Generally known as the honeymoon destination for newlywed couples, The Maldives is also a wonderful place for families, groups of friends, and as a wellness escape.
1. Privacy - Niyama Private Islands
Find a very private setting for intimate, one-of-a-kind experiences. With twin islands Play and Chill, Niyama offers the luxury of choice. At Play, feast in the treetops, float into the infinite horizon or dive offshore through the kaleidoscope of the reef, and kick things up a notch in villas set on white sands and tailored to adventurous honeymooners, active couples and style-savvy families.
At Chill, revel in a peaceful moment within the cocoon of Drift Spaby Niyama. Indulge in culinary heaven 500 metres out to sea or dine ashore in wild Africa. Soothe your soul to the slow rhythms in overwater studios or lounge against the flowing oceanscape in an underwater lounge.
2. Kid-Friendly - Soneva Fushi
At Soneva, younger guests are just as important. This family-friendly resort makes every effort to inspire a lifetime of rare experiences for the whole family. The Den is a playground for the imagination where children can explore a pirate ship, two swimming pools, lego room, dress-up area, cinema, library, a learning area and music room filled with instruments.
In addition to the Children’s Den, there are many activities for families to enjoy such as watching movies at the outdoor Cinema Paradiso, counting Saturn’s rings at the Observatory, snorkelling with manta rays, enjoying sunset dolphin cruises, and tasting all 60 flavours of home-made ice-cream and chocolates.
3. Honeymooners - Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa
Couples seeking a stunning private tropical hideaway can choose Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa, which is set on a pristine island in the North Malé Atoll and features a collection of 140 beachfront and overwater villas, enhanced by delectable dining options.
There will be plenty of opportunities to experience breathtaking natural attractions, both during the day and under the stars. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted at this resort, making it an ideal choice for couples and honeymooners.
4. Party People - Finolhu
Finolhu is chic retro luxury all in one, on the grooviest island in the Maldives. Located in the UNESCO world biosphere of Baa Atoll, Finolhu is the ultimate island experience for chic couples, fun-loving families and gatherings of friends alike.
You’ll find everything from lazy poolside breakfasts to afternoon seafood lunches, poolside snacks to romantic evening dining. Delicious eats and tasty treats are never far away at Finolhu. After dark, bounce on over to 1 OAK Beach Club, where the hottest DJs and the coolest performers keep the party going until the small hours.
5. Wellness - The St. Regis Maldives
Offering the most sought-after restorative wellness practices, The St. Regis Maldives’ Iridium Spa provides the latest personalized services curated by wellness experts. The spa recently won many awards including ‘Maldives Best Resort Spa 2017’ and ‘Indian Ocean’s Best Resort Spa 2017’.
The spa features six private couple treatment suites, a steam room, sauna and the Blue Hole Pool, the Maldives’ largest heated seawater hydrotherapy pool. The Blue Hole pool contains heated seawater with different water jets – a system with proven benefits to the body. Guests can also enjoy healing Ayurvedic treatments.
6. Adventure Seekers - One&Only Reethi Rah Resort
Surrounded by the wonders of the crystal blue ocean, this superb all-villa resort offers an unrivalled level of style, choice and personalized exploration. Guests have complimentary use of a variety of facilities such as canoes, kayaks, pedaloes and windsurfing. Other water-based sports available for a fee include banana and tube rides, water-skiing, parasailing and big game fishing.
The island’s lagoon and house reef are home to a huge variety of fish, and snorkellers will be able to see turtles, Napoleon wrasses, white-tip sharks, butterfly fish, the ubiquitous tuna and many more. The area around One&Only Reethi Rah is blessed with dozens of excellent dive sites, all within easy reach of the resort.