The Maldives is a nation of islands in the Indian Ocean, that spans across the equator. The country is comprised of 1192 islands that stretch along a length of 871 kilometers. While the country covers an area of approximately 90,000 square kilometers, only 298 square kilometers of that is dry land. The islands are grouped into a double chain of 26 atolls.
The country’s unique geography mesmerizes the visitor. Reefs that offer bands of color, tiny jewel-like islands rimmed with the whitest of soft sand surrounded by the clearest shallow waters that one can imagine. Only 200 of the islands are inhabited, and a select few on each of the atolls are resorts and some of the islands are used for industry and agriculture.
The beauty of the Maldives is not only above the water. The Maldives is home to about five percent of the planet’s reefs that comes with an explosion of color contributed by soft and hard corals that form them. The reefs are home to a thousand species of fish. Lured by the rich nutrients that flow in with the currents, large pelagic fishes such as manta rays and whale sharks also make the Maldives their home.
The main airport for the Maldives is Male, the capital with easy connections to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Istanbul, India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Bangkok and several European capitals
There are currently over 154 island resorts in the Maldives with the grand majority being 4* and 5* luxury properties. They are spread out over the archipelago from the very northern Atoll to the most southern.
Maldives hotels are varied in style, offering either barefoot luxury, a polished aesthetic, rustic or contemporary design. Many resorts are on private islands in the atolls, which gives guests a feeling of exclusivity as you do not share services or facilities with any day visitors. These island resorts often have a mixture of accommodation location: beach and water villas.
Spa facilities are incredible in the Maldives and make sure that you talk to your ALux expert about what is available in your hotel, and book a signature treatment package to banish the jet lag and travel stress.
To get to the resorts is part of the experience, and it could be via boat, seaplane or domestic flight. Just remember that seaplanes don’t fly at night so your international arrival should be by latest 3pm.
All the main international brands are in destination as well as some amazing independent or local ones. There is also a large amount of Asian influence in the design.
- Banyan Tree
- Four Seasons
- One & Only
- Six Senses
- St. Regis
- Sun Siyam
The Maldives has much to offer, but stress relief, luxury and unbelievable scenery come as standard. With the crystal clear waters, white sands and unique tropical architecture, the word ‘paradise’ is truly justified.
Every hotel has its own unique charm or wow factor, and that makes each hotel or resort stay a true experience. Whether it be the underwater spa or restaurant, the water slides on your ocean villa or the manta rays gliding under your residence, Maldives is a cacophony of experiences for all five senses.
To arrive from Male Airport to your hotel, depending on which hotel, it could be via boat, seaplane or domestic flight. Each one will create its own memories with amazing views from above or from sea level of the islands and resorts of The Maldives.
Set in the stunningly turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives Island have become a luxury destination with very few equals. But in between snorkeling the reefs, topping up your tan and generally taking the word “relaxation” to new heights, there’s the key question of what to eat — and where.
Happily the country excels when it comes to culinary choices, thanks to exclusive resorts where celebrity chefs craft some of the world’s finest and most expensive ingredients — as well as local produce — into show-stopping plates.
Bear in mind, the Maldives is made up of 26 atolls filled with over 1,000 islands occupied by dozens of resorts — all spread out over 90,000 square kilometers — so hopping between properties for meals isn’t really an option. You will usually find several restaurants in your resort, always with something for everyone. But, remember to check with your Arabian Lux specialist to get the full gastronomic story !
5 Star Beach
- Amilla Fushi
- Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
- Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
- Anantara Veli Maldives Resort
- Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives
- Bandos Maldives
- Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
- Cheval Blanc Randheli
- COMO Cocoa Island
- COMO Maalifushi
- Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
- Dusit Thani Maldives
- Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa
- Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
- Four Seasons Kuda Hurra
- Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
- Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives
- Hurawalhi Island Resort
- Huvafen Fushi Maldives
- InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort
- JA Manafaru
- Joali Maldives
- Kagi Wellness Resort & Spa
- Kanuhura Maldives
- Komandoo Island Resort & Spa
- Kudadoo Private Island
- Kudafushi Resort & Spa
- Lily Beach Resort & Spa
- LUX North Male Atoll
- LUX South Ari Atoll
- Milaidhoo Island
- Movenpick Resort Kuredhivaru
- One and Only Reethi Rah
- Ozen by Atmosphere
- Ozen Reserve Bolifushi
- Seaside Finolhu Maldives
- Six Senses Laamu
- Soneva Fushi Resort & Spa
- Soneva Jani
- The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
- Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
- Sun Siyam Iru Veli
- Sun Siyam Olhuveli Maldives
- Sun Siyam Vilu Reef
- Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
- The Standard
- The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort
- Vakkaru Maldives
- Veligandu Island Resort & Spa
- W Maldives
- Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi