The Maldives has long been a staple of our luxury destinations. But, while every island may share coral lagoons, turquoise waters and sugar-white sands, that doesn’t mean they’re all the same. Whether you want to soothe your worries away at a spa retreat or dive into a coral reef dreamscape, we can help you find a Maldives island resort that fulfils all your heart’s desires.
You desire… to dive into aquatic wonders
If swimming alongside colourful marine life in sparkling turquoise waters is your main draw to the Maldives, then Sandies Bathala is the island resort for you. Our favourite underwater superstar has a stunning house reef and world- class PADI and SSI expert dive instructors. For a truly unique experience, go on one of their night snorkelling adventures and spend an unforgettable evening in the ocean under the stars. Once you’ve finished exploring the oceans, head directly to the beach for one of Bathala’s specialty grill nights; a toes-in-the- sand dining experience that’s not to be missed.
You desire… the ultimate beach club
With the longest stretch of powder-white sand in the Maldives, Seaside Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives has a quirky beach club style that bursts with character. Walk in one direction and you’ll find VW campervans parked up on the beach, while in another is a secluded ‘beach bubble’ tent where you can glamp in style on the sandbank. There’s even a cinema on the sand to watch movies under the stars. It’s after dark when Finolhu really comes to life. Expect stilt walkers, acrobats, DJs and dancing. This is the island for relaxing in the day and letting your hair down at night.
You desire… food for the soul
Promising days of self-care, delicious healthy food, restorative yoga sessions and head-to-toe pampering, Kagi Maldives Spa Island is the go-to for balancing body and mind. Overlooking those gorgeous turquoise waters, this isn’t your normal wellness retreat. The spherical Baani Spa is an immersive and soothing environment – cool, intimate and cutting-edge, with a focus on holistic wellbeing. Whether it’s muscle-melting massages or wrinkle-smoothing facials, sound therapy or underwater meditation, pick Kagi for a bespoke reset that goes way beyond the feel-good factor.
You desire… intimate outdoor luxury
The small-but-perfectly-formed island of Milaidhoo Maldives is the far-flung retreat of your daydreams. We love the intimacy of the island, which offers a world-class escape in the midst of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, encircled by its own coral reef. With a light and airy feel, there are just 50 villas on the island, each of which has an infinity-edged pool and a huge deck. It’s all about kicking off your shoes and embracing the outdoors here. Thatched roofs give off authentic Maldivian vibes and, at Milaidhoo, the focus is always on enjoying the natural environment in understated but all-encompassing luxury.
You desire… a little adventure
A Maldives holiday doesn’t have to be all about endless beach days and sipping cocktails in your own private pool villa. There are plenty of watersports and active pursuits to be had – you just have to know where to look. On Reethi Faru, you can spend your days on the water, fly-boarding, kite surfing and catamaran sailing (adrenaline junkies shouldn’t miss the jetpacks). Or dive among submerged islands for the chance to see reef sharks, rays and turtles. Back on dry land, there’s yoga, badminton, volleyball and tennis to keep the heart rate up. When you’re ready to unwind, wander over to the Balinese-style spa.
You desire… something new every day
If choice and variety are high on your wish list, Kuramathi Maldives might be the one for you. One of the largest islands in the archipelago, it’s perfect if you’re looking for a mix of adventure and relaxation. The extra land, and a clever design incorporating the dense forest, give it a real sense of space and make for a great place to wander, often giving the illusion that you’re the only ones on the island. It has its very own eco-centre, headed up by a resident marine biologist who will entertain and educate you. The outstanding nine à la carte restaurant options include the popular Island Barbecue on the beach and fine dining at Duniye in the island's verdant heart.