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10 Most Fabulous Beach Villas In The Maldives

Aug, 2021

There are plenty of reasons to pick the Maldives, from exceptional beaches and unbeatable marine life to some jaw-droppingly luxury hotels. These beachfront houses, equipped with every imaginable amenity, are your perfect palatial residences, designed for making extraordinary memories with your family or friends. Plus, they offer access to the most pristine beaches away from the crowds in this popular romantic destination in the Indian ocean.

And even though at first glance the beach residences may seem expensive, when you break it down per room or by occupancy the prices for Maldivian luxury rentals often compare much more favorably to some of the five-star hotels in the world. And of course, you get so much more for your buck. Much more living space, the full privacy to do what you want when you want, pools, gyms, spas, 24-hour resident butler service and you won’t have to compete with your fellow vacationers for the best spot on the beach.

We have handpicked the most exclusive locations for you especially for their location on some of the best beaches in the Maldives. These 10 remain favorites — for all the right reasons.

1 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas - Four Bedroom Beach Pool Residence

Best Experience:   Ultimate Luxury, Over Water Villas, Privacy and Tranquillity, spa, Wildlife, swimming with mantas

Located in the Maldives' Baa Atoll archipelago and on the doorstep of Hanifaru Bay, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is an ideal beach gateway. There are 80 private pool villas, ranging from 2,800 square feet to nearly 30,000 square feet, several of which—including our winner—are over-water. Guests can snorkel with manta rays and whale shark within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, explore uninhabited islands surrounded by reefs, cruise in solitude and more. There are also six dining and entertainment venues, an underwater restaurant and wine cellar, an over-water observatory, a dive centre, children's club and more. Set on Kihavah Huravalhi Island, the resort is 30-minute seaplane flight from Malé International Airport (VIA).

The largest residence on the island combines the Three Bedroom Residence and an extra Beach Pool Villa, interconnected and complete with its own expansive pool and sundeck. Perfect for extended families or groups of friends of up to 12, revel in lush, cool spaces, high-tech comforts, and a Villa Host at your beck and call. A luxurious, beachfront house featuring a private beach area, 2 private infinity swimming pools, well-appointed indoor and outdoor spaces and 3 comfortable bedrooms Read Full Review

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2 Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences - The Great Beach Residence

Best Experience for:  Family vacation, Couples, Dining, Diving, Spa, Celebs

Featuring more flexible approach to tropical island luxury, Amilla Fushi offers a luxurious 'The Island of Surprises' for both couples and families in the Maldives. The resort has so much to offer, from high design and inventive dining options, to stylish villas and amazing snorkelling and diving. Located in the Baa atoll, UNESCO Biosphere reserve, Amilla Fushi has been recognised as the leading family resort in Maldives in 2018.

The Great Beach Residence - Polished teakwood floors, custom-made furnishings, calm, curated spaces – a home with a difference on the shores of Amilla Fushi. Blessed by ocean breezes and tickled by the tides, an absolute waterfront palace, the only one of its kind. Two levels of luxury island living – master suites bathed in ocean views. An enclosed garden courtyard with dining under the palms and a 20-metre pool whose blues challenge those of the seas. A Jacuzzi on the deck. A pool table on the patio. Plenty of games inside and a world of adventure right at the doorstep. Read Full Review

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3 Jumeirah Maldives

Best Experience for:   An ultra Luxury, Couples, Families, Diving, Spa

Jumeirah Maldives is an all-villa luxury island resort surrounded by turquoise waters of the North Male Atoll, easily reachable by speedboat or seaplane from Male Airport. This intimate resort is ripe with eye-catching architecture and ocean-inspired interiors. Its idyllic location offers privacy for romantic getaways, a blissful island retreat for friends and family and experiences to suit the more active traveller.

Two Bedroom Beach Residence with Private Pool is a high-life residence for family or friends, this is the two bedroom villa where South Beach style meets inspired island elegance - and opens on to your own secluded view of sun-dazed sand and sea. If luxury is defined by space, then these showstopper residences just raised the bar - with a footprint of 680 square metres including a 205 square metre indoor living space. Your own spacious, private haven, the villa’s innovative interior design is also boldly set far from the crowd, creating an evocative indoor-outdoor stage for imaginations to run free. A true penthouse paradise retreat, each of the four Beach Residences boasts a 14 meter pool and rooftop terrace - as well as an outside shower for a secluded experience. Read Full Review

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4 One & Only Reethi Rah - Grand Residence

Best Experience:   Honeymoon, Water Villas, family, beaches, spa, activities

Set on one of the largest islands in North Male Atoll, the all-villa ultra-luxury One&Only Reethi Rah resort offers an unparalleled array of luxurious options to create an unforgettable holiday. Sleek and spectacular, with unprecedented privacy, One&Only Reethi Rah inspires extraordinary journeys for the soul. From extensive outdoor adventure options, including snorkelling and diving in the exotic underwater world, to the mesmerising One&Only Spa, guests are spoilt for choice. You can stay at Reethi Rah for a month and not get bored.

Grand Residence -is Your exclusive beach house combines a traditional Maldivian aesthetic with the sheer beauty of its brilliantly blue ocean backdrop, for an extravagant beach home that will capture your imagination. Boasting the island’s most serene beach, One&Only Reethi Rah's breathtaking 2,400-square-metre Grand Residence is both majestic and secluded, accessible only by a private road. Three bedrooms across two separate villas, multiple living and dining spaces and oversized bathrooms give you and your companions plenty of room to stretch out. One villa hosts two bedrooms with a king-size bed, and two queen-size beds, respectively. The second villa is a private haven with a king-size master bedroom. Your personal butler is at your service and personal chef available upon request, for a seamless stay. Your exclusive-use outdoor area includes a 50-square-metre infinity pool, cabana and entertaining area with outdoor cinema, with your own stretch of white sands and the ocean mere steps away. Read Full Review

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5 Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi - Three Bedroom Grand Beach Villa with Pools

Best Experience:     Couples, Family, Beaches, spa, 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.

Facing the south (inside lagoon) the three-bedroom beach residences are incomparable. Offering exceptional space for privacy or togetherness, the outdoor living space boasts a large tropical garden, two infinity pools to laze away the day, a dining gazebo, hammock, direct beach access and service quarter. Indoors, with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, the main villa's living and dining room is a haven of entertainment and relaxation space, while the bedrooms offer ultimate privacy. From 1,023 sq.m./11,007 sq.ft., 3 bedrooms, 2 pools, service quarter - the Grand Beach Villa accommodates 6 adults and 3 children below 12 years. Read Full Review

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6 Milaidhoo Island Maldives - Beach Residence

Best Experience:   honeymoon, beach, diving, swimming with mantas

A tiny tropical slice of paradise, Milaidhoo Island Maldives is the perfect getaway that bringing back-to-basics, barefoot luxury to the Baa Atoll. Tucked in the heart of a UNESCO biosphere reserve, surrounded by powdery white sands and nestled beside a colourful coral reef, at Milaidhoo it’s about enjoying the natural environment in understated luxury. The resort's spacious beachfront thatched-roof residences (490sqm) are created for luxurious informal outdoor island living with their generous separate sleeping and living rooms and huge outdoor deck.

The bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of the beach and ocean beyond which open up to the sun deck with its 60sqm private, a glistening freshwater, infinity pool overlooks a postcard-perfect scene of sugar-white sands and brilliant turquoise waters. Maldivian-style swing chair; sun loungers; umbrella; table with chairs and an oversized daybed by the pool. With capacity is two adults and one child over the age of nine, or three adults the comfortable, circular living room has an adjoining kitchenette and views of the beach and ocean beyond. The huge bathroom has indoor and outdoor rain showers and separate deep bathtub. Set on the beach, each light-filled villa has custom-made furnishings for luxurious yet simple overall feel that brings elements of nature and Maldivian design heritage together. Read Full Review

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7 Dusit Thani Maldives | Three-bedroom Beach Residence

Best Experience:   Water Villas, for Couples, House Reef Snorkeling & Diving, Mantas Watching

If the idea to stay on the Maldives in a Thai-style hotel raises your eyebrows, think about what it gives you. The warm hospitality of Thailand in an unprecedented luxury setting: two of the best aspects of an Asian luxury trip in one magnificent package. Located on Mudhdhoo island in Baa Atoll, the Maldives' first and only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Dusit Thani seduces guests with pearly white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, lush vegetation and a fantastic house reef with one of the most abundant marine life in the Maldives.

With the ultimate in luxury the Three-bedroom Beach Residence at Dusit Thani Maldives is your palatial sanctuary. A master king bedroom on the first level of the central villa opens on to a private terrace, complete with sun loungers from which to enjoy unspoilt ocean views. A second twin bedroom is privately tucked away on the ground floor, adjacent to an oversize living area. Replete with cosy furniture, an LED TV and a BOSE Sound System, the living area opens on to a verandah by the pool with a dining area for 6 guests. A tropical courtyard connects the central villa to a neighbouring detached villa which features its own plunge pool, beach pavilion, semi open air bathroom with rain shower and king size bedroom. Read Full Review

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8 Raffles Maldives Meradhoo - Beach Residence with Pool

Best Experience:   Honeymoon, Water Villas, House Reef Snorkeling, Spa

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is AccorHotel’s fourth property in the Maldives — and Raffles’ first. Enveloped in the pristine sanctuary of the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the 38-villa resort is a destination in its own right, masterfully planned to cater to discerning travellers in pursuit of a luxurious and meaningful escape. For couples looking for an unforgettable romantic hideaway, the exceptionally spacious villas and the discreet expertise of the Raffles butler service redefines the resort experience.

Beach Residence with Pool features two separate buildings, with private garden and pool in between that ideal for quality family time. Its different zones harmoniously connect to create an abundance of extraordinary room indoors and out. The master bedroom is a bliss. From the kingsize four-poster bed to the vast bathroom suite incorporating a huge sunken bathtub, walk-in wardrobe, rain shower and opulent vanity unit. The second bedroom sits directly onto the beach. It is the place to feel the first of the sun's morning rays and see the first twinkle of starlight. Between the two buildings lie the landscaped outdoor pool and terrace with its own beachfront sala, and the poolside living and dining area with daybed, sofa set, dining table and casual seating. And, of course, the private stretch of pristine beach leading onto the ocean completes the scene in unmistakeable Maldivian style. Read Full Review

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9 Baros Maldives - Baros Residence

Best Experience:    Honeymoon, Beach, Spa, House Reef Snorkeling & Diving

Baros is a perfect getaway located in the North Malé Atoll only a 25-minute by speedboat from Malé Airport. With a variety of villas to choose from, these very stylish settings make this the ideal island retreat for couples young and old. Surrounded by clean, warm waters and snow-white sands, with groves of coconut palms and fragrant flowers, this cozy resort landscape is really worthy of fainting. The team is serene modern rooms (including water villas), fine dining, a fantastic spa, a large swimming pool and water entertainment from a luxury yacht to diving and yoga.

The singular Baros Residence invites you into a secret world. You've got your own stretch of Baros beach out front, and a wide timber deck where you can relax in total privacy. The trees of the island's towering canopy lean over your patio, providing a shaded retreat. Inside, a separate bedroom and living room give you all the space you need to feel at home, while an expansive bathroom pampers you with luxurious amenities. You've got designer toiletries, an indoor shower, a deep free-standing tub and an outdoor shower with palms overhead and plants at your feet. Comfy furnishings, rich timber spaces and bespoke artworks create a secure and intimate haven, while a 24-hour butler provides all you need. In your courtyard, you can swim in your own private infinity pool, enjoying the peace and silence of a walled garden oasis. Read Full Review

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10 The Nautilus Maldives - Two-Bedroom Beach Residence with Private Pool

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.

As a best Maldives island resort, The Nautilus features two exquisite two-bedroom Beach Residences (one house facing the south and an other the north) that are the perfect beach home for family or friends. With one bedroom and living areas downstairs – including living room, dining room and powder room, and a spacious master bedroom upstairs, it ensures indulgent privacy and escape. Bespoke furnishings and curated objets d’art create a chic and cozy ambience, while panoramic ocean views stream into every room. A private sundeck and azure pool sprawl out from each residence across white, powder-fine sands. Read Full Review.

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