The Maldives islands are known for their undisputed beauty – the glaringly white sands, turquoise waters and swaying palms are a true picture of paradise. Even better, each resort is set on its own, secluded private island. Cast far away from any unwanted disruptions, you’re free to enjoy the thriving coral reefs, luxury retreats, exquisite spas and divine dining in total peace. But which island is bet for you?
Best for: Foodies
If good food is key to making you feel amazing, Amilla Maldives is the best island for you.
One of the largest islands in the Maldives, this private paradise has seven exceptional restaurants to choose from, including a pizza oven set on the beach and exciting Japanese fusion cuisine served in an overwater setting. You can dress up if you want to celebrate something special, sit with your toes in the sand or even dine in your own private pool – the options are endless and entirely up to you.
Even better, absolutely everyone is catered to with dedicated vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and low carb menus available across all restaurants – you can even get the most out of your sundowner with a probiotic cocktail! To feel truly nourished, the Wellness Your Way programme takes a holistic approach to your meals, with new dining venue, Chill’d, offering fresh food to make you feel good from inside out.
Best for: Diving
There are so many islands that are brilliant for diving and snorkelling in the Maldives, though Baros could well be the best.
With a house reef just 20m from shore, and dozens of world-renowned dive sites less than an hour away, there’s an incredible underwater world to explore right at your doorstep. You can delve into the depths to explore a sunken shipwreck, take a tour around the reef or even embark on a fluorescent night snorkelling experience from the PADI five-star Gold Palm Dive Centre.
If you have a real passion for marine life, you can even sponsor your own coral frame. With transplanted coral given a chance to thrive and provide a new home for the fish and endangered sea life, it’s the perfect legacy to leave behind.
Best for: Beautiful Beaches
The Maldives is famed for being one of the top places in the world for finding beautiful beaches. So, where to find the best place to stay to enjoy them at their best?
We recommend the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. Sitting in the midst of the Baa Atoll’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this resort sprawls along a 2km lagoon and swathes of pristine white sands.
You’ll be able to savour your stunning surroundings from the fabulous Blu Beach Club. Set just steps from the sand, you can hang out from breakfast to dinner, where you’ll be in the perfect spot to catch the most incredible sunset view. With a fibre-optic ‘constellation’ pool, tree-top dining, private cabanas and a divine pizza bar, this is the best place to stay to get the most out of the Maldives’ beaches.
Best for: Honeymoons and Romance
In a setting simply made for romance, the Maldives is the place to go for an escape for two. And, for the best island, we suggest staying at Milaidhoo island.
This private island resort is adult-focussed, offering a peaceful and grown-up atmosphere for couples. It’s one of the smaller island resorts, meaning you can enjoy a boutique-feeling holiday without being disturbed.
The villas here offer pure luxury, with their fourth wall removed to offer the most incredible 180-degree views of the ocean. With an overwater spa, daily yoga sessions and a selection of watersports, couples may well find their favourite place to stay in the Maldives right here.
Best for: 5 star Spa experience
For ultimate relaxation, the Maldives is perhaps unbeatable. Aside from miles of undisturbed beaches to unwind on, there are also plenty of exceptional spas.
One of the best islands in the Maldives for a spa and wellness experience is Huvafen Fushi. The resort boasts the world’s first underwater spa treatment rooms, where you can relax with views of the reef and marine life, along with tranquil overwater pavilions.
Among the spa services, you can book yourself a facial designed by celebrity skincare specialist, Teresa Tarmey, or a massage created by renowned expert, Beata Aleksandrowicz. Visiting practitioners also stop by the island, while private yoga classes and tailored programmes can be also be arranged, too.
Best for: Laid Back Luxury
The Maldives islands are renowned as one of the most luxurious beach destinations you can find. But, this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to enjoy the laidback vibe you might crave from a holiday. Plenty of islands have an optional ‘no shoes’ policy, giving you the chance to completely switch off from the rest of the world.
JOALI Maldives offers one of the best balances of laidback luxury. While undoubtedly 5-star, you can still kick off your shoes and chill out on this private island paradise. To explore, your butler can whizz you around in a buggy, or you can take your own bike for a ride.
The dining is certainly worth mentioning here, too. There’s so much to choose from, from teppanyaki to fine dining and family-style feasts. You can even visit Her Kitchen and learn how to cook authentic Maldivian recipes for yourself.