Our travel experts Flora and Georgina are big fans of the Maldives - a perfect spot for a luxury holiday, honeymoon or family escape. Here are their favourite luxury resorts in the Maldives and just why they’re so special, with wow-factor moments from champagne breakfasts at an underwater restaurant to the ultimate indulgence - a luxurious holiday on your very own private island.
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas has one of PADI-certified diver Flora's favourite house reefs in the Maldives, and is fantastic for snorkelling and scuba diving. Their eco-friendly initiatives include growing coral and establishing an adopt-a-coral scheme which guests can participate in, enabling you to give back to the environment and make a difference during your holiday.
Start the day in style by enjoying a lobster and champagne breakfast at the underwater restaurant, where you can come face to face with colourful marine life. In the evening, take in a film at the open-air cinema, and make the most of the starry skies by stargazing at SKY, the Maldives’ first overwater observatory. The resident Sky Guru, Shameem, who is nicknamed ‘Legend’ and is something of a local celebrity, is passionate about astronomy and will bring the experience to life.
This hotel, which is spread across two idyllic islands, is Georgina's favourite, thanks to its irresistible chilled-out vibe, alongside stylish accommodation and no less than nine restaurants. Niyama is also perfect for families, with an explorers club to keep children entertained, and activities such as cycling round the island in addition to water sports galore. This is one of the few places you can surf in the Maldives, and there is a surfboard graveyard where people stick their old much-loved surfboards in the sand.
Adults, meanwhile, can enjoy sunset cocktails and colourful events such as glow parties at the 24-hour underwater playground Subsix, where you can dance all night.
Milaidhoo Island is an attractive retreat which takes inspiration from traditional Maldivian design. Its spacious villas come with large private pools. Sit on a swing chair at sunset with a glass of champagne or a cocktail made to your tastes - the personal service here is exemplary.
Here, you'll find one of the few restaurants in the Maldives serving traditional Maldivian cuisine, featuring seafood such as yellowfin tuna and island spices such as cloves and cinnamon, which were traded on the Maldivian Spice Route over 5,000 years ago. There’s also excellent scuba diving here, with a dive centre and fantastic boats - so all you have to do is set off and find Nemo.
The same people behind Milaidhoo will be opening a new boutique hotel, The Nautilus, at the end of 2018, which is set to raise the bar for Maldives hotels even higher and promises to be the last word in island luxury.
Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi
The Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi is an exciting new addition to the already impressive hotel scene and Flora is already a big fan. Set amidst pristine beaches and tropical landscapes, it is surrounded by one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. It has a beautiful fresh, natural style, which combines traditional island design with contemporary flair.
The Fairmont’s rather eye-catching pool is 200 metres long and spans the length of the island, and in between swimming some lengths, you can explore by bike, and for something a bit different, venture to the Coralarium, an underwater sculpture park which features a collection of life-size human figures rising from the ocean bed.
At Soneva Jani, you can watch the stars from your bed thanks to a retractable roof, and take the slide from the top floor of your villa straight into the water. You can also have lunch on a secluded island, go snorkelling with the resident biologist, enjoy dolphin-spotting cruises and unwind in a spa perched above the azure waters. You'll have your own butler at your service throughout your stay, so you won't have to lift a finger.
This hotel also has impressive community and environmental credentials too, from teaching local children to swim, as they learn about their local environment, to filtering and bottling their own drinking water.
Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah
For the ultimate Maldives holiday and to celebrate a special occasion with family friends, look no further than the Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah. Here, you can revel in the ultimate luxury on your very own island, with its exclusive beachfront and overwater villas, a PADI centre for snorkelling and scuba diving, dining options from fresh seafood by the pool to barbecues on the beach, and a private yacht at your disposal for exploring around the island. Want to fly in a DJ for a night’s entertainment, or a case of your favourite wine to celebrate with? No problem - anything is possible.
This is just a taster of what the Maldives has to offer: find out more about our range of luxury hotels in the Maldives, contact us on 020 7337 9010 or make an enquiry.