A selection of the top 8 best luxury hotels in Maldives

10 Best Exclusive Hotels in Maldives 2021

The Maldives is a paradise destination that should be on the list of all discerning travelers. There’s a special breed of luxury hotels there that cater to the most sophisticated luxury travelers and are so unforgettable and special that you’ll want to keep them all to yourself. The most exclusive hotels in the Maldives take full advantage of the fact that they are ideally located in one of the most beautiful places in the world, which is visually stunning with crystal clear water, white beaches and abundant sea life. A vacation spent here is already likely to be unforgettable, but choosing a hotel that gives you the ultimate in luxury and comfort can make it completely unforgettable.

We have selected 10 of the most exclusive resorts where you can stay in the Maldives. These 5-star hotels, distinguished by their location and absolute luxury, offer excellent restaurants, exceptional service and stunning amenities, as well as spectacular surroundings, suitable for honeymooners, families, beach lovers and divers. Check out our selection of the best expensive hotels in the Maldives, each with a different style and all of which will no doubt live up to your expectations.


1 Milaidhoo Island Maldives

Milaidhoo Island Maldives

The best: honeymoon, beaches, diving, snorkeling with manta rays

Intimate and stylish, Milaidhoo is about enjoying nature in understated luxury. Located in the heart of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, surrounded by powdery white sands and nestled next to a colorful coral reef, Milaidhoo Maldives is truly a luxurious natural wonder. Offer upscale delicacies with a twist of “Reinvented Luxury,” where guests will have an unforgettable experience of the most unique holiday in the Maldives. In an effort to offer a unique and authentic Maldivian experience, this new baby in the best collection of Baa Atoll hotels that thrills with its refreshingly modern twist on classic Maldivian style. Designed only for couples and romance, Milaidhoo welcomes guests over the age of 12. What’s more, it’s only a 30-minute seaplane ride from Male or a 15-minute inland flight, followed by a short speedboat ride. Read more.

2 The Nautilus Maldives.

The Nautilus Maldives sunset

The best: New ultra luxury resort in Baa Atoll, all inclusive, gourmet food, outdoor activities, swimming with manta

A new bohemian luxury, Nautilus Maldives is an exclusive, totally private resort of 26 beach and oceanfront homes, a haven beyond time and expectation where every moment is tailor-made for you. A celebration of individual spirit, The Nautilus Maldives gives you space – to share, to meet, to be yourself and to shape your own personal journey. And, most importantly, to celebrate the people you are with in any way you choose.

Nautilus Maldives was designed for a new generation of luxury travelers who are looking for transformative experiences and activities to share with those who matter most to them. Booking the entire island offers the ultimate in exclusivity. In this way, Nautilus’ philosophy is total freedom for its guests, offering a relaxed “modern bohemian” lifestyle where guests can break free from their daily lives, truly be themselves and reconnect with their inner being, with nature and with their families – all in a beautiful Maldivian setting. Staying here is not like staying anywhere else in the Maldives Read more.

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3 Soneva Jani.

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Best: Water Villas, for families, for couples, the most exclusive hotel in the Maldives

Inspired by a word that means wisdom in Sanskrit, Soneva Jani is located on Medufaru Island, which is part of an uninhabited cluster of five islands in Nunu Atoll. The Maldives’ most exclusive hotel and the most prestigious hotel brand to many in the world is surrounded by pristine beaches covered in lush tropical greenery and a turquoise lagoon with crystal clear waters and unbeatable 360° views of the Indian Ocean. Today, Soneva Jani has 24 water villas and one beach villa, although additional beach villas are planned for a later phase.

Each of the 24 water villas is beautifully designed and has a private pool that looks out over its own stretch of lagoon, and some villas have water slides that slide directly from the top deck down into the lagoon. A special feature of the villas is the retractable roof in the master bedroom, which retracts back at the touch of a button so guests can lie in bed and count the stars. Soneva Jani’s main guest amenities are in The Gathering, the center of the overwater villas. This dramatic three-story structure is home to major restaurants, in addition to the Soneva Spa, library, shopping area and wine cellar. It is located next to the Maldives’ first above-water observatory. Facilities on the island include the Paradiso Overwater Cinema, Eco Centro Environmental Center, organic gardens, tennis courts, water sports and Zuhair’s beach on an uninhabited island in the lagoon Read more.

4 Joali, Maldives

Joali, Maldives

Best: Couples, families, design, outdoor activities

JOALI is a new luxury resort that opened in 2018 on Murawandhu Island, Raa Atoll, a new landmark for glamour and sophistication in the Maldives. Celebrating “The Joy of Living” with excellence, artistry and sustainability at its very core, JOALI promises its guests an unconventional and exceptional island experience. The 73-villa property offers unconventional luxury in a private setting and special attention to design by world-renowned design studio Autoban, architecture and design firm Atolye4n and Tokyo-based studio Glitt.

Innovative dining concepts include Saoke Japanese restaurant, authentic Asian and Levant restaurants Vandhoo, Tuscan restaurant Bellinis, personal dining room and Her Kitchen cooking school as well as numerous other gastronomic delights. The ESPA Spa invites guests on a holistic wellness journey along with a world-class fitness center and experienced trainers. JOALI Maldives celebrates its “Joie de Vivre” philosophy through unique programs such as Maldivian excursions and one-of-a-kind offerings including Art Studio and Gallery, Flower Garden, Manta Ray Treehouse and more. Read more at

5 Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

The Best: Couples & Families, Spa, Diving, Gourmet Food, Activities

The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is an exclusive 5-star resort that takes luxury vacations in the Maldives to the next level. The 5-star resort, which opened July 1, 2019, occupies three islands in the South Male Atoll, and is surrounded by crystal clear waters, a lagoon that will be home to exciting underwater life. Which means “The Pearl” in Divehi, the resort will offer travelers worldwide 138 luxuriously furnished villas in an inspiring setting, complete with the iconic True Waldorf Service experience. In addition, the resort features 10 truly unique restaurants, including an unforgettable treehouse restaurant with stunning views. At the new Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi you will find an exclusive yet serene spa and fitness center, a wide range of water sports, and a variety of amenities for affluent guests. Read more.

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6 Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

The best: adults only, ultra luxurious all inclusive, snorkeling on home reef, diving, spa, activities

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island – Luxury All Inclusive by Hurawalhi is the first premier five-star, all-inclusive resort in the Maldives. The newest addition to the portfolio of leading hotel group Crown & Champa Resorts, Kudadoo provides an intimate retreat specially designed for the most discerning guests and is a 40-minute scenic journey aboard a private seaplane from Malé.

The private island, defined by the “Liberty Revival” philosophy, located at the northern end of Laviyani Atoll, comes alive with easy adventures as the resort strives to offer anything-anytime, anywhere. Kudadoo promises the best island vacations that won’t leave even the pickiest travelers indifferent. Personal butlers are on hand 24 hours a day to help make this possible, providing an authentic experience that captures all your senses. Read more.

7 One & Only Reethi Rah.


Best: Private Life, Couples, Families, Water Villas, Beaches, Spa, Seclusion, Activities

One & Only Reethi Rah is a super-luxurious all-villa resort in the North Malé Atoll, a short boat ride from Malé. Located on one of the largest islands in the Maldives, the chic and sophisticated One & Only offers an unparalleled level of service and a variety of luxurious options to create an unforgettable vacation. Located on a private island, One & Only Reethi Rah is surrounded by palm trees, soft white beaches and boasts magnificent restaurants and a divine spa that inspires guests to take extraordinary journeys for the soul. From all sorts of outdoor adventures, including snorkeling and diving in an exotic underwater world, to the mesmerizing One & Only Spa, travelers will be spoiled for choice. Sleek and impressive, with unparalleled privacy, this award-winning resort, a favorite among the world’s A-list celebrities, is perfect for couples and families in search of privacy and unparalleled luxury. It’s a tropical island living in all its glory. Read more.

8 Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

 Patina Maldives, Fari Islands

The best experience for: Couples, families, groups, foodies, outdoor activities, spa

Expensive and super stylish, Patina Maldives is a luxury resort in Male in the Fari Islands with a collection of stunning villas over water in the Maldives with the best sunset views. The luxurious resort with a unique and radiant character is located just a 50 minute boat ride from Velana Airport. It offers 90 contemporary one- and three-bedroom villas with a beach and waterfront pool, as well as 20 Fari Studios, each epitomizing a harmony of seclusion and tranquility. Guests can immerse themselves in a new expression of island life through thoughtfully designed personalized wellness trips, interactive music programs, exciting culinary experiences, and the light-filled James Turrell Skyspace, all while embracing the vibrant social environment that emanates from the shared heart of the destination: Fari Marina Village and Fari Beach Club More

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9 Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Best: Water Villas, Families, Beaches, Spa, Diving, Snorkeling with Manta

If you’re not intimidated by the prices, you won’t be disappointed with the Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru. A combination of innovation, healthy living and conservation programs, Landaa Giraavaru is an elegant Maldives resort hotel with the best amenities on 44 acres of pristine tropical island in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, 35 minutes by seaplane from Malé airport. The variety of all the good things to see and consume has been invented and staged by a team that is second to none in the hospitality industry. The waters surrounding Landaa Giraavaru are known internationally as one of the best places to dive with whale sharks and Manta. Read more.

10 Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Best Experience: Honeymoon, Water Villas, Home Reef Snorkeling, Spa, Diving

38 Villas Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is the fourth AccorHotel in the Maldives – and the first Raffles. The 38-villa resort, surrounded by the unspoiled nature of Gaafu Alifu Atoll, is a great destination in itself, masterfully planned for the discerning traveler seeking a luxurious and meaningful vacation. For couples looking for an unforgettable romantic getaway, Raffles’ exceptionally spacious villas and discreet butler service experience redefines the resort experience.

The destination, known for its stunning Raffles Maldives Meradhoo surroundings, boasts 21 island villas and 16 ocean villas with private pools, three restaurants, a picturesque cocktail bar and a host of amenities and services to relax, rejuvenate and revitalize body, mind and spirit. These amenities include an award-winning luxury spa, an overwater fitness center, yoga programs, water sports, private dining, 24-hour butler and personal chef services, and snorkeling and diving in all its forms. The resort’s 58-star PADI-certified dive center offers water adventures at some of the world’s most stunning dive sites. Read more at

Top 8 luxury hotels in Maldives – the most luxurious resorts in the Maldives

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Hi all! We travel a lot on our own around the world, but what we like best is the Maldives, which has the best resort hotels in the world, pristine white sand beaches, beautiful lagoons with sea creatures and tall palm trees. We have been there many times, and of course we appreciated the privacy of the island resorts that are available in luxury hotels in the Maldives. This article will tell you about the best luxury 5 star hotels in the Maldives luxury islands that you can choose for your unforgettable vacation and the best experience.

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Luxury hotels in the Maldives are designed for expensive, exclusive holidays for couples in a private, romantic setting in a luxury villa or in a luxurious family residence with the closest of family or with the company of your best friends. They are well suited for honeymoon and romantic holidays, as well as for a trip to the Maldives with children.

  • It is worth bearing in mind that small luxury resorts in the Maldives for an exclusive vacation are more expensive than family hotels and large resorts 5 stars.
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Here are the best luxury hotels in the Maldives:

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Next we will tell you about luxury hotels in the Maldives in more detail, so that you can choose the most suitable for your holiday in the Maldives luxury resorts.

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Hotel One & Only

  • Advantages: a spacious tropical island, white sand beaches, private atmosphere, villas with a stylish design, excellent service, kids club, tennis court, diving
  • Suitable for: newlyweds, couples, families with children, luxury lovers

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One & Only is a luxurious super deluxe 5 star spa hotel with unparalleled service, spacious villas with a private beach and a private swimming pool for an unforgettable vacation. All villas are tastefully furnished in a modern style and have family friendly accommodation, rooms with high ceilings and beautiful sea views from the terrace. There is a bar, 6 restaurants and 2 swimming pools and in the evening entertainment is provided.

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Luxury villa in the Maldives at the luxury hotel One & Only

Hotel Six Senses Laamu

  • Benefits: Beauty in simplicity, natural materials, eco-concept, spa, diving, yoga, pool bar, wine bar
  • Suitable for: Relaxing on the beach in privacy, romantic getaway in Maldives, family vacation with kids

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Six Senses Laamu is one of the best places in the Maldives for a quiet romantic vacation and meditation away from the noise of big cities without losing comfort. It is the best eco-resort in the Maldives with excellent wooden villas and finishes made of natural materials. Exquisite stylish decoration, luxurious furnishings, ayurvedic treatments, relaxing massages, a yoga pavilion and a diving center.

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Six Senses Laamu Luxury Pool Villa

LUX* Hotel North

  • Benefits: spacious villas on the beach and over water, 2 pools, nice spa, beautiful lagoon with coral reef, PADI diving center, tennis court, hatha yoga classes, progressive kids club
  • Suitable for: wealthy travelers for a luxury Maldives vacation, honeymooners and couples for a romantic tropical getaway

Luxury LUX* North Maldives

LUX* North is a new 5* ultra-luxury resort with a private setting, spacious villas with a sunbathing terrace with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, Jacuzzi and penthouse, open-air cinema. A luxurious Maldives paradise, which can be reached by boat or seaplane. One of the best options for those who love to enjoy life.

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LUX* North Maldives

Hotel Kudadoo Private Island

  • Benefits: privacy, intimacy, premium all-inclusive, homely reef, diving, spa, personal butler
  • Suitable for: discerning guests, business travelers, high net worth families with children, politicians and celebrities

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Kudadoo Private Island is one of the most expensive Luxury All Inclusive resorts in the Maldives, designed by the famous architect Yuji Yamasaki in the style of traditional Japanese architecture. The accommodation includes meals at the best restaurants with premium alcohol and collectible wines, spa treatments, water sports, individual excursions, individual yoga and meditation classes, individual services of a personal trainer.

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Luxury All Inclusive Resort Maldives – Kudadoo Private Island

The Nautilus

  • Benefits: Beautiful reef, swimming with stingrays, spa, infinity pool, 3 restaurants, yoga classes, kids club and activities for kids, windsurfing, canoeing, snorkeling
  • Suitable for: Luxury family vacations in a private, exclusive trip to the Maldives
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The Nautilus, luxury residences in the Maldives with its own private pool and butler for a luxury and gourmet vacation located on a beautiful island in a nature reserve (Baa Atoll). A completely private vacation for progressive modern people who value a high level of comfort and their personal time. It is a special unique experience to be with the people closest to you, escaping from your everyday life and coming to the Maldives.

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Luxury Residence in the Maldives at The Nautilus Hotel

Four Seasons at Landaa Giraavaru

  • Benefits: 102 luxurious luxury villas, delightful beach vacations, private picnic on a deserted island, tantric massages, 4 restaurants, cool spa and diving
  • Suitable for: The best service lovers, for a memorable family vacation, romantic getaways, celebrations, team-building activities in the Maldives

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Four Seasons is one of the most prestigious 5* resorts in the Maldives for holidays on the best beaches of the Maldives in the Baa Atoll Marine Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Elegant villas are well suited for couples and for holidays with children. Nature lovers and snorkelers can visit the best diving sites in the Maldives, swim with manta rays and whale sharks in the open sea.

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Four Seasons Luxury Resort in Maldives

Hotel Soneva Fushi

  • Benefits: a respectable holiday in a luxury villa with its own butler, a personal touch, good restaurants, a wide range of services and entertainment – tennis, spa, yoga, diving, etc.
  • Suitable for: romantic and private holidays with children, honeymoon to Maldives

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Soneva Fushi is a 5* luxury spa resort with spacious villas made of natural eco-materials and two-story 2-bedroom family residences with a large waterslide in a biosphere reserve. In this heavenly refuge from modern civilization with the motto – “no news, no shoes” all walk barefoot on the soft sand for complete unity with nature.

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Outdoor Cinema at Soneva Fushi

Guests at Soneva Fushi have access to an open-air cinema on the beach, a wonderful planetarium, and yoga in the tree-top deck, in addition to the normal Maldivian five-star service offerings. Residents in each villa have their own butler, Mr. or Mrs. Friday.


  • Advantages: luxury family vacation, large choice of dishes in the restaurants, good wine bar with a large selection of elite alcohol, tropical spa, art gallery, tea boutique, library, paradise botanical garden
  • Suitable for: creative people, newlyweds, families with children, outdoor enthusiasts

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JOALI is one of the newest expensive hotels in the Maldives (opened in 2018) with chic multi-bedroom villas and its own family pool and tennis court. Four restaurants with Italian, Japanese, Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Romantic dhoni boat tours, water sports, snorkeling and scuba diving among the beautiful coral reefs.

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A luxurious villa in the hotel JOALI

That’s the end of our story about luxury hotels in the Maldives.

You can choose and book a luxury holiday resort which suits you (direct link) on Bookings and travel to a tropical paradise.

Remember your trip to the Maldives, dear readers, and have a wonderful experience!

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