THE fantasy island of Maldives is something out of a painting – Pantone-like shades of aquamarine waters that stretch out to infinity, palm-fringed coasts, silky white-sand beaches, and the warm, golden sun that illuminates it all.
The island’s natural make-up is exactly the reason why it is home to some of the world’s most luxurious beach resorts. Match a stay in an overwater bungalow with a slew of underwater activities, and mingle with hospitable locals over a delectable display of fresh island cuisine – Maldives is the ideal paradise getaway with everything and more under its hat.
Here are three five-star resorts on the island for couples or families to feel completely removed from the grind of daily lives.
When in Maldives, the ever-trusted Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will have guests of all ages sorted as its home to some of the best diving and whale shark areas in the country, as well as sprawling coral reefs and unmatched ocean views.
Spread across two islands, the resort will let you and your family wander into its lush tropical greenery, demystify exotic marine life, navigate the rainbow-hued coral gardens that line the seabed, and become truly immersed in the island’s naturally gifted landscape.
Guests can make use of the Conrad 1/3/5 hour itineraries, which are curated lists of quintessential experiences that reflect a local take on culture, food, art, and adventure. The moment you step into the property, kick off those shoes, curl your toes in cool sand and learn to enjoy the idyllic island to its maximum extent.
Whether you’re reeling in local snapper for a campfire-style barbecue dinner, counting shooting stars, getting up close with dolphins on a luxury cruise, or exploring the local atolls to witness local Maldivian routines, you’re bound to feel at one with the island. Read more…
Villingili is the only resort island of Addu Atoll, and Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa was the first luxury resort to operate on there. The island’s exclusivity means you’re less likely to bump into peak season couples and families so you’ll get to truly enjoy an island retreat in a secluded property.
Aerial shots of the hotel reflect a cluster of emerald-hued forest and overwater bungalows that spread across brilliantly blue waters which provide a clear window to the coral beds that lie beneath. It’s a postcard-worthy picture of romance and riches, where one expects the well-heeled to holiday.
Each private villa features Middle Eastern and Indian design elements that are seamlessly blended with contemporary fittings resulting in an earthy, beach-appropriate aesthetic. The Water Villas in particular are dreamy as you wake up to the bobbing waters of the sea right at the doorstep of the open-air terrace.
For a special practice session, book a round of golf at the Villingili Golf Course managed by the resort. Motivation is the fairways lined by coconut palm trees, white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, and the Indian Ocean.
Located on a private island just 20 minutes away from Velana International Airport and 1km away from the nearest inhabited island, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is tucked amidst lush greenery and palm trees, and encircled by a stunningly clear turquoise lagoon.
The Water Bungalow – built on stilts over the lagoon – allows you to simply take a few steps from your private sun terrace directly into the shimmery seawater. Or if you prefer, you could simply lie on your patio to take in the crisp, salty air, or work on that tan with a large straw hat and a summer read.
If you’re traveling with family, the thatched-roofed Island Cottages are more spacious and includes a family room for quality bonding time. The private balcony features a daybed for hours of midday lounging while the king bed under vaulted ceilings allows for an afternoon siesta after a day of exploring.
Anchorage Bar takes drinking with a view to a whole new level with a panoramic view of the ocean, especially beautiful in late evenings when the sun bleeds into the horizon. Watch the bartenders shake and stir to create refreshing tropical cocktails as live music sets the mood for a night of island fun.
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