Considered to be one of the ultimate destinations on the planet, the Maldives comprises of more than 300 idyllic islands. This tropical paradise is a playground not only for the rich and famous but also for young couples in love.
Set among the crystal azure waters of the glorious Indian Ocean, it has fast become one of the hottest locations for luxury stays. What’s not to like as you stroll along the golden white sands that are powdery to the touch.
Experience some of the finest 5 star and even 6 star venues where hospitality is the order of the day. Secluded bungalows on stilts or beach villas moments from the sea, there is plenty of finery to choose from on your own private hideaway.
Hotels are secluded giving you lots of privacy, while you can enjoy the latest cutting edge in-room technology. Accessed only by sea plane or speedboat, it really is heaven on earth. Find out which handpicked boutique venues made it onto the most luxurious hotel list.
10. LUX* Maldives: $1,100 Per Night
Extending across four kilometres of glistening sand, LUX Maldives is a fine 5 star hotel which also provides a world class diving centre. Hidden coves as well as superb pavilions emerge from the waves. Part of the LUX* hotel group, this Maldivian property has a number of different features such as an impressive 12 restaurants with dining from across the globe. For $3,200 you can indulge in one of their unique beach huts with all the latest modern conveniences.
9. The Residence: $1,250 Per Night
If it’s refuge you seek, than The Residence is the ideal haven. Located on the island of Falhumaafushi, its 94 villas will impress you from the moment you step onto its pristine white sand. Typical local design can be seen throughout this particular property where you can take in the 360 degree views. The Residence provides a wealth of restaurants with the Indian Ocean offering the perfect backdrop. There are also majestic coral reefs, a wide variety of water sports and a Spa by Clarins available. For $1,250 you will be able to experience one of their exclusive water villas. This features high ceilings, a private balcony, plasma TV and direct access to the water.
8. Jumeirah Dhevanafushi: $2,180 Per Night
From the creators of the world famous Burj al Arab in Dubai, the Jumeirah Dhevanafush is another luxury contender. Highlights include around the clock butler service with the ability to hire private chefs. Meanwhile, the Talise spa ensures both relaxation and rejuvenation where you can enjoy over the water therapies. For nearly $2,200, guests can benefit from decadent outdoor marble baths and private dining pavilions, whilst watching the sun go down.
7. Cocoa Island Resort: $3,460 Per Night
Ideally situated among the clear aqua waters and shores of South Male Atoll, the Cocoa Island Resort is the ideal place to enjoy a glass of wine and a stunning sunset. There are a wealth of spa treatments and a couple of diving reefs where you can be at one with nature. With each room taking their inspiration from the traditional dhoni boats, there are plenty of local materials used in every room. The detail is simply astounding which stretches to the culinary choices including all-day dining and a restaurant dedicated to South Indian cooking using the freshest organic vegetables. For around $3,500 you can have your own loft villa boasting private sun terraces and nothing but the sea.
6. Niyama Maldives: $3,810 Per Night
Having its own private island is one thing but Niyama is renowned for having the world’s only club submerged underwater. Subsix is a real millionaire’s playground but it also delivers five star service in each of their seven restaurants. Furthermore, Niyama is home to a marine biology lab, where room facilities come complete with oversized plasmas, and surround sound systems from Bose. Priced at $3,810 per night, its beautiful two bedroom ocean pavilions are a genuine crowd-pleaser. Featuring their own private pools, spoil yourself with awe inspiring sea views as well as an infinity pool. You can also enjoy a hot tub, while sipping on a glass of bubbly from your in room personal wine collection.
5. Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa: $3,900 Per Night
Stretching across more than 12 acres, the stunning Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa offers a host of signature thatch-roofed bungalows. Feel at one with the sand in between your toes or relax and unwind at the variety of infinity pools on site. There are also pristine water sports not to mention a first class spa, turtle hatchery and an extensive library. However, it’s the rooms that steal the show. For close to $4,000 per night, the villas boast incredible ocean vistas with glass floors allowing you to observe the clear sea below. You might even spot a baby white shark or two. Enjoy a sunset cruise on a dhoni, a wooden boat typical to the Maldives or indulge in fine dining from Indian to typical Maldivian cuisine.
4. Baros Maldives: $4,100 Per Night
One of the finest boutique hotels in the Maldives, Baros is a favourite among many travellers. With its 75 villas, comfort is ensured no matter which one you end up in. Its spa has a number of different treatments from extensive Swedish massages to exotic facials, while the restaurants serve up an array of diverse specials. Spectacular Water Pool Villas are priced at $4,100 per night and provide over the water accommodations. Its roofs are built from the finest coconut thatching with impressive ocean views and an open air terrace requiring your full attention.
3. One&Only Reethi Rah: $4,350 Per Night
Desert island hideaways don’t come much better than the One&Only Reethi Rah. Boasting 130 rooms, it has its own PADI National Geographic dive centre and eight restaurants to choose from. You can work up a sweat thanks to the two championship standard tennis courts. If relaxing is more your thing, then check out the amazing 10 plus beaches available. A luxury Grand Villa with private pool will set you back around $4,350 and includes a range of amenities from sun decks and over the water hammocks to a dining space and rainfall showers.
2. Huvafen Fushi: $4,900 Per Night
There’s really no place like Huvafen Fushi and you will see that from the moment you arrive. You can choose from an impressive six dining choices, with Lime Spa, a unique underwater wellbeing centre which is the only one of its kind. A feast for the senses, you will literally be swimming among the fishes. For almost $5,000 per night, pamper yourself in one of their breath-taking ocean villas. Extending over the waters of the Indian Ocean, this really is the place to bask in those sunset views. Other in room amenities offer an infinity pool from indoors to out, decking as well as an open plan bedroom with an invigorating body spa shower. If that’s not enough then you can benefit from your very own butler available all through the day and night.
1. Anantara Kihavah Villas: $10,000 Per Night
Luxury is definitely everywhere at the Anantara Kihavah Villas. The 30 minute seaplane journey to arrive there will make you feel like you are walking on air before you touchdown. This particular venue has five different restaurants to choose from delivering a mouth-watering selection of international cuisine from fresh seafood to meaty grills. In fact you can get up close and personal with the flora and fauna thanks to their incredible subterranean restaurant. For a cool $10,000, you can sample one of their luxury beach pool villas. This comes complete with infinity pool, spa pool, games console, iPod dock, fluffy bathrobes and private section of beach.
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