Buro loves: 10 luxury escapes in the Maldives

Buro loves: 10 luxury escapes in the Maldives

Jetset to paradise

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Editor: Shannon Wylie

Explore the ocean oasis that is the Maldives this summer. Here Buro 24/7 Middle East highlights the top ten haute hotels to experience in the island archipelago...


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

Cheval Blanc Randheli Maldives

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.

Velaa Maldives 

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.

St Regis Maldives

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. 

Como Maldives

JA Manafaru

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.

JA Manafaru Maldives

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.  

Conrad Maldives

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. 

Niyama Maldives

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.  

Shangri-La Maldives

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.  

Six Senses Lamuu Maldives

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.

Anantara Maldives

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