Travelers flock to the Maldives in search of the ultimate rest and relaxation experience. White sand beaches, over-water bungalows, tranquil days and foodie nights – it’s no wonder the Maldives are one of the top luxury destinations in the world. Unfortunately, before experiencing that island Zen, many travelers report feeling stressed and overwhelmed while planning their dream trip.
After all, there is a lot to consider when booking a resort in the Maldives. Do you want all-inclusive, or pay-as-you-go? Adults only, or family friendly? On land, or on the water? Adding to the pre-trip anxiety is the fact that many consider the Maldives to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip. There is no room for errors.
To help ease your stress, we’ve outlined the best options based on a variety of preferences. Once you know your must-haves, consult our list below, and get ready to find your perfect lodging in the Maldives:
The All-Inclusive: Lily Beach Resort and Spa
For travelers who prefer a no-surprises final bill, all-inclusive is the way to go. We like Lily Beach Resort and Spa for its award-winning accommodations, customizable experience, and proximity to the main airport in Malé (just 25 minutes by seaplane). Bonus: their newly-built Beach Suites offer direct oceanfront access and interconnected rooms perfect for traveling groups. Pay once, and spend the rest of your vacation without a care in the world.
The Pay-As-You-Go: Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa
Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa is an all-suite property located in the northern Haa Alifu Atoll, and is our favorite pay-as-you go option in the Maldives. Guests appreciate that there are a variety of options for reaching this particular resort, including seaplane, and domestic flights or private jets followed by speedboat. Villas are available with or without private pools, and they offer a wide range of recreational activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, yoga, and fishing.
The Family Friendly: COMO Maalifushi
If you want to keep the little ones busy while you enjoy a relaxing day on the beach, then COMO Maalifushi is your resort. Their “Play by COMO” program was expertly designed with vacationing families in mind. Babysitting services, a kid-friendly menu, and the Play Space, which offers crafts, games, and other activities for kids, give mom and/or dad some peace of mind and make it a trip your kids won’t soon forget. They also support family time, with activities that are designed for all ages to enjoy together.
The Adults Only: Komandoo
Childfree travelers often wish to keep their resorts childfree as well. Enter, Komandoo, an adults-only resort that welcomes guests who are 18 and older only. This age restriction makes Komandoo the perfect option for a variety of travelers, including honeymooners, friend groups, and solo travelers – anyone in search of that extra bit of tranquility. For even more peace and quiet, book a day of sailing on the resort’s own yacht. “Britt” will take you dolphin spotting, coral reef snorkeling, or simply sail you around the islands for a relaxing day at sea.
The Brand Loyalty Option: JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa
Points and brand loyalty-motivated travelers can find a handful of options in the Maldives. Members of Marriott’s Bonvoy program will enjoy the JW Marriott Maldives Resort and Spa, with its beachfront and overwater room options. If you’re a Hilton Honors member instead, checkout the ultra-luxurious Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, where guests arrive in style on a 30-minute yacht ride from Malé.
The Liveaboard: Blue Force One
The Maldives are famous for their overwater bungalows, but many travelers don’t realize they also have the option to stay on the water. An exceptional option for dive enthusiasts in particular, “Liveaboards” as they are known, are yachts that sail from island to island, offering vacationers a tour of an area of the Maldives and plenty of opportunities for excellent water sports opportunities. Blue Force One is quite possibly the most luxurious liveaboard currently operating in the area.
Ready to book your perfect lodging in the Maldives? Email Lugos Travel, tell us the resort of your choice, and we’ll take care of the rest.