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Maldives: The Best Destination to Get a Tan

A couple having a fun time in Maldives white sandy beach at Cocoon Maldives.
Maldives’ one island, one resort feature had always distinguished the tropical destination from the rest of the world.

Maldives’ one island, one resort feature had always distinguished the tropical destination from the rest of the world. This unique feature allows travellers to enjoy their dream vacations at the safety of the secluded island resorts in Maldives.

At unprecedented times like these, it is a blessing to have such a unique destination offering ample space to enjoy an isolated getaway. As post-pandemic world is finally coming into view, preparations to reopen the white sandy beaches and sparkly blue lagoons to the world is well underway. After months of staying locked up, basking in the warm sun by the powder white beaches sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?

Like scattered pearls across the Indian Ocean, Maldives is home to more than a hundred luxury island resorts, boasting its one island, one resort concept. It is where each resort is a separate island featuring stunning villas scattered throughout the land and surrounding waters, completely secluded from the rest of the country. This geographical advantage allows luxury island resorts to offer guests with the same unique Maldivian experience in a safe environment.

The popular holiday destination is more than a lovers’ paradise. It’s an escape from the daily routines; a chance to rewire, revive and reconnect with the nature. Whether it is sipping exotic cocktails by the pool for days or discovering the rich marine life while exploring the azure lagoons, this tropical haven is the ideal destination.

For those seeking to revitalize and reconnect with nature, enjoy sunrise yoga sessions by the white sandy beach, immersing in the calmness of the nature and the sound of the crashing waves. A dip in the endless blue waters surrounding the petty islands is always a good idea, whether it is during the day or not. To assure one’s adrenaline keeps rushing, an array of watersports activities such as diving and snorkelling are offered on almost all the island resorts. From chasing dolphins on a sunset cruise, to watching the setting sun while enjoying a scrumptious meal by the beach, the tropical islands are meant for unforgettable experiences.

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The Best Resorts in the Maldives: From Floating Villas to Overwater Paradises

It's never easy to pick a few good resorts in the Maldives.

Each Maldivian resort offers its unique touch to travellers. Whether the resort is the perfect place for families or the ultimate luxury getaway, it’s always personalised to be memorable. But there are certain aspects to every resort in the Maldives that makes it similar. The white sandy beaches, the sound of wind rustling through coconut palms, and the friendly touch from the resort staff. Over time, the Maldives has embraced everything from sustainability to eco-luxury. Travellers can find floating villas to overwater villas. And although the spa experience in the Maldives is like no other, you can also find spas that are on their very own island!

As resort concepts in the Maldives develop, everything has become more curated for travellers to enjoy. Dining options have become more diverse, located in pristine jungles and on tree-houses. From sustainability programmes to cocktail making and learning sports with famous footballers, the Maldives has become an all-in-one destination. And although you might find a lot of destinations ‘like’ the Maldives, it’s never the Maldives! So, how do you choose the perfect destination for your trip to a country with such a wide array of options?

1. JOALI Maldives / JOALI Being for Couples

JOALI Maldives and JOALI BEING have been gaining popularity with quite a lot of travellers as of late. These destinations offer the perfect getaway for a quiet, health-focused and sustainable trip.

JOALI BEING is located in the pristine Raa Atoll extremely popular among divers. This location is well-known for its diverse marine life. After a scene 40-minute seaplane ride, JOALI BEING greets you with love and a sense of community. Here, travellers can reconnect with nature, and go on a journey of self-discovery. For many, the journey at JOALI BEING is what keeps bringing them back. On top of the luxury villas and the multitude of dining options, JOALI BEING offers you something a bit more personalised. Recently, Jeremy and Pia Jauncy found themselves back in the resort for the exact same reasons.

JOALI Maldives is another popular destination for couples as well as families looking for a scenic getaway. Just like JOALI BEING, JOALI Maldives is also located in Raa Atoll. The journey of JOALI Maldives is all about new experiences and the thrill of exploration. This wonderland of creativity brings art to life, as the resort invites travellers to explore more. The sense of discovery recently brought the long-time partner of Christiano Ronaldo, Georgina Rodriguez to the property. Her trip started on the luxury airline Beond, to the popular TMA seaplane, finally reaching the beautiful resort destination!

2. LUX* South Ari Atoll for Family Getaways

If you’re looking for a resort located nearby Male’ for your family trip Lux* South Ari Atoll is worth looking into. Located just 25 minutes away by seaplane, this luxury retreat is recommended by travellers to travellers. What makes this resort perfect for families? As you step off the seaplane, the team at LUX* South Ari Atoll greets you with ice cream! This is just the start of a magical family getaway at the resort.

The resort offers everything. From treasure hunts to board games at sunset with cocktails for the adults, it combines the activities of little ones into the vacation of the grown-ups. LUX* also offers its very own brand of ice cream, ICI, for both adults and young ones. Whether you want sorbet or gelato, ICI has a flavour for everyone’s tastebuds. Everything is curated for the perfect family trip. A stay at the Family Lagoon Pavillion, a specially crafted programme for teens and spa days for the kids! That’s what a family getaway at LUX* South Ari Atoll is all about.

3. A Solo Trip at the Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

Although the Ritz-Carlton Maldives is known as the perfect retreat for couples, there is no reason not to enjoy this beautiful resort by yourself. After all, it’s all about embracing the circle of island life at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives. You can choose from the wide range of beautiful villas to the wide array of dining options at the resort. Loyal to its brand, the Ritz-Carlton Maldives offers travellers unforgettable moments and curated journeys.

Learn a little about the Maldivian culture and treat yourself to a spa day. From your arrival, you are greeted with tidbits of the Maldivian culture. Whether it is the Sangu conch shell that welcomes you to the island or the Aris meeha who makes your stay welcoming, everything is created to make your stay the most memorable.

4. Vakkaru Maldives – Group Adventure

It’s all about packing your travel bag, getting that insurance coverage for your trip, and taking that friend’s trip out of the group chat this year. If you’re looking to take a group trip to the Maldives, Vakkaru Maldives would make for the perfect spot. This 5-star luxury resort is located in the beautiful Baa Atoll. You could not find clearer waters and more scenic views if you tried! Baa Atoll is popular for its breathtaking untouched beauty, and Vakkaru is all about embracing the timeless sanctuary. Your 30-minute scenic seaplane ride will land you right in paradise.

From Europe to Asia, Vakkaru Maldives brings you a variety of dining options. Whether you want pizza pasta fried rice or local dishes, Vakkaru has it all. For group travellers, the Four Bedroom Beach Pool Residence makes for the perfect villa. This is the largest villa in the resort, with the capacity of holding 8 adults and 4 children! In addition to the beautifully crafted rooms, the villa also comes with a separate living space, dining area and outdoor gazebo. This is one of the recent additions to the resort, which has opened up doors for group travellers to enjoy the Maldives together!

5. Soneva Secret to Discover Something New

Soneva Secret is the latest addition to the collection of beautiful Soneva resorts in the Maldives. This barefoot-luxury retreat has been a traveller favourite since its inception. Soneva crafts special moments that keep bringing travellers back to experience the personalised services at the resort.

With the launching of Soneva Secret, the resort is bringing travellers the first floating villa in the Maldives. The Castaway Villa, the first of its kind, brings travellers luxury overwater living experiences. Spread across two floors, the Castaway Villa is perfect for those seeking to experience something new. Whether you’re a solo traveller or a couple on a romantic getaway, this Villa is definitely something to try. Only accessible by sea, this unique villa is set to take your Soneva Secret experience to new heights.

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