Dreaming of a picture perfect island vacation? Maldives hotels are undoubtedly among the most beautiful in the world. Think isolated private islands, seemingly illusory over-water villas, and sparkling pristine lagoons.
There are actually more than 1,000 coral islands in the Maldives, spread over a line of 26 natural atolls. Resorts are located on just over 100 of the islands, which range widely in size. Part of the appeal of the islands is their uniqueness — no two are the same!
The largest islands with the biggest resorts are mostly situated closer to Male, the capital of the Maldives. North Male Atoll is one of the most developed atolls in the Maldives. Its resorts are readily accessible by boat and don’t require long transfers by seaplane. This is important to note, as transfer costs are additional to room rates.
When to Go: February to April is the peak period. Low season extends from May to November, with often cloudy skies and higher humidity.
“A sanctuary hidden from the world”, Gili Lankanfushi is not only one of the most beautiful Maldives hotels, Tripadvisor named it the best hotel in the world in 2015. It has also won numerous World Travel Awards.
The hotel’s luxurious, sprawling rustic-style villas are among the largest in the Maldives. They’re built using sustainable materials (including plantation teak and recycled telegraph poles). Each has a thatched roof, private sundeck, and semi open-air bathroom. Some have their own water hammocks, for added relaxation. The most secluded ones are completely standalone and only accessibly by boat.
Leave your shoes behind and forget about keeping up with the daily news when visiting Gili Lankanfushi, as both are prohibited. It’s the ultimate getaway! Rest assured you won’t be left wanting anything though, as all guests are assigned a personal butler.
Velaa Private Island
Location: Noonu Atoll. 45 minutes north of Male by seaplane (or four hours by luxury yacht).
Ever wondered what you’d do if you were rich enough to afford your own island? Velaa Private Island is the ‘beyond luxury’ boutique hideaway owned and created by a Czech billionaire. Word has it that he invested $220 million to realize his dream.
The name Velaa comes from the sea turtles that inhabit the island, and they feature prominently in the hotel’s contemporary design.
Privacy and comfort are the focus at Velaa Private Island. You’ll find it hard to choose between the beachfront and over-water accommodations, as they’re both sumptuous and subtlety classy in muted colors. All come with butlers, and alluring outdoor spaces with alfresco dining areas, bathrooms, day beds, and private swimming pools. However, those above the water also have glass viewing panels in the floors of their living rooms, and face either the sunrise or the sunset. For the ultimate honeymoon, look no further than the exclusive one-bedroom Romantic Pool Residence. It’s only accessible by boat.
Cheval Blanc Randheli
Location: Randheli Island,Noonu Atoll. 40 minutes north of Male by seaplane.
You’d expect a hotel owned by luxury fashion group Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy to be spectacular, and Cheval Blanc Randheli certainly doesn’t disappoint. It was conceptualized by architect Jean-Michel Gathy, who’s widely known for his decadent hotel designs.
Cheval Blanc Randheli is sleek, stylish and glamorous — and it has what are possibly the best villas in the Maldives. They’re modern, with natural materials and textures effortlessly blended in. Can’t decide if you’d prefer an island or water villa? The Garden Water Villas are built on stilts over the lagoon and open to a lush private garden in the back, so you get the best of both.
Art is a feature at the hotel, with many pieces that have been especially commissioned by Vincent Beaurin. Don’t expect to see the flashy showcasing of Louis Vuitton logos and labels though. The hotel goes beyond that!
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