10 Maldives resorts to Add to Your 2024 Travel Bucket list

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Updated March, 2024

Our 10 best Maldives resorts to travel in 2024 is a mix of old favorites worth visiting anew, and newly opened, lesser-trammeled islands, ready to welcome travelers — yet they are all unified by highly anticipated new offerings and innovations.

There’s something in Maldives for every kind of traveler, whether you seek extraordinary experiences, an underwater adventure, relaxing family vacation, a blossoming culinary scene, or cultural side packed with art and craft, find more for travel ideas and inspiration here.

1 Renew, Rejuvenate and Revive at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo - A Luxury All-Inclusive Resort

Best Experience:    A Luxury All-Inclusive, Couples, Families, undewater dining, wellness, activities

With the incredible INDULGENCE PLAN, including diving and underwater dining OZEN LIFE MAADHOO is a favourite amongst Maldives 5 star all-inclusive resorts. It's a tranquil palm-painted oasis of elegance set in the exotic turquoise hues of South Malé Atoll. Dotted with 94 gracefully designed villas and one exclusive Residence, the resort offers inspiring experiences and a vibrant island lifestyle. With an exceptional uniquely luxury all-inclusive experience all the elements of an uber-luxe holiday, from dining at M6m underwater restaurant to exhilarating ocean excursions, to Hudhu Bay beach club, combine to form an idyllic Maldives vacation. READ FULL REVIEW

Experience signature wellness experience at ELE | NA ELEMENTS OF NATURE in addition to the INDULGENCE PLAN! Wellness is integral to Maldives vacation. The nature-inspired ELE | NA spa and wellness centre focuses on the various natural elements like wind, water, fire, earth, and wood to provide a five-fold treatment plan. Internationally-trained and certified therapists use Ila spa products to transport guests to a world of tranquillity. Is OZEN LIFE MAADHOO on your bucket list? Here are 5 reasons It should be!

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2 The Only BLU experience at Oblu Select Lobigili

Oblu Select Lobigili water villas

Best Experience: Adults Only, All Inclusive, Underwater Restaurant, Diving, Activities

OBLU SELECT Lobigili is a brand new all-inclusive resort for couples in Maldives near Male airport. With complimentary speedboat transfer, spa treatments and in-villa minibar an adults-only haven the 'Island of Love' has 68 vibrant, chic beach and over-water villas. Exclusive to OBLU SELECT Lobigili, THE LOBI PLAN™ is fully encompassing holiday plan blends all the elements of an intimate, carefree holiday experience. Expect a gourmet dine-around experience with breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the all-day dining restaurant including one à la carte fine dining experience at Only Blu Speciality underwater restaurant. READ FULL REVIEW

Surrounded by exotic blue hues and a colourful flow of marine life, the Only BLU experience is a unique way of connecting with nature and with loved ones as you descend 6.8 meters below sea level. Only BLU is the largest under ocean restaurant in the Maldives. Choose from seafood and fish, meat and poultry, or vegetarian fare, all paired with red and white wines.

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3 For best value: LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas

LUX* South Ari Atoll

Best Experience for:  Couples, Families, Value, Diving, Dining, Whale Shark Watching, weddings, All Inclusive

If you’ve fantasized about living a–lavish–Robinson Crusoe life on a faraway tropical island, you’re in the right place. Cutting-edge designer villas and world-class dining can be found only a 30-minute seaplane transfer away from Malé Airport, making LUX* South Ari Atoll one of the most exciting resorts in the Maldives. Here, you will ride your bicycle along the jetty, swim alongside whale sharks, hang out in your bungalow on stilts, dine at any of the eight restaurants, dance the night away, partake in marine conservation. The luxe resort has a PADI-certified dive centre, two infinity pools, a floodlit tennis court, a fitness centre and a renowned spa. Whatever it is you love, you’ll find it here at LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas. READ FULL REVIEW

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4 Enjoy 24-Hour Premium All-inclusive vacation at Siyam World Maldives

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Best Experience for: All lnclusive, couples, families, group, activities

Siyam World is the brand-new, luxury all-inclusive resort by Sun Siyam Resorts. Offering an unique 24-hour WOW! Inclusive Plan, Siyam World is you an all-encompassing, hassle-free holiday experience with no fewer than a dozen restaurants and bars, with an ever-expanding A-to-Z of WOW! experiences – including the Indian Ocean’s biggest floating water park. Designed for fun-loving, open-minded couples, romance seekers, families or larger groups of friends, with the freedom to roam, socialise and engage in an island community the resort boasts an enticing variety of 21 accommodation categories of one-to-six bedroom villas and show-stopping residences - The Beach House Collection. Sliding into the lagoon is more fun - Water Villas feature your own private pool and comes with a water slide. With a breath-taking wonders, Siyam World is surrounded by a 1.5 km house reef that is teaming with wildlife and a diverse array of aquatic life. A seaplane jorney from Male takes 45 minutes. READ FULL REVIEW

Apart from unlimited dining experiences, your 24-hour premium all inclusive benefits:

Explore the mesmerizing beauty of the deep and partake in a selection of underwater activities for an adrenaline fix. Complimentary selection of non-motorized water sports and activities: You have unlimited complimentary access to the biggest floating water park in Maldives located in the sunrise lagoon at Siyam World. For those looking at keeping fit, healthy and active during their holidays, the resort has a fun selection of complimentary activities for you, your family and friends. Kids between 4 and 12 can enjoy a variety of weekly activities ranging from craft making classes, pizza making classes and storytelling. And that's not all things!

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5 Scuba Diving at Kuramathi Maldives

Kuramathi Maldives

Best Experience for:  Couples, Families, All Inclusive, Diving, House Reef Snorkeling, Value

Strips of pristine beaches, world-class diving, a range of villas, endless dining options and knockout spa, Kuramathi Maldives is rated one of the best hotels in the Maldives and with good reason. Kuramathi is one of the Maldives most popular resorts and it's perfect if you're looking for variety alongside relaxation. Here, pathways weave through lush foliage, leading to the excellent facilities that are dotted around this beautiful island. There are two oceanfront infinity pools, best house reef snorkelling and, of course, welcoming and friendly service that the Maldives is known for. READ FULL REVIEW

The Rasdhoo Divers team has been providing exciting and safe dives for adventurous Kuramathi guests amongst the amazing marine life and warm waters of the Indian Ocean, since 1994. Kuramathi' experienced, multi-lingual dive team provides a friendly and professional service and an enthusiastic instructors will inspire beginners to discover an amazing world under Indian ocean while learning to dive with SSI or PADI. Experienced divers will also find challenging dives with many types of sharks, mantas, turtles, rays, napoleons, barracuda, trevally and tuna as well as many of the smaller, but no less interesting inhabitants of the reef.

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6 Swimming with Manta Rays at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Best Experience:   Ultra-luxury luxury, couples, families,, wellness, underwater dining, swimming with mantas, weddings

Discover Anantara Kihavah, a boutique hotel with all the advantages of a paradise island of dreams you can imagine - white beaches with fringed palm trees, turquoise waters, dedicated butlers, fine dining and luxurious Over Water Villas - and you will not be disappointed. Located on the Baa Atoll in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Anantara Kihavah is just 35 minutes by seaplane from the main Velana International Airport. Comprising 75 one-bedroom villas, four two-bedroom residences and a three-bedroom residence, each hideaway boasts large personal infinity-edge pools, dining pavilions, expansive wooden sundecks and ample lounging areas complete with swinging READ FULL REVIEW

Uncover the majestic manta rays in their natural habitat when staying at Anantara Kihavah. Get up-close to stunning manta rays in the protected environment of Hanifaru Bay. With a wingspan of several metres, these fascinating creatures can number over 100 at the time of the full moon. They enter the world’s largest manta feeding destination to feed on small fish, plankton and crustaceans. Plan in advance for the optimum time to witness these magnificent creatures in all their glory.

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7 For Art Lovers: Oaga Art Resort

Oaga Art Resort

Best Experience for: All Inclusive, couples, families, art lovers, diving, activities

Nestled in North Male Atoll just 30 minutes by speedboat from Velana International Airport, Oaga Art Resort is a magic island. With 60 cosy and intimate villas with beach and over water options, 4 dining venues and a spa inspired by Maldivian traditional healing, Oaga Art Resort’s artistic and creative spaces offer an immersive experience curated by local and visiting artists, and craftsmen from the Maldives.

Opened on1st Dec 2022, Oaga Art Resort prides itself on collaborating with local and visiting artists to create whimsical spaces and imaginative micro-experiences and are open for artists of all talents. The island redefines the Maldivian experience with a never before seen merger of the Maldivian traditional lifestyle with the contemporary. Their greatest all-inclusive plan is testament to this, which includes experiences such as Creative Expression (art) classes, Take Notes (music) sessions, Thashibari In-Villa Dining, floating meal, choices of excursions, motorised watersports and the list goes on. READ MORE

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8 Luxury Honeymoon: COMO Cocoa Island

soneva maldives resort

Best Experience:   for couples, wellness, fine beaches, kitesurfinf, weddings, house reef snorkeling, diving

Only with 33 romantic water villas and suites on the island, Cocoa Island Resort is rated the most lovely resort for the honeymooners and there is not any kind of child-oriented facilities. Located 40 minutes by speedboat from Malé Airport, the hotel also has a high rating in the Maldives based on guest reviews, so it is ideal for adults. Uniquely inspired by dhoni boats the style and design of our newly refreshed 34 overwater suites and villas are like that of no other luxury resort in the Maldives. Throw open the glass doors, and you can breathe the sea, day and night, as it laps your private jetty. Of course, in addition to luxury accommodation and gourmet dine options, diving and snorkeling there is an excellent spa and even a pavilion for practicing yoga with a teacher.

The private island is in spectacularly clear waters, encircled by live coral reefs and serene sandbars — a dreamy Maldives experience where you can dive, enjoy kitesurfing, fish, or watch dolphins play while you explore the atoll on a sunset cruise. READ FULL REVIEW

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9 For gourmets: Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Waldorf Astoria Maldives aerial

Best Experience:   Ultra-luxury, for couples and families, wellness, snorkeling, 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. Spanning across three islands in the South Male Atoll, the breathtaking new resort is surrounded by a crystal clear water lagoon, which is home to spectacular corals're teeming with fish life. Meaning “Pearl” in Dhivehi the resort offers global travellers 138 luxuriously appointed villas in an inspirational setting, complemented by the iconic True Waldorf Service experience. An exclusive yet serene Spa and Wellness Centre, a wide array of water sports as well as extensive facilities for junior guests are also featured within the new Waldorf Maldives.

Additionally, the resort features 11 exceptional, world-class dining options, including an unforgettable Terra treetop restaurant boasting stunning views and the world’s first overwater Zuma restaurant. These restaurants will entice the senses with culinary excellence and innovation that pleases every palate. From outdoor dining overlooking pristine beaches and stunning shorelines to more formal spots boasting breathtaking views, the resort's lounges and bars invite cocktail conversations from day to night. READ FULL REVIEW

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10 For house reef snorkeling: Oblu Nature Helengeli

Oblu by Atmosphere at Helengeli

Best Experience: Couples, Families, All Inclusive, house reef snorkeling, scuba, diving

Fully encompassing, hassle-free experience OBLU Nature by Helengeli is the greenery island with one ofthe best house reef in Maldives. Just a short 50-minutes speedboat ride from Malé airport, Helengeli is equipped with 116 villas and suites each with a mixture of rustic and tropical interiors. Accommodation is offered on the beach or over the water, and each room is equipped with a spacious open bathroom, and some with private pools. In addition to nice rooms and delicious food, Oblu at Helengeli is undoubtedly a paradise for divers. The resort has its own diving school, with certified PADI courses, and in the region there is an attractive selection of world class dive sites, including an incredibly famous house reef. READ FULL REVIEW

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