Maldives is a sunny and warm destination where everyone smiles because everyone is happy. I mean, who would not be happy when surrounded by clear azure seas, flat white sandy beaches and exquisite accommodation? And when you can relax all day, go snorkelling, go scuba diving, go walking and sip cocktails in the shade – what is there to be sad about? Check out our recommended 5 best island getaways in the Maldives:
- LUX* South Ari Atoll
Enjoy a fabulous and restful holiday with your children at the LUX* South Ari Atoll hotel. The island is large enough for you to lose yourselves in a private cove or to stay on main beaches and not feel crowded by other holidaymakers. Settle in at one of the tranquil pool areas and bond with your kids again in a beautiful setting.
Wake up in paradise and enjoy a leisurely start to each day. Whether you choose to spend your days on the beach or in your room – or head out to discover the sights and attractions that the island offers – it’s all up to you. Kick your shoes off which you won’t miss the entire holiday as you feel the fine sand beneath your feet.
The staff at this upper-class island hotel are absolutely helpful with smiles at the ready. Every view is simply amazing – from sea plane, from the superior modern rooms with spacious bathrooms, from the restaurants with their awesome food, the outdoor yoga and more. Your entire holiday is surrounded by views and breath-taking scenery.
LUX* South Ari Atoll is an extraordinary Maldives destination offering Whale shark watching all year round, 4 kilometres of beach, 7 restaurants, 6 bars plus a world-class PADI diving centre and stunning range of water sports. Book a private excursion, on a jet ski with a snorkelling adventure thrown in.
- Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
You will absolutely love this place as you can’t get enough of all the special entertainment it offers, the awesome scenery and the hands-on service with a smile. At Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, stay in the family water villa with its great view of the sea and sunrise. Pop into the Jacuzzi on the deck after a wonderful snorkelling experience around the island reef, just off the beach and a few steps from your villa. You may catch fish which the restaurant will cook fresh for you.
The minute you set foot on this blessed island, resort staff pamper you every step of the way. And the beauty is astounding – the 30-minute seaplane journey from Male to the resort is worth every second, capturing the beauty of the archipelago and its crystal blue waters. The resort blends into nature, its luxurious design integrating unobtrusively with the greenery outside and absorbing it into the rooms. The sugary beaches steal the show and the food wins over your taste buds.
Stay in a Superior Water Bungalow if you are on honeymoon – this special package includes champagne in the room, fruit, a 3-course honeymoon dinner and credit towards an excursion. Try all the restaurants, each one unique. Couples in love can also have a romantic moonlight dinner on the beach.
Allow one of the attentive staff to take you on a snorkelling trip to the incredible house reef or choose the scintillating Island Hopping trip where you can snorkel while visiting local islands – maybe you will be lucky enough to spot Manta rays and dolphins along the way. Or take photographs on a Turtle Safari …
- Meeru Island Resort & Spa
Meeru Island Resort & Spa is the kind of place in the Maldives where you want to stay indefinitely. A true paradise where crystal clear blue waters hold an abundance of marine life. A magical island destination where the sky is always blue and the sun always shines. Ideal for lovers, for children, for elderly folk and for business travellers. Come to Meeru in all its magnificence and feel like part of the tropical island family.
This is the only hotel on the private island called Meerenfenfushi. Stroll along the entire island in 15 minutes at Meeru Island Resort & Spa or enjoy scuba diving and snorkelling in the lagoon and reefs surrounding the island. Get there and back by speedboat, in perfect timing with international flights.
Chill beside one of the 2 swimming pools or book a round of golf. Tuck into fantastic meals in the buffet restaurant with its very high standard of food and fresh choices daily. Or pick the 2 a la carte restaurants at an additional charge – Asian Wok is worth a visit if you love exotic Asian cooking and Hot Rocks another option for other delicious dishes.
Your suite comes in the form of garden rooms, beachfront rooms or villas. The villas have been built in the water and feature private patios and open-air bathrooms with rainfall showers. Free Wi-Fi connects you to the rest of the world in this remote region and you can also choose a cable channel on TV in the evenings.
Try to enjoy the Kamana cruise out on the ocean with champagne on tap and a very attentive crew. Or adventure out on a kayak or windsurfer to explore the pristine bays. Form a team for soccer or volleyball and make new holiday friends. All facilities are spotlessly clean, very organized and very cosy – definitely a place to revisit.
- Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa
Visitors to Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa has the wow factor. Book into an Ocean Villa on the all-inclusive special package and you get all the food and drinks you can handle. Rated an amazing resort for your dream honeymoon, this Maldives destination deserves 6 stars.
Take note that this island destination in the Maldives is an adult-only resort offering luxury beach and over-water villas for adults in the North Male Atoll. Enjoy 6 bars and restaurants specialising in Thai, Italian and international foods and laze around the gorgeous swimming pool all day. Visit the fully certified PADI centre for some lessons in diving with a wealth of endemic marine animals.
If you book a holiday at Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa for a special occasion, stay in a Deluxe Spa Overwater Villa on the west side of the island away from the restaurants and bars. Very private and incredible ocean vistas. The snorkelling on this side of the island is beautiful as colourful fish swim in shoals below your villa – lookout also for dolphins swimming under your villa before heading towards the ocean. Order a bottle of champagne to celebrate your break away in this paradise.
Sit down and eat at the four restaurants to explore their unique cuisine – each guest gets $40 credit at each restaurant to spend. Each restaurant is fantastic, promising superb food and ambiences. You will spend a few hours at the three bars too, meeting fellow guests – the Viu Bar, Waves Pool Bar and Giraavaru Lobby Bar.
During the day, guests can entertain themselves at the spa, fitness centre and games room or head out to the beach to rent various non-motorized sporting equipment such as snorkelling mask/fins, kayaks, wave boards and more. Don your life vests when swimming in the lagoon as the wave-current can be unpredictable at times.
- Bandos Maldives
Bandos Resort, in the magnificent Maldives, is one of the best places you will ever visit. And it is very close to the airport, making your transport to your special destination completely hassle-free. The island itself looks like heaven on earth, with beautiful greenery, pearly white beaches and the turquoise sea lapping the shores. The beach is literally a few metres from your room which itself is like heaven on earth.
Discover awesome modern amenities in your room – all 215 rooms boast deep bathtubs, free Wi-Fi and private patios. Add to this minibars, flat-screen TVs with cable channels and huge comfy beds.
Book the all-inclusive special offer to eat huge buffet meals with a wonderful variety of food and drinks to choose from. Dinner is different each night so choose soups, salads, bread, hot foods and a varied selection of desserts and fruit. Breakfasts are equally generous with everything from continental to eggs and bacon and all the mouth-watering extras.
The nearby house reef means that it is easy to snorkel and enjoy all there is to see without having to go on an excursion. Venture out on an evening snorkel with a guide to experience the magical ocean in its nightly colours. The beautiful swimming pool offers afternoon respite from the sun on the beach.
The strong heartbeat of this resort is the superb staff. Wow. Everyone is just amazing – polite, friendly and efficient. Nothing is too much trouble. From the front desk to waiters, barmen, cleaners, they are all wonderful people. And there are fabulous ladies at the Koko kids club who are warm, intelligent, friendly and great companions for your children.
These are only 5 of the best island getaways in the Maldives – there are plenty more! Contact Voyage2Africa to arrange your holiday in paradise.