The Best Places to Stay in the Maldives
It’s a no-brainer that the Maldives is one of the top scuba diving destinations around the world — warm waters, crystal clear visibility and bright, colorful fish make this group of islands a rite of passage in many dive logs. But above the water’s surface, there are still a good number of things to see and do to pass the interim time between dives. And if you’re not looking to go out? Well, the Maldives also house some of the most luxurious places to stay for a tropical vacation. Here are some of our favorites.
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Starting at $534 (USD), this luxurious bungalow resort is exactly what you picture when you think of staying in the Maldives. Private bungalows sit atop the water with a staircase that leads directly down to the calm, turquoise ocean. You get your own patio, hot tub and access to a 5-star spa. What more could you dream up?
Fun Island Resort
Located in the South Male Atoll, Fun Island Resort is like a little haven dropped right into the center of an untouched paradise. A 45-minute speed boat ride from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport takes you to a tiny island, only about a half of a mile long. During your stay, you get access to a beachfront mini bar, private patio and open-air bathrooms in your bungalow. Not to mention the snorkeling, canoeing, and jet skiing you can take part in.
Vista Beach Retreat
For budget-friendly rates that don’t sacrifice a stunning view, the Vista Beach Retreat provides that same “desert island” feeling while still getting a taste of the local culture. Just a little under 2 miles from the Male International Airport, every room gives a clear view of the ocean with your typical amenities like free Wi-Fi, a television and access to the hotel restaurant throughout the day.
Nika Island Resort and Spa
Starting at just $272 (USD) a night, this resort is located on the North Ari Atoll and is the perfect blend of fresh minimalism and tropical utopia. Private villas feature cozy bedrooms and expansive living areas, while open-air dining lets you experience the best of the island during your meals. This resort focuses on tradition and history, where you can truly experience the island life without sacrificing luxury.
From private bungalows to beachside hotels, the Maldives offers it all. Whether your goal is to get away from the chaos of everyday life or to spend as much time in the water as possible, it’s one of the most luxurious, secluded places to stay for any dive trip.
- Watersports Staff