Sumptuous suites sit on stilts over the warm indigo waters, stylish à la carte restaurants serve up gastronomical delights and luxurious spas are primed to rejuvenate your body and soul. Each resort is on its own private island for that added touch of shipwrecked bliss, so this is the perfect place to come and unwind with that pile of books you never get round to reading. It’s an enchanting destination for honeymooners and couples, and a safe haven for families looking for watersports, beachfront living and warm hospitalitySprinkled across the Indian Ocean like precious gemstones, the 1,200 or so islands that make up the 26 coral atolls of the Maldives are a blaze of pure white sands, Tiffany-blue waters and decadent resorts. As your seaplane touches down, or you arrive by speedboat, it’s quite clear that this is going to be a special holiday.
Sumptuous suites sit on stilts over the warm indigo waters, stylish à la carte restaurants serve up gastronomical delights and luxurious spas are primed to rejuvenate your body and soul. Each resort is on its own private island for that added touch of shipwrecked bliss, so this is the perfect place to come and unwind with that pile of books you never get round to reading. It’s an enchanting destination for honeymooners and couples, and a safe haven for families looking for watersports, beachfront living and warm hospitality
Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, Maldives
Anantara Dhigu is perfect for anyone looking to make the most of its beautiful Maldivian beaches, and guests here have the rare benefit of choice, as each day you can pick a new spot to enjoy blissful peace and quiet, looking out to an expanse of uninterrupted clear skies. Floor-to-ceiling windows open up to stunning ocean vistas and marry luxurious accommodation with the natural beauty of the Indian Ocean. Explore the natural lagoon and surrounding waters on daily guided snorkelling trips, dive on the house wreck, a short boat ride away, or try the underwater rocket which will have you zipping along like a dolphin at 20km per hour! With three sensational restaurants here and access to three more at Anantara’s sister hotel, Anantara Veli, foodies will love the variety of cuisines to try. We’d recommend learning about traditional Maldivian cooking with a lesson in the Chef’s Garden, where you can try your hand at creating a local dish, and then indulging in the final product. If you’re travelling with the family, kids will have a true Maldivian adventure out on the resort’s dhoni boats, and back on dry land will have the Dhoni Kidz Club to explore, as well as a tree house to play in.
7 nights from £2,229 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Sunset Beach Villa on Half Board. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save 30% + complimentary room upgrade and upgrade to Half Board between 09 Jan - 27 Dec 2017.
The Residence Maldives
“It is the location of The Residence Maldives that makes this hotel so special and memorable for me. Located in the very southern part of the Maldives, The Residence is in a very unspoilt area and with very few other hotels around, you really do feel like you are staying in the middle of nowhere. Having travelled extensively, I can honestly say I have never seen such turquoise water and white beaches and the quality of the diving and snorkelling here was the best I have experienced. The staff at this hotel were the friendliest, most humble people I have met and the service was outstanding. I particularly loved the Spa by Clarins, where I had one of the best massages ever in one of their pavilions over the water with amazing views. Probably the most stunning thing here was the sunsets from the overwater villas!”
7 nights from £1,879 per person. Based one 2 adults sharing a Beach Villa including Breakfast. OFFER: Stay 7 Pay 5 + save 40% + complimentary transfers between 01 April - 22 December 2017.
Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
Step into a waking dream in an awe-inspiring setting for an unforgettable holiday. PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi sits in its own private lagoon and is considered one of the Maldives’ most stylish island resorts. The beautiful Ocean Bungalows are incredibly popular, however, the ultimate comfort comes in the form of the exceptionally large Two Bedroom Ocean Pool Residences; take a late night dip in your private fibre-optic lit infinity pool, laze around on your spacious outdoor deck and marvel at unparalleled views across the azure waters. Your Thakuru (butler) will take care of anything that you might desire during your stay here. For a once in a lifetime experience, set out on the crystal clear water on your luxury Maldivian Dhoni (traditional sail boat), with dolphins arching from sea to sky in front of you in a race with the bow as the white sails billow gently in the breeze. This is such a unique and romantic experience and you’ll be treated to delicious cocktails as the sun melts into the blue horizon and you sail the deserted island by the moonlight.
7 nights from £3,299 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Beach Pool Villa on Half Board. OFFER: Save 30% + complimentary Half Board on selected dates in 2017.
One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
One of the world’s most exclusive resorts, with a name meaning ‘beautiful island’, the idyllic One&Only Reethi Rah astounds guests with a luxurious hotel experience in an exceptionally beautiful island location.
1. Water Villas with gorgeous decks and wrap-around hammocks suspended over the water – perfect for sunbathing or stargazing.
2. Private painting classes with Christopher Hogan, one of the world's leading marine abstract artists.
3. Live music at Rah bar each evening, accompanied by exotic cocktails and fruit concoctions.
7 nights from £3,739 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Beach Villa on Half Board. OFFER: 45% saving + complimentary upgrade to Half Board between 17 April - 17 December 2017.
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Maldives
Fringed by one of the most glorious white sand beaches in the Maldives and surrounded by a lagoon of bright turquoise water and coral banks, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is in an amazing location for a luxury beach escape. This resort is about getting away from it all and enjoying a slower pace of life. Villas don’t have televisions so take a good book and truly unwind. The private cinema, in typical Coco style, is perfect for spending an evening sitting back, relaxing and watching a movie under the stars. For a really indulgent experience, the Sunset Lagoon Villas are to die for; their prime location boasts the most exquisite views, the spacious private terraces are incredibly peaceful, having a glass bottom pool is absolutely amazing and you can enjoy spa treatments in your own private retreat.
7 nights from £1,525 per person based on 2 adults sharing a Beach Villa on Half Board. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Stay 7 Pay 5 + Save 35% + complimentary room upgrade on selected dates during 2017.
Coco Bodu Hithi, Maldives
Coco Bodo Hithi is a romantic and peaceful Maldivian haven; the ultimate beach escape and one of the most alluring resorts in the Maldives. Coco's 'snorkelling with manta rays' lets you see these graceful creatures up close, and amazing diving opportunities to explore the coral reefs are even more reason to jet off to such a beautiful and remote paradise. Treat yourself to a stay at one of the ‘Coco Residences’ for a luxuriously private over-water living space with gorgeous views, as well as preferential access to the divine Asian fusion cuisine at Stars restaurant. For something a little special, why not take a barefoot stroll along the beach after dinner and then watch your choice of classic movie at the private cinema whilst sipping cool Champagne in the warmth of the evening. You're spoilt for choice with an over-water fitness space, yoga and Tai chi pavilions, a large infinity pool and tennis. To really make the most of this destination, make sure to go on a sunset cruise, as the Maldives are famed for their spectacular sunsets.
7 nights from £2,079 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Water Villa on Half Board. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Stay 7 Pay 5 + save 15% + complimentary upgrade to Half Board + room upgrade on selected dates during 2017.
Lily Beach, Maldives
Lily Beach on the stunning Huvahendhoo Island in the South East Ari Atoll brings a premium all-inclusive concept to the Maldives without any compromise on luxury. Attracting guests from far and wide it’s a diver’s paradise with an abundance of watersports to show guests the best of the bright blue waters and the marine life below. Lily Beach has an excellent house reef, only metres from the shore, so you can snorkel or dive straight from the beach, and often there are sightings of stingrays and manta rays.
Two freshwater swimming pools are perfect for cool dips between sunbathing sessions, and kids have a fantastic time exploring the shores with the Turtles Kids’ Club. Take yourself far away from the outside world to this haven of luxury.
What makes Lily Beach really stand out on the luxury scene in the Maldives is its exquisite gourmet dining and we have put together our Lily Beach Best Bites, to give you a taste of what to expect!
- Fresh lobster from Lily Maa’s live lobster tank:
A mouth-watering feast from a restaurant that is renowned as the seafood lover’s candy shop. You will select your lobster straight from the tank and have it cooked to perfection just the way you like it.
- Indian and Chinese Fusion Dishes at Tamarind
Dine in Tamarind at least once during your stay to experience the finest Indian and Chinese fusion dishes – the food here is really something special and a reason to stay in itself.
- World Cuisine and Wine Pairing at Lily Maa
Lily Maa is famous for its fantastic chefs’ feasts and each day is themed on a different world cuisine, taking you on a culinary journey at every meal. For an even greater dining pleasure, pair your delicious dinner with a premium wine from their selection of over 80 from all around the world.
- Dine in Blissful Sunshine at Vibes Bar
Snug sun loungers and shady parasols at Vibes Bar keep the feel wonderfully relaxed for an appetising beachfront lunch. Vibes Bar is cool and inviting and becomes the place to be for a fun evening of cocktails and music.
- Teppanyaki – a Culinary Spectacle at AQVA Bar
Skilled teppanyaki chefs give an extraordinary culinary display as they expertly prepare fresh Japanese cuisine right before your eyes on a griddle at your table.
- Tasting Menu by Moonlight at Les Turquoise D’Aqua
For an evening of romance in a peaceful setting under the moonlight, Les Turquoise D’Aqua couples a five-course degustation menu with exquisite wine.
7 nights from £2,935 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Beach Villa on All-Inclusive. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save 25% + complimentary Ocean Adventure excursion between 11 April - 23 December 2017.
Per Aquum Niyama, Maldives
A haven of luxury in the paradise of the Maldvies, Niyama is a real escape; you will instantly feel in another world. Consisting of two islands, CHILL is ideal for couples wanting an über chic and intimate escape, and PLAY has been designed with families in mind. The food here is absolutely superb with nine restaurants and destination dining to choose from – hover over the water, submerge beneath the sea, soar among the treetops , or dance with the flames.
Four Feasts for Foodies
1 - Families love the cosiness of the tree house-style Nest, offering an imaginative Asian menu and upper deck with tables among the treetops.
2 - Subsix is the perfect place for a special occasion and will be a once in a lifetime experience, set six metres under the water with stunning views of the surrounding marine life, the view from your table has never been so extraordinary.
3 - We love Edge, set half a kilometre out to sea and only accessible by boat, you’ll be spoilt with fine-dining atop the Maldives’ crystal waters. Its isolated location and unbelievable views make it one of the most unique dining experiences imaginable.
4 - Niyama specialises in ‘Destination Dining’, whether it’s preparing your gourmet picnic lunch on a deserted sandbank or whatever your dream may be, they’ll make it come true.
7 nights from £3,069 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Beach Studio on Half Board. OFFER: Save 30% + complimentary Half Board
Kanuhura, set in the bright atolls of the Maldives, is a peaceful private island hotel in the middle of the Indian Ocean, recently refurbished and re-opened in December 2016. Offering luxury in a laid-back setting, the vibe here is castaway chic, and you’ll sense it as soon as you step off your seaplane and onto the island. Villas open up right onto the sand so guests feel a wonderful sense of privacy, and be sure to make the most of the stunning marine life here when snorkelling or diving. Kanuhura’s exceptional Kokaa Wellness Retreat & Spa offers an exclusive retreat for those seeking a holiday full of pampering and relaxation.
7 nights from £2,925 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Beach Sunrise Bungalow including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 30% on selected dates.
JA Manufaru, Maldives
The exceptional JA Manafaru team go above and beyond to create individual and memorable experiences - perfect for couples looking for somewhere truly special. This is one of the best places for an all-inclusive stay in the Maldives, where you can really indulge in whatever you fancy. You’ll even have your very own in-villa wine fridge, which is replenished daily. The team love getting creative with bespoke experiences, whether you’d like a romantic candlelit dinner on a private stretch of beach, or your favourite cocktail on a sunset cruise, this is an undeniably romantic and inviting destination that we couldn’t recommend more highly. The resort also boasts an amazing Elemis Spa and PADI dive centre with plenty of watersports to choose from.
7 nights from £2,739 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Beach Bungalow including breakfast. OFFER: Save 45% during 2017.