The Maldives offers an amazing choice of stylish and luxurious beach villas and over-water suites mainly located on idyllic private islands that fringe tranquil lagoons – just perfect for honeymoon couples.
Resorts in the Maldives are spread across more than 200 inhabited islands, with North Ari Atoll, South Ari Atoll, North Malé Atoll and South Malé Atoll being the most popular, probably as they offer quicker access from the capital Malé.
With so many resorts to choose from, we have selected some of the best resorts below, plus separate links to each of the most popular atolls where you can browse even more Maldives resorts…
One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives
Location: Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD2,568 per villa
Description: This luxurious tropical getaway overlooks the Indian Ocean and offers an infinity pool, free Wi-Fi and a peaceful private beach. The elegant villas at One & Only Reethi Rah are situated either over the lagoon or by the beach and enjoy beautiful ocean views. Flat-screen cable/satellite TVs, iPod docks and DVD players can be enjoyed in all rooms. Guests may enjoy massage treatments at One&Only Spa or rejuvenate with a game of tennis at the outdoor courts. The resort also has a beach club - One Tribe, catered to teenagers and KidsOnly, a spacious activity place for children facilitated by well-trained staff. Built over the water, Tapasake Restaurant serves modern Japanese cuisine, while the beachside Fanditha Restaurant offers Middle Eastern food and champagne. Reethi offers Mediterranean cuisine. Other dining options include Rah Bar and 24-hour in-villa dining. One & Only Reethi Rah is a 1-hour, 15-minute luxury yacht ride or a 45-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport.
Location: Baros Island, North Malé Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD2,010 per villa
Description: Surrounded by the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, Baros Maldives offers award-winning luxury accommodation with home entertainment systems and private gardens. It offers 5-star fitness facilities and a spa. Spacious villas open out to a private veranda with sun loungers and stunning ocean views. Fitted with an espresso machine, in-villa entertainment include a flat-screen TV and iPod dock. Guests can pamper themselves at Maldives Baros' spa or take a dip in the overwater infinity pool. Water sports and yoga are also available at the resort. It also offers the convenience of a library lounge and free Wi-Fi. Fine restaurants and private dining featuring international dishes are available at the resort. The bars and lounge are ideal for evening cocktails. Baros Maldives is a 25-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport. Airport transfer is available at a charge.
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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
Location: Emboodhu Finolhu, South Malé Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD1,638 per villa
Description: 5-star exclusivity awaits at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, with luxurious villas and a large infinity pool with clear lagoon views. It features 2 restaurants, a bar and a fitness centre. Free WiFi access is available in all rooms. Staff are able to converse in Chinese. Featuring private sundecks and balconies, large villas are decorated with fine wood furnishings and warm colours. First-rate amenities include a Nespresso coffee machine and iPod dock. Premium toiletries and rain showers are provided. Extras in the room include a dental kit and slippers. Rooms offer Chinese cable channels and an electric kettle. A wide range of water sports including diving, fishing and windsurfing are available at Taj Exotica. Alternatively, relax with soothing spa treatments at Jiva Grande Spa. All-day dining with a wide spread of international dishes is provided at 24 Degrees Restaurant. The Deep End offers fine dining in an elegant environment. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is 8 km from Malé International Airport, which takes 15 minutes by a private speedboat available 24 hours a day.
Anantara Veli Maldives Resort
Location: Dhigufinolhu Island, South Malé Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD1,199 per villa
Description: Anantara Veli Maldives offers a complete beach experience with an on-site water sports centre, beautiful sandy shores and luxurious over-water bungalows. Its 5 dining options enjoy stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Surrounded by blue waters and white sands, tropical wooden bungalows are equipped with a flat-screen TV, Chinese TV channels, DVD player and espresso machine. An electric kettle is available. Enjoying plenty of sunshine, bungalows have a day bed and large bathrooms with bathtub, free toiletries and slippers. Free WiFi is available in the rooms. Anantara Spa provides relaxing body massage, while the fitness centre has a gym and yoga lessons. This adult-only resort also offers 24-hour room service and free WiFi in public areas. Chinese speaking staff are available at the front desk and in the transportation team to assist. Guests can pay using Union Pay. A breakfast buffet and fresh seafood is served at the 73 Degrees Restaurant. Other food options include Thai and Japanese cuisines. Drinks are available at the poolside bar, Dhoni. Chinese breakfast is available. Located within the South Malé Atoll, Anantara Veli Maldives is a 35-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport. Transfer service is available 24 hours.
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Location: Fesdu Island, North Ari Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD3,154 per villa
Description: Enjoy the inviting blue waters, beautiful reefs and white sands of the Maldives while staying at the W Maldives. Offering a tranquil escape, the hotel features a diving centre, fitness centre and outdoor infinity pool. Chinese breakfast option is available. Spacious villas offer direct beach, reef or ocean access and come with a private plunge pool. They are fitted with a 42-inch plasma TV and a BOSE CD and DVD player. Comforts include W's signature bedding, outdoor daybeds, a tea/coffee maker and minibar. The private bathroom comes with a rain shower, toiletries and a hairdryer. Free WiFi is available in the rooms. Relaxation can be found at AWAY® Spa, which has a menu of massage, Ayurvedic and facial treatments. Guests can also enjoy activities ranging from watersports, yoga and aqua aerobics. A library and activities room is also available. Union pay is accepted and Chinese speaking staff are also available for assistance. Chinese newspapers are provided. An international menu is served at KITCHEN, while barbecued foods are offered at FIRE. W Maldives specialty restaurant, FISH set above the Indian Ocean serves seafood. Cocktails and assorted beverages are featured at SIP. Situated on a private island within the North Ari Atoll, it is a 1.5 hour speed boat ride or a 25-minute sea plane transfer from Male International Airport. A private W Lounge is available at Malé's Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.
Location: Hangnaameedhoo, North Ari Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD1,818 per villa
Description: Offering guests a luxurious island holiday, Constance Halaveli Resort features spacious villas with private plunge pools. Providing comprehensive spa and diving facilities, it has 3 dining options and tennis courts. Featuring hardwood floors and well-crafted furnishings, the open-concept villas feature views of surrounding greenery or the lagoon. Each well-equipped villa has amenities like a flat-screen TV, iPod docking and free Wi-Fi. To relax, guests can indulge in a massage at the spa, or go on fishing and diving trips. Regular workouts can be maintained at the well-equipped fitness center. JAHAZ Restaurant serves international dishes and is available for breakfast and dinner. Other dining options include fresh seafood at MEERU and Asian food at JING. Resort Constance Halaveli is a 35 minute seaplane ride and a 75 minute ride from Male. Airport transportation is provided.
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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Location: Rangali Island, South Ari Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD1,489 per villa
Description: Set on 2 separate islands connected by a bridge, the luxurious Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers spacious private villas. It boasts the all-glass underwater Ithaa Restaurant and 2 award-winning spas. Stretching up to 500 m into the Indian Ocean, Conrad Rangali Island's villas are packed full of creature comforts, including free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and DVD players. Beautiful sea or beach views are framed through wooden floor-to-ceiling windows. Total relaxation can be enjoyed at the lagoon Spa Retreat and Over-Water Spa. Guests may make their stays extra rewarding by visiting the on-site Italian boutique, or learning about local culture on a day trip to one of the surrounding islands. Conrad Maldives' 12 world-class restaurants and bars serve an assortment of international, Mediterranean and grilled dishes. Over 600 bottles of premium wine can be enjoyed at The Wine Cellar. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is reachable via a 30-minute scenic seaplane transfer from Male International Airport to Hulhule Island.
Mirihi Island Resort
Location: Mirihi Island, South Ari Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD1,099 per villa
Description: Named after a local flower, the tropical Mirihi Island Resort offers beachfront or water villas with free WiFi in the rooms and the property in Maldives' South Ari Atoll. It boasts 3 dining options and clear waters with beautiful coral reefs. Rooms at Mirihi Resort feature polished wooden flooring and spacious outdoor seating. Overlooking the beach or sea, each is equipped with a CD player, tea/coffee making facilities and sun loungers. Toothbrush and slippers are available on request. Duniye Spa features relaxing massage treatments, while the fitness centre is equipped with modern equipment for a good workout. Chinese newspaper is available. Water sports activities like windsurfing and sailing are available by the beach. Dhonveli offers international and local buffet spreads, while Muraka serves fresh seafood dishes and Angus beef. Drinks may be enjoyed at Anba Bar. Mirihi Island Resort is 85 km from Male International Airport. Via seaplane, it is a 30-minute journey from the airport to the resort.
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Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Location: Kihavah Huravalhi Island, Baa Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD1,830 per villa
Description: Featuring luxurious villas with private infinity pools, Anantara Kihavah Villas is on beautiful Kihavah Huravalhi Island in Baa Atoll. Surrounded by coral reefs and blue lagoon, it has free Wi-Fi access and an over-water spa. Fitted with fine wood furnishings and premium cotton beddings, the air-conditioned villas feature an over-sized bathtub, outdoor dining pavilion and an entertainment system with a flat-screen TV, iPod dock and DVD player. Wine chiller, espresso machine and fully-stocked minibar are also included. A range of water sports, including wake-boarding, windsurfing, canoeing, catamaran sailing and snorkeling, is available. This family-friendly resort also provides a variety of complimentary activities for children. For those looking to exercise, there is a tennis court and fitness center on site. The resort has 5 unique dining options, which includes underwater restaurant and wine cellar at SEA, a Teppanyaki lounge at FIRE and a two-story over-water Sky Bar. Guests can also dine at the private beach or enjoy a romantic dinner on a yacht. Anantara Kihavah Villas is a scenic 35-minute seaplane ride from Male International Airport. Airport transportation are provided by the hotel for an extra fee.
Location: Kunfunadhoo Island, Baa Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD1,721 per villa
Description: Soneva Fushi offers private villas up to 395m² in size on a private island, surrounded by white sand beaches, gardens and bicycle trails. Beachfront accommodations feature private sitting areas with daybeds and direct access to the beach. Balconies offer ocean views. Bathrooms feature separate bathtubs and showers, double sinks, phones and bathrobes. At this eco friendly resort, all the villas and rooms are extraordinarily spacious and enjoy direct private access to the beach. Most include bathrooms that are built within a large private garden setting with outdoor showers and separate bathtubs. There are four restaurants, an outdoor cinema on the beach, an observatory, a wonderful spa and free guided snorkelling lessons with the marine biologists. Soneva Fushi is the latest UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. It is a 30-minutes seaplane transfer from Male International Airport.
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The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Location: Vommuli, Dhaalu Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD2,340 per villa
Description: The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is ideally poised on its own exclusive island in the Republic of Maldives. Set on nine hectares in the Dhaalu Atoll, the resort is surrounded by pristine landscapes, thick tropical vegetation, a fine white-sand beach, a brackish lagoon, and the glistening turquoise Indian Ocean. Each room at this resort is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a seating area for your convenience. Certain units feature views of the sea or garden. Every room is equipped with a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower. A personalized St. Regis Butler Service is available for all the rooms. There is a 24-hour front desk, babysitting service, concierge service and gift shop at the property. You can play tennis at this resort, and the area is popular for snorkelling and windsurfing. Malé International Airport can be reached by seaplane in 45-minute.
PER AQUUM Niyama
Location: Kudahuvadhoo, Dhaalu Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD1,062 per villa
Description: Boasting a 24-hour spa and the world's first underwater nightclub, the luxurious PER AQUUM Niyama is tropical paradise offering a quiet private beach, butler services and free WiFi is available in the rooms and throughout the resort. Spacious and modern, the studios at PER AQUUM Niyama are located on the beach or over the crystal lagoon. All come with a 40-inch flat-screen TV, Chinese TV channels, Bose surround sound system and a well-stocked minibar. Outdoor bathrooms have a soaking tub and soothing rainshowers. The accommodation has electric kettle, slippers and free toiletries. Lime Spa features relaxing body massage and other beauty treatments. Guided snorkelling trips, sunset cruises and fishing trips can be arranged by the butlers. On-site, guests can also look forward to playing the latest video games, swimming in the main pool or exercising at the gym. Accessible by boat, the over-water Edge serves fresh seafood and premium wines. The beach-side Epicure has international dishes and a glass wine cellar. Other dining options include South American and African cuisines at Tribal, the pool-side Dune cafe and meals-to-go at The Deli. Chinese breakfast is available. Fahrenheit rooftop bar offers creative cocktails, live DJ performances and beautiful sunset views. Fitted with glass walls with views of the underwater marine life, Sub Six offers global music and drinks. PER AQUUM Niyama is a 40-minute sea plane ride from Male International Airport. Transfers can be arranged at an extra charge.
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Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives – A Premium All-Inclusive Resort
Location: Kanifushi Island, Lhaviyani Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD1,530 per villa
Description: Located in the stunning and sparsely-populated Lhaviyani Atoll, Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives features luxurious villas set along pristine white beaches and a turquoise lagoon. With direct beach access, each spacious villa is tastefully-furnished and features open-air bathroom and private outdoor garden areas with sun loungers. Decorated with Maldivian interiors, villa also includes iPod dock, electric kettle, coffee machine and DVD player. Extras include a dental kit and slippers. At Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives, guests can enjoy an array of complimentary activities ranging from excursions, sunset fishing, snorkelling and non-motorized water sports. A fully-equipped gym and a flood-lit tennis court is also available. Union Pay is accepted. The property boasts 5 dining options and 2 pool bars. The Spice features authentic buffet-style international cuisine and live cooking stations, while Just Veg is the first pure vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives. The Sunset serves a la carte dining and Teppanyaki Grill. Platinum Plus enjoys a fine selection of premium wines and spirits. Offering an all-inclusive five star resort experience, it is just a 35-minute seaplane ride from Male International Airport.
Location: Kuredu, Lhaviyani Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD1,255 per villa
Description: On a private island in eastern Lhaviyani Atoll, Kanuhura offers a luxurious retreat with a beautiful outdoor pool and an on-site water sports center. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas, as well as in villas upon request. Spacious air-conditioned villas are situated on the sandy beachfront or over the crystal blue lagoon. A flat-screen TV, DVD player and iPod dock are included in all villas. The semi-outdoor bathroom comes with a bathtub and hot-water showers. Surrounded by popular dive sites, Kanuhura is a 40 minute seaplane ride from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Airport transportation will be arranged by the resort, for an extra fee. Guests can soak in the hot tub or enjoy a relaxing massage at the resort's spa. For a good workout, there are 2 flood-lit tennis courts, an air-conditioned racquetball court and ping-pong facilities. The children's club provides water activities and cooking classes. Thin Rah restaurant serves international buffet spreads, while pasta and grilled seafood are offered at the pool-side Olive Tree. Other dining options include Asian fusion dishes at Veli Cafe, private island dining at Jehunuhura, 4 bars and 24-hour room service.
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Medhufushi Island Resort
Location: Medhufushi Island, Meemu Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD967 per villa
Description: Boasting an outdoor pool and fitness centre, Medhufushi Island Resort offers luxury with villas that open out to sweeping lagoon views. It features 4 dining options and a spa. Maldivian-style open concept villas feature private sun decks, free WiFi access and open air rain showers. Comfortable seating areas have a sofa, flat-screen cable TV and DVD player. Guests can indulge with a range of body treatments at Medhufushi Spa. Numerous water sports are available at Resort Medhufushi, including snorkelling, canoeing and windsurfing. Diving classes are provided. Beautiful sunset views accompany a variety of beverages and dishes at Alfresco while Malafaiy offers buffet spreads by the pool. Light refreshments are available at the over-lagoon Vilu Bar. Medhufushi Island Resort is a 45-minute seaplane ride from Male International Airport, which can be arranged by the resort.
Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives
Location: Meemu Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD475 per villa
Description: Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa offers guests a luxurious experience in villas situated along white sands and clear lagoon waters. It features a world-class spa and a bar set on stilts. Facing out towards the lagoon, exclusive villas are set on stilts over water or on white sandy beaches. They offer the comfort of spacious layouts, classic wood furnishings and a sitting area. For leisure, water sports such as canoeing, snorkeling and windsurfing are available. Alternatively, have a good work out at the fitness center or enjoy soothing massages at Chaaya Hakuraa Huraa’s spa. Take in panoramic views of the island while sampling buffet spreads at Malaafaiy Restaurant. Featuring an extensive wine list, Nalha Falhul offers an intimate setting for after-meal drinks. Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa is located 1 mile from the capital, Male. It is a 45-minute seaplane shuttle service from Male International Airport.
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Maalifushi by COMO
Location: Maalifushi Island, Thaa Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD1,172 per villa
Description: Overlooking sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, Maalifushi by COMO is a luxurious property placed in Maalifushi Island. Guests can enjoy elegantly furnished villas and soothing spa treatments. Free Wi-Fi access is available at all areas. All the villas feature a dining table, iPod docking station, DVD player and coffee machine. Marble bathrooms come with a large bathtub and rain-shower facilities. Most villas include a spacious private pool. At Maalifushi by COMO, guests can go for snorkeling trips and diving lessons with PADI at an extra charge. Other facilities include a 24-hour reception, airport shuttle services and world-class yoga facilities. Madi Restaurant will serve all-day Maldivian and international cuisines. Guests can also enjoy traditional Japanese dishes at Tai Restaurant or unwind with a cocktail at Thila Bar. Featuring a private beach area, this beautiful resort is located a 50-minute seaplane ride from Male International Airport. It is placed in the heart of Thaa Atoll, popularly known for its diverse species of fishes and sharks.
Six Senses Laamu
Location: Olhuveli Island, (near Thaa Atoll)
Ave nightly price: AUD2,351 per villa
Description: Six Senses Laamu is an eco-friendly luxury resort surrounded by clear turquoise water and white sandy beaches. Its wooden bungalows come with an iPod dock, 37-inch flat-screen TV and Bose entertainment system. Rooms offer fre WiFi and staff are able to converse in Chinese. Beautifully designed, air-conditioned villas feature an outdoor bathroom with rainshower where guests can shower under the stars. Private day beds and sunloungers lets guests enjoy the Maldivian sun from the comfort of the villas. Rooms offer electric kettle, slippers, dental kit and Chinese cable channels. Chinese newspaper can be acquired on request. Six Senses Spa features stylish private treatment rooms, Ayurvedic therapies and relaxing body massage. The resort also provides a modern gym, yoga pavilions and an on-site diving centre. LEAF serves modern Mediterranean dishes prepared with fresh organic ingredients, while premium wine and cheese can be enjoyed at Altitude Wine Cellar. Chinese breakfast options are available. Other dining options include international cuisine at Longitude, pizza at Es'sense, desserts at Ice and drinks at Chai and Chill. Located on Olhuveli Island, Six Senses Laamu is a 15-minute boat ride from Kadhuhoo Airport. From there, it is a 40-minute flight to Male International Airport
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Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives
Location: Villingili Island, Addu Atoll
Ave nightly price: AUD1,148 per villa
Description: Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa offers luxurious villas, with free WiFi access throughout the property. Boasting a white sandy beach, it has an infinity pool, a spa and a 9-hole golf course, the only one of its kind in the Maldives. Staff are able to converse in Chinese. Surrounded by tropical greenery and offering ample privacy, the air-conditioned villas are equipped with a 40-inch flat-screen TV, BOSE DVD player and an iPod with a docking station. Extras include a Nespresso machine, dental kit and slippers. With the exception of the over-water villas, they also offer a private pool. Guests can cycle to explore the neighbouring islands, work out at the fitness centre, practise yoga or enjoy a scenic jog on the marked trails. Water activities include kayaking, scuba-diving and cruising on a luxury yacht. Soothing spa treatments can be enjoyed at CHI - The Spa. Dr. Ali's serves a range of culinary specialties from the Indian Ocean, the South China Sea and the Arabian Gulf. Jaavu offers al fresco dining around the clock, with dishes from around the world. Mediterranean-inspired recipes with local produce from the neighbouring farms and fresh seafood can ne enjoyed at Fashala Lounge. Drinks can be enjoyed at Endheri, Manzaru Bar or M-Lounge. Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa is a 70-minute flight from Malé International Airport and a 5-minute boat ride from Gan Airport on Addu Atoll.
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