This tropical island paradise has been welcoming tourists for a few months now. With more than 1200 islands and many resorts being on 1 island, it is easy to keep your distance from other people, and the strict protocol to enter the country makes it a safe destination.
Last minute deals
I have selected 4 resorts, see below, and these are based on 7 nights’ stay for last minute bookings. Breakfast, dinner (except for Conrad and Soneva), return airport transfers, green and service taxes (23%) are all included, for 2 people sharing.
-> Enjoy up to 30% discount!
Baglioni Resort Maldives – Beach Villa –
USD 8 400, but USD 7,900 (EUR 6,625/GBP 5,667)
Banyan Tree Vabbinbfaru
Banyan Tree has all the romantic lures of other hotels in the Maldives including powder white sands, candlelit dining, and gorgeous secluded villas. However, it is the award-winning recreation team and the sports equipment that make this a stand-out stay.
Beach villas at Banyan Tree
Restaurant at Banyan Tree
Banyan Tree is a small intimate island with only 48 villas
Imagine waking up like this every morning..
Room at Banyan Tree
What about a massage at award winning Spa at Banyan Tree?
Diving and underwater wildlife is one of the best in the Island Nation
Conrad Rangali offers beautiful contemporary villas set over the water complete with large terraces and private hot tubs. With fabulous dining and plenty of activites this is a real luxury experience. Yet it is the two spas that are the real lure. An overwater spa boasts glass floored treatment rooms and the Spa Retreat on the mainland offers a holistic spa experience.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is set across 2 lush green islands.
Nestled in the South Ari Atoll, renowned for its abundant flora and fauna including swimming with whale sharks and manta rays to sailing with dolphins at sunset, the resort is reached by a 30-minute picturesque seaplane flight, over the atolls.
The resort was the first in the Maldives to offer overwater accommodation on stilts and glass-bottom spa treatment rooms..
Conrad Maldives is a true gourmet’s delight with a choice of 12 world-class dining experiences including the globally renowned first undersea restaurant: Ithaa.
There are a total of 150 spacious villas each with ample privacy.
Rangali Island caters to adults while Rangalifinolhu welcomes families and group of travellers.
A unique experience in the Maldives, The Over-Water Spa on Rangali Island is comprised of four thatched-roof treatment rooms set on stilts over the Indian Ocean. Three of these treatment rooms have glass floors, providing entrancing views of the coral reef below, whilst a secluded serenity deck with open-air Jacuzzi provides the perfect finale to the spa rituals on offer.
Dine 16 feet below sea level at Ithaa, our undersea restaurant set in a vibrant coral reef. Marvel at 180 degree views of reef and marine life, savour champagne from the extensive wine menu and delight in contemporary cuisine at this spectacular venue – the world’s first all-glass, undersea restaurant.
Reinventing the definition of tropical paradise, the barefoot luxury resort of Soneva Jani spans across an entire island archipelago and private lagoon, which boasts of long beaches swathed in white sand and turquoise waves. This resort is nestled in a patch of paradise with villas raised above the crystal clear, azure waters, and white sand beaches.
Aerial image of the “most amazing resort in the Maldives”
Retreats, Reserves, and Residences come with one to four bedrooms, as well as superlative features such as private pools with catamaran nets, retractable roofs, and water slides that splash into the lagoon.
Your home away from home
All villas are equipped with a Barefoot Butler, direct lagoon access, bicycles or tricycles, a 13-meter private pool with catamaran nets, outdoor decks and seating areas, WiFi with an on/off switch (for the option of a digital detox), as well as indoor and outdoor dining areas.
Life in this ocean paradise offers everything one could wish for, such as a spa, library, retail area, paddle-boarding equipment, catamaran sailing, windsurfing, and canoeing facilities. There is also an outdoor cinema, observatory, yoga and meditation center, organic vegetable garden, fully equipped gym, and tennis courts.
Soneva Jani’s culinary offerings are diverse, creative, memorable, and of the highest quality, making use of resort-grown organic ingredients and romantic dining spaces.
Spectacular scenery sets the stage for a wide range of activities – experiences such as movie nights at the overwater cinema, dinner cruises beneath starlit skies and snorkel tours with sea turtles ensure that guests will certainly not be wanting for entertainment, and nor for exciting dining options – from freshly-caught fish to wood-fired pizzas, the resort is home to array of restaurants with cuisine to suit all palettes.
Open air cinema
The 1 bedroom retreat
The smallest villa is 416 sqm / 4,478sqf
Outdoor bathroom with direct lagoon access
All Water Retreats and Reserves come with barefoot butler service.
Outdoor bathroom with direct lagoon access
Each villa has three dining locations: the sunken tables on the deck, the living room and also the dining gala on the roof terrace.
Double-storey villa with a retractable roof
The Baglioni is located in the bewitching Dhaalu Atoll, a 45-minute seaplane journey south of the capital Malé. Shaped like a leaf, the island is wrapped in a thick band of cottony white sands and impossibly blue waters, which makes up for a rather bare house reef. There are impressive corals and plenty of colourful reef fish just a short boat ride away.
The rustic, thatch-roofed exteriors fit in well with the tropical island setting, but the interiors underwhelm with a prosaic combination of pale wood, white walls and the occasional splash of navy blue.
Large bathrooms are positioned at the rear of the villas, Maldivian style, and have twin sinks, monsoon showers and stand-alone bathtubs.
The vibe is relaxed and elegant without ever feeling uptight or pretentious.
Communal infinity pool
One of the restaurants
Dining with feet in the sand…