Maldives New Hotels 2018-2020
New Resorts in the Maldives to Check Out in 2020
Updated Sep, 2020
A popular destination, the Maldives is looking forward an abundance of new hotels are set to open throughout 2020, expanding its portfolio of luxury beach resorts.
To meet the growing demand of visitors, following a government strategy to dramatically increase the number of hotel rooms in the Maldives, the president promised to open 50 new resorts in a five-year period, creating 18,000 new workplaces.
Since 2013, opened 30 new resorts. Eleven new resorts came into operation in 2016, followed by at least 15 new resorts in 2017 and 20 new properties last year. Maldives will welcome 13 new resort openings in 2020, while 143 resorts were in operation when the new government took over in November 2018. That number has now increased to 154.
A new hotel in the Maldives is always the best, innovative, and most important is an affordable rates, deals and special offers. Do not miss this chance! Below is a list of new hotels from 2018 - early 2020. The newest properties are being added to our list regularly, so watch for updates.
Also check our list of Top 10 Best NEW Resorts in The Maldives
Best Experience: couples, family, diving, activities, gourmet dining
Situated on the private island of Huruelhi in in South Ari (Alifu Dhaalu) Atoll, Radisson Blu Resort Maldives can be reached by a 25-minute seaplane journey from Velana International Airport (MLE), or a 20-minute domestic flight from the MLE airport to Villa Airport Maamigili (VAM), followed by a 15-minute speedboat ride to the resort.
Featuring 128 exclusive villas, including family villas and a premium overwater villa, the new Radisson Blu Resort Maldives is set to strike a balance between stylish contemporary design and a truly Maldivian resort experience with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Set amidst some of the most amazing coral reefs, the resort’s first-class water sports and dive centre will offer guests an array of activities, set for adrenaline pumping action. For those seeking to rejuvenate and restore, the yoga pavilion and spa will be the ethos of wellness as moves are practiced in the tranquil surrounds of the island. Dining at the restaurants and bar on the island promise to tantalise even the most discerning palate with unique cuisines and experiences. You have also kid-friendly amenities, two swimming pools and shops and boutiques here. Read More
Best Experience: for Couples and Families, Beaches, House Reef Snorkeling, Diving, Quiet and Private
Surrounded by shimmering sapphire waters with a powder soft sands, Baglioni Resort Maldives is an idyllic retreat for honeymooners and families alike in the Dhaalu Atoll. Located on the island of Maagau this exclusive newest resort of 96 villas is located on the one of the most spectacular Maldivian islands, allows guests to experience a bespoke stay in the heart of the Indian Ocean with the unique Italian hospitality of Baglioni Hotels. Opened on March 2019, Baglioni Resort Maldives sits on a private island surrounded by clear water teeming with vibrant marine life and a thriving reef system. The hotel is described as “ Paradise with Italian grace ” on the company's website. With a focus on Italian design and gourmet cuisine, the property provides a chic retreat for holidaymakers. Its comprehensive comforts offer an unforgettable stay with a blend of sport, relaxation and prestigious gourmet dining to suit its exclusive international clientele. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Couples, Families, Beaches, Activities
Sun Siyam Resorts’s newest addition, Siyam World will make its debut late 2020. This property is going to be the resort with most rooms in #Maldives, with over 490 rooms.. The resort covers an expansive land area of 54 hectares in Noonu Atoll in shot boat ride from Maafaru international airport and in 5-minutes by boat from Sun Siam Iru Fushi.
Designed for couples, families or larger groups, an eclectic collection of 15 accommodation categories span from 50 to 450 square metres. A diverse collection of villas and suites are set over water, on the beach, or nestled amongst the tropical vegetation, complimented by an unrivalled line up of restaurants, bars, activities and experiences. Add world-class spa, wellness and sports facilities and some of the regions best dive sites just moments away, and Sun Siyam Iru Fen really is a place of inﬁnite choice and endless opportunities. Read More
Best Experience: Honeymoon, Family, activities, Diving
Capella Hotel Group has announced its entry to the Maldives with the planned opening of Capella Maldives resort. Scheduled to open in the later part of 2020, the Capella Maldives will launch alongside the Capella Estate Residences, as part of the hotelier's initiative to be the first to build a luxury integrated island community destination in the Maldives. The 65-key 5-star resort is part of the integrated luxury development of Rah Falhu Huraa lagoon. Situated within an expansive lagoon, the multi-island (4) development is within a 40-minute scenic yacht transfer from Male International Airport.
Capella Maldives finds synergy between authentic island life and the contemporary elements that make up the perfect escape from the every day. Designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and Hong Kong based interior designer André Fu, all 64 villas and mansions located on land or over water, are immersed in the beauty of the surrounding lagoon. Some residences (15 unites) will be for sale, which is revolutionary in the Maldives. Keveli – signature oceanfront dining destination with immersive dining concepts in 4 uniquely designed dining quadrants. American steakhouse with chophouse-style dining and Californian wines. Michelin-starred Omakase Bar.
Best Experience: New Luxury Resort in Noonu Atoll, Couples, Family, Diving, Spa, Value
Сombine comfort and style, Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives offers discerning guests the ultimate beach holiday. Opened in Nov 2018 and designed as a destination for relaxing and rejuvenating escapes, Movenpick Kuredhivaru promises serene seclusion and tropical tranquillity. Both thrill seekers and leisure lovers will find everything they need along the resort’s white sand beaches, where picture-postcard scenes present themselves at every moment.
With a series of unique architectural features and distinctive design touches that complement the soothing natural surroundings, the resort is located on Noonu Atoll, in the northern part of the Maldives, which remains the least developed area of the Maldives, offering guests untouched natural beauty, abundant sea life and endless views across the Indian Ocean. Set your feet upon the powder-white beaches and explore the colourful marine life. Savour great cuisine at four restaurants and marvel at stunning vistas of the Indian Ocean. Unwind at Sun Spa by Esthederm, refocus your energy with yoga, and let your youngsters play at the Little Birds Club. Allow your mind to tailor-make a very special experience in the Maldives Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Honeymoon, Family, Service, ALL INCLUSIVE, House Reef Snorkeling, Vegetarians, Diving
With the unique All Inclusive Serenity Plan, OBLU Select by Atmosphere at Sangeli Island is the newest luxury ALL INCLUSIVE resort in the Maldives. Located just 50-minutes by speedboat from Malé Airport this idyllic tropical paradise is perfectly suitable for couples and families, promising a beautiful island chic and it's a delightful addition to Maldives' deluxe resort segment. A completely hassle-free experience with their signature SERENITY Plan™ and range of standalone Beach & Water Villas, restaurants and luxury facilities spread out over the two islands, OBLU SELECT at Sangeli offers discerning travelers a comprehensive, carefree beach experience in the Maldives.
Opened on July 2018, the 4-star a premium all-inclusive hotel offers a wide selection of modern individual beach and water villas and suites to choose from, some with private pools. An another feather in Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts cap of luxury Maldivian retreats, the resort has 137 villas in six categories, many modern amenities, a selection of restaurants and services, amongst some of the best diving and snorkeling spots in the entire Kaafu atoll. The resort is a short scenic speedboat journey allowing guests to start and end their stay experiencing the full beauty of the Maldives. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Couples, Families, scuba diving
Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi is a sophisticated bubble of tropical perfection, with diamond white beaches, jewel-like coral reefs and a showpiece underwater art gallery – the first one in the Maldives. The resort is found on an exclamation mark of shocking white sands painted on the western rim of the Shaviyani Atoll, and is reached via a sensational one-hour seaplane flight from Malé. Sirru Fen's 120 villas have a chic, understated Maldivian look; they're decked out with champagne woods, coral-shaped crochet rugs, rope and glass bauble chandeliers, and black and white macramé cushions. Restaurants on the island include an international dining hall called Raha Market, open all day; There is also a Japanese surface restaurant, a sushi bar and a sea lounge Kata; and a gourmet restaurant over the water, Azure. Families will find an especially warm welcome here. There's a play garden and shallow pools for toddlers, and a kids' club for four to 12-year-olds. There's complimentary use of non-motorised watersports and a number of free daily activities. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Couples, Families, Water Villas, Service, Beaches, Swimming with Mantas
Situated just a 30 minute seaplane journey from Male, Vakkaru is a resplendent paradise and located within the amazing UNESCO Biosphere of Baa Atoll. This tropical island, secluded from the outside world, is abundant with mature coconut trees and features 125 villas, suites and residences to suit any guest's needs. Enjoy international cuisine with a Maldivian twist, contemporary Italian dishes and Asian delicacies, all paired with some of the finest wines from around the world at Vakkaru's four restaurants. Guests will be spoilt for choice with what to do in their free time with experiences and facilities such as a luxury over water spa, over water gymnasium, recreation room and all weather sports field, featuring two tennis courts, a badminton court, and volleyball court. There also an extensive range of water sports, including snorkelling, jet skiing, catamaran sailing, kayaking, wind surfing and paddleboats. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: New Ultra-Luxury All Iclusive Resorts in Lhaviyani Atoll, Honeymoon, Beaches, Spa, House Reef Snorkeling, Diving
Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi, the latest addition to the portfolio of leading hospitality group Crown & Champa Resorts, has officially opened. As the first top-end five-star, truly all-inclusive resort in the Maldives, 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. Personal butlers are available 24 hours a day to assist in making this possible by facilitating authentic experiences that capture the senses. Kudadoo is a small, secluded island, surrounded by a beautiful lagoon with a good house reef and a magnificent sandy beach. The private island will be served by Hurawalhi Maldives, that is only five minutes by boat from the island allowing guests to take full advantage of all the facilities of the sister's resort including Hurawalhi's signature "5.8" underwater restaurant . Kudadoo promises the best escapism on the island, which will not leave even the most discerning travelers indifferent Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Water Villas, Couples, Families, Snorkeling with Manta Rays, Wellness
The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is a newest luxury property located in Baa atoll, the only UNESCO biosphere reserve in the Maldives. The resort, Westin Hotels & Resorts’ first hotel in the Maldives opened its shores to guests in October 2018. With a combination of 70 superb overwater and island villas, the resort takes inspiration from the “shape of the water”, the marine life of the atoll and the elements of water, sun, and wind. The resort has been designed to maximise environmental sustainability whilst providing a supremely luxurious and tranquil Maldivian escape.
Nestled on a beautiful coral island with a perfect white sand beachres, guests of the resort will experience a tranquil escape with uninterrupted ocean and pristine turquoise lagoon views. The Westin dazzles with its luxe, marine-inspired design, culinary mastery and facilities that include an over-water spa, and a superb fitness centre that will even lend you training shoes and clothes. Its eco credentials also impress, with reverse-osmosis water filtration and solar power among the initiatives. From the atoll’s most desirable locale, guests are in close proximity to landmarks such as the Hanifaru Bay, which is known as the largest cluster of manta rays globally. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Best Exclusive Resorts in the Maldives, design, Villas, activities
A new landmark for glamor and sophistication in the Maldives, JOALI is an ultra luxury resort located 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.
Opened in October 2018, Joali include 73 elegant private luxury beach and water villas and residences, where each room is inspired by individual stories and specially selected artifacts, thoughtful design and art elements. Four fine restaurants will serve the guests with an inventive fusion cuisine with unique recipes from around the world to satisfy the most demanding tastes. Expect a stylish whiskey lounge, a chocolate and ice cream shop, a curatorial library, a luxurious ESPA spa and a variety of water sports, including fitness and yoga. Joali will also engage in specialized guest experience aimed at educating and promoting deeper environmental awareness. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Couples, Family, Beaches, All Inclusive
Sun Aqua Iru Veli is a newest premium All Inclusive escape located in South Nilandhe Atoll Maldives. Perfect for honeymooners and family holidays and true to the Sun Aqua brand, this 5* star resort is laid-back and stylish with a playful vibe. In addition to 125 grand overwater and land based suites with private pools and direct ocean views, guests here will find a rather long list of amenities throughout the entire resort. These amenities range from a lovely spa, multiple dining options, including an over the water restaurant, many different ocean activities and a reef just off shore that's perfect for guests seeking an afternoon snorkeling adventure. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: New Luxury Platinum ALL INCLUSIVE Resort, Beaches, House Reef Snorkeling, Diving
Offering the perfect combination of exclusivity and comfort, Heritance Aarah is all about exclusive luxury with a touch of Maldives traditions. This Premium All-inclusive resort is located on a private island in Northern Maalhosmadulu Atoll and is a 40-minute by seaplane from Velana international airport, Male. By claiming to be one of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives, the main attractions of Aarah are beautiful white beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and a diverse marine life on a home reef. The resort's services and facilities include 157 beach and water villas with private pools, food and drinks in six restaurants and bars, a luxurious spa, a diving school and a water sports center. Heritance Aarah offers perfect privacy and an ideal tropical getaway on a paradise island. Opened in December 2018 - the first resort from the luxury hotel brand Aitken Spence Hotels and Resorts from Sri Lanka, Heritance in the Maldives. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: for couples, Water Villas; Superb house reef snorkeling, diving
Opened on Dec 2018, the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort will be a first for the renowned Raffles brand in the region. AccorHotels took over management of the property, previously known as the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, in September 2017 with plans to reposition it as a Raffles resort after a top-to-bottom renovation. Access to Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort is via a 55-minute flight from Male International Airport, then a 15-minute speedboat transfer.
Located in the southern end of the Maldives—a jetsetter’s paradise composed of more than 1,000 islands in 26 atolls in the middle of the Indian Ocean—the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo will have 21 island villas and 16 ocean villas with private pools. Expect 24-hour butlers on call and private chef service. Facilities will include an overwater spa, fitness center, three restaurants and a cocktail bar overlooking the crystal-clear waters surrounding the resort. From the PADI-certified diving center, guests can partake in snorkeling and scuba diving adventures, exploring the coral reefs for which the Maldives are known. There will also be a yoga program and numerous water sports options. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Best Luxury Hotels in Maldives, water villas, beach houses, couples, family, diving, all inclusive
LUX* North Male Atoll, the second resort in the Maldives by Mauritius based hotel group LUX* Resorts, has officially opened on February 1, 2019. LUX * Resorts & Hotels promises to demonstrate the transformation of Olhahali Island with an area of six hectares, into the most innovative luxury resort in the Maldives. Accessible by luxury speedboat or a short 15 minute seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport, this intimate resort is ripe with eye-catching architecture and ocean-inspired interiors.
A visual banquet of nautical shapes and colors, the resort is elegantly decorated by the Singapore design group Miaja, a project that combines superyachts with the energetic spirit of southern beaches. 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. Big Green Egg Barbecue, Rooftop Bar, Cinema and SONOS, Yoga Pavilion, Star-lit Jacuzzi and Outdoor Games help create an unforgettable paradise lounge for people who love to enjoy life. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: New Ultra Luxury Resort in Baa Atoll, gourmet dining, activities, swimming with mantas
New bohemian luxury, The Nautilus Maldives is a highly exclusive, fully private resort of 26 beach and ocean houses. A privately-owned island in the heart of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, The Nautilus Maldives will be opening in January 2019 with the serious ambition of being noted as one of the leading luxury resorts in the world. A refuge beyond the bounds of time and expectations, where every moment is tailored to you. A celebration of the individual spirit, The Nautilus gives you space – to share, to meet, to be yourself and to shape your own personal journey. And, most of all, to celebrate the people you’re with, in any way you choose.
The Nautilus Maldives has been designed for the new generation of luxury travellers who are looking for transformative experiences and activities that they can share with those who matter the most to them. Whole-island bookings offer the ultimate in exclusivity. The Nautilus philosophy, therefore, is one of absolute freedom for its guests, offering a laid-back ‘modern bohemian’ lifestyle where guests can escape from their everyday lives, truly be themselves, and reconnect with their inner being, with nature and with their families – all in a beautiful Maldivian setting. A stay here isn’t like a stay anywhere else. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Best Luxury Hotels in Maldives, water villas, couples, family, diving
JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa is set on the stunning island of Vagaru, Shaviyani Atoll. Just an hour from Malé airport by seaplane the crescent-shaped Island offers an unrivaled luxury in the stunning environment, a bright, modern villas are some of the largest in the archipelago, each one featuring a private pool and a gourmet cuisine stretches from classic Asian gastronomy – Thai, Japanese, Indian – to wood-fired Italian across seven restaurants. Set to open 1st November 2019 and designed for couples and families this 5-star luxury beach getaway in the Maldives is an ideal destination for guests seeking to be fully present, nourished and reconnected. When beachside lounging gets to be too much, rejuvenate with a treatment at the luxury spa. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Water Villas, Couples, Family, Beaches, House Reef snorkelling, Diving
A short sea plane ride away from Malé, The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives offers a unique blend of relaxation and social life, perfect for a romantic escape or a getaway with everyone you know. . A new addition to the world of Maldives luxurious over-water resorts, The Standard, Huruvalhi stands out for its accommodation, which is specially designed for different types of travelers. Bespoke and signature dining choices, a contemporary Spa, and an overwater tapas and sunset club with a transparent dance floor combine with a myriad water sports experiences to create a truly unique, forward-thinking resort. Regardless of whether you travel a romantic duet, alone or with a family, you will find here an experience that suits your needs. With the emphasis on an activity-driven atmosphere, the resort’s tagline ‘Social by Nature’ reflects an easy-going travellers’ finesse against the backdrop of a healthy house reef and a significantly large lagoon.
Carpe Diem Beach Resort and Spa is set to change hands in Fall 2019, as it transforms into the first Asian property in US-based The Standard Hotels’ portfolio. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Overwater Villas, Service, Spa, Beaches, Gourmet Dining, Activities
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 5-star resort raises 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 will offer global travellers 138 luxuriously appointed villas in an inspirational setting, complemented by the iconic True Waldorf Service experience. Additionally, the resort will feature 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 will also feature within the new Waldorf Astoria Maldives. Read Full Review...
Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives would be the fourth beach resort managed by Centara Hotels and Resorts – one of the leading Thai hospitality groups. The new resort is expected to see its soft opening late 2018, and the grand opening early 2019. Under the agreement, Centara Hotels and Resorts would operate and manage the new property, comprising of 24 beach villas, 77 water villas, an array of international restaurants including an underwater restaurant, a floating cinema, a dedicated Thai spa, a fitness centre, and other facilities expected in a Centara Grand resort.
Best Experience: Best Family Hotels Near Malé Airport
Located within Emboodhoo Lagoon, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is your all-access guide to the great life in The Marina @ CROSSROADS, the first integrated resort destination in the Maldives. Schedule to opening summer 2019, and only a 15-minute boat jorney from Malé airport the resort offers direct access to an entertainment island with dining, shopping, and more fun activities. Hard Rock Hotel in the Maldives takes inspiration from the tropical surroundings, incorporating authentic notes of regionally-inspired music memorabilia throughout.
Within untouched environs of the scenic South Male atoll, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives boasts 178 spacious guestrooms including family suites, beach villas and one and two-bedroom overwater villas, exclusively on a beautiful island with inviting blue waters. The guests can also treat their taste buds to delectable on-site food and beverage options, ranging from a pool bar and all-day dining, to a latin & mexican restaurant and in-villa dining experiences, or to enjoy authentic american cuisine amidst the ultimate rock atmosphere at hard rock café maldives just steps from the hotel. Suited for families, couples and groups of friends this highly anticipated property also offers vacationers direct access to the maldives’ first entertainment island, where locates a rich combination of world-class offerings including entertainment, retail, fine dining and outdoor activities. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Adults Only, Water Villas, Diving
You & Me by Cocoon Maldives is the brand newest luxury, “adults only” resort for honeymooners and couples, opened on March 2019. Set on a private island in Raa Atoll of the northern Maldives, You & Me by Cocoon offering a secluded, romantic hideaway in luxurious, “rustic-chic” style surroundings.
You & Me by Cocoon is an adults-only island with a natural-chic ambiance made especially for lovers. Here, you can devote yourself to your significant other in complete privacy. With the spacious 109 Villas - 99 are over water and 10 are on the beach, six dining options provide world class cuisine in stunning settings, the over-water Orchid Spa, the large swimming pool and water sports centre, the resort offers one of the hottest go-to spots for honeymooners. The resort's solely a la carte culinary spots embody the romantic essence of the island and guests can dine at any four of You & Me’s restaurants including Six-metres underwater, almost half a kilometre away from the pearly shores of the island is H2O, the world’s best underwater restaurant, conceived by world-renowned designer Daniele Lago. If you're looking for five star standards and service in a lush world of unsurpassed tropical beauty, look no further. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Couples, Beaches, Diving, Activities
Located in a remote part of Raa Atoll, Faarufushi is a scenic 50 minute seaplane ride away from Velana International Airport. The resort is set to welcome guests from 15 December 2018 with 10 Beach Bungalows, 37 Beach Retreats with Pool and 39 sleek Ocean Retreat with Pool stilted over the azure lagoon of Faarufushi. The three Ocean Suite with Pool & the Island Residence with Pool offers guests the ultimate sanctuary with an expansive infinity pool overlooking at its very own stretch of the Indian Ocean Read Full Review...
A paradise for divers and beach lovers, Innahura Maldives Resort, the latest addition to the portfolio of leading resort operator Crown & Champa Resorts, is set to open in November 2018.
The brand new 3-star island resort is located on Innahura island in south-east edge of Lhaviyani atoll. The 25-acre private island that is 600 metres long and 180 metres wide, is accessible by a scenic 40-minute seaplane flight from Male Airport. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Family, couples, nightlife, activities, entertainment
SAii Lagoon Maldives, the first Curio Collection by Hilton hotel in the Maldives, is set to open in 2019. Slated to open in February, the 198-room luxury resort will be located in Emboodhoo Lagoon – an enchanting natural wonder surrounded by white sands and cerulean seas. The resort will be 15 minutes by speedboat from Malé International Airport and offers easy access to CROSSROADS, the first and largest integrated tourist destination in the Maldives developed by leading Thai developer Singha Estate. SAii Lagoon Maldives will offer modern travellers a private sanctuary enhanced by creative art and design, artisanal cuisine, a soundtrack of curated music and heart-made hospitality. The modern resort will feature spacious deluxe rooms, beach villas and overwater villas complemented by comfortable social spaces, quality restaurants and access to the super-hip beach club brand, Café del Mar Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Couples, Family, Beaches, All Inclusive
RIU Hotels & Resorts has announced summer 2019 opening dates for its newest properties in the Maldives with 5-star Hotel RIU Palace Maldivas and 4-star Hotel RIU Atoll. Both all inclusive resorts, Hotel RIU Palace Maldivas and Hotel RIU Atoll will be set on the pristine islands of Kedhigandu and Maafushi, part of the Dhaalu Atoll, connected by a walkway. Its location near Kudahuvadhoo domestic airport will make transfer to these two resorts a breeze. The Hotel RIU Palace Maldivas will have 176 land-based villas with direct access to the sea, and water villas with a private terrace and stairway leading to the sea, some of them equipped with private pools. Hotel RIU Atoll, on the other hand, will provide a total of 264 rooms with spectacular sunset views over the ocean. With a choice of gourmet, Asian and Italian cuisines in the Krystal, Yu Hi, Sofia, Palm and Dhooni restaurants along with three different bars and a Beef steakhouse on the offer for its guests, the resorts are certainly not short of dining options. Jacuzzis, spas, gyms and all the modern amenities one can come to expect from a world class brand such as RIU will be available at the resorts, with luxurious fresh-looking décor and privacy having a strong influence in the design of the rooms. Read Full Review...
Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its latest property — the five-star VARU by Atmosphere, set to open in October 2019. ‘Varu’ is a term in local Dhivehi language meaning strength, resilience and life in abundance, and the resort will offer a truly Maldivian experience by incorporating aspects of local traditions and cultures.
Located in the north-west edge of Male atoll and easily accessible by a 40-minute speedboat journey from the main Velana International Airport, VARU by Atmosphere will feature 108 luxurious villas. Thirty-nine Beach Front Villas will have spacious interiors and outdoor decks, surrounded by lush green vegetation and just a few metres from the white sandy beach, while 69 Overwater Villas will have signature Maldivian-style interiors and direct access to the turquoise lagoon from the deck. Both villa types offer minimalistic design styles with splashes of vibrant colours, and come with the option of private pools. Additional resort facilities include a dive and water sports centre, ELENA spa, gymnasium and kids club. Read More
The resort island’s reef is known to be home to mantas and other vibrant wildlife species, which will allow guests unique snorkelling and diving experiences unlike others on offer in the Maldives. BOOK NOW
Best Experience: New Luxury resort, family, couples, water villas, spa, diving
Set to open in September this year, InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort will be the first InterContinental Resort in the Maldives and one of the most exclusive InterContinental hotels in the world. The resort is already building a strong team of distinguished professionals to deliver an exceptional luxury service. Located in the secluded Raa atoll, InterContinental Maldives Maamanugau will comprise of 81 Villas and Residences designed to seamlessly blend with the breath-taking natural environment with a unique emphasis on sustainability and wellness. Unique and tempting dining experiences where culinary artistry is complemented by endless views of the Indian Ocean, will be found at each of the six restaurants and bars. The luxurious resort promises delights of all kinds, with detailed interiors, chic vibes and moments to cherish. Featuring six restaurants and bars, exclusive and personalised butler services as well as many underwater and thrilling adventures. InterContinental Hotels Group has opened reservations for InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort ahead of its opening on September READ MORE
Best Experience: Couples, Family, Activities, Diving
The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah is nestled in the Gaafu Alif Atoll, will be adjacent to The Residence by Cenizaro’s first property in the island nation, The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi. The brand new resort is expected to open in June 2019, enabling guests to travel between the two resorts through a custom-built bridge – and forming one of the largest resort offerings in the Maldives. The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah will offer 173 beach and water villas, each featuring its own private pool. It will also use locally-sourced materials, designed to capitalise on natural lighting. Catering to families, the resort will provide 12 two-bedroom beach and water pool villas, with more on-land options, designed for younger children. Dining options include all-day dining at The Dining Room, the resort’s beachfront restaurant and Li Bai, the resort’s signature Cantonese restaurant, serving classic Chinese dishes. Other resort highlights include a 42-metre infinity pool, Dive & Watersports Centre, relaxation reading lounge, fully-equipped gym, two complimentary bicycles per room for all guests, and a diverse range of water sports and land-based activities. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: new resort, couples, families, wellness, vegetarians, activities, diving
Pullman Maldives Maamutaa Resort is a 5-star lifestyle getaway in one of the most pristine atolls in the South of the Maldives. Set to opening on september 2019, the 120 villas resort offers an immersive art and design experience with a holistic integrated approach to wellbeing. The gorgeous, unspoilt Maamutaa Island spans 195,000 sqm is located just 10 minutes by speedboat from the newly opened Kooddoo Airport.
Beautifully placed amidst the spectacular lagoon stuffed with vibrant and toxic marine life and unmatched and unique options for diving and snorkeling along with various other water experiences, the Pullman Maamutaa Resort is presenting 120 units of spacious and luxurious residences that are special for couples and families with five star room amenities. Located both overwater and on the beach, guests shall choose their residence with the unbelievable option of underwater bedroom suites. You only need to select according to your fantasy – overwater seclusion or private beach merry making! 6 F&B outlets with a-la-carte options are part of the all-Inclusive experience icluding the Phat Chameleon, a complete organic, vegan and vegetarian restaurant Read More
Best Experience: Couples, Families, Beach, House Reef Snorkeling, All Inclusive
Cinnamon Velifushi Maldives is the new brand luxury all inclusive resort with beautiful beaches and house reef snorkeling in Vaavu atoll. Officially opened on 1st October 2019 the five-star deluxe features sleek Italian design elements, a hosting loft, suites, water bungalows, villas and family accommodation comprising 90 rooms in five room categories. Guests can dine at the resort’s variety of gourmet restaurants serving an international platter in the most scenic setting.
Cinnamon Velifushi Maldives is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, an excellent house reef and long stretches of white, sandy beach. The resort offers an array of unique experiences including a swimmable lagoon surrounding the island with an abundance of marine-life. It is the only resort on the island of Aarah, located in in the pristine waters of Vaavu (Felidhoo) Atoll. Special features on the property include a fully-equipped sports bar, and a luxury wellness spa operated by the acclaimed Mandara Spas. The resort can be reached by 25-minute seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport or through Speed boat transfers which takes a 75-minute ride. READ MORE
Best Experience: new resort, couples, activities, diving
Come september, Laamu atoll will get more exciting with a new entrant, Rahaa Resort. Sporting architecture and design that fuses traditional Maldivian elements with modern simplicity, Rahaa aims to make the Maldives more accessible to all classes of travellers who want to experience its pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. This a destination in itself — a unique island with its own natural lake, in an atoll which offers perhaps the most comprehensive glimpse into the history and heritage of the nation. The four-star resort offers accommodation in two categories: Deluxe Ocean View Villas and Lake View Villas. Characterised by spaciousness, modern interior, and bright colours, each villa has an en-suite bathroom that are fully equipped with a bathtub and an outdoor shower. There is an all-day dining restaurant serving buffet-style meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a Dhirun bar. Whether you are craving for your regular coffee dose or your favourite cocktail, the bar is your adored spot by day and night! Other facilities on the island include a spa, water sports centre and dive centre. READ MORE
Best Experience: couples, families, activities, diving
South Palm Resort Maldives, a brand new resort developed on the uninhabited island of Ismehela Hera in the southernmost Addu atoll, has opened. Accessible by a short 10-minute speedboat ride from Gan International Airport in Addu, the resort offers accommodation in 130 rooms of six categories: Sunrise Villa, Palm Villa, Beach Villa, Family Villa, Water Villa and Overwater Pool Villa.
The resort’s dining options include all-day dining Banyan Restaurant, the Kanduolhi Bar with grilled seafood and Moodhu Bar, where guests can chill to the next level with nightly entertainment. The Kurumba Spa at South Palm Resort is a sanctuary for the senses, overlooking the clear blue ocean. It features the first-ever ‘floating spa rooms’ in Maldives for sessions of personal rejuvenation. Southern Maldives Divers, the PADI five-star dive centre at South Palm Resort, offers guests the chance to explore the remote waters of Addu. Amazing dive sites are close by and an abundance of manta rays can be seen year round.
The 200-villa private island resort will occupy a secluded island in the Raa Atoll, located northwest of the Maldivian capital of Male. Positioned as a family-oriented resort, OZO Maldives will bear all the signatures which define an OZO including an enhanced sleep experience, smart connectivity of personal devices in both private spaces and public areas, and curated destination and activity tips by enthusiastic and informed team members.
Of the 200 villas at OZO Maldives, 60 villas will be located overwater while 140 villas will be located on the beach, with 50 beach villas offering larger family-friendly layouts and private plunge pools. Many of the villas will also be either interconnecting or configured with dual key access, to offer flexibility for families and groups of friends traveling together.
ONYX Hospitality Group is expected to debut its second Maldivian resort in the third quarter of 2020.
Brennia Kottefaru, a 5-star resort located in Raa Atoll in the Maldives, will welcome its first guests in mid-January 2020. Perfect for relaxation or a getaway for the whole family, Brennia Kottefaru promises a premium all-inclusive holiday experience in some of the largest beach and overwater villas in the Maldives. Accessible by a scenic 40-minute seaplane flight from Velana International Airport, the resort offers 190 villas and suites built with a fusion of indigenous Maldivian and modern architecture.
Guests would be able to choose from various cuisines at the three restaurants, Lime, Manta and Sunset Grill as well as enjoy exotic cocktails and a wide selection of drinks at the three bars, La Pela, Sing Sing, and Sports Bar. Brennia Kottefaru features a garden setting spa with eighteen treatment rooms, in addition to a PADI licensed Dive Centre, water sports, a Kids’ Club, a tennis court and a fully equipped gymnasium. Read More
Located on the picturesque island of Kalhudiyafushi in Thaa atoll, just 40-minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport or a short ride by speedboat from the domestic airport at Kaadedhdhoo, this hotel boasts 95 private villas and 100 rooms along with three restaurants, a spa and gym, sports centre and a bar and café, as well as the luxury services characteristic of the Gran Meliá brand. Scheduled to launch 2020, Gran Meliá Maldives will be amongst the very best of the luxurious international resorts, operated by brands such as Shangri-La, Park Hyatt and Jumeirah.
Best Experience: couples, family, art, all-inclusive, diving. gourmet dining
Australian La Vie Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of its first Maldivian property – Tolarno Maldives Kunaavashi Resort, opening in late 2020. Tolarno Maldives is located at Maldives’ best diving destination – Vaavu atoll and is accessible by 10-minute seaplane ride or 1-hour speedboat journey. The resort is said to feature works from Maldives’ very own artists in the public area as well as at each of its 72 villas. Gastronomic indulgence can also be found in the island resort’s 5 distinctive food and beverage outlets. Run by La Vie Hotels & Resorts the Tolarno Maldives will offer recreational facilities scattered in different parts of the island including a sea-view infinity pool, spa, fully-equipped diving and watersports centre, and a Kids Club offering an indoor and outdoor playground for kids of all ages. READ MORE
Best Experience: couples, family, design, all-inclusive, diving
The Chedi on Maldives is located on the pristine island of Kudavillingili, a quick 30-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport. This mixed-use resort development is said to feature 36 overwater villas and a 150m-long central pool. The Chedi Kudavillingili is shaped by a global team of design talents working closely with the GHM team. Maldivian architecture anchors the resort’s overarching aesthetic appeal, with complementary interior design and landscaping from Singapore and a lighting scheme from the USA. Speaking of the alignment of the Chedi Kuda Villingili Maldives, the total stretch of the resort covers three private lush sandbars in addition to the curve-shaped and fine-edged main island and a huge stretch of shallow lagoon water where coral reefs are abundant being home to a vibrant marine eco-system. The Chedi Kudavillingili will also boast of a spa with eight overwater treatment rooms, a beach club and bar, an all-day dining restaurant and Hawkers’ Stalls featuring four live cooking stations. Recreational opportunities on the island run the gamut, from courts for several different sports to surfing and a plethora of on-the-water and underwater pursuits.
Leading local hospitality group Crown & Champa Resorts is to launch officially the five-star Kagi Maldives Spa Island in the Maldives’ North Male Atoll in July 2020. The boutique 50-villa property will provide travelers with a 360 degree wellness experience, just a 15-minute seaplane or 60-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport. Guests will be able to choose from three room types, a beach pool villa, lagoon pool villa or an ocean pool villa, all of which will be distinguished by their unique locations and will house a private pool, a sun deck and an expansive indoor-outdoor bathroom.
Kagi Maldives is said to offer a soulful island experience where equilibrium can be found in its iconic over water spa or in the underwater paradise. At the heart of the island will sit Kagi’s 1500-square-meter spa and wellness hub, complete with an open-air, teardrop-shaped floating yoga pavilion at its centre. It will also house a state-of-the-art gym, two restaurants, three bars, a dive centre and a house reef. Read More
Avani Fares Maldives Resort’s secluded northern location is a thrilling 45-minute journey by seaplane from Male and just 30 minutes by speedboat from Baa Atoll’s newly opened domestic airport. On arrival, guests will immediately be welcomed by an arresting view of the Indian Ocean from the open plan lobby. This communal living space will house the reception, a lounge, a meeting space, an all-day restaurant, and The Pantry, an Avani hallmark which will serve a mix of comfort food and artisanal deli snacks around the clock.
Avani’s new debut is bringing relaxed contemporary charm to one of the world’s dreamiest island destinations. Scheduled to debut in 2021, the 200-key Avani Fares Maldives Resort is Avani’s first property in the Maldives’ Baa atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Nearby dive site Ahivahfushi Beyru is an Eden for snorkellers and scuba enthusiasts thanks to a plethora of sea life from Hawksbill turtles to reef sharks and manta rays. The resort will also feature a speciality restaurant, Avani Spa, Avani Kids Club and a large communal swimming pool and pool bar.
Cocogiri Island Resort, a new luxury resort situated in Vaavu Atoll is scheduled to open on 1, December 2020. Located just 12 minutes away by seaplane from Velana International Airport, Cocogiri is already being hailed having one of the best house reefs in the Maldives, making it a dream come true for snorkelers and scuba divers.
Cocogiri is an exclusive, boutique resort featuring 20 water villas and 20 beach villas on a private island ensuring the utmost tranquility for guests. A perfect setting for relaxation, exploration and rejuvenation. Whether you choose to relax in a swimming pool, swim in the crystal-clear blue ocean, sunbathe on the white sandy beaches or enjoy the serenity of Cocogiri’s spa and wellness centre, the resort promises to provide an unmatched luxurious experience. Read More
Perfectly designed for travelling families and groups of friends alike, Madifushi Private Island, the habitual Maldivian haven, will make its debut in late 2020. Naturally born 16-hector island is nestled in the Meemu Atoll, renowned for its abundant flora and fauna, including swimming with whale sharks and manta rays to sailing with dolphins at sunset, the resort is reached by 35-minutes picturesque seaplane flight over the atolls.
A celebration of design and human spirit, Madifushi Private Island expresses and accord of form, function and innovation in driving hospitality trends that will set the benchmark in its style.
Set amongst the tropical flora and fauna; the beach or over-water villas have been architecturally designed to sit in harmony with the natural environment, senses are awakened – not overwhelmed. Each villa and suite comes with a terrace that leads to a private pool with access to the palm fringed beach or perched over the Indian Ocean with either a sunset or sunrise view, each location allows guests the utmost privacy and opportunity to connect with nature and Maldivian culture.
Maniya Faru is being developed by Mahogany Pvt Ltd, which owns and operates Reethi Faru Resort in the northern Raa atoll. The company also operated Reethi Beach Resort in the central Baa atoll for 20 years until its management agreement expired in April. The resort is just a mere 20-minute boat ride from the Male international airport and it is set to open in early 2021.
Located in South Male Atoll, the island of Maniya Faru has roughly the same size as Reethi Beach, and will accommodate 110 villas along with all well-known services and facilities. Spacious seafront villas, the renowned a-la-carte lagoon restaurant set up as on Reethi Beach and Reethi Faru, and a stunning overwater spa are just a few of the features worth looking out for. It’s also worth noting that the artificial island (there will be some vegetation for the first time) lies in the canal, so expect good snorkeling.
Scheduled to open in February 2021, the Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa is nestled on the island of Thilamaafushi, set in a picturesque corner of Lhaviyani Atoll. The 150-villa resort is a scenic 35-minute seaplane journey over the sparkling atolls. Teeming with flora and fauna, the resort is enveloped by a shimmering lagoon and infinite ocean vistas. Spanning 9 hectares of natural scenery, hideaway in villas set amongst the tropical greenery and over the Indian Ocean. Choose from 6 culinary experiences featuring a mix of global cuisines. Discover more than 50 dive sites bursting with coral reefs and marine life. Experience the thrill of snorkeling the atoll’s iconic shipyard wrecks and swimming with pods of Manta Rays. Children will enjoy the Le Meridien's Family concept, an immersive world where tinkering and exploring are celebrated.
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