Archetypal white sand beaches framing jungle interiors, they themselves surrounded by atolls of crystal clear waters dropping away into the depths. The Maldives are arguably the most happening destination for luxury holidays on the planet right now, a fact reflected in the frenzied acquisition of ever more of these idyllic desert islands by the big hotel groups. Every year sees another grand unveiling as increasingly glamorous and sophisticated resorts jostle for the attention of the discerning traveller.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • Pure and unadulterated desert island bliss - literally. There's no mainland, even the airport is on its own island, and all transport is by boat or seaplane - so you'll be island hopping from the minute you arrive
  • Some of the best hotels in the world in terms of luxury, service and serious wow-factor rooms (think over-water villas) - plus, each hotel occupies it's own private island
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Original Highlight

Snorkelling in the crystal clear warm waters exploring coral reefs is like something from 'Finding Nemo' -amazing colours and creatures everywhere you look. I even came face to face with a (very friendly) turtle, which was a first!

Rosie, Original Traveller

A note on price

The Maldives is not a cheap luxury holiday destination, principally due to geography and the incredible standards of accommodation. Direct flights start from around £600 per person, but sky rocket in the high season. Hotels begin from around £2,000 per person for a week – but there are also hotels with rooms that cost that per night, so it really depends on your budget. Learn more about our pricing

Where to stay in Maldives

Niyama, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Niyama

The little sister of one of our favourite Maldivian retreats, Huvafen Fushi, NIYAMA opened its doors in March 2012. It is every bit as luxurious and spoiling, with an added dose of funk and attitude in the form of the world's first underwater nightclub.

Niyama
Pool at W Retreat & Spa Maldives, luxury hotel in the Maldives

W Retreat & Spa

As if choosing where to stay in the Maldives wasn't hard enough, along comes the W Retreat & Spa.

W Retreat & Spa
Anantara Kihavah Maldives, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Anantara Kihavah

A serious contender for one our favourite Maldivian hotspots, Anantara Kihavah leaves no stone unturned, with effortless style and a mega dollop of attention to detail.

Anantara Kihavah
Baros Maldives, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Baros Maldives

Baros is an immaculate resort on a private, palm-fringed island surrounded by a shallow lagoon.

Baros Maldives
Pool at Cheval Blanc Randheli, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Cheval Blanc Randheli

Sister property to the contemporary classic Cheval Blanc in Courchevel, Cheval Blanc Randheli caters to a similar audience of high flyers with an innate appreciation of the finer things in life.

Cheval Blanc Randheli
Aerial view of Constance Halaveli Resort, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Constance Halaveli Resort

The new Constance Halaveli Resort has villas either on stilts in a beautiful lagoon or on the pristine beach.

Constance Halaveli Resort
Villas at Cocoa Island, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Cocoa Island

Cocoa Island is located in the less developed South Malé Atoll of the Maldives, reached by a 30-minute private speedboat transfer from the international airport.

Cocoa Island
Dining at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

Landaa Giraavaru in Baa Atoll, with its verdant, beach-fringed coral islands, is a quintessential Maldivean paradise.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
The beach at Gili Lankanfushi, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives

Formerly Soneva Gili, this luxury hotel and spa occupies a tiny island set in a sparkling lagoon and surrounded by thriving coral reefs, ideally located just twenty minutes’ journey by speedboat from the international airport on Malé.

Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
Water villa at Huvafen Fushi, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Huvafen Fushi

One of the most luxurious resorts in the Maldives, Huvafen Fushi is located half an hour by speedboat from the international airport.

Huvafen Fushi
Park Hyatt Hadahaa, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Park Hyatt Hadahaa

Sitting on an untouched atoll and boasting one of the best house reefs in the Maldives, the Park Hyatt Hadahaa is a diver’s paradise.

Park Hyatt Hadahaa
Pool Beach at Reethi Rah, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Reethi Rah

Set on one of the largest islands in North Male Atoll, the One&Only at Reethi Rah is one of the finest of the (very fine) hotels in the Maldives.

Reethi Rah
Soneva Fushi
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Soneva Fushi

A luxury hideaway on the island of Kunfunadhoo in the Baa Atoll. Reaching the resort involves a half-hour scenic flight by seaplane from the Maldives’ capital of Malé.

Soneva Fushi
Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu

Located towards the south of the Maldivian archipelago, Six Senses Laamu is designed to offer individual style along with a strong sense of community.

Six Senses Laamu
Soneva in Aqua

Soneva in Aqua

As a member of the Soneva family, this new luxury ultra yacht is set to sail in early 2014 and will offer guests the freedom to cruise to some of the Maldives’ most spectacular reefs and paradise locations.

Soneva in Aqua
The Viceroy Maldives

The Viceroy Maldives

The latest addition to the Viceroy Hotel collection, Viceroy Maldives is certainly one to rival its Maldivian neighbours. Located in the remote Shaviyani Atoll, it is an hour’s seaplane flight from the capital Malé.

The Viceroy Maldives
Velaa Private Island

Velaa Private Island

Forget London buses – luxury Maldives resorts seem to be coming along way more than two at a time. The newest of the impossibly fabulous resorts to open (with fabulously sky high room rates to match, predictably) is Velaa Private Island in Noonu Atoll, just 45 minutes by seaplane from the capital Male.

Velaa Private Island
Conrad Maldives Rengali

Conrad Maldives Rengali

Conrad Maldives Rengali is a wonderful resort on a private island surrounded by a marine life Mecca of stunning coral reef, whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and turtles.

Conrad Maldives Rengali
Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi

So many beautiful desert islands, so many beautiful hotels to choose from. The Maldives has got an enviable problem on its hands with quite so much choice, but here at Original Travel we have been to the best of the bunch of hotels, and think Constance Moofushi will appeal.

Constance Moofushi
Maalifushi by COMO

Maalifushi by COMO

Maalifushi by COMO is the group’s second luxury hotel in the Maldives after Cocoa Island, and has recently opened in the more remote south-western Thaa Atoll.

Maalifushi by COMO
Anantara Dhigu

Anantara Dhigu

With such a bewildering choice of resorts in the Maldives every island idyll needs a special something to differentiate from the rest; in the case of Anantara Dhigu it’s simple, this is one of the best – and best value – family hotels in the Maldives, all just 35 minutes by speedboat from the airport.

Anantara Dhigu

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MALDIVES ISLANDS RESORTS

Add in the charm of the locals and their natural instinct for good service, some excellent food and diving to die for and you can understand why the Maldives island resorts are currently the luxury long haul destination of choice.

With so many grand unveilings of late, keeping track of the ultimate island resorts to stay in is a tough (well, maybe not for the consultant seeing them all) task.

LUXURY MALDIVES HOLIDAYS

The islands' popularity are made all the more poignant by the fact that as some of the planet's lowest lying land masses, they would be among the first to sink beneath the waves if global warming continues at current rates.

LUXURY HOTELS MALDIVES

After two recent research trips, Original Travel have chosen the best of a very, very good bunch, be the requirement a honeymoon haven, the ultimate dive destination, a family friendly haven or just the quintessential desert island experience.

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  • Average Temp. — 27°C / 80°F
  • Rainfall — 8cm / 3.3 inches
  • Water Temp. — 28°C / 82°F
Flight from London

10:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +6 hrs

Miranda and Rosie are our Maldives experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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