10 Celebrity Hot Spot Hotels in The Maldives

Where to Spot Celebrities in The Maldives

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Updated May, 2024

The Maldives is famous for their picture-perfect beaches, crystal-clear waters and of course the most luxurious resorts in the world. Maldives is a regular hot spot for the rich and the famous. From Hollywood celebrities to world famous athletes to the Bollywood stars, all head to the Maldives, for a romantic or family vacation. Nothing says luxury travel quite like a trip to the Maldives and it’s little wonder that the A-list seem to flock to these islands on the daily. With stars' social media feeds filled with those perfect beach shots and beautiful backdrops, it's almost impossible not to get wanderlust.

If you really want to travel like the rich and famous, booking an over-water villa with pool is an absolute must. Forget fighting over sun loungers by the public pool and ducking the paparazzi in the resort lobby. These resorts actually have a rather strict (and fair) privacy policy, where they will not share any information on the celebrities that have stayed at their resorts.

So out of all the islands, where do the Rich and Famous Go in the Maldives? Good news is that we have a list below that consists of 10 best resorts where You are sure to spot one of your favorite A-lister!

1  Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Who stayed here:  The Beckhams, Gordon Ramsey, Kate Moss, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslett, Paris Hilton,  Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan, Lena Meckel, Cara Delevingne & Ashley Benson, Rita Ora, Bachchans

The luxury resort is situated in the UNESCO-protected biosphere of Baa Atoll, one of 26 natural atolls in the Indian Ocean. Since opening in 2015, Amilla Fushi Resort has disrupted the status-quo and modernised the traditional concept of a luxury island holiday. With its slick, modern architecture, and all-encompassing attention to detail, the resort has become the holiday destination of choice for the super stars, who have called this island her favourite place. The Amilla Fushi villa resort has been the chosen holiday destination for the likes of Victoria and David Beckham, Gordon Ramsey and Kate Winslet. Super model Kate Moss is also a fan.

The Beckham clan rang in the New Year in the massive eight-bedroom Amilla Great Beach Villa Residence, while the Ramseys shacked up in the four-bedroom Amilla Villa Residence. Each villa offers an unbelievable beachfront location and a whole world of added perks – we love the dedicated Rolls Royce buggies!

Amilla Fushi is 30 minutes by seaplane from the capital of Malé or 10 minutes by speedboat from Dharavandhoo Airport. Read Full Review

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2 Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi aerial

Who stayed here:   Emily Ratajkowski, Serena Williams and husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio, DJ Snake , Dustin Martin, Gerard Piqué and Shakira, Alessandra Ambrosio, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Paris Hilton, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim

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 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 offers global travellers 138 luxuriously appointed villas in an inspirational setting, complemented by the iconic True Waldorf Service experience. Additionally, the resort features 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 are also featured within the new Waldorf Maldives.

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3 Gili Lankanfushi

soneva maldives resort

Who stayed here:   Melissa Benoist & Chris Wood, Tommy Lee, Adrien Brody, Richard Branson, tennis star Novak Djokovic

Gili Lankanfushi is rated by many among the best resort in the Maldives, and with good reason. This stunning, 46-villa, eco-resort is just 20 minutes by speedboat from Male airport thriving in providing truly unpretentious, relaxed luxury. Barefoot are recommended (shoes are removed as soon as you leave the airport on the boat), and each guest is surrounded by the care of a personal butler with the title "Mr. Friday". The spacious, charmingly simple water villas are built of some types of wood and are equipped with open (and on the roof!) decks with seaviews that can evoke tears of joy. On land, a beautiful island with 683 palms offers a range of activities and an excellent dining options. This rare diamond in the Maldives is more authentic than other famous brand resorts at the same price - given the regular appearance in the Gili Lankanfushi of world celebrities. But if your own pools and air conditioning in each room are your priority, you can Read Full Review

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4 Huvafen Fushi

Huvafen Fushi water villa

Who stayed here:   Kate Moss & Jamie Hince, Corinne Bailey Rae, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, tennis champion Roger Federer

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.  Read Full Review

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5 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Who stayed here:   Cristiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer, Fernando Torres,  Ronan & Storm Keating, Robin Thicke

Anantara Kihavah is just 35 minutes by seaplane from the main Velana International Airport. Following the scenic flight, guests arrive to a picture-perfect setting surrounded by the jewel-coloured waters and uninhabited islands of the majestic Indian Ocean.

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 daybeds, hammocks and sun loungers. All villas feature his and hers walk-in wardrobes, rain showers, outdoor showers and over-sized bathtubs big enough for two. Sunken glass bottom bathtubs in the over water villas offer a mesmerising view of the sparkling ocean, both below and beyond the adjacent infinity-edge pool. Read Full Review

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6 Milaidhoo Island Maldives

Milaidhoo Island Maldives

Who stayed here:   Elizabeth Hurley, Lucy Watson, and her partner, James Dunmore;

Intimate and stylish, at Milaidhoo it’s about enjoying the natural environment in understated luxury. Tucked in the heart of a UNESCO biosphere reserve, surrounded by powdery white sands and nestled beside a colourful coral reef, Milaidhoo Maldives is a luxurious natural wonder. Envisage upscale delights with a ‘Reinvented Luxury’ twist, where guests will experience an indulgent escape in the Maldives’s most unique getaway. Committed to offering a unique and authentic Maldivian experience, this new child in the best Baa Atoll hotels collection that making waves with its refreshing contemporary twist on classic Maldivian style. Created for couples and romance only, Milaidhoo welcomes children above the age of 9 years only. What's more, it is only 30 minutes by seaplane from Male or a 15 minute domestic flight followed by a short speedboat ride. Read Full Review...

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7 One & Only Reethi Rah

One & Only Reethi Rah with celebs

Who stayed here:  David Beckham, Gordon Ramsay, Roman Abramovich; Tom Cruise; American model and actress Milla Jovovich; Russell Crowe, Idris Elba, Sofia Richie Grainge

Before stay there, Reethi Rah for the island resort seems a bit conservative. Smooth, majestic, but perhaps lacking some details of the bounty in Maldives rural style (call it what you like) that are in fashion today. Going ashore, you will realize that refusal to follow a fashion trend is the same point: you simply do not need it when you are the best. Reethi Rah adheres to his own One & Only style. Of all the islands that make up the Maldives, Reethi Rah is most in tune with the celebrity zeitgeist. Purposefully not 'trendy', in the development stage to the top level of luxury, specializing in high quality service to its guests, such an experience you would have hard to find somewhere else in the Maldives.

The staff wear designer sunglasses and its boutique stocks specially designed wedges by Christian Louboutin. A 75-minute speed-boat journey from the airport in the Maldives’ capital, Male. Many resorts in the Maldives are not much bigger than a football pitch but Reethi Rah is so large that it has space for its own AstroTurf one for its guests to enjoy a kickabout, plus a series of championship-standard tennis courts. At this resort you get space for your money, glowing lanterns at every turn and plenty of whimsical touches. One of the eight dining options on the resort is the organic restaurant Botanica set in its own vegetable garden, while ClubOne has top-level DJs fly in for special events. Read Full Review

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8 OZEN Reserve Bolifushi

Jumeirah Vittaveli

Who stayed here:   Shah Rukh Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Tennis star Andy Murray, Indian actor Shabir Ahluwalia

Boasting an extensive leisure and wellness facilities, OZEN Reserve Bolifushi (ex Jumeirah Vittaveli) is a beautiful island ideal for families looking for spacious and affordable accommodation in the Maldives, with a children's and teenage club. With traditional Maldivian architecture and elegance, the hotel is also good for a honeymooners, where you will find total privacy in water villas. Brought it's 6-star magic to the Maldives and just 20 minutes by speedboat from Male airport, with a 24-hour butler service, private pools in each villa and spacious rooms, OZEN Reserve Bolifushi is truly a luxury getaway. Accommodation is ideal for both families and couples, with a high level of privacy on the beach and over the water. All villas and suites have their own private swimming pool, starting from Beach Villas with direct access to a pristine sands to Ocean Suites with only by boat access. Above all, that means sightlines to the stunning views - of white sand, turquoise lagoon, reefs and the blues of sky and deep water.Read Full Review...

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9 Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi beaches

Who stayed here:  Naomi Harris, Jodie Kidd, Nicole Scherzinger, Madonna, Sir Paul McCartney, Liv Tyler, The Beckhams, Rita Ora, Guy Ritchie, Jenna Coleman, Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas, Millie Bobby Brown, Salma Hayek, Tiger Shrof, Milind Soman, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor-Ali Khan, Sonam Kapoor

Soneva Fushi is one of the most luxurious villa resorts in the Maldives – and that’s saying something. Awarded with white sandy beaches of a private island in Maldives, the Soneva Fushi's eco-chic villas are the material of the romantic fantasies of Robinson Crusoe. Drop your shoes and worries: with an luxury spa, hypnotic house reef and high quality butler services, you will not need anything on this laid-back playground of a beautiful uninhabited island. If Robinson Crusoe could develop hotels - he would have built Soneva Fushi! A total of 65 apartments and villas were implanted in the heart of lush vegetation to ensure maximum privacy for each ones, and most importantly, that it was not visible from the sea. 8 categories of rooms, each trying to outdo the elegance of a neighbor, start with a simple Rehendi from 182 m2 to a huge Jungle Reserve villa of 720 m2, passing by Crusoe villas, apartments or even a villa Soneva Fushi.

The island itself is explored exclusively by bicycle, golf cart and on foot, thanks to the resort's novel 'No News, No Shoes' policy. By this, they encourage guests to leave their shoes in the suitcase, banning papers and news channels, and embracing 'Robinson Crusoe simplicity'; perfect for celebrities who largely dictate the headlines. In-villa pools overlook the sea, footsteps from a stretch of secluded beach, which gives guests the opportunity to cool off away from prying eyes.That's perhaps why Soneva has become the A-listers' little secret to a completely undisturbed castaway experience.

Life on the island is also not too far from that of the average A-list home, because personal butlers - made available on arrival - are at guests' beck and call 24-7 for in-house dining requests and table reservations, as well as fixing, cleaning and questions. Read Full Review

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10 Soneva Jani

soneva maldives resort

Who stayed here:   Rita Ora, Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad Falchuk, Chris Martin, Dakota Johnson, Billie Faiers и Greg Shepherd, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

Soneva Jani is like someone with personal magnetism, someone who knows themself, knows the world and greets it with a big, welcoming smile. This resort doesn't just have character, it has charisma. The perfect combination of luxury and nature, Soneva Jani offers guests an unparalleled experience in idyllic surroundings. Inspired by the word, which means wisdom in sanskrit, Soneva Jani is Medufaru island, which is part of an uninhabited cluster of five islands in the Nunu atoll. The most exclusive luxury hotel in Maldives and the most prestigious for many hotel brand in the world is surrounded by pristine beaches covered with lush tropical greenery and a turquoise lagoon with crystal clear water and unbeatable views of the 360 ​​° Indian Ocean. Today, Soneva Jani has 24 water villas and one beach villa, although at a later stage it is planned to build additional beach villas. Read Full Review...

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