NB/ This article has been modified since its publication on 30 January 2019 when it was titled 10 new hotel openings in the Maldives.
Much loved by tourists for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs tourism, the Maldives has been steadily growing and recent figures reveal that it is 7.9% up on the same time last year. To accommodate the influx of holidaymakers more than 25 resorts have opened since 2013.
Some of the more recent openings include Fushifaru Maldives, Reethi Faru and Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort.
Here we include some of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives, from old faithfuls to brand new openings.
1. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Opened in 1997
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island opened in 1997 as Hilton Maldives Resort and Spa, and was rebranded in 2007 as part of their high-end luxury collection of Conrad Hotels and Resorts. The resort is committed to sustainable hospitality; encouraging their guests to make smart eco choices and pledging to eliminate the use of plastic on the property. There are two outdoor infinity pools, two award winning spas, a 24-hour gym and 12 restaurants and bars. Conrad Maldives are also proud trailblazers: opening the world’s first undersea restaurant and more recently, the world’s first undersea residence, The Muraka.
2. Coco Body Hithi
Opened in 2006
Located in the North Male Atoll and just 29km (18 miles) from the capital, Coco Bodu Hithi is one of the smaller, but no less luxurious, islands in the Maldives. Owned by four local brothers, the resort is part of the Coco Collection and opened its doors to the public 2006. Every space at Coco Bodu Hithi is designed to connect you to the water, whether you are running on the treadmill, reading a book in your villa or dining at one of six restaurants. Every month the hotel takes part in a coastal cleaning of the island to collect plastic from the water and help preserve the surrounding reef from further ecological damage.
3. Furaveri Island Resort & Spa
Opened in January 2016
Furaveri Island Resort & Spa is a located in the Raa Atoll near “Hanifaru Bay”, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. There are 107 private villas at Furaveri, all of which are spacious and tastefully furnished. For the ultimate luxury, the two-room suite with infinity pool is a real showstopper – honeymooners often rent this for a day or two as a special treat on their trip. On the island there is also a spa, gym, diving school, tennis court, badminton court and large outdoor pool, and guests can dine in four different restaurants.
4. Fushifaru Maldives
Fushifaru Maldives goes beyond the typical confines of sun, sea and sand. Located on the eastern fringe of Lhaviyani Atoll, the island’s surrounding ocean is a nature-lover’s paradise and home to eagle rays, parrotfish and even the occasional hammerhead shark. Accommodation options at the resort include Beach Villas and Water Villas and the island also has three restaurants, including Raakani Grill, which serviced flavourful Asian delicacies and a wide range of fresh seafood. For a more private dining experience, guests can also pick a spot anywhere on the island or sandbank to enjoy a customised meal.
5. Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort
Bringing stylish mid-scale accommodation to the pristine south of the Maldives, Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort provides travellers with one of the best value accommodation options. The resort has 68 villas, including 43 over the water and 25 on the beach, and is built using local materials, bright colours and stylish furniture and interiors designs, all of which reflect traditional Maldivian culture and the spirit of travel.