Maldives luxury holidays

The Maldives is a chain of some 1,190 low-lying coral islands spread across 26 atolls in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Each island is the crest of an ancient volcanic mountain range, yet the highest point in the archipelago is just eight feet above sea level. [See Maldives itinerary ideas]

Conforming to most people's idea of paradise, the Maldives deliver. Comprising pristine tropical islands covered with swaying palm trees, white-sand beaches, brilliant, turquoise lagoons, colourful corals and masses of marine life, they are true island getaways, ideal for sun worshipers, water sports enthusiasts and honeymooners.

Most visitors fly into the capital Male, the modern face of the islands, and then hop to one of the resort islands aboard a boat taxi or dhoni. Pause long enough though and you'll see some impressive artefacts, including Sultanese thrones and palanquins. For a different perspective and to put all the islands into context, take a short flight over the archipelago and watch the patterns of sea, sand, reef and island unfurl below you.

Snorkelers and divers are well catered for. The coral is at its most colourful at Maa Kandu and Kuda Kandu, whilst Banana Reef is one of the best dive spots, with dramatic sea cliffs, caves and overhangs hiding reef fish, turtles, manta rays and moray eels. Whale sharks and nurse sharks can also be seen, whilst hammerheads gather at Hammerhead Point off Rasdhoo Madivaru.

Alternatively, explore the wreck of the Maldive Victory, a sunken cargo ship that provides a home for coral, sponges and large schools of fish. Stay above water and take a surf safari and go in search of the different waves and breaks that crash against the atolls.

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Places to stay [20]

The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Maldives. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Maldives, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0619.

One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives

Luxury travel

One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives is a superb all-villa resort offering unsurpassed levels of style, choice and personal exploration. The sleek and spectacular …

Baros Maldives

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Beach Honeymoon Relaxation

A distinctive blend of laidback luxury, welcoming hospitality and first-class facilities makes Baros the perfect island paradise in the translucent waters of …

Soneva Fushi Resort & Six Senses Spa

Luxury travel

After your scenic seaplane flight from Malé, kick off your shoes – you wont need them until you leave. The Soneva Fushi concept is a luxury version of the …

Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives is a luxury all villa-resort set amidst banyan trees and lush vegetation on powder-white sand beaches. There …

Lily Beach Resort & Spa, Maldives

All-inclusive Beach

Lily Beach Resort & Spa is located in Ari Atoll close to some prime dive sites and reached by a 25 minute seaplane transfer from Male. Recently renovated, the …

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Maldives

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Beach Honeymoon Relaxation

Surrounded by some of the finest white-sand beaches in the Maldives, this romantic retreat offers exceptional value in an amazing location, 124 kilometres from …

Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives

An intimate private atoll, just a ten-minute walk from end to end, Cocoa Island by COMO offers 33 luxurious overwater suites and villas in the form of dhonis …

Constance Moofushi, Maldives

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Beach Honeymoon Relaxation

Set on its own private island just 30 minutes from Malé by seaplane, Constance Moofushi offers spacious villas with private terraces, thatched palm ceilings, …

Viceroy Maldives

Viceroy Maldives offers a truly exclusive Maldives holiday experience, boasting a stunning location on the private island of Vagaru in Shaviyani Atoll, 192 …

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Beach Luxury travel

This is a stunning, romantic island resort offering sophisticated barefoot luxury, surrounded by glorious natural beauty.

Coco Palm Bodu Hithi

Luxury travel

Coco Palm Bodu Hithi is a Maldivian paradise. Its a perfect combination of modern design and barefoot luxury. The contemporary thatched bungalows shelter …

Vivanta by Taj - Coral Reef

Beach Luxury travel

Coral Reef is a hip, luxurious and affordable option for holidaying in the Maldives. Chic and comfortable accommodation is provided in water villas on stilts …

Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

Huvafen Fushi is a 5-star resort set on its own private lagoon - the perfect escape into paradise. This chic and contemporary resort is modest in scale and …

Nika Island Resort and Spa

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All-inclusive Beach Diving

Surrounded by the crystalline waters of the beautiful Ari Atoll, Nika Island Resort & Spa enjoys a sublime location in the heart of the beautiful Maldives. Lush …

Niyama Maldives

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Beach Honeymoon Relaxation

Niyama Maldives, the new kid on the tropical island block, is located 40-minutes by seaplane from Malé and offers plenty that its luxury neighbours don't. A …

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