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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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