Traveling to the Maldives is a dream come true for many travelers. But, when trying to decide where to stay in the Maldives, the options can be daunting. They all seem so amazing, with overwater bungalows, beach front villas, and private islands. So, how can you choose the best ones? I asked some of our favorite travel bloggers about where they stayed in the Maldives. Here are their recommendations, as well as ours, on where to stay in the Maldives!
Where To Stay In The Maldives
Centara Grand Maldives – Amanda From Maroc Mamma
Summer Island Maldives – Hannah From Getting Stamped
No other place in the world will ever compare to the Maldives. We were fortunate to spend 5 weeks island hopping in the Maldives. We stayed at 6 different resorts with 3 of them being over the water bungalows. Hands down our favorite place to stay in the Maldives was Summer Island Maldives. We loved everything about Summer Island but nothing beats being surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Maldives. I loved being able to wake up and head out on our balcony and jump off into the ocean for a morning swim. At night I would just look down at the floor and see tons of fish swimming by through the glass floor. Besides the room the property and staff were what make it extra special. The bartenders knew us by name, probably because they saw us every day! Garden rooms at Summer Island start at only $350 a night, with the over water villas around $600 per night.
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Meeru Island Resort – Ric From Global Gaz
Dreams do come true in the Maldives at the Meeru Island Resort & Spa. Meeru has a bit of a mass market feel to it with nearly 300 rooms, but Meeru offers access to luxury without breaking the bank (well compared to the $1,000 plus resorts that the Maldives is famous for). Relax in a 85 square meter, over-the-water, Jacuzzi water villa at under $500 a night (including 3 meals a day!). Another benefit for the thrifty, the resort is accessible via boat instead of traveling to the resort by sea plane. From your private deck, you can spot aquatic life in the transparent water. And to snorkel, just step into the ocean directly from the private deck. The resort has multiple dining options, several bars, and two swimming pools.
Anantara Kihavah Villas – Jennifer from Luxe Adventure Traveler
Located on the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Anantara Kihavah Villas are some 125 kilometers from the Maldives capital, Malé. At Anantara Kihavah, it’s just you, the sea and the stars. Each and every one of the 79 villas has its very own private pool as well as access to the turquoise sea teeming with reef turtles and colorful reef fish. Our favorite unique features of this luxe Maldivian resort are the glass bottom bath tubs in the over water villas, the underwater restaurant that is home to the world’s first underwater wine cellar, and a resident marine biologist to help you learn about the beautiful reef fish and fragile coral ecosystems. Rates start from around $1076 USD per night, plus a mandatory sea plane transfer.
You can also check out Jennifer on Instagram.
The Six Senses Laamu – Mar from Once in a Lifetime Journey
Six Senses Laamu is a great choice for those looking for the privacy of a large overwater villa and the barefoot rustic chic feel that characterizes the brand. Among its uniqueness is its proximity to one of the best surf breaks in the Maldives and to a manta cleaning station where a resident group of 70 mantas can be seen. I loved the romantic sunset dolphin cruise where these elegant creatures came out to play with the waves and the sand bank dinner for two under the stars on our own private island. Organic, practically farm-to-table food, a signature of the Six Senses hotel chain, is grown on the island. And foodie experiences like a wine pairing dinner with the in-house sommelier elevate the journey further.
You can also check out Mar on Instagram.
Our Recommendations on Where To Stay in The Maldives
Hurawalhi Resort Maldives
We checked into the Hurawalhi Resort on only their fourth day of operation! Although I was a little nervous about checking into a resort that was so new, my worries were for nothing! Everything was fabulous, including our overwater villa, with its own private plunge pool, the crystal clear waters, and an amazing staff! We even had dinner in the largest underwater restaurant in the Maldives. Rooms at Hurawalhi start at $700 a night, a great rate for one of the newest places to stay in the Maldives.
You can see more of our Maldives photos over on Instagram!
Outrigger Konotta Maldives
The feel at Outrigger Resorts in the Maldives was entirely different from Hurawalhi. More compact, and much more remote, the Outrigger was certainly a resort where I felt we could get away from it all.When we sat outside our beach front villa, I couldn’t see any other resort or island, making it seem entirely exclusive! Friendly staff helped us to understand the local Maldivian cuisine, which is often hard to do when staying on a resort in the Maldives. They also prepared a lovely sunset dinner right on the beach! Villas at Outrigger Resorts start at $650 a night, or $899 for the all inclusive plan.
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