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The most Instagrammable villas in the Maldives

  • Travel 101
  • By Harry Jenner
  • Published 21 July 2022
  • Revised 14 February 2023

There’s opportunity for awe-inspiring Maldives Instagram shots scattered across its private islands and magnificent resorts. In fact, the Maldives is one of the most Instagrammable holiday destinations in the world thanks to its coral-white sandy beaches, pristine blue waters, and lush paradise surroundings. But that’s just the natural wonders.

The villas built stretching out across island lagoons offer backdrops for some of the most stunning photographs, too. You’ve seen the type - a luxurious Maldives overwater villa Instagram post that stops you scrolling and starts you daydreaming. 

So where are these premium, ultra-Instagrammable villas in the Maldives and what do their resorts offer?

Here are six of the most aesthetically pleasing properties in paradise, from Conrad Maldives Rangali Island to the Velaa Private Island.

Feel #blessed at JOALI BEING

As the Maldives’ first official wellbeing resort, JOALI BEING brings all-round good vibes. The resort always goes the extra mile by making you feel healthy and happy both inside and out. Just remember the promotion of wellbeing is a way of life here, so to get the most out of your experience, consider limiting your screen time to just a few Instagram snaps a day. Sunset views should be enjoyed by the naked eye before being looked at through your phone screen.

Perfect picture ideas:

The Villa

  • Snap a selfie as you sink into a beachfront cabana.
  • Have fun with random wellbeing additions like musical instruments and games dotted around your villa and resort.
  • Unwind with a bubble-filled sunken bath selfie.

The Food 
  • Feel connected with a selection of earth-to-table meals.
  • Take a sunset shot with your evening cocktail at Mojo: the tropical sanctuary bar.
  • Refuel with personalised menu recommendations (healthy but still so delicious).

The Resort
  • Take a snap in one of the designated relaxation spots around the island.
  • Promote the resort’s various on-site recycling initiatives.
  • Capture your experience at the island’s turtle rehabilitation centre.

Lounge in paradise at JOALI BEING

Lounge in paradise at JOALI BEING

Impress followers at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Your Maldives Instagram photos at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island will look extra-special, especially those beach-ready snaps taken on the resort’s golden sands or in the world’s first all-glass undersea restaurant. And believe us when we say, the food served is just as good as the panoramic underwater views. At this spectacular resort, there’s a picture waiting to be taken everywhere you look.

Perfect picture ideas:

The Villa

  • Experience ultimate luxury staying in The Muraka, the resort’s largest villa boasting panoramic ocean views in every room.
  • Take a selfie as you lounge on your villa’s own private sundeck.

The Food
  • Choose from a whopping 12 dining experiences.
  • Capture breathtaking pictures at Sunset Grill, the resort’s over-water restaurant set 50 metres out at sea on stilts.
  • Snap your delicious plates of grilled meats and catch-of-the-day fish.

The Resort
  • Set sail on the deck of the Rangali Raani – a traditional sailing yacht.
  • Or hop on onboard a more luxurious yacht for the day, complete with your own private chef.
  • Find your zen at a sunset yoga class and take a quick selfie before the good lighting fades.

Underwater Master Bedroom of The MURAKA at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Underwater Master Bedroom of The MURAKA at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
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Snap the perfect backdrop at Waldorf Astoria Maldives

Despite being a relatively new resort (only opening back in 2019), Waldorf Astoria Maldives has earned a name for itself as one of the best, and most Instagrammable, places to stay. Set in the sought-after location of South Malé Atoll, here you’ll have access to everything you need and more – beachfront bars, thrilling water sports, a spa, 11 incredible restaurants, and a wide selection of Instagram-worthy Maldives overwater villas. 

Because if you didn’t capture it, were you ever there?...

Perfect picture ideas:

The Villa

  • Stay in one of many beachfront lagoon villas only accessible by boat.
  • Or truly splash out on your own private island for the ultimate getaway.

The Food
  • Choose from 11 unique restaurants serving all sorts of international cuisine, from Chinese to Levant to Sushi.
  • Rack up more likes with photos of fine dining dishes made with ingredients like Wagyu beef and white truffles.

The Resort
  • Capture fun family moments around the resort’s many pools. 
  • Relax and unwind with facials, massage, and other holistic treatments at Waldorf Astoria Spa.
  • Capture action shots during your water sports adventures, from diving to paddleboarding.

Aerial view over Waldorf Astoria Maldives

Aerial view over Waldorf Astoria Maldives

Go viral at Velaa Private Island Maldives

Looking for that Maldives overwater villa you’ve seen on Instagram? Velaa Private Island Maldives is your best bet. Here you’ll experience the ultimate sense of seclusion with its variation of tasteful and ultra-luxurious villas, all of which are particularly perfect for honeymooners seeking a space for romance, privacy, and that glowing “just married” photoshoot.

Perfect picture ideas:

The Villa

  • Take a selfie on your villa’s beachfront daybed, cocktail in hand.
  • Take an evening dip in the blue waters of the lagoon and capture the setting sunset.
  • Take a cute honeymoon picture in your private heated Jacuzzi. 

The Food 
  • Capture the talented chefs serving all sorts of East Asian delights on the sizzling plates of the Teppanyaki grill. 
  • Take artful pictures of the pristinely presented plates of Aragu, the resort’s fine dining-style restaurant. 

The Resort 
  • Spend the day golfing on the resort’s state-of-the-art golf course. 
  • Take lots of family pictures and videos whilst paddle boarding, parasailing, or kite-surfing.   
  • Grab the GoPro and get your adrenaline pumping on a jet ski.  

Stunning over water villa at Veela Private Island

Stunning over water villa at Veela Private Island

Where do influencers stay in the Maldives?

No matter where you stay, all Maldives resorts offer out-of-this-world ocean views and Instagrammable villa vibes – perfect for influencers looking for sunset snaps and paradise backdrops. 

What’s the most Instagrammable resort in the Maldives?

On paper, the most Instagrammable resort is Waldorf Astoria Maldives. With the resort only being a few years young, the resort is ultra-modern and dripping in little luxuries that make your experience extra-special, like the perfectly positioned sliding doors opening out onto your sun-facing deck or the luxuriously plumped pillows laid on your signature king-size bed.

The most instagrammable villas in The Maldives FAQs

All holidays to the Maldives have those Instagram-worthy vibes to get you likes on your next beach selfie. The right resort is out there waiting for everyone. 

Looking for something a little longer? Our Maldives tours take you from Dubai to the Maldives, all in one extended trip. If it’s simply the Maldives you’re after, check out our holiday specials for money-saving offers.

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