If any locale epitomizes luxury, pampering and serene getaways, it is the Maldives. Known for bungalows over crystal blue waters, this would be one of my top choices for a romantic escape to unwind, relax and reconnect.
The clear waters create dazzling opportunities to observe the marine life and coral by snorkeling, diving, or even just taking in the sites from the deck of your bungalow with a cocktail in hand. Home to the best beaches in the world, the Maldives have almost 1200 islands to explore and over 100 resort islands with white sandy beaches. For a little adrenaline boost, the Maldives is also a surfing destination, with several well-known surf breaks in North and South Male’ Atoll.
For the dream getaway, here are 5 of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives.
I already covered this resort in a story on private and semi-private islands, but it made the top of this list as well! Exclusivity and a bit of privacy are certainly the best parts about Naladhu…as well as the private pool, steam room, and butler service dedicated to each villa, of course! I mean seriously, who travels without a private butler these days?
And peaceful seclusion certainly doesn’t mean disconnected…. For those of us who can’t unplug, rooms at Naladhu have free Wi-Fi , surround sound, flat-screen satellite TVs, DVD players, and iPod docks. If you’re looking for something more active they also have tennis lessons, meditation, cooking and tasting sessions, deep sea fishing, diving, water sports, yoga, you name it.
If all of that still doesn’t do it for you…then you can take a cruise on the resort’s private luxury yacht.
This luxury eco-friendly resort has a combination of on-land and over-water villas constructed of sustainable materials. Unsure of how that sounds? Take a look.
Six Senses Laamu is a total oasis of beautiful relaxation. Beach villas and over water bungalows come with an iPod dock, flat-screen TV and Bose entertainment system. The rustic luxury becomes a pampering experience in the outdoor bathroom with rainshower. Private day beds and lounge chairs allow you to perch in the sun after taking a dip either right in the ocean or in your own private pool.
The resort offers a spa featuring large dome hut treatment rooms, where they provide Ayurvedic therapies and massages. The resort also has a gym, yoga pavilions, a wellness program, complimentary bicycles, watersports, an on-site diving center, catamaran sailing, excursions, as well as six bars and restaurants.
Cocoa Island by COMO in the Maldives is the epitome of exclusive luxury, with only 33 suites over crystal blue water. The resort offers completely tailored experiences through customized cruises to neighboring islands and beaches, private dinners at secluded locations, yoga, two private diving reefs, snorkeling, excursions, spa treatments, indoor and outdoor pools, a gym and beautiful wedding and event spaces.
A stay here is definitely a unique experience, as the accommodations’ exterior designs were inspired by the Dhoni – a local fishing boat. The COMO villas are the best accommodation options, each accessible via private jetty. These 3200 sq ft two-bedroom over-water villas have private sundecks with loungers, outdoor showers, and personal butlers to cater to your every need.
Baros Maldives is touted as a boutique luxury resort on a small coral island ringed by a sandy beach and a living house-reef. The resort offers a spa, a gym, an over-water pool, five restaurants and bars, diving, water sports, and excursions including sails on the resort’s Maldivian sailing dhoni, their modern luxury yacht.
There are 45 beachside and 30 over-water villas on Baros Maldives, many with private pools. The Baros Residence is the largest accommodation, boasting over 2,800 sq ft, hidden away in a walled tropical garden with a private pool and access to the beach.
On the other side, the Water Pool Villas offer just as much luxury in a smaller package. These 1,350 sq ft over-water villas have private plunge pools and sundecks with loungers, and a host available 24/7.
The Taj Exotica boasts that they consider doing nothing an art form…but one look at the place and you’ll see why. The stunning views, pristine waters, and absolute perfection in design. The Taj is also known for top notch hospitality, so if it’s a vacation to lounge and do little but bask and relax, consider a place like this where they pamper you. Of course, there’s a full service spa on site as well as three restaurants and two bars. For those looking for a little more action, they offer scuba diving, snorkeling and parasailing.
The Rehendi Presidential Suite is the most luxurious accommodation, offering a two-bedroom villa with a large private pool and sundeck, an outdoor shower in a private garden, two ‘salas’ and a hammock suspended over the lagoon. This villa also comes with 24 hour private butler service.