The Maldives are back…in a big way.
The tiny Indian Ocean archipelago has always been top of mind for luxury travellers, especially those with romance on their mind.
Since Aussies were last able to travel there, another six gorgeous stays have opened up in this little slice of paradise.
We take a look at each of these epic new resorts:
Kagi Maldives Island: A resort best suited to couples, the five-star Kagi Maldives Spa Island is THE place for a honeymoon. It’s almost worth getting married, just so you can stay here. It is an intimate all-pool-villa resort, bringing understated luxury and elegant simplicity, and maximum romance.
Patina Maldives – Fari Islands: There were about 300,000 plants dug up in the making of Patina Maldives, all of which were brought to the hotel for replanting upon its completion. This tells you everything you need to know about the eco-conscious mindset of this new luxury resort, which is fair enough, given the archipelago is expected to be vulnerable to rising sea levels in the future. It is powered mostly by the sun, which isn’t much of an issue in the Maldives. And it’s beautiful.
The Ritz Carlton Maldives – Fari Islands: The Ritz Carlton in the Maldives has 100 overwater or beachfront villas of luxury, in predictably epic proportions. Truly absurd levels of beauty here will leave you feeling like you’re in some permanently photoshopped Instagram page.
Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa: Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa is the most Maldivian of the new stays. It has six restaurants and bars, all inspired by the culture and cuisine of the Maldives. Located on Lhaviyani Atoll, guests can savour the sights and sounds of the natural beauty with indigenous flora and fauna, a shimmering lagoon and coral reefs teaming with wildlife including manta rays and turtles.
Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa’s Japanese restaurant.
Kuda Villingili: Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives is home to the biggest pool in the Maldives, and offers a wide range of activities, including access to a world class surf break. It’s also got an incredible variety of dive spots, and a heap of nice dining spots.
Kuda Vilingili Resort – access to epic surf.
Jumeirah Maldives: the newest hotel from the company behind several of Dubai’s most luxurious properties, including the famous sail-shaped Burj Al Arab in Dubai., Jumeirah Maldives has announced it will open its doors in November. The property is accessible only by seaplane and motorboat – the perfect escape for a little while.