Popular with honeymooners and luxury travellers looking for a slice of island paradise, the Maldives is certainly one of the most beautiful places in the world. But with so many island resorts, the question is which one do you choose? White sands, palm trees, turquoise blue waters and coral reefs are guaranteed, but what about the resort itself?
There are 1,190 islands in the Maldives, 200 of which are inhabited, and approximately 105 of these are resort islands. While the resorts sometime offer excursions to neighbouring islands or the capital Male, you will spend most of your time using the facilities at the resort, so it’s important you choose the hotel with the right facilities for you.
When you arrive in the beautiful Maldives islands you will land in Male and transfers to your resort island are either by boat, seaplane or domestic flight. Seaplanes only fly in daylight hours, so if you arrive in Male after dark, you may have to stay overnight.
It’s a good idea to find out the resort’s distance from Male, so you know how long your transfer will be and also how idyllic and remote your resort will be. Resorts that are further away from Male might be quieter, less busy and more peaceful.
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A holiday to the Maldives is all about its crystal clear ocean, sunbathing on the beach, swimming in the ocean and enjoying watersports. The island nation is a diver’s paradise, so if you wish to snorkel or dive then you can spend hours and hours exploring the underwater life.
There are certain resorts that cater almost entirely for divers, while others are more family oriented. Furthermore, you must decide on the holiday budget. It is important to keep in mind that the Maldives is not the cheapest holiday option, but there are still resorts with varying prices. Take a look at how many rooms the resort has, and read the description for each room type so you know exactly what you want.
If you want to go snorkeling then ask the resort whether the coral reef is within swimming distance to the shore, because at some resorts you might have to take a boat out to the reef. Divers should research the diving centre and choose an island that is within close proximity to some good dive sites.
Let’s take a look at some of the best resorts in the Maldives!
Constance Moofushi is situated on the South Ari Atoll; one of the best diving spots in the world. Set amongst pure lagoons, sandbanks and tropical surroundings, the resort has 24 Beach Villas, 56 Water Villas and Senior Water villas. Guests can dine in the hotel’s buffet restaurant “Manta”, or enjoy an a la carte dinner in the beach grill, “Alizeé”. Some of the excursions on offer include a romantic getaway to a deserted island; big game fishing Maldivian style; a visit to the local fishing village of Himandoo; and a sunset cruise on a traditional “Dhoni” boat.
Cocoa Island by COMO
This luxurious resort has won numerous awards and it’s not difficult to see why. Cocoa Island by COMO boasts 33 overwater suites and villas inspired by dhoni boats- the gently curving wooden boats used by local fishermen. The accommodations arc out of the island itself, and a series of simple wooden walkways connect them. Each room has its own private terrace so you can sit out on the water and enjoy views of the Maldivian sea! The COMO Shambhala Retreat offers a whole world of pampering, featuring 3 single massage pavilions with outdoor shower garden; a double massage pavilion with outdoor shower/tub; an open-air yoga pavilion; hydrotherapy pool; steam facility; meditation area; and a gym with weights and cardio equipment.
Just 20-minutes by speedboat from the Maldives International Airport lies Baros; a small boutique resort with elegant Beach Villas and secluded Water Villas. The Maldivian Lounge at Baros gives visitors as sense of Maldivian culture, with displays of locally made artifacts and a collection of antique maps of the islands. If you wish to go snorkeling there is a house reef located just off the shore, so there is no need to take a boat. For divers, there are 30 world class dive sites that can be reached in less than 50 minutes by boat. The resort also boasts two centres dedicated to diving and sea exploration; the Dive Centre and the Marine Centre.
Whichever resort you choose, the Maldives is the ideal place for a peaceful escape involving plenty of sun, sea and sand!