The Maldives comprises of 1,192 beautiful islets set in the Indian Ocean. Currently, there are over 97 resorts scattered around the islands, each offering guests a complete peace of mind, surrounded by deep blue seas, turquoise reefs and white sandy beaches. Everyday on these islands is picture perfect with balmy mornings, sunny days, breezy nights and breath-taking sunsets. Best of all, as home to over 300 species of fish, you’re bound to spot something new underwater each day. So how do you figure out which are the top luxury hotels and resorts in the Maldives that match your needs?
THE BEACH HOUSE MALDIVES – MANAFARU ISLAND (NOW KNOWN AS JA MANAFARU)
Situated in the northernmost atoll is Beach House Maldives, part of the prestigious Waldorf Astoria Collection. Expect all the excellence and luxury of the Waldorf Astoria heritage in this resort with its effortlessly chic concept.
83 beautifully Maldivian-designed contemporary thatched villas with own private pools open out onto a spacious deck overlooking pristine waters surrounding them. Take your pick from the Ocean Villa, Beach Suite, Grand Beach Pavilion, Water Villa, Beach Villa or the uber-luxurious Grand Water Pavilion with its very own infinity pool.
With each villa equipped with your very own butler on call, you may never want to leave your private villa on this remote island paradise; except maybe to stroll along the beach or check out some of its amazing dining venues or relax by the Brazilian-inspired Amazon main pool.
*Pictures by Beach House Maldives Resort & Spa
Check out www.jaresortshotels.com for bookings and reservations.
ALILA VILLAS HADAHAA – HUVADHOO ATOLL
Opened just over a year ago in September 2009, Alila Villas Hadahaa is the first resort in the Maldives to adhere to the standards for Green Globe certification during its construction stages and resort operations. Don’t let this fool you though, as you’ll be amazed by the resort’s stylishly cutting edge design in architecture and interior decoration.
Featuring natural timber and stone, combining minimalist contemporary design with a touch of the island, the resort’s 16 island villas, 20 island villas with private pool and 14 aqua villas stilted over water will provide you with a feeling of space and serenity.
When not holed up in your luxurious villas, the Alila also offers its guests a pampering retreat at its spa in a natural garden setting, two main fresh water pools and two international restaurants that will surely delight your taste-buds.
Because of its secluded location and exceptional facilities, Alila Villas Hadahaa is an incomparable destination for those seeking solitude in a luxurious surrounding.
*Pictures courtesy of Alila Villas Hadahaa
Check out http://www.alilahotels.com for bookings and reservations.
HUVAFEN FUSHI – NORTH MALE ATOLL
The natural aquatic wonderland of Huvafen Fushi, literally translated as ‘Dream Island’ is the ultimate playground for grown-ups. Set within its very own private lagoon, the Huvafen Fushi is a luxury resort that redefines the standard of island chic.
Offering 43 spacious and sleek bungalows on land and over water, you’ll want to stay in every villa in this trendy resort. You’ll be spoilt for choice with the Beach Bungalow, Lagoon Bungalow, Deluxe Beach Bungalow, Ocean Bungalow, Ocean Pavilion or the Beach Pavilion. If these choices still do not satisfy your need for space, why not book the CUBE – a 463 sq/metre, 3-bedroom sanctuary set in a garden enclave with direct access to the beach.
And if you still want more, why not sail out and spend the night in your very own 21-metre luxury yacht – Sensuelle, or on a traditional 20-metre handcrafted Maldivian sailboat – Dhonis, both fitted out with designer luxuries.
Back on land, indulge yourself in seductive cuisine in any of its four restaurants, check out the underground cave harbouring a collection of fine wines from around the world at Vinum or simply indulge yourself in the world’s first underwater spa – a surreal space where you’re able to see the marine life from glass windows in your underwater treatment room at LIME SPA.
You may never want to leave and we won’t blame you.
*Pictures courtesy of Huvafen Fushi Maldives
Check out http://huvafenfushi.com for bookings and reservations.
Whether for a honeymoon, family vacation or a romantic getaway, you’re bound to reawaken your senses in the Maldive Islands. Book early at these luxury hotels and resorts in the Maldives to avoid disappointment and with reports that some parts of the Maldives will be underwater within the next century due to global warming, its best that you soak in as much as you can on these islands soon!