The Most Exclusive Hotels in the Maldives

The Maldives is paradise destination that should be on the bucket list of every discerning travelers. There’s a special breed of hotels there that cater to the most tasteful of luxury travelers, so profoundly unforgettable and special you want to keep them all to yourself. The most luxurious hotels in the Maldives take full advantage of the fact that they are perfectly located in one of the world’s most beautiful destination, which is visually stunning with crystal clear waters, white beaches and abundant marine life. A holiday spent here is already likely to be memorable, but selecting a hotel that will provide you with the utmost opulence and comfort can make it completely unforgettable. If you’re going to holiday in paradise, you might as well stay in luxury and make the experience one of total relaxation!

We’ve handpicked 10 of the most exclusive resorts where you can stay in the Maldives. Set apart by their location and sheer luxury all these 7-star hotels offer award-winning restaurants, exceptional service and superb facilities and spectacular surroundings suitable for honeymooners, families, beach lovers and divers. Check out our selection of the best Maldives most luxurious hotels, each of which has a style on its own, and all of them will, without any doubt, meet your expectations.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island – Luxury All inclusive

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island – Luxury All inclusive

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi is the first top-end five-star, truly all-inclusive resort in the Maldives.The newest addition to the portfolio of leading hospitality group Crown & Champa Resorts, Kudadoo ensures a secluded getaway purposefully crafted for the more discerning guest — all accessible by a 40-minute scenic journey aboard a private seaplane. An island defined by the philosophy ‘Freedom Reimagined’, the private island, located in the northern Lhaviyani atoll, comes alive with effortless adventures as the resort endeavours to offer anything, anytime, anywhere. Kudadoo promises the best escapism on the island, which will not leave even the most discerning travelers indifferent. Personal butlers are available 24 hours a day to assist in making this possible by facilitating authentic experiences that capture the senses.

If total relaxation & luxury pampering are what you want combined with a bit of snorkeling on your own reef off your deck & boat trips galore to swim with manta rays & sharks & turtles then come to Kudadoo. I wish WOW was a bigger word as this place deserves huge praise. For people looking for the best-of the best in an all inclusive, ultra-premium, adults-only property, with a feeling of being invited to a billionaire’s private island created for his friends, Kudadoo cannot be beat. The island’s hospitality is both exceptionally professional and friendly which contribute to making this island the most incredible sanctuary in the Maldives.

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Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Nestled within the Baa Atoll in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas offers an idyllic retreat with 80 spacious private pool sanctuaries and ultra-luxe residences poised over water or nestled along a pristine stretch of private beach. The resort homes many magnificent attractions including the world’s first oceanic underwater restaurant and wine cellar, first over water dome stargazing observatory in the Maldives, and the most stunning house reef.

The resort introduced its newly transformed collection of two-, three-, and four-bedroom pool residences in 2021 – the Kihavah Collection, and recently launched the Best of Maldives experience package encapsulating the greatest Maldivian adventures including snorkelling with Manta rays, experiencing the best underwater dining, and staying in the most sough-after luxury pool villas.

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Milaidhoo Island Maldives

Milaidhoo Island Maldives

Intimate and stylish, at Milaidhoo it’s about enjoying the natural environment in understated luxury. Tucked in the heart of a UNESCO biosphere reserve, surrounded by powdery white sands and nestled beside a colourful coral reef, Milaidhoo Maldives is a luxurious natural wonder. Envisage upscale delights with a ‘Reinvented Luxury’ twist, where guests will experience an indulgent escape in the Maldives’s most unique getaway. Committed to offering a unique and authentic Maldivian experience, this new child in the best Baa Atoll hotels collection that making waves with its refreshing contemporary twist on classic Maldivian style. Created for couples and romance only, Milaidhoo welcomes children above the age of 9 years only. What’s more, it is only 30 minutes by seaplane from Male or a 15 minute domestic flight followed by a short speedboat ride.

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COMO Maalifushi

A beautiful pearl in the pristine corner of the Maldives, the magnificent COMO Maalifushi is a state-of-the-art resort built for lovers of sun, wellness and scuba diving. With multi-bedroom overwater villas and suites with private pools, the 5-star resort is the ultimate away-from-it-all destination for families, couples, surfers and divers. There are some excellent breaks nearby as well as a string of uninhabited private islands, where whale shark sightings are common. Slip into the blue from your water villa, explore the best coral reefs in the world or enjoy quality, first-class food at this luxury resort.

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 Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

Expensive and super stylish, Patina Maldives is a luxury resort in Male within the Fari Islands with a collection of stunning overwater villas in Maldives with best sunset views. Just a 50-minute journey by speedboat from the Velana airport, the luxurious resort of unique and radiant character offers 90 contemporary one- to three-bedroom Beach and Water Pool Villas, alongside 20 Fari Studios, all of which embody a harmony of sanctuary and stimulation. Set in the Fari Islands archipelago in North Malé Atoll, guests can immerse themselves in a new expression of island life through thoughtful tailormade wellness journeys, interactive music programmes, captivating culinary experiences, and bask in the light-filled James Turrell Skyspace pavilion — all while embracing the vibrant social scene that emanates from the destination’s communal heart: the Fari Marina Village and Fari Beach Club.

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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is an exclusive 5-star resort that’s bringing a “next level” to the luxury holiday experience in the Maldives. Opened July 1st 2019, the resort lifts the bar in modern luxury travel catering to the individual needs of its discerning guests.

Spanning across three islands in the South Male Atoll, the breathtaking new resort is surrounded by a crystal clear water lagoon, which will play home to spectacular underwater life. Meaning “Pearl” in Dhivehi the resort offers global travellers 138 luxuriously appointed villas in an inspirational setting, complemented by the iconic True Waldorf Service experience. Additionally, the resort features 10 truly unique dining experiences, including an unforgettable treetop restaurant boasting stunning views. An exclusive yet serene Spa and Wellness Centre, a wide array of water sports as well as extensive facilities for junior guests are also featured within the new Waldorf Maldives.

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Jumeirah Maldives

Jumeirah Maldives is an all-villa luxury island resort surrounded by turquoise waters of the North Male Atoll, easily reachable by speedboat or seaplane from Male Airport. This intimate resort is ripe with eye-catching architecture and ocean-inspired interiors. Its idyllic location offers privacy for romantic getaways, a blissful island retreat for friends and family and experiences to suit the more active traveller.

A visual banquet of nautical shapes and colors, each of the 67 two-story residences is located either on the beach or above the water, whose guests will enjoy a minimum living area of 350 m2. Whether set on the beach or stilted over the crystal blue lagoon, every penthouse villa takes indoor-outdoor living to a new level of breezy sophistication. Whether you’re looking for personal enrichment, a romantic interlude, total privacy or the chance to pamper yourself in stunning surroundings to create unique moments.

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Joali Maldives

A new landmark for glamor and sophistication in the Maldives, JOALI is an ultra luxury resort that’s opened in 2018 on the island of Muravandhu, Raa atoll. Celebrating the “Joy of Life” with high skill, artistry and sustainability in its very essence, Joali promises a non-standard and exceptional island experience for its guests. The 73-villa property offers unconventional luxury in a private setting and a distinct focus on design by internationally-renowned design studio Autoban, architecture and design firm Atolye4n and Tokyo-based Studio Glitt.

Innovative dining concepts include Japanese restaurant Saoke, authentic Asian and Levant restaurant Vandhoo, Tuscan-inspired Bellinis, personalised dining and cooking school Her Kitchen, as well as numerous destination dining experiences. The Spa by ESPA invites guests on a holistic wellness journey along with a world-class fitness centre and expert trainers. JOALI Maldives celebrates its “Joie de Vivre” philosophy through unique programming such as Maldivian excursions and one-of-a-kind on-property offerings, including an Art Studio and Gallery, Flower Garden, Manta Ray Treehouse and more.

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COMO Cocoa Island

Only with 34 romantic water villas and 3 suites on the island, Cocoa Island Resort is rated the most lovely resort for the honeymooners and there is not any kind of child-oriented facilities. Located 40 minutes by speedboat from Malé Airport, the hotel also has a high rating in the Maldives based on guest reviews, so it is ideal for adults. Uniquely inspired by dhoni boats the style and design of our newly refreshed 34 overwater suites and villas are like that of no other luxury resort in the Maldives. Throw open the glass doors, and you can breathe the sea, day and night, as it laps your private jetty. Of course, in addition to luxury accommodation and gourmet dine options, diving and snorkeling there is an excellent spa and even a pavilion for practicing yoga with a teacher.

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One & Only Reethi Rah

Set on one of the largest artificial islands in North Male Atoll, the all-villa ultra-luxury One&Only Reethi Rah resort offers an unparalleled array of luxurious options to create an unforgettable holiday. Sleek and spectacular, with unprecedented privacy, One&Only Reethi Rah inspires extraordinary journeys for the soul. From extensive outdoor adventure options, including snorkelling and diving in the exotic underwater world, to the mesmerising One&Only Spa, guests are spoilt for choice.

Before stay there, Reethi Rah for the island resort seems a bit conservative. Smooth, majestic, but perhaps lacking some details of the bounty in Maldives rural style (call it what you like) that are in fashion today. Going ashore, you will realize that refusal to follow a fashion trend is the same point: you simply do not need it when you are the best. Reethi Rah adheres to his own One & Only style. Purposefully not ‘trendy’, in the development stage to the top level of luxury, specializing in high quality service to its guests, such an experience you would have hard to find somewhere else in the Maldives.

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