by Mohamed Rehan
Maldives is not short on grand, lavish and luxurious tourist resorts up for offer and travelers from across the world have a rich pantheon of top-tier tourist properties to pick and choose from.
The beautifully developed islands with sophisticated architecture juxtaposed with the pristine vegetations and lush gardens complemented jovially with smooth and white sandy beaches overlooking turquoise lagoons and the Indian Ocean’s vista ahead – make these resorts some of the best places on Earth to visit.
But when it comes to the coveted best resorts of the Maldives, the opinions polarize and for good reasons. After all, each one of these luxurious islands stand out in their own regard and when it comes to picking the best ones – it all comes down to personal preferences and experiences of the travelers.
Here we are listing out some of the best resorts identified by global travelers through their various visits. But we will leave it up to our readers to decide if you agree with the list or not.
“An island of pure beauty and unexpected dimensionality” is what Patina Maldives, Fari Islands described best as – and when the resort despite being one of the most recent additions in the Maldivian tourism field, goes on to win international accolades such as the ‘Architectural Digest Hotel Awards’ at the Great Design Award 2021 and honoree recognition at Global Vision Awards 2021, it speaks volumes about the service excellence of this resort.
Patina Maldives was designed by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan who has created a haven of tropical modernism with the luxury slip. This 90-pool villa resort is not the largest but decorations of glass walls, contemporary villa and bathroom designs create an impressive atmosphere that is appealing for the tourists of all ages.
JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa
Marriott International is a coveted brand in the international tourism frontier, and their property in the island nation the JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa is hailed as one of the most aesthetic getaways in the country.
Set at the far-northern Shaviyani atoll this beautiful slip of land comes with its own large house reef and the perfect site for snorkeling with white-tip reef sharks, moray eels and shoaling fish. The resort offers its abodes and amenities in two main swimming pools, spa and a spacious kids’ club along with 60 pool villas all shaped like galleons flipped upside down.
The internals of the villas lean towards blue textiles and furniture favoring hues of blue.
Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
Two decades and a major management shift later, Gili Lankanfushi Maldives is still one of the most authentic holiday destinations in the Maldives. From tremendous lagoons to white sandy beaches with natural decorations of shape-shifting sandbanks, this resort is the go-to spot for holidaymakers and honeymooners looking for exclusivity, peace and relaxation.
Unlike most other resorts, all the villas at Gili Lankanfushi are scattered across the lagoon waters while the in-island establishments are mostly servicing outlets, restaurants, bars and other facilities.
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives
Gone are the days when Maldivian resort designs exclusively favor traditional thatched-roof images and opting towards contemporary chic décor choices – The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands make the most of this and have put it to good use.
This beautiful and modern-aesthetic tourist resort holds 100 contemporary circular villas scattered across the water and down the stretch of the beach, in high regard. The villas are polished with glass doors that open to half-moon verandas that give way to teardrop shaped plunge pools overlooking the panoramic Indian Ocean vista.
The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is one of the finest offerings currently available in the island nation and a stay here will not be forgotten easily.
Raffles Maldives Meradhoo
Looking for remoteness and panache in the same place? Then look no further, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo will deliver just that and more. This tiny island resort is beautified by its clotted-cream sands, picturesque sunsets and a thick foliage amid which international standard suites have been cropped up.
Situated in Male’ atoll, a 55-minute domestic flight from Velana International Airport to Kaadehdhoo followed by a 10-minute speedboat transfer will get you to Raffles Maldives Meradhoo where exclusivity and privacy are hailed as the primary priorities the guests can enjoy.
The high-end resort provides its accommodation in 37 suite style villas with its built-in swimming pools, a grand porch and cascading glass doors running the entire length of the villas that provide the unfiltered view of the azure lagoons ahead.
Maldives is home to over 150 luxury tourist resorts and when it comes to picking out the best ones, it is never an easy task. Each of these extravagant abodes provide international standard hospitality services and most of these properties have gone on to win multiple global accolades for their commitment and dedication to the service industry.
So, when it comes to taking your picks it will always be based on preferences and experiences as well as what you are looking for when you are booking a tourist resort.