By: Mohamed Rehan
The Indian Ocean archipelago known as the Maldives is globally known as 'paradise on Earth' due to the pristine pearl shaped coral islands that boast idyllic tropical lifestyle.
The luxurious tourist resorts that are abundantly found in the country are notable attractions for millions of enthusiastic travelers from across the world – and this includes famed celebrities. But which of these iconic tourist resorts have attracted global celebrities the most, and you might wonder, why?
Situated in the UNESCO protected biosphere of Baa atoll, the luxury tourist resort is notable for disrupting the status quo of the Maldivian tourism infrastructure and industry by bringing contemporary architectural inspirations instead of the traditional concept.
The all-encompassing attention to detail found in the architecture, services and facilities are what makes this top-tier getaway spot standout. The popularity of the resort is such that, it has attracted some of the major names from Hollywood with many claiming this particular resort island as their favorite place.
Notable celebrities who vacationed at Amilla Fushi Resort include famous celebrity chef and MasterChef host Gordon Ramsey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslett, Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan, Cara Delevgine, Rita Ora, the Beckams and even the Bollywood royalty family the Bachchans.
Smooth, majestic and comforting are some of the top-of-the-mind descriptions for the resort. Moreover, this top-end resort has often been described as the most inclined with the celebrity zeitgeist.
Situated roughly 75 minutes via a speedboat ride away from the Velana International Airport, next to Maldives Capital Male' City this resort island emboldens the conservative tourism concepts while infusing a sense of modernism. But all in all, the one reason why One & Only Reethi Rah stands out from the mix of hundreds of tourist resorts is its refusal to be anything else other than what it offers – much like the name of the resort suggests.
Many A-listers from Hollywood have holidayed in this beautiful and pristine resort island including Tom Cruise, Idris Elba, Russell Crowe, Milla Jovovich and even David Beckam.
Resting just 35 minutes via a seaplane trip away from the country's main international airport, this beautiful slip of land has it all; picturesque sunsets, teal to turquoise waters with cascading hues of blues as the lagoon deepens towards the ocean's trench and silky white sands across the shoreline.
The 75 one-bedroom villas, four two-bedroom residences and a three-bedroom residence with each of these hideaways coming with large personal infinity edge-pools, dining pavilions, expansive wooden sundecks and lounging areas within the resort island with swinging daybeds and hammocks make Anantara Kihavah the perfect chill-down spot among celebrities.
Most of the celebrities who have enjoyed their vacation in the island include international sports icons such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer, Fernando Torres as well as 90s to early 00s pop-heartthrob Ronan Keating and his partner Storm Keating.
This exclusive 5-star resort is what you would call 'next level' in luxury holiday experiences in the Maldives, by catering to the individual needs of the guests. Perhaps this is exactly why the resort is hailed as a top celebrity hotspot, given most of these celebrities will have exclusive preferences in their holiday experiences; with privacy being the foremost aspect.
Situated in South Male' atoll, Waldorf Astoria's 5-star exuberant tourist experience spans across three islands on which the resort is constructed with 138 luxurious villas scattered in beautiful randomness across the beaches and over-water in the island's lagoon. The resort is also notable for 10 unique dining experiences which includes the memorable treetop restaurant providing a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean vista ahead.
Some of the top profile celebrities who have enjoyed their vacations in this beautiful resort include Emily Ratajkowski, tennis superstar Serena Williams and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanion, Alessandra Ambrosia, global DJ icons such as DJ Snake and David Guetta as well as international football icon Gerard Pique and his equally or perhaps even more famous pop-singer wife Shakira.