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Ultra-luxury holidays in the Maldives

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

The Maldives and luxury go hand in hand. The selection of hotels and resorts scream rich opulence – but not necessarily the over-the-top extravagance you’d expect. This destination is most enjoyed when you’re fully immersed in the tropical paradise surroundings. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones through an easy-going, stripped back kind of lifestyle.

Luxury here is all about the so-called ‘no news - no shoes’ way of life. You switch off from the rest of the world and focus on the right here, right now – that’s the kind of luxury that makes you feel most happy. Plus, it helps that the private villas on offer are sophisticated, stylish, and packed with everything you need too. 

Maldives resorts treat you like kings and queens from the moment you step out of the seaplane and onto the soft golden sands. That’s why we’re sharing our favourite ultra-luxury Maldives resorts simply everyone wants to stay in – each perfect if you’re searching for that ultra-luxury Maldives getaway. There’s something for everyone on this list, no matter what a luxury holiday looks like to you...

Stay in a Lagoon Water Villa at Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu is the epitome of the Maldives’ simplistic sense of luxury. As a proud innovator in the Maldives’ sustainable tourism, this resort is all about bringing you back down to earth and encouraging you to truly unwind in its gorgeous paradise location. 

Relaxation is made easy when you stay in a Water Villa built on stilts hovering over the island’s shallow lagoon. You’ll wake up to breath-taking horizon views and can take a dip in the ocean that’s right below your feet. 

And when you fancy exploring the resort, you’ll have so much entertainment to choose from – a blissful spa, thrilling water sports, coral reef snorkelling, or perhaps best of all, a private movie screening night in the jungle cinema (complimentary champagne and popcorn included, of course). 

Water Villa Six Senses Laamu

Water Villa Six Senses Laamu

Choose From Six Unique Restaurants at One&Only Reethi Rah

Like most ultra-luxury Maldives resorts, One&Only Reethi Rah is renowned for its outstanding hospitality. The staff here do anything and everything to make sure all guests are having the time of their lives – especially in its six world-class restaurants, all of which serve up unique and delicious cuisine. Your hungry bellies are spoiled for choice whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner you’re after.

There’s Chef Matthew Kenney’s ‘Botanica’ specialising in incredible plant-based dishes, the casual Italian eatery ‘Rabarbaro’ serving hearty pizzas and pastas, and guest favourite, ‘Fanditha’: a Middle Eastern-inspired beachfront restaurant with a menu of classic mezzes, grilled meats, and seafood. 

Gardens of Botanica, One&Only Reethi Rah

Gardens of Botanica, One&Only Reethi Rah
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Take to the Seas at Amilla Fushi Hotel & Resort

In addition to its luxurious mix of Water Villas, Beachfront Lodges, and VIP Residences, you’re also spoiled for choice with the exciting selection of leisure facilities at Amilla Fushi Hotel & Resort. You’ll be in your element here if you’re a water baby and love adrenaline-fuelled excursions.

Get wet and wild in a variety of ways at the resort’s ‘HUB’ (Home of the Underwater Biosphere) – parasailing, wakeboarding, snorkelling, or a private boat tour with a resident underwater expert teaching you all about the resort’s marine conservation programmes. 



Sip on Cocktails at Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel & Resort

The Maldives’ is a destination that has strong sustainability attitudes. Resort staff like to teach you all about the importance of eco-friendly travel – but that doesn’t mean you’re there for all learning and no play. A cocktail is always waiting whenever you fancy one.

Cheval Blanc Randheli Hotel & Resort are experts in mixology – The White Bar’s cocktail menu features all sorts of classics and speciality cocktails, so grab your favourite and take a sip on a plush daybed. The bar’s beachfront views are best enjoyed at sunset hours with a Mojito in hand. 

Stunning spaces at Cheval Blanc Randheli

Stunning spaces at Cheval Blanc Randheli

Party in Style at W Maldives

W Maldives is known for being an Ibiza-style party resort – with an ultra-luxury Maldives twist. Meaning if you’re up for daily champagne-popping and a few late nights, this is a great resort for you. 

Start the evening by grabbing a light bite and a glass of prosecco at the poolside WET bar, and then head to SIP, the resort’s stunning beachfront nightclub for party vibes and a sophisticated martini. A few tunes from the resort’s resident DJ will make your night even more special, so bring your dancing shoes.

Pool at W Maldives

Pool at W Maldives

Unwind in the Spa at Velaa Private Island Resort

An ultra-luxury Maldives holiday wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the spa. Located right on the beach and overlooking the calm lapping ocean just outside, the spa at Velaa Private Island Resort is the ultimate place for finding some peace and serenity in your day. You’ll spend hours on the relaxation beds gazing at the horizon – accompanied by a glass of bubbly of course.

There are plenty of Asian-inspired treatments and classes on offer too, all of which take the restorative approach to health and wellness. Just make sure you take a quick refreshing dip in the outdoor hydro pool before you leave. 

Veela Private Island Spa

Veela Private Island Spa

Be Treated Like Royalty at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

As one of the most ultra-luxury resorts in the Maldives, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo has a huge selection of 38 private villas to choose from – none more extravagant than the Raffles Royal Residence. 

Sleeping up to 15 guests, this is the ultimate choice for large groups or families wanting extra space and showstopping luxuries like a 40-metre private pool or a grand rooftop sundeck. You’ll also be treated like royalty by a personal butler who’ll make you feel right at home. A designated children’s butler can be arranged too, for when parents want an evening of uninterrupted R&R.

Private pool at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Private pool at Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Charter a Yacht at St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

When you envision an ultra-luxury Maldives resort, do you dream of boarding your own private yacht? If so, that’s exactly what you get with the VIP treatment at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.

At your request, the resort’s own Azimut Flybridge 66 yacht is available for private charter at your leisure (AKA Norma). With four sleeping cabins and outdoor dining space, Norma brings the ultimate touch of glamour to your holiday. During the day you can drop an anchor and jump in the ocean and by night, you’ll dine on a three-course meal cooked up by a private chef. Whether you charter for a few days or just a single overnight stay, this is when you know you’ve hit the jackpot. 

Stunning Overwater Villas, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort

Stunning Overwater Villas, The St. Regis Vommuli Resort

Ultra-luxury holidays to Maldives FAQs

Where to get ultra-luxury Maldives holiday offers?

At Winged Boots, we offer a selected of the highest quality holiday packages at affordable prices to guests seeking a luxury holiday to the Maldives. Whether you’ve found what you’re looking for in this article or you want to give us a call, we can help tailor your trip to best suit your needs and budget. Call us on 0203 816 0985 to plan your next escape.

What are the best luxury hotels in the Maldives?

You’ll find some of the best hotels to stay at in the Maldives highlighted in this article. With resorts including W Maldives, The St. Regis, Velaa Private Island, One&Only Reethi Rah and beyond – there's something for everyone.

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Where do celebrities holiday in the Maldives?

It's likely that you could rub shoulders with many an A-lister when you stay at one of these ultra-luxury Maldives resorts. Amilla Fushi is known to be a chosen holiday destination for the likes of David and Victoria Beckham, Kate Winslet, and Gordon Ramsey, while One&Only Reethi Rah has been frequented by Tom Cruise, Russel Crowe, Milla Jovovich, David Beckham, Gordon Ramsay and beyond.

An ultra-luxury Maldives getaway comes in all shapes and sizes. Your choice of resort all depends on how you like to spend your time and what matters most to you. Just make sure you immerse yourself in the islands’ gorgeous natural beauty. Champagne is basically on tap in ultra-luxury Maldives resorts, but sometimes the finer things in life are free. 

Check out the full list of Maldives Hotels & Resorts to see what one most suits your needs and preferences as luxury-seeking travellers. We want everyone to experience the Maldives at least once in their lives, so be sure to also browse our top Maldives offers for the best prices available.

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