Resorts in the Maldives you need to tick off your bucket list

17 April, 2023 / words by IALH Editorial Team

Written by Nancy Lova

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Now you can pick near enough any destination and find yourself gorgeous hotels to enjoy but one place on the map which oozes luxury is the Maldives. Overwater Vilas, fine dining, white sandy islands surrounded by pristine waters and the highest quality of service pretty much anywhere you go, the Maldives makes an exceptional vacation. 

So get yourself ready for the ultimate getaway as I’ve selected a number of the most luxurious resorts in the Maldives to tick off your bucket list!

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives

There are some brands you don’t have to think twice about because you just trust they’ll meet all your expectations. Well, Taj Hotels is a prime example. With an incredible 196 hotels, resorts and palaces across the globe, there’s no doubt this particular brand is world-renowned and an absolute favourite of mine. 

Located in one of the largest lagoons and on its own island, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa doesn’t hold back when it comes to the highlife. 64 suites and villas offering views of the Indian Ocean, an infinity pool, a spa fit for royalty and onsite restaurants providing a delightful dining experience, Taj Exotica is truly paradise.

Have a chilled day with a good book and cocktails on one of the many hammocks along the beach and if you’re looking for a spot of activities then why not have your butler arrange a few from wildlife-spotting to scuba diving.


How about staying on a private island at a multi-award winning, all inclusive resort? A 15-villa overwater haven, Kudadoo is an intimate retreat but is of a grand level when it comes to the luxury it provides guests. Popular for its eco-friendly, Japanese architecture, peace and serenity can be found throughout with each residence consisting of its own infinity pool, fresh open-plan layouts inviting plenty of natural light and breathtaking views. 

Kudadoo stays true to their ethos, ‘Anything. Anytime. Anywhere’ as you can unwind in a vast choice of spa treatments, round-the-clock champagne (yes please!) and tailor-made excursions put together by your personal butler. This is Maldives at its finest!

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Sitting pretty amongst white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and within a marine protected area, LUX* South Ari Atoll is perfect for lovers of underwater wildlife. 50 spectacular dive sites brings the bucket list opportunity of snorkeling or scuba diving alongside beauties such as dolphins, manta rays, whales sharks and cute little sea turtles!

After a day of activities with the aquatic residents, slow down and take in the tranquil island ambience in your villa.

Contemporary in design with airy interiors, there are a range of villas and pavilions to choose from. Whether it’s a Romantic Beach Pool Villa ideal for couples and honeymooners, a Family Lagoon Pavilion great for travellers with loved ones or the Presidential Suite for ultimate seclusion, this resort makes an irresistible stay as it has something for everyone.

Ozen Life Maadhoo

Tranquility, soul-soothing villas with ocean views and the best of the culinary world, Ozen Life Maadhoo combines all that the Maldives is, into one spectacular vacation. 

Located in the Maldivian Island, South Malé Atoll, Ozen Life Maadhoo consists of two types of villas, Earth and Wind. The latter are situated above water with impressive glass floors to admire passing marine life such as a stingrays whilst Earth Villas offer island beach homes with views across the sea. Both of which come with options to include a pool.

Dive right into your stay through a range of excursions and watersports or start your trip off with a champagne breakfast then laze around the beach before blissful treatments at the spa. Tick something else off your bucket list by watching movies under the stars at the resort’s cinema.

Soneva Jani

Ultraluxe and fabulous, Soneva Jani is a true island getaway with tropical vibes and has seriously outdone itself. This resort has more than what you thought you wanted from a luxury stay! 

Stunning villas with slides, a private cinema and a stargazing observatory all above water in the turquoise lagoon as well as a Dolphin Cruise at sunset, Padel Tennis and a private gourmet picnic on the beach with your very own chef! And just when you thought you’ve reached the optimum highlife experience, the resort has Soneva Unlimited (at an additional cost), an experience offering treats such as:

– Unlimited visits to Michelin-starred chef dinners

– Unlimited spa treatments and wellness practitioners

– Unlimited wine from the Unlimited wine list 

And many more! Your Maldives vacation simply couldn’t get any better. 


IALH Editorial Team


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