Maldives Hotels – A Guide

Maldives hotels, more accurately described as resorts, are truly one-of-a-kind. Set amongst, and above, crystal-clear, turquoise ocean waters, Maldives hotels offer some of the most luxurious accommodations on the planet. Staying in Maldives, you will find yourself escaping real-world realities altogether. There you will get lost within paradise on your own private island, as each of the Maldives hotels listed below is set on just that, its own private island! Before we get you to these enchanting Maldives hotels, though, let’s take a look at some background information on the area to help you along the way.

Maldives, a small island nation in South Asia, is located about 620 miles southwest of India. The smallest Asian country by land area and population, Maldives has a population of about 520,000 people. The country’s capital is Malé, known as the “King’s Island” due to its central location, which has a population of around 135,000 people. Average ground-level elevation on the archipelago is 4 feet 11 inches above sea level, making it the world’s lowest-lying country, which accounts for consistent hot and humid weather throughout the year. Average high temperatures year-round remain in the high 80s degrees Fahrenheit. A concern for the Maldives is climate change. Rising sea levels, some researchers estimate, could make the islands’ uninhabitable by the year 2100.

It is estimated that Maldives is over 2500 years old. Copperplate documents written by early Maldives’ settlers and known as Loamaafaanu provide information on early settlement. Buddhist and Islamic periods lasted until 1558, when the Portuguese established a small garrison, subsequently and unsuccessfully attempting to instill Christianity on the islands; and thus were driven out by locals. By the mid-17th century, the Dutch had established a hegemony on the island, and too were driven out, this time with the British providing enforcement. From 1796 until 1952 the Maldives remained a British crown protectorate, and on March 15th, 1968 a referendum was held, resulting in Maldives’ parliament’s ruling in favor of a republic, which ended an 853-year monarchy. On November 11th, 1968 a republic was established officially under the presidency of Ibrahim Nasir. Beginning in the 1970s, tourism started to be developed on the archipelago, with the first resort becoming Kurumba Maldives. Points of interest around Maldives include Villa College QI Campus, National Museum, National Football Stadium, Republic Square, Sultan Park, Henveiru Park and Male Airport. Now that we have a little background information on the area, it’s time to get you to Maldives hotels that will offer other-worldly experiences.



Dusit Thani Maldives

Mudhdhoo Island

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What’s going on?

Dusit Thani Maldives features one of Maldives’ largest infinity pools, coral reefs, a turquoise lagoon, a private beachfront, a tree-top spa, free WiFi, a 360 degree house reef surrounding the island, staff that is able to converse in English, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, Thai and Mandarin Chinese, modern Thai-style villas, flat-screen satellite TVs, Bose surround sound systems, in-house movies, wine coolers, mini-bars, Nespresso machines and an outdoor rain shower. Nearby are Devarana Spa Maldives, The Market (restaurant), Benjarong (restaurant), Sand Bar (bar) and Sea Grill (restaurant).

Approximate cost per night (two-bedroom ocean pavilion): $2,555

Cost per person (six people): $425



Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

South Male Atoll

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What’s happening?

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa offers luxurious villas, a large infinity pool with clear lagoon views, 2 restaurants, a bar, a fitness center, free WiFi, private sundecks, balconies, fine wood furnishings, warm colors, Nespresso coffee machines, iPod docking stations, premium toiletries, rain showers, dental kits, slippers and electric kettles. In the area are Equator Bar, The Deep End Restaurant and 24 Degrees Restaurant.

Approximate cost per night (two-bedroom beach villa): $3,644

Cost per person (four people): $910




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Hurawalhi Island Resort

Lhaviyani Atoll

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Hurawalhi Island

With an outdoor pool, a spa center, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, seating areas, kettles, bathrobes, slippers and a 24-hour front desk, Hurawalhi Island Resort is found near 5.8 Undersea Restaurant (underwater restaurant), Canneli Restaurant, Coco Bar (bar) and Duniye Spa.

Approximate cost per night (romantic ocean villa): $1,215




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Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

20077 Rasdhoo

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Offering a private beach area, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a garden, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, sea views, continental and buffet breakfast options, a terrace and a spa, Veligandu Island Resort & Spa is set near Dhonveli Restaurant, Madivaru Restaurant, Thundi Bar (bar) and Athiri Bar (bar).

Approximate cost per night (sunset Jacuzzi water villa): $552



Jumeirah Vittaveli

South Male Atoll

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South Male Atoll

Jumeirah Vittaveli provides a 5 star PADI dove center, a spa, a fitness center, lush gardens, organic or natural products, an artificial ice-skating rink, open-concept layouts, private pools, direct beach or lagoon access, free WiFi, restaurants, a bar and daily yoga and fitness classes. You may find Talise Spa at Vittaveli, MU Beach Bar & Grill, Swarna Restaurant, Jumeirah Vittaveli Stadium (soccer field), Samsara Restaurant, B4R (bar), Fenesse Restaurant and Cuvée Wine Library all within range. This location is 8.7 miles from Villingili Ferry Terminal and Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital, 9 miles from Villa College QI Campus, 9.4 miles from National Museum and National Football Stadium, 9.4 miles from Sultan Park and Henveiru Park, 9.5 miles from Republic Square, 9.8 miles from Hulhumale Ferry Terminal, 10.8 miles from Velana Airport Ferry and 10.6 miles from Male Airport.

Approximate cost per night (sunrise beach villa): $1,495

Cost per person (three people): $498

Approximate cost per night (Royal Residence): $35,930

Cost per person (ten people): $3,594

Approximate cost per night (My Vittaveli Yacht): $30,812

Cost per person (six people): $5,135




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Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

Lankanfushi Island

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Lankanfushi Island

Featuring free WiFi, an ocean-view pool, a relaxing spa, private sun decks, a water garden, eco-friendly residences, cable/satellite TV, BOSE surround-sound systems, espresso machines and mini-bars, Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is close to Meera Spa, By the Sea Restaurant and Overwater Bar. From here Ferry Terminal Park and Hulhumalé Hospital are 5.4 miles, Velana Airport Ferry is 7.4 miles, Hulhumale Ferry Terminal is 8.4 miles, Republic Square is 8.5 miles, Sultan Park and National Museum are 8.6 miles, National Football Stadium is 8.7 miles, Henveiru Park is 8.8 miles, Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital is 9.1 miles and Male Airport is 7.7 miles.

Approximate cost per night (The Private Reserve): $16,736

Cost per person (six people): $2,789






Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Baa Atoll, Landaa Giraavaru Island

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Baa Atoll

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru has a lush jungle interior, a sparkling 2 mile lagoon, 4 in-house restaurants, private beach access, pools, outdoor showers, lush private gardens, panoramic Indian Ocean views through floor to ceiling windows, spacious sundecks, nets for over-water lounging, a multi-award winning spa, seasonal swimming with manta rays and whale sharks, kite-surfing, x-jetblading and parasailing. Nearby you may encounter Five Degrees North (bar), After Hours (cafe), Cafe Landaa, Fuego Grill (barbecue restaurant), Al Barakat (restaurant) and Blu Restaurant.

Approximate cost per night (sunset or sunrise two-bedroom water suite): $6,788

Cost per person (six people): $1,131



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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Rangali Island

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Rangali Island

With 2 separate islands connected by a bridge, spacious private villas, an all-glass underwater restaurant, 2 award-winning spas, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, wooden floor-to-ceiling windows, an on-site Italian boutique and 12 world-class restaurants and bars, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is found close to Rangali Bar, Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Sunset Grill (restaurant), Atoll Market Restaurant, Cheese & Wine Bar, Mandhoo Restaurant, The Spa Retreat, The Quiet Zone (bar), Koko Grill (restaurant), Vilu Restaurant & Bar, Vilu Boutique (clothing store), The Wine Cellar (restaurant) and Seaplane Platform (seaplane base).

Approximate cost per night (two-bedroom beach suite): $3,580

Cost per person (six people): $597



Vakkaru Maldives

Baa Atoll

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And here?

Vakkaru Maldives has 4 restaurants, 2 bars, an over-water spa, an over-water gymnasium, a water sports area, a lounge, a reading area and extensive kid’s club activities. In the area you may find Onu (restaurant), The Organic Farm (garden), Isoletta (restaurant), Amaany (restaurant), Vakku (restaurant), Lagoon Bar and Merana Spa.

Approximate cost per night (beach spa pool villa): $1,056

Approximate cost per night (four-bedroom over-water pool residence): $20,810

Cost per person (eight people): $2,601




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And there they are, Maldives hotels that are sure to offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you are able, then you owe it to yourself to travel in utmost luxury. Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your time in the Maldives!

10 Replies to “Maldives Hotels – A Guide”

  1. I’d love to visit 5.8 Undersea Restaurant. This underwater restaurant has caught my attention for over a year and I haven’t been able to go yet. I have been reading the opinions online about it and they all agree it’s awesome.

    Another restaurant I’d like to visit is Canneli Restaurant.

    Impressed by the beauty of Hurawalhi Island and the above visits I’d like to pay have made me decide Hurawalhi Island Resort is my best option. Thanks for this post! 

    1. Henry 5.8 Undersea Restaurant is a one-of-kind experience. Dining IN the ocean, you never know what kind of animals you might meet. Great choice in Hurawalhi Island Resort as well.

  2. I have always been curious about the Maldives and found the information about its history and people to be fascinating! The resorts you listed look fantastic but very, very far from what we can afford. Do you happen to have any less expensive options? 

    This is a lot to ask, but is there an option that is less expensive but still on the water? Also, I see that the average temperature is in the 80’s, but in your opinion, when is the best time to visit the islands? 

    1. Colleen thank you for the comments 🙂 It will be tough to find 5 star accommodations in Maldives such as these at a lower price. Less expensive options may be found in Malé, the capital, but likely not on waters such as these unfortunately 🙁 Great questions and please stay tuned for information on Malé hotels.

  3. The Dusit Thani Maldives looks absolutely breathtaking and I would love to visit, however I would have to get a group together to make that happen. Still it’s nice to dream. I can’t imagine being lucky enough to dine in a place like the 5.8 Undersea Restaurant on Hurawalhi Island, but I can work towards that one! Thanks for the beautiful post. It gives me something to wish for.

  4. Well, it is hard to argue with the luxury of using the resorts in Maldives. But the climate condition over there seems like a genuine concern. Despite that however, they do have an interesting history. 

    Now, I have to admit, the resorts above are quite catchy and enchanting. The Hurawalhi Island Resort is absolutely breathtaking, almost as adorable as the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa. But I prefer the Jumeirah Vittaveli. Its features are more appealing.


    1. Rhain you’re welcome and thank you for the input. Jumeirah Vittaveli’s features certainly are appealing and glad to hear that you found them to your liking.

  5. Thanks a lot for such an amazing review about Maldives Hotels – A Guide and explanations are given.

    Soon to be going to the Maldives on honeymoon. So I and my wife started looking for hotels to stay. I have read many articles but this is the best I have found. The best thing is I think South Male Atoll and we will definitely spend a night here.

    Thanks again and keep in touch!

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