Each and every breath-taking Maldivian island has a distinct character; the sparkling cobalt ocean, sandy white beaches and laid-back lifestyle make these islands near enough to paradise on earth.
The Maldivian islands are home to some of the best resorts in the world. So whether you want a thrilling week enjoying water sports or a relaxing and revitalising spa session, the Maldives can provide the very best, it’s just a case of knowing where to look.
Red Savannah’s Indian Ocean expert, Melissa Matthews, takes a look at the best Maldives resorts for each and every holiday.
Best for Family Fun in the Maldives
Family life is hassle-free when it comes to the youngsters at Amilla. From one-bedroom houses to eight-bedroom residences, families of all sizes can be easily accommodated in this luxurious, yet relaxed, resort. Mealtimes needn’t be a challenge as families can share a table yet still order from the resort’s varied eateries. There are many inclusions such as a colourful children’s club, an abundance of water sports and both a nanny and butler service.
Great for Families with Older Children
Keep both sides of the family happy at Finolhu. The sleepy Baa Atoll has been shaken to its reef by the arrival of this new kid on the block. Retro chic, vintage design, all day music and luxurious overwater and beach based villas combine to create the resort to beat all resorts for fun lovers. Spa cabins dedicated to Hollywood stars and a retro camper van dictating the day’s activities are just some of the fun touches created to waken up the sleepy island paradise. While kids are entertained by vocational staff in the kids’ club or teens listen to the DJ’s sounds by the main pool, adults can languish over a long lunch at the Crab Shack on the Maldives’ longest white sand beach across the lagoon.
Kuda Huraa at the Four Seasons is the place to be if your idea of heaven is the vast ocean and a pair of goggles. The Water Sports Centre offers an array of group and individual activities to suit all age groups. From exhilarating shark safaris to relaxing sunset fishing life under and above the waves has never been more inviting. Plus with activities such as parasailing, windsurfing and jet skiing, the adrenaline junkies can get their fix.
There are hints of Robinson Crusoe throughout Gili Lankanfushi - the butlers are 'Mr Fridays', for example - but Swift didn't allow his castaway the indulgence of the resort's blissful Meera Spa set in its own secluded bay with overwater treatment rooms looking over darting fish. The spa offers healing treatments based on age old cultures using locally sourced plants to restore weary souls. For enthusiasts, book a Spa Suite, which have a couple's treatment room, steam room, gym and jet bath on a terrace overlooking the lagoon. The suite rate includes a 50-minute full body massage per person and up to 20% discount at Meera.
If diving deep to the bottom of the ocean is how you get your kicks, then Constance Moofushi is the destination for you. This Maldives resort allows guests to take to the waters of the South Ari Atoll and explore an underwater paradise. Considered one of the best diving spots in the world, there is a spectacular house reef and over 20 dive sites to suit beginner and experienced divers. Home to exotic marine life, the surrounding waters are on the migration routes of whale sharks, dolphins and mantas.
Best for Star-Crossed Lovers
For newlyweds, Park Hyatt is the perfect romantic escape. Offering unparalleled guest services, each guest villa is provided with a professional host, ensuring you won’t have to lift a finger. Take a thrilling scuba diving tutorial at the Dive & Activity Centre or unwind together at the Vidhum Spa. Dine at The Dining Room or The Island Grill. Alternatively, enjoy a secluded private dining experience in your villa or choose an island venue inspired by themes such as Beach, Nature or Starlight.
True to its luxury brand heritage, Cheval Blanc Randeli is the height of European chic in an Indian Ocean setting. Dedicated ‘Majordomes’ grant every wish whilst a team of ‘Alchemists’ create land and sea based adventures, such as beach barbecues and dhoni sailings to uninhabited islands. The spa is by Guerlain and dining has a Mediterranean flavour, with four venues. Accommodation is contemporary perfection, with spacious jungle, lagoon and ocean villas with high ceilings and open plan living.
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