Buro loves: 10 luxury escapes in the Maldives
Jetset to paradise
Cheval Blanc Randheli
The LVMH-owned Cheval Blanc Randheli is a shining beacon in a sea of tranquility. Located north of Male on the Noonu Atoll are 45 palatial villas, which represent the very essence of 5-star Maldivian life: tranquility, luxury and gastronomy. Experience every inch of this carefully crafted and manicure island, including the must-try Guerlain-inspired spa. Another of life's luxuries? The resort even has it's own private yacht for charter.
Velaa Private Island
If you want to get away from everything, there's no better place than the Velaa Private Island. This exclusive getaway is not only picture-perfect but also a haven for sports enthusiasts, think golf, squash and watersports. After sweating it out, retreat to your suave villa, each one built using local materials combined with contemporary finishes, and take in breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean views and serene aquamarine waters.
St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
The St. Regis is synonymous with luxury and they've now brought that signature offering to the Maldives with the opening of the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort. Redefining the concept of barefoot luxury, the resort sprawls over nine hectares and it's encircled by an unspoilt beach as well as lush natural vegetation. It also features 33 on-land villas and 44 overwater, including the John Jacob Astor Estate, the largest three-bedroom overwater villa in the country.
Maalifushi by Como
Discover this barefoot get-away, unlike any other. Nestled in the Thaa Atoll archipelago in the Maldives is the luxurious Maalifushi by Como. This is where we discovered that not all Maldivian stilted sea villas are created equal.
Sitting pretty in the island archipelago is the Middle Eastern-owned JA Manafaru hotel, which provides a home away from home for discerning desert travellers looking for a lush tropical oasis — an oasis with white gold sand and blue diamond-like water.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Awarded the Leading Water Villa Resort in 2016, the luxe hideaway houses an impressive 12 culinary spots including the world's first undersea restaurant.
Niyama Private Islands
Named one of the top resorts in the district, two uber private islands are divided into Play and Chill, catering to those looking for a hideaway or a family-centric beach destination.
Shangri-la Villingili Resort & Spa
Opt for a stay at one of the much-loved over-water villas as well as culinary adventures of your choice, whether in the jungle, on a beach or on a yacht.
Six Senses Lamuu
For exceptional cuisine visit Six Senses Lamuu where every bite is as tasteful as the understated and refined decor and design of the resort. Many of the ingredients are sourced from the island's gardens and the hotel's construction is made predominantly from sustainable materials, which makes it all the more appealing. You can also catch sight of the Maldives' vibrant marine life around which, includes rich tropical fish, manta ray and pods of dolphins. Simply don your snorkel and step off the private pontoon outside of your villa.
Anantara Veli Resort & Spa
Schedule a stop at the Anantara Veli Resort & Spa, which offers a refined selection of over-water bungalows, think beautifully designed signature bungalows elevated on stilts above the visibly vibrant marine life, to ocean pool bungalows and deluxe ocean pool bungalows where guests can hop from pool to ocean in a single step.
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