There are countless beach destinations to escape to, but few are as entrancing as the Maldives. Over a thousand islands, grouped into 26 atolls, epitomize the idea of tropical paradise. Sprawling overwater villas, powdery soft sands, and a million shades of ocean blue; it doesn’t get better than this! The Luxury Travel Agency partners with a long list of the Maldives’ most exclusive properties – here are a few of our favorites.
Luxury Beach Resorts: Overwater Opulence
More than any other feature, the Maldives might be most famous for its overwater villas. The calm surrounding seas allow for breathtaking structures built right out over the lagoons, a feature simply not possible in most other destinations. The feelings of privacy and seclusion are omnipresent…not to mention the endless views in all directions. Guests can lounge on their gorgeous outdoor decks while watching schools of fish swim below – and if they like, jump right in to join them!
If you’re searching for a real overwater palace, Cheval Blanc Randheli is the perfect place to start. There are lots of luxurious resorts in the Maldives, but few have the effortless class of this property. Guests here have access to the finest culinary offerings and excursions in the Indian Ocean, with a team of “Alchemists” designing hand-picked itineraries for each and every one. A range of overwater villas offer plenty of choice; gaze onto the lagoon, the open ocean, or retreat to your own private garden for ultimate seclusion. The newly renovated Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru offers overwater villas that blend harmoniously into their surroundings, emerging directly from the crystal-clear waters. Indoors and outdoors flow seamlessly into one another, with features such as long infinity pools, lounge swings, and overwater nets to get as close to the sea as possible. Pick from a sunrise or a sunset view; you can’t go wrong with either!
Luxury Beach Resorts: Sumptuous Sands
The Maldives’ best villas aren’t all perched over the water – there are plenty of lovely options on land to consider. Some of these are even more private than their overwater counterparts, secluded amongst lush jungles and gardens; others have direct access to the sun-kissed beaches at their doorsteps. These are an excellent alternative for those who want Maldivian style in a more traditional setting.
One of the best properties for villas of any kind is the stunning Velaa Private Island. Some of the nation’s largest accommodations are found here – entry categories start at an expansive 223m2 and only get larger. The Beach Villas are true tropical havens, perfectly balancing laid-back island style with touches of modern luxury. Private infinity pools, alfresco dining spaces, garden atriums, waterfall showers; all just steps from the powdery beach. Even more distinctive are the Beach Villas at JOALI, billed as the Maldives first “art-immersive hotel”. Nestled within a ring of greenery and the ocean a stone’s throw away, this is a fantastic choice for travelers with an appreciation for unique art and design. For groups or families, the Joali Beach Reserve is the ultimate getaway home, offering three or five bedrooms and seclusion which borders on that of your own private island!
Luxury Beach Resorts: Barefoot Bohemia
While some tropical travelers seek a modern style, others prefer total disconnect from the outside world. For them, finding a property that aligns with its environment is essential; they want to feel a true “sense of place”. Here, the pressures of life melt away as we return to a more natural state. We like to call this, “barefoot luxury”, and the Maldives offers some of the world’s finest properties to experience it.
The Soneva brand operates two such resorts in the Maldives, and Soneva Jani is the pick for overwater enthusiasts. This property epitomizes barefoot luxury; villas are constructed with plenty of wood and natural materials, while offering touches like a retractable roof directly above the master bed for nighttime stargazing. With the entry categories at a sprawling 411 m2 of total space, there’s more than enough room to while the days away in your lounger, pool…or even your private waterslide! A more intimate choice is found at Vakkaru, where wood beams and thatched roofs pay homage to traditional Maldivian craftsmanship. Beach and Over Water Villas both exude romance through their carefully considered design, such as comfortable daybeds and hammocks for two. For a real treat, book one of the larger Residences, offering pools far larger than your standard plunge variety – the perfect hideaway for a tropical escape.
The Luxury Travel Agency partners with all of the most breathtaking resorts in the Maldives and around the world. At our Partner Hotels, we’ll provide you with the lowest rates, alongside complimentary benefits such as room upgrades, daily breakfast, guided experiences, VIP status, early check-in and late check-out, and so much more! In every instance, your safety and security comes first. Contact The Luxury Travel Agency today to start planning that dream getaway!
Interested in other beach destinations? Check out our article on the entire Indian Ocean, or for a taste of the Caribbean, our favorite spots in the Turks & Caicos!