Hotels in Maldives

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

A string of 110 overwater suites and beach villas on a 10-acre private island that’s part of the South Male Atoll.

Room to Book: Luxurious outdoor bathing areas come standard in the Beachfront villas; book the sunset-facing rooms for romantic evenings.

A definitive sign that the Maldives are on the road to recovery after the 2004 tsunami: the debut of One & Only Reethi Rah, the archipelago’s newest retreat.

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.