The Maldives has been open to international travellers and if you need something to look forward to, why not seek out some clear water and white sands? Laze away in your very own overwater bungalow, lounge on the powdery beach and see some of the world’s most exotic marine life. But with nearly every resort offering these things, it can be tough to pick the slice of paradise that would best suit you. To help you in your plans, here are the best Maldives resorts for different types of travellers: the family-focused to the romantic, the wellness seeker to the underwater explorer.
1. For the family: Jumeriah Vittaveli
Despite their dreamy romantic vibes, Maldives is a paradise for families too. The Jumeriah Vittaveli is a great place to stay at with the whole pack, just 20 minutes away from Male’s international airport via luxury catamaran. Appealing to families are seven Infinity Pool Ocean Villas equipped with water slides, a splash waterpark and indoor play area. An outdoor cinema screens family favourites by the beach as well as blockbusters for older folks. If the adults are at the spa or lounging about enjoying cocktails, kids can retreat to Kuda Koli Kids Club, or to the Teen Lounge if they’re older. Another fun perk is the area’s first and only ice rink where you can ice skate just feet from the Indian Ocean!
2. For the romantic: THE MURAKA
THE MURAKA makes our list for the one of the most romantic Maldives resorts simply because of its underwater bedroom. The first of its kind in the world, the master bedroom, bathroom, and lounge area are 16-feet underwater, complete with glass walls so you can take in the marine life no matter where you are. Above the ocean, there is also a living room, bedroom, dining space, an infinity pool and platform leading directly into the ocean. Your stay will also entail the services of 24-hour butlers and a private chef. For some fun couple activities, your butler can arrange for stargazing excursions and night snorkelling trips. Your private chef also leads cooking classes or fishing trips!
3. For the foodie: Soneva Fushi
Since Maldivian resorts are often on its own island, it means that guests can only eat on the property. Most resorts offer several dining options with a variety of cuisines. But some spots, like Soneva Fushi, take things to new heights (literally). Try the world’s first fine dining zipline experience, where a delectable gourmet menu comes together with breathtaking views over the jungle and the adrenaline rush of ziplining in the treetops. Glide 200 metres along the scenic route to the elevated dining platform. Here you’ll enjoy Chef Rasal’s seasonal menu among the treetops, 12 metres above the ground, with exceptional views towards the ocean.
4. For the wellness seeker: Six Senses Laamu
Wellness tourism is a growing trend around the world. Conscious travellers have grown past the typical spa experiences and have started looking for more holistic approaches to wellness and wellbeing. At Six Senses Laamu, nine uniquely designed treatment nests are dotted right on the beach or among lush landscaping. Discover your dosha (body type) with Ayurveda, let wellness experts measure your inner health, movement and sleep patterns. Personalize treatments, activities and nutritional advice based on your specific needs. End your day with a restorative rooftop yoga session. Six Senses Laamu aims to help you achieve a healthy, balanced body and mind while you’re here and sustain it once you return home.
5. For the underwater explorer: Baros Maldives
Surrounded by a natural reef, there is a world of incredible marine life within a short swim of your villa at Baros Maldives. This is the first EcoDive center in the area certified by International Reef Check. Guests can take a coral gardening workshop with the resident marine biologist and learn how to collect and reattach broken coral fragments to help encourage regeneration. You can also join the marine biologist on a private snorkeling trip to other reefs in the area, do a guided night dive or just paddle around with sea turtles, reef sharks and colourful fishes. There are also many other ways you can explore the Baros waters, such as on a paddleboard or transparent canoe. For the water explorer, Baros Maldives sure offers a whole lot of ocean fun.