Resorts in the Maldives are famous all over the world for their top-notch services, clean and spacious rooms, and amazing views over the Indian Ocean.
The beautiful and secluded islands of the Maldives are known all over the world for their amazing beaches, lush vegetation, and turquoise waters that surround these paradise islands.
Due to their clean waters and abundance of marine life, the islands rapidly gain a top place on tourist lists and every year they continue to attract thousands of tourists from all over the world.
Even during pandemia, these islands were on top as they offer space and a safe feeling to tourists looking to escape from masks, restrictions, and stress.
The islands of Maldives are considered extremely safe for tourists with Male, the capital city being the only place where petty thefts and robberies might take place.
You will most probably spend your entire holiday on a secluded island resort far from civilization so there is nothing to worry about.
The area is famous for its luxury Maldives resorts, welcoming people and high-quality services so hurry up and secure a villa in this paradise.
There are more than 500 resorts spread on the secluded islands from this archipelago or in the Male area with prices suitable for everybody.
The cheapest and less spectacular accommodations are found in the area around Male, while the resorts located in the middle of the ocean give a new definition to luxury and top-class services.
The good news about Maldives is that you can visit this paradise without breaking your budget.
We picked for you 15 amazing resorts and hotels where to spend a wonderful and relaxing holiday without spending a lot.
Hurry up and secure your room as Maldives is one of the most popular destinations in the world and good hotels are likely to sell out soon.
Resorts in the Maldives for your dream holiday
1. Reethi Faru, Bio Luxury Resort
Located in Raa Atoll, about 45 minutes seaplane flight from Velana International Airport, Reethi Faru is a beautiful boutique hotel located on the small island of Filaidhoo.
Reethi Faru, Bio Luxury Resort
Filaidhoo, Raa Atoll, Maldives
Unwind in one of 150 traditional, luxurious Maldivian villas, with Jacuzzi, nested in our tropical gardens, beachside, or over the turquoise water.
You can reach the resort by seaplane or a 20 minutes domestic flight from Male to Dharavandhoo and then another 40 minutes boat ride.
This boutique hotel in Maldives located on a paradise island is surrounded by white sandy beaches, lots of greenery, and shallow waters that merge with the deep blue ocean.
Reethi Faru Maldives is famous for its conservation policies, being one of the strongest voices from the area when talking about conserving the beautiful nature, the marina life, and sustaining the entire ecosystem of the coral reef.
The resort offers to its guests 150 overwater villas with or without jacuzzi, beach villas, and garden villas.
When you book your villa you can pick the following meal plans: just breakfast, breakfast, and dinner or the all-inclusive plan.
On-site there are 5 restaurants that serve international, Maldivian, seafood, middle east, Indian, Italian, and grill dishes as well as a restaurant that serves vegan food and 6 bars serving an impressive number of cocktails and drinks.
The centerpiece of the resort is the Reef House, Dove Center your gateway to a completely new and fascinating world, the underwater world abundant in marine creatures and beautiful reef just a dozen of meters from the shore.
At Reethi Faru Maldives, one of the best resorts in Maldives will spot a wide range of marine creatures and one of the best-preserved coral reefs from the area.
Diving lessons are available upon request at one of the most eco-friendly Maldives resorts while a wide range of watersports and excursions can be booked at the Dove Center.
Once you get your PADI certificate you can try guided dives as well as night snorkeling, a completely new and different experience that you have experienced before.
One of the most eco-friendly Maldives hotels comes with a wonderful spa, Coconut Spa where you can find the finest spa treatments, steam room, Jacuzzi, and sauna where you can relax after or before your spa treatment.
What guests say:
Michael G from UK
We stayed as a couple in the water villa and it was amazing! From the arrival, the way we were greeted and looked after was excellent. Fantastic room, great staff. Food was superb and variety and quality too. All the services were great. The facilities are superb, we loved the snorkeling. I would particularly call out Masum who was the mini bar man & waiter at Harugue Garden, Riyaz who was the most fantastic waiter in Reethi Grill, and Jitin at the pool bar.
Cannot recommend this place enough and would love to go back
Negin from US
My husband and I traveled to the Maldives for our honeymoon and we stayed at the Reethi Faru Resort. From the moment we stepped onto the Island and were greeted by our designated staff member Amaa the trip was beyond anything we ever imagined it would be.
Amaa really made our trip whole!! she was always in contact with us Via Watsapp to make sure we had everything we needed and even arranged all our private dinners and activities and assisted with any questions we had. she reminded us about all the activities that the resort had also planned for everyone and without a doubt would always help with a smile on her face! we have stayed in touch even till this day!
The service from all staff members was nothing short of perfection! The in-house cleaning was done twice a day which was always lovely to come back to a clean tidy room.
The activity centers, (Diving center & water sports center) were a daily visit for us where we participated in all they had to offer! we had the chance to see some of the most amazing reefs and sea life that the Maldives has to offer and it was beyond magical! the staff was also amazing and so helpful!
The food at the buffet and other restaurants were amazing each day! and the beach parties and movie nights on the beach were the cherries on top!
We would like to thank each and every member at the hotel for making our stay a magical experience and we cannot wait to be back there again!
Angela A from UK
Reethi Faru is a shining example of how to do resorts right.
The welcome and subsequent staff interactions are warm and genuine (shout out to Misbah in Vakaru), their sustainability credentials are hard (impossible?) to beat, the house reef is full of amazing sea life, activities and excursions are many and varied, and the dive center is simply awesome.The food is varied and of excellent quality in all the restaurants, and the huge drinks menu will mean you don’t need to have the same thing twice unless you want to. The villas are large and super comfortable, and the convenience of the health center for COVID testing is perfect.
The island is big enough to have everything you need and to find quiet spots to yourself, but small enough to feel cast adrift in the ocean. It looks just like it does in the photos.
Would recommend it with no hesitation.
2. Saii Lagoon Maldives, Curio Collection by Hilton
Located extremely close to Male International airport but still far enough to make you feel in the middle of nature, Saii Lagoon Maldives is just 15 minutes boat ride from the international airport.
SAII LAGOON MALDIVES, CURIO COLLECTION BY HILTON
Eh’mafushi South Male Atoll
It is only a 15-minute speedboat ride from the airport. The hotel features an outdoor infinity pool, a fitness center, and a direct access to The Marina @ CROSSROADS.
The hotel features 198 rooms and villas, some of them on the water, while others on the beach is a great choice for those of you seeking lux accommodation close to the airport.
You can relax on the beach, try the spa treatments at the local spa, dine in one of the restaurants from the island or get closer to marine life in a snorkeling or diving tour.
All the rooms from Saii Lagoon Maldives come with comfy beds with premium bedding, sofa beds, furnished patios or balconies, and free wifi.
For your trip, you can choose from the following meal plans: breakfast, breakfast, and dinner and an all-inclusive package.
Those choosing the all-inclusive package have free access to a wide range of drinks, cocktails served at the bars and restaurants, and also all the meals included at the room rate.
For dining in some restaurants on the island or for drinking some beverages charges may be applied, no matter the meal plan chosen.
Saii Lagoon Maldives is also an eco-friendly resort that has a very interesting policy about bathroom toiletries: you won’t get plastic bottles, but after check-in, you have to choose your own bathroom amenity set and special containers are filled with the selected products.
Like some of the Maldives resorts, Saii Lagoon Maldives offers to its guests incredible spa services including spa treatments and holistic experiences.
You have to book your treatment in advance as the spa is extremely popular among guests looking to relax and pamper themselves.
The watersport center offers a wide range of water activities and excursions including snorkeling equipment free of charge, kayak and pedal boat for free, diving courses and experiences and trips: sunset cruise, local island trips, dolphin discovery tour, semi-submarine trip.
What guests say
Bianca B from UK
Loved it! Fabulous staff (shout out to Arres, his jokes are on point), gorgeous resort. All rooms are beautiful and we loved the view of the lagoon from our twin sky room.
Great to get snorkels and fins on the house, and enjoyed especially using the complimentary pedalo to get to the middle of the lagoon and swim around the underwater statues and brain coral – a great intro to snorkeling or for those to experience it even if less comfortable with swimming.
Go to the Saii bar between 4 and 6 pm and wait for the dolphins to swim by, it is quite the treat 🙂
Becky P from Iowa, US
What a gorgeous property with staff members going out of their way to make our stay so enjoyable. The rooms were beautifully designed, pool was awesome with a beautiful view of the ocean. The pool bar was great and the food was very good. All the staff were wonderful!
471toni from Georgia, Atlanta, US
I felt welcomed and at home the second I stepped onto the island. I was greeted by George and a lovely gentle man from Egypt. Mohamed is unforgettable, such and honest awesome guy. The food was great, the room was excellent! My bungalow was breathtaking, clean and gorge. They have an app that allows you to easily communicate with staff anywhere on the ground. They respond in seconds, just an overall great experience and I will absolutely re-visit in the future.
3. Dhigali Maldives
Located also in Raa Atoll and surrounded by turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and ranked as one of the most beautiful Maldives resorts, Dhigali Maldives can be reached after a 45 minutes seaplane flight from Male International Airport.
Raa Atoll North Province, Maldives
A Premium All-Inclusive Resort is surrounded by a large house-reef, beyond the lagoon and is a 45-minute ride by sea plane from Male airport.
One of the most beautiful hotels in Maldives has Maldivian architecture with box-like villas and flat white roofs.
The island decor is extremely simple and homey with splashed colors except for the orange pool towels, multicolors cushions from the restaurant, and incredible chandeliers that swing in the breeze.
Dhigali Maldives offers to its guests 8 different types of room categories, including beach villas and overwaters villas with their own private pools.
The interiors of the rooms are bright and cozy with comfortable beds, big bathrooms, and beautiful terraces overlooking the ocean.
Dhigali Maldives has 5 restaurants and 2 bars where you can serve all three meals and try a long list of cocktails and drinks.
I am sure your kid’s favorite restaurant will be Jade which offers the option of creating your own pizza, salad, or pasta combining fish, meat, sauces, and spices you like most.
My favorite place from Dhigali Maldives is the bird’s nest bar called Haali, where you can swing into a beanbag while enjoying your cocktail and watching the sunset.
When you feel that it’s time for some action, head to the diving and water sports center where you can dive, snorkel or book a trip to explore the surrounding.
The most popular trips are the Sunset cruise, the Dolphins cruise, and the fishing trips.
For little guests, there are daily activities that allow them to discover and learn new things and have fun.
What guests say
Nashette2015 from UK
If you are thinking of visiting Dhigali DO IT!
Although we had to wait a couple of hours for the seaplane it was the most fabulous way to arrive. The Island is beautiful beyond words, with lots of wildlife from fruit bats, lizards, tropical songbirds, geckos, and crabs. We stayed in a beach bungalow for 8 nights & a lagoon villa with a pool for 2 nights. The bungalows were beautiful with what felt like your private bit of beach with your own sunbeds. The lagoon villa is absolutely stunning and has a different view out to sea and would have loved a few more nights there.
We used the water sports center a few times doing snorkeling with turtles (we saw loads) and amazing jet ski safari going to sandbanks, more snorkeling and then racing around the Island at sunset, magical. The water sports staff are local and lovely.
Every meal was delicious and had so much variety, email the hotel in advance to Book the A la carte restaurants, they are incredibly helpful on the live chat. The buffet always had loads of choices and lovely bbq’s at lunchtime. Minibar is not so mini and restocked daily.
The staff here cannot do enough for you, they all smile and say hello as they pass you as you wander around the island. We also booked private dining on the beach, the most romantic way to spend an evening.
The gym is well equipped for a hotel. The cafe serves lovely coffee and delicious cakes, milkshakes are rather nice too.
DJ Hambi plays some great sets in the afternoon by the pool and at the Hali bar at sunset. The resident man & woman band are best listened too after a few drinks!!!
My husband had a problem with his ear and the island doctor was very helpful and got it sorted out, he does love a chat though 🤣
Spa was as usual fairly pricey but a great variety of massages but gets booked up quick.
If you are looking for exciting nightlife this probably isn’t the place for you but if you want to visit paradise, relax, snorkel, eat, drink, and be treated like royalty buy all the staff this is your place.
The Island is just so beautiful to wonder around and take in the beauty of the palm trees, white sandy beaches & crystal blue sea.
We foolishly left some belongings in our room when we left including my Apple Watch & jewellery. This was handed in and then the Madey from guest relations arranged for it to be flown to another Island where are friends were staying to bring home showing even after we had gone they were still going above and beyond.
Would I go back, yes in a heartbeat
Emily B from US
My husband and I have just returned from Dhigali. I wanted to stay forever. I came back thinking the whole experience couldn’t have been real because I could never have imagined the world contained a place like this. This is the first time I have ever reviewed anything but I had such a good experience that I wanted to share it.
The claims made on the website for Dhigali are true. From the moment we landed in Male, the Dhigali team was in action. The island is like something out of a movie or magazine and the food is amazing. I am a very fussy eater and still enjoyed everything. Nothing was too much trouble and the nicest thing is that everyone says hello!
The watersports we did were fantastic- we even saw a pod of dolphins on the dolphin cruise!
We cannot wait to go back next year!!
Thank you Dhigali, you made our very long-awaited holiday an absolute dream!
Tommo Stuart T from UK
What a dream holiday.
Incredible place. The staff are amazing, the food and drink are fantastic.
We went with our 10-month-old baby and I could not recommend it more for an enjoyable, relaxing adventure with a little one.
Special thanks to the amazing: Ruby, Natty, Muneer, Martin, and Kumar who made the holiday very special.
4. Sun Syam Vilu Reef
Located in South Nilandhe Atoll, about 140 km south of Male International Airport, Sun Syam Vilu Reef is one of the best resorts in the Maldives for your dream holiday.
SUN SYAM VILU REEF
Meedhuffushi, Dhaalu Atoll
Sun Aqua Vilu reef offers a relaxing beachside experience with its spacious villas, an outdoor pool and an on-site diving center.
Sun Syam Vilu Reef is surrounded by turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and is hidden in luxurious vegetation.
The only way to get to the island is with a seaplane on a scenic ride that lasts for about 35 minutes from the international airport.
Once you step down the seaplane you find one of the most beautiful sceneries from Maldives and for sure you will get in love with this place and its sceneries.
One of the premier Maldives resorts, Sun Syam Vilu Reef features 9 different suite types including beach villas with private pools and overwater villas with pools.
Some of the villas come with an amazing outdoor- indoor bathroom for a completely luxurious experience on this paradise island.
On the island, there are 5 restaurants and 2 bars serving a wide range of dishes from international and local cuisine and a long list of selected cocktails and drinks.
There is also a Wine Cellar specialized in wines and experts brought from all over the world will help you pair your dish with the best wine available from the 1.400 bottles they have in the cellar.
What I like most at Sun Syam Vilu Reef is the weekly beach cocktail with live music, lobster, and good-quality champagne.
We strongly encourage you to try the diving sessions or the snorkeling trips as these are the best way to get close to marine creatures and to the wonderful and colorful coral reefs from the area.
The local spa is an interesting mix of Eastern traditions and contemporary Western practices and you definitely have to book at least a spa session while on the island.
What guests say
Essextelboy from Essex
We have just come back from a fantastic holiday on one of the best resorts in the Maldives. We have been to the Maldives 6 times before and all have been good holidays but what makes this special is the staff, they cannot do enough for you. We are oldies and we were treated like royalty. As soon as we got there Alloh came and looked after us and from then on he made sure everything was perfect. The Aqua restaurant staff are out of this world and are great fun too many to mention. There was always something on the menu that we liked and no complaints about the quality of it.
It is well worth the trip to see the Dolphins. We hope perhaps in the future we will be able to go again
John P from UK
a small island with lots of greenery and the atmosphere is very quiet. my wife and I had an amazing vacation after a long lockdown due to covid.
staff at this island is very friendly even who clean my garden.
coconut man gave me nice coconut fresh which my wife loves it
food is well done and spice is awesome
aqua restaurant breakfast lunch and dinner buffet always something different
thank you, spa team, I had a package that make me so relax, thanks Novi and Eka.
Edinsalic from Helsingborg, Sweden
We were here for our honeymoon in January 2022 – and we are very happy with the choice of resort. First of all the island is so beautiful and suitable for anyone who wants a quiet and calm vacation. The crystal clear water and the white sand is amazing! We can without any doubt say that the resort exceeded all our expectations.
We had a split stay so we stayed at a deluxe beach villa with a pool the first night and then on a water villa. The beach villa was more suitable for us because we preferred being closer to everything. Both villas were very very clean and stayed equally clean throughout our stay!
The staff is very friendly and as we believe the friendliness was genuine. They were very helpful with everything and went above and beyond to make sure that our stay was as pleasant as possible especially regarding my pregnant wife and the fact that we were there for our honeymoon. After just a few days they remembered names, orders, and preferences. Everything was done with a smile on their face.
We liked all three restaurants but The Spice was our favorite. The chef Sunil came to the tables after the dinner and had a nice chat with everyone, which was appreciated. Also, the chef Yoonus at the Aqua restaurant surprised us with dishes that we didn’t expect but liked! Lastly a special thanks to our host Mohammed who made sure that everything was as smooth as possible for us
5. Velassaru Maldives
Located on the South Male Atoll within a short speedboat ride from the international airport, Velassaru Maldives, one of the most beautiful Maldives resorts near Male awaits its guests on a secluded island, far from city pollution and noise.
South Male Atoll, Maldives
Velassaru Maldives offers luxurious beachfront and over-water accommodations with uninterrupted ocean views, sunset cruises and yoga classes.
Surrounded by turquoise waters and pristine beaches, the WOW factor on arrival is assured.
You will fall in love with Velassaru Maldives , a small corner of paradise from the moment you will step on the island.
The area has a slightly younger vibe and is preferred mostly by couples and honeymooners.
The beach villas come with a breathtaking outdoor bathroom, while the overwater villas offer privacy and amazing views of the Indian Ocean.
The deluxe bungalows are located within a few meters from the beach and have a raised sleeping area, which makes them a unique and interesting choice while on the island.
The list of the villas available on the island also includes the world-famous villas with private pools, some of them located on the beach, while others overwater.
Velassaru Maldives is home to some of the most interesting bars and restaurants from South Male Atoll.
Guests can enjoy a wide range of dishes from the live cooking stations or from the interactive buffet, while an a la carte menu serving Japanese food is available at Teppanyaki, a beautiful restaurant overlooking the lagoon.
On the resort’s island are also two bars, the Fen Bar with a minimalistic design, mood lighting, and relaxing music, and the stunning Chill Bar located right near the water with chic day beds overlooking the ocean.
What guests say
Coofs from Darking, UK
Velassaru the island, the team, the food, hospitality, quality of welcome and accommodation, and comfort were outstanding. We enjoyed a fabulous 7-night stay and were thoroughly well looked after from the moment we arrived to getting back to Male airport. The grounds/gardens are incredibly verdant, lush, and immaculately maintained and tidied (and beautifully lit at night). The choice and quality of restaurants and meals for a small island (you can walk around it in around 25 minutes, feet in the sea almost all the way) is remarkable. Our beach villa was perfect, with a sea view and plenty of space for the time we wanted to be indoors, including the wonderful outdoor shower. The facilities (pool, dive center, gym, water sports center) are all stylish and sensitively low-key for the glorious natural setting. Perhaps amongst all this excellence, the stand-out feature is the quality of personal service. Polite, discrete, good-humored, attentive, and authentic. While not as remote as other islands, the convenience of a refreshing 25-minute boat ride from the airport is more than adequate compensation.
Ciara g G from Amsterdam, Netherlands
My partner and I spent 2 weeks on the island and stayed in both the beach villa and the overwater villa with a pool. Both were excellent options and it was nice to have a change of scenery during our stay. Brett and Joao and their teams provided great service and spectacular dining options. In particular, the New Year’s Eve dinner and the party were out of this world. Lots of different cuisine on offer but the highlight was the Teppanyaki restaurant. The wagyu beef was to die for.
Never a dull moment with massages and treatments at the spa, jet skiing, parasailing, boat trips looking for Dolphins, and seeing lots of little sharks and Stingrays. The overwater villa had endless amounts of fish swimming all around which was amazing to watch.
Big shout out to Diwaan who brought a smile to our faces every morning at breakfast. All the staff was so friendly and attentive and helpful.
Alexis D, Boston Massachusetts
Velassaru was a much welcome reprieve from the pandemic. The Maldives has really got the protocol down – we felt 100% safe at all times, and EVERYTHING at Velassaru is outdoors.
First and foremost, the people were absolutely incredible. The dedication to service and creating the perfect holiday for each individual was above and beyond.
I would recommend staying in the overwater rooms (we stayed in the Water Bungalow with a pool). The rooms on land are very tucked into the vegetation and many don’t have views. The snorkeling was SPECTACULAR. You need to wait for high tide, but it’s worth the wait – hawksbill turtles, white tip/blacktip reef sharks, rays, octopus, moray eels, more butterflyfish than you can identify.
They also managed our return Covid test seamlessly. As US citizens, we needed to have a negative PCR test in hand within one day of departure from the Maldives; we were tested the day before our departure (at the resort) and had resulted in hand the very next morning.
6. Kuramathi Maldives
Just 20 minutes seaplane flight from Male International Airport, Kuramathi Maldives is a great choice for those of you looking the experience Maldivian hospitality and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Indian Ocean.
Rasdhoo Atoll, Rasdhoo, Maldives
Spacious air-conditioned villas feature spectacular views of the sea and provide easy access to the beach or gardens.
Kuramathi Maldives comes with 2 oceanfront infinity pools and a freshwater pool nestles between palm trees where you can relax all day long.
Spread on 1.8 kilometers, the beach villas and the overwater villas welcome their guests hidden in abundant vegetation or overlooking the ocean.
Some of the villas come with an outstanding outdoor bathroom with a shower, which is a must-try experience on your Maldivian holiday.
On-site there are 12 dining options, a kids club, and a fabulous spa, not to mention the extremely popular water sports center from where you can rent snorkeling equipment and book tours and trips.
At Kuramathi Maldives you can serve your meal at the buffet restaurant or book a table at one of the a la carte restaurants that serve traditional Maldivian food, Thai dishes, and a fine dining experience.
Serve your cocktail at the Sand Bar, where you can get comfy in a beanbag, look at the ocean and listen to the waves for a short therapy.
The spa center from the island offers a wide range of treatments and massages, while the diving center and the water sports activity center are perfect for those of you looking to get close to marine life and to explore the surrounding area.
What guests say
Georginaosborne from Surrey, Canada
This island truly has everything and we are so pleased we chose Kuramathia. The island is huge and so many different bars/ restaurants to visit if you’re looking for a choice this is the island for you. It was pure paradise the scenery and water is something you won’t believe until you’re there. We stayed in a garden room villa ( room 7) it was on the beach and the view from our room was amazing. We then stayed in room 365 a water villa with a pool this was bar far the best room as you have the perfect view of the sandbank. The food choice is amazing and would highly recommend going all-inclusive selection. All staff very friendly.
It was pure bliss can’t wait to go back!!
Melanie T from US
If you want to have all your wishes fulfilled on vacation and want a mix of relaxation, adventure and a bit of luxury – Kuramathi is the right place for you. All employees are very courteous, friendly and helpful. The food is very varied and delicious. There are a lot of guests asking the chefs for recipes as it is so delicious. We can recommend the homemade granola for breakfast! There are many opportunities to do something, such as several excursions or renting kayaks / SUPs. In addition, the Kuramathi is very transparent, so that you can take a closer look at everything around the resort (electricity, own cultivation of herbs, etc.). This is my second time at Kuramathi and I would go back again and again.
Jacqueline M from Dublin, Ireland
We’re home a month and we are still dreaming of Kuramathi. Did 9 nights, 4 in a water villa with a pool, and 5 in a deluxe beach villa. Both fab.
We did select all-inclusive. The food is great. Especially the Thai, Indian and the teppanyaki, and the reef. The palm and Inguru for lunch during the day were our favorites ❣️ Happy and Azrab were both very sweet and helpful employees we met during our stay, they worked between Dhoni bar and Palm, we wish them well.
Snorkeling is good fun. The island itself is amazing, you can walk all around it within the hour, we walked everywhere really rather than waiting for a buggy. Buggies are frequent, however. My only tip would be for the likes of honeymooners, it would have been nice to have been given an extra warm welcome or have a bottle of prosecco/chocolates in the room on arrival. It would have been a nice extra touch.
Can’t wait to visit again. It’s definitely on the agenda. Thanks for the lovely memories!
7. Cocoon Maldives
Located about 30 minutes seaplane from Male International airport, Cocoon Maldives is the first of the Maldives resorts that blends the amazing Italian design with the stunning Maldivian views.
Okolhufinolhu, Lhaviyani Atoll
The resort has a private beach area and water sports facilities, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant.
This 5-star resort in Maldives is extremely well located, being close to the international airport but far enough to offer you an unforgettable holiday far from crowds, noise, and city pollution.
The waters around the island are full of colorful fish, sea turtles, dolphins, and coral reefs so diving and snorkeling in the area are must-do activities.
The centerpiece of Cocoon Maldives , one of the most beautiful resorts at Maldives is the “Sand Bank” perfect for marriage celebrations, or a romantic escape.
On the island, there are 150 rooms, including 50 beach villas, 5 beach suites with pool, 1 Presidential Suite, 40 Lagoon villas, 15 Lagoon suites, and 4 lagoon suites with private pools.
Three restaurants and 2 bars are open to serve you during the daytime, where you can serve an interesting mix of western cuisine and Maldivian tastes as well as a wide range of cocktails and drinks.
You can exercise your singing skills at karaoke nights, party hard at the local disco, and discover new things about this part of the world at the cultural shows.
Book your seat at one of the daily trips available at Cocoon Maldives , rent snorkeling equipment from the water sports center, and dive into the shallow waters to discover the beautiful underwater world.
On-site there is also a kids club with many entertaining programs for little guests, a spa that offers a wide range of treatments and massages as well as a gym where you can continue your daily exercises while far away from home.
Based on our experience and other guests’ reviews, we consider this resort perfect for honeymooners, diving lovers, and families with kids.
What guests say
Klg112 from Newcastle, UK
Having just returned from 10 days in Cocoon I have to say it was an absolutely fabulous holiday. My husband and I traveled to the island in mid-March with our daughter and her partner and we all had a superb time. Everything about the island is just first class and what made this trip even more special is that on day 2 we were upgraded to a water villa – we were all stunned. I have no idea why we got the upgrade but were really grateful to Ram and his team for the opportunity – simply wonderful. Other names I wanted to mention who gave exception service were Afzal and Rohita in the Restaurant. Also from the bars, there was Hrilanka, Ezra and Elvin – each one of these guys was just so attentive and couldn’t do enough for you. We also had a Private Sunset Cruise and the 4 of us enjoyed a drink whilst we watched the sun go down – and Ali who was our host was just a joy to spend time with. And finally a special mention to our room guy – Amir – he (like all of the staff) was just so warm and friendly, attentive and caring.
The whole experience surpassed our expectations and I have no doubt we will be back. And finally a huge heartfelt thank you to Ram and his whole team – and everyone involved in making this resort and our holiday so special we appreciate all your efforts
Amanda Kiraly from US
We have just arrived from our one-week holiday in Cocoon. The best experience was me to meet this helpful, professional, and extremely kind staff. We had a host, who takes care of you all the time and makes everything more perfect. All we had to do was just enjoy the vacation. They organized our arrival and departure step by step. They perform all the things you ask. You can choose from many activities which are valuable. We really saw dolphins and turtles on the cruise and snorkeled through a beautiful coral garden. On the beach, you can see the beautiful underwater nature. The food is delicious, everyone can find something for their taste. It was nice to get to know new meals because of the themed dinners. There are programs after dinner every night. The room is clean and peaceful. I hope I can go back sometimes
Paloma R from Madrid, Spain
Amazing holidays on a beautiful island. A luxurious resort with a kind and helpful staff.
We have enjoyed ourselves a lot. It’s being in Paradise with unforgettable moments.
We stayed there last year and fell in love with the island, so de decide to repeat it once again.
8. Constance Moofushi Maldives
Just 30 minutes seaplane flight from Velana International Airport lies the secluded private island resort Constance Moofushi Maldives in the South Ari Atoll considered one of the best spots for diving in the world.
CONSTANCE MOOFUSHI MALDIVES
South Ari Atoll, Himandhoo
A luxurious beach escape in Maldives’ South Ari Atoll. It features a beautiful infinity pool, free Wi-Fi and a pampering spa.
Around the resort are 30 important diving sites where you can spot whale sharks and manta rays, not to mention a wide variety of fish, coral eels, and sea turtles.
The design of Constance Moofushi is simple with different influences: Caribbean-style wooden cabins on the main beach, a decorative camper van-style truck as a food stall, a garden shed from plastic bottles, or a hammock perfect for Instagram shots.
You will meet here friendly and well-trained staff that will make you feel great and treat you like royalty.
The rooms are not very large but extremely well maintained and cleaned on a daily basis.
You will have a stunning outdoor bathroom and a wooden terrace overlooking the ocean, perfect for the morning coffee.
From the water villa of Constance Moofushi , the ocean is just a few steps away and you jump directly in the middle of the coral reef full of fish and other interesting marine creatures.
Snorkeling equipment and windsurf equipment are free of charge as well as kayaks perfect for exploring the waters around the island.
On-site there are two restaurants and two bars where you can serve international and local dishes as well as a wide range of cocktails and drinks.
What I like about this resort is that it offers a wide range of activities and due to its perfect location the waters around the island are full of marine creatures and beautiful corals.
What guests say
Avril T from UK
This was our third visit to Constance, and it didn’t disappoint! There is a wonderful laid-back barefoot chic feel to the place from the minute you step off the seaplane and it continues until you have to wave goodbye to all the WONDERFUL staff, who cannot do enough for you (a special mention to Roul, the assistant manager, who was a huge help when I had a slight health issue). We stayed for a week from 28th December and were therefore lucky enough to experience the New Year’s Gala which was absolutely PHENOMENAL! Such a joy to see staff interacting with guests like they were old friends, and the food – WOW! We will return to this resort again in a heartbeat – why search elsewhere when you have found PERFECTION!
Pam H from Nebraska, US
Beautiful, outstanding resort. Very private and relaxing. The staff is very professional and attentive. The food was excellent and had a lot of variety.
Dive operation is Blue Tribe. We have been diving for more than 25 years and have to say the staff is extremely capable and attentive to all guest needs. Special shout out to Miles, Sambe, Shaam, and King who made our diving easy and enjoyable
PipeeC from Horsham, UK
We have just spent 10 nights at Constance Moofushi and can honestly say it was the best holiday ever! Apart from the location being totally idyllic, Henri and his team made sure we could not want anything. They were all so helpful, always smiling and totally professional. The food was incredible with lots of choices and I would like to make a special mention to Binju from Nepal who we looked forward to seeing every day in the restaurant. She was so friendly and couldn’t do enough to make sure we were happy. I was so sad to come home from Constance Moofushi and I definitely will be going back.
9. Fushifaru Maldives
Located 40 minutes seaplane ride from Velana International airport, Fushifaru Maldives is surrounded by one of the healthiest coral reefs from the Maldives, unaffected by the 2016 bleaching event).
Lhaviyani Atoll, Fushifaru
This little island rests between two channels connecting the atoll’s inner lagoon to the outer sea, while a large sand bank lies on one side.
So, yes, the waters around this private island resort are packed with beautiful coral reefs, colorful fishes, dolphins, and other spectacular marine creatures that can hardly be seen anywhere else in the Maldivian archipelago.
Very close to the island can be found 3 of the most important diving spots from Maldives including Fushifaru Kan’du which is a Marine Protected area, Fushifaru Thila, the most iconic diving sports from the area and an important marine cleaning station, a good place to spot manta rays, turtles and other marine creatures.
Fushifaru Maldives is located on an extremely small island; you need just 15 minutes to walk to get from one part to another of the island.
The design of the villas is simple and resembles a Maldivian traditional village with coconut palms and sandy paths that unite the villas with the common areas.
The WOW factor of the island is given by the beach that is covered with incredibly white sand beach.
There are in total 49 villas at Fushifaru Maldives spread around the tiny island including 5 water villas overlooking the sunrise side.
The villas are quite small after the Maldivian standards, but nicely furnished and come with a stunning outdoor bathroom with a rain shower and bathtubs.
On-site there are 3 restaurants and 2 bars that offer a wide range of cocktails, drinks, and dishes from international, Asian, and local cuisine.
What guests say
CanadaWorldTour from Toronto, Canada
If you’re looking for an unforgettable Maldives vacation experience, look no further than Fushifaru. This resort offers guests luxurious accommodations, impeccable service, and activities to please every type of traveler. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach or explore the local culture, Fushifaru has something for everyone.
We had the pleasure of staying at the Fushifaru Resort in the Maldives for 7 nights and it was an exceptional experience! The resort is very well maintained and truly beautiful – from the elegant villas to the sparkling ocean views, everything about it was perfect.
The staff were incredibly welcoming and went out of their way to make sure were taken care of, we don’t have words to express how exceptional the team at Fushifaru is.
The resort has a “Host” policy where each room is assigned a dedicated host. We were blessed to be assigned Ninni as our resident host. Ninni is a kind, considerate, and super friendly person. She went above and beyond to ensure we had the best time – by day 2 we had nicknamed her our vacation hero! No words can describe how much value she added to our trip, especially to kids who were literally crying when they said bye to her.
Thank you Fushifaru Maldives for memories we will cherish forever. We hope to return one day again in the future.
Christine E from Achill Island, Ireland
My husband and I visited Fushifaru for our 20th wedding anniversary. It was our first time in the Maldives and we were blown away.
Fushifaru is a beautiful island and is everything you expect from the Maldives. Paradise was found!
We were made to feel very special with our host Anna tending to our every need. As we wanted to experience the beach and sea villa, we spent 3 nights in the beach villa and 4 in the water villa. Both were stunning and very private.
All of the staff were extremely helpful and couldn’t do enough for you. Our waiter Rasheed was lovely and always on hand. The restaurant team, Tami, and Chatera made dishes to die for!
The entertainment each night was brilliant. Roy’s flair bartending show was amazing along with Cathy’s brilliant singing.
Fushifaru is a small boutique island having no more than 150 guests at a time which provides you with that intimate feeling. Being able to walk around the whole island surrounded by white sand in around 20 minutes was beautiful and something we will never forget.
If you are looking for a small, beautiful, intimate island where everything is catered for then make it Fushifaru – you won’t regret it!
Rani A from Dallas, Texas
I had a fantastic stay at Fushifaru and can’t say enough good things about this hotel. Look no further and book with them immediately. It’s a small island with a wonderful team of dedicated staff that has perfected luxury without pretension. The Villa is lovely, spa relaxing, delicious food, drinks, and an all-around personal experience. I didn’t want to leave! As a solo female traveler, this is a home away from home where you feel safe, cared for, and recognized. It was also my first trip to the Maldives and was everything I wanted.
The hospitality made more sense to me after being a part of their 4th annual celebration, the owners treat their staff so well, that it shows in every guest interaction. Appreciation and hospitality are the core threads of Fushifaru. I can’t wait to go back. Thank you and miss you guys already!
10. Riu Palace Maldivas
One of the most interesting resorts in the Maldives is Riu Palace Maldivas located on the private island of Kedhigandu, about 45 minutes seaplane flight from Male International airport.
RIU PALACE MALDIVAS
Gadifuri-Maafushi Island, Maldives
A 5-star resort with sea views, access to a garden and to a private beach area. The property provides a 24-hour front desk, airport transportation, room service and free WiFi.
Once you step on the island you simply forget about the daily problems and relax in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Riu Palace Maldives accommodates its guests in 150 beach villas and overwaters suites, some of them having their own private pools.
The centerpiece of the resort is the pool overlooking the ocean with a beautiful swim-up bar.
The hotel offers direct access to the beach and the turquoise waters, while the water sports center offers a wide range of water sports to have fun and enjoy your time spent abroad.
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For the young guests, there is a daytime entertainment program with many interesting activities, exciting games, and a lot of fun.
For adults, there is a wide range of daily activities and entertainment programs including live music, event, and DJ.
The main restaurant serves all the 3 meals with live cooking stations, while Japanese and fusion cooking restaurants as well as Italian restaurant and steakhouse can be enjoyed for dinner with prior reservation.
What guests say
Chris M from Boston, US
My wife and I stayed at the Palace for 11 nights at the beginning of May. From the moment we arrived, we felt completely at ease and relax. Our room was perfect and the surroundings are amazing. We had an overwater bungalow, which gave us direct access to the sea and provided us with some amazing sunset swims. What truly made this vacation was the absolutely amazing staff. Every single staff member went out of their way to make our trip even better. We especially enjoyed all of the bar staff at the poolside bar. They were all extremely friendly and made our cocktail hours very memorable. I would highly encourage people to stay here!
PK1604 from Welwyn, UK
We stayed at the hotel for a week from the 8th of January. From the moment we were collected and flown by seaplane the holiday was magical
The hotel was immaculate, the food fantastic and the snorkeling was to die for. We were staying in an overwater bungalow and frequently had rays, turtles, and baby sharks swimming by. The weather was awesome but the room had great air conditioning to compliment
However, the highlight was the amazing staff who were so friendly and could not do enough. They were all great. I could go on for ages. We had a great trip and I am jealous of all those about to experience this facility.
Dreadzepp1986 from Houston, US
My wife and I stayed at the Riu Palace for 5 nights during November, in room number 34. (Overwater villa with private infinity pool.) The room was very spacious and clean. The staff did an awesome job keeping the room and mini bar well stocked and extremely clean during our stay. The housekeeping staff also decorated our room for my wife’s birthday. I thought this was really awesome because while I had mentioned it was her birthday, I had not made any special requests or asked the management to decorate our room.
We spent most of the vacation on our deck and swimming in the private pool. If you stay in a villa with the pool, make sure you try the breakfast boat! Where our room (#34) was located, the seawater is fairly deep, and the current was strong during most of the stay. You can swim here but be careful! I’d also recommend going to the beach on the east side of the island, near the Palace hotel. I snorkeled there and saw a lot of different sea life, including sharks and stingrays. There was some coral and what appears to be a man-made rock wall that attracts many fish and is not too far of a swim out from the beach.
For me personally, the highlights of this stay were the amazing beach and the clearness of the water. Being able to stay in an overwater villa was a plus, but it would still be amazing even without that. The hotel and grounds are very clean. I noticed that staff were constantly cleaning restrooms and public areas. Even the walking paths were being raked every single morning! The staff was so friendly and helpful, especially at mealtimes in the buffet. I also want to mention the great service from the guys that shuttle guests (and their luggage) around the resort in golf carts. My wife is not a fan of walking, so we used the golf carts to go everywhere around the resort. All of these people were very kind and friendly!
11. Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa
Located on the northern part of the Maldivian archipelago in the southern part of Raa Atoll, Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is just 45 minutes seaplane ride from Male International airport.
EMERALD MALDIVES RESORT & SPA
Fasmendhoo, Raa Atoll
The island is composed of 20 Hectares of virgin land and 100 hectares of beautiful crystal blue lagoon, the perfect choice for an unforgettable stay with luxurious accommodations and facilities.
This island resort is an oasis of calm and relaxation that reminds you about Bali as the hotel is full of Balinese design elements.
Emerald Maldives is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World so you will find top-notch services and great conditions and what I like most is that it is built in perfect harmony with nature.
The main materials used on the island are bamboo, stones, and Langhi Langhi leaves.
On this private island, there are 120 villas, 60 on the island and 60 on the sea.
There are 4 restaurants and bars on the island serving international, Asian, and Maldivian dishes and an impressive list of drinks, including the most popular cocktails.
Kid’s club, fitness center, water sports center, and wellness are just some of the facilities available on this private island resort.
The Deluxe all-inclusive package gives you unlimited access to all meals and a variety of international and local beers, wines from all over the world and many cocktails and signature drinks.
The spa from Emerald Maldives is one of the best spas from the Maldives resorts and offers a long list of treatments and massages for a relaxing experience.
At the water sports center most of the non-motorized water sports are available free of charge, while jet ski and other motorized sports are available for an extra charge.
What guests say
Dana M from Rockville, New York
It has been 2 months+ since my husband and I celebrated our honeymoon at Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa, and we still haven’t stopped talking about it. We had an amazing time at this five-star luxury resort, where the staff went above and beyond to make us feel special.
Accommodations: We stayed in the overwater villa w/a private pool which was breathtaking. We had wonderful views of the sunset every evening and appreciated the daily cleaning service they provided (especially during COVID). The rooms are immaculate, just as shown on the website. Our room was decorated twice in celebration of our honeymoon and my husband’s birthday which was extra sweet and thoughtful. We loved that we could swim right out into the Indian ocean, and we really enjoyed the privacy these villas offered. Each villa comes with 2 bicycles to help you get around the island.
Service: ABOVE and BEYOND from the moment we arrived. Honestly, the conversation we have mostly regarding our stay is about the incredible team here. We made some fantastic relationships with Alim, Prakash, Martin, Nash, Joseph and Lee who provided us with impeccable service, great conversation, and wonderful entertainment that we’ll never forget. Alim and Prakash provided us with wonderful cocktail services and nightly fun and went above and beyond to make sure we were cared for. Alim even made me a beautiful hat made from Palm, which is something I’ll cherish forever! Nash, Joseph, and Lee (the sommeliers) were full of knowledge and great recommendations when it came to wine choices. They made sure every meal was well paired with our food selections and were an absolute pleasure to talk with. Shiham was our dedicated butler who helped us tremendously when it came to booking reservations, excursions, and arranging buggy service. We appreciate and thank you all!
Anthony P from New York
An absolute dream vacation with attention to detail, superb service, breathtaking views, incredible food, and memories that will last a lifetime.
We traveled all the way from NYC and after two full days in the air, we immediately felt welcomed and a sense of relaxation the second we arrived on the island. Their COVID protocols are extremely well done, with a medical doctor on island.
I don’t think there is a bad villa on the island, and ours is as no exception. The views, private plunge pool, ladder to ocean, and incredible bathroom was some of the most incredible hotel room we’ve ever experienced. You also get your own bikes to explore the private island, which we made us of to snorkel, swim, and walk on the beaches.
We did a few excursions – sunset boat tour and snorkeling. We got to see dolphins, sea turtles, coral, and various other beautiful fish.
The staff and service were world class. Our butler helped us make reservations, explore the options on the island, prepare special dinners/breakfasts, and much much more. Our sommelier, Joseph, was a wonderful surprise to the trip and made the dining experience so much more elevated. He was able to get to know us over the week and recommend some incredible wine. We ended up loving a particular wine so much that we’re still on the hunt for it today! Thank you for that!
Robbie from Dallas, Texas
Had an amazing time here. The staff goes out of their way to make sure your visit is perfect. My wife and I came here for our honeymoon, and we cannot wait to return. Kumar our host was awesome made sure everything was taken care of so we did not have to worry about a thing
12. Reethi Beach Resort
Located in the UNESCO Biosphere of Baa Atoll, on the small island of Fonumagoodhoo, Reethi Beach Resort Maldives is a 35 minutes seaplane ride from Male International Airport.
REETHI BEACH RESORT
Fonimagoodhoo, Baa Atoll
Located on the beautiful and lush Fonimagoodhoo Island, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon and white, sandy beach. It offers a fitness center, a massage parlor and a spa and wellness center.
The island is just 600m x 200 m and is famous for its laid-back atmosphere and beautiful surroundings, Reethi Beach Resort is an iconic holiday destination for those looking to relax and explore the fascinating underwater world.
On Reethi Beach Resort Maldives , there are 40 semi-detached villas located just a few steps from the beach, 50 beach villas, and 30 water villas overlooking the Indian Ocean and the crystal clear lagoon.
There are 4 restaurants and 4 bars spread all over the island that serve a wide range of dishes and drinks.
You have a buffet-style restaurant, which is the main restaurant and then there is a grill restaurant located on the beach, a boutique-style restaurant serving local and international dishes perfect for special celebrations, and a bar & restaurant open 24/7.
As for the bars, you have a Sunset Bar with incredible views of the Maldivian sunset, and 3 other parts located in different parts of the island serving cocktails, soft drinks, wine, and beer.
On-site is the water sports center that offers a wide range of aquatic activities for everybody and a long list of excursions and there is also a spa, with well-trained Balinese therapists that offer rejuvenating treatments and a wide range of massages in fancy treatment rooms.
What guests say
Ales D. from London, UK
We spent a week in this amazing resort! Everything was perfect, amazing atmosphere, spectacular beaches and everyone was so kind and professional! The food is incredibly good too, we loved having dinner at Reethi grill restaurant, the staff is so attentive and the food so good and fresh! Also a big thank you for helping my husband to order some contact lenses from Male , in 1 day they were delivered to the resort and he was able to snorkel every day! Thank you Reethi Beach we loved every single moment of our holiday and we will come back!
Tom B from Austria
We chose Reethi Beach Resort for its price performance ratio and the whole stay was amazing. Starting from nice and clean villas, a great house reef, a comprehensive excursion program, and a lot of watersports activities to delicious buffets with a huge variety of tasty dishes. The so-called coconut spa offers a great variety of massages and other treatments.
The whole island is run with great love for detail at every corner. The staff is always nice and good company. Everybody tries to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. They do their best to satisfy the special wishes of the guests. We booked all-inclusive, meaning that 3 meals a day were included as well as many (but not all) beverages, 2 free excursions, free trial scuba diving and a free introduction to snorkeling. The other excursions and watersports activities like turtle or manta snorkeling, dolphin cruise, banana ride, flyboard, jetski, catamaran and many more are not included in the price. You have to book them (about 1 day) in advance. The activities range from about 50 to 200 USD each.
In the house reef you can find various rays, turtles, sharks, and of course a huge variety of different fishes. Sometimes even dolphins.
The size of the island is just right. Not too small, the guests are always distributed over the island and it seems that only few people are on the island even if the max number of about 250 guests is present. And it is not too large so every point can be reached within 10 min by footwalk.
The whole stay was just awesome. We felt highly welcome and valued as important guests at any time. We can highly recommend the resort!
Cesar Francia from New York, US
As I bid farewell to an epic birthday trip in the Maldives, a Huge Thanks to the Stellar Staff at the @ReethiBeachResort 🙏🏾🌺🤲🏾 Absolutely everyone we interacted with was warm, light-hearted, and attentive; we felt so at home. In particular, the team at @OceanFanaticsMaldives made my trip incredibly special and filled with adventure. Thanks to my diving instructor Rai for introducing me to diving and helping me obtain my Open Water Scuba Diver certification (Level 1)🌊🙏🏾, Gracias to Siday for helping us find Mantas on my last day and for amazing drone footage 🤿🔥, and to Imma (@imma_abu) for being so patient with me on the Flyboard. Lastly, mom and I adored our massage sessions at @coconutspa, many thanks ladies
13. Kudafushi Resort & Spa
Located on Raa Atoll, about 45 minutes seaplane ride from Velana International Airport, Kudafushi Resort & Spa is the perfect relaxation oasis far from city noise and pollution.
KUDAFUSHI RESORT & SPA
Kudafushi Island, Raa Atoll
Featuring free WiFi, three restaurants, two bars and a year-round outdoor swimming pool, Kudafushi Resort & Spa offers accommodations in Raa Atoll.
The design of this all inclusive hotel is simple and blends in with nature, the villas have a good size and some of them come with an outdoor bathroom.
Kudafushi Resort Spa Maldives has 107 villas spread on the island and in the water, some of them having their own private plunge pools.
What I like about this hotel is that you have intimacy and even if the resort is full you still have plenty of space for yourself and your family.
This is an adults-only resort, so children up to 16 cannot stay on the island, and this makes the place more secluded and quiet.
There is a water sports center on the island from which you can rent free of charge one hour per day any non-motorized water vehicle and you have to pay an extra fee for all kinds of motorized sports like jet skiing.
You can have your daily meals at the main restaurant of Kudafushi Resort Spa Maldives which is a buffet-style restaurant and for dinner, you can book a table at one of the two restaurants open on the island.
Sip a cocktail at the main bar or at the sunset bar where you stay on beanbags and watch the sun setting into the ocean.
Spend a relaxing day at the on-site spa where you will get pampered and world-class treatments performed by Balinese therapists.
What guests say
Ian S from Seahouses, UK
We visited kudahfushi mid-November, I booked it two years ago but with covid, we had to keep putting it back
Sahan was fantastic to deal with , so helpful from booking to actually leaving the island
This was our 16th visit to the Maldives
We booked a pool villa, wow it was beautiful
The food was superb, I put a stone on in two weeks
The menu changed daily, we also ate in the two specialty restaurants which were excellent. in the main restaurant the food and service were tremendous
A special mention to piccani the manager, nothing was too much trouble for him
The bar staff were fantastic, my glass was never empty
We had a special meal on the beach, where we had the lobster and seafood meal, the guys must have spent a full day putting it up AMAZING
The beaches are cleaned daily and are immaculate
We did the fishing trip which was great
We did a snorkel trip where we saw loads of turtles
Rusthum who oversees trims was brilliant at his job
He always delivered
We loved the island that much we have booked again for November
We were looked after by manager shaz , who is a legend. He was always on hand making sure everything is ok
To sum the island up, beautiful
To be honest what really made our holiday special were the staff, from the guys doing gardens and beach to the managers all happy great people
TravelingwegoDL for New Jersey, US
Absolutely incredible experience. Anastasia, our hostess, was fantastic. Every staff member was incredibly friendly and said hi anytime we passed them. Very, very welcoming place. We did a water villa (which I highly recommend) and soft all-inclusive (which didn’t include alcohol, which was fine because it was less expensive to just pay for alcohol a lá carte when we wanted a drink). We went jet skiing (lots of fun), snorkeling (the equipment was very inexpensive to rent and the reef surrounding the island is awesome), got massages and went scuba diving.
Our scuba diving guide, Didi, was AMAZING. Basically an angel. It was our first-time scuba diving, and we were horrible at it. Haha. But she made it fun and went above and beyond – – she was swimming for the two of us and herself most of the time by just holding the backs of our vests and swimming us around underwater. So nice and friendly too with a great smile. If there was a Nobel Prize for best scuba diving guide, she should win it.
Bacil, the guy at the leisure house, always welcomed us with a great smile. He also led a coconut tree planting on the island with us and other guests. It was so fun to learn facts about the Maldives and plant a tree!
The only thing I wish the resort had was better internet (both wifi and/or just faster cell phone internet coverage). But, still easily, easily five stars. Stunningly beautiful island – – the closest to paradise on earth that we have experienced
14. Riu Atoll
One of the most beautiful Maldives resorts from Dhaalu Atoll is Riu Atoll which can be reached after a 40 minutes seaplane ride from Male International Airport.
Kudahuvadhoo, Dhaalu Atoll
This 4-star resort offers a private beach area and a 24-hour front desk. The air-conditioned rooms provide a sea view and come with a desk and free WiFi.
Riu Atoll Maldives is located on the idyllic island of Kedhigandu and offers exclusive services and amazing views of the Indian Ocean from each corner of the island.
There are 250 rooms on the island, all equipped with a minibar, air conditioning, satellite TV, and a safe box.
Some of the rooms are located over water while others are on the beach hidden between lush vegetation.
The centerpiece from the island is the pool that offers amazing views of the ocean and a swim-up bar as well as a chill-out zone.
All the daily meals can be served at the main restaurant from Riu Atoll Maldives , which is a buffet-style restaurant with a cooking station and for dinner, you also have an Italian restaurant and a steakhouse restaurant offering a la carte dining experience.
There is a daytime entertainment program for children up to 12 years at the RiuLand and adults can enjoy daily activities and entertainment programs specially designed for them.
Guests have one free hour of scuba diving lessons and can rent for free non-motorized water vehicles as well as snorkeling equipment.
What guests say
Bekim N from New York
We (7 people) stayed 6 nights at the Riu Atoll in the Maldives and had an amazing time. The staff was amazing, they did an incredible job helping us out whenever we needed and they were so friendly. The entertainment team was great, the bar tenders at the pool were fantastic and the waiters in the restaurant were awesome as well. They did an excellent job keeping the entire resort clean and tidy. Loved every moment of our stay, and we hope to be back!
Peter C from Preston, UK
This place is one of the best organised value for money places we have ever been to. I can’t speak of it highly enough. The quality of the resort, the food and the staff is top grade for the money. Thank you for a super relaxing trip. Special thanks to all the staff in the Swim-up bar and restaurants PLUS their fab diving school especially Abdulla Faseeh for keeping a close eye on us and keeping us safe in our underwater adventures. Thank you everyone
Hanine from Montreal, Canada
Excellent service! which add to the whole Maldives experience 😍🏖️ 🐟🐙
Special mention to Sandani & Rucky for the animation 💃🕺and Isuru the cocktail barman🍸🤠 in the pool bar.
Most of the time the buffet is great but some days less interesting. There are 2 other restaurants though. Animation at night is very good with great DJ and live music
15. Meeru Island Resort & Spa
One of the largest Maldives resorts, Meeru Island Resort & Spa is located about 55 minutes by speedboat from Male International Airport.
MEERU ISLAND RESORT & SPA
Meeru Island, Dhiffushi, Maldives
The resort has two fresh water swimming pools on the beach and children’s playground, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar.
Unlike most resorts from Maldives, at Meeru Island Resort Maldives you cannot snorkel right from the beach but you can catch a free boat to go out to the lagoon.
With its 286 rooms spread all over the island, Meeru Island Resort & Spa is among the largest from the Maldivian archipelago.
The rooms are located in the garden (these are the most basic ones), on the beach and over the water.
Some of the rooms come with private pools and the beach villas have a wonderful wooden deck that opens directly into the Indian Ocean.
Meeru Island Resort Maldives offers two meal and beverage packages: the full board and the all-inclusive plan which include an all-you-can-eat buffet for all the 3 meals over the day plus dinner at Farivalhu or Maalan (an adults-only restaurant).
The all-inclusive plan comes with a wide selection of soft drinks and selected alcoholic drinks as well as snacks like pizza, burgers, and ice cream.
Among the facilities available at the property, one of the most beautiful all inclusive resorts from Maldives I would like to mention a golf course, a football pitch, tennis courts, a gym, a badminton court as well as a library, a game room and two spas ( one on the island and another one over the water).
Live music and DJs will entertain you during the evening and you can practice your singing skills on karaoke night.
What guests say
Sue from Chesham, UK
A relaxing experience from start to finish.
The overwater villa was superb – we felt like we were in our own aquarium when standing on the balcony.
Scuba diving was well organized and the diver masters had a wealth of knowledge.
Food and drink were exceptional with a great variety to suit all cultures and palates.
All the staff – waiters, cleaners, dive team, ground staff, reception staff, and everyone else, too numerous to mention, on the island were friendly, polite, and very helpful. We didn’t have one bad experience. Highly recommend
Kbanksdunnell from Norwich, UK
This was our 9th trip to Maldives and our 3rd trip to Meeru. It is an excellent island and very good value for money. We always stay in the North of the island as this is adults only and so quieter. The adults-only restaurant in the North I think is nicer too as it has a terrace overlooking the sea. There is also an adults-only bar attached to the restaurant which I think is much nicer than the ones in the south and again is quieter.
The food is excellent. So much choice and very good quality, even delicious puddings!
The staff is professional and very polite and welcoming. Good standard of cleanliness.
The house reef isn’t brilliant for snorkeling but there is still a lot of fish to see. If you want to see more fish and reefs when snorkeling then there are free boat trips 4 times a day to take you to the nearby reef.
Excellent spa especially the one in the North which is in little huts set out over the sea.
I recommend the water villas in the north, particularly the sunset water villas. Also, the waterside villas are lovely and just steps away from the sea. Garden villas are very basic and quite dark inside. There are 2 pools and again, the one in the north is for adults only.
I would definitely recommend this island.
DAT6 from Kalmar, Sweden
Fantastic resort if you want a relaxing vacation. The whole resort is well maintained and the rooms are clean and tidy. Even if the resort was more or less fully booked you could have almost a whole beach for yourself. The Buffet was fantastic and the variety was good.
We were very pleased with our stay. We stayed in the Water Villas 700 and were very happy with the room and private entrance to the sea from the partly open bathroom
These are the best price-quality hotels and Maldives resorts that won’t make you break the bank for your dream holiday.
Of course, there are many other luxurious hotels in Maldives, like Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, One&Only Reethi Rah (choose now the best villa from this luxurious hotel) or Huvafen Fushi Maldives but the prices for a night exceed 1,400 USD which is quite a lot for most of us not to mention about Conrad and its unique underwater restaurant.
The big plus of the hotels presented in this article is that they are affordable but the main issue is that they are likely to sell out well in advance.
That is why we strongly advise you to secure your booking in advance so that you can enjoy your time abroad without damaging your budget.
Logistical tips and tricks for your trip
Book your accommodation
We always use Booking.com as they have the best price-quality ratio and they offer a wide range of hotels, guesthouses, apartments, and villas to choose from.
You will find here all types of accommodations, from the cheapest ones to the most luxurious.
Don't forget travel insurance
Travel insurance will always protect you against unexpected events and cost like illness, COVID, injury, theft, or travel cancellation.
We never go on any trip without travel insurance and there were many cases when we had to use it.
Renting a car
We like to explore a country on our own and a car gives us the mobility and freedom to do that.
We always rent our car from Discovercars as they have free cancellation 48 hours prior to starting date and a wide range of car rental companies and options to choose from all over the world.
Tours and attractions
When we are looking for some adventure or we simply want to break up the monotony and discover new places, we always use GetYourGuide.
We love it because we always find the most amazing experiences, with free cancellation and a large variety of activities and tours to choose from.
Airplane tickets and holiday packages
Expedia is our ally when searching for the best price for airplane tickets as it works as an aggregator for a huge number of airlines and we always find the best price for our flights.
Travel tip: use Expedia when you are searching for holiday packages as they have many last-minute offers and great discounts for hotels, flights, and even the whole holiday packages.