Top 10 Best Gourmet Resorts in Maldives
Most Popular Dining in Hotels in the Maldives
Updated October, 2019
No one can deny that fine dining and top-of-the-range surroundings go hand-in-hand. Where better to enjoy this luxurious combination than in Maldives' fantastic array of luxury resorts? Apart from the exceptional standard of the ingredients and the talents of the Michelin-star-spangled chefs at the culinary cutting edge, as well as the stunning ocean's views, high-quality facilities and fantastic settings, one of the main attractions is the short walk to your room in order to sleep off the rich and plentiful fare available!
Whether you want a gastronomic experience par excellence or delectable farm-to-table fare, our gourmet collection has a hotel to suit your foodie taste. We've compiled a list of Top Ten Gourmet Resorts in the Maldives for you to enjoy, based on a combination of dining and hotel factors, and have even added a few more to the list – well, this is Maldives, after all. Gourmet dining in a beautiful resort; who could ask for more?
Best Experience: for Couples, for Families, Beaches, Spa, Gourmet Dining
This luxurious and sophisticated Maldivian resort is located on two idyllic islands combining the best beaches and over-water accommodation, both with dense vegetation and palm trees that create a natural tropical paradise. Suitable for couples and families alike, Conrad is all about glamorous splendor in a luxury setting with some of the most exciting underwater adventures in the Maldives. The two private islands connected by a 500m bridge and both are designed for true enjoyment.
A wine and dine destination itself, Conrad Maldives is a true epicurean experience with a choice of 12 restaurants and bars, including Ithaa, the world's first all glass underwater restaurant. You can talk for a long time on the culinary theme in Conrad Maldives, where fine cuisine and delicious breakfasts generously satisfy the tastes of spoiled luxury guests. Each restaurant features its own distinctive favour that takes its cues from the world over, and is injected with a touch of Maldivian fare. Read Full Review...
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. 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.
Of the 11 restaurants and bars, the headliner is The Ledge by Dave Pynt (the buzzed about chef behind Singapore's Michelin-starred Burnt Ends), a casual spot that specialises in slow roasted meats. With its bearded chefs, open kitchen and Arctic Monkeys soundtrack it feels more at home in Hackney than the middle of the Indian Ocean. Elsewhere, outdoor mezze spot Yasmeen, is styled as traditional Arabian village with filigree golden lanterns and plants creeping up sandstone walls. Don’t miss the pillowy pita breads or smoky baba ganoush. Climb up to tree-top restaurant Terra, where paths lead to a smattering of private bamboo pods which look out over the twinkling resort below. Underground cheese and wine bar The Rock is an elegant spot with stool seating and an encyclopedic list of French wine. Other top options include Li-Long for authentic Peking duck and Tangled for hand-pulled noodles, dim sum and a moreish seafood laksa.
Breakfast can be delivered to your villa or enjoyed in the Tasting Table and it is a good idea to try both options once. A scene of bliss is surely tucking into a colourful fresh fruit platter followed by a spicy Maldivian tuna omelette with potato rosti in your villa’s private dining pavilion. Meanwhile the buffet at Tasting Table is brilliantly curated and excellent quality. Grab a table by the water, before tucking into pretty French pastries, tropical fruits and a huge selection of cured meats and cheeses. Continue the feast with cooked to order egg sandwiches or spicy curries with rotis and you are very much set up for the day Read Full Review....
Best Experience: Watersports, Two Pristine Islands perfect for Family & Couples, Luxury Surfing
Proclaiming itself "Nature's playground", Niyama Private Islands Maldives takes barefoot luxury to an exotic new level. Its two islands Chill and Play, one with a family focus and the other dedicated to couples are a tropical paradise with lush vegetation, ivory white beaches, crystal clear waters and endless views out over the Indian Ocean. The resort is a mix of modern and traditional Maldivian design and facilities, with a distinctive edgy feel, where guests are wonderfully looked after, choosing between total privacy and an extraordinary range of activities.
As for dining options, you are lucky, Niyama has such a starry food choice, all with different settings and food offerings. Hover over the water. Submerge beneath the sea. Soar among the treetops at Nest or dance with the flames at Tribal. Select your perfect setting – or let your fantasies create a new dining reality and every night can see you trying something new. Your culinary adventure knows no bounds at Niyama, home to nine unique restaurants in Maldives with distinct destination dining experiences. The informal Deli is a great way of getting a really good value sandwich on the go. Not to be missed is Subsix, the underwater bar and music lounge. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: for Couples (only), Privacy and Tranquillity, Fine Dining, Activities
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. Possibility to make the most of the water surroundings with surfing, deep-sea fishing and sailing. 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...
Best Experience: for Families, House Reef Snorkeling, All Inclusive
Today, Lily Beach Resort and Spa ranks among the leading resorts in the country with Premium All Inclusive, which was the result of an excellent redesign and reconstruction of the hotel. Reopened in 2009 as a 5-star resort, Lily Beach is a romantic place for a family holiday with All Inclusive that includes food, drinks and various activities. The stylish and spacious rooms have open air bathrooms with hydromassage baths, outdoor terraces with direct access to the ocean or to the beach, as well as other facilities: from sunscreen and quality toiletries to the packed mini bars and large flat-screen TVs. The resort's family facilities include a kid's buffet in the restaurant, a swimming pool and a game club. Active guests can enjoy land and water sports, while couples have many romantic options and places to seclude.
Buffets are very good and varied, using quality ingredients in everything from fresh fruit juices to prime cheeses. For a change on offer 2 barbecue parties with exotic dishes such as ostrich meat and kangaroo along with lobsters and tiger shrimps. The resort's owner is a fan of food and made dining a special service point providing guests with only the best and most diverse products, so expect a section of chilled cheese with more than 30 world cheeses (although not all are labeled), a good selection of old and new wines, a large tank with live lobsters and even a fun children's buffet full of favorite children's goodies. Adult culinary stations include snacks, salads and there are several cuisines such as barbecue, sushi, meat sliced ??and a delicious roast provide a great dining experience. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Honeymoon, Family, Wateк Villas, Spa, Beaches
The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi, the flagship property in The Sun Siyam Resorts' collection, is located in the northern Noonu Atoll, and is accessible by a 40-minute seaplane flight from the Maldives main Malé Airport. Surrounded by seemingly untouched environs of the scenic Noonu atoll, this 221-room resort offers what is arguably the best local resort in the country, including 2 swimming pools, diving center PADI , and the awarded largest spa in the country.
With over 14 dining and bar destinations, there are an impressive dining options on the island, although the menu prices are high even for a luxury resort. This is one of the largest resorts in the Maldives and here guests have a wider choice of cusines and beverage options. On the other hand, the buffet breakfast is one of the best and varied in the country. There is an excellent selection of dishes, with huge portions of healthy food, seafood, hot dishes and pastries, as well as a fine assortment of Maldives fare. Be prepared to pay more, although ... prices above average are largely due to the high cost of transporting products to the island. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: Couples, Family holiday, Over-Water Vollas, Spa, All Inclusive
Ayada Maldives is a luxury resort located amid a pristine reef within the southern rim of the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in southern Maldives. Remotely located 30 km from the equator, Ayada is the first Turkish themed resort in the Maldives. Ayada offers 122 spacious villas and suites, with private pools, butler service and thoughtful five-star detailing. Food lovers can explore the six restaurants, while those seeking complete relaxation will find their haven in the large spa which boasts a Turkish Hammam and eight private treatment villas. The main goal of the company is high-quality vacation, beautiful nature, amazing design and exceptional service, and we are absolutely sure that Ayada is on the right way.
Expect exciting journey through an unparalleled culinary experience at Ayada Maldives with authenticity and variety with their eight vividly enticing outlets; each with its unique influence. Ranging from exotic Asian flavours to tantalizing Mediterranean specialities to the vibrant Ottoman Lounge complete with specialty coffees, teas, and shisha. Your dining experience is complete with impeccable service and breathtaking views of the ocean and the horizon. Read Full Review...
Best Experience: for Couples, Beach, Family, Activities, All-Inclusive
Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives - A Premium All-Inclusive Resort are separate beach villas idyllically stretching along a hypnotic two-kilometer turquoise lagoon and showcasing luxurious living spaces with an emphasis on Maldivian interiors that offer a hassle-free 5 * star spa experience with a premium All-inclusive plan - Platinum Plus. All Inclusive 'Platinum Plus' includes a seaplane transfer, a fine collection of premium wines and spirits, a mixture of buffet, haute cuisine and themed nights, club entertainment and an abundance of exciting activities, ranging from sightseeing, sunset fishing, to unlimited snorkeling trips and non-motorized water sports!
Expect the amazing gastronomic adventures in Atmosphere Kanifushi Maldives: food is diverse, delicious and quality. Especially impressive drinks. The resort is also home to the first PURE vegetarian restaurant in the Maldives, aptly named 'Just Veg', offering exquisite vegetarian food, including recipes for strict vegetarians and vegans, all of which can be enjoyed in a beautiful setting with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Menu items range from Mediterranean, Arabic, Indian (including Jain Cuisine) to strict vegetarian dishes. JUST VEG redefines contemporary non-meat cuisine by experimenting with original and surprising flavor combinations. It aims to elevate 100% meat-free cookery to a new high, which will delight the discerning palates of all tastes, whether it is a devout vegetarian or a committed carnivore! Read Full Review..
Best Experience: Overwater Bungalows, Undewater Spa, Beaches, Gourmet Dining
Located just 30 minutes by speedboat from the main airport, Huvafen Fushi ideally mixes Maldivian style with hip and chic features; thatched villas on the outside and on the inside, unique amenities, sophisticated design, contemporary furniture, high-tech equipment, and last but not least cool events which all contribute to make Huvafen Fushi a truly dreamy island. Encircled by one of the best house reefs in the Maldives, this private island paradise is home to the world's first and only underwater spa, and with only 44 rooms it is the ultimate in luxurious privacy and intimacy. With 21 years and above guests only policy, Huvafen Fushi has been crowned the Most Romantic Resort at the annual Maldives Travel Awards 2017.
Dining at Huvafen Fushi are among the best in Maldives. The bar and six absolutely different restaurants nourish the strength of the guests. Whether it's international cuisine in Celsius, fish and seafood in Salt - a high-quality food is 100% healthy at Raw or pizza from a wood-burning oven, the taste buds do not stop being active before starting to work in a reinforced mode, after tasting the offering of the Vinum wine cellar, that has an unusual collection of 600 bottles of wine.
Best Experience: Honeymoon, Family, Beaches, Diving
Kanuhura blends rustic elegance with laid-back luxury living in a stunning and unspoilt part of the Maldives. Tropical paradise that enchants with its serene natural beauty, the resort set on the remote island of Lhaviyani Atoll, and with a fabulous range of facilities, tip-top dining, perfect beaches and fantastic children's club. Forty minutes by seaplane from Malé airport, it’s one of the bigger islands located in the northern atolls.
Dining is an unadulterated pleasure here. The venues, the choice and the quality are excellent. Kanuhura offers a great choice of food and drink options with six restaurants and two bars in unique settings to choose from. Expect a new culinary journey each day with exquisite international flavours and authentic Maldivian delights from sophisticated fare and casual barefoot dining on the beach to an exclusive island dinner Read Full Review...
Best Experience: There are no kids on the island - this is a big plus; a magnificent large overwater villas with stunning views of the lagoon; Superb house reef snorkeling, a fantastic '5.8 Undersea' restaurant
Hurawalhi Island Resort in the Maldives - this is incomparable, extraordinary and absolutely original. Ecologically innovative, a new 5*-star resort, the world's largest underwater restaurant, tropical champagne pavilion, stylish villas and politics just over 15 years old, and with no other resorts in the neighborhood as far as the eye can see - Hurawalhi Island Resort offers its own look at Paradise. Officially inaugurated in January 2016, the five-star Hurawalhi resort is accessible by a 40-minute scenic seaplane flight from the main airport, and offers 90 villas, including 60 Ocean Villas and 30 Beach Villas, for grown-ups who are seeking luxury and innovation. The villas are stylishly and beautifully conceived featuring soothing décor, sumptuous linens on king size beds, bleached wooden floors, and private terraces with panoramic views. There is an ocean of delights to take in at Hurawalhi: dining at 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, snuggling up with your darling under a blanket or sparkling stars on the iconic Dream Island sandbank, falling in love with the plethora of marine life on the island’s doorstep – in fact, one visit to the resort is hardly enough to experience it all. Read Full Review...
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