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The 10 Best Luxury Resorts in the Maldives

Being based in a bustling metropolitan city like New York or Hong Kong can be quite draining at times, especially if you live the nine to six office life five days a week. Once in a while, you have to remember to unwind and treat yourself to the best of the best because you deserve a little break every now and then. Being surrounded by tall skyscrapers and constantly being stuck in the dreadful subway rush hour can feel suffocating, so escaping to a private island with crystal clear blue waters and white-sand beaches will definitely do you some good.

If you’ve been looking to visit the Maldives, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best luxury resorts for you to splurge on with your partner, family, friends or even just on your own. Have a scroll down below and discover our top picks. While you’re here, check out the 20 best travel destinations to add to your bucket list.

Four Seasons Resorts Maldives



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The famed five-star Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts offers the best facilities and services any guest could ask for. Its Maldives collection features Kuda Huraa, Landaa Giraavaru, the Explorer and Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah. Absorb the beauty and charm of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere at Landaa Giraaavru and immerse yourself in the world’s first exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway – Voavah.

Joali Maldives



As the sky paints a kaleidoscope of colours, all I can feel is a sense of joy! #joalimaldives #joyofliving #fridayfeels #wonders #maldives

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Located at Muravandhoo island in the north of Maldives, Joali comprises of 73 luxe private beach villas, water villas and residences across the 24-acre resort. Each water villa comes with its own private infinity pool with a view of the Indian Ocean. In addition, customized wellness programmes are available upon request during your stay.

Huvafen Fushi



Only at @huvafenfushi_maldives reality becomes better than all the dreams.. ? @voyagefox_ ? #sunset #huvafenfushi #asensoryawakening #luxuryresort #maldives #dreamisland

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Only 30 minutes by speedboat from Malé international airport, Huvafen Fushi offers 26 overwater villas and 18 beach villas. Get pampered at the resort’s famous underwater spa or experience the country’s iconic twinkling-stars infinity pool.

W Maldives



Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your coral grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells, And pretty rooms all in a row. #nurseryrhymes #letloose ? @lenina1234

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W Maldives is a five-star luxury private island resort located in the North Ari Atoll, Maldives. You’ll definitely not get enough of its white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and breathtaking reefs during your stay. While you’re here, bask in the sun and enjoy the resort’s adrenaline-filled water sports, or even trek along the island’s private reef – dubbed one of the best house reefs in the country.

Cheval Blanc Randheli



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Incorporating a contemporary sleek design to its resort, Cheval Blan Randheli‘s villas are simply one of the best in the Maldives. For those looking to further develop their wellness practice, this island is entirely dedicated to spa rituals and well-being.

Shangri-La Villingili Maldives



Everybody loves an aerial shot, but this is more than that, it’s magic. #ShangriLaMaldives #Travel ?: @stefanthurairatnam via IG

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Being the first five-star resort in the country, Shangri-La Villingili Maldives sits in the heart-shaped lagoon of Addu Atoll. Those looking for tranquility will find solitude at this luxury resort where villas can be found on the beach, over the water, and even on a tree.

Park Hyatt Hadahaa Maldives



Monday blues are perfect here! Breathtaking photo by @withlai

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Situated in one of the largest natural atolls in the world, North Huvadhoo, Park Hyatt Hadahaa Maldives is surrounded by elegant and pristine architecture throughout the island. Its 50 villas are nestled within the natural landscape of the beach and rest over the crystal clear blue ocean waters.

Velaa Private Island Maldives



Let the warm, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean wash all your stress and worries away. #VelaaPrivateIsland

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Known to be one of the most expensive resorts in the country, Velaa Private Island Maldives was built for over $200 million USD and has been specifically designed to attract the world’s richest individuals. The island features a Clarins spa with expert therapists, an ocean-view sauna, a nine-hole golf course, a staggering three-story wine tower with a 6,000-bottle, $1.2 million USD inventory and so much more.

Anantara Kihavah Villas



Stray away from all stress and relax in a tropical sanctuary. ? @pilotmadeline

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Located on the Baa Atoll in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas features huge Over-Water Residences and the longest swimming pool in the country. Do something new during the day and snorkel with mantas and Hawksbill sea turtles. At night, dine at this luxury resort’s deserted sandbank or beneath the ocean’s surface.

Baros Maldives



Happy Sunday world! We have officially been announced the “World’s most Romantic Resort” once again at World Travel Awards 2016! Thank you for all your support! ? #barosmaldives #worldtravelawards

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Just 25 minutes by speedboat from the Maldives’ international airport, Baros Maldives has had a loyal following since 1973. Indulge in its exquisite seafood at Cayenne Grill and Mediterranean food at its white-tented Lighthouse. The resort has also incorporated new eco-diving courses for guests to enjoy during their stay.

Niyama Private Islands



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Known for its underwater nightclub scene, let loose and enjoy what Niyama Private Islands has to offer. If you aren’t into the party scene, the resort also includes a 24/7 underwater spa to help you detox and rejuvenate.