As the world inches closer to the re-opening of travel, we can't help but feel the need to lay out necessary precautions for travellers seeking unforgettable experiences across the globe.
In our opinion, one of the best places suited to restart tourism through an initial phase of so-called 'Social Distancing' would be the Maldives. Given the geography of the archipelago, the nation has a strategic advantage over others with its unique 'one island, one resort' concept. Though it's imperative to bear in mind the perils of travelling to the Maldives considering how easy it is to get hooked on to this heaven on Earth plus its incredible luxury resorts and their outstanding hospitality.
In case you're looking to holiday closer to home for Diwali or early next year, here are 6 luxury resorts in the Maldives we love so much, we hoped to always keep them a secret:
1. Kudadoo Maldives Private Island
Just 15 super exclusive villas make this one of the most private escapes in the world where sustainable luxury blends seamlessly with impeccable service. To add to that, Kudadoo Maldives' incredible 'AAA - Anything Anytime Anywhere' concept means guests can demand absolutely anything under the sun, any time of the day (or night) to be served absolutely anywhere on the island. Who said Butter Chicken at 4 am on the beach isn't possible? Just know, if you stay at Kudadoo, normal life will never feel the same again. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Read more on Kudadoo here.
2. Anantara Kihavah
Situated in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, Anantara Kihavah Maldives boasts of an enviable location and arguably the best marine life in all of the Maldives. Expansive over-water villas coupled with Anantara's legendary hospitality are sure to leave you spellbound with their highly personal yet non-invasive service. Whether you're seeking fine dining under water (at their SEA restaurant) or longing for some Indian food from Maldives' only over water Tandoor - you're in for a special experience here. Did we mention the largest (and probably most powerful) over water observatory to view the solar system? Just remember, after this you're not going to be so easy to please. Proceed with caution.
Get more on Anantara Kihavah here.
3. Soneva Jani
When they said social distancing, they probably didn't mean from your own family. That's up for debate if you're staying at Soneva Jani. This super-luxury island paradise in Noonu Atoll is the ultimate getaway for families seeking tranquility. No seriously. When the most basic of villas measure over 4,500 sq feet of livable space, you know they mean business. Whether you're seeking uninterrupted downtime in over 5 km of emerald lagoons, stargazing from your bedroom which has a retractable roof or sliding straight into the ocean from your villa, Soneva Jani is a true ocean lovers paradise. Now, if you return from this getaway that we curated and continue social distancing with your family, you'd blame us. Wouldn't you?
Get more of a scoop on Soneva Jani here.
4. InterContinental Maamunagau
This brand-new offering from InterContinental sets the tone for fuss-free getaways. As the first and only all-club resort from their portfolio, the InterContinental Maamunagau Resort ensures every guest feels right at home in the middle of this tranquil oasis by pampering them with a host of included benefits. An exclusive adults-only den called The Retreat makes for the perfect place for parents to enjoy some fantastic cocktails while the kids are kept entertained. InterContinental's shores are also often frequented by dolphins, promising some fun for the whole crew. Trying to cut down on alcohol? We hate to break it to you that all guests enjoy exclusive complimentary house pours from 11 am - 6 pm daily when booking through us.
Read more about InterContinental Maamunagau here.
5. Kanuhura Maldives
Just a 40 minutes scenic seaplane ride brings you to Lhaviyani Atoll, where you'll find Kanuhura Maldives. This unfettered paradise flaunts a beautiful boho-chic vibe with it's fun interior and fabulous design. From lip-smacking food to a mind-boggling array of potent cocktails, there's a lot going for this luxury resort. We've been to dozens across the Maldives but have to admit that Kanuhura is among the top when it comes to hospitality. Heart-warming, genuine, unadulterated - call it what you like, this Leading Hotel of the World packs in a strong punch without burning a hole in your pocket. Holiday at the Kanuhura Maldives only and only if you're able to go back to a life that feels mundane again. These folks will spoil you rotten. Take it from us.
Get more info on Kanuhura here.
6. Velaa Private Island
Whether it's Heads of States, the World's Best Footballers or Billionaire Businessmen - there's a simple reason why they demand Velaa Private Island Maldives for their getaways. Simply put, it's the most exclusive address to rest your head in the Maldives. With just 43 keys, this 20 acre island boasts of more than just its own golf course. It offers privacy and comfort of the very highest standards in modern hospitality. Every whim and fancy is delivered upon. Be it exploring the corals in their own semi-submarine or a private spa treatment in your expansive villa, Velaa Private Island is a haven for travellers who accept nothing but the best. Come here at your own peril, for you may never want to depart.
Get closer to Velaa Private Island here.
We hope you enjoyed this counter-intuitive article on some of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives that would absolutely leave you addicted! :)
Planning a trip to the Maldives or know some one who is? Head over to find out more about this paradisaical destination right here.
Until then, #StayHomeStaySafe.