For many first-time Maldives visitors, the dream is an idyllic, super-private water villa elevated on stilts over the reef with ocean views for days; but for us, the hottest spots are often blissful bungalows scattered along the sands.

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There’s just something quite special about being able to throw open your door, gaze on lush tropical greenery from your deck, and wander down a sandy path to your own stretch of sand in just seconds. Check-out just a few of our favourites that are sure to make a mark on your heart too – or speak to your Travel Director for further inspiration…​

BEST FOR ADULTS | MILAIDHOO ISLAND, BAA ATOLL

F​ast Facts 47 Villas & 3 Residences | 35 minutes by seaplane from Malé | No children under 9 years

What's Hot New in 2016 | Sister property to Baros Maldives Boutique 13-acre resort in Baa Atoll’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve | Steeped in local island tradition | Member of Small Luxury Hotels | Exclusive Milaidhoo Moments | House reef Day & night-time diving & snorkelling | Manta ray & whale shark excursions to Hanifaru Bay

Dining Three restaurants & one bar | 24-hour in-villa dining



We Love | The Beach Villa Residences

At 380 square-metres, these beachfront thatched-roof villa residences are spacious, luxurious, and informal with a focus on outdoor island living.

Set on a private beach, each light-filled villa features separate living and sleeping areas plus indoor and outdoor rain showers, and opens up 180-degrees onto a huge outdoor sundeck where you'll find your 60-square-metre private freshwater infinity pool, Maldivian-style swing chair, sun loungers, umbrella, dining area and oversized poolside daybed.

As a Residence guest, all your needs are taken care of by your 24-hour villa host, and a personal chef will help customise your dining experiences. On top of all this, you can enjoy a private outdoor cinema set up on the deck of your villa, one private half-day excursion of your choice during your stay, and VIP airport arrival service in Malé where you’re greeted at the airplane door, with seamless immigration and entry at the resort’s private lounge.​​​​

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​​BEST FOR FAMILIES | ONE&ONLY REETHI RAH, NORTH MALÉ ATOLL

Fast Facts 128 Villas | 45 minutes by luxury boat from Malé | Ideal for both couples and families

What's Hot Carefully-tailored kids’ experiences | Almost four miles of private coastline | ClubOne Beach Club | Two floodlit tennis courts | FIFA-approved Astro-turf football field | One&Only Spa Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez | Hair salon by Taylor Taylor | Barber&Blade Gentlemen’s Private Grooming Studio Three exclusive boutiques

Dining Six restaurants & three bars | 24-hour in-villa dining



 We Love | The Grand Beach Villas with Pool

Exceptionally private, set within the island’s gardens and on a private stretch of beach, The Grand Beach Villas with Pool are amongst the most spacious villas on the island at a generous 322 square-metres of living space. 

Inside, there are two bedrooms – one with a king-size bed, the other with two queen-size beds (making them brilliant for families), a separate dining and sitting room, and a spacious bathroom with a luxurious soaking tub designed for two.

And outside shady verandas (ideal for alfresco dining) provide a generous outdoor seating area, and the 50-square-metre private swimming pool and canopied day bed mean you can relax with your book while the kids splash around to their hearts’ content. And to get you all ​around the resort’s immaculate grounds, this category comes with a personal golf cart/buggy too.​​​​


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BEST FOR BAREFOOT LUXURY | SIX SENSES LAAMU, LAAMU ATOLL

F​ast Facts 97 Villas | 30 minutes by seaplane & a 15-minute speedboat ride from Malé | Ideal for both couples and families

What's Hot The only resort in Laamu Atoll | Surf lessons (May to September) | Coral-rich house reef | The Den Kids’ Club | Ice & Chocolate Studio’s 40-plus flavours of home-made ice-creams and sorbets | Altitude wine cellar | Private sandbank BBQ | Movies on the beach three times each week | Desert island private picnic experience | Aerial yoga | Unforgettable diving

Dining Three restaurants & two bars | In-villa dining menu


We Love | The Ocean Beach Villas with Pool

These absolutely-private villas are hidden away within the lush tropical vegetation on the sunset side of the island. The pool is only a few metres away from the beach, and your loungers are placed strategically for sunshine and shade by the pool deck. Feel the soft sea breeze rushing through the leaves while bathing in the open-air branch-encircled shower or in the outdoor bathtub; or just relax in your private garden area. And for a unique panoramic view of Maldivian nature, the all-blue palette of the ocean, and to catch the unforgettably-vibrant sunsets, just climb onto your treetop deck, and relax in the comfortable seating and dining area.

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​​BEST FOR ALL-INCLUSIVE | LUX* SOUTH ARI ATOLL

Fast Facts 193 Pavilions & Villas | 25 minutes by seaplane from Malé | Ideal for both couples and families

What's Hot Located in the Maldives’ largest marine protected area New, chic beach-house style | Expert-led workshops Beach Rouge – the Maldives’ only fully-fledged beach club Largest choice of watersports of any five-star Maldivian resort Dedicated clubs for tots and teens | Impromptu movie screenings on the beach | LUX* Me Spa | Whale shark experience | Free wifi throughout the resort

Dining Eight restaurants & five bars | 24-hour in-villa dining



 We Love | The Beach Pool Villas

Enjoy sensational views over the lagoon from your spacious, westand sunset-facing Beach Pool Villa. Light sandy tones bring the natural beauty of island living inside, and the en-suite bathroom opens out onto a private garden, along with a shower and separate bath.

Your private terrace unfolds into a luxurious living space outdoors, meaning you can relax in the contented privacy of your secluded garden with its sunken plunge pool, wooden deck and sun-loungers, and enjoy direct access to the beach.​​​​


Find Out More

  • Milaidhoo Island Maldives Baa Atoll

    Bucking the trend of all-singing, all-dancing high-gloss glamour, Milaidhoo – the serene younger sister of Baros Maldives – serves up a more classic, relaxed Maldivian vibe on a diminutive island of soft, white sands.

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  • One&Only Reethi Rah North Malé Atoll

    Offering privacy and exclusivity in the most stunning of surroundings, this super-stylish villa-only resort affords its guests the very best this beautiful archipelago has to offer.

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  • Six Senses Laamu Laamu Atoll

    Set on the private island of Olhuveli, beautifully remote, and with the luxury of being the only resort in Laamu Atoll, this is a seriously-cool, palm-fringed paradise, so cool, in fact, dolphins are often found swimming along its sandy shoreline.

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  • LUX* South Ari Atoll South Ari Atoll

    A prime dive site on its doorstep, almost three miles of uninterrupted beach and a brilliantly-spontaneous atmosphere: LUX* South Ari Atoll is an Indian Ocean must-stay.

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