New Year, New Scene: Here’s Where to Stay in January in Maldives

Recommended Maldives Resorts to Visit Winter 2024

Book Your All Inclusive Vacation and save 25% in Atmosphere Hotels and Resorts, Maldives
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Updated December, 2023

With the new year on the horizon, many of us are itching to hit the tropics. Maldives is always a great vacay destination, but January is a particularly the best time to visit. A favorite of winter sun seekers, hot — but not too hot — temperatures and crystal clear, calm seas make this month the ideal time for island-hopping in Indian ocean and whiling away days on beautiful beaches.

Whether you want to soak up sun or spot an amazing sea life, here are some ideas for how to kick off the new year with an adventure in Maldives. From new hottest resorts to our favorite water villa escapes, here are best islands to start planning your next ultimate luxury winter sun holiday.

COMO Cocoa Island

soneva maldives resort

Best Experience:   For Couples, Spa & Health, Beaches, Diving

Only with 34 romantic water villas and 3 suites on the beach, 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 a newly refreshed overwater suites and villas are like that of no other luxury resort in the Maldives. 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. READ FULL REVIEW

Cocoa island sits in spectacularly clear waters, encircled by live coral reefs and serene sandbars — a dreamy Maldives experience where you can dive, fish, or watch dolphins play while you explore the atoll on a sunset cruise. Enjoy exclusive benefits when you book through the resort's official website. At COMO Cocoa Island, direct bookings come with early check-in, late check-out and a Turtle Expedition Snorkel for two.

Make the most of your trip out to the Maldives and visit both private island resorts with complimentary direct inter-resort seaplane transfer. COMO Maalifushi provides the ultimate family experience with excellent surf, world-class diving and a Play by COMO space for little ones.

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Alila Kothaifaru Maldives

Alila Kothaifaru Maldives aerial: Rising star of the Maldives

Best Experience for:   couples and families, house reef snorkeling, Value, Diving, wellness

If you are looking for a newly opened, top 5 star Maldives resort - look no further! With a stunning house reef, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives resort is located in scenic Raa Atoll and offers a refreshing blend serenity and discovery in an awe-inspiring destination embraced by nature’s wonders. The beautiful island is home to 80 all-pool-villas, on the beach and overwater designed seamlessly to immerse guests in the natural surroundings. Alila is a special place, extremely well managed, with superior service and staff, and the best food in the Maldives. Activities and experiences for every type of escape: snorkelling, watersports, fine dining, spa - all beyond amazing. And access to some of the best diving you can find ...really close by. READ FULL REVIEW

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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 FULL REVIEW

There’s still time to plan for an exciting year-end escape. Book a four night or longer stay from 1st December 2022 to 31st January 2023 and save up to 20% on your stay along with complimentary access to all festive activities.

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The OZEN COLLECTION - A Luxury All-Inclusive Resorts

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

Best Experience for:  Luxury All Inclusive, Couples and Family, Wellnes, Activities

For an Uber-Luxe all-inclusive holiday The OZEN COLLECTION is the best choice. Find your bliss amidst spectacular, sun-drenched Indian Ocean vistas at two luxurious all inclusive resorts: OZEN LIFE MAADHOO and OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI. The collection of islands is among the best hotels in the Maldives offering an escape with all-encompassing stay and heartfelt with refined elegance.

Bliss out on The RESERVE™ Plan or The INDULGENCE™ Plan – a uniquely exclusive holiday plans that encompasses exotic dine-around options, premium beverages including champagne and fine wine, one fine dining experience at M6m – an underwater specialty restaurant, snorkeling and watersports, exciting activities, and more! Book direct to unlock the exclusive private offer and save an additional 25% along with other benefits!

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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 reopened on Decembers 1, 2022. For an unforgettable beach experience, like anywhere else, head to Veli - quite simply because the resort ticks all the boxes and brings the best of both worlds. 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

Be the first to revel in its luxury, with special rates on newly renovated villas for a limited time only. You’ll also enjoy exciting new dining and wllness concepts. Stay from three to seven nights and receive up to 35% savings on accommodation with daily breakfast.

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Nova Maldives

Nova Maldives  aerial

Best Experience for:   Coples, families, Activities, House Reef Snorkeling & Diving

With a modern All-Inclusive community concept, Nova Maldives debuted in 2022 in South Ari Atoll as laidback retreat. Smart, playful, rooted and responsible, Nova Maldives embodies the very essence of the Pulse Hotels & Resorts brand, infusing genuine hospitality with a human touch and innovative solutions that make use of the latest technology – not to mention a playful spirit. The resort features 76 villas in ten different categories. There are five restaurants and bars, Eskape Spa and a variety of recreational activities.

Nova also brings together and offers a fluid range of experiences for its community to make real connections and moments they’ll remember for a lifetime. The soulful island is always brimming with activities whether it is pool parties at Solis Pool Bar, evening gatherings for communal snacks, DJs, and party nights at the main bar. READ FULL REVIEW

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Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa

Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa

Best Experience for:   Families, Couples, Groups, Spa, Activities

A family-friendly Maldivian getaway, Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa is Hilton’s award-winning flagship brand located near Male aiport. Intimate and exclusive, the all-villa 5* star resort offers an array of thoughtful amenities which are new to the archipelago, setting a new benchmark in hospitality that will captivate the next generation of travellers.

Hilton Maldives Resort features 109 well-spaced beach and water villas, each with a private pool, including an exclusive six-bedroom villa ideal for group vacation getaway. Guests can enjoy an array of international dining options from the resort’s six restaurants and bars to suit their mood and palate throughout the day, including rooftop lounge as a teens-only dining zone. A dive center, pool, an art studio, Kid’s Club, spa, fitness centre, and salon is also be available for guests to clock in time to work out or to refresh themselves. Read Full Review

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