What’s the most relaxing holiday in the world? We think it’s one where you don’t have to worry about the bills totting up at the end of your stay. The Maldives has some of the most generous all-inclusive packages in the world, so we asked our travel experts for their recommendations.
For a tiny speck of an island, Kandolhu’s all-inclusive packs a punch. Dining here is so flexible that you can have lunch any time between breakfast and dinner; and if you don’t fancy dinner until 10pm, that’s fine too. You can eat at all five intimate à la carte restaurants – including the Japanese teppanyaki and seafood grill – and, in your villa, the wine chiller is stocked with more than 30 bottles… that can be replaced as often as you like.
Our favourite inclusions: Use of a GoPro, fully stocked in-villa wine chiller, minibar with branded spirits, Champagne and canapés sunset cruise.
This ultra-luxe retreat is in the remote Baa Atoll – the Maldives’ only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve that’s inhabited by dolphins, manta rays and whale sharks. Milaidhoo’s huge villas are some of the most beautiful in the Maldives; stylish, light and airy, with private pools, bespoke furniture and a focus on outdoor living. Upgrade to one of the residences and you’ll have your very own butler, private chef and outdoor cinema.
Our favourite inclusions: Dinner at the chef’s table, dining at the signature overwater restaurant, selected non-motorised watersports, bottle of Champagne in your villa.
“Only when I arrived in the Maldives did I understand what the islands were really about. It looks almost too perfect, straight from a postcard, and the best way to arrive is by seaplane, flying over the tiny atolls below. Pictures don’t do the Maldives justice, it really blew me away. There are not many places in the world where you can actually leave your shoes in your suitcase for the whole of your stay!”
Charlotte Housley, Kuoni Personal Travel Expert
It’s all about barefoot luxury at Constance Moofushi, where the subtle, high-end Robinson Crusoe theme includes hammocks on the Beach Villa terraces and coin chest minibars packed with treats. Everything in the all-inclusive package here oozes quality; you can sip Champagne with dinner, drinks are premium international brands, and afternoon tea is served every day.
Our favourite inclusions: Guided snorkelling trips, introduction to scuba diving session in the pool, minibar with wine and beer, Mac mini with music and movies on demand.
Discover the ultimate in barefoot luxury at Emerald Maldives, a box-fresh island resort with a deluxe all-inclusive package. This island ticks the boxes for all types of holidaymakers. Families will love the spacious pool villas, trying out the watersports from the beach and the fantastic kids' club – where little ones can shake mocktails, try pizza making and run wild in the playground. Couples and friends travelling together can head out on underwater diving adventures and retreat to the Balinese-style spa. However, the standout highlight has to be the dining scene; there are four restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining – our favourites include South American cuisine in Amazònico and the whimsical Teppanyaki show cooking at Le Asiatique.
Our favourite inclusions: Extensive wine & cocktail list (including French Champagne), daily stocked minibar, free snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding, complimentary boat excursion
Our most popular island has a great choice of restaurants, two oceanfront pools and a dazzling sandbank. We love Kuramathi’s Select All Inclusive option, where you can try out all of the island’s à la carte restaurants including the popular Island Barbecue on the beach, Thai dishes at Siam Garden, and fresh seafood at the overwater restaurant, The Reef.
Our favourite inclusions: Sunset cruise, trip to a local island, windsurfing and snorkelling gear, high tea.
These laid-back sister islands have an identical all-inclusive package and it’s a generous one. Enjoy meals at the main buffet restaurant (or the overwater restaurant for Water Villa guests) and make the most of the fact that your minibar is refilled daily with water, soft drinks and beer. Stay in a Water Villa and you’ll also get free Wi-Fi in your villa, wine in your minibar and a selected sparkling wine menu.
Our favourite inclusions: Free watersports like windsurfing, guided snorkelling tours of the house reef, Fisherman’s Island excursion.
“I left the curtains open in my villa so the sun would naturally wake me up and I witnessed the most beautiful sunrise. I went outside and down to the lagoon to paddle and was surrounded by a few reef sharks, a turtle and parrot fish. It was like something from a movie and one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had.”
Lauren Abbott, Assistant Manager, Kuoni at John Lewis Oxford Street
There's plenty to love about small and romantic Outrigger Maldives Maafushivaru Resort. On the dine-around all-inclusive plan, you’ll be spoilt for choice with fresh, inventive cuisine at a handful of speciality restaurants and there are lots of activities included in your stay. Join a sunrise yoga class, take to the water on a kayak, snorkel in vibrant coral gardens and let off steam with a CrossFit class. Then, after all those exertions, treat yourself to a treatment at the Navasana Spa – we love the drift away massage, which uses Atlantic seaweed to revitalise your skin.
Our favourite inclusions: A sunset cruise, homemade ‘Ice cream of the day’, wellness activities including yin yoga, meditation and Pilates, a good selection of quality wines served by the glass.
akunudu, a Dhivehi term meaning ‘silent’ or ‘quiet’, aptly embodies the essence of this stripped-back sanctuary. Here, simplicity reigns supreme. With just 36 traditional thatched bungalows, a charming restaurant and a bar, there are no flashy features to overshadow the island's breathtaking beauty. The great-value all-inclusive includes refreshing cocktails, a complimentary snorkelling trip and colourful buffet banquets – don’t miss the weekly Maldivian night with sizzling bbq dishes, music and dancing.
Our favourite inclusions: Tasty buffet breakfast and lunch, set-menu dinner with two speciality buffet nights per week, snacks twice daily, snorkelling equipment and snorkelling trip, introductory dive lesson for beginners*.
*subject to change.
Some of these islands are based on all-inclusive board as standard, while at others you can upgrade to an all-inclusive option. We offer over 30 different all-inclusive packages in the Maldives, so talk to one of our Maldives experts and we’ll help find the right one for you.