Maldives

Comfort-loving Crusoes will revel in the Maldives mood of barefoot sophistication

1,192 tiny sunlit coral islands scattered across the biggest and bluest natural aquarium imaginable. The islands are a diver’s paradise, with warm, crystal-clear lagoons fringed by pristine white-sand beaches.

To this add an intriguing culture and language, shaped by Arab, Indian and Sri Lankan influences and even by British ones too, so non Dhivehi speakers can relax!

When it comes to description, it’s hard to resist traditional lyrical metaphors about green and gold jewel scattered over velvet seas of sapphire blue. That’s exactly how this spectacular cluster of coral atolls appear when first seen from the air and yes, the sea really is that translucent blue seen in the photos.

The Maldives’ remoteness, with Sri Lanka, the nearest land 750 miles away, creates the sense of a world apart. Distance, time and lifestyle can seem like those of a community bypassed by a bigger brasher beyond.

Most established hotel resorts are located amid three atoll clusters nearest to the capital (Malé), whilst many newer ones are scattered on more distant atolls, reached by seaplane or scheduled local flight. Few of these palm edged and lagoon-encircled enclaves need more than minutes to stroll across. You’ll expend most of your energy on the resorts’ main raison d’etre – those fabulous watersports.

Huvafen Fushi

Huvafen Fushi
North Malé Atoll

Strictly for the self-indulgent

Reethi Raj

Reethi Raj
North Malé Atoll

World's most fashionable beach resort

Niyama

Niyama
South Western Atoll

Bringing a new level of comfort and contemporary style to the Maldives

Dusit Thani

Dusit Thani
Baa Atoll

Secluded on the almost untouched Baa Atoll isle

Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu
Laamu Atoll

Eco-friendly yet luxurious guest experience

Shangri-La Villingili

Shangri-La Villingili
Addu Atoll

Luxury in a natural yet boutique style environment

Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi
Baa Atoll

A sophisticated yet dream-like setting

Soneva Gili

Soneva Gili
North Malé Atoll

Serene, intimate, understated, excellent

Kanuhura

Kanuhura
Lhaviyani Atoll

Secret hideaway of barefoot luxury

Filitheyo

Filitheyo
Faafu Atoll

A perfect hideaway for a relaxing holiday

Medhufushi

Medhufushi
Meemu Atoll

A five star island resort

Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi
South Ari Atoll

One of the top dive spots in the world

Constance Halaveli

Constance Halaveli
North Ari Atoll

Peaceful elegance where guests can relax and regenerate

Taj Exotica

Taj Exotica
South Malé Atoll

A lagoon of luxury

Kurumba

Kurumba
North Malé Atoll

A popular choice of resort for couples and families alike

Lily Beach

Lily Beach
Ari Atoll

The first luxury, truly All Inclusive five star resort in the Maldives

Lux Resort Maldives

Lux Resort Maldives
South Ari Atoll

One of few family friendly properties in the Maldives

Baros

Baros
North Malé Atoll

A true hideaway retreat appealing especially to romantic escapist

Velassaru

Velassaru
South Malé Atoll

‘Luxury disrobed’ – secluded but not isolated

Kuredu

Kuredu
Lhaviyani Atoll

3.5 miles of sandy beaches

Meeru

Meeru
North Malé Atoll

Simple and natural yet stylish and always popular

Vilamendhoo

Vilamendhoo
South Ari Atoll

An air of relaxation and tranquillity

Centara Grand

Centara Grand
South Ari Atoll

The perfect resort for families, divers and honeymooners alike

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Baa Atoll

A tropical paradise is the only way to describe Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Coco Palm Bodu Hithi

Coco Palm Bodu Hithi
North Malé Atoll

A paradise hideaway in an enchanting setting

Milaidhoo Island Maldives

Milaidhoo Island Maldives
Baa Atoll

Perfect for nature lovers

W Maldives

W Maldives
North Ari Atoll

A cutting edge lifestyle experience

St. Regis

St. Regis
Dhaalu Atoll

Flawless service meets effortless luxury