Hotels in Maldives

In the decades since the islands became a tourist destination, dozens of resorts and hotels in the Maldives have popped up, with many offering all-inclusive stays where room, board and scheduled activities are factored into the cost of staying. What’s more, some resorts practically control their own islands, and it’s not unusual for visitors to spend all their time on resort grounds, kept apart from local laws forbidding alcohol and the consumption of pork. However, if you’re more interested in a bit of independence, consider booking a Maldives hotel room in one of the many above water bungalows that dot the islands, which sit on stilts above the islands’ crystalline waters. Or if you’re looking for hotels in Maldives that have more of a homey and budget-friendly feel, consider booking a Maldives hotel room in the many guesthouses and inns on atolls like Vaavu and Addu, where costs are significantly lower than those at the resorts and afford self-starting guests the opportunity to set their own schedules.

Located on a private coral island in the North Malé Atoll, the Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa has 96 bungalows and suites, some built on the white-sand beach and some on stilts over the water.

Banyan Tree's aesthetic is the Indian Ocean's version of safari style: elaborate tents, a jungle setting, and its own wildlife-filled reef just offshore. Created by Dharmali Kusumadi, one of the group’s head designers, it’s by far the most cosseting tented property available today.

On a sandy outcropping near a coral reef, Shangri-La has built this resort, with 16 tree-house villas and 60 timber bungalows that hover over the aquamarine water.

The design-savvy W hotels group has expanded to the South Seas with a private-island resort in the Maldives. The traditional structures were built with modern materials—tented Teflon fiber ceilings that resemble soaring white sails at the Away Spa replace thatch and wood.

Globe-trotters prefer this chilled-out, toes-in-the-sand retreat, where the focus is on organic cuisine, yoga and meditation, and Asian-inspired spa rituals.

This luxury resort on the uninhabited island of Kunfunadhoo in the Baa Atoll encourages its guests to spend their entire vacations barefoot. Surrounded by dense tropical foliage, each of the 65 villas has beach access, and some also have private saltwater pools.

A quick seaplane ride from the capital of Male lands you on a private island ringed by white sand, coconut palms, and a reef that harbors schools of tropical fish. Play castaway here, where frangipani-scented pool villas come with outdoor showers, private pools, and wooden decks that hover over a

Drawing A-list visitors like George Clooney and Kate Moss, the Huvafen Fushi resort is situated on its own lagoon in the North Malé Atoll.

The Setting: Overlook the Indian Ocean from the ultra-private two-person, 104-degree hot tub outside of Conrad Maldives’ Beach Villa on Rangalifinolhu Island.

Formerly Soneva Gili by Six Senses