With some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world,
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the clear waters of the Maldives are a magnet for anyone with an interest in marine life. In deeper waters lurk manta rays, turtles, sharks and even the world’s largest fish, the whale shark. Every resort in Maldives is its own private island, and with over 100 to choose from the only problem is selecting where you want to stay. At the top end, the world’s most exclusive hotel brands compete with each other to attain ever-greater heights of luxury, from personal butlers and private lap pools to in-room massages and pillow menus.
Cheval Blanc Randheli
Forty minutes north of Malé by seaplane, pristine waters and opulent vegetation offer Cheval Blanc Randheli an exceptional setting. The Maison has been conceived in synergy with the island’s natural surroundings, lush vegetation, and lagoon views. Contemporary yet indigenous, graceful and understated, it is the perfect balance of modern architecture and traditional inspirations. The graphic architecture is complemented by stylish interior design furnished with materials from the Indian Ocean and natural textures – rattan, bamboo, mother-of-pearl, coral or shagreen - enhanced by a vivid palette of colours with splashes of pop yellow and green.
One & Only Reethi Rah
This tranquil, high-end resort is on a secluded island in the Laccadive Sea, a 75-minute boat ride from the capital, Malé. Luxurious, thatched villas feature flat-screens, plus outdoor showers, and terraces with direct beach access. All also offer hammocks, and tea and coffeemakers. Upgraded villas add private pools, canopied day beds, and soaking tubs. The resort has 5 restaurants, 3 bars, and 3 outdoor pools. Other amenities include 6 km of beaches, and a spa with hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and pavilion treatment rooms set in lush gardens. Activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling are available, and there are kids' and teens' clubs.
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
This upscale island resort is 6 km from Kendhoo Island. It is accessible by seaplane from Malé, the capital of Maldives. The luxurious over-water and beach villas offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minibars. All provide private pools, open-air bathrooms with hot tubs, and sea views. Upgraded villas add elegant living rooms, dining areas, butler's kitchens and private beaches. Amenities include an underwater restaurant featuring international cuisine, an Italian restaurant and pool bar with a modern vibe, and 4 open-air restaurants. There's an outdoor pool, a spa, and a diving center. Watersports, tennis and private beaches are also available.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Set in 18 hectares of jungle and beaches, this tranquil, chic resort is a 45-minute seaplane journey from both the capital Malé and Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Luxurious, thatched bungalows and villas feature contemporary decor. All have flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Land-based villas have gardens and beach access, and many include pools and living/dining areas with sand floors. There are also overwater villas with decks, pools and/or private beaches. There are 4 bars, and 4 restaurants featuring Italian, Arabian and Asian cuisine. Other amenities include 4 outdoor pools, a spa and water sports, plus limited free diving.