A Taste of the Luxurious – Luxury Maldives
Luxury and distinction has long gone hand in hand when it comes to the Maldives. For a long time, this region has been called paradise on earth and it isn’t hard to understand why. The Maldives are a group of coral atolls situated about 150 kilometres south of Sri Lanka in the beautiful Indian Ocean. The islands are surrounded by crystalline waters which sparkle in the sunlight and the soft sands are the perfect place to soak up the sun reading a book or sipping a delicious beverage or two.
Visitors travel from all over the world to experience the delights of the Maldives. The warm waters are full of life, from a variety of fish to rays, eels and even reef sharks. Every island in the Maldives holds a private resort, with many having a renowned diving school attached to it. In addition, the resorts typically include spas, beauty salons, gyms and gourmet restaurants – everything to keep discerning guests happy.
We have reviewed the crème de la crème of hotels in the Maldives, some we stayed at, others we visited and/or reviewed thier environment, operation and quality.
One and Only Reethi Rah, North Male Atoll
The One and Only group is considered one of the most luxurious hotel brands and nowhere is this more apparent than that of the Reethi Rah. This magnificent resort is situated on the North Male Atoll, nearly an hour’s journey from the main airport on Male. Guests can choose from a range of sumptuous villas, all featuring the very best of amenities, including their very own butler. The Reethi Rah is home to three lavish restaurants featuring a range of gourmet delights and a diving center where guests can choose from a range of water and land activities. Alternatively, relax on the beach or beside the pool with a cocktail.
Six Senses Laamu, Laamu
The private island of Olhuveli in the Laamu Atoll is where you will discover the Six Senses Laamu. Forever linked with taste and prestige, the Six Senses group has a few resorts in the Maldives but this particular one does stand out from the rest. As with the others, this stunning resort merges nature and man-made structures effortlessly into one, with the buildings seemingly blending into the lush foliage. There are a number of stunning villas perched over the water, each one featuring everything a guest could desire.
The Taj Exotica, South Male Atoll
For guests who love to indulge their stomachs, the Taj Exotica is considered the place to stay in the Maldives. It is reached by a 40 minute speedboat ride from the capital, making it easily accessible. A chain of walkways accesses the sequence of villas resting over the ocean. For a truly unforgettable experience, dine at the Deep End, considered the best restaurant in the Maldives.
Cheval Blanc Randheli, Randheli Island
For a taste of contemporary luxury, there is no rival to that of the Cheval Blanc Randheli. Situated on Randheli Island, this awe-inspiring resort was designed by award-winning architect, Jean-Michel Gathy, artistically merging the natural beauty of the surrounding area with the best materials. The result is a resort which blends the very best of two worlds into one. Each of the villas reflect this harmonious nature, taking inspiration from the native Maldivian culture to create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. Each private villa has its own swimming pool and secluded beach and guests can enjoy their dinner cooked in front of them in the garden. The staff at the Cheval Blanc Randheli can arrange a variety of experiences and excursions for the whole family, allowing each member, no matter how old they are, to experience the true magic of the resort.
Soneva Fushi, Kunfunadhoo Island
Located on the charming Kunfunadhoo Island in the Baa Atoll, it takes a seaplane ride to experience barefoot luxury at the very highest level. The resort features 55 villas and residences blending into the lush foliage. Within a stone’s throw of a Biosphere UNESCO protected coral reef, this luxury resort is ideal for guests wishing to experience peace and serenity.
Shangri-La Villinggilli, Villinggilli Island
This exceptional five star resort, situated on Villinggilli Island in the Addu Atoll, is the perfect destination for guests wishing to experience the true magic of the Maldives. Choose from a selection of villas, residences and even luxury Tree Houses where the perfume of the flowers in bloom scents the air. Although the beaches and pools are ideal relaxation spots, guests can participate in a variety of nature walks, diving trips, water sports and spa treatments. For those wanting to know more about the culture of the Maldives, guests can mingle with locals who live just over the bridges on the island.
Dusit Thani Maldives, Baa Atoll
The Dusit Thani Maldives features 100 different villas and residences designed with the comfort of their guests in mind. Each villa comes with the latest technological amenities and the views of the ocean are to die for. The resort raises the bar when it comes to service, facilities and amenities. Enjoy authentic flavours from all around the world at the various restaurants, all designed to take your taste buds on a trip to heaven. During the day, participate in a range of water sports, enjoy cooling off in the swimming pool or indulge in a spa treatment or two and in the evening, sip on a cool glass of wine as you watch the stars illuminate the night sky.