Maldives

Hotels in Maldives

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

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.