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.
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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 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
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
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
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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
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 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
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 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
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!