We’ve been offering holidays to the Maldives for over 30 years, so we know that when you set your heart on those crystal clear waters and pristine white sands, finding the right island to stay on is very important to you. And why shouldn’t it be?

When you picture your ultimate luxury escape to the Indian Ocean, you want everything just so – the way you’ve always imagined it. You may want to dive off your water villa into turquoise waters to meet the vibrant marine life beneath, you may want to be sipping a sundowner on white sands after your evening’s a la carte dining, or you may want to be making waves on a dolphin watching excursion or sunset cruise. So here are 11 hand-picked Maldivian resorts, along with why you need to visit them, to help answer that all important question: Where should I stay in the Maldives?

For divers...

Natural, rustic and one of the friendliest resorts in the Maldives, 3* Biyadhoo is a haven for divers, with a wide range of top dive sites nearby to choose from. Its renowned PADI dive school is particularly popular, with excellent instructors ready and willing to advise you on which of the local dive sites are best suited to you and your ability. If you’re not a diver but would like to try your hand at snorkelling, the spectacular house reef has 7 different passages to explore; each offers the opportunity to get up-close to reef sharks, rays and turtles. 

Diane in our Bluewater store has experienced Biyadhoo and its underwater activities for herself, get in touch with her to find out more.

For foodies...

Kuredu Island Resort

Enjoy culinary delights from all over the world at 3½ * Kuredu Island Resort that’ll be sure to satisfy your appetite. Along with 4 sumptuous buffet restaurants, you can also indulge in à la carte dining, including some of the tastiest dishes in the Maldives. Choose from The Far East, with a focus on Japanese delicacies, fresh seafood at The Beach, and Mediterranean cuisine at Franco’s, with herbs and spices fresh from the island’s greenhouse. A real treat for your taste buds.

If you want a few dining recommendations, get in touch with Jenna from our Southampton store who's stayed here.

For those who like choice...

A tropical paradise of palm trees, white sandy beaches and sparkling, clear turquoise waters, 4* Meeru Island Resort & Spa has one of the largest ranges of activities and facilities in the Maldives. Not content with offering you as much or as little as you’d like to do, Meeru also has the most choice when it comes to accommodation - which is why so many people return year after year!  Available are 5 accommodation types each with their own benefits, including Garden Rooms, Beach Villas, Jacuzzi Beach Villas, Water Villas and Jacuzzi Water Villas. One thing is for certain, you won’t leave disappointed!

Diane in our Bluewater store has stayed here also! Get in touch with her for advice on picking your ideal accommodation type.

For cocktail connoisseurs...

Kandooma The Deck

Above 4* Kandooma’s interactive dining experience The Kitchen is The Deck, a cool rooftop terrace that provides the best spot on the island for an unforgettable sundowner. Sample the talented head bartender’s astonishing cocktail menu, listing some of the most delicious drinks you’ll ever try, from timeless classics to modern inventions, including the bartender’s favourite – the Bird Tail Martini. Catch the sunset, moonlight or twinkling stars in the open air and delight in an after dinner treat that you won’t be forgetting in a hurry. 

If you want top tips on which cocktail to choose when you reach The Deck, get in touch with Susan from our Manchester Trafford Centre store.

For couples...

If it is privacy and intimacy you’re looking for, 4* Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is perfect for a couple’s hideaway. In a secluded, peaceful and natural setting, complete with its own crystal clear lagoon, you’ll be encouraged to adopt the laid-back “no shoes, no news” bare-foot policy. This includes when walking along its glorious sandbank from which the resort takes its name - ‘Veligandu’ means sandbank in Maldivian. For added romance after your sandy stroll, dine under the stars at the Madivaru restaurant before retreating back to your spacious, thatched roof villa either on the beach or over water.

If you're planning a romantic proposal or even your dream honeymoon, get in touch with Shellie from our Bristol store who's been here.

For families...

Chaaya Island Dhonveli

Head to 4 * Cinnamon Dhonveli from November to February and you could have the time of your life with your family in Maldivian paradise. Staying in a two-storey Garden Bungalow (only bookable through us during this time), you’ll be able to make the most of this resort’s dramatic surf break to one side of the island and its turquoise lagoon, perfect for snorkelling, on the other. There's also plenty of activities to keep yourself and the kids busy. Head to the spa, learn to dive, take on the resort’s watersports, challenge each other to a game of volleyball, table tennis or badminton, go dolphin watching or even embark on an island hopping adventure!

Find out how you can make your perfect family holiday from Laura Hadlow in our Guildford store.

For those wanting a water villa...

Diamonds Athuruga

Home to some of the most stylish water villas in the Maldives, 4* Diamonds Athuruga is one of the Indian Ocean’s ultra-contemporary resorts.  Just like its sister island Diamonds Thudufushi, its relatively new white water villas have proven to be some of the most well-maintained residences in the South Ari Atoll. With huge, open wooden decks built on stilts over the water, here you’re able to choose between sunset or sunrise views whilst being surrounded by the brightly coloured marine life of the resort’s coral garden. Don’t forget to make the most of your experience and dine in the overwater à la carte restaurant for Water Villa guests only.

Looking for information you just can't get from anyone but a travel expert? Isabel from our Solihull store has stayed here and is happy to offer her suggestions - get in touch.

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If you’d like to see our diverse range of Maldivian accommodation, from impressive beach villas where you’ll never be but a few steps from the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to larger, contemporary overwater pool villas where you need only take a dip, then look no further.

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