We’ve been creating incredible holidays to the Maldives for over 30 years so we know how important finding the right island to stay on is.

When you picture your ultimate Indian Ocean escape, you want it to be the way you’ve always imagined it. You may want to dive off your water villa deck into turquoise waters, sip cocktails on a sandy beach or explore the ocean on a snorkel safari. Here’s just a taste of what’s in store in the Maldives...

Our Maldives experts have been there, dived into the lagoon, dined by candlelight and explored the ocean. Here, they share their experience and hand-pick Maldives resorts to suit everyone.

Best for foodies - Kandolhu Maldives

Candlelit dinner on the beach

"Enjoy culinary delights from around the world at 5* Kandolhu Maldives. Indulge at the 4 à la carte restaurants for some of the tastiest food in the Maldives. Choose from Banzai, with a focus on Japanese delicacies, fresh seafood at Sea Grill, or Mediterranean cuisine at Olive. The Market offers all day dining with both international dishes and local Maldivian specialities."

Monica Alazraki - Maldives expert - Kuoni Windsor

Best for divers - Biyadhoo

Biyadhoo Island

"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 dive school has excellent instructors to advise you on which of the local dive sites are best suited to your ability. If you’re not a diver but would like to try your hand at snorkelling, the spectacular house reef offers the opportunity to get up-close to reef sharks, rays and turtles."

Nicola Swabey - Maldives expert - Kuoni Dorking

Best for choice - Meeru Island Resort & Spa

Water Villas on Meeru

“A tropical paradise of palm trees, white sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters, 4* Meeru Island Resort & Spa has one of the largest ranges facilities in the Maldives. Not content with offering you as much or as little as you’d like to do, Meeru also has a fantastic choice when it comes to accommodation; from simply furnished Garden Rooms to stylish Jacuzzi Water Villas.”

Andrew Fulker - Maldives expert - Kuoni Kingston

Best for cocktail connoisseurs - Kuramathi Maldives

Laguna Bar

“At the far end of 4* Kuramathi Maldives, Laguna Bar provides the best spot on the island for an unforgettable sundowner with chilled vibes from the resident DJ. Sample the tasty creations of Fung Bar’s talented mixologists. Make sure you catch the sunset, moonlight or twinkling stars at the Dhoni bar that has incredible panoramic views across the ocean.”

Fiona Court - Maldives expert - Kuoni Cheltenham

Best for couples - Veligandu Island


“If it is privacy and intimacy you’re looking for, 4* Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is a perfect couple’s hideaway. In a peaceful, secluded setting, you’re encouraged to adopt the “no news, no shoes” bare-foot policy. For added romance after a stroll on the island’s glorious sandbank, dine under the stars at Madivaru restaurant before retreating back to your thatched roof villa.”

Claire Ashton - Maldives expert - Kuoni Trafford Centre

Best for families - Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Island

“Head to 5* Kurumba for a perfect family holiday in the Maldives, only a short 10 minute speedboat from the airport. There are plenty of activities to keep yourself and the kids busy. Head to the spa, learn to dive, take on the resort’s watersports, or challenge each other to a game of tennis! There’s also a fantastic kids club that runs from 9am to 6pm.”

David Mckenzie - Maldives expert - Kuoni Manchester

Best for water villas - Diamonds Athuruga

Diamonds Athuruga

“Home to some of the most stylish water villas in the Maldives, 4.5* Diamonds Athuruga is one of the Indian Ocean’s ultra-contemporary resorts. The Italian-style water villas offer something a little different to other Maldives islands. With huge, open wooden decks built on stilts over the water, choose between sunset or sunrise views. Make the most of your experience and dine in the overwater à la carte restaurant Aqua."

Victoria Wilson - Maldives expert - Kuoni Cheltenham

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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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