Best Maldives Hotels In 2023
Looking for a hotel to holiday in the Maldives can, in itself, be an exciting experience! There’s so many amazing hotels to choose from that it can be hard to start.
Fear not, as this blog will share with you the best hotels in Maldives for your vacationing pleasure!
1. Waldorf Astoria
With the grand opening of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi in July 2019, came a new benchmark of luxury & tourism excellence.
Surrounded by nothing but the beautiful expanse of the ocean as far as the eye can see, the vibrant hues of blue & green are sure to rake you in and leave you properly relaxed & refreshed.
The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi was ranked the No. 1 Best Resort Hotel in Asia and was also given the award of the No. 3 Best Resort Hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure in their World’s Best Awards 2022, putting the Waldorf Astoria even higher up in the tourism rankings as an absolute wonder of a resort for guests to visit.
You get to pick and choose from their selection of Reef Villas, Beach Villas, Overwater Villas, Stella Maris Ocean Villas & the private island of Ithaafushi (which can house 24 guests, the perfect spot for you and your friends to plan for your holiday retreat), each of which has either the Maldives beach right as you walk or a deck for you to sit & take in the scenery AND they also include an infinity pool for when you want to dip your toes on a hot summer’s day.
If you want to experience the height of luxury resort living in Maldives, look no further.
2. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island harbours within it serene villas & suites, amazing cuisine that’ll leave your mouth watering & watersports activities that’s sure to keep you entertained throughout your stay.
But they did something so unique & jaw dropping that it completely redefined the possibilities of what hotels & resorts are capable of achieving.
Dubbed the ‘Ithaa Undersea Restaurant’, this creation propelled The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island to the stratosphere. How could it not, as the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant is the world’s first underwater restaurant, located in the most beautiful location on the planet. Truly a sight to behold as you’re having a cuisine that will send you into a deep food coma from the alluring environment.
Not only that, they went one step further by adding in a residence that comes with an underwater bedroom. THE MURAKA, another unique addition to the resort that is a first-of-its-kind. A luxury two-level residence, with the second level being the underwater bedroom, residing 16 feet deep below sea level. Be lulled to sleep as the ocean sings to you in all its glory.
3. Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is located north of Male’, the capital, which can be accessed by seaplane in 45 minutes and an easy ride time compared to the usual Maldives flights. Land at a destination that is fit not only for couples, but for families as well.
Sun Siyam Iru Fushi made it a point to have inclusivity be a part of its brand, which is why they are one of the first & very few to offer a dedicated kids club for all families that are travelling with their children.
So if you want to explore with your partner, consider taking your children to the kids club so that they are well entertained & taken care of by staff, while you and your partner experience the highlights of this fantastic resort hotel.
4. JOALI Maldives
While JOALI Maldives is known for its spectacular scenery, its top tier services & over-water villas, there is one aspect that makes JOALI Maldives stand out from the rest.
In December 2021, JOALI Maldives graced the world with the opening of JOALI Being, Maldives’ first dedicated health & wellness retreat that will have all your stress & worries melt off your body like ice cream on a hot day.
Everything at JOALI Being is all about your health, as they will craft up a curated program specifically for you so that they can provide you with the best nutrition & the best form of relaxation possible.
JOALI Being also houses the biggest gym the Maldives has to offer so if you’re into fitness, you’ll get to enjoy your individually crafted meals after a complete workout, all of which will send you into a world of bliss.
5. LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas
LUX* loves treating their guests with the finest in life, which is why they are known for providing an extensive amount of packages that you can choose for your stay there!
By doing this, they have provided a service that will cater to almost any individual, while simultaneously providing a direction for their esteemed guests in terms of their holiday experience.
LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas made sure that all your basic needs are accounted for as well; with free wifi, air conditioning, slippers , a TV, a comfortable robe and a minibar to satiate your hunger for the various cuisine options that are available for your tastes.
6. JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa
Surround yourself in a cerulean seascape when you visit this resort of staggering beauty. Each villa comes with private pools, soft & cozy linens & a deck where you can stargaze in peace, due to the fact that there is quite literally no light pollution here.
JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa is so tucked away in the ocean to such a point that you will be blessed with the glittering of the night sky, something that people tend not to see nowadays.
Enjoy Italian, Japanese & global cuisine under the starlight, take part in a variety of watersports complete with a full gym and top it all off with a visit to their luxury spa. There’s a reason people leave this place with nothing but a smile on their face and these reasons and more are why that is the case.
7. Nova Maldives
Nova Maldives is a fantastic resort hotel that spans 76 villas, with 10 variations that you can choose from for your stay. Villas that of course, come packed with all of the essentials that you would need: an Apple television, king size beds, fast wifi, a rainfall shower that will make you feel like you’re under a waterfall & so much more.
Snorkel-lovers prepare to dive right in and witness the marvel and beauty of one of the finest coral & sea life that Maldives has to offer. Stare into an amalgam of colours and marine life that will have you feeling like you’re in a lucid dream.
And if you’re not that much of a sea cucumber, don’t worry as Nova Maldives has activities for all the land lovers & beach walkers as well! Activities such as beach volleyball, football, a variety of indoor games, a spa, a fully decked out gym, the list goes on.
8. Centara Grand Maldives
Fancy yourself a diving enthusiast? Centara Grand has quite an attraction that’ll make you want to jump in the ocean once you land.
While Centara Grand sports within it 112 villas, a Maldives resort on water, cuisines that accommodate for almost every palette and a kids club for all family vacation-goers, who could pass up the chance to explore a sunken ship close to the island?
Centara Grand comes equipped with a dive centre that will accommodate your diving needs, and then some. While the shipwreck excursion isn’t specific to the Grand, it most certainly is one of the most beautiful & thrilling sights to behold as you swim alongside fish of all size and colour while you explore this deep sea wreckage.
9. Cocoon Maldives
Cocoon Maldives provides one thing above all else that stands out: a wine & dine experience like no other. Whether you’re by yourself, with your partner or with family, the incredible sights & cuisine that Cocoon has to offer is bar none.
The main restaurant, Octopus, treats guests to international cuisines at themed buffets and engaging live stations. Manta Restaurant provides à la carte eating in the lagoon for those looking for a romantic evening by candlelight to the rising lovers’ moon. With a beautiful view of the Indian Ocean, the Japanese Garden is devoted to serving you genuine Japanese cuisine. Kurum-Bar is a chill spot for drinks at dusk, while the Loabi Loabi pool bar is a friendly gathering spot with events every night.
So whether you’re looking to indulge in good food, plan a fit & healthy meal or if you feel like you want to party, Cocoon Maldives is the place to be.
10. Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island
Style and elegance never looked so good. Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island is a haven to all couples out there who are looking to get their holiday on.
They provide you with extensive packages, options for you to choose from so that you yourself can craft your very own dream vacation. Not only that, if you’re a fan of interiors and fancy buildings, the remarkable architecture of Jumeirah will make you feel like royalty.
A wonderful feature that Jumeirah also showcases is their availability of a Semi-Submarine, so if you would like to go diving but not get your toes wet, book and take a ride through the gorgeous underwater scenery that only Maldives can offer.
Maldives is known as one of the best holiday destinations in the world and for good reason. And we hope this list helps you narrow down which Maldives island & resort hotel you would want to spend your vacation on.