Pure magic exists across the Maldivian archipelago, with underwater mysteries that simmer beneath the surface just waiting to be uncovered. The therapeutic and healing properties of the ocean is simply unparalleled, with a vast array of properties to suit any travellers desire; from barefoot luxury and unexpected design suites, to Wellness focused retreats and architectural marvels, your quality time spent here will rejuvenate the weariest of souls. Gastronomes will be delighted by an intercontinental selection of food and drink, families can ensure their kids won’t be disappointed by the in-house activities, and those seeking romance or adventure have no shortage of experiences to jump on. Here’s 360’s shortlist of epic resorts to choose from with festive availability before 2022 wraps…
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For those who aren’t keen on yet another flight after touching down in Malé, Gili Lankanfushi is just 20 minutes by speedboat, where water hammocks, turquoise lagoons and the stunning Overwater Bar awaits you. Scuba divers and surfers will delight in this blue playground, while honeymooners opt for standalone Crusoe Residences to truly take you off-grid in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Spot spinner dolphins on their Riviera Yacht and voyage into the sunset…
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
Inspired by the spirit of a Maldivian village and embracing the slow island pace in its most blissful form, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa has mastered the art of the Good Life. The Deluxe Beach Pavilions are the newest sanctuaries, with indoor-outdoor living to encourage total relaxation in your home away from home. Secluded at The Island Spa, the five healing arts of Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxibustion, Physiotherapy and Reflexology is a compelling and therapeutic experience.
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Designed in the shape of a lobster from an aerial view as you arrive by seaplane, St. Regis’ Iridium Spa is the largest overwater spa in the Maldives that boasts the ‘Blue Hole Pool,’ a salt-water hydrotherapy with multiple whirlpool jets to target your sore muscles. A masterclass in holistic treatments with highly trained therapists, the attention to detail is outstanding, from their warming tea and overwater horizon views to the Ayurvedic suites complete with private steam rooms.
Centred around four pillars of wellbeing which are Mind, Skin, Microbiome and Energy, JOALI BEING is a genuine centre of excellence for wellness. Through an Integrative Lifestyle Assessment, they will highlight any deficiencies, share consultation notes with specific nutrition advice, fitness goals, and therapy suggestions, with personalised tea from their resident herbologist. Don’t miss their aquatic Watsu treatment.
As a member of the Design Hotels’ coveted portfolio, Finolhu in the Baa Atoll is a stand-out property which is beautifully catered to families young and old. Across the sublime sandbank, take a dhoni or walk across to Crab Shack for a laidback lunch of the freshest seafood and the feeling of being moored on a private island. Their exclusive Rockstar Villa has whimsical features such as a giant disco ball and pops of pinks and blues, with a giant outdoor swimming pool and an easily accessible house reef for the kids to burn their energy. Spotting Manta Rays in the Baa Atoll is a must.
LUX* South Ari Atoll
If you’re looking for a nature in the raw moment with the ever-elusive Whale Sharks (complete with marine biologist), you’ll have a high chance of spotting them from LUX*’s prime position in the South Ari Atoll. Kids will love the ICI on a sunny day, where freshly-churned homemade gelato, ice-cream, and sorbets are on daily rotation. There’s plenty of space to roam, a mindful Kids Club, and the perfect island to set up a treasure hunt or watch Cinema Paradiso under the stars.
Fall in love with life in the Maldives, an indescribable feeling that stays long after you’ve returned. Whether it’s the marine life encounters, the genuine charm of island life, the swaying palm trees or the sweet lobster dishes, this dreamy destination captures your imagination. Let your 360 Private Travel designer choose the perfect property and get you there, pronto.