Top 10 Best Hotels near Male Airport 2022

Best Maldives Resorts Accessible by Speedboat from Malé Airport


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Updated Aug, 2022

The white powdered sands of the sprinkled atolls that make up the Maldives have, for some time, enthralled travelers seeking peace and luxury in stunning surroundings. The most phenomenal resorts in the country are located further away from Male (Velana) International Aiport and can only accessible by a seaplane transfer. But for holidaymakers looking to get to their beautiful, secluded Maldivian paradise as quickly and easily as possible the resorts that can be reached by speedboat present an appealing option.

Upon arrival at Male international airport, guests are met and immediately swept directly from the terminal to the boat and whisked to their island resort in as short a time as 30 minutes, regardless of the time of day or the weather conditions. The resorts accessible by speedboat transfer from Male airport are ideal for visitors who want to make the most of their time in paradise since the boats can be scheduled in line with return flights, allowing for maximum time spent paddling in warm crystal waters. What's more, these resorts are closer to the capital city of Male, that may attract travelers seeking a little taste of authentic Maldivian culture.

We chose our 10 favourite Maldives resorts accessible by speedboat from Velana International Airport in under an hour. Have a look to see which resort suits your needs whether you're looking for luxury, budget, family friendly or adult only accommodation.

1 OBLU SELECT Lobigili

Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort

Best Experience for: adults only, underwater restaurant, diving, activities, spa

Opened on March 2022, OBLU SELECT Lobigili is a new adults-only resort under Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts’ COLOURS OF OBLU brand. Nestled in Malé Atoll just a 15-minutes speedboat ride from Velana International airport Lobigili translates from Dhivehi as ‘Island of Love.’ With 68 vibrant chic beach and overwater villas, all assuring gorgeous views of the incandescent turquoise-blue lagoon, the private island is ideal for a chilled-out couples getaway without kids.

With the resort’s exclusive Lobi Plan guests can immerse in a blissfully carefree stay. This generous plan includes specialty fine-dining, unlimited beverages, spa services, Indian Ocean excursions, a selection of non-motorised watersports as well as a fully stocked minibar replenished daily. Adding to the indulgence is the Only Blu Underwater Restaurant. The unique, multi-sensory culinary journey features gourmet cuisine with champagne set against a colourful backdrop of marine life. Read more

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2 Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa

Best Experience for: Couples, Families, Groups, Activities, Shopping, Dining, Entertainment

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is a part of Emboodhoo Lagoon, the country's first integrated resort destination – which means you can walk to nearby entertainment, 12 restaurants in and around the resort and shopping at The Marina @ CROSSROADS, where leisure and entertainment activities are endless..

The iconic brand of Hard Rock offers an all-access pass to diving opportunities, a soothing Body Rock spa and a stretch of soft beach. Vivid colours help the exotic surrounds flow inside modern interiors (complete with the ever-present memorabilia). Some rooms can be found inside bright white cubes on the beach while other villas jut out over the sea and offer direct access to the lagoon. Whether you are a romantic couple, a solo traveller, a family or traveling in a group Hard Rock Hotel Maldives satisfies all tastes and preferences. Read Full Review

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3 Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
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Best Experience:  Families, couples, Spa, Surf, Beach

With the charm and seclusion of the Maldives' village interwoven with style and sophistication, Four Seasons Resort on the island of Kuda Huraa is a nice luxury escapel for families and couples alike in the Maldives. Just a short boat ride from Male airport, this idyllic resort offers luxury accommodation, superb amenities, a fantastic range of activities, and of course the unrivaled Four Seasons service. Own surfing school, 2 huge landscaped swimming pools (including children's), a water sports center and a fitness room, there is plenty for recreation and entertainment. The fantastic lounge bar with sunset views reflects the hotel's tranquil and sociable atmosphere, there are four restaurants serving gourmet cuisine and an incredible spa on a separate island that completes this utopia for those seeking relaxation and a great getaway near Velana Int. Airport, Male Read Full Review

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4 Baros Maldives

baros island

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. Located on a beautiful private island with a crystal clear coral lagoon, Baros is a 5 * star boutique hotel in the Maldives that will surpass all of your highest fantasies of the "dream island". 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.  Read Full Review

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5 Huvafen Fushi

Huvafen Fushi water villa

Best Experience:   Overwater Bungalows, Undewater Spa, Beaches, House Reef Snorkelling. 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.  Read Full Review

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6 Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives

Grand Park Kodhipparu Maldives: water pool villas for couples

Best Experience for:  couples, families, house reef snorkeling, dining, spa

Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives, is conveniently located a 20-minutes speedboat ride from Male Airport. The resort has 120 idyllic overwater villas, beach villas, and a two-bedroom grand residence. Guests can enjoy culinary delight from 3 different restaurants, a pampering experience at the award-winning overwater Spa, and various marine and watersports activities including excellent house reef snorkeling, The resort is also a perfect place for families fully equipped with games and amusement at the Beach Club and Little Explore’s Kids Club. Read Full Review

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7 OZEN Reserve Bolifushi - A Luxury All-Inclusive Resort

OZEN Reserve Bolifushi - A Luxury All-Inclusive Resort (ex Jumeirah Vittaveli)

Best Experience for:  All Inclusive, Couples and Families, Diving, house reef snorkeling

OZEN Reserve Bolifushi - A Luxury All-Inclusive Resort is a beautiful island ideal for couples and families looking for hassle-free holiday experience in the Maldives. Expansive white beaches and turquoise waters are just 20 minutes by speedboat from Male airport, with a 24-hour butler service, private pools in each villa and spacious rooms, OZEN Reserve is truly a luxe escape. Surrounded by a gorgeous natural reef and turquoise waters, the private island resort exudes elegance, style, and timeless sophistication. From fabulous overwater villas with slides to exotic fine dining and ice skating by the beach, every experience is meticulously crafted to indulge you with an unforgettable getaway.

The RESERVE™ Plan is generously curated to encompass every element of an ultra-luxe tropical holiday. Every element of your holiday is taken care of from the moment you step onto Bolifushi island. Epicurean delights, premium liquor and wine, watersports, snorkelling, sports and recreation, wellness activities, entertainment, spa rituals, and bespoke services – everything you desire is already included with your exceptional villas and RESERVE stays. Read Full Review

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8 Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Waldorf Astoria Maldives aerial

Best Experience:   Over-water Villas, for couples and families, Service, Spa, Beaches, 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 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 also features within the new Waldorf Astoria Maldives. Read Full Review

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9 Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

Best Experience:   for Couples (only), Privacy and Tranquillity, Fine Dining, Activities

Following nine months of renovations, adults only getaway Anantara Veli Maldives Resort will reopen on Decembers 1, 2022, in time for the peak festive season. 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. 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

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10 Meeru Island Resort & Spa

Meeru Island Resort & Spa

Best Experience for:   Families, All Inclusive, Activities, Couples, Value

Every year, Meeru Island Resort is possible satisfies more people than any other hotel. With 286 rooms and suites, including 106 water villas, the Meeru Island Resort is one of the Maldives' largest 4-star resorts, and it has more overwater rooms than any other resort in the Maldives. The island is always full and after people have visited here, very often they come back again and again. The island is attractive for all ages: families have their own corner of the island, and couples have their own, hence there are two separate swimming pools, two buffet restaurants, and 2 spas. Most of the guests sit on all inclusive, so bars are always alive - especially 24-hour. During the day, there is plenty to do and see, including a diving school with PADI multi-language courses, a range of water sports, excursions, and even a golf course. House reef snorkeling requires a boat trip, although many are happy to sunbathe on the beautiful beaches.   Read Full Review

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