An Overview Of Some Of The Best Maldives Resorts
There are about 1200 small islands that are placed in the Indian Ocean it is also called pearls of the Indian Ocean. The closest countries to the Maldives are India and Sri Lanka.
There are approximately 1200 separate islands in the Maldives and only about one sixth of these are populated. Maldives is the smallest nation in Asia in terms of population and smallest Muslim country in the world. The capital of Maldives is Male which is densely populated island. While the rest of the islands are scarcely populated. Out of 200 islands 40 islands are fully converted into resorts for the tourists.
Maldives holds many 6-star hotels as well as cheap Maldives hotels for accommodation, only the best hotels can get permit to build in Maldives. Maldives is one of the rare places where government guarantees luxury to all tourists.
Brief history of Maldives
Even though there are no certain facts it is estimated that the Maldives have been populated by 1500 BC the explorers from India and Sri Lanka may had come to the archipelago. During 1152 there was introduction of Islam; there was a brief period from 1558 to 1573 when the Maldives was taken over by Portuguese. There was a period when the island was occupied by Britishers. Ultimately Maldives gained independence at 1965.
Flora and Fauna in the Maldives Islands
In spite of the lush green palm trees as such there are no other trees that grow flawlessly in the island. Probably because the soil doesn’t support the vegetation most of the trees are coconut trees, vines, banyan trees as well as mangroves. Also found are Breadfruit trees and Bamboos. Flowering plants include Frangipani. and Bougainvillea.
While there are a healthy variety of birds inhabiting the islands, there are fewer varieties of land based animals. Common to the islands are flying foxes, geckos and garden lizards. There are also a couple of species of snake (not dangerous).
Maldives are a haven for birdwatchers! There are over 100 species of birds – expect to see crows, parakeets, and waterhens as well as koel birds. Also present are herons, seagulls and noddys.
Maldives is a popular sea resort and all types of islands are suitable for every kind of tourists. There is something for everybody. For adventurers kind of travelers there is facility of scuba diving, as the sea is rich in marine life that you can explore. As well as for laid back people you can sit back and enjoy the nature. Be witness to ever changing moods of the sea while sitting in the white sand or walking around the coastline.
That said, there are various Maldives resorts that will suit any taste and budget. If you are planning a trip to Maldives, feel free to read this article and you will know a lot about Maldives resorts and which ones are more suitable for you.
For Honeymoon Vacations
Baros Maldives takes the top spot here because it is so very unique. An independent hotel, not connected to any chain, the Baros Resort and Aquum Spa have all the qualities and perfections of an international chain, while maintaining an “independent boutique” feel. Rooms are understated, yet luxurious, employing soothing earth tones and lavish linens and finishings. There are 75 villas in all, ranging from the Deluxe Villa to the ultimate “Baros Residence”, a stunning bungalow offering every amenity you can imagine, to ensure your honeymoon is as perfect as possible.
The Conrad Maldives at Rangali Island, a member of the Hilton Group, is a quintessential Maldivian resort, oozing with character and style. Currently regarded as the best resort in the Maldives, the Conrad Maldives would be a great choice for the most discerning honeymooners. The real highlight at the Conrad Maldives is the impressive underwater restaurant, the first of its kind in the world. “It’s like dining in an aquarium, but way better,” said one contented guest.
Anantara Dhighu Maldives
The Anantara chain has two resorts in the Maldives: Anantara Dhigu and Anantara Veli, both of which are extraordinary choices for honeymooners. The bungalows here are spectacular, comprising traditional local construction techniques with international flair and design. As you might expect, the scenery is spectacular, but that’s the case at all of these hotels. Anantara Dhigu offers a full-service spa whose signature treatment is the Anantara Detox… perfect for soothing away all the stresses and strains that led up to your wedding day.
The W Retreat & Spa in the Maldives is possibly the finest hotel in the Starwood collection. There are all kinds of activities to explore if you feel more active than lounging around in the spa. There is a comprehensive menu of scuba diving options including overnight trips, which give you a good taste of a scuba divine live aboard holiday, in case that’s something you’d like to do in the future. As you might expect from the W Chain, the guest rooms here are utterly divine, with the finest option being the Ocean Haven. As the hotel’s website puts it, it “takes tropical paradise to the extreme”, with private plunge pools, intimate sundecks and much more all over a space of a whopping 492 square meters.
Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa Maldives
The Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa maintains the everlasting quality of the Four Seasons brand, unequivocally one of the world’s finest hotel chains. The Maldivian branches of the chain also manage to captivate what is so unique about the Maldives: the use of local materials seems to be executed better here than anywhere else in the archipelago. Of course the Four Seasons at Kuda Huraa offers everything you would expect from a luxury hotel in the tropics, from scuba diving to amazing food. One point of interest for honeymooners might be the Royal Lulur, a “traditional Indonesian bridal ritual that begins with a relaxing Balinese massage. Pampering continues with a rich spice scrub that combines turmeric, sandalwood, rice powder and ginger root. Then yogurt is applied to nurture the delicate skin. Finally, soak in the splendor of a tropical floral bath before enjoying an application of a fragrant floral lotion.” If that doesn’t sound inviting, I honestly don’t know what does!
Top Hotels For Tourists Of All Types
If you would like to relax and rejuvenate while treating yourself to some spa procedures, then you should not look any further than Angsana. This resort is located in the Ihuru islands and is not far from the capital of Maldives. This resort is quite small, consisting of only 45 villas, but all of them have pleasant verandas, private gardens and, what is more important, are located along the waterfront. Angsana resort offers many different spa procedures like massages, facials, etc., as well as diving and snorkeling opportunities.
Asdu Sun Island
The next Maldives resort is Asdu Sun Island. This resort consists of 30 rooms and is located in the Kaafu Atoll. It is not the most luxurious place, but it has to offer a wide range of recreational activities like canoeing, diving, snorkeling, fishing and others. Asdu Sun Island also has a library, where visitors can take out books and read them on the beach, an Internet caffe to keep in touch with your friends while on vacation and a video hall to watch some movie when the weather is not allowing for other outdoor activities.
Another one of very popular Maldives resorts is the Bandos resort. It consists of 225 standard and deluxe rooms as well as Jacuzzi beach villas, garden villas and water villas to choose from. Bandos was opened in 1972 and since that time it has grown and became one of the largest Maldives resorts. It has to offer tennis courts, five restaurants, a coffee shop, a disco and a bar, a sauna and a gym, a billiards room, a few swimming pools, a beauty salon and even a diving school.
Banyan Tree Maldives resort
If you would like to get some luxury, then Banyan Tree Maldives resort is a perfect place to go. This resort offers a wide variety of rooms from standard to ocean view villas. It offers four restaurants, an exclusive spa salon, excellent recreation facilities and deep sea fishing.
Club Med Farukolhufushi
Set in the North Atoll, Club Med Farukolhufushi is the island resort which is famous for its scuba diving and water sports. It is a 4-star resort that has to offer a wide range of recreational facilities and 150 guestrooms. There are windsurfing and sailing schools available if you would like to master any one of these fantastic activities. Besides that, you can also go in for some kayaking, soccer, beach volley or a water-polo there. The resort has a spa salon, a swimming pool, a TV and billiards room, arts and crafts workshop.
Kuredu Island Resort
This hotel is located on Kuredu Island which is one of the largest of the Maldives Islands. The island has a large selection of rustic thatched bungalows with spectacular, scenic views of the Indian Ocean. The island is divided into three sections for accommodation and each section has its own restaurants and bars.
Sheraton Maldives Resort
The fabulous Ocean Villas available for tourists here are surrounded by stunning views of the sea and luscious gardens filled with tropical plants and flowers. There is a wide range of water-sports and spa treatments available at this resort.
Centara Grand Resort and Spa
This resort is ideal for families with children, as there is a fabulous Kids’ Club on offer. Also on offer is an “Ultimate All-Inclusive” option which includes champagne breakfasts, drinks and some spa treatments.
Lily Beach Resort and Spa
For people who are diving enthusiasts, the Lily Beach Resort and Spa is ideal. It’s located close to some of the premium diving sites in the world. This resort is also ideal for anyone who is looking for a romantic getaway, with spacious, comfortable double rooms and excellent service.
Conrad Rangali Island
Surrounded by idyllic, beautiful beaches and swimming spots, this resort is perfect for a relaxing, luxurious holiday. This island also offers a unique and wonderful experience in its underwater restaurant, which allows patrons to eat surrounded by sea-life.
One & Only Rethi Rah
One & Only Rethi Rah is the top choice; there is no other Maldives luxury resort that can give you better than this. It is grand and glamorous. It made of enormous villas done up in Asian interior décor. While a few have private pools, the others overlook the beach. There are three restaurants on the island where you can enjoy lip smacking local and foreign cuisine. There is a range of other facilities including spa treatments, art classes, water sports and yoga.
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
A fairly new restaurant (opened in 2006), the Four Seasons has made it to the top of the charts on account of its brilliantly designed villas coupled with its great services. It is palatial. The design blends modern touches with local Maldivian village influences. Four Seasons has been touted as one of the best Maldives luxury resorts for honeymooners. There are private outdoor dining areas, private lap pools and big gardens where couples can spend some romantic time together. There’s a club for kids and teens and babysitting services too just in case you are planning a family vacation.
Six Senses, Laamu
One of the three Six Senses resorts, this Maldives Luxury resort boasts of 97 villas built in the classic, rustic style. This eco-resort has all its villas made of ecologically sourced wood. Despite its rustic charm in its construction and its natural backdrop, it is staffed with a lot modern amenities such as iPod docks, Bose entertainment systems, flat screen television, air conditioners, tree top decks and all-glass bath rubs. There are yoga, meditation, gym and spa facilities too.
Tucked away in the South end of the Maldives, this is another Maldives luxury resort where you can set up when on a vacation. There are luxurious villas attached to private pools. You can spend the afternoons lazing around in the sun at the outdoor seating areas. Tourists can also indulge in adrenaline-pumping water sports such as diving, fishing and windsurfing. You can soothe your tensed nerves at the spa with their massage and sauna facilities.
This is only a small portion of the holiday resorts that are available on Maldives. Most of them are mid to high end but there are a few affordable Maldives resorts that will fit even the tightest budget.
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