunken, all-glass bathtub makes guests feel as if they're soaking in the lagoon of their private water garden. Water villas with pools are also on offer, boasting the all-glass tub in addition to an upper deck with a plunge pool.

To get around the resort, guests can cycle along the timber jetties on provided bicycles. This is how they can reach the Jungle Cinema to catch an outdoor film, take a yoga class, work out in the waterfront gym, or enjoy a spa treatment in an outdoor "nest."

Food can be enjoyed at the casual poolside Sip Sip; Japanese fusion eatery, Zen; the Mediterranean gourmet restaurant, Leaf; or at the open-air Longitude. Don't miss a treat (or more) at Ice & Chocolate Studio.

Address: Olhuveli Island, Laamu Atoll

21. Huvafen Fushi Maldives

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Accommodation: Huvafen Fushi Maldives

Huvafen Fushi Maldives is one of the best resorts for couples in the Maldives. Set in the most romantic of settings, this North Malé Atoll resort is a dreamy sanctuary filled with the plushest of furnishings and most captivating of views.

Choose from elegant accommodations based on the beach or overwater, depending on your dreams for a truly amorous vacation. All 44 of the private bungalows come with unbeatable vistas and either soft sand or a cerulean sea at your feet.

Need more space? A two-bedroom ocean pavilion with freshwater pool is divine. Each bedroom comes with a balcony, there's a separate dining room, direct access to the lagoon, butler service, and a kitchen.

Huvafen Fushi Maldives is home to the world's first underwater spa. You can enjoy relaxing therapies in over- or underwater treatment rooms. When you aren't too blissed out to enjoy a bit of activity, try the resort's water-based fun, like kayaking, SUPing, windsurfing, and cruising on a glass-bottomed boat.

Four eateries serve delectable dishes ranging from Japanese to Mediterranean to Latin and other international cuisines.

Address: Huvafen Fushi Island, North Malé Atoll

22. JA Manafaru

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Accommodation: JA Manafaru

Need to disconnect? Craving Solitude and Serenity? Want to switch off and be indulged in picture perfect surroundings? For a truly remote island-getaway, the luxurious JA Manafaru resort, situated a 58-minute seaplane ride from Malé, is the ideal pick.

Idyllic and isolated at the northern tip of the Maldives, the resort's location is unparalleled.

Equipped with private plunge pools, each of the luxurious villas are either dispersed on the island or perched over the crystalline water.

The resort boasts seven world class food venues, including an award-winning Asian fusion restaurant hovering above the ocean, a relaxed beachfront seafood restaurant, a garden-side intercontinental restaurant, a casual lounge for drinks and snacks, and a pool-side bistro.

The chef garden, where vegetables are grown on the resort grounds, is an interesting touch.

To switch up the tempo from quiet relaxation to fun-filled recreation, the resort offers a range of facilities. With two swimming pools, a kids' play area, fitness center, and a range of water sports and marine life exploration activities, there is plenty to do for guests of all ages.

Address: Manafaru Island

23. Hurawalhi Island Resort

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Accommodation: Hurawalhi Island Resort

Hurawalhi Island Resort is one of the best all-inclusive, adults-only resorts in the world. It also tops the list of best honeymoon resorts in the Maldives. Most famous for its underwater eatery, the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, which is the largest all-glass underwater restaurant in the world, this resort boats a plethora of tasty dishes in the most captivating of settings.

Guests can spend time romancing in their lavish villas (they come complete with private sundecks, rainfall showers, and some boast their own pools). Or they can enjoy a couples' massage in the spa, a snorkel around the offshore reefs, a dolphin safari, private meal on the beach, or a professional photo session to memorialize this once-in-a-lifetime Maldivian getaway.

Read a book while lounging on an in-water hammock or grab a bite at one of the resort's two other rave-worthy restaurants. Or stroll hand-in-hand along the soft white sand. No matter what you choose to do, you'll enjoy your time in this oasis.

Book an all-inclusive package to help streamline your bill and take the stress out of choosing what to eat at each meal.

Address: Lhaviyani Atoll

24. LUX* South Ari Atoll

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Accommodation: LUX* South Ari Atoll

While spending your vacation on a relatively small island, you won't get bored at the LUX* South Ari Atoll resort. It's one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Maldives. Expect to have all the trimmings included during your stay.

From food and drinks at six restaurants and five snack bars (food at the Umami and Allegria restaurants aren't included, but you'll receive a discount) to bottomless ice creams during afternoon tea, your tastebuds are in for a treat.

Don't eat meat? You've come to the right place; LUX* South Ari Atoll is the first Maldives resort to be recognized as a "Vegan Friendly Hotel."

This superb resort in the Maldives is set within a Marine Protected Area, which means you'll have access to 50 dive sites teeming with life. From sea turtles to stingrays to dolphins to whale sharks, you're bound to see something spectacular.

When you aren't spending time soaking in your overwater villa's plunge pool or lounging on your beach bungalow's private deck, make the most of the resort's fun activities. Whether you're a fan of hoverboarding, flyboarding, waterskiing, kitesurfing, banana boating, tennis, volleyball, or fishing, there are a ton of exciting happenings to choose from.

Even kids can get in on the fun. The PLAY kids' club is a perfect place to keep them entertained while you spend time cycling around the jetty or unwinding at the spa.

Address: Dhidhoofinolhu Island, South Ari Atoll

25. Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

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Accommodation: Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

It takes only 30 minutes to reach the Anantara Dhigu resort by speedboat from Malé. Once you first spy the 110 beach villas and stunning overwater suites, you'll realize you've arrived in Paradise.

Choose from a sunset or a sunrise room, depending on your preference. Some come with a private pool. Traveling with kids? Opt for a more spacious, two-bedroom family pool villa.

One of the best resorts in the Maldives for families, Anantara Dhigu makes a special effort to cater to its younger guests. With a range of amenities tailored towards children, this resort is a great pick for families with young children. At the resort's Dhoni Club, kids can enjoy playtime in indoor and outdoor spaces featuring a treehouse, a climbing wall, and two Dhoni boats filled with fun activities.

From special kids' menus to mini bathrobes, slippers, and kids' amenities, children are catered to at every turn of the resort. Little ones may also take cooking classes suitable to their age at Spice Spoons for an enjoyable, hands-on learning activity.

The resort grounds boast a beautiful infinity pool stretching over the Indian Ocean, a bright and spacious fitness center, surf school, water sports center, and a tennis court.

Guests under 12 dine free, and a large selection of restaurants allow visitors to sample flavors from around the world ranging from Thai to Italian and Japanese.

Spice Spoons is a reservation-only opportunity to cook a Maldivian or Thai meal in a tutorial led by the fantastic chefs at the resort, which can then be enjoyed for lunch.

Anantara Dhigu offers a whole range of activities on land and in the water, guaranteeing a fun-filled stay for couples and families. Water sports activities include paddleboarding, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, parasailing, surfing, sailing, flyboarding, jet skiing, waterskiing, and wakeboarding.

Book a glass-bottom boat ride, a diving adventure, or a dolphin cruise — you won't be disappointed.

For the ultimate in relaxation, visit the resort's extensive overwater spa, which comprises six overwater treatment rooms, open-air salas for specialized massages, a facial room, beauty and hair salon, sauna and steam room, and a large relaxation deck complete with a Jacuzzi and plunge pool.

Guests with a fondness for marine life will want to partake in the resort's Coral Adoption Programme, which allows visitors the chance to plant coral in the house reef nursery with the option to follow its progress with periodic pictures from the resort or upon future visits.

Guests 18 and older are granted access to facilities at the Anantara Dhigu's sister resort, Anantara Veli, and families with dinner reservations are permitted to dine there as well.

Address: Dhigufinolhu Island

26. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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Accommodation: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Getting to the Conrad Maldives is a bit of a hike—it involves a 30-minute seaplane flight and then a speedboat transfer to Rangali Island in the South Ari Atoll. Once you arrive at this oasis, however, you'll realize the trip was more than worth the effort.

Dispersed across two separate islands adjoined by a bridge, this beautiful resort is separated into a quieter island (Rangali), better suited to couples and honeymooners, and a second livelier island (Rangalifinolhu), ideal for families and kids. This separation makes this one of the best resorts in the Maldives for families and couples.

The Conrad Maldives is home to the world's first undersea residence, the Muraka, an architectural marvel featuring rooms and living spaces that lie both above and below the Indian Ocean.

Ever wanted to sleep with the fish? An underwater bedroom offers guests an unbeatable view of the breathtaking marine life. State-of-the-art architecture and a private location in a secluded area of the resort's lagoon make this a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. A private butler and chef are available for any and every need. Don't miss the Flavors Experience, where fresh, ocean-caught specialties and fully customized meals are served.

The other beach and water villas are equally impressive and spacious. Some come with lagoon views, sundecks, and pools.

As if that wasn't enough to make you want to stay at the Conrad, 12 restaurants, pampering spa treatments, and thrilling water sports are also available. Plus, the Conrad Maldives is home to Ithaa Undersea Restaurant. Located five meters under the surface of the Indian Ocean, it's one of the first and few underwater restaurants in the Maldives. A visit to Ithaa makes for a truly unique dining experience perfect for special occasions.

In addition, Conrad offers multiple opportunities for dining on the beach — whether it is lively al fresco dining during the themed fisherman's barbecue, Maldivian night dinners, or a romantic private dinner for two.

The South Ari Atoll is famous for its whale and sea turtle populations, and guests at the resort can take discovery tours to witness both sea creatures in their natural habitat. Wind down with a treatment in the award-winning Over Water Spa. It sits on stilts and boasts stunning glass-bottom treatment rooms.

Address: Rangali Island, South Ari Atoll

27. Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa

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Accommodation: Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa

Opened in October 2022, the Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa is one you won't want to miss. The sister property of the family-friendly, all-villa, all-inclusive Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa, this brand new luxury resort is just a short, speedboat ride away.

Dubbed a deluxe all-inclusive resort, this minimalist retreat is best known for its stunning architecture and five-star service. Natural materials help blend the plush resort with its spectacular surroundings — a lush, seven-hectare island surrounded by a turquoise lagoon.

With 80 villas to choose from (38 on the beach and 42 overwater), there are plenty of options for a comfortable stay, all of which are breathtaking. There are six larger family villas to choose from, all of which include a pool.

Five a-la-carte restaurants offer a variety of food and beverages, which are included with your stay and there are many exciting water sports to enjoy on the property.

Guests with children can make use of the Dolphin Kids' Club while they spend some me-time in the spa, at the fitness center, or lounging by the pool. Aimed at little ones aged three to 12, this fun club offers indoor and outdoor facilities.

Address: Raa Atoll

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