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Where to stay in Maldives

Where to stay in Maldives

The Maldives is home to a sun-soaked string of islands and secluded sandbanks – over 1,200 in total. They’re grouped into small clusters and, of these islands, approximately 200 are uninhabited. In most cases, private resorts boast their own island, so it’s possible to savour a classic beach holiday without having to share the experience with hundreds of other beach-goers! In short, you can’t go wrong no matter where you stay in the Maldives. Having said that, here are some top picks.

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  • Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

    Located in the Huvadhoo Atoll, Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa promises gorgeous overwater villas and 5-star hospitality. The resort’s 3-bedroom Overwater Reef Residence is particularly sought-after, teetering on the very tip of the house reef with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

  • Heritance Aarah

    When it comes to Maldives holidays, Heritance Aarah is Insta-iconic. Featuring an overwater spa, easy access to various enthralling water activities (like fly boarding, diving, wind surfing and snorkelling) and offering a slew of restaurants catering to every palate and mood, there’s little wonder why it’s one of the most popular luxury hotels and resorts in the Maldives.

  • Ayada Maldives

    Planning an escape with your partner and wondering where to stay in Maldives? Ayada Maldives is sure to tick all the boxes, serving up bucketloads of romance. Not only is it one of the best luxury hotels and resorts in the archipelago, but it’s also considered one of the top 25 in the world! Along with rooms that are nothing short of heavenly and a variety of adventures in store, there are also curated resort experiences for every type of traveller. Fishing at sunset, private house reef snorkelling, a deserted island picnic and a glass-bottomed boat tour are just a few to get excited about!

  • LUX South Ari Atoll

    Vibrant thatched villas, (some of which have private pools), plenty of bars and restaurants and the opportunity to enjoy leisurely bike rides along the jetty are just a few reasons why you might opt to settle in at LUX South Ari Atoll. It’s a resort that welcomes couples and families alike (yes, there’s a kids club for the little ones so that tired parents can finally put their feet up for a bit – goodness knows you deserve it!). Plus, great news for the vegans and vegetarians: it was the first resort in the Maldives to be recognised as “vegan-friendly” by Vegan Welcome.

  • Champa Central Hotel

    As most holidaymakers know, there’s more to the Maldives than the beach (although there needn’t be, if we’re being completely honest here!). If you’re keen to stick close to Male, the more densely populated capital city where you’ll find bright and bustling markets, museums and mesmerisingly beautiful mosques, then Champa Central Hotel, located close to shopping mecca Chaandhanee Magu, is sure to make for a blissful base. Along with its gorgeous rooms and views, the hotel is also known for its rooftop restaurant that dishes up mouth-watering Indian cuisine.

Frequently asked questions

When you're packing for your dream trip to the Maldives, don't forget the essentials like your passport, visa, phone, chargers, camera, sunblock, money and the correct power adaptor. From there, we recommend packing a towel, your swimwear of choice, a hat, flip flops, walking shoes and a strong appetite for midday naps and sunset swims.  

A holiday to the Maldives allows you to take your pick from a bounty of beautiful islands. If you're keen to spend your days snorkelling and diving, consider heading to Baros, with a house reef and incredible diving hotspots close to Malé. Those seeking unbridled luxury will not be disappointed with a stay at Milaidhoo, Huvafen Fushi and JOALI, while anyone wanting to spoil their taste buds should head to one of the biggest islands, Amilla, which offers a private paradise and seven world-class restaurants.  

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Avoid the monsoon seasons and book your escape to the Maldives between November and April, where the weather is hot and dry – perfect for days spent enjoying leisurely bike rides and swimming in crystal clear waters.  

Activities in the Maldives are generally centred around pristine views and stunning natural landscapes. Spend your days exploring the deep blue, swimming, snorkelling, fishing, diving, surfing and kayaking through the cerulean waters. Those looking to stay on land can enjoy nature walks, vibrant cultural experiences and day expeditions. Alternatively, pack a book or two and give yourself permission to completely bliss out on the beach or with a view of the ocean.  

With years of experience under our belts and a decent tan to show from our time spent relaxing on tropical beaches, the Flight Centre Travel Experts are the perfect people to ask about your holidays to the Maldives. From family holidays to luxury romantic stays in over-water bungalows, we can easily curate a Maldives holiday to make your travel dreams a reality.  


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