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This moderately priced, 4-star hotel is the only one in the Maldives that allows guest check in at any hour. Close to the airport, it features 56 water bungalows and villas as well as 120 other villas on its own private island. Activities include everything from scuba diving to banana boats to a freshwater pool. Great for both families and couples,  the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa also has a variety of restaurants, making it a great choice for anyone planning to stay a while.  TripAdvisor [read more]
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Like to dance into the night? This place has its own private DJ! In addition to having great diving , this private island resort also has its own Ayurvedic massage center to soothe all those aches and pains that come from too much fun exertion. Offering several all-inclusive packages this is a very reasonably priced option with 115 bungalows, 16 of which are over water. Take note, gals: there’s also an on-site gem and jewelry store! TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Adaaran Club Rannalhi Rated [read more]
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Adaaran Prestige Water Villas in the Maldives is like its relatives in the area, a well sought after overwater villa that thousands flock to every year. They manage to think of everything at this place, from architectural design to elegant furnishings and even that personal touch that is always a pleasant surpass to your stay. The year round weather the resort is blessed with makes it possible to enjoy outdoor activities whenever you decide to come. Snorkeling, swimming, walking trails, you can [read more]
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  The Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is definitely a must see and must stay spot on your Maldives travel list. This award winning resort has been a hit with regular visitors to this area for years now taking out the most recent Tripadvisor award for Cerificate of Excellence in 2012 as well as the 2010 World's Leading Water Villa Retreat at the World Travel Awards. Nestled on its own private island, staying at the Adaaran is a wonderful mix of pure relaxation and outdoor adventure all in one. Consider their [read more]
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Although it’s only been open for a few years, the Zitahli has managed to earn quite the reputation for itself. With giant villas (30 are overwater, 20 are on the beach) that are spaced quite a way from each other, guests can have real privacy, making it a great choice for honeymooners. With five dining options there are plenty of places to keep guests nice and full (that’s if they can leave their rooms which include pillow menus, rain showers, and Jacuzzis). For a great overview... don't miss [read more]
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The 65 water villas here (there are a total of 100 villas in the entire resort) include duplexes and some with their own private pools. Clearly this kind of luxury comes with a price but if you’re looking to really indulge, this is the place. Opened in late 2011, this 5-star facility features amenities like pillow menus, espresso machines, spa services, and a variety of restaurants.    TripAdvisor Ratings and Reviews for Zitahli Dholhiyadhoo Resort:  No TripAdvisor Ranking yet. TripAdvisor [read more]
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Formerly known as “Beach House Maldives” this facility is the flagship Maldives resort for the Waldorf hotel group. The variety of activities here is excellent and thus the hotel attracts a wide variety of travelers from honeymooners to families. There are 48 water villas here as well as 35 beach villas and perhaps because it’s one of the more remote resorts, there are a lot of dining options including one over water restaurant with glass floors. While there is all the usual to do here like [read more]
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No wonder this place has in-room dining. With rooms every bit as luxurious as one would expect from a W hotel, it’s amazing guests ever leave, let along ever go home. With total of 78 rooms (49 are over water), this place really lives up to the chain’s reputation. Among many other amenities some rooms include glass floor lounges, wraparound sun decks, oversized infinity pools, and two bathrooms. With seven bars and restaurants, guests may also have trouble pulling themselves away from the activities [read more]
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Part of the luxury Taj group of hotels, the Vivanta is perfect for couples who want a smaller retreat. This 5-star boutique facility features 34 water villas which include two Presidential duplex Suites featuring in-room butler services and plunge pools. Regular water villas include rain showers, ladders that lead directly into the lagoon, and 24-hour room service. While there is much to do here, activities are geared more towards adults and feature diving schools, a library, and an infinity pool [read more]
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As if all the surrounding water weren’t enough, there are six water villas here (out of 47) that have their own pools! With 127 rooms total, the resort offers all-inclusive plans and the rates are considered more than moderate for the area. Water villas here are large and there’s a Presidential Suite for those who really want to splurge. Activities here are seemingly endless including billiards, a disco, cultural shows, karaoke, and even crab racing. Of course, all the usual activities like [read more]
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An island resort that truly caters to every type of traveler, the Vilamendhoo features almost 200 rooms and 30 almost new Jacuzzi water villas. The all-inclusive rate can be customized to include alcohol, and price-wise, this is always an excellent value. Rain showers, dinners served on the beach, and a vibrant nightlife make it ideal for couples while the two fresh-water pools and playground make it ideal for families.  TripAdvisor Ratings and Reviews for Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa:   Ranked [read more]
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One of the best, most reasonable choices for those on a budget, the Veligandu is a 4-star facility with an excellent reputation. Most packages are all-inclusive and can be modified to extras like alcohol. Sixty-four of the resort’s 76 villas are over water, some with their own Jacuzzis and stairs that go directly into the sea. There’s a wide variety of dining choices and dinner can be served on the actual beach. That said, this is not just for couples only; in fact, there’s even a separate [read more]
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Divers and snorkelers take note: the house reef of the resort’s private island is excellent! With 100 bungalows (20 of which are over water), the Velidhu boasts a fantastic restaurant which is  a very good thing given that the packages are all-inclusive. Prices are moderate, although families should note that there’s no pool or kids’ activities. There is however a on-site spa for adults.    TripAdvisor Ratings and Reviews for Velidhu Island Resort:   Ranked #9 of 12 hotels in North Ari [read more]
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Formerly known as the Laguna Beach Resort, the Velassaru Resort is a very reasonable buy for a 4-star Maldives resort. With 45 water villas on stilts (there are 145 rooms and villas in total), the Vleassaru is located on a small private island close to the capital city. Activities are varied, if geared towards adults. Glass-bottom kayaks, live music, and infinity pools all await guests as do a variety of restaurants.    TripAdvisor Ratings and Reviews for Velassaru Maldives Resort:   Ranked # [read more]
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If you like to really kick off your shoes, this is the place to do it. A 4-star resort with an exceptional house reef and diving, it added 25 large water villas in 2009. With 50 island bungalows as well, the Vakarufalhi offers all-inclusive packages and a very on the ball staff. To keep guests entertained there are cultural dance shows, a crab race, and even movies under the stars, making it a very entertaining place to relax.   TripAdvisor Ratings and Reviews for Vakarufalhi Island Resort:   [read more]
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This 3-star hotel offers 34 over water bungalows as well as 52 regular rooms and interestingly caters to a large Russian clientele in addition to other international guests. Packages can be purchased that are either all inclusive or half board, the former including some resort activities. Close to the airport, it offers a surprising variety of activities and amenities considering its rating and price including a Balinese spa.   TripAdvisor Ratings and Reviews for Thulhagiri Island Resort:   Ranked [read more]
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Part of the Taj hotel brand, the Exotica is a 5-star facility that is perfectly in keeping with the company’s luxury ethos. Fifty-four of the hotel’s 64 villas are over water and if you hate long drives from the airport, keep in mind that this is very close to the Maldives Airport. The private island it’s on is a serious stunner and there is a very good range of eating choices as well as activities. For 5-star service, this is an excellent value and great for most every kind of traveler.    [read more]
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Not only is this the largest private island resort in the Maldives, but it’s also one of the most moderately priced. With 426, 68 of which are over water, the Sun Island offers all-inclusive packages and caters to large groups as well as families. There are quite a few different dining and  drinking options including a swim-up bar. Additionally, there are dozens of activities as well as a full-service spa, so this is a great option for larger groups traveling together.    TripAdvisor Ratings [read more]
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Now this is real indulgence. Choose the “Private Reserve” villa and you’ll be staying in the largest overwater villa on the planet which comes complete with two 24/7 bulters, a gourmet kitchen, and a water slide into a coral pool.  As if that weren’t enough luxury for you, there are also two villas here with their own private spa suites. That said, the vibe here is relaxed; guests are encouraged to kick off their shoes both literally and figuratively. There are 45 water villas here and [read more]
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You won’t need your sixth sense to know this is a fantastic resort. Open since mid-2011, the Six Senses Laamu has 70 water villas and 27 regular rooms as well. So popular this place is, it was given a spot on the Conde Naste Hot Hotel List, which is an exclusive list for the top resorts and hotels for 2012. The spacious rooms have ocean-view all-glass tubs, private water gardens, and sun lounges. Decor is tasteful rather than glam. Additionally, the resort itself has a full-service spa. As you [read more]
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Shangri-La is the perfect name for this resort. This new 5-star, south of the equator resort offers some pretty amazing acoutrements including treehouse villas on stilts and private pools. Sixty of the facility’s 150 villas are over water, also on stilts and guests can take advantage of activities that range from sailing to underwater tours. Although this is a very remote location you can still access one of the nearby towns and, if you just happen to own your own plane (and who doesn’t?), the [read more]
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If you take your diving seriously, the Robinson Club Maldives is the perfect option. The house reef is incredible but even if that’s not your thing, the villas are so large (there are 25 water villas and 76 beach villas), you’ll have plenty of room to do just about whatever you want (and if you really want to go big, there’s one two-bedroom suite). Part of the German Robinson Resorts chain, there are many European visitors here so be prepared to hear a lot of different languages.    TripAdvisor [read more]
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Looking for a quiet, low key place to honeymoon? This is a great option. While it’s a long haul from the airport to this private island, this 5-star boutique hotel is more for the lounger than the athletic. With just two restaurants and no real nightlife, the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa does offer snorkeling and yoga so you can stay busy, but you can also just let the private butler take care of you while you relax.   TripAdvisor Ratings and Reviews for Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa:   Ranked [read more]
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The water villas here (there are 62 as well as 220 beach rooms) are located in the newer section of the resort and are a great bet for honeymooners. A relatively short trip from the airport, this 4-star resort has a large selection of restaurants and bars as well as everything from scuba diving to banana boat rides to billiards to glass bottom boats. The prices here are moderate and given the diversity of things to do as well as room options, it’s great for all kinds of travelers.  TripAdvisor [read more]
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This mid-sized, 5-star resort offers 32 water villas among its 150 rooms, and really lives up to the reputation of the One & Only hotel group. Some rooms feature amenities like a customized private bar, Posturepedic mattresses, and a personal host. Resort features include everything from pedal boats to a jogging track as well as an infinity pool. Honeymooners will also love the fact that the villas are spread out on the edge of the island, allowing for a much more private feel.  TripAdvisor Ratings [read more]
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The villas at this 4-star resort aren’t big, but what they lack in size is made up for by the 5-star attitude of the staff. of the 166 rooms, 60 are over water and all are on a private island. Privacy, in fact, is easy to come by here, making it a great option for honeymooners and the all-inclusive price makes it a great deal for those on a budget. Activities include everything from freshwater pools, a children’s pool, and even a private karaoke room.    TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for  [read more]
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Ever wanted your own private beach? This would be the place to have that become a reality. Although there are 10 overwater villas, the 27 beach rooms each have their own private section of beach with a Jacuzzi. That said, if it’s indoor room you want, the water villas are probably your best bet. Guests also love to practice their Italian with the Italian owners so if that appeals, this is your place.    TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Nika Island Resort All-Inclusive:   Ranked #6 of 12 hotels [read more]
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If you want to keep busy almost 24-hours a day, this is a great option. With 300 rooms and villas (106 are over water), this 4-star resort actually boasts more overwater rooms than any resort in the Maldives. Overwater villas offer everything from private sundecks to Jacuzzis from which you can see the sky, to extensive entertainment systems. There are over a dozen bars and restaurants and even one over water. Activity-wise there’s everything from snorkeling to wind surfing to petanque. Best of [read more]
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This small, 4-star resort is essentially an adults-only facility, making it a great choice for honeymooners and couples. With 30 water villas and six other beach rooms, all of which are small and none of which have TVs, this is not a big place, but the diving is excellent and the smaller setting makes it incredibly romantic. In addition to the diving, snorkeling, and kayaking, you can also have a couples massage complete with a bottle of champagne.    TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Mirihi [read more]
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The water here is shallow so while you may have to travel a bit if that’s your priority, this is still a great 4-star resort, especially if you’re honeymooning. With two special honeymoon suites that can only be reached by boat, this is an excellent choice for newlyweds, especially given the remote setting. That said, it’s not small with 46 overwater villas and 66 other villas on the grounds. The three restaurants and long list of water activities make this a great value for the money.   [read more]
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If you want a private place with a reasonable price, this is a great choice. With eight overwater villas that are located at the far end of the private island, you really get a feeling of seclusion here. The all-inclusive price makes the dining and drinking a pretty good deal and the diving is reported to be exceptional. Although this is a only a 3-star facility, this is a great, reasonable choice for those who are more interested in the basics than frills.  TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Maayafushi [read more]
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This private island, 5-star resort has over 180 rooms, 87 of which are overwater villas. While the rooms aren’t huge, they’re very tasteful have some nice amenities like outdoor showers. Formerly known as Diva Maldives, this resort has a great selection of restaurants and bars as well as swimming pools, windsurfing, and the like. As it has both wedding facilities and places for kids, it’s also great for just about any kind of guest.    TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for LUX* Maldives Resort [read more]
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A medium-sized resort at 119 villas (56 are overwater or partially overwater), this is a 5-star resort that offers all-inclusive packages. Great for both couples or families, some of the villas have private butler service as well as private Jacuzzis and outdoor baths. There’s also a pro diving center, two fresh water pools as well as two children’s pools, and an Internet cafe if you need to connect.    TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Lily Beach Resort And Spa: Ranked #2 out of 17 hotels [read more]
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There’s nothing small about the Kuredu Island Resort! With 300 rooms in total, 50 of which are overwater, this is a big, big resort. In fact, it even has a golf course, even if it is just six holes. Made more for families than those looking for romance, the Kuredu offers a long list of restaurants and bars as well as every activity from parasailing to water skiing to diving as well as a spa. You can go all-inclusive or not but be prepared to relax. This place is so laid back the whole place has [read more]
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Considering its size (296 villas, suites, and rooms in total, 70 overwater), this place is probably not for couples who want solitude and privacy. That said, this 4-star resort is an excellent deal, offering all-inclusive packages so guests can really save while dining at their nine restaurant or six bars. Resort features include snorkeling, water skiing, a fresh water infinity swimming pool, and just about everything else you can think of. If you do want to get away from the action, the island [read more]
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Offering an all-inclusive plan, the Komandoo has 16 Jacuzzi water villas as well as 29 villas on the beach. Located on a private island, this 4-star resort offers privacy and serenity as well as great diving at the house reef. An excellent value for the money, the water villas here offer Jacuzzis that overlook the water, sundecks with stairs down to the water, and even kimonos. Of course, everything from snorkeling to windsurfing is also available.  TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Komandoo Island [read more]
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Seemingly custom built for those who love to stay busy, the Kanuhura features a disco, cold plunge pools, a library, squash court, fresh water swimming pool, and all the usual activities like snorkeling and windsurfing. The overwater villas at this 5-star resort include private butlers and incredible lagoon views and the two grand water villas available also feature sundecks that go down into the water and even a bath that is semi-open to the sky.   TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Kanuhura Resort [read more]
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This recently opened, 5-star property is amazing.  You may have to bring a suitcase full of gold bars and diamonds to afford it, but nonetheless, it may be worth it - Features 46 overwater villas with 91 villas in total. Much anticipated, this resort is just a short distance away from the airport and features different classes of overwater rooms, all of which are quite large. Room amenities feature private wine cellars, private swimming pools, a pillow menu, and incredible views and of course you [read more]
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This almost brand new resort has the interesting feature of having its 16 overwater bungalows situated a short boat ride away from the main villas. The “Ocean Revives” as they call them are quite big and offer personal butlers, separate studies, and even maxi bars! The prices are high but so is the service and the amenities which include an elevated library and an infinity pool. The spa is equally impressive featuring a suspended treatment room. Conde Naste recently included this resort on it [read more]
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This resort has recently changed hands and features 42, two-level water villas. There are five different bars and restaurants to keep you full and diving, wind surfing, water skiing, and even cricket to keep you happy. If you need to stay connected to the outside world there’s wifi. Additionally there are jewelry and clothing stores should you feel the need to do a little shopping.   TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for J Resorts Alidhoo: Ranked #3 out of 3 hotels in Haa Aliff Atoll TripAdvisor [read more]
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There are only two water villas here (as well as 45 regular villas), all with some pretty incredible features like a personal butler. The rates aren’t cheap, but you’ll really get 5-star customer service here. With features like an incredible infinity pool, beach volleyball, diving, and catamaran sailing you’ll stay very, very busy. The island is big and remote so you’ll really get the feeling of what it’s like to have a lot of wide open space.   TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Island [read more]
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Probably better suited for those on a honeymoon than those chasing kids, this private island resort is small but with a 5-star rating service is at a premium here. That said, there are some two-bedroom suites in case you are traveling with a family. All the overwater bungalows here include a private plunge pool and sundeck and some even include a massage room with a glass floor and/or private butler. Lots of eating choices not to mention an infinity pool that’s lit with fiber optic technology [read more]
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Although the water is shallow (which means the diving isn’t great) there’s really more than enough to keep guests occupied for sure. From island jogging tracks to barbeque grills to a spa, you’ll be able to offset whatever damage you’ve done at their five bars and restaurants. Of the 160 villas 20 are overwater and those are quite large.    TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Holiday Inn Kandooma Resort: Ranked #7 of 22 hotels in South Male Atoll TripAdvisor snippets: “Great resort and [read more]
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While this 5-star resort is quite large (150 villas, 80 over water), the feeling at all the villas is very, very private so it’s great for honeymooners and couples. With 10 restaurants and an enormous spa, it’s not just the rooms that are big. Accommodations include wine cellars, rain showers, and glass floors to see the water below and guest service is a huge priority here. Resort activities include everything from water skiing to snorkeling to sailing so you can work off all those calories [read more]
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It almost doesn’t matter which of the three different overwater villas you choose to take here as you’ll get the same impeccable service for which the Four Seasons is known. As might be expected rooms here are large and each has a private sundeck and activities include a center for teenagers with video games, televisions, and magazines, a children’s program, yoga lessons, and surfing lessons. Yes, the cost is high but the experience is incredible.   TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Four [read more]
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As you would expect from a Four Seasons, this is a 5-star facility with the perks to go with it. Located on an exceptionally beautiful private island, this Four Seasons offers 40 overwater villas, all of which are incredibly spacious. While it’s a super-romantic setting, there are also four swimming pools as well as kids’ facilities and even a place specifically designed for teenagers. Additionally, there is a marine discovery center, banana boating, surf school, and a state-of-the-art gym. [read more]
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For a 4-star facility, the Filitheyo offers some excellent rates and a resort with plenty of things to do. The enormous 16 over water villas (there are also 109 regular villas), have private verandas and even swings. Additionally there’s a diving center, a library, a spa, and a couple of shops in case you’re in the mood for a little retail therapy. Everything is on one of the Maldives’ most remote private islands so you’ll really feel as if you’re away from it all here.    TripAdvisor [read more]
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Although many activities at this resort involve a separate fee, the Fihalhohi is a great value for the money and with 150 rooms, it’s one of the Maldives’ biggest private island facilities. There are only 12 overwater bungalows but there are many activities to keep you going like water skiing, canoeing, and entertainment. Certainly not a luxury place, but a reasonable place in a great setting.     TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Filitheyo Island Resort:   Rated #11 of 22 hotels in South [read more]
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It’s not cheap, but the chain to which this new resort belongs has such a sterling reputation that a good time is all but guaranteed. With 52 water villas that come in three different sizes (big, bigger, and biggest), there’s a lot from which to choose and the amenities range from in-room wine coolers to Nespresso machines. Not to be outdone by nearby resorts, the Dusit Thani Maldives also boasts the largest swimming pool in the Maldives, making it a great option for those with kids.    TripAdvisor [read more]
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The 25 overwater villas here which weren’t added until 2011 are decorated in an Italianate style, making it a bit unusual. While the prices may seem a bit on the high side, they’re all inclusive with the exception of some activities. Although there are no TVs (you won’t need them once you see how great the reef is here), there is wifi in case you can’t resist the urge to get online. Each room has a specific member of staff assigned to it so you’ll be sure to have everything you need.    [read more]
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Known for having one of the best reefs in the area, Diamonds is a great place for serious divers or even anyone who wants to just be wowed. Whitewashed from top to bottom, this is a stylish resort with 25 water villas and 46 on the beach. Not surprisingly, this resort offers everything from a sports center to snorkeling trips and while some activities do cost extra the all-inclusive prices include alcohol so you don’t need to worry about ordering that second drink.    TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews [read more]
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A great option for adults who really want to be pampered (and spend the money to do so), this new facility is everything a 5-star resort should be. With 110 villas, 86 of which are overwater, this is the latest in a chain that is known for making its guests very, very happy. The resort has all the usual activities plus local places that offer everything from big game fishing to deserted island tours. Not a great option for those with kids, but for honeymooners or couples, this is ideal. The Constance [read more]
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We hope you like to stay active because there is a seemingly endless list of things to do here, not all of which involve water. You can kayak, snorkel, dive, swim, visit the spa, shop in the high-end on-site clothing store, dance (yes, there’s a DJ), and if you pull something doing all that there’s even an on-site doctor! There are also tons of activities close to the resort like dolphin watching, sunset cruises, and even sunset fishing. Every one of the 57 overwater villas has its own plunge [read more]
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Honeymooners take note: there is an adults-only part of the island, making it perfect for those who don’t want the frenzy of being around kids. Of their 150 villas, 71 are overwater, each with a different set of amenities. From ocean-view bathtubs to sundecks with stairs that go right into the water to Jacuzzis with built-in TVs, to Phillipe Stark appointments, there are some really great perks here. In addition to the usual activities like diving and snorkeling, the resort has the added luxury [read more]
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Unplug. That’s the mantra of the Dhuni Kolhu. With limited in-room wires (meaning wifi and TV), you’ll be forced to calm down whether you like it or not (although if you’re really desperate you can request some amenities like TV). Focusing on water instead of work, this resort offers 14 overwater villas, each with a personal butler and private plunge pool. With plenty of activities including beach soccer, a gym, water skiing, and just about everything else you’d expect, you can really focus [read more]
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If you’re in the market for a 5-star luxury resort, this is your place. Located on a private island, this place aims to please and offers guests everything from Tai Chi, to yoga, to private infinity pools, to an open-air movie theater, the Bodi Hithi has some great amenities. The on-site spa offers a variety of treatments from India, Indonesia, and Thailand.  This resort was recently profiled in major travel magazien Conde Naste about their "Cinema on the Beach" nights where they have their open [read more]
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The 24 overwater bungalows here are semi-detached so while there are no rooms on stilts, this is still a good value. This 4-star hotel has reliable restaurants as well as features like raquetball, canoeing, and even ecotours. With 88 additional rooms, this is a large resort with plenty to do. That said, with few nighttime options, this is probably for the guest who wants a more serene experience.    TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo Maldives:   Ranked #5 of 12 hotels in [read more]
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The emphasis here is on relaxation, so it’s probably a better bet for couples rather than families. With 70 overwater rooms this remote hotel is located on a 6-acre island and while the resort features are somewhat limited to the usual (diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, etc.), guests can access other nearby islands for a better selection of things to do. That said, the snorkeling here is considered above average so that may not even be necessary.   TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Chaaya Lagoon [read more]
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Get ready to have some fun! This 115-room property (60 of those are overwater), has no end of activities to keep guests occupied. Moderately priced, it even offers its own surfing beach, not to mention live entertainment, snorkeling, volleyball, kayaking, and even a disco for the night owls.   With lots of dining options, this all-inclusive resort is a very good value for the money.   TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Chaaya Island Dhonveli:   Ranked #14 of 66 hotels in North Male Atoll TripAdvisor [read more]
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With 104 different rooms from which to choose, 62 of which are overwater, this is a place that offers a lot of options. Although all-inclusive you can also pay extra for a few more options that include more dining choices as well as another swimming pool. If you go for the water villa option, you’ll have a jacuzzi and rain shower to enjoy and in some cases, a two-level sundeck. On a private island, this 4-star facility also includes 24-hour room service and flat screen TVs with international channels [read more]
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A 5-star property if ever there was one, the Baros features a total of 75 villas, 30 of which are overwater. Perfect for honeymooners, this resort is perfect for people who may want to spend a lot of time in their rooms. With private wine cellars, bathtubs with incredible views, and 24-hour room service, you may never get out to try any one of their six bars and restaurants. Hopefully, you can pull yourself away long enough to have a go at their yoga classes, their sea scooters, or their coral planting [read more]
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More family-oriented than couples friendly, only two of the Bandos’ villas are overwater (and are rented at a much higher rate than the other rooms here), but they’re are spacious and well-appointed. If you can’t book an overwater villa, there are 223 more rooms at the resort. This property’s value is really in its activities which are plentiful. Everything from a diving school to game rooms to karaoke is here to keep guests busy with all the usual perks like snorkeling and sailing as well [read more]
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Interestingly, this super-glam, 5-star resort has a Turkish theme which they’ve carried through all the way to hammams! Less than a year old, this property has 50 large overwater villas (not to mention 62 more on land), and some really interesting amenities. Twice-a-day turn down service,  in-room wine cellars, and raindrop showers make this a perfect place for someone who just wants to take it easy. If you don’t there are tennis courts, mini volleyball courts, and even a professional diving [read more]
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Can we just say...wow!!! What can’t you do here? From a 5-star dive center, to an on-site marine lab where you can take classes, to kite surfing to cooking classes, you may need a vacation to recover from all the activities!!! The 33 water villas are reached by a ferry that shuffles you back and forth, allowing for total privacy. Amenities like infinity pools and sundecks come with every overwater room and an on-site spa offers nine outdoor pavilions and three indoor rooms for treatments. If the [read more]
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There’s no swimming pool here but why would you need one when the nearby reefs are so incredible? In fact, it’s said to be one of the best reefs in the area. Moderately priced and relatively simple in comparison to some nearby resorts, this is a reliable, if not quite luxurious option. Keep in mind, though, this 70-room resort (20 of those are over water), is probably more for honeymooners than families as it is fairly low on kids’ activities. There’s an overwater bar and one restaurant [read more]
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Simply put: this chain gets it right every time and the Veli Resort & Spa is no exception. The 50 overwater bungalows are seriously luxurious and some come with features like bathtubs for two (hear that, honeymooners?). Set on a private island, this resort is just a quick boat ride away from its sister resorts, all of which offer equally idyllic settings. This five-star property offers everything from infinity pools to morning meditation. We just hope you can get yourself to go home.    TripAdvisor [read more]
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Recently voted by Conde Naste on their Hot Hotel List for 2012. and also named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This place is the reason the word “amazing” was invented. Whether you’re a big family or a honeymooning couple, these villas are incredible. Offering two-bedroom, overwater villas, each with two private infinity pools, this is a great, if expensive option for those traveling with kids. The two-bedrooms even include an over water dining pavilion, not to mention a glass section of the [read more]
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Ever wished there were someplace like Disneyland but for adults? Well, here it is. An exceptionally large resort, the Anatara offers 38 overwater villas, each of which has its own infinity bathtub for two. Now if that’s not romantic, what is? This 5-star resort has five different restaurants and endless activities to keep you busy. Rooms have private waterfront sundecks, outdoor showers, and even dining rooms. For your time out of the room, they offer beachside yoga, cooking school, and even morning [read more]
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Sharing an island with a partner resort, this is where you go to find customer service at its finest. Twenty-four hour butlers, incredible privacy, and a stunning setting make this the perfect place for honeymooners. Rooms, all 20 of which are over water, are large and well appointed with private Jacuzzis and every possible need taken care of. Guests can actually also use the facilities in the partner hotel, although there’s more than enough here to keep you busy (including a glass viewing floor [read more]
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They do that Vadoo that they do so well! The Vadoo is a relatively new hotel (they opened in 2009), that has a list of some really incredible amenities. Among them are a 24-hour butler, Jacuzzis in the rooms, and, get this, a private plunge pool in every villa. The 40 rooms are all over water and guests say that the service here is really exceptional. Great diving and snorkeling, too, although you may not be able to pull yourself away from the glass floor section of your room long enough for that [read more]
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This is the way James Bond used to travel: private bungalow butlers, a speedboat that comes to get you at the airport, and a whole lot of luxury. It’s recently gone a renovation so now is the time to go. With 40 overwater bungalows and surfing right on the island itself, not to mention all kinds of other water activities like diving and snorkeling, this is the perfect place for people who like to stay really active. That said, with 24-hour room service, honeymooners will also be very, very happy [read more]
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