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Where do celebrities stay in the Maldives?

  • Travel 101
  • By Harry Jenner
  • Published 22 June 2022
  • Revised 14 February 2023

To the world’s most famous celebrities and public figures, a quick hop on a private jet off to the Maldives is your usual type of summer retreat. 

This is no surprise considering the first-rate standard of the stunning resorts and villas on offer. The Maldives is the perfect destination for gorgeous sandy beaches, luxury yacht excursions, and peaceful seclusion away from busy reality – and for celebrities, this ultimate sense of privacy is a no-brainer. An escape from the paparazzi is exactly what they might need.

But spotting celebrities in Maldives is easy when you know where to look. Plus, with so many other-worldly five-star resorts, Maldives celebrity sightings aren’t exactly rare.

So where are the top celebrity hot spots to stay at in the Maldives? Well, let’s find out from the A-listers…

One&Only Reethi Rah

Previously spotted A-list residents: David Beckham, Tom Cruise, Milla Jovovich and Idris Elba

So many of the world’s most famous celebrities have walked the sandy beaches of the One&Only Reethi Rah. With its selection of 122 spacious and ultra-luxurious villas, there’s something for every type of Maldives traveller at this resort. 

The Grand Sunset Residence is the biggest, most opulent accommodation here, boasting three en-suite bedrooms, humongous bathtubs, a private swimming pool, and super intimate surroundings for ultimate seclusion. Chances are the private Grand Sunset Residence is exactly where the likes of the Beckhams would have stayed. 

But at the One&Only Reethi Rah, you’re treated like an A-lister whether you’re a well-known face or not. It’s renowned for its impeccable hospitality and service, most notably in its six unique world-class restaurants, such as the glorious Fanditha serving up all sorts of Middle Eastern delights. 

One&Only Reethi Rah

One&Only Reethi Rah

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Previously spotted A-list residents: Cristiano Ronaldo, Roger Federer, and Fernando Torres.

With its huge range of private beachfront villas and multiple dining options, it’s clear to see why celebrities choose to stay at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas. You’re spoilt for choice. 

You have two equally fantastic options for accommodation: a Sunset or Sunrise Villa. So, really, it all comes down to whether you’re a night owl seeking a relaxing sunset or an early riser who loves waking at the crack of dawn to unbelievable ocean views. 

Foodies will be in their element too. There are six different bars and restaurants serving world class international cuisine, including the choice of tucking into a gorgeous bowl of freshly made pasta at the Italian restaurant, 73 Degrees, or something lighter by the pool at Aqua Bar. Decisions, decisions. 

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Previous A-list residents: Serena Williams, Shakira, David Guetta, and Paris Hilton.

Seeing as Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi only opened its doors in 2019, it’s impressive to see that so many huge celebrities and sports stars have already graced this five-star private island resort. But when you dig a little deeper, it’s clear to see why.

You’ll get the quintessential Maldives experience here. Think stunning Water Villas overlooking the crystal blue Indian Ocean and lush paradise surroundings bringing calm and serenity morning, noon, and night.

During the day you can enjoy relaxing in your very own private Beach Villa complete with swinging hammocks, oversized tubs, and signature king size beds. Then as the sun sets, wander over to one of the resort’s 11 restaurants ranging from the fine-dining experience of Terra, serving only the finest ingredients (wagyu beef, white truffles, and premium champagne) to Yasmeen, a casual Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with a menu full of mezzes, warm breads, grilled meats, and freshly-caught seafood.

Celebrities stay in the Maldives for exactly this kind of magnificent food! 

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Soneva Jani

Previous A-list residents: Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin, John Legend, and Rita Ora.

Maldives celebrity sightings are common at Soneva Jani. This all-villa accommodation is a sight of opulence as soon as you arrive on the shores of the private island. 

Its assortment of over-water villas spread wide across its paradise lagoon, all complete with sophisticated interiors, modern amenities, and your own private pool. There is also the choice of having a water slide, which makes this resort perfect for families seeking a fun time frolicking in the calm blue waters. 

Chances are lots of celebrities stay in the Maldives because of its peace and quiet, and this resort has plenty of calming vibes. Enjoy a selection of relaxing beachfront bars serving all-day cocktails, and once darkness falls, take a visit to the over-the-water observatory boasting out-of-this-world views of the starry sky above.

Soneva Jani

Soneva Jani

Soneva Fushi

Previous A-list residents: Naomi Harris, Jodie Kidd, Guy Ritchie, and Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas.

You’ve never experienced luxury as you will at Soneva Fushi, especially if you opt to stay in the Private Reserve – an expansive nine-bedroom villa that sleeps up to 18 guests, perfect for larger groups of revellers celebrating special occasions. We can only imagine the A-list parties that might have gone down in this villa. 

The deluxe experience continues elsewhere in the resort too. Dine in one of 11 outstanding international restaurants at night, and by day you can relax in the Six Senses Spa, an absolute haven for unwinding and switching off from the troubles and responsibilities back home.

But the Maldives isn’t just for adults. Soneva Fushi is a fun family-friendly resort too. There is a designated kids' club catering to toddlers and teenagers alike, with excellent facilities and activities including a Lego room, cinema, library, music room, and even a pirate ship playground.

Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi

Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences

Previous A-list residents: Gordon Ramsay, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kate Winslet.

Celebrities stay in the Maldives for all sorts of reasons, but the food is certainly one of those perks that keep the rich and famous keep coming back for more.

One of the resorts renowned for its world-class culinary fare is Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences, all because of its signature Visiting Chef Partnership Programme, which sees regular kitchen takeovers from some of the very best chefs around the world. Discover its ever-changing menus to see what drool-worthy delights might be served on your plate during your visit. 

The private beachfront villas are also simply beautiful, especially one of the most sought-after residences in the Maldives, The Amilla Estate. Inside you’ll find all sorts of luxuries and facilities including your very own private pool, spa room, and cinema (I wonder if Leonardo’s ever watched his own movies in there?). Plus, there are separate quarters built especially for guests bringing their own staff – perfect for a personal celebrity entourage. 

Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences

Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences

Where do celebrities stay in the Maldives FAQs

What’s the most popular celebrity resort in the Maldives?

One&Only Reethi Rah is most well known as the biggest celebrity hot spot. Out of anywhere, it’s where you’ll most likely spot celebrities in the Maldives – like Shakira taking an afternoon dip in the ocean or Cristiano Ronaldo sipping on a glass of red at dinner.

Stay on trend with these fashionable resorts in the Maldives. 

What celebrities is the Maldives most popular with?

Bumping into celebrities in the Maldives isn’t out of the ordinary. However, the celebrities most well-known as Maldives regulars include some of the biggest Hollywood actors, pop stars, and sports icons like Madonna, Sir Paul McCartney, Liv Tyler, Pep Guardiola, and Floyd Mayweather. There are all sorts of big names you might bump into.

Despite the Maldives' affinities with celebrities, holidays to the Maldives are for everyone. You don’t need to be rich and famous to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip to one of the most gorgeous places on earth – just a dream and a healthy budget.
If you want to start planning, take a look at our top Maldives offers. We’re sure there is something to tickle your fancy. Or if you’re looking for a bigger trip, why not check out our 14-night Maldives tours that whisk you from Dubai to the Maldives in one extra-special retreat?

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