Imagine private white-sand islands fringed by crystal blue waters… the Maldives is the ultimate luxury island escape

The speedboat slows and it comes into sight. A tiny speck of an island surrounded by a turquoise lagoon and the whitest sand you've ever seen. It’s better than the pictures – the Maldives is where colour comes to life. We can tell you this first-hand, because we’re the original Maldives experts and have been creating bespoke Maldives holidays for over 30 years.

There’s a reason why this is our most popular destination. Expect to lose all sense of time and what’s going on elsewhere as you sink into your overwater villa’s private pool and drink in the views. Here, working your way through the hand-crafted cocktail list is as strenuous as it gets. Need more? How about venturing beneath the ocean’s surface to glide alongside turtles and whale sharks; sipping Champagne on a luxury cruise as the sun sets; or escaping to an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe-style, for an unforgettable evening-for-two under the stars.

From rustic beach escapes to ultra-luxury private pool retreats, we’ve hand-picked 31 of the best Maldives hotels and each of our chosen resorts sits on its own private island.

Beach offers maded for you

  • We're the original Maldives experts and have hand-picked our favourite islands
  • There's nowhere better for an away-from-it-all luxury honeymoon
  • Don't just limit yourself to one island; a twin-centre Maldives holiday is easier than you might think
  • Superb diving and snorkelling – many islands have their own house reef
  • Great choice of island resorts where you'll find one perfect for you.

Good to know

Time difference:

GMT + 5 hours

Capital:

Malé

Currency:

Officially the Maldivian rufiyaa, but US dollars are more widely used in resorts

Flying time to destination:

Malé 10¼ hours

When to visit Maldives

Jan

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Feb

Highly Recommended

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Mar

Highly Recommended

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Apr

Highly Recommended

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May

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Jun

Recommended

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Jul

Recommended

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Aug

Recommended

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Sep

Recommended

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Oct

Recommended

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Nov

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Dec

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

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Modern minimalism in the Maldives

A 45 minute seaplane journey from Malé will transport you to the tranquil and contemporary Dhigali resort; boasting authentic dining and a lagoon for watersports enthusiasts.

Kuoni Insider

“From tiny Robinson Crusoe-style islands with just a handful of villas, where guests slink off to their rooms just after sunset, to much larger islands bursting with restaurants, bars, tennis courts and even golf courses; there’s so much choice in the Maldives. There are world-class watersports, many islands have sublime house reefs, and with amazing dive sites nearby you can discover an underwater world full of brightly coloured fish, manta rays and reef sharks. Dining is in a class of its own in the Maldives. All-inclusive options range from sumptuous buffets and live cooking stations (where chefs will entertain you while preparing your feast right in front of you) to beach barbecues, intimate fine dining and underwater restaurants. The one thing these stunning private islands have in common is their crystal clear waters and powder white sands. Whether you like to ‘fly and flop’ or prefer something a little more active, you’ll find the wow factor in the Maldives.”

Kemi Bowley
Personal Travel Expert
Kuoni at John Lewis Oxford Street