Brief Review Of The Top Maldives Holiday Resorts (Part 1)
There are a huge number of resorts in the Maldives to suit a wide range of tastes and budgets. Here, we’ll take you through many of the popular Maldives holiday resorts.
1: Angsana Resort & Spa Maldives
Angsana is located in the Ihuru islands (North Male Atoll) and is a short 14 km distance from the capital of Male.
One of the best Maldives holiday resorts contains 45 villas – some of the nice features of these include thatched roofs, individual private gardens, and pleasant verandas. Guests can choose between deluxe beachfront villas and standard beachfront villas.
Ihuru has a great reputation for having some of the finest house reefs in the Maldives and so is a good destination for those wanting to do a bit of diving and snorkeling.
The spa at Angsana offers a wide range of treatments including facials, massages and various others.
2: Bandos Island Resort Maldives
The Bandos resort has 225 guestrooms of varying types – guests can choose from standard, deluxe, garden villas, Jacuzzi beach villas, and water villas. The resort is located in the North Male atoll.
Bandos first opened in 1972 although it has grown considerably since then to become one of the largest Maldives resorts with facilities to match. For example, just some of the facilities include tennis courts, a coffee shop (and five restaurants), a disco & bar, gym & sauna, pool room, a couple of swimming pools, beauty salon as well as a spa offering massages.
The diving facilities are good with a diving school offering diving courses.
3: Banyan Tree Maldives
The Banyan Tree is another luxurious resort set in the North Male atoll. The resort offers five different types of rooms from standard to ocean view villas. There’s a choice of four restaurants and bars, a very good spa, and excellent recreation facilities including diving, snorkeling & deep-sea fishing to name but a few.
4: Baros Island Resort Maldives
Located in North Male Atoll, Baros is just a 20-minute speedboat ride from Male airport. The resort offers three types of accommodation – water villas, baros villas, and deluxe villas.
There are several bars & restaurants offering a wide selection of continental & oriental cuisines.
The recreational facilities at Baros are huge, and aside from the standard diving & snorkeling options offered at practically all resorts, Baros offers several additional services – badminton, aerobics, and cycling are just a few of these.
Certainly one of the smaller resorts located in the Ari Atoll, Bathala is well regarded by divers.
The 4-star resort contains 37 cottages and is better suited to those who do not plan to do much other than laze away.
6: Biyadhoo Island Resort Maldives
Biyadhoo is located on the Kaafu Atoll (South Male Atoll) is a four-star resort containing a total of 96 rooms. The resort is highly regarded as a good place for diving and snorkeling. Certainly an island for those looking for water sports and activity in addition to the spectacular scenery that the Maldives offers.
7: Boduhithi Island Resort Maldives
This club-style resort with over 80 rooms is a particular favorite with Italian clientele. As you would expect, this means a high number of available activities and all the fine Italian dining you can handle. The staff is also predominantly Italian.
Boduhithi is located in the North Atoll (Kaafu) and has an official rating of four stars.
8: Bolifushi Island Resort Maldives
Located in the South Male Atoll, about 12km Southwest of Male this 4 star rated resort has three types of rooms – Boli, Beach Villa, and Water Villa.
The facilities are good and offer diving, snorkeling, scuba diving and plenty of other activities. There is also a good Spa.
9: Club Med Farukolhufushi Maldives
Set in the North Atoll, this island resort is very good for scuba diving and water sports. The 4-star resort offers a wide range of facilities and 150 rooms. There are two room types – superior, and superior with balcony.
Tuition is available for water-sports including windsurfing and sailing while other activities on offer including kayaking, beach volley, soccer, water polo and more. The resort also offers a swimming pool, spa, arts/crafts workshop, a TV/pool room and more.
10: Coco Palm Resort & Spa Maldives
Coco Palm resort is located on the private island of Dhuni Kolhu (Baa Atoll) and is approximately half an hour via sea-plane from the Capital of Male.
The accommodation is highly luxurious and there are four types of rooms from beach villas to the incredible lagoon palace suite.
The resort offers several restaurants and bars, all set in highly tranquil locations and also has a highly recommended spa.
Activities and diving are also available with a diving school and plenty of sports such as water-skiing, canoeing, surf-biking, sailing & more. Tennis, badminton, volleyball are also on offer and the resort has a gym too for the health-conscious.
11: Cocoa Island Maldives
Cocoa Island is a five-star resort in South Male Atoll and is approximately 30 minutes from Male via speedboat.
The rooms are of a high standard and come in varying types including one and two-bedroom villas, dhoni loft suites and dhoni standard suites.
The main activities on offer are diving, water-sports and island hopping.
12: Cinnamon Dhonveli Beach & Spa Resort Maldives
Not surprisingly, “Dhonveli” in Maldian stands for “crystal white sand”. This is a five-star resort with five different types of rooms that are located on the North Male Atoll.
The resort has one main restaurant, the Banana Garden Restaurant but also offers a sunset bar & coffee shop.
There are several of the usual indoor and outdoor recreational facilities available, including “big game fishing” and “adventure cruising”. Floodlit tennis/badminton, carom, table tennis are a few of the more traditional activities on offer and the resort has a gym and spa too.
13: Ellaidhoo Tourist Resort Maldives
Located on the North Ari Atoll is the four-star Ellaidhoo resort. It’s quite a distance from Male (over an hour by speedboat although only 20 minutes via seaplane). Ellaidhoo is one of the smaller resorts and the whole island is around 300 meters long and 280 meters wide.
There are 156 rooms split up into standard, superior and deluxe. The dining facilities include the restaurant, coffee shop, and bar.
Diving & recreation activities are available and these include island hopping, snorkeling safaris, morning fishing, an excursion to Male and more. There is also a Spa.
14: Embudu Village Maldives
This four-star resort is set in Kaafu Atoll and the island is just 300 meters long. There is a very easy-going feel to the island. There are 118 rooms divided between standard, superior and water bungalow rooms.
As you would expect, the main activities in Embudu are diving, water sports and a feast of additional activities normally found in Maldives resorts.
There is a restaurant, bar and coffee shop serving a variety of food and beverage.
15: Eriyadu Island Resort Maldives
Set in the North Male Atoll, Eriyadu is a four-star resort that contains 57 superior rooms only. It’s a 45-minute transfer via speedboat from the capital Male. It’s a 4-star resort.
There is a restaurant, bar and coffee shop available for guests and there are good diving facilities available as you would expect.
16: Filitheyo Island Resort Maldives
Situated on the Faafu Atoll, Filitheyo is a five-star resort with 125 villas of different types.
Filitheyo offers a main restaurant, a couple of bars and a coffee shop and several of the standard diving & recreational facilities are available including cultural shows and live music too.
17: Four Seasons Resort Maldives
Set in the North Male Atoll, Four Seasons is a spectacular five-star resort with 106 rooms of various types (from standard beach villas and beach bungalows with outdoor showers to water villas).
The resort offers three restaurants and two bars and some of the features include a healthy offering of vegetarian food as well as themed nights.
The facilities & recreational amenities are very good – as well as the standard Maldives offerings guests can try their hand at aerial excursions, catamaran sailing, big game fishing, and island hopping.
The resort is a half-hour transfer via speedboat from Male.
18: Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
The five-star Full Moon resort is located in the North Male Atoll and is a 20-minute speedboat ride from Male.
There are 156 rooms – from deluxe and cottage rooms to water bungalows and water villas. The architecture has a very traditional, wooden feel and the accommodation is very comfortable.
No less than five different restaurants offer a huge selection of international cuisine and keep the guests pallets delighted at all times. There are also three bars and a coffee shop.
While most Maldives resorts have their own spas, the Full Moon spa is actually located on a separate island – a delightful touch.
A good range of activities and recreation are also on offer.
19: Hakuraa Club Maldives
On the Meemu Atoll lies the four-star Hakuura Club offering either beach or water bungalows. The resort is 130km from Male. A good range of activities and recreation are offered.
20: Halaveli Holiday Village Maldives
This is a three-star resort in the Ari Atoll offering a range of beach bungalows. The transfer from the airport is half an hour by seaplane or 1.5 hours via speedboat. Dhon transfers are available but take 360 minutes.
There is a main restaurant and bar offering a wide range of cuisine. A fair standard or recreation and diving facilities are also available.
This is a fair option for those with a tight budget that are looking for a Maldives experience. While the rooms are not exactly cheap, they are more affordable than the four and five-star options available.
21: OBLU by Atmosphere – Helengeli Maldives
OBLU is a four-star resort that’s based in the Kaafu Atoll. There are 50 beach villas available and offers the usual choice of recreation and activities. To name a few, they include Spa, restaurant/bar, internet facilities, freshwater pool as well as /speedboat/seaplane hire. There is also a dive school.
22: Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa Rangali Island Maldives
The luxurious five-star Hilton is not for those with a fragile budget! Located in the South Ari Atoll, the resort is 90km from Male airport.
There are 150 rooms divided into standard/deluxe beach villas, water bungalows, and sunset water villas.
The main restaurant is the Atoll restaurant containing two open kitchens. The sunset bar & grill is a lovely addition built over the water with stunning views of the lagoon. You can even have a private barbeque specially made by a resort chef.
Some great recreational & diving activities are offered including swimming pool, tennis courts, fitness rooms & spa and a huge range of water & other sports.
These are just a handful of the premier Maldives holiday resorts available in the Maldives. While all tend to be mid to high end, your choice may be determined by the type of holiday you’re interested in so some further research is always recommended.