With 1,190 Islands, Maldives is an island country in the Indian Ocean located to the southwest of India and Sri Lanka. With white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, abundant marine life, and exotic bungalows perched over the sea, Maldives is regarded as one of the top beach destinations in the world and among the must-include places in your honeymoon tour packages. If something has the right to be called a paradise, then it should be the Maldives, just imagine the islets of white sand with tropical palm trees, stretched like pearl necklaces to dreamy atolls drifting in the turquoise blue ocean. Even better, imagine these magical islands in the Indian Ocean with some of the best luxury resorts in the world that are idyllic retreats for affluent travelers, offering world-class accommodation, fine dining options, luxurious facilities, and impeccable services for a fulfilling tropical holiday. Here’s my selection of some of the best luxury resorts where you can spend your holiday utmost luxury as part of your Maldives tour packages.
Paradise Island Resort & Spa
If you want a tropical island holiday in the Maldives with bright white beaches, a lagoon awash in deep blues and aquamarines, and 5-star setting with excellent service then Paradise Island Resort & Spa is the best place for you. Locally called Lankanfinolhu, this five-star resort opened in 1994 and is located in North Male Atoll, among the top places to visit in the Maldives. Paradise Island is 1 km long and 230 m wide and has a beach all around with excellent marine life. From spacious bungalows with direct access to the beach to luxury villas with private hot tubs, the Paradise Island Resort & Spa offers an idyllic island stay in the Indian Ocean. Each room comes with air conditioning, tiled flooring, and a private terrace with serene ocean views. Also, the resort features an outdoor pool, 4 restaurants, and a spa. The resort also arranges special trips for resident guests who would like to go surfing, deep-sea fishing, and exploring the nearby coral reefs. The stay price starts from INR 57, 000 onwards.
Sun Siyam Iru Fushi
If you want to discover the true meaning of rest and rejuvenation on sapphire waters as part of your Maldives tour packages, the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Resort will cater to all your needs. Located on an island in the Noonu Atoll, the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Resort is a luxurious resort that sits amidst tropical gardens and is circled by white sand beaches. This 5-star island resort has 9 types of rooms which include Deluxe Beach Villa, Water Villa, Horizon Water Villa, and Infinity Water Villa. The upgraded villas at this resort are set over the water and offer private decks and Jacuzzis. The resort also contains an award-winning spa, crafts classes, nature walks, 4 bars, a cafe, an ice cream parlor, 2 pools, a tennis court, and a kids’ club. Besides, the 8 restaurants in the resort serve cuisine ranging from Vietnamese to Indian. For adventure seekers, this resort offers water sports such as scuba diving, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and jet skiing. The stay price starts from INR 66, 000 onwards.
Meeru Island Resort & Spa
Fringed by white sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons, Meeru Island Resort on Meerufenfushi Island is one of the most luxurious resorts in the Maldives, one of the visa free countries for Indians. With 286 rooms and suites, including 106 water villas, the Meeru Island Resort is one of the Maldives’ largest 4-star resorts that is always fully occupied by families, honeymoon couples, and many others. The resort has something for everyone ranging from the al fresco dining in a tropical paradise with various buffet themes to the unique Hot Rock and Teppanyaki experiences. During the daytime, guests can discover the pristine underwater world and colorful marine life, perfect their golf swing, sweat it out at the tennis court, rent a bicycle, or simply indulge in a range of water sports in the turquoise lagoon. Apart, one can relax, and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul with a range of treatments or relaxing massages at the Duniye Spa. The accommodation ranges from INR 50, 000 to INR 93, 000.
Centara Grand Island Resort
Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa is another luxurious resort located in Maldives and is an ideal place for an island holiday. Surrounded by the blue ocean and adorned with distinctive timbered walkways, seascapes and colonial-style buildings, the resort features 112 spacious villas set over the water and the suites blended harmoniously with the natural setting. Guests can start the day with a fusion of flavors with sumptuous Champagne breakfasts, relax and rejuvenate your mind and body at SPA Cenvaree, indulge in exciting water sports like snorkeling and kayaking. During dusk, head over to Aqua Bar for a delicious aperitif or at the Coral Bar & Lounge for creative island style cocktails with sweeping ocean views. Combined with a wealth of activities and superb facilities, it is one of the ideal getaways for couples and honeymooners, as well as a fun-filled destination for families and the room tariff ranges from INR 50, 000 to 80, 000.
Coco Bodu Hithi
The Coco Bodu Hithi is a breathtaking luxurious resort situated in North Male Atoll, Maldives. It is one of the beautiful resorts in Maldives. While in this resort, you can start your day with a delicious buffet of breakfasts serving international cuisine, breathe the clean, sea air, sink your toes into the white sand, witness the peaceful majesty of the native Nurse sharks, meet the Hawksbill turtles, explore the exotic colors of the reef’s inhabitants, swim with Manta rays, take a sunset cruise across calm waters, and pamper yourself with a relaxing massage under the hands of skilled Thai masseurs at the Coco spa. Besides, the resort also offers exciting water sports such as powerboating, jet skiing, water skiing, surfing, parasailing and many more in the blue ocean. Explore the rhythm of life in this beautiful resort which is only 40 minutes away from the Male International Airport and is easy to reach. The water villas costs from 61, 000 onwards.
Amari Havodda Maldives
Encircled by tropical greenery, crystal clear aquamarine waters and white sandy beaches, Amari Havodda is an untouched paradise located on the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives. Guests can experience comfortable and luxurious stay whether on the beach or above water with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Satisfy your taste buds and discover a foodie’s paradise at Pizza Kage with authentic taste of Mediterranean cuisine or prepare creative and tantalizing Thai dishes with burst of contrasting flavors, spices, and colors. Relax in the Breeze Spa treatments enhanced by aromatherapy oils, herbal teas, music selections, mood-setting colors that boasts your energy. Don’t forget to taste some refreshing tropical cocktails or mocktails at the Thari bar with live music performances and entertainments. Indulge in several exciting watersports like jet ski, water-skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, windsurfing and banana boat rides. The water villa stay starts from INR 68, 000.
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort
Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is a tropical paradise located on the private Furanafushi Island in the stunning North Male Atoll, Maldives, and is accessible by a 15-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport. Surrounded by a shimmering turquoise lagoon, pristine white sandy beaches, and swaying palms, this award-winning 5-star star family resort is home to an exquisite collection of room types that range from elegant deluxe rooms to charming cottages and indulging water bungalows and villas, as well as an expansive two-bedroom water suite. The resort features seven restaurants and bars offering a diverse selection of cuisines. Guests can indulge in a signature treatment at the award-winning Shine Spa. Other services are available at an additional charge including diving, motorized water sports, sandbank picnic, snorkeling safari, sunset dolphin cruise, parasailing, fishing, and much more. The over water bungalow stay ranges from INR 80, 000 to 1, 20, 000.
Grand Park Kodhipparu
Nestled in North Male Atoll, Grand Park Kodhipparu is a luxurious one-island-one-resort destination which is a mere 20-minutes speedboat ride from Velana International Airport, Male, Maldives. The resort is designed by award-winning hospitality firm Hirsch Bedner Associates that showcases sophisticated architecture and contemporary exterior with Maldives’ traditional influence of wood and rattan, inventive rustic appeal and inviting peaceful atmosphere. It is one of the best resorts in Maldives with a collection of 120 idyllic beach-front pool villas, breathtaking overwater villas, award-winning dining venues, recreational spaces, and an award-winning overwater spa. If you are an adventure freak, you can indulge in the exciting underwater experiences of renowned snorkeling and diving sites around the island. It is also a great place to enjoy with your loved ones as well as families with a wide range of children’s activities. The water villa stay cost starts from INR. 77, 000 onwards.
Kurumba Maldives is an island resort located on Vihamanaafushi island in the scenic North Male Atoll, Maldives. This is the very first private island resort in the Maldives and is just 10 minutes away by speedboat from the Male International Airport. Kurumba Maldives offers a wide range of comfortable accommodations surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches and scenic coconut trees. All these luxurious rooms and villas feature private terraces with beach views. The resort has 2 outdoor freshwater pools, 3 tennis courts, 7 restaurants, 4 bars, and a fitness center. Kurumba’s restaurants boast an impressive variety of cuisines, including Japanese, Indian, and Lebanese choices. This award-winning resort also offers night snorkeling, water sports, underwater photoshoots, excursions. With a wide variety of accommodation, a diverse choice of restaurants, bars, and lots of activities to choose from, Kurumba is ideal for guests of all ages. The accommodation ranges from INR 40, 000 to 80, 000.