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The Maldives absolutely deserves to be called the paradise islands. Perfect beaches, crystal lagoons, the endless Indian Ocean and impeccable service - a mandatory list of qualities, which are part of every five-star resort of the coral republic without exception. But only the best of the best can surprise the most demanding guests for real!

Want to dine in the world’s first underwater restaurant while watching the vibrant flora and fauna of warm waters? Or, maybe, you dream of a fashionable resort where Rihanna and members of the royal families relax? Would you like to surprise your loved ones with the most luxurious overwater villa? Or take a ride on the world’s first three-person Falcon submarine? You can make all this and much more come true in the most splendid Maldivian luxury hotels.

To choose exactly what you dream of, we offer you to join our virtual story about the most interesting fashionable resorts in the Maldives. Let’s check them out?

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

The resort occupies 18 hectares of a picturesque island in the Baa Atoll and boasts the only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives. The local Marine Discovery Centre supervises innovative projects to preserve the marine environment, which are actively attracting hotel guests. For example, the programme “Reefscapers” offers a unique opportunity to participate in the construction of coral reefs. The Turtle Rehabilitation Centre is responsible for restoring the population of Maldivian sea turtles and is implementing monitoring and photographic fixation projects to identify these fantastic reptiles. Founded by renowned marine biologist Guy Stevens and supported by Four Seasons and Save Our Seas, the Manta Ray project has the highest number of the largest manta rays registered in the world and combines discoveries with existing species.

Even entertainment is exclusive here. In addition to the unforgettable diving and snorkelling, thanks to the variety of inhabitants of the protected house reef, only at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, you can sail in the world’s first three-person Falcon submarine. DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S will take you 37 metres below the surface of the ocean, with an experienced pilot who will comment on exciting sea wonders in real-time! It’s the best way to enjoy dolphins, turtles, sharks and manta rays in their natural habitat.

Features of the resort:

  • 4 separate pools for adults and children
  • Exclusive Spa with individual Ayurvedic programmes for detoxification and cleansing that help to fight stress and remove toxins within 14 or 21 days
  • Excellent leisure activities for children in the children’s club - Kudaa Veli Club - where fidgets up to 6 years old are even provided with free balanced meals

Atoll: Baa, island Landaa
How to get there: 35 minutes of a scenic seaplane flight from the international airport in Male

Huvafen Fushi

It’s an elegant hotel with impeccable service and all the features of a luxury vacation. A special highlight, which makes Huvafen Fushi known worldwide, is a unique Spa centre with an underwater zone. This underwater zone allows you to watch the undersea world without a mask and scuba diving during relaxing procedures!

Huvafen Spa & Pearl is a real gem of the island. This unique Spa will welcome you in two underwater treatment rooms for couples with panoramic reef views and discreet luxury of the interiors. It also has a bathhouse and sauna with separate areas for men and women, an open treatment area Dhimaalis, 4 single overwater treatment rooms and 2 for couples, a manicure and pedicure room, as well as a full range of professional facial and body treatments.

Advantages of hotel:

  • One of the best house reefs in the Maldives - an ideal place for scuba diving and snorkelling
  • Excellent infrastructure: fibre-optic illuminated infinity pool, outdoor swimming pool with sea water, yoga pavilion, fully equipped surface gym, library with media and entertainment gallery, sports areas, photo studio

Atoll: North Male, island Huvafen Fushi
How to get there: Representatives of the resort welcome guests upon arrival at Male International Airport and escort them to the water limousine. The trip to the hotel takes about 30 minutes by speedboat.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

The resort lies in one of the largest and most picturesque lagoons of the coral republic and boasts the largest water villa in the Maldives. Unique apartments located far from the noise of the hotel and comprise 1,700 square metres of absolute luxury. The villa features a panoramic pool, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a terrace with a water slide leading to a crystal lagoon with corals, a spacious living room with unusual glass floors, overwater bungalows for Spa treatments and relaxation, personal butler service and even your own yacht!

Private Water Reserve with Pool by Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is how you picture your dream of paradise relaxation on an exotic island in the heart of the Indian Ocean.

Highlights of the resort:

  • Unique research centre, Gili Veshi, which explores aspects of coral reef biodiversity conservation
  • Organization of unforgettable wedding ceremonies, family holidays and special events for all occasions and any number of guests
  • 45 luxury villas of various types

Atoll: North Male, island Lankanfushi
How to get there: 20 minutes by speedboat from the Velana International Airport in the capital of Male.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island was awarded the World Travel Awards 2015 as the leading resort and top culinary hotel of the Indian Ocean! Only here, you will find the unique Ithaa Undersea Restaurant - the world’s first underwater restaurant with glass walls.

Only here, you can enjoy an exquisite meal at a depth of 5 metres below the surface of the ocean while observing the graceful movements of the marine inhabitants and the vibrant colours of the coral reef. Served with the best wines, a comprehensive menu of lunches and dinners surprises with local flavours and unusual tastes seasoned with your favourite Western motifs. Moreover, this first-class restaurant is open for morning cocktails.

Enjoy a strawberry gazpacho aperitif with basil and pepper, Iberian ham, black caviar and herbs. Try the freshest scallops with leek cream puree, apricot chutney and vanilla butter. Feel the oceanic lobster with aromatic arborio melting on your tongue. Finish your meal with a dessert of lemon sorbet in a coconut. It’s a delight for the eye and the mouth!

It is also worth noting that authoritative media has twice named the resort the best hotel in the world! Besides, it occupies two islands at once, connected by a surface bridge, and, by the standards of the Maldives, is considered huge.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will also delight you with:

  • 12 restaurants and bars, including a tasting room with 950 different brands of wine
  • Amazing apartments with pools and private gardens, including a unique two-level villa with a submerged bedroom with panoramic windows
  • Spa centre awarded Best Private Island Spa & Hotel Spa, Haute Grandeur Awards 2017, where experts will revive you with cosmetic products from world-famous brands Valmont, Elemis and Thalgo

Atoll: South Ari, island Rangali
How to get there: 30 minutes by seaplane from the international airport in the capital of Male, or by local airlines to the nearest domestic airport and then transfer by boat

Cocoon Maldives

Cocoon Maldives is the first design hotel in the Maldives, fully created by the world-famous Italian design bureau LAGO. It amazes and surprises with a unique concept of “talking furniture”. Only here, you can experience “talking furniture” - the chips built into the furniture are connected to guests’ smartphones to keep them updated on events and news and make photo and information exchange convenient and communication with staff instant.

Designer conceptual furniture seems to float in the air. Unique tables are made of bicentennial oak and stand on transparent glass legs. It seems they literally hang in the air. Every piece of furniture is extraordinary, and wide doors swing open right into the ocean! And, of course, the main highlight is the LAGO COMMUNITY TABLE, which helps people from different cultures communicate and learn new things.

Add white beaches, lush tropical gardens, excellent service, luxury Spa and chic restaurants to the above, and you will get the best place for an unusual vacation.

Pleasant hotel bonuses:

  • 150 exclusive designer rooms
  • Rich coral reef with great opportunities for diving, water sports and ocean fishing
  • Impeccable round-the-clock service

Atoll: Lhaviani, island Ookolhufinolhu
How to get there: about 30 minutes by seaplane (only in the daytime - from 06:00 to 15:30). The resort is 120 kilometres from the Male International Airport.

Amilla Fushi

It’s the favourite island of the celebrity Paris Hilton, a paradise for the privacy of the top model Cara Delevingne and the favourite Maldivian resort of the Oscar-winning Titanic star Kate Winslet!

The name of the resort translates as “your island home”. It is truly a homely and royal luxurious spot for a vacation. Amilla Fushi is deservedly called the most fashionable hotel in the Maldives. Signature dishes for guests here are prepared by the starry Australian chef Luke Mangan, and the main contingent of the resort is stars, famous bloggers, journalists and businessmen.

Here you will find the original type of accommodation, for example, the famous Treetop Pool Villa with Bubble. It is located at the height of 12 metres, among the lush greenery of coconuts. The terrace features a transparent room-capsule with a diameter of 4 metres made of heavy-duty weightless material that reliably blocks ultraviolet light. Inside, you will find a round double rotating bed and a telescope, and by the terrace - a pool! Too exotic? Then choose a functional luxury apartment by the water, Ocean Reef Villa, located right on the coral reef.

Other features of Amilla Fushi:

  • Luxurious Javvu Spa awarded Winner of World Luxury Spa Awards in 2018 and 2019
  • Gastronomic diversity and culinary experiments in 11 restaurants and bars of the island
  • Universality: the resort is perfect for a secluded romantic getaway, a vacation with a noisy group of friends or a family holiday with children

Атолл: Баа, остров Амилла Фуши.
Как добраться: полчаса на гидроплане от международного аэропорта в Мале. Или, воспользовавшись рейсом внутренних авиалиний, за 15 минут прилететь в аэропорт Дараванду, откуда за 10 доплыть непосредственно до отеля на скоростном катере.

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

This luxury resort boasts almost the best house reef in the Maldives. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it encircles the entire island so that guests of each villa can enjoy the underwater world, regardless of where they live. As a bonus - one of the best Spas on the islands.

The resort offers exotic and luxurious entertainment. Here, you can feed graceful manta rays and giant turtles literally from your hands, visit local art gallery store with samples of Asian art, rent a see-through-bottom kayak and go swimming at dawn.

Moreover, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru practices “digital detox”, which is very useful for workaholics. The course is called in a beautiful way - “Art of Doing Nothing” - and promises to wean you from checking your email, going to social networks or reading the news of world politics every five minutes.

Highlights of the resort:

  • Eco-friendly concept of shell-shaped rooms using bamboo and island wood, authentic accents and natural materials
  • Own marine research laboratory

Atoll: North Male, island Vabbinfaru
How to get there: 25-30 minutes by speedboat from Velana International Airport

Kandima Maldives

Here, you can find the biggest children’s club of the paradise islands - Kandiland. Young guests can choose from culinary masterclasses, fun swimming in a see-through-bottom boat, hunting for crabs and ocean fishing, rock painting and kite making, an open-air cinema and even their own Olympic games for children! The infrastructure of the kids’ club is no less amazing - a climbing wall, a water play area, a trampoline, a rope park and even a mini Spa. But this is far from the only advantage of Kandima Maldives.

The resort also boasts the second largest outdoor infinity pool in the Maldives, which is the highlight of the five-star resort. 100-metres-length of luxurious water surface with endless views of the turquoise Indian Ocean will undoubtedly become your favourite place to relax.

Features of the resort:

  • 266 luxury villas on vast territory
  • 5 scuba diving spots near the hotel
  • Excellent infrastructure with three pools, sports areas, boutiques, restaurants, bars and Spa

Atoll: Dhaalu, island Kudahuvadhoo
How to get there: 45 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport or 30 minutes by local airlines + 20 minutes by boat

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo

The resort offers Ultimate All-Inclusive programme and boasts the best range of all-inclusive services - the price includes accommodation, meals and drinks in 5 restaurants of the island and 12 additional options!

ATMOSPHERE INDULGENCE ™ Plan, which includes all the elements of a luxury vacation in the Maldives, has been exclusively developed for OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo! No surprises, no shocks, no hidden surcharges - everything is included in one price.

Pamper yourself with a visit to the Spa centre, swimming in the outdoor pool or relaxing in the sauna. Additional amenities at this hotel comprise complimentary wireless Internet, concierge services, free sports, babysitting, exclusive Spa programmes, diving lessons, unlimited snorkelling and much more.

Distinctive features of OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo:

  • 4 gourmet restaurants, including an underwater one
  • Excellent infrastructure with outdoor pool, picnic area, sauna, gym, kids club and Spa
  • 90 rooms of extra-comfortable apartments with Tempur-Pedic mattresses, duvets, Egyptian cotton sheets and ultra-modern amenities

Atoll: South Male, island Maadhoo
How to get there: 45 minutes by speedboat from Male International Airport. Shuttle service is available day and night.

We hope you have already chosen your dream resort in the Maldives! Indeed, in order to find the best of the best, you need to listen to yourself and trust the experience of tourists from all over the world. Read the article carefully, study the details and go on adventures in the heart of the Indian Ocean!

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