5 Hotels In The Maldives To Put On Your Bucket List
Posted on January 16 2019
Voted ‘The World’s Best New Luxury Hotel for 2018’ this private island is where mega influencer Chiara Ferragni recently spent her honeymoon with Italian singer Fedez. If escapism is what you are after, Kudadoo offers the ultimate in luxury relaxation as you sunbathe in the privacy of your own water-front private pool complete with 24-hour butler. If experiences such as swimming with manta rays, freediving with turtles or jet ski safaris sound like your thing then they are just a taster of the private excursions on offer - and if that wasn’t enough you can even enjoy the hotel’s exquisite culinary delights in their undersea restaurant.
It's highly likely you will have spotted the Soneva Jani in your Instagram feed. With 24 overwater villas, most complete with their own slide directly into the crystal blue waters below, the Soneva Jani is an Instagram lover’s cat-nip. Each room comes with a temperature controlled wine cellar and retractable roof offering hotel guests the opportunity to sleep under the stars. Aside from almost guaranteed dolphin sightings on the daily sunset cruise, you can also enjoy the hotel’s overwater cinema, free chocolate and ice cream rooms or gaze at the stars from the Maldive’s first overwater observatory, complete with gigantic telescope and dedicated astronomer. And just when you thought Soneva Jani couldn't get any better, you can also relax knowing that all the drinking water is produced on site and served in glass bottles to help reduce plastic waste.
Kandima is distinctly different to the classic Maldivian honeymoon resorts. This hotel caters for sports-loving, party-going groups as well as couples and families. Situated in the Dhaalu Atoll, one of the conditions of leasing the island was that the owners build an airport nearby making it only a half-hour flight from Malé and a 20-minute boat ride. Taking around 4 minutes to walk from one side of the island to another, and 20 minutes from end to end, the beach stretches along the eastern coast giving access to shallow waters, perfect for families with small children. All public areas feature white walls with bright pink cushions and music is always playing in the bars. This hotel is the perfect option for families or anyone looking for a lively Maldives experience, rather than a private couples-only retreat, without compromising on luxury.
This award-winning resort, a favourite for couples and families in search of privacy and the ultimate in laidback luxury, is edged with white sandy beaches and is just a 40 minute speedboat ride from the international airport of Malé. One of the largest in the North Male Atoll, when this hotel first opened 10 years ago, it set the bar for luxury hotels in the Maldives. With ‘Reeti Rah’ meaning beautiful island, it was voted the number one hotel in Africa and the Indian Ocean for the second year running by readers of The Telegraph’s Ultratravel magazine in 2017. Reeti Rah operates on its own time zone, which is set one hour ahead of Malé, partly so that guests can watch the beautiful sunsets at a more cocktail-friendly hour. With an astonishing 12 beaches, FIFA-certified football pitch, cookery classes and award-winning ESPA spa, there is something for everyone. Accommodation ranges from beach-front villas complete with their own stretch of white sandy beach to water villas with easy access to snorkelling - this is one hotel you will want to visit time and time again.
Of all the luxurious hotels in the Maldives, Cheval Blanc Rhandeli is the most elegant designed by world-renowned architect Jean Michel Gathy. Owned by LVMH Hotel Management, of the LVMP group (who own luxury fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton and Dior) we could only expect the very best. With 44 exclusive villas - some hidden amidst gardens, others opening onto private beaches there’s also a one-of-a-kind four-bedroom Owner’s Villa that sprawls across a private island and is accessible from a private jetty. Serviced by a special team, it even has a cinema for private screenings, its own private spa and its very own 25-metre swimming pool. The nine-course tasting menu is a must and for those of you passionate about cooking, book in for a one-on-one session with the in-house chefs to learn how to make macarons, soufflés, pizzas and more. And in case you’re thinking you may be stuck for things to do on such a secluded island, the Randheli has shipped in the latest water gadgets. The Seabob is a water scooter that will glide you across the surface of the water or make it easy to dive deep and explore the coral reefs. There’s even a jet-propelled surfboard capable of travelling up to 40mph, a Fly board and a Hoverboard.