Sleep in a tree house above a UNESCO biosphere reserve
Pick a bottle from a 3 story wine cellar on a private island
Drink your morning coffee alongside dolphins
Soak in a glass bottomed bath tub above tropical fish
With its beautiful overwater bungalows, cerulean waters, and honeymoon strewn shores – it’s no wonder the Maldives is a favoured destination for those wanting to soak up island life. Now is the perfect time to visit the collection of colourful atolls, especially as the stunning reefs are sure to disappear with the spread of coral bleaching. Not only is the Maldives a land splashed in colour and charm but it is also home to some of the finest luxury resorts in the world.
For those who take their island style with a private butler, Egyptian cotton sheets, and cocktails on silver trays to toast the sunset. Take a glimpse at our favoured resorts in the magical Maldives.
Amilla Fushi, Baa Atoll
Where else to holiday than in the beautiful biosphere reserve of Baa Atoll? Now you can enjoy this UNESCO wonder from the first-class comfort of Amilla Fushi with its stilted treehouse spaces providing a stunning contrast against the white cubed villas. You can expect all the wonders of a desert island dream; pale sandy beaches with private access, exotic spa treatments in Zen orchestrated surroundings, world class tennis coaches, marine biology excursions, and all the swimming, diving and snorkelling you could wish for.
Bungalows come in a choice of cubed or perched in the branches. Treehouse homes are all part of the paradise lost experience, especially when they come with private pools, swinging hammocks, and a private spa treatment room.
Velaa Private Island
Even the words private island is enough to whisk you away and Velaa certainly doesn’t disappoint. Carved from a dream to curate a beyond luxury experience, you can find an impressive locale that goes beyond the usual blue and white promises of other resorts. The Velaa Private Island also boasts a climbing wall, golf academy, a swing studio, and private butlers that refuse to flinch -no matter how audacious the request.
The pretty villas capture the essence of the tropics but it’s the outdoor spaces that truly steal the show, especially the open-air bathroom. The restaurant is all about barefoot dining and executes the plan extremely well with a three-story wine cellar and champagne bar.
Ayada, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll
Before you even touch down, one glimpse out the window of your private jet and you will be smitten with Ayada, the first of its kind on the Gaafu Dhaalu atoll. This side of the Maldives is relatively less explored than the others, meaning that diving sites, surf spots, and secret coves will welcome you without the crowds. The beach villas are beautifully spread across the blue lagoon to ensure everyone has their private piece of paradise.
Circled by a pristine coral reef, it’s not unusual to sip your morning coffee with the neighbourhood dolphins splashing close by. A smattering of six restaurants makes dining evocative every hour of the day – with lashings of champagne, chocolate, caviar, and fresh oysters to keep you satiated in the sun.
Six Senses, Laamu
Cut deep in the azure heart of the Indian Ocean, Laamu is one of the most beloved atolls and for good reason. The Six Senses resort has quite the stellar reputation, with glass bottomed bathtubs for watching tropical fish flitter to cinema screens in the jungle – every experience has been curated to be completely unique.
The resort has all you need – spa, freeform pool, cocktails on call, organic gardens, a plethora of restaurants, coconut rubs, free yoga lessons and beautiful villas. When you want to venture further you can take boats out to watch the dolphins, learn to surf, or island hop to find friendly locals.
Words by: Jodie Oakes