Known for its picturesque beaches and unique wildlife, the Maldives is a tropical country located in Southeast Asia and is made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. Growing in popularity in the United States as a quintessential beach escape, the Maldives provides the privacy, luxury and conveniences anyone could ever hope for in a vacation. Whether you’re craving cerulean waves, stunning white sand beaches, thrilling recreational activities or scenic sunsets that set the sky ablaze in oranges and pinks, the Maldives is the destination of your dreams.

While enjoying the natural beauty of the islands is important, it can only take you so far. Here’s our guide to luxurious resorts that will exceed every expectation you thought you had about staying on a tropical island.

Comfort, Convenience and Adventure

The Resort

Located on a private island just 15 minutes from Velana International Airport, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is the perfect getaway for travelers who still want to stay near modern conveniences. Let the waves lull you to sleep from a beachfront cottage, or entice your adventurous side by selecting an overwater villa where nothing but the Indian Ocean greets you good morning and goodnight.

Far more than just a place to rest your head, the resort also offers an endless selection of fascinating outdoor activities. Try wake surfing, flyboarding, snorkeling, a dolphin cruise, big game fishing and more, all offered just steps away from your door.

When you need a break from the water, enjoy some tennis, relax by the freshwater swimming pool or treat yourself to some much-needed R&R at Shine Spa. Everyone can benefit from a massage, body wrap or a trip to the steam room.

Standout Features

The resort boasts seven different restaurants. Explore international cuisine, fresh seafood, Chinese specialties, Thai delicacies and all the vibrant cocktails you can handle. If you’re traveling with kids, the resort is also family-friendly. Ask about the Adventure Club where the kiddos can hang out on the playground and unwind from the travel and outdoor adventures.

Beauty, Bliss and Luxury

The Resort

Accessible only by seaplane, W Maldives provides the ultimate departure from ordinary. The resort spans the entire Fesdu Island, providing a private retreat for anyone who wants to be off the grid without giving up amenities and luxuries expected while on vacation. Select a beachfront bungalow or overwater villa to create the perfect vacation nest before heading out on the waves. Immerse yourself in the local cuisine by visiting each of the six restaurants during your stay. Each restaurant features its own menu and has unique specialties. Enjoy barbecue, seafood, sushi and sashimi rolls, plus a variety of additional international cuisine. If you’re the foodie who really wants the full experience, check out their cooking classes offered by the chef.

Feel the need to squeeze in a workout or take a break from the waves? The resort also offers outdoor infinity pools, a sauna, table tennis, volleyball and a modern, fully equipped gym.

When you’re ready to hit the adventure button, explore the area through a variety of activities including scuba diving, water skiing, kayaking, boating, snorkeling, jet skiing and sailing.

Standout Features

If you think a beach picnic at sunset sounds amazing, think again. W Maldives has its very own yacht, aptly named Escape, where you can reserve a night out on the waves. Treat your partner to a sunset sailing experience, complete with champagne and custom cuisine crafted by the resort’s very own chef. You can also book the yacht for an overnight stay and enjoy two luxury cabins and a sun deck that just begs for you to soak up that Maldivian sunshine.

Exclusive, Extravagant and Extraordinary

The Resort

Tucked away on a distant private island, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is one of the most luxurious resorts in the Maldives. Featuring contemporary design and local craftsmanship, the resort is as unique as the area itself. This is the perfect destination for singles, couples and families who want a real vacation with all the perks and amenities that only St. Regis can offer.

After landing at the resort via seaplane, you’ll be greeted by incredible concierge service and have access to complimentary Wi-Fi, toys and a play area for kids, plus snacks and drinks while you wait in the terminal for your car to take you to the main resort.

You can choose between beach, garden and overwater villas. Each room offers its own unique view of the island and provides incomparable amenities such as luxurious linens and your very own butler. Explore local and international cuisine at the six restaurants and experience supreme indulgence at the Iridium Spa, salon and the yoga and meditation studio.

The resort also offers a surplus of outdoor activities and can even provide nanny and babysitting services to families traveling with small children who can’t partake in some of the excursions. And for those who love to catch up on some reading while on vacation, the resort has its very own library with over 800 titles!

Standout Features

If you weren’t feeling pampered enough already, The St. Regis also provides a Bentley to guests who are staying in the two-bedroom suites. Sure, you can’t go too far on the island, but getting free rides to and from the airport terminal in a Bentley is a nice touch – and something you can’t get anywhere else but here.

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