Widely considered the planet’s most exclusive holiday destination, the Maldives embody the unreal tropical paradise getaway for honeymooners, families, discerning travelers, scuba divers and celebrities.
The stunningly beautiful islands are blessed with some of the most spectacular beaches in the world, crystal clear blue lagoons, incredible underwater wildlife, and unrivalled luxury resorts that take up their own private islands.
When planning your visiting to the Maldives a traveler is faced with a real problem : which island resort, from over 140 to pick?
We don’t claim to have the right answer for everybody, but the regular visitors to islandii.com should by now have the sense of what they can choose.
The following list is our pick of the top 10 luxury resorts in Maldives with average price 500 – 1000USD per night.
Price range: 992 – 1055USD/night on All Inclusive
Transfer: 45 min speed boat journey from Velana Airport, Earth Villa
OZEN by Atmosphere manages to combine luxury with a relaxed but absolutely professional atmosphere. The resort is situated on island of Maadhoo and is only around 35 kilometers far from Male International Airport which is about 40 minutes journey by a speedboat.
The large pristine lagoon overlooking the horizon, with exotic marine life all around offers the discerning traveler a true Maldives island experience!
The resort features 41 Beach-front villas, 49 over-water villas, built on creatively designed stilts, offers a romantic & mesmeric experience, truly unmatched.
The resort offers totally unpretentious and lovely laid back atmosphere and even when the resort is full to capacity you will never guess it is.
Every single staff member seemed to be there just to make sure that you had a fantastic time even though you know that everyone got the same treat. Remembering your preferences just after the first day on the island and always, and it’s really mean always, greeting you with a real and welcoming smile seemed to come as natural to the staff.
The key feature of resort is M6M – an exclusive underwater restaurant and without a doubt the jewel in the crown of the fine dining experiences at OZEN. Open for lunch and dinner, this specialty seafood restaurant showcases beautiful underwater views whilst you enjoy your meal.
Price range: 640 – 1326USD/night on Half Board meal plan, Overwater Bungalow
Transfer: 25 min speed boat journey from Velana Airport
The Resort is located on Veli island which is only 21 kilometers south of Velana International airport. This resort is characterized as a peaceful place to relax far from the hustle and bustle of the city enjoying the pristine nature. The Anantara Veli is a great place providing unforgettable views, privacy, and luxury that honeymooners desire (adult only resort).
Anantara Veli is perfectly suited to couples or groups of friends looking for a relaxing island hideaway where turquoise waters beckon from your choice of intimate accommodation bungalows, some with direct lagoon access.
The resort has in total 67 Overwater Villas and Bungalows: 25 Over Water Bungalows, 11 Superior Overwater Bungalows, 14 Deluxe Overwater Bungalows, 7 Ocean Pool Bungalows, and 10 Deluxe Over Water Pool Bungalows.
Staying in Anantara Veli resort gives you an opportunity to visit nearby Anantara Dhigu and Naladhoo by speedboat!
Price range: 699 – 833USD/night on Breakfast meal plan, Beachfront Villa
Transfer: 35 min speed boat journey from Velana Airport
Angsana Ihuru Resort, a magnificent piece of paradise amid peaceful ocean waves, can also be spotted among these places.
Angsana Ihuru is a 4-star resort, however, the level of service there is highly appreciated, and it deserves to be regarded as a 5-star hotel. There all facilities and activities that are necessary for guests to spend their decent holidays are available.
Come to a true island paradise. Experience the gorgeous turquoise waters, the white sand beaches, and the rich green tropical vegetation. Go diving on a shipwreck, enjoy snorkeling on the house reef, or relax on the beach at this Ihuru Island resort.
With some of the Maldives’ very finest house reefs, Ihuru is the ultimate scuba and snorkeling destination. Truly 45 Beachfront and Beachfront Jet Pool luxurious villas, a sensational spa, and a fantastic array of leisure and sports activities make this a genuinely special destination.
Price range: 797 – 852USD/night on Half Board meal plan, Island Villa
Transfer: 40 min speed boat journey from Velana Airport
The Coco Bodu Hithi Resort reflects the Island’s character in its every dimension. Breathe the clean, sea air. Meet the Hawksbill turtles. Witness the peaceful majesty of the native Nurse sharks. The resort promises the ideal Maldivian getaway with contemporary, five-star amenities amidst verdant greenery and sparkling azure waters.
For utmost exclusivity and privacy, the Coco Residence sits in a secluded wing and actually requires a short trek to get to. The walk, however, is enjoyable and includes a walk across a wooden bridge over crystal-clear waters.
The island has a great swimming pool but most guests are fine in their private ones so it’s never crowded. There are no more than 4 guests in it at the same time so that’s great if you don’t want to worry about free sunbeds or enough privacy.
From December to April, manta rays are coming to nearby Manta Point, and throughout the year diverse marine life includes black-tip, white-tip reef sharks, and turtles. The surrounding waters also offer some of the best opportunities to spot huge schools of dolphins.
The resort offers more than 100 four spacious types of villas: Island Villa, Water Villa, Escape Water Villa, Coco Residence with own private pool in each villa. Be prepared for an experience you’ll never forget – from enjoying undisturbed, panoramic views of the ocean and soothing waves, to tasting award-winning dishes, and relaxing in their state-of-the-art Coco spa to treat mind, body, and soul.
Price range: 866 – 2870USD/night on a breakfast meal plan, Beach Studio
Transfer: 30 min seaplane journey from Velana Airport
Niyama Private Islands is a luxury 5* Indian Ocean resort set on two stunning islands on the Dhaalu Atoll in the Maldives. With exceptional watersports, an Explorers kids club, and a sense of privacy, Niyama is perfect for both couples and families alike.
Rated #4 in the ‘Best Resorts in the World’ category of the Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, and #2 ‘Top Resorts in the Indian Ocean’, Nature’s Playground beckons.
A perfect place if you want to have time together, relax, and enjoy great food in great restaurants. Everything is freshly made and the staff is always smiling and helpful. It is also very nice that there are some complimentary things like water, sunscreen, and towels when you go to one of the wonderful beaches.
Dive into Champagne breakfasts, subaquatic lunches, gourmet dinners, and glow parties illuminating the night alongside the theatre of the reef at the Subsix underwater restaurant.
Drift into sleep to sounds of waves breaking gently outside the door of your over-water oasis.
Each villa has a secluded deck that offers pure privacy to luxuriate in al fresco rain showers, moonlit dips, or an intimate afternoon basking in the sun. There are 10 types of beach and water villas perfect suite for your dream vacation.
Price range: 505 – 585USD/night on a breakfast meal plan, Beach Villa
Transfer: 40 min seaplane journey from Velana Airport
Set on an enchanting private island in the pristine Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, Hurawalhi Island Resort is much like your relationship: it is a perfect match of serenity and excitement, comfort, and adventure; it stirs up your every atom with an intricate blend of intimacy and thrill.
Hurawalhi is a 5 Star Resort which is located on the same-named island of Hurawalhi. It’s is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and long stretches of white, sandy beach in Lhaviyani Atoll.
Villas at Hurawalhi spoil with lavish comfort, exclusivity, and mesmerizing views. With the choice of 90 beachside and over-water luxury villas, you can revel in your preferred perspective and setting, and find pleasure in having an exotic paradise at your fingertips – and the ocean on your doorstep.
Hurawalhi is home of 5.8m undersea restaurant – the biggest underwater one in the Maldives
With a spectacular house reef, a glimmering lagoon, and a PADI 5 star dive center, Hurawalhi is perfect for every diver or snorkeller. Hurawalhi is an adult-only resort.
Price range: 727 – 1520USD/night on a breakfast meal plan, Beach Bungalow
Transfer: 40 min seaplane journey from Velana Airport
Encompassing three private islands—two deserted neighboring islands and Kanuhura itself—the sublime hotel is the ultimate luxury retreat for free-spirited adventurers. Discover a new realm of bohemian elegance surrounded by tropical gardens and bordered by stretches of pristine beaches that fade into scintillating tropical waters.
A vibrant traditional Maldivian dance around a bonfire, a bottle of champagne shared with your beloved on a deserted island, illuminated by a full moon, a blissful sunset cruise; these are the moments that mold into timeless memories, the moments where between the cyan waters and tropical gardens, you find your true self.
Kanuhura is a kid-friendly hotel with activities and entertainment designed to thrill and enchant.
Kanuhura is home to 80 villas, tastefully furnished with gypset sophistication and a modern touch. Featuring a bounty of natural materials, the villas are complemented by a private wooden deck stretching to the beach or over the lagoon.
Price range: 562 – 705USD/night on half board meal plan, Sky Studio
Transfer: 30 min by domestic flight + 20 min speed boat journey from Velana Airport
Kandima Maldives is a place with soul, deeply rooted and respectful of our guests, colleagues, community, culture, and surroundings.
Whether you seek relaxation, adventure, wellbeing, sport, health, spa experiences, or just family time, Kandima Maldives has something for you. Everyone is welcome of all ages – families, couples, friends. Ideal for those that fancy something a little different, perhaps less chill-focused and more action-packed with the pristine island setting surrounded by warm clear waters.
The island is nearly 3 km long, and the resort has the largest pool in the Maldives measuring 100 m. Wow!
There is a choice of 272 studios and villas with doors that open onto a private terrace and extraordinary tropical views.
Price range: 350 – 596USD/night on half board meal plan, Deluxe Bungalow
Transfer: 20 min speed boat journey from Velana Airport
Velassaru Resort is situated in South Male Atoll just a 25-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport. On your boat trip, you may be lucky to see groups of dolphins spinning around which is a special experience just from the very beginning.
Exotic days and elegant evenings. Special occasions made extraordinarily. Celebrate your tropical love affair. Discover Velassaru and the unique natural environment of the Maldives.
There is a lovely atmosphere at the resort, with multicultural guests.
Velassaru Resort has a really cool vibe and rather a young and stylish crowd. The staff is amazingly well organized and caring. Whenever you need them – they are there for you.
You get not only every kind of fishes and dwarf sharks swimming around your feet, you can also see herons on the beach and other colorful and friendly birds sharing the island with you.
Tucked away in resort gardens, sitting along the beachfront or perched over water, hotels’ contemporary-styled 129 villas and bungalows offer chic serenity. Each is equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay in a Paradise
Price range: 525 – 812USD/night on Full board meal plan, Beach Villa
Transfer: 20 min seaplane journey from Velana Airport
A unique Maldives resort, Maafushivaru is an island that epitomizes all that one dreams of when thinking of the Maldives. The island is just over 350 m in length and can be walked in just 10 minutes and a bit!
Guests can enjoy diving and snorkeling beside fishing. Relaxing massages can be arranged at the spa.
Maafushivaru’s secret pearl is its beautiful uninhabited sister island, Lonubo. For an authentic Crusoe-esque experience, you can take a boat ride across to this tiny desert island for romantic picnics, candlelit dining, or even an overnight stay in the Lonubo Beach Villa.
Thatch-roofed 48 individual villas inspired by local architecture are either set amidst verdant gardens or poised over the turquoise lagoon. Deceivingly modest exteriors hide worldly comforts and indulgences and all villas offer direct access to the beach or to the sea. All villas have clear views of the turquoise blue ocean and some look onto the colorful reef.
Welcome! My name is Alex and since 2015 I have been “sick” with Maldives. In 2016-2017 I lived in Maldives and worked at a local travel agency. I managed to personally visit 15 local islands and 10 resorts.
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