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Luxury Maldives

Mark and David's verdict:

Most destinations fail to live up to the glossy brochure hype. The Maldives is an exception. No photographer can do justice to the splendid natural colours – the cobalt seas, the turquoise lagoons, the fiery orange sunsets. The standards of hospitality are outstanding and the modern world is a million miles away.

Recommended tour operator: Carrier

Constance MoofushiSheer Maldives romanceOver the water accommodation optionsWaterfront dining

Carrier says

The secret to the perfect luxury holiday in the Maldives is to pick the right hotel and island experience to suit you.

  • All-inclusive options
  • Private islands
  • Superb beaches

Our best selling property is One&Only Reethi Rah, a truly spectacular island resort which artfully combines fabulous villa-style accommodation with a host of activities, superb spa and restaurants – all under-pinned by exceptional service.

Some of our luxury resorts offer an all-inclusive plan, an increasingly popular option. Constance Moofushi is one of our favourites, with a mix of delicious buffet meals and a la carte dining in a luxury barefoot setting.

Although the Maldives is justifiably renowned as a romantic paradise, it’s also a great destination for a family holiday. In addition to One&Only Reethi Rah, our top choices for families include Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru, Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa and Constance Halaveli – not only are they all stunning and sophisticated resorts but they all also boast excellent kids clubs, a wide range of water sports and spacious beach villas, some with a private pool, to accommodate all the family.

Families with active teenagers might want to opt for LUX* South Ari Atoll which has particularly good sports facilities and a wide choice of restaurants.

For barefoot romance – and arguably our favourite spa, with its unique underwater treatment rooms – we recommend Huvafen Fushi and its even more contemporary sister hotel, the uber-stylish NIYAMA.

We pride ourselves on our well-travelled, knowledgeable team, offering you first-hand advice and detailed information on all our luxury resorts in the Maldives.

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