Top 10 Luxury Resorts in Maldives 2023

Tue Feb 27 2024

Amongst the 689,721.81 miles of beaches around the globe, encompassing various types of coastlines while reflecting the extensive and diverse nature of the world's shorelines, you only deserve the perfect paradise – the Maldives. The haven where luxury is whispered in the rustling of palm leaves, reflected in the endless ocean, and experienced in the warmth of discreet, impeccable service. The Maldives doesn’t just embody luxury; it elevates it to an art form, making every moment spent here a timeless memory, embroidered in the fabric of the extraordinary. 


Our handpicked selection of the top 10 luxury resorts in the Maldives for 2023 is an invitation to immerse yourself in a world of exquisite escapism, where each resort weaves its unique narrative of luxury, offering experiences that transcend the ordinary and leave an indelible imprint on your soul.

Image Source: Aerial View of Jumeirah Maldives Resort


1: Jumeirah Maldives Resort

Jumeirah Maldives Resort redefines luxurious island living, blending seamlessly with the alluring azure of the Indian Ocean. Each villa, a masterpiece of modern design, stands proudly over the tranquil waters, offering uninterrupted vistas of the endless sea. Spacious decks provide private access to the ocean's embrace, with options for lavish one or two-bedroom sanctuaries, perfect for couples or families seeking an exclusive retreat. Inside, the villas showcase contemporary elegance with floor-to-ceiling windows inviting the outside in, and plush interiors, including sumptuous four-poster beds, ensuring every moment is steeped in comfort. For an elevated experience, select villas feature infinity pools, that merge with the horizon. Culinary journeys at Jumeirah Maldives are an epicurean's delight, ranging from intimate beachside dining under the stars to exquisite flavors served over the reef. The resort's spa, a haven of serenity, offers treatments infused with local ingredients, promising a rejuvenating escape. 


Must-Try Experiences at Jumeirah Maldives:

  • Intimate beachside dining under the stars

  • Over-reef culinary journeys for unique flavors

  • Indulgent spa treatments with local ingredients

  • Snorkeling to explore the vibrant marine life

  • A variety of watersports in the expansive lagoon


Every aspect of Jumeirah Maldives is meticulously crafted to ensure an opulent and unforgettable stay, making it a jewel in the crown of Maldivian luxury resorts.



Image Source: Aerial View of St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort


2. The St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

The St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is a sanctuary of refined luxury and bespoke elegance. This island paradise, accessible via a 45-minute seaplane ride, is a tapestry of contemporary design and Maldivian craftsmanship. Each villa, whether perched over the emerald waters or nestled on the pristine beach, is a haven of exclusivity with private terraces and infinity pools, blending seamlessly into the stunning backdrop of the Indian Ocean. The resort's signature over-water villas, including the magnificent John Jacob Astor Estate, redefine opulence with their expansive layouts and breathtaking views. Culinary excellence is at the heart of the Vommuli experience, with a selection of six restaurants offering an array of gastronomic delights. Indulge in the tranquil Iridium Spa, where wellness meets the water, or explore the underwater wonders with unrivaled snorkeling opportunities. The St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort stands as a beacon of luxury, offering an unparalleled island escape.


Must-Try Experiences at The St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort:

  • Seaplane arrival for breathtaking aerial views

  • Luxurious stays in the John Jacob Astor Estate

  • Dining in over-water restaurants with ocean vistas

  • Indulgent treatments at the tranquil Iridium Spa

  • Unrivaled snorkeling in crystal-clear waters


This indulgence will set your experience apart from other vacations you ever had.



Image Source: Aerial View of The Nautilus Maldives


3. The Nautilus Maldives

The Nautilus Maldives, a boutique luxury resort 30 minutes away from the airport, is an embodiment of exclusivity and personalized service. Each of its spacious beach and overwater houses offers a private sanctuary with plush interiors and sun-drenched decks. Renowned for its bespoke experiences, The Nautilus allows guests to enjoy the Maldives at their own pace. The resort's exquisite dining options, wellness spa, and world-class diving make it an ideal choice for those seeking an ultra-luxurious, intimate escape in a stunning, unspoiled setting.


Must-Try Experiences at The Nautilus Maldives:

  • Relaxing in spacious beach and overwater houses

  • Personalized, bespoke guest experiences

  • Exquisite dining in breathtaking settings

  • Wellness treatments at the resort spa

  • World-class diving in the Baa Atoll


The very definition of luxury exclusively in the Maldives is this tailor-fitted, world-class experience.



Image Source: Aerial View of Velaa Private Island


4. Velaa Private Island

Velaa Private Island, an exclusive retreat in the Noonu Atoll, epitomizes the essence of Maldivian luxury. This private island, accessible by a 45-minute scenic seaplane journey from Malé, offers an intimate experience with bespoke villas, each a sanctuary of privacy and comfort. The island's architecture blends contemporary design with Maldivian nuances, creating spaces that are both elegant and harmonious with nature. The villas, whether nestled on the beach or hovering above the turquoise lagoon, feature private pools and are designed with a keen eye for detail and luxury. Dining at Velaa Private Island is an epicurean journey, with several world-class restaurants serving a range of international cuisines. The resort is renowned for its exclusive recreational activities, including a golf academy and a range of water sports. The spa, set amidst lush tropical gardens, offers a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation. Velaa Private Island is not just a resort, but a personal realization of a dream for luxurious perfection.


Must-Try Experiences at Velaa Private Island:

  • Stay in bespoke villas with private pools

  • Indulge in world-class dining experiences

  • Enjoy exclusive recreational activities, including golf

  • Rejuvenate in the spa set in tropical gardens

  • Explore the turquoise lagoon with water sports


These are what make this luxury unparalleled to the world, the best you can ever dream of.



Image Source: Aerial View of Anantara Veli Resort


5. Anantara Veli Resort

Anantara Veli Resort, nestled in the serene South Malé Atoll, is a paradisiacal retreat offering an idyllic blend of laid-back luxury and natural beauty. Accessible via a 35-minute short speedboat ride from Malé, this adults-only resortis a sanctuary of romance and tranquility. The resort features elegantly designed overwater bungalows, each boasting direct lagoon access, contemporary decor, and panoramic views of the azure Indian Ocean. Guests can indulge in a variety of dining experiences, from traditional Maldivian cuisine to international gourmet dishes, all set against the backdrop of breathtaking ocean views. Anantara Veli also offers a range of activities, including yoga sessions, water sports,

and an impressive dive center for exploring the vibrant marine life. The resort's spa, perched over the water, provides a tranquil haven for rejuvenating treatments. For those seeking adventure, cultural excursions, and island-hopping tours are readily available. Anantara Veli seamlessly combines the allure of the Maldives with understated elegance, making it an ideal destination for couples seeking a peaceful yet luxurious getaway.


Must-Try Experiences at Anantara Veli Resort:

  • Relaxing in overwater bungalows with lagoon access

  • Sampling diverse dining, from Maldivian to international cuisine

  • Participating in activities like yoga and water sports

  • Exploring marine life at the dive center

  • Rejuvenating spa treatments over the water


Anantara Veli Resort offers a blend of laid-back luxury and natural elegance, ideal for those seeking a serene yet opulent escape in the Maldives.



Image Source: Aerial View of Six Senses Laamu


6. Six Senses Laamu

In the heart of the Laamu Atoll lies Six Senses Laamu, an eco-conscious yet luxurious retreat where sustainability and luxury intertwine to create an unforgettable experience. This resort, accessible by a short domestic flight and boat ride, embraces the essence of the Maldives with villas that blend naturally into the unspoiled landscape. Each villa, whether set along the palm-fringed beach or perched elegantly over the lagoon, offers a private oasis of tranquility, complete with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. The villas are designed with a sustainable approach, ensuring a minimal environmental footprint without compromising on comfort and elegance. Culinary adventures at Six Senses Laamu are a highlight, with a variety of dining venues offering dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients. The resort's commitment to sustainability extends to its interactive experiences, including sunset dhoni cruises, sandbank picnics, and guided snorkeling tours showcasing the vibrant marine life. The spa, nestled amidst the island's lush vegetation, provides a serene retreat for holistic wellness. At Six Senses Laamu, luxury is redefined through a lens of environmental responsibility, offering a distinctive and mindful escape in the Maldives.


Must-Try Experiences at Six Senses Laamu:

  • Staying in eco-luxury villas with ocean views

  • Dining on locally sourced cuisine in unique settings

  • Enjoying sustainable activities like sunset Dhoni cruises

  • Exploring vibrant marine life through snorkeling

  • Experiencing holistic wellness at the island spa


Six Senses Laamu redefines luxury with its eco-conscious approach, that will make you come back over again.



Image Source: Aerial View of The Residence Maldives


7. The Residence Maldives

Resting on Falhumaafushi Island in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, The Residence Maldives is a serene retreat offering a blend of traditional Maldivian design and modern luxury. The resort's villas, both beachfront and overwater, are sanctuaries of comfort with private pools and breathtaking views. Guests can indulge in culinary delights, a range of water sports, and rejuvenating spa treatments. The Residence Maldives stands out for its tranquil atmosphere, making it a perfect getaway for those seeking relaxation and understated luxury in a pristine environment.


Must-Try Experiences at The Residence Maldives:

  • Relaxing in beachfront and overwater villas with private pools

  • Savoring culinary delights in idyllic settings

  • Engaging in a variety of water sports activities

  • Unwinding with rejuvenating spa treatments


The Residence Maldives provides a serene blend of traditional Maldivian aesthetics and modern luxury, perfect for a tranquil and luxurious escape.



Image Source: Aerial View of Conrad Rangali Island Maldives


8. Conrad Rangali Island Maldives

A haven of luxury, Conrad Rangali Island Maldives spans two idyllic islands in the South Ari Atoll, just 30 minutes away from the airport. Renowned for its undersea restaurant and spectacular over-water villas, the resort promises an exclusive escape. Each villa, a blend of modern luxury and traditional Maldivian design, offers serene ocean views. The resort is a favorite among celebrities for its world-class dining, breathtaking underwater suite, and unparalleled service, ensuring a stay of unmatched splendor and solitude in the heart of the Maldives.


Must-Try Experiences at Conrad Rangali Island Maldives:

  • Dining in the undersea restaurant

  • Staying in luxurious over-water villas

  • Enjoying world-class dining with celebrity favorites

  • Relaxing in the breathtaking underwater suite

  • Experiencing unparalleled service and solitude


Conrad Rangali Island Maldives offers a unique blend of modern luxury and traditional design, perfect for an exclusive and splendid stay.


Image Source: Aerial View of Soneva Fushi


 9. Soneva Fushi Maldives

Soneva Fushi, basking in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, 30 minutes away from the airport, epitomizes barefoot luxury. This eco-friendly resortharmonizes with its natural surroundings, offering Robinson Crusoe-style villas amidst dense tropical foliage. Each villa, with its private pool and open-air bathroom, provides a sanctuary of rustic elegance. Guests enjoy experiences like outdoor cinemas, observatory stargazing, and fine dining on private sandbanks. Soneva Fushi's commitment to sustainability and luxury coalesce to create an immersive, authentic Maldivian experience.


Must-Try Experiences at Soneva Fushi Maldives:

  • Residing in Robinson Crusoe-style villas

  • Watching movies in outdoor cinemas

  • Stargazing at the observatory

  • Dining on private sandbanks

  • Embracing the eco-friendly and sustainable luxury


Soneva Fushi Maldives harmonizes luxury with nature, offering an immersive and authentic experience in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.



Image Source: Aerial View of Joali Maldives


10. Joali Maldives 

Joali Maldives, perching on the pristine Muravandhoo Island in the Raa Atoll, is a stunning expression of sustainable glamour and artistic luxury. Accessible by a 40-minute seaplane journey, this exquisite resort is a sanctuary where art, nature, and opulence converge. Each of its elegantly designed villas, either perched over the turquoise waters or set amidst lush tropical greenery, offers unparalleled privacy, spacious living areas, and private pools, with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Joali stands out for its unique focus on immersive art experiences, with installations and pieces from renowned artists integrated seamlessly throughout the island. The resort's commitment to sustainability is evident in its eco-conscious practices and organic dining options. Joali's culinary journey is a gastronomic delight, featuring diverse international cuisines across its multiple restaurants. The indulgent spa, water sports, and bespoke excursions add to the allure, making Joali Maldives an epitome of luxury, catering to discerning travelers seeking an escape into a world of exquisite beauty and artistic flair.


Must-Try Experiences at Joali Maldives:

  • Staying in artistically designed luxury villas

  • Engaging in immersive art experiences

  • Dining on organic and international cuisines

  • Relaxing in the indulgent spa

  • Exploring bespoke water sports and excursions


Joali Maldives is a sanctuary of sustainable glamour and artistic luxury, offering a unique and exquisite escape for discerning travelers.



Get a Taste of this Luxury

In the longest stretch of diverse and captivating shorelines, the Maldives stands out as a quintessential paradise, redefining the essence of luxury in every whisper of the palm leaves and every wave in the vast ocean. Our curated list of the top 10 luxury resorts in the Maldives for 2023 invites you to a realm of unparalleled indulgence and sublime experiences. From the architectural elegance of Jumeirah Maldives Resort to the artistic sanctuary of Joali Maldives, each destination in this list is a unique narrative of opulence, offering a transcendent escape that promises to leave an everlasting mark on your soul.


While this list presents a discerning selection of the finest resorts, the true essence of their luxury and charm can only be fully appreciated through personal experience. The order of these top 10 resorts may vary subjectively, as each beholds its own special allure. We encourage you to embark on this luxurious journey and discover the one that resonates most deeply with you. Explore these havens of exquisite escapism and find your own slice of paradise in the Maldives. 

Visit and experience the pinnacle of luxury – your extraordinary story awaits with Maldives Exclusive.

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