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There is a stereotype that hotels in the Maldives provide extremely luxurious relaxation conditions and that any vacationer will meet only five-star extra class hotels. In fact, there are even 3* hotels in the Maldives, but in this article, we will tell you how to choose among many 5* hotels.

At first glance, all the hotels are the same: villas with thatched roofs near the turquoise lagoon, quality textiles on king-size beds and romantic sunset views from terraces. So how to choose the right hotel in the Maldives? Will you have to flip a coin? In fact, you just need to dig a little deeper, and you will realize that not all Maldives resorts can boast a luxurious house reef, an a la carte restaurant, an underwater restaurant or multi-level overwater villas with a home cinema and an infinity pool.

We have prepared a list of the best 5* hotels in the Maldives, taking into account the quality and luxury of the services provided, prestigious prizes and awards, guest reviews, as well as our experience in organizing holidays on the islands.

Niyama Private Islands Maldives

Niyama Private Islands Maldives Resort is located on two picturesque islands - Play and Chill - connected by a wooden bridge. Chill is more suitable for romantics, and Play is for families with children. The villas of this resort have luxurious designs and amenities: bamboo or marble floors, interiors with natural materials, rain showers with fresco decoration, one or more pools, large ceramic baths under the stars on private terraces and personal butler services.


Resort highlights:

  • Surfing, which here is considered the best in the Maldives
  • Subsix underwater restaurant offering breakfasts with champagne, spiny lobster medallion for dinner and DJ night parties with reef views

Atoll: Dhaalu
Location from Male: 40 minutes by seaplane
Transfer to the hotel: by shared seaplane, private jet or domestic flight

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Waldorf Astoria was opened in the summer of 2017 and has already attracted the attention of the world-famous model Alessandra Ambrosio, tennis player Serena Williams and film director Jessica Steindorff, who came here in December 2019. The hotel will delight you with a huge infinity pool, smart devices in all rooms, a Spa reserve in the hotel’s botanical garden, rides on an underwater scooter and parasailing. Photos on a swing, like of a famous model, will blow up your Instagram.

Hotel advantages:

  • 11 restaurants of world cuisines: Terra, The Ledge by Dave Pynt, Glow, Li Long, Yasmeen, Tangled, The Rock, Tasting Table, Amber, Peacock Alley, Nava
  • 10 Spa rooms, including an overwater villa - from effective and relaxing massages to cutting-edge skin and hair care using traditional and modern ingredients
  • House reef, diving, snorkelling, yoga, tennis, cycling around the island
  • Entertainment centre for families with kids, which will allow you to relax separately and safely
  • Unforgettable romantic weddings for couples
  • Exclusive duplex overwater villas with infinity pool, outdoor hot tub for two, overwater hammocks, glass floor in some rooms and impeccable service

Atoll: South Male
Location from Male: 30 minutes on a yacht
Transfer to the hotel: on yacht

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will exceed all your expectations. Duplex villas with a bedroom completely submerged under the sea and panoramic windows - the highlight of not only the resort but of all the Maldives. In addition, Conrad invites its visitors to enjoy delicious beef tenderloin in the sophisticated underwater restaurant Ithaa, relax in the Spa - the winner of the “Best Private Island Spa & Hotel Spa, Haute Grandeur Awards 2017” - using cosmetics from world brands Valmont, Elemis and Thalgo or explore the colourful world of one of the best house reefs in the Maldives.

Conrad Maldives

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will give you:

  • Luxurious overwater villas with infinity pools, Jacuzzi, glass floor in the rooms and plenty of other benefits
  • Beach villas with their own garden, pool and butler services
  • 12 gourmet restaurants and bars, including a wine room with 950 different brands of wine
  • Well-developed infrastructure and entertainment sector - from a professional kids club to all kinds of water activities

Conrad Maldives

Atoll: South Ari, Rangali Island
Location from Male: 30 minutes by seaplane
Transfer: by seaplane to the hotel or by domestic flight to the nearest airport and by boat

Grand Park Kodhipparu

The hotel Grand Park Kodhipparu belongs to the Singapore hotel chain Park Hotel Group, and the design was developed by the world-famous company Hirsch Bedner Associates. The resort was opened in 2017. The luxurious design is striking - traditional Maldivian motifs using wood and rattan, neutral tones and pools turning seamlessly into the ocean.

Grand Park Kodhipparu

The hotel’s Spa has repeatedly won the awards of the region’s best Spa, including the international recognition of the World Luxury Spa Awards 2018. Cosmetics from the Italian brand Comfort Zone is used in the treatment procedures.

Luxury Spa Awards - Grand Residence

Atoll: North Male, Kodhipparu Island
Location from Male: 20 minutes by boat
Transfer to the hotel: by boat

Lily Beach Resort & Spa

Lily Beach Resort & Spa has been awarded the KAYAK Travel Award 2019 as one of the best resorts in the Maldives. The resort’s Spa - Tamara Spa - has received the World Luxury Spa Awards 2017 as the best Indian Ocean resort. Here you can recover and relax with the help of unique procedures based on the Ayurvedic approach as well as a holistic one (when both your soul and body are treated). You will enjoy not only traditional massages but also high-quality cosmetics and perfect views from treatment rooms.

Lily Beach

One of the best Maldivian house reefs grows in the lagoon of this resort. In 10-20 meters from the beach, you can watch the riot of colour of the underwater life of the Maldives - from manta rays to whale sharks. Special semi-submerged boats will allow observing marine life without diving underwater.

Lily Beach

You can talk endlessly about luxurious villas, interiors, pools, Jacuzzi and various entertainment programmes. Everything here is at the highest level. We advise you to order a picnic on a private uninhabited island - not every Maldives resort can boast of such a thing.

Atoll: South Ari
Location from Male: 25 minutes by seaplane
Transfer to the hotel: by seaplane

Amari Havodda Maldives

Although Amari Havodda Maldives is one of the most remote resorts in the Maldives, this five-star nest will appeal to couples who love luxury and extreme sports. You should come here for excellent snorkelling and scuba diving. Professional multilingual PADI instructors offer both simple one-hour dives and special offers for professionals - night dives, drift diving and Air Nitrox programme for longer dives. In addition to coral reefs here, you can see sharks, tunas, barracudas and sailing fish.

Amari Havodda Maldives

On land, you can find all the benefits of a five-star hotel in the Maldives: water and island villas, luxurious furniture, pools, Jacuzzi, Spa, and an excellent cuisine presented by three restaurants and a bar (Asian and international cuisine).

Amari Havodda Maldives

Atoll: Gaafu Dhaalu
Location from Male: 65 minutes by domestic flights (it’s one of the most remote resorts)
Transfer to the hotel: by seaplane to the Kaadhedhoo Domestic Airport and 10 minutes by boat to the hotel

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa

Many guidebooks recommend Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa and so do we. The resort’s highlight is the only 9-hole golf course in the Maldives. Over 6 km of coastline and 2 km of white sand beaches surround a tropical paradise with three freshwater lakes, bicycle paths and 17,000 coconut palms!

shangri la

Shangri-La’s is worth a look if you are interested in a varied vacation. For example, during an excursion to Meedhoo Island, you will see a farm that grows products for local restaurants. Or take part in traditional Maldivian night fishing. There are plenty of opportunities on the island - from snorkelling to relaxing massages at the Spa.

shangri la

The indisputable advantage of Shangri-La’s is tree villas. It’s hard to find such in the Maldives!

Atoll: Addu, Villingili Island
Location from Male: 1 hour 20 minutes by seaplane and then by boat
Transfer to the hotel: by domestic flight from Male Airport to Gan Airport and about 5 minutes by boat to the resort

Ayada Maldives

Ayada Maldives has made the top 25 best hotels in the world according to Traveler’s Choice 2019 by TripAdvisor. This hotel is worth a visit by those who travel with the whole family. Entertainment and amenities will make no one ever feel bored:

Ayada Maldives

  1. Surf lovers will catch the best waves in the Maldives. Ayada has the best instructors and connoisseurs of the Maldivian waves.
  2. During excursions, snorkelling and other activities here, you will see reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, nanny sharks, a variety of birds, 5 species of turtles, flying foxes, stingrays, dolphins and many others.
  3. For children, there is Zuzu Kids Club with professional babysitters.
  4. One of the best Spas in the Maldives with an area of 3,500 square meters - AySpa - will give you real bliss. Make sure you try the Vichy shower and Turkish hammam.
  5. 8 restaurants and bars of the island will surprise you with the culinary masterpieces of Japanese (including dishes on teppanyaki and grill), Asian, European, Mexican and Oriental cuisines.
  6. The highlight of the resort is a two-level villa on stilts and a terrace with a 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean.

Ayada Maldives

Atoll: Gaafu Dhaalu
Location from Male: 55 minutes by domestic flight and 50 minutes by speed boat
Transfer to the hotel: by seaplane, boat

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

The romantic Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is located in one of the deepest atolls of the Maldives - Northern Huvadhu. You will definitely enjoy snorkelling in one of the best house reefs in the world.

Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Park Hyatt is the first and only Maldivian hotel certified by EarthCheck for international environmental standards in design and construction.

Park Hayat

Enjoy the best of the rich Maldivian cuisine at The Island Grill Restaurant.

Atoll: Northern Huvadhu, Hadahaa Island
Location from Male: 1 hour by domestic flight from Male to Kooddoo Domestic Airport and 40 minutes by speedboat to Hadahaa Island
Transfer to the hotel: by domestic flight and boat

Como Maalifushi

Como Maalifushi will give you a charge of anti-ageing Spa treatments from Asian holistic medicine specialists. Treatment rooms with panoramic windows are located in overwater houses - everything is ready here to relax and create beauty. The hotel pays special attention to children’s leisure - kids will see how to grow crystals, learn the Maldivian language and weaving from palm branches.

Como Maalifushi

The resort complex combines the best services and won the hearts by:

  • Exquisite beach and water villas
  • Restaurants of Maldivian and Japanese cuisines
  • Only healthy food steamed or grilled according to the COMO Shambala nutrition concept
  • Lessons in SUP surfing, shortboarding, surfing (the resort has a special area with artificial waves)
  • Excursions to the open ocean and swimming with marine life

Como Maalifushi

Atoll: Thaa
Location from Male: 60 minutes by seaplane to the island
Transfer to the hotel: by seaplane, boat

Jumeirah Vittaveli

Jumeirah Vittaveli has the title of “The Most Romantic Hotel in South Asia”. Here you will find the only real Asian hospital in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Hotel guests arriving here relax mentally, internally and exotically by enjoying the unique conditions created here:

  • Stilt villas with water slides and freshwater pools
  • The only ice rink - Ice Ice Maybe
  • Specialties of the signature restaurant, restaurants of French and Indian cuisines, which can be enjoyed on the beach or in private booths in the style of Maharaja
  • Maldives largest amusement park - Kuda Koli

Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives

The hotel also has a Spa and fitness centre. To maintain your physical fitness, you can attend individual and group yoga classes or stretching. You can relax and get healthier to the fullest in an aromatic bath under the sensitive care of real Spa gurus.

Jumeirah Vittaveli Maldives

Atoll: Male
Location from Male: 20 minutes by boat
Transfer to the hotel: by seaplane, catamaran

Huvafen Fushi

Landscapes, surroundings, nature, the ocean, style, interior of island bungalows and the layout of the entire Huvafen Fushi Hotel look like shots from a film, but as soon as you step on the snow-white sand, everything becomes reality. Here you will enjoy the world’s only underwater Spa. Visitors can try scuba diving or go on a cruise to dolphins and whale sharks. The hotel is well-equipped for people with disabilities. In addition, the hotel features:

  1. Themed restaurants that open all the secrets of preparing exotic island dishes to their visitors
  2. Wine cellar at a depth of 8 m, where you can taste wines tested over the years in a romantic setting
  3. Signature massage by the method of Beata Aleksandrowicz, using sensory therapy and Thai stretch marks
  4. Unique opportunity to enjoy cosmetic procedures and products developed by Teresa Tarmey, a London expert in skin care, especially for Huvafen Fushi (the method is based on progressive facial rejuvenation procedures and body cleansing with the detox diet)

Huvafen Fushi

Atoll: North Male
Location from Male: 30 minutes by speedboat
Transfer to the hotel: by boat

Now that you have learnt about the best 5-star hotels in the Maldives, you need to listen to yourself to respond to the call of the Indian Ocean and the magic of 26 atolls and fly away to where it is always summer! Your personal butler is ready to serve you there!

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