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Maldives Beach Hotels & Resorts

Maldives is an island country in South Asia, located on the Indian Ocean. It comprises a series of 26 reefs and atolls, all of which together comprises over a 1000 coral islands. Maldives is an extremely popular vacation and wedding destination because of its picturesque landscapes, blue lagoons, and crystal blue waters. Due to the presence of so many islands, it’s a hotspot for the presence of amazing resorts that can offer a variety of activities in true luxury style. In this article, we’ve listed out the 15 best beach hotels in Maldives.

# 1

Jumeirah Vittaveli

Jumeirah Vittaveli is a mere 20 minutes motor boat ride away from Male’s airport. The resort is a mix of various architectural influences. One of the most stunning aspects of this beach hotel is the Samsara restaurant, which has been designed in an extremely modern and contemporary style with angular roofs and glass walls that allow complete sunlight to flood in. The villas have been designed in the traditional Maldivian style with thatched and coral-clad roofs and exteriors, all of them facing outwards towards the white sand beaches and the big blue sea. The villas are all placed amongst dense vegetation and forestry, and as such you feel like you’re completely alone, thus lending you privacy when you need it. The villas are all spacious and luxurious with a swimming pool, a private garden, and even open-air showers. If you’d like to live directly over water, you can also ask for one of the over-water villas on the north-western Pierre. The service in this beach hotel is relaxed and chill, much like the vibe of the atoll that it’s on. You won’t find the kind of rushed and ingratiating servitude you would in some fancy city hotels. As for the activities, you can indulge yourself in the Asian style spa, or you can enroll yourself into the yoga classes. If you’re into water activities, you can also go to the water sports center which provides you with the necessary snorkeling gear, paddle boards, and even cycles to go around the beach.

# 2

Dusit Thani Maldives

The Dusit Thani is located amongst a long line of luxury beach hotel resorts in Baa Atoll. You’d find it in the same neighborhood as the other resorts Anantara and Four Seasons. The underwater life in this particular island is so rich and diverse that it has earned the status of being a World Biosphere Reserve, as determined by UNESCO. In fact, this is the only island in the country to have that honor, and as such it’s an extremely popular destination for travel. The resort is popular with guests from around the world, especially the middle eastern countries. The service in the hotel is beyond impeccable, they go out of their way to make you feel like all your needs are met. If you want a barbecue on the beach all for yourself, they’ll make that happen. Perhaps the best thing about this beach hotel is their availability of over-water villas, which you can approach by boat from the pierre. On the outside, these villas have palm leaves for roofs and bamboo thatched exteriors, however the insides are completely luxurious. The best part is that your balcony can take you directly into the blue lagoon. You have an option of three different restaurants with this hotel — the Market for breakfast, Sea Grill for lunch and dinner, and Bejarong for Thai dinner. The spa in the hotel is sensational and they have some lovely offers. However, the staff stations placed around the resort are quite ugly to look at even if they are necessary.

# 3

Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

The Anantara Dhigu Resort is situated in South Male Atoll, in the island of Dhigufinolhu. You can reach it by taking a 35 minute motorboat ride from the Male Airport, or you can take a seaplane for 10 minutes. This beach hotel is located on one of the largest and clearest blue lagoons in Maldives. It’s designed in an extremely elegant yet peaceful manner, and it’s ideal for people who want to just get away from civilization and go engage in some water sports! There are 110 villas in the resort, and they’re all located in such a manner that you get complete privacy. There are two types of villas, the ones on the beach overlooking the sea, and the ones over-water. Both of them are placed just right to get you a brilliant view of the sunrise or sunset, and they’re designed in the typical Maldivian style from the outside. The over-water villas are particularly stunning as you can look below on the glass floors and see the aquatic world, and you can easily descend into the lagoon. The villas also come with outdoor bathrooms and plunge pools. If you’d like to relax even more, you can treat yourself to the Spa Anantara which happens to be under open skies and gives you a view of the blue lagoon. The restaurants offers a wide variety of dishes, be it Japanese, Maldivian, or Thai. You can even get yourself a motor boat to take you to the sister resort of Veli. If you’re on a family vacation, you can even leave your kids in the Kids Club. If you’d like to indulge in some water activities, they offer a range of sports including excursions, water escapades, snorkeling, and other activities. You can also access a number of great diving spots in the North and South Male Atolls.

# 4

Maafushivaru Maldives

The Maafushivaru beach hotel is located a mere 25 minute seaplane ride from South West Male, which is the capital of Maldives.The resort is located on an island of the same name, Maafushivaru, and it’s extremely chill as they greet you with their “no shoes, no news” policy. The water bar is all sand-covered and they also have an infinity pool you can dip into. You can also take a water boat to the stilted water villas. This resort, and really the whole island, is all about class, luxury, and comfort. This island is quite small in size, and it comes with a great trump card, which is the desert islet of Lonubo, where you can escape to for some peace and romance. The beach hotel can also arrange trips to South Ari Atoll, which has some of the best underwater coral life in the country. It’s the perfect place to go snorkeling and exploring. During snorkeling, you can even observe schools of dolphins and giant whale sharks. After a day’s worth of water activities, you can go and unwind in their spa, which is accessed via a jetty. The spa has 5 treatment rooms, and they offer some of the best Indonesian and Asian influenced massages in the region.

# 5

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives

The Centara Ras Fushi Resort is 30 minutes from Male via a speedboat. On the outset the resort may seem a little basic. They feature several villas on the beaches designed in the typical Maldivian thatched roof style. The interiors aren’t anything to boast about either. However, the truly spectacular nature of this resort derives from the views and vistas you’re privy to. It has some of the most breathtaking views of the blue lagoons, and you’re primed to see the honey-golden sun dipping into the sea during sunset. If you’re in an over-water villa, you can simply climb down the ladder and find yourself in the lagoon. They have a great buffet menu for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They have an Italian, and a Thai themed restaurant, and you get a $40 credit to spend on the menu in both of those restaurants. The Over Water Beach Bar is also a must-see aspect of this beach hotel as it’s located just over the lagoon and if you look down you might even see some fishes floating by. You can even relax on the water hammocks. If you’d like to engage in water activities, you can borrow kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, etc, or you can even go for PADI dives, sunset fishing, big game fishing, windsurfing, etc. The options are endless.

# 6

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

The Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is a truly unique experience, more that it is a simple beach hotel. As soon as you enter the premises, a private butler will show you around the property. They have several restaurants as well, one out on the beach, another one on a tree house, a sushi restaurant, and several others. Adaaran Prestige Vadoo has received the honor of being titled the World’s Leading Water Villa retreat by World Travel Awards. And that’s quite apparent the moment you enter their villas. The properties are gated beautifully, and they feature a complete 180 degree view of the horizon. They also offer all the regular water activities that are a staple of Maldivian beach hotels, such as paddle boards, snorkeling, diving, etc.

# 7

LUX South Ari Atoll

LUX South Ari Atoll is located on the lovely island of Dhidhoofinolhu, and it’s the ideal place to go to whether you’re looking for some peace and solitude, or some heady water activities. There are 193 villas all lined along the white sand beaches, and stationed over the waters of the lagoons. The hotel also has a brilliant PADI dive center, and they lend out snorkeling equipment and other water sport equipments as well. As far as food is concerned, the entire resort boasts a collection of 8 resorts and 5 bars.

# 8

Komandoo Maldive Island Resort

The Komandoo Maldive Island Resort is located in Faadhippolhu Atoll, next to the Komandoo Beach. This resort features 65 sea-facing rooms, 2 restaurants, and it’s within walking distance of Kuredu and Naifura Beaches. Falhu Main Restaurant is the place to go to for some Mediterranean delights, however if you wanna be wowed by the view, you should go to Aqua. The rooms are all modern and come with requisite comforts and amenities, along with balconies and patios. Some of their most prominent features are the private beach, the outdoor pool, tennis court, etc.

# 9

Angsana Ihuru

The most attractive feature of Angsana Ihuru is that it’s located on such a tiny island that you can circle around it within 10 minutes. As such, the resort, with its 45 villas, pretty much takes up the entire island. It offers a wonderfully luxurious and exclusive feeling, and thankfully the more busy capital of Malé is just a 20 minute motor boat ride away. The house reef around the island offers a view of over 140 types of fishes, which is a delight to behold. When you’re in this resort you should go for a beachfront villa with a private cabana and an outdoor pool.

# 10

Veligandu Island Resort

Veligandu Island Resort is located on a beach that stretches across 600 meters of fine powdered sand. The coast is dotted with a series of 81 villas, some of them on the beachfront and others stationed over the blue lagoons. The villas also come with their own outdoor jacuzzis, and you can avail of the buffets for all your meals. You can rent snorkeling and other water sports equipment from the hotel, and you can also avail of the outdoors tennis court or the game room with pool tables. You can also book cruises to other islands, sea diving, catamaran sailing, surf biking, and a number of other activities.

# 11

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is a great value luxury resort. You can choose to stay in the cottages along the beach, or the over-water villas. The cottages and villas are designed in a nice Maldivian style with some cool stucco influences thrown in. The hospitality in the hotel is great and you’ll always find a platter of neatly-wrapped chocolates on your table. The restaurants and bars are all clustered around the pools, and the main restaurant Feast also offers buffet meals. The hotel also offers all necessary water sports gears if you’d like to indulge in some activities.

# 12

Velassaru Maldives

The Velassaru is a beach hotel located in South Male Atoll, which is close to the capital city of the country. They have a wide range of water activities and hiking expeditions to offer, and you can also avail of their sunset yoga classes, or hop aboard a cruise. You can also get on a Maldivian boat and participate in fishing, or get yourself a massage in their over water villas. There are 5 restaurants in the resort, and 2 beach bars.

# 13

Vakarufalhi Island Resort

The Vakarufalhi Island Resort is located on Dhangethi beach on the South Ari Atoll. The beach is lined with coconut trees and dotted with beachfront villas that offer a complete panoramic view of the horizon. You can also enroll yourself into the PADI diving center and get certified. The resort is 98 kms from the center of the capital city Male, and the airport is 90 kms away. To get there you’ll have to take a 25 minute seaplane ride and a 10 minute dhoni boat ride.

# 14

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is located on Dhangethi beach, 88 kms from Male International Airport. You need to get to the hotel via a seaplane. The resort features a stunning outdoors swimming pool, and the private beach is a great place to engage in some water activities or relax at the outdoor spa. Some of the other amenities offered by the beach hotel are a tennis court, table tennis, pool tables, etc. It’s a great hit amongst couples and honeymooners.

# 15

Meeru Island Resort

From Male Airport, you can get to the Meeru Island Resort via a seaplane in less than an hour. It’s located on quite a large island, on the very edge of the atoll. While the hotel doesn’t have any offering of reef snorkeling, you can still dip into the lagoon and relax on the sparsely populated beaches. The 286 rooms in the resort are all decorated in a mediterranean tropical style, with pale wood walls and bright furnishing. You can get into one of the beach villas, or the water villas, or the premium garden and honeymoon suites. This beach hotel is especially fun every Friday Night when it features the Maldivian night celebrations.

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