Beach Builds: The Best New Hotels In The Maldives

Can you get much better than the Maldives? You might be hard pressed to find anywhere else on earth that is quite like these islands. Blessed with white beaches, blue waters, and more than a sunny disposition, the Maldives are by far and large queen of the Indian ocean. Despite the fact that the islands have everything going for them, however, they haven’t even come close to resting on their laurels, instead getting better than ever over the years. Take these hotels as your proof; built from the ground up, they have helped to keep the Maldives ahead of the travel game, offering those with a taste for luxury everything they would ever need and then some.

Traveling with your family doesn’t have to be about cutting costs. In the Maldives, ask and you shall always receive, and across the islands there are numerous top spots for growing families. Take the Soneva team, for one. As well as championing a strong environmental message, the hotel group is the proud owner of three individual properties in the Maldives, each tailor-made to suit its guests. Its newest resort is a paradise for families and larger groups, housing up to 10 people in its series of over-water villas. Visit the floating cinema, gaze at the stars, and cycle across the island; the world of the Maldives is yours to discover.

If, however, you want to turn things up a gear or two, you might prefer to turn your attentions to Finolhu. A party island through and through, Finolhu is home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the Maldives, giving you more than enough occasion to let your hair down. Spending a night or two? Reserve your place at Reethi Rah. One of the best hotels in the area, Reethi Rah brings in people from all over the world, who gather at its Baa Baa Beach Club. Complete with a swim-up beach bar, pinball machines, private cinemas, and the best street food, the club is well worth a look.

All of that partying can start to wear you down, and if you’re looking for a little R&R, the Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat will sort you out nicely. Fitted with private villas, both beachside and over water, the resort is the ultimate place in which to catch your breath and take in the view. Want to see more? Rise with the sun and head out on a snorkelling expedition, where you can gaze at angelfish and black tip sharks. You might never want to leave.

Getting up close and personal with nature is a sure fire way to make the most of daily activities, and if you’re looking to get physical, OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo will do just that for you. Simultaneously high octane and seriously laid back, this Maldives resort gives you the best of both worlds, offering both sporty and spa packages. Unearth your adventurous side and nip off for a spot of wakeboarding before you soak your muscles in a series of freshwater dipping pools. You might just leave feeling like a brand new person.

Food reigns in the Maldives, and with all of that fresh produce around, there’s a whole lot of tasting to be done. If you’re a foodie with a capital F, the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort will be music to your ears. Home to no less than six restaurants, the resort is bursting with possibility, giving you more than enough to pile on your plate. If you’re in line for a serious meal, you would do well to take a seat at Cargo. A street food emporium, Cargo is home to Michelin-worthy meals, all served within a beach-y setting. Pick your post, grab your dish, and watch as the sun goes down.

Hannah Lamarque
Hannah is a freelance writer and copy editor living in Europe. She writes about travel, art, design and culture and loves discovering hidden places in the cities that she visits.