The 12 Best All-Inclusive 5-Star Hotels in the Maldives
The Maldives does not have the status of a tourist paradise for nothing. Almost untouched nature, beautiful white-sand beaches, warm turquoise-clear sea, interesting flora and fauna, exotic cuisine, high quality service and friendly locals – all this makes a vacation in the islands unforgettable. A favorable climate, clean air, warm water, a variety of entertainment provide ideal conditions for a holiday for two or with children. Let’s find out what conditions for tourists offer the best hotels in the Maldives.
Royal Island Resort at Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve 5*
The resort is located on the island of Horubadu atoll Baa, 118 km from the airport of Velana (Male). From the capital travelers are transported by wheeled plane for a fee. Royal Island Resort at Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve has been in operation since 2001.
The hotel has 140 rooms for guests. These are wooden villas with a patio and outdoor relaxation area. The panoramic windows of the rooms overlook the picturesque Indian Ocean. In the design of the rooms used whitewash, finishing elements of rare merbau wood. There is a private beach, to which only 2 m, and even home reef. Also offers a variety of recreational options on the territory of the hotel:
- outdoor pool;
- Araamu Spa wellness center, located in a tropical garden with decorative ponds. There are steam rooms, jacuzzis, massage services, cosmetic treatments using local techniques;
- gym, tennis court;
- a wide range of interesting, extreme sports (snorkeling, canoeing, kite-surfing, water-skiing);
- courses at the Delphis Dive Center.
Guests can book a sea cruise, organize a romantic picnic on an uninhabited island. Fishing for large sea creatures regularly takes place here. For visitors with children there is a special section in the bathing tank. Babysitting services are available for a fee, upon request.
The hotel has several dining establishments. Maakana Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for guests by purchased package. Raabondhi is famous for its seafood dishes.
Sun Siyam Iru Fushi 5*
This hotel, built in 2008, was the first on Nunu Atoll. The transfer from Male Airport takes 35-45 minutes and is done by domestic airline or speedboat.
On a space of 21 hectares, guests have access to 221 rooms in structures both above water and on land, surrounded by tropical greenery. They are villas of different types with light walls and contrasting dark wood and vaulted ceilings. They all have a private terrace with a beach gazebo and a bathroom with whirlpool tub.
50 meters from Sun Siyam Iru Fushi stretches white sandy beach, a picturesque lagoon. Between the villas there are several artificial ponds – a large panoramic view pool and 2 smaller ones. Also the infrastructure of the object includes:
- The Spa by Thalgo France, where massages and beauty treatments are performed using Eastern techniques;
- fitness room overlooking the garden;
- water sports center, such as sailing, diving, flyboarding, snorkeling, canoeing, windsurfing);
- Courts and fields for tennis, beach volleyball and soccer.
For guests with children there are shallow pools for swimming. You can also take your child aged 3-12 years to the club or use the services of a babysitter (for a fee). The resort’s 15 restaurants and bars offer all-inclusive, a la carte dining. Cooking lessons, cocktail making, wine tasting, entertainment parties are organized for tourists.
Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives 5*
The hotel is located on the island of Kuda-Villingili (North Male Atoll). It is 30 km away from the international airport. Tourists are brought to the hotel by speedboat.
The resort is new and has been operating since 2021. It has 102 rooms for guests. The design of 36 water and 59 beach villas is made with elements of Maldivian nature, Asian eclecticism. Bungalows are equipped with their own terraces with hammocks, have a separate descent to the water.
The proximity to Chickens Break reef makes Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives an ideal place for surfing. Here they teach tourists and provide the necessary equipment. The season lasts from May to October. Other water activities are available to guests: diving, skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, nibbling, sibob, jet skiing.
There is a SPA-center on the territory of the complex. In 8 overwater pavilions, massage therapists and beauticians provide services to clients. The highlight of the hotel is a 150-meter swimming pool. For guests there is a terrace, garden and free bikes. For sports on land there is a fitness center, tennis court, volleyball court, board game rooms. Guests with children can sign them up for a club, spend time with them in the play area, a shallow swimming tank.
The hotel’s 11 restaurants provide meals from a variety of programs, as well as serving American, French, and Indian dishes à la carte.
The Residence Maldives 5*
The place of construction of the hotel was the island of Falkhut Maafushi, part of the Gaafu-Alifu atoll. Since the distance from it to Male Airport is 390 km, the transfer is by plane to Kudu Island, and then another speedboat, and as a result it takes about 1 hour.
The facility has been in operation for more than 10 years, since 2012. There are 94 rooms inside the luxury villas for the guests. The interiors of the rooms are made in island style – white walls, dark wood finishing. The lodges have their own terraces and even swimming pools.
The Residence Maldives offers a private beach experience. Guests also have access to a shared man-made swimming pool. And the local spa center was the first in the Maldives to offer treatments using cosmetics brand Clarins. Here, in addition to the steam room, there are six treatment rooms and a beauty salon.
As for entertainment, the hotel offers diving, snorkeling, catamaran rides, kayaks. For children, there is a club, which takes kids from 3 to 12 years old.
Two resort restaurants operate in buffet format as well as à la carte. Here you can taste seafood, grilled dishes, delicacies of different cuisines of the world.
Sun Island Resort & Spa 5*
This beach resort is located on Maamigili Island in South Ari Atoll. It is 113 km from Male. Transfers are by plane to Villa Airport and then by local dhoni (speedboat).
Sun Island Resort & Spa appeared on Ari Atoll in 1998. Despite its high status, the prices here are affordable. The hotel offers guests 452 rooms. Most of the villas have their own patio, and are also equipped with panoramic windows, providing a great view of the surroundings. The interiors of the rooms are decorated in a tropical style. The hotel has its own beach and even a reef. Almost all kinds of water sports can be practiced here. There are functioning facilities on site:
- fitness room;
- tennis court;
- mini-golf course.
You can also play board games and ride a bicycle. There are also services for families with children. There is a club for guests aged 3-12 years. There is a separate swimming pool for the little ones and a menu in the restaurant.
Five local establishments serve different types of breakfast (buffet, American, continental), as well as pizza, seafood, Italian and Japanese dishes.
Velassaru Maldives 5*
The facility belongs to a group of boutique hotels Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It is located on a small island Velassaru (South Male Atoll), 12 km from the airport of the capital of Maldives. It can be reached by speedboat in 25 minutes.
The hotel was opened in 2009 and partially renovated 7 years later. It is located near a beautiful lagoon, the bungalows are surrounded by tropical greenery, so weddings are often organized here.
There are 129 rooms available to tourists. This is both coastal and overwater accommodation. The rooms have colorful wooden ceilings and the villas recreate a tropical atmosphere.
Velassaru Maldives has its own beach, a comfortable lagoon for swimming, and a reef. The spa center has steam rooms, hot tubs, yoga courses, and beauty treatments. Lovers of sea entertainment can order the services of water, ocean and diving center. They offer not only physical activities, extreme sports, but also reef exploration.
There are no playgrounds or clubs for kids, but there are marine activities, including diving, for those 10-12 years old. The resort’s five restaurants offer all-inclusive meals, as well as a variety of cuisines from around the world (international, Japanese, Indian).
Hurawalhi Island Resort 5*.
A member of the Crown & Champa Resorts chain, it is the only Maldivian resort located on the island of the same name. Hurawalii (Laviyani atoll), 130 km from Male. It features beautiful lagoons, clean white-sand beaches and a house reef.
Hurawalhi Island Resort includes 90 elegant villas scattered around the island. Among them are themed romantic cottages, so they are often rented for weddings, honeymoons. Cozy furnishings, air conditioning, appliances, homewear (bathrobe, slippers), and hygiene products make for a carefree vacation.
The resort also has:
- 2 conference halls with a capacity of up to 60 people;
- located above the water Duniya SPA-center, offering treatments using organic cosmetics;
- Center for Marine Biology;
- fitness center, sports fields and facilities for water sports (windsurfing, snorkeling), diving club;
- room where you can play board games (pinball, air hockey, billiards, table tennis).
The complex welcomes guests from 15 years old. In the evenings they organize theme nights and discos. The highlight of the hotel is a glass underwater restaurant 5.8 Undersea with an exquisite tasting menu, drinks.
Emerald Maldives Resort & SPA 5*
The Emerald Collection opened on Fasmendu Island in the Maldives in 2019. The complex is surrounded by 20 hectares of land with tropical plants, white sandy beaches, a picturesque lagoon with clear water from the ocean.
Emerald Maldives Resort & SPA offers its guests 120 water and coastal villas. Among them there are cottages of different categories – standard, royal, presidential with its own patio, water. Around them is a large area where you can relax alone, as a couple, and even with children. Available leisure options:
- beach, reef;
- Spa center with steam room, sauna, beauty salon;
- Gym, 2 tennis courts;
- entertainment on the water (diving center, kayaks, snorkeling, catamarans, kite and windsurfing).
For guests aged 4-12 years there is a children’s club. There is also a separate swimming pool and a playground for them. Meals are provided by 4 restaurants of the resort. They serve a buffet, as well as Asian, Mediterranean, Japanese, Italian, American cuisine from the menu.
You & Me by Cocoon 5*
This is the second of the Maldivian hotels of the Cocoon Investments chain. It is located on the private island of Juturum Aferu, 175 km from the capital’s airport. You can get there by domestic seaplane to Ifuru and then by boat.
The resort has been in operation since 2018. It includes 109 coastal and water bungalows, some of which have direct access to the ocean. The lodges are wooden, under an authentic thatched roof. The interiors are decorated in pastel colors.
You & Me by Cocoon welcomes only adult guests. There are plenty of recreational options for them:
- 1 common pool;
- Spa complex on the water;
- water sports center, diving school;
- Playgrounds for volleyball and mini-football;
- classes in yoga, pilates, zumba, aqua aerobics.
The resort administration regularly organizes excursions, fishing in the ocean, boat trips to watch dolphins. Catering is provided by five establishments. The H2O restaurant is not only the largest underwater restaurant in the Maldives, but also a Michelin star.
Cora Cora Maldives 5*
The premium hotel was opened on Raa Atoll in 2021. From there it is 48 km to Landaa Giraavaru town and 62 km to Dharavandhoo airport. The facility is located on a tropical island with a turquoise lagoon, home reef, spacious beaches and endless ocean surface. There are 100 villas available to travelers here, among which there are beachfront and overwater villas. These are authentic wooden cabins finished in light colors, under a thatched roof. Some are complete with private ponds, balconies, and have a private launch into the lagoon.
On the territory of Cora Cora Maldives is equipped with a unique museum, which includes two exhibitions:
- The ethnographic collection in the lobby introduces tourists to the ancient history of the Maldives;
- a traditional Maldivian house with a temple from the pre-Islamic period.
The complex offers a range of entertainment:
- outdoor pool;
- fitness center;
- The spa area, consisting of treatment rooms located above the lagoon and in the tropical garden;
- an open-air movie theater;
- Water sports (wind and sapsurfing, catamaran, canoeing, snorkeling);
- board games;
- excursions, sea voyages;
- children’s club, playground.
Tazäa provides all-inclusive meals, and the other 4 establishments serve various cuisines of the world à la carte.
Hard Rock Hotel Maldives 5*
This themed resort is part of the Crossroads complex, which occupies 3 islands. It is located in Embodu Lagoon (South Male Atoll), 8 km from the capital. It opened in 2019. The hotel offers accommodation in 178 rooms. These are beachfront cabins with balconies and a beautiful view of the ocean or over the water and with direct access to the lagoon. They are stylish, modern, and equipped for both adults and children.
Hard Rock Hotel Maldives infrastructure includes:
- Large swimming pool with ocean panorama, slides, underwater speakers;
- Rock Spa;
- Body Rock gym, where yoga and aerobics classes are held;
- Marina entertainment center;
- Store for souvenirs and rock paraphernalia;
- Center for marine entertainment (diving, fishing, snorkeling);
- a playground, Roxity Kids&Teen Spirit Club, where guests from 3 to 17 years old are taught to play musical instruments and DJ.
At Hard Rock Cafe, tourists are treated to American dishes and cocktails. At Sessions Restaurant, food is prepared in front of the customer, and at The Elephant and The Butterfly they serve Mexican cuisine and seafood.
Komandoo Island Resort & Spa 5*
The Crown and Champa Resorts is located on the island of the same name in Laviani Atoll. From Hulule Airport in Male, it takes 40 minutes by seaplane. The facility has been in operation since 1998. It is nestled among lush tropical vegetation, owns its own beach, shallow lagoon, home reef. It is often chosen for wedding ceremonies, as it accepts visitors from 18 years old.
The compact resort has only 65 rooms. These are beach and overwater villas with all amenities. The bungalows are designed in the traditional Maldivian style. Most villas have their own private Jacuzzi bathtub.
The hotel has everything you need for a complete holiday in the Maldives:
- outdoor pool;
- Water activities (speedboat trips, canoeing, diving program, snorkeling, fishing);
- gym with fitness equipment;
- Tennis and volleyball courts;
All inclusive meals are provided by 2 cafes. Restaurant Aqua prepares fish and seafood.