For many travelers, the islands of the Maldives define “tropical paradise.” This collection of small land masses in the Indian Ocean features white sand beaches, palm trees, clear water and ideal temperatures.
The Maldives is certainly far-flung. This makes it the perfect place for people who want to escape the crowds that flock to more-mainstream destinations. Actually, the Maldives is not very difficult to reach. With a private jet, travel can be quite straightforward. A few islands even have their own airfields, so you can skip the main airport in the capital, Malé, altogether.
The resorts of the Maldives put a premium on luxury, and they occupy some of the most idyllic corners of the island nation. It is almost impossible to go wrong when you choose one of these five amazing resorts.
Six Senses Laamu
This Six Senses resort has the island of Laamu all to itself. Guests can choose from an impressive collection of over-water bungalows. The spa here is second to none, and the food is made by skilled chefs using ingredients that are actually grown right on the island. Sailing, dolphin cruises, gourmet beach picnics and diving excursions are on the menu at Laamu. This venue will also appeal to conscientious travelers because of its eco-friendly design and practices.
Maalifushi by COMO
Only recently opened, this resort strives to provide a “barefoot luxury” experience to its guests. The local area is not as developed as some other parts of the island chain, so things feel more relaxed and natural at Maalifushi. The grass-roofed over-water and beach-side villas certainly bolster this atmosphere. Guests get to choose from a range of accommodation and activity options (including one of the country’s best spas). Because of these choices, Maalifushi is as attractive for families as it is for couples.
Gili Lankanfushi is not only known as one of the best over-water villa resorts in the Maldives, it is often ranked among the best of its kind in the world. Many other resorts have tried to mimic the rustic-yet-luxurious setting that makes Lankanfushi so attractive, but few have succeeded. The 45 villas-on-stilts here sit right above clear, blue waters. The buildings are connected by wooden walkways, and features like rooftop sundecks and open air water-side seating areas make it possible to enjoy the idyllic setting as often as you would like.
Four Seasons Landaa Giravaaru
Four Seasons properties appear on many best-of-the-best lists, and Landaa Giravaaru certainly deserves a place here. If you are looking for over-water bungalows, five-star food, a world class spa, and amazingly attentive service, then this is arguably the best option in the Maldives. What really makes this property stand out above the other amazing options in the Maldives is the access to the surrounding areas. A catamaran regularly makes the trip between Landaa Giravaaru and its Four Seasons sister, Kuda Huraa. There