Here’s our guide to the best hotels in the Maldives. It’s our most popular destination, along with Greece and French Polynesia. Considered to be one of the pearls of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives became a popular tourist destination over the last forty years. It’s comprised of over a thousand islands, around 185 of them are inhabited. The Maldives has filled up with luxury resorts and become one of the best premium vacations spots on earth.
Choosing the right hotel in the Maldives is the key to making your trip a success. There aren’t really any cultural attractions in the Maldives. It’s very much geared towards rest and relaxation. Many of the resorts are located on private islands – you’ll often find yourself staying in the only resort on the island. The Maldives offers Robinson Crusoe seclusion along with all the luxuries you’ll need.
The Out Of Office Maldives Collection is comprised of some of our most popular resorts. We’ve sent many travellers to these resorts. Enquire to find out more – the six we’ve chosen are just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds more we could recommend. Naturally, we only work with the most gay-friendly resorts in the Maldives.
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Best For Luxury: Cheval Blanc Randheli
Cheval Blanc Randheli was designed by Jean-Michel Gathy. He didn’t just elevate luxury hotel design in the Maldives, he did so worldwide. They’ll send a private plane to jet you to Noonu Atoll. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed here in 2014 so it has the royal seal of approval.
There’s no shortage of luxury hotels on the Maldives, but this one is hard to beat. The minimalist luxury design is impeccable. All villas come with a private butler. You can stay in one the Maldives’ famous overwater bungalows. At Cheval Blanc Randheli, it will be one of the best overwater bungalows you’ll ever stay in.
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Best For Luxury: OZEN
Our second luxury resort of choice is OZEN by Atmosphere. This resort found fame as the first to offer underwater dining in the Maldives. OZEN is stretches over two island connected by a bridge. As you cross the bridge you’ll sting rays and baby sharks swimming past. Opt for a WIND Villa if you’d like the overwater bungalow experience. The EARTH Villa is best if you’d prefer to be on dry land.
OZEN has a wonderful infinity pool. Head to ELENA spa for some high-class treatments. The dining options are seriously good. M62 is the underwater restaurant the hit the headlines when it opened.
Best For Late Nights: The Standard
The Maldives is very much a romance and relaxation destination. If you want party, then Mykonos or Ibiza are the places to go. Nonetheless, some luxury resorts in the Maldives do have DJs and late night dance floors. The Standard has an overwater dance floor and the bathrooms have disco balls. It has a more youthful vibe than some of the other Maldivian resorts but it’s still very much a luxury property.
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Best For All-Inclusive: Oblu Select
OBLU Select at Sangeli is a great choice for all-inclusive stays. It’s the only premium all-inclusive resort in Malé Atoll. The island has an outer and an inner lagoon, as well as a house reef. OBLU Select’s overwater villas are very chic. You’ll wake up with the waters of the lagoon right beneath you. The Serenity Plan gives you breakfast, lunch and a buffet dinner. The plan gives you one a la carte meal. Soft drinks and most alcohol are also included, along with a boat excursion and your speedboat transfers to and from the airport.
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Best For Honeymoons: LUX South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas
LUX South Ari Atoll is a charming luxury hotel. It’s comprised of thatched roof beach bungalows and overwater villas perched over the lagoon. Overwater villas come with staircases leading directly to the Indian Ocean. It’s amazing for diving – you’ll find extraordinary marine life here. There’s an open-air cinema, two stunning pools and a long stretch of white sand beach. LUX South Ari Atoll Resort & Villas has proved to be very popular with Out Of Office travellers for honeymoons: simply because it’s so stunning.
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Best For Value: Reethi Faru
All hotels in the Out Of Office Maldives Collection are luxurious. This one is no exception, but it’s a little less pricey. Reethi Faru is also especially welcoming to LGBT couples. There are some excellent all-inclusive packages too. Located on Raa Atoll, it’s one of the newer Maldivian resorts. There are five restaurants and a long stretch of white sand beach by the pool.
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Sea Planes in the Maldives
When you arrive in the Maldives you’ll land in Malé, the capital city. Although Malé might be the capital, it isn’t really the place to be. You’ll be transferring directly from the airport to your luxury resort. Getting a seaplane in the Maldives is more than just a transfer. You’ll be flying over the atolls and clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean.
The ride can be a little noisy but it doesn’t take too long and it’s very atmospheric. It will get you in the right mood to begin your vacation in the Maldives.
Gay Honeymoons in the Maldives
The Maldives might not spring to mind when you’re planning your gay honeymoon. Gay couples are certainly welcome in the Maldives though. In fact, it’s one of our most popular honeymoon destinations. The Maldives is all about luxury and it’s impossibly romantic. Unwinding in a world-class Maldivian resort is a great way to begin life as a married couple.
Gay Rights in Maldives
There’s a disparity between the reality of the Maldives and the country’s Islamic law. Although being gay is technically illegal, the many resorts of the Maldives are essentially private fiefdoms. The ordinary rules do not apply for tourists: tourism is the key sector of the Maldivian economy. Western decadence in welcomed. Alcohol is technically illegal in the Maldives but it flows freely at the resorts.