Luxury in the Maldives: where to stay

By Lachlan Probyn,

When was the last time you took a break and lapped your feet in crystal clear waters? If you’re looking for a well-deserved holiday, the Maldives is an obvious choice. This archipelago of palm-studded islands seduces even the most discerning traveller thanks to its idyllic white sands, blue lagoons, and coral reef.

When it comes to accommodation in the Maldives, competition is fierce. From dreamy bungalows to beachfront villas, we’ve scouted some of the hottest hotels ideal for a honeymoon or even just a bit of R&R.

Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

The Anantara brand has well and truly established itself as a beacon of luxury accommodation across the globe, and Anatara Veli is no exception. This five-star, adults-only resort offers dreamy overwater bungalows that provide direct access to the famed Maldivian waters.

For some added indulgence, opt for the deluxe overwater pool bungalow which boasts its own plunge pool and private deck.

Ayada Maldives

Positioned on a private island and enveloped by a jewel-coloured lagoon, sits Ayada Maldives. The coveted resort boasts a cluster of traditional thatched-roof villas, standing on stilts above the glistening water.

For something a little special, book the Ayada Royal Ocean Suite – we’re talking an upper floor terrace offering 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean, an indoor bathroom featuring a terrazzo bathtub, and an evening turn down service.

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa

Situated on the South Ari Atoll Island, Vilamendhoo takes luxury to the next level. Accommodation ranges from garden rooms to beach villas, but if you’re seeking that added touch of indulgence, you can’t surpass the Jacuzzi Water Villa.

Wake up in a four-poster bed, then retreat to a private wooden sundeck which offers direct stair access to the lagoon as well as a bubbling Jacuzzi.

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa

Are you ready to be seduced? Your beau or belle better fight for your love, because Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is turning the heat up.

Affectionately referred to as the definition of luxury, this resort will woo you with its offering of private villas that boast a fusion of Middle Eastern and Indian design elements.

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

Imagine a series of overwater bungalows, graciously suspended over azure waters with the backdrop of palms swaying in the breeze. At Taj Exotica, you can transform this idyllic fantasy into a reality.

Just a 15-minute boat ride away from the Maldives’ main airport, Taj Exotica is a secluded haven steeped in opulence.

Atmosphere Kanifushi

Looking for an island escape on two kilometres’ worth of pristine beach? Atmosphere Kanifushi may just satisfy your craving to a T. This coveted, all-inclusive resort has won countless awards, and it’s easy to see why.

The well-appointed villas are dotted between coconut palms, with each offering unparalleled ocean views. Fusing modern architecture with traditional accents, Atmosphere Kanifushi is the ideal Maldivian retreat.