The Maldives are the dream destination for sun lovers, honeymooners and anyone who loves a vacation on a classic treasure island.
But which of the many islands should you choose? At the last count, there were more than 100 resorts on almost so many different islands, most of which have completely different styles and amenities.
After & # 39; I followed & # 39; in the course of & # 39; Having visited at least two dozen years, it's my low point here to choose the best location for your holiday style.
Anantara Kihavah is ideal for pampering lovers, as it does not offer unrestricted treatments when you book the villa's spa pool
Best for: The most beautiful camping in Maldives, thanks to & # 39; unrestricted treatments (yes, as many as you want) for guests in & # 39; villa of & # 39; a spa pool. The award-winning Naked Skin Package aims to take years away from you, or why not log in to a visiting practitioner for a chakra balance with Tibetan songbars? Attention to detail ruled supremely (your bike even cut your name on a wooden plaque) and guests swore that the island has soul.
Rooms: Water villas have tubs with glass bottom so you can see fish when you bathe. But the ultimate grace is the deluxe Spa Pool Villa, with a larger pool, private gardens and your own room with en-suite for those unrestricted relaxing treatments.
Food: Start the day with breakfast served in your private pool: a floating tray of eggs Benedict comes with fresh truffles. Other options include an underwater fine dining and wine cellar, where you get your endless colorful theater of marine activity all around. There are also tapas and sundowner spots, a Japanese restaurant and an Asian alternative with a fantastic show kitchen. Visit the organic vegetable garden, where chefs pick herbs and present spicy handful of basil, mint and aloe to take back to your villa.
Wow factor: This is typically great diving in the day. And at night, the location minimizes remote light pollution and delivers large starry skies, especially from the roof of & # 39; the Sky Bar, which & # 39; s the most powerful telescope of & # 39; e Indian Ocean has.
Book me in: A seven-night stay in a half-board overwater pool villa, including economy flights and seaplane transfers, costs from £ 3,995pp with baileyrobinson.com or go directly to anantara.com.
No shoes needed: Mirihi has luxurious stripped back – there are no motorized water sports, no TVs in rooms and only limited wi-fi
There is no pool, so you are forced to cool off in the sea (a warm 26C) and communicate with nature instead
Best for: Robinson Crusoe-style minimalist escapism. Mirihi subscribes to & # 39; e & # 39; no shoes, no news & # 39; ethos, with not one of & # 39; the exuberance of larger resorts. The matriarchal owner, Swiss-born Amy Steirli (who lives on the site six months of the year), takes a less-is-more approach and remembers ongoing trends to keep her island peaceful. Don't get me wrong, this island – just 30 minutes by plane from the airport in Male Capital – is as luxurious as they come. It just stays close to its roots and radiates a calm feeling of class from beach to bed.
Rooms: The island is shaped like a wishbone and has a small cluster of 39 wooden-stilted villas at & # 39; e point. Mirihi & # 39; s stripped-back luxury includes no motorized water sports, no TV in rooms, and limited Wi-Fi only. More important is the local news – guests are told that a hawksbill turtle has just laid its eggs on the beach. And because there is no pool, you are forced to cool off in the sea (a sizeable 26C) and communicate with nature instead.
Food: The seven-floor restaurant offers large buffets with a mix of international specialties and seafood. Oh, and there is a selection of 300 wines.
Wow factor: The dive in & # 39; the Southern Ari Atoll is one of & # 39; the best in the Maldives. The resort itself is small, stretching almost 400 meters in length, but there are more than 40 dive sites in & # 39; a neighborhood and a house reef that I liked to see illuminated by clouds of bioluminescent plankton at night.
Book me in: Seven nights in a half-board-based beach or water villa, including economy flights and sea transfers, cost from £ 4,450pp with chiclocations.com or go directly to mirihi.com.
A beautiful sunset by Amilla Fushi, which has a scent of Miami, with strings of glamorous whitewashed villas and sit-up bikes to explore
Best for: Families who want to keep the kids club, the flexible one to eight bedroom accommodation, the lively house reef, unrestricted non-motorized water sports, and a large spa menu.
Rooms: The vibe has a scent of Miami, with strings of glamorous whitewashed villas and sit-up bikes to explore. Everyone will love the Treetop Pool Villas with two bedrooms, which are 40ft into the hood. They can sleep six people in a style that would certainly change Tarzan with envy.
Food: Enjoy an unstuffy approach in a dozen dining options that aren't around one of the Maldives. biggest swimming pools. You can get everything from fish and chips to fresh food from the wok. For a healthy dinner, there is also a Japanese restaurant.
Wow factor: Amilla Fushi has her own marine biologist who can't explain the secrets of the island's reef. Experienced snorkelers can come to the Blue Hole (a famous diving spot) right off the beach, next to optional snorkeling in Hanifaruba Bay, home of & # 39; largest groups of & # 39; a world of manta rays and whale sharks.
Book me in: Seven-night half-boarding in a beach house, with economy flights and seafood transfers, costs from £ 5,679pp with scottdunn.com or go directly to amilla.mv.
Cheval Blanc Randheli
Cheval Blanc Randheli has 45 spacious pool villas and a dedicated wellness island. It is part of the & # 39; Noonu Atoll
Best for: Pure swank. Not the latest to learn in the & # 39; Maldives, but Cheval Blanc Randheli is proud to be & # 39; most amazing thanks to 45 spacious pool villas and a dedicated wellness island. It is part of the Noonu Atoll, 40 minutes north of Male, and is ideal for snorkeling of reefs, diving expeditions (day or night), fishing adventures and sunsets.
Rooms: The palatial overwater and beach-rented villas, under cathedral-high thatched roofs with vivid yellow stripes, are laden with designer touches such as candles by Christian Dior.
Food: Something for everyone. Visit The White for a delicious local tuna curry. Diptyque specializes in Japanese and Asian tempura. Gourmands goes to Le 1947 for the tasting menu, while Deelani specializes in Mediterranean dishes and home-made pizzas.
Wow factor: Water sports abound, including water skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, windsurfing, fun tubing and canoeing. Adrenaline junkies will enjoy recent additions, including a flyboard, hoverboard and jet surf. For tennis fans, there is a Jim Courier Tennis Club on neighboring Maakurandhoo Island, where you can take a private lesson with a former tennis professional, and then head to the Guerlain Spa, just across the water around searing muscles.
Book me in: Seven nights in an island villa with breakfast costs from £ 7,999pp, including economy flights and seaplane transfers, with turquoiseholidays.co.uk or go directly to chevalblanc.com.
So seductive: A water villa with an infinity pool at the Joali resort, which has a & # 39; flop & flirt & # 39; fantasy island is
An over-sized bathroom at the Joali resort with a large detached bath large enough for two
Best for: The art of seduction. Joali is a & # 39; flop & flirt & # 39; fantasy island, where you can dive into a disgusting hammock or chill with the fish. Look for a perfect moment to dive into the nearby manta ray hangout, or take a sunny day out on a traditional dhoni and sail in the Maldivian sunset.
Rooms: Almost 1,000 master craftsmen have transformed the island into a star. Each villa has the service of a butler or jadugar (Urdu for a magician) who will arrange everything from diving during the day to dinner with candles. All villas have infinity pools and original art. Bathrooms are a grace, with baths large enough for two and showers for rain.
Food: Take breakfast in your villa, lunch at the beach, and dine under the stars in Bellinis with Mediterranean theme, as in the overwater Japanese restaurant Saoke. The traditional sushi and sashimi, and the black ice cream of sesame, are a delight.
Wow factor: Check out the art. Pieces include unique ceramic installations.
Book me in: Seven nights on a half board basis, with international flights and seafaring transfers, cost from £ 7,995 pps from cazloyd.com or go directly to joali.com.
Naladhu boasts 20 highly private and fairly cavernous colonial-inspired villas, with private pools (long enough for lengths) and swinging double daybeds
Best for: A traditional boutique getaway as a multi-generation escape for families. Somehow, it manages to be popular with both older couples and children under two. Easy to reach, it's only 30 minutes by boat from Male's airport (your step from a plane to a swanky Sunseeker) and it's dear to a sense of intimate escapism. But while it is one of & # 39; smaller resorts, you can also spend time at & # 39; The neighboring resorts of Veli and Dhigu via a long wooden hiking trail or travel there through traditional dhoni.
Rooms: There are 20 very private and fairly hollow colonial-inspired villas, with private pools (long enough for lengths) and swinging double daybeds. Expect large bathrooms with sun baths and private steam rooms.
Food: If you want to enjoy long menus for a while and love to cook at home and have the choice to eat if you want, look no further. Breakfast (which can be ordered at any time of the day) is best served in the Bare-Foot Living Room. I would happily eat there for every meal, though you also have to cross the water for Thai, Japanese or Italian fare at the sister resorts of Naladhu.
Wow factor: Relax simplicity and the 24-hour roar of waves on the rugged eastern reef. Little is absolutely wonderful in the case of Naladhu.
Book me in: Seven nights, including economy flights, breakfast transfers and return boats, cost from £ 4,280pp with triangletravel.co.uk or go directly to anantara.com.
- British Airways offers direct ten-hour flights to Male between November and March – return fares cost from £ 700. Emirates, Etihad, Qatar and Turkish Airways fly to Maldives all year round, but all have at least one stop.
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