Maldives, the best bunch of islands in the Indian Ocean, is on top of the list for most tourists for the turquoise lagoons, extensive coral reefs, and those beautiful water villas. It often boils down to the stay and it’s very difficult to choose from the array of options available. It is necessary to define your budget and travel style before you head out and hit that search button on the internet. We have curated the best of the best stay options for you to suit every budget and lifestyle. Dig in!
Tailor made, luxe experience is what you get when you come to Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu. A scenic 30-minute seaplane flight away from Male International Airport this private heaven is a dream paradise, especially for couples and honeymooners. The property boasts 5 dining options, a/c villas opening to stunning views of the ocean, with private terraces & outdoor seating, free toiletries, a 5-star spa (Coco Spa) and a range of water sports including canoeing and diving.
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Address: Dhuni Kolhu, 06140 Thulhaadhoo, Maldives (see map)
Price: from 534 USD
Relax in your own private villa and be treated like royalty with personal butler services. Adaaran promises and delivers luxury at its best. Satellite TV, DVD player, free WIFI, airport transfers and mini bar too come included in your booking. It’s located on North Male Atoll’s Hudhuranfushi Island which is a 30 min scenic speedboat ride from Male. Adaaran houses two restaurants Sunset & Banyan which dish out lip-smacking international as well as local cuisines and cocktails for you to enjoy amidst the gorgeous sunset views.
Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas
Address: North Male Atoll, 00960 Hudhuranfushi, Maldives (see map)
Price: from 530 USD
Fun Island Resort is located in South Male Atoll which is a 45-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport. The resort provides a mandatory transfer, charges of which need to be settled upon arrival. This enormous place is equipped with 2 dining options, breath-taking rooms with private balconies, a spa, hot shower facility among other wonderful amenities. Come here to be away from crowded and touristy beaches and to enjoy the island as it’s your home.
Fun Island Resort & Spa Maldives
Price: from 340 USD
Number of Guests: 16
The best of mid budget offerings can be experienced at Nika Island Resort & Spa. One of the less expensive villa stays on North Ari Atoll, each villa here boasts quaint and cozy bedrooms, a huge living area and modern bathrooms. Open-air dining with a sea breeze can be enjoyed at the on-site restaurant, which serves Maldivian, Italian and other international dishes.
Nika Island Resort & Spa, Maldives
Address: North Ari Atoll, 20123 Nika Island, Maldives (see map)
Price: from 272 USD
Stay here at pocket friendly rates to explore the Maldivian local life. Vista Beach Retreat is just 3 km (1.8 mi) from Male International Airport. Each room provides you the ocean view while some of the deluxe rooms expand into a seating area for unwinding and relaxing after a long day. All amenities like WIFI, electric kettle, flat screen TV, private bath area with free toiletries, and in-house restaurant are available for the guests to relax. One can enjoy activities like snorkeling or windsurfing just across the property.
Vista Beach Retreat
Address: Lot 10669, Kaani Magu, 20069 Hulhumale, Maldives (see map)
Price: from 109 USD
As the name suggests, Acqua Blu Rasdhoo is a sweet little resort in the Rasdu area which has its own private beach and is a heaven for people who love water sports. Guests can enjoy various water activities including snorkeling, kayaking, and diving. Bicycles are also available for hire to wander around the narrow lanes around the property. A unique offering here is that they have a baby sitting facility and a gift shop too for the souvenirs. All rooms are clean, the bathrooms are equipped with basic toiletries, bathrobes and hair dryer too. It’s everything you need for a perfect Maldivian stay!
Acqua Blu Rasdhoo
Address: Seagul Sahara Magu, 09020 Rasdu, Maldives (see map)
Price: from 100 USD
A stay at the Banyan Villa Maldives is that island getaway at a steal price that will leave you amazed and relaxed at the same time. The place is small (just five rooms) but quiet & pretty. Breakfast and other meals are served in a lush tropical garden. The Bikini beach is just 3 minutes away from the property and they can arrange for beach dinners on requests. You also don’t need to worry about getting here as the host also arranges for your transport (at an extra cost). Breakfast is included in room cost and you also get free WIFI, cable TV, and a coffee maker.
Banyan Villa Maldives
Price: from 52 USD
Number of Guests: 5
Ukulhas is a small island which can be covered on foot in a mere 20 mins. Beach Villa Ukulhas is a small guesthouse cum villa right next to one of the beaches and part of that is also a private beach, included in the villa property. Since this island is new, you will find less tourists. Having said that, the quality of food, the corals, and the experience are no less than any other area in the Maldives. The environment is quiet, you can snorkel in the nearby beaches and enjoy the marine life at your own pace. Pro tip: do have their delicious breakfast and barbecue dinner, they are to die for!
Beach Villa Ukulhas
Price: from 77 USD
Number of Guests: 9
Although the Maldives are already pretty close to an idyll island escape, those who crave a romantic bolt, away from the cares of the outside world, can check out this lovely property on a private island with only 19 freestanding houses! Each villa is smartly spruced up with a range of modern comforts, from flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations to stand-up showers and steam saunas. The plunge pool will be a big hit for the water babies, and the spa is sure to go down a treat with all kinds of guests! Health-minded travelers can work up a sweat at the fitness center, and adrenaline junkies can head to the dive center. Despite the seclusion of the property, you will be within easy reach of a handful of restaurants by boat, but really, there’s nothing else you would need with all these hotel-like amenities and a personal House Master at your disposal.
Naladhu Private Island Maldives
Price: from 1,058 USD
Number of Guests: 3
Consistently ranked among the best eco-resorts in Southeast Asia, you know you will be in good hands during your stay at Six Senses Laamu. Located in the midst of turquoise waters and nothing else, these overwater bungalows are as far from the rat race as you can get, and if you’re seeking total solitude, just hole up in one of them, where you’ll find an array of modern conveniences such as an iPod docking station, a minibar, and an outdoor shower. The outdoor sun deck also provides a perfect opportunity to catch the sunny weather, as well as unobstructed views of the stunning waters. If you don’t mind leaving your quarters for some underwater adventures and romantic dining, try out surfing or snorkeling, and head to the Altitude wine tower to watch the sun dip into the sea while sipping on a glass of wine! With so much to do at the resort, you do, indeed, require six senses to cope with the overwhelming stimulation.
Six Senses Laamu
Price: from 1,081 USD
Number of Guests: 2
OBLU SELECT at Sangeli- All Inclusive
Address: Unnamed Road 3rd Floor H,Aage Building
Price: from 649 USD
Canoeing Diving Water Sports Facilities (on site) Beach Restaurant Bar Breakfast options Fitness Center
Address: North Male Atoll
Price: from 306 USD
WiFi Available in All Areas Tennis Court Fishing Pool Table Ping-Pong Windsurfing Darts Canoeing
It's all about your styleSo are you someone who has dreamt about lazing on a hammock above the ocean, next to the patio of your luxe water villa? That would be me actually! Or are you the backpacker who just wants to explore the paradise and needs only a roof for the night? Or are you a mix of both? Whatever your style is, Maldives will serve you the best of it. So don’t hesitate and put these gorgeous islands on top of your next travel plan!
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