Say goodbye to 2020 with a visit to one of the world’s most exotic travel destinations in the Indian Ocean
While travel bucket lists for many may have been put on hold in the wake of the pandemic, the world is finally opening up again. Following the ease of lockdowns and travel restrictions, eager travellers are keen to catch the next flight out to their favourite destinations.
Although an official vaccine will be announced any day now, there are a few locations travellers are already flocking to – the Maldives being one of the most popular. Some are even calling it the “banana bread” of the latter half of 2020! Many who’ve missed their vacations this year are making up with a visit to this island nation to bid farewell to what has been a tumultuous year.
So if you’re keen to bid farewell to 2020 with a trip to this archipelago, here are 11 of the most beautiful resorts in the Maldives to choose from.
For a dreamy winter escape that refreshes the senses, look no further than Coco Bodu Hithi in the North Malé Atoll, where you can explore pristine palm-fringed beaches while soaking up the tropical vibes. This chic retreat invites you to immerse yourself in the wonders of the natural world, all at your own pace – think colourful reefs, sunset cruises and white sands
One of the most affordable resorts in the Maldives, Kandima Maldives stretches along the sea for three kilometres. Everything at the resort is a nod to warm Maldivian hospitality, from the state-of-the-art rooms to luxury facilities and dining options. The resort also boasts one of the longest outdoor pools in the destination, in addition to an array of leisure facilities, such as sports courts, water sports, a diving centre and art studio.
Nestled within the cluster of islands that form the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island takes exclusivity to a whole new level with luxury facilities not easily found at other resorts. Designed as an elegant fusion of traditional Maldivian culture and contemporary luxury, the resort offers everything and more for the dreamiest of escapes in the island nation. Guests can take their pick from 18 overwater villas and 29 private residences. This exclusive boutique hideaway is perfect for couples looking for a romantic holiday in the Maldives, with the Romantic Pool Residence, which is accessible only by boat.
Located 30 minutes by speedboat from Malé International Airport, the journey sets the scene for a picturesque escape at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort. Across the property’s silvery sands, adventures await discerning guests, be it diving into the ocean from your overwater suite or setting off on a picnic to a desert island. Making your visit even more memorable are bespoke spa treatments and international culinary journeys.
This beautiful resort bagged the prestigious accolade of the Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort at World Travel Awards 2020. Located on the Raa Atoll in the Northern Maldives archipelago, Emerald Maldives Resort and Spa invites guests to experience true luxury, comfort and privacy in the heart of nature. Set on 20 hectares of this beautiful private island and surrounded by 100 hectares of coral reef, the experience promises a signature Maldivian tryst with endless blue waters, golden sands and green outdoor space.
Situated in the northwestern tip of Malé Atoll, Oblu Select by Atmosphere at Sangeli is one of the most popular hospitality brands in the Indian Ocean. This five-star resort offers even the most discerning traveller an all-encompassing hassle-free beach holiday experience in the Maldives. Its all-inclusive concept, complete with accommodation, dining, beverages, water sports and other activities, means you can leave the wallet at home for a truly peaceful escape.
Nestled amidst the stunning southern waters of the Baa Atoll, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is 30 minutes away by seaplane from Malé International Airport. The flight itself gives guests a stunning start to their holiday, offering a bird’s eye view of the azure lagoons and atolls. Upon landing, guests enter one of the world’s most exotic havens – a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve that is home to incredible marine life and reefs. We couldn’t think of a better way to end 2020 than with a vacation that evokes barefoot luxury in the heart of nature.
One of the finest islands in the Maldives, Heritance Aarah Maldives promises an unforgettable holiday. This 150-luxury villa property nestled on the island of Raa Atoll can be reached via a 45-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport. A premium all-inclusive resort, the property offers everything from bubbly breakfasts, sundowner parties and barbecue evenings.
For a property that boasts the world’s first undersea residences, our expectations are high. And Conrad Maldives Rangali Island certainly delivers! Located in the South Ari Atoll, this secluded resort is accessible by a 30-minute seaplane flight.
Upon arrival, guests can choose from three unique villa locations – by the sea, over water and the most unique of all – The Muraka which is submerged into the waters of the Indian Ocean, offering a truly sensory accommodation experience in the Maldives.
Experience luxury along with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean at Adaaran Prestige Vadoo. Home to one of the first water villas in the Maldives, the hotel makes for the ideal winter escape. Guests can enjoy premium all-inclusive offerings and excursions all through the year, while during the festive season, visitors can take their pick from a range of activities, including gingerbread house making, treasure hunts and themed barbecue dinners by the beach.
The Standard’s first island escape in the Indian Ocean, this resort is a short seaplane ride away from Male. Offering a unique blend of relaxation and social life, it is perfect for a romantic escape or an end-of-the-year getaway. Take your pick from 115 villas at the resort and fill your days with snorkelling excursions, diving expeditions, spa treatments and more.