How to Choose Which Maldives Island To Visit
Posted: 15 March 2017
So many islands and not enough time, such is the predicament in paradise. You’ll likely have heard of the Maldives as the destination du jour for love birds, newlyweds, babymooners and couples celebrating landmark anniversaries however there is much more to this amazing archipelago than just tables for two. To ensure you find the right island for you, our expert Travel Consultants have compiled an elegant guide to the Maldives.
Best for Families
The first Maldives myth we can debunk is that the magic of these incredible islands can only be appreciated by couples. There is a wealth of family-friendly activities available in the Maldives and two of our resorts excel in providing first-class family fun. On Kuda Huraa Island, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa is a haven for families with children of any age. Parents will love the all-out luxury of this resort but younger travellers are sure to revel in the Robinson Crusoe ambience of this beautiful island. Four Season’s signature Kids Club caters for four to twelve year olds with a whole range of unforgettable activities including shark snorkel safaris, dolphin cruises, island exploring and sunset fishing. On the Thaa Atoll, Como Maalifushi brings adventure and exclusivity together for the ultimate luxury family getaway. The Family Castaway Picnic is not to be missed, as you and your loved ones can enjoy a private beach – the ultimate Maldivian luxury. Como Maalifushi’s exquisite Beach Suites and Two Bedroom Beach Villas have been designed with the modern family in mind, beautiful, spacious and private.
Few places on Earth can boast the unspoilt beauty of the Maldives. The Baa Atoll is itself a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and our luxury featured resort Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru supports the Maldives’ most comprehensive manta ray research project. Divers will delight in these beautifully rich waters, with the resort’s own private lagoon home to a mesmerising melange of marine life. This exceptional resort not only delivers on the luxury front but is excelling as one of the Indian Ocean’s most successful conservation settings; allowing guests to relax even further, safe in the knowledge that their luxury holiday is contributing to the wellness of the planet. For something more authentic, Soneva Fushi’s eco-elegance goes a long way to providing the back-to-nature with added luxury ambience that the Maldives can conjure so effortlessly. Spectacular sunsets, locally grown produce forming mouth watering menus and an entire lush green island committed to sustainability; guilt-free gorgeousness.
Sun, Sea, Sand, Spa
The many dazzling atolls of the Maldives are scattered on the Indian Ocean like precious gems wrapped in silk. The essence of luxury, beauty and style can be found within these islands and the world-class spa culture that invites guests to indulge in the ultimate relaxation. Our luxury featured resort Huvafen Fushi, the name of which translates to ‘Dream Island’, is the definitive setting for seriously stylish spa experience. Featuring exquisite overwater villas, with panoramic reef views, or unique underwater treatment rooms for a truly immersive experience – this is the place where nature and science combine to give you the greatest rejuvenation in the heart of paradise. At Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, the concept of a complete spa retreat is elevated to new heights. The Over Water Spa epitomizes barefoot luxury with glass-floored treatment rooms set on stilts above a coral reef in the resort's lagoon. This first-class spa features an array of luxury treatment rituals designed with couples in mind using precious oils, colors and crystals to create an air of seduction and mystique. Finally, for a fully authentic spa experience Six Senses Lamuu is designed as a sanctuary for the soul. Not only will a treatment here leave all five senses soothed and renewed but your sixth sense, the sense of serenity, will also leave the Lamuu atoll sparkling as never before.
Islands To Treasure, Just For Two
Of course, a luxury stay in the Maldives is a mandate for romance. Private beaches, seductive sunsets, and a captivating castaway spirit make the Maldives a dream destination for couples. Whether you’re seeking a heavenly honeymoon, celebrating a landmark anniversary or basking in a blissful babymoon, the Maldives possesses a mystical magic that ensures you share quality time, moments to treasure and a lifetime of memories, rich in luxury. At COMO Cocoa Island on Makunufushi island in the South Malé Atol, the romance is resplendent. Boasting the intimacy of a world-class boutique resort, with the flawless five-star service of a larger luxury hotel, Cocoa Island is devoted to devotion. Couples can share a wondrously wow-factor stay, with all the little extras that make your stay utterly exceptional. OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo is one of the latest editions to the Indian Ocean’s iridescent array of renowned luxury hideaways. The contemporary feel of this exclusive haven is sure to appeal to modern couples, whilst the resort’s signature Atmosphere Indulgence plan is expertly crafted to provide all the elements of a luxury lifestyle – on one picturesque paradise island. Every aspect of OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo is designed in dedication to couples. From the sumptuous spa to dining with a dream-like view, to sunset cruises and private picnics on a sand bank, there is no end to the ways to while away the hours in this seventh heaven. We recommend the Ozen Water Suite for couples that prefer privacy and every aspect of luxury within walking distance from their magnificent master suite.
Dining in the Maldives is a true pleasure. The flavours of the world are served to you on a plate, with a blissful backdrop serving something special for the senses to savour. At One&Only Reethi Rah, guests can enjoy six sublime restaurants, each with vibrant and varied menus that deliver on flavour and satisfaction. Each one of these superior settings reflects a unique and charming culture, the likes of which compliment the mouth-watering menus they offer. Meanwhile, at Constance Halaveli the philosophy of food is one of fine dining with a light Mauritian twist. Here the wine is as much of a star as the gourmet cuisine, with architecturally designed wine cellars showcasing a wealth of exclusive labels and reserves from only the very best vineyards. Constance Halaveli is dedicated to honing their ‘Haute Cuisine’ style, whilst maintaining a comfortably relaxed ambience in their slick, sophisticated restaurants. At the aptly named ‘The Legend’, show cooking is an honour to observe whilst the extraordinary weekly ‘chocolate extravaganza’ is a tantalizing treat for the taste buds. Finally at ‘Manta’, barefoot dining is a effortless mix of bohemian luxury and designer style. Epicurean experiences abound in the Maldives, the tough decision is where to begin.
It is undoubtedly a challenge to choose just one island upon which to experience the majestic beauty of the Maldives. At Four Seasons, the choice becomes slightly easier thanks to the unrivalled brilliance of the Four Seasons Explorer. A luxurious three-deck catamaran that embarks on 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises, plus private leisure, surf and manta ray charters into the truly undiscovered Maldives. Four Seasons Explorer sails between the enchanting garden island of Kuda Huraa and the pristine hideaway of Landaa Giraavaru in the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, providing an everlasting experience of this most precious slice of paradise.
After a decade in luxury travel, Julie Sturzy from our Marketing Department has experienced some of the world’s most impressive resorts and dazzling destinations but the Maldives remain in a class of their own. Fortunate enough to have stayed at many of our luxury featured properties in the Maldives, Julie shares her insight into this most unfading location.
“From above, the tiny islands and 27 atolls of the Maldives appear like random ink droplets on a vivid blue canvas. Breathtakingly beautiful, the luminous hues of blue invite a myriad of world-class resorts, catering for couples and families alike. From rustic eco retreats such as Soneva Fushi and the traditional Maldivian village style of Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, to the iconic One&Only Reethi Rah, contemporary OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo, or captivating COMO Cocoa Island, there is an idyllic island resort for you.”