The Maldives rising: Newly Renovated Resorts

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Updated December, 2023

The Maldives is never at a loss for luxury hotels and resorts and the best part is, these properties are always upgrading to keep up with discerning travelers.

Huvafen Fushi

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The renovation project, which spanned several months, has elevated the resort to a new height of refinement, ensuring an unforgettable stay for cultured dreamers and discerning travellers the winter season 2024. The new look of Huvafen Fushi is a paragon of contemporary luxury, seamlessly marrying its legacy as a trailblazer in impeccable Maldivian hospitality with cutting-edge design and unparalleled guest experiences. All 46 bungalows and pavilions have been deliberately designed to give guests a sense of peaceful seclusion with individual decks, ocean views, freshwater infinity pools and direct access to one of the best house reefs in the North Malé atoll. The experiences at Huvafen have also been reimagined and expanded, with a wide array of new activities and opportunities to connect with the island’s surroundings.

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 OBLU NATURE Helengeli renovation 2024

The Maldives iconic diving and snorkeling paradise, OBLU NATURE Helengeli by SENTIDO reopened on 21 December 2023 with an enticing, all-new vibrant look with stunning water villas, beach villas enhanced with private pools, and a speciality restaurant – Raga Route after a comprehensive renovation. Guests can now choose from 153 villas and suites within 8 categories. Perched over aquamarine waters, the newly added Water Villas with Pool and Water Suite with Pool feature attractive décor, a spacious outdoor deck with pool, comfy seating areas, and a constant shimmer of the ocean. Beachfront villas and suites have also been refreshed.

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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A home to the world’s first underwater residence Conrad Maldives Rangali Island unveiled a new look on Feb 2022 following expansive multi-million dollar renovation with never-before-seen spaces offering beautifully reimagined accommodations including 50 new overwater villas, as well as food & beverage venues and over-water Spa.

Today, guests of the twin-island resort can expect:

  • 50 refreshed Overwater Villas in Rangali Island
  • Revamped Over-water Spa and brand new Gym
  • Elevated dining experiences with makeovers to three celebrated restaurants and bars
  • Brand new Teens Club and enhanced Kids Club
  • Overwater Villas in Rangali Island
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Naladhu Private Island Maldives

Naladhu Private Island Maldives: new beach house interior

In Dec 2021 Naladhu Private Island Maldives reopened its doors with a new look after a complete redesign by New York-based designer Yuji Yamazaki. The public areas and all 20 Houses at the resort were refurbished during a six-month closure. Among the updates, the resort’s top suite, the Two Bedroom Beach Pool Residence, now has a 68-foot private beach.

Additionally, the island’s restaurant, bar, wine cellar and gym have been transformed and the new Coconut Grove offers a secluded area for private experiences such as cinema under the stars or private yoga and fitness classes. The resort also has a new spa treatment area with a double treatment room with a private bathing and changing area.

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Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

In March 2021, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas has unveiled a collection of the largest private pool residences in the world with the completed renovation of the resort’s two-bedroom overwater pool residences.

A multi-million-dollar project which started in 2020 with the redesign of its four-, three- and two- bedroom beach pool residences, this exclusive collection of Maldivian accommodation experiences, comprising of seven, is the pinnacle of palatial seclusion, ideally suited for multi-generational vacations and larger group travel.

In 2023, the resort unveled Its new Overwater Pool Villas after a costly renovation, solidifying its place as one of the most opulent destinations in the Maldives.

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Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

Anantara Veli Maldives Resort
Following nine months of renovations, adults only getaway Anantara Veli Maldives Resort reopened on Decembers 1, 2022, in time for the peak festive season. All villas have been fully renovated in “traditional-meets-contemporary” tropical style, using a natural palette of wood and stone, cool fabrics and rattan finishes and the latest in high-tech comforts. A new room category, the 1,593-square-foot Beach Pool Villa, is being introduced and will be the island’s most luxurious, with sliding glass doors that open onto a private pool LEARN MORE

For an unforgettable beach experience, like anywhere else, go to Anantara Veli Maldives - quite simply because the resort ticks all the boxes and brings the best of both worlds together. The hotel 'for adults only' is ideal for couples who prefer not to force children to interrupt their hard earned vacation. Not one, but two magnificent islands to relax with the healing properties of massage, facial and Ayurveda. A total of seven restaurants share your meals between them. And, of course, there are ideal pristine sands, clear turquoise waters and iconic water bungalows, that makes the Maldives so desirable destination - all encompassed by five-star hospitality and luxury. And the last reason to book is an exellent location. Anantara Veli is 30 minutes by speedboat from Male airport.  Read Full Review

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Rihiveli Maldives Resort

Rihiveli Maldives Resort aerial

Rihiveli, the most naturally-beautiful resort in Maldives, reopened under a new management in November 2021. Rebranded as Rihiveli Maldives Resort and having undergone major renovation works, the refurbished resort is a popular vacation place amongst European repeat guests.

A perfect for solo travelers, this 4* star resort set on the stunning island of Mahaanaelhi Huraa in South Male Atoll. Unique to its surroundings are two virgin islands within the lagoon, both easily accessible on foot or by canoe.

In Rihiveli, guests live at the rhythm of nature with a choice of 50 bungalows, all sunset or sunrise facing. The villas feature simple and minimalistic design, with wooden interior, thatched roof. Each villa has a private outdoor patio that comes with sunbeds and a hammock to relax.

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Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences

Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences

As demand grows for family holidays and group holidays in the Maldives, Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences has decided it’s time to upgrade their super-sized accommodation for groups of friends, large and multi-generational families, as well as the traditional market of honeymooners. Amilla boasts eight beachfront ‘Residences’ - huge villas with four, six and eight bedrooms (alongside its portfolio of 59 Water Villas, Treetop Villas and Beach Villas). These large oases have just been given a makeover so that they will be in top-top condition for all guests.

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Nova Maldives

Nova Maldives resort

Nova Maldives resort, formerly Vakarufalhi island, has opened its doors under a new management and after an expansive refurbishment. Nova offers a modern All-Inclusive Community concept, a laidback place with soul that sparks joy and is designed for real connection.

One that’s like no other the resort located in South Ari Atoll, features 76 land and ocean villas with private terraces and seemingly endless Indian Ocean views, natural splendour and much more abound.

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In summer 2022 Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa unveiled the much anticipated luxe accommodation for a group vacation that embodies a unique harmony with nature, allowing for a sense of reconnection, privacy and the utmost in luxury relaxation. It's hard not to fall in love with new Over-water Residence in Maldives overlooking the panoramic sea view of the Indian Ocean.

Outrigger Hospitality Group has acquired the newly renovated five-star Maafushivaru Resort in the Maldives – adding another premier beach property to its expanding global portfolio as early as 1 April, 2022. The resort is comprised of a collection of 81 luxury villa styles including beach, pool and duplex accommodations, as well as coveted overwater bungalows and more.

Seaside Finolhu reopened on October 2020 after months of extensive renovations, which features new aesthetic and functional upgrades in the villas, restaurants, spa and more.

Starting from November 2022 Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi opens new Beach Tented Villas with Pool to set the perfect balance between luxury, adventure, space, and seclusion.

Recently Sun Island Resort, part of Villa Hotels & Resorts Maldives collection has introduced a spectacular range of luxurious new Beach Villas, Beach Villas with private whirlpools and Beach Pool Villas with private whirlpools.

A special place near Male, Bandos Maldives unveiled their new premium beach villas on Apr 2022, thats tucked among the tropical greenery on the beach. Perfect for your romantic getaway or family vacation, Premium Beach Villas are elegantly designed duplex rooms with chic interiors topped off with an open air jetted tub offering the ultimate relaxation experience. These spacious rooms feature a balcony overseeing astounding turquoise lagoons that the Maldives is famous for.

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts, a leading international hospitality company, has unveiled two new beach pool villa categories featuring 30 properties at Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives. The 5* star All Inclusive escape recently won the ‘Leading Family Resort in the Maldives’ award by World Travel Awards for the second year in a row. The two new categories are Kanifushi Grand Pool Villa and Kanifushi Residence. Hidden beneath gently swaying palm trees, these villas are conveniently located at the centre of the island’s unique two-kilometre-long beach. A bit later Kanifushi has unveiled 40 brand-new overwater villas, further cementing its position as a leading five-star Maldivian resort, offering the discerning traveler the ultimate in luxury accommodation.

In Dec 2021 SAii Lagoon Maldives – Curio Collection by Hilton has introduced their new Beach Pool Villa accommodation type. Located near Male airport is just across the footbridge at The Marina @ CROSSROADS, the Beach Pool Villas at SAii Lagoon Maldives is designed with custom made furnishing for those who are seeking serenity and comfort on their Maldives getaway. In 2022 SAii Lagoon Maldives announced resort transformation, soft refurbishment, & enhancements.

Fushifaru Maldives re-opened a new water villas to stay. Being able to accommodate more guests on its luxury secluded island, the resort has added 14 new water villas for its accommodation options.

Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives has officially welcomed its first guests to the resort after the full refurbishment on 16 December 2019.

At the end of 2019 Angsana Velavaru Maldives, part of Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts’ Collection of Private Island Resorts, completed a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion by enhancing the product offering of this iconic resort.

In 2019, COMO Cocoa Island underwent a major transformative renovation as part of COMO’s ongoing commitment to an award-winning reputation. Under the careful eye of Singapore-based Lekker Architects, the resort was reimagined: adding private pools to both the One-Bedroom Water Villas and COMO Water Villas, creating a new airy Pilates studio, adding a two-floor gym and yoga centre, and completely redesigning the interior of every villa.

In 2023 The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo resort has introduced private pools to all of the resort’s overwater and beach villas. This development is a response to increased demand from guests for luxurious accommodation with private facilities.

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