Top 5 Luxurious Resorts In The Maldives

September 16, 2021Melissa Keeling

The Maldives has become synonymous with unrivalled luxury holidays. Our guide to the top resorts in The Maldives highlights the crème de la crème in sumptuous stays in this stunning part of the world.

Luxurious island retreats in The Maldives
Luxurious island retreats in The Maldives

Barefoot Bliss

1,190 islands, one peaceful slice of paradise. An array of tiny islands spread across the Indian Ocean, with balmy temperatures, powder-white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Sounds idyllic right? Add to the mix private islands, overwater villas and beach villas. Then you start to see why some of the world’s most luxurious resorts can be found in the region.

If you’re looking for the ultimate Indian Ocean escape then read on. We’ll give you the lowdown on experiencing barefoot luxury in the atolls.


Here’s our top five Maldivian delights if you want to satiate in luxury:

  • Kihaa Maldives
  • Royal Island Resort & Spa
  • Nakai Dhiggiri Resort
  • Cocoon Maldives
  • Rahaa Resort

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Kihaa Maldives

First on our list is Kihaa Maldives. This exquisite resort is perfectly located in the magnificent Baa Atoll, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Also, it’s known to be one of the best places to dive with manta rays and whale sharks in The Maldives. Together with a stunning coral house reef, it’s easy to see why diving enthusiasts love this resort. This five-star retreat in the Indian Ocean offers more than natural beauty. Kihaa Maldives is an award-winning all-inclusive resort. They have numerous accolades recognising the high levels of hospitality and luxurious spa experiences.

An aerial view of the stunning Kihaa Maldives resort
An aerial view of the stunning Kihaa Maldives resort

The superstar experience begins immediately. Upon arrival to the island you’ll be warmly greeted with a welcome drink and cooling towels. It’s then time to check-in and be shown to your villa.

All the contemporary villas are fully-equipped to ensure a first-class stay in paradise. With a choice of villa there’s something for every type of traveller. With opulent features in the villas including plunge pools and infinity pools, you can live the high life in style. Our current offer includes a complimentary upgrade to a Lagoon Prestige Beachfront Villa complete with Private Pavilion. Because of their perfect position on the beachfront these villas provide you with your own external patio area and private sun-loungers with direct beach access.

Indeed the exemplary experience continues with a choice of three elegant eateries, one being fine dining. Discover delicious delights with both international and traditional flavours as you dine in style.

A lagoon prestige beachfront villa
A Lagoon Prestige Beachfront Villa

Royal Island Resort & Spa

Royal by name and royal by nature, this majestic resort is also situated in the renowned Baa Atoll with it’s sparkling turquoise waters. Admiring the island from above, it’s visible just how lush the vegetation is.  Encapsulating all that The Maldives has to offer with an unspoilt beach, Royal Island Resort & Spa is an oceanfront oasis and the jewel of the Indian Ocean’s crown.

Royal Island Resort & Spa from above
Royal Island Resort & Spa from above

Boasting a range of breath-taking villas all with stately features including marble, subtle mood lighting and intricately carved wooden furniture. The Garden Villas and Beach Villas offer everything you need for the perfect Maldives getaway. However, the pinnacle are the two Presidential Suites that are out of this world. With a private beach, spacious veranda, private pool and jacuzzi these suites are the epitome of a regal break.

Amazing pool at the Presidential Suite
Amazing pool at the Presidential Suite

Nakai Dhiggiri Resort

With a trio of dazzling resorts across the atolls, the Nakai Group are experts in delivering tropical island luxury. Nakai Dhiggiri Resort is exclusive to Tropical Warehouse, meaning it’s only available to book with us in the UK. This adults-only paradise easily enables you to spend both your days and nights in luxurious surroundings. The over water restaurant affords incredible panoramic views of the ocean alongside delicious cuisine to tantalise your tastebuds.

Enjoy panoramic ocean views whilst dining
Enjoy panoramic ocean views whilst dining

If you wish to travel in style and see the island from an aerial view it’s possible to upgrade your transfer to a seaplane transfer. The domestic flight is just a short 20 minute transfer from Malé meaning you can start your holiday a little quicker.

If you wish to relax, head over to the Maadigha Spa and indulge whilst enjoying a harmonious spa treatment designed to invigorate mind, body and soul.

Treat yourself to a soothing massage at Maadigha Spa
Treat yourself to a soothing massage at Maadigha Spa

World-renowned diving sites offer up a myriad of marine life to discover. The spectacular house reef provides endless opportunities to see fascinating corals up close. Or, you may even catch a glimpse of a nurse shark.

Choose from garden villas, beach bungalows or water villas. Whichever you opt for you’ll have an unforgettable stay.

Discover nurse sharks in the crystal clear waters

Cocoon Maldives

Everything about Cocoon Maldives oozes style and sophistication. Exclusively blending Italian design with the natural beauty of the Maldives all against a backdrop of pure paradise. Showcasing 5-star grandeur this luxurious resort ticks all the boxes when it comes to opulence.

With a stylish flair, next level design touches can be found throughout the resort and all add to the experience. From rustic wildwood furniture to top-class fabrics, every detail has been well considered. Likewise, the accommodation which includes beach suites and lagoon villas is super stylish.

Elegant and timeless design features
Elegant and timeless design features

When it comes to down time, water sports are plentiful here plus there’s an unrivalled range of leisure activities to keep you busy during the daytime. That’s provided you can tear yourself away from the sun-lounger!

There's plenty of fun to be had in the water
There’s plenty of fun to be had in the water

Rahaa Resort

Finally, exclusivity is in abundance at Rahaa Resort. Enjoying a peaceful location in the relatively untouched Laamu Atoll, this gem exudes opulence. 

Beach days are calling
Beach days are calling

Notably there’s plenty of luxurious elements to enhance your stay. From the all-villa accommodation to the special touches like outdoor rain showers and soaking tubs this is a magical destination. Of course, it appeals to couples, honeymooners and those looking to celebrate something special, Rahaa Resort will ensure you have a holiday to remember.

Bathe in the free-standing soaking tub
Bathe in the free-standing soaking tub

Opt for a romantic dinner on the beach with a loved one for an unforgettable memory. Dine in style with beautifully presented fare and the ocean waves as your soundtrack to romance. 

The perfect setting for a romantic meal for two

Water is at the heart of this island, the saltwater lake provides a stunning backdrop to this paradise retreat. Therefore it’s great to escape to the lake when you want to reflect and get away from it all. 


What are you waiting for?

So, that wraps up our top resorts in The Maldives. Given these points, we expect you might be considering a paradise escape yourself now?

If so you can click the button below to discover more idyllic retreats in the atolls. Or for the latest in huge holiday savings, check out our Big Blue Sale, because opulence isn’t confined to the Maldives. 

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