10 new resorts where you can relax and catch your breath, dreamy places to erase stress and to detox from habits. Newly opened or still in progress, but certainly heavenly. A list of the 10 best new locations in the Maldives.
Opened in 2017, Kudafushi is the new resort in the Raa Atoll. Unspoiled nature and modern style blend together thanks to the use of natural materials such as wood and stone. The large spaces of the resort overlook the Indian Ocean and allow you to admire the splendid panorama.
The 72 Beach Villas are hidden in the vegetation just a few steps away from the beach, while the 32 Water Villas are erected on the lagoon. For those who want the most, there is the Presidential Suite at the end of the pier: 175 square meters, private pool, living room and large outdoor areas. Besides all this, the Kudafushi has three restaurants, a diving centre, a spa and wifi all over the island.
Raa Atoll, Maldives
On the horizon, a small green spot appears in the Baa Atoll and right afterwards your feet are already on the softest white sand you have ever experienced. Primeval vegetation, trees that reach the sea, crystal water and a clear sky. Is there any other way to define serenity?
Three enchanting beaches caress the island and surround the resort: Boaku, Veli, Aanu. Since 2017, the Maldives Dhigufaru has established itself among the best resorts, with its 30 Beach Villas and 10 Deluxe Villas equipped with all the comforts. Restaurants, bar, swimming pool and spa close the circle for your complete relaxation.
Baa Atoll, Maldives
Reethi Faru Resort
The gem of Raa Atoll. Reethi Faru, “beautiful coral reef”, is the most suitable name for this place, and when you will be there you’ll understand why. Not only the beach and the coconut wood will amaze you, but you’ll deeply fall in love with the water of the Indian Ocean and the beauty of the coral reef.
Reethi Faru, inaugurated in 2017, is the perfect place for a sweet escape. 210.000 square meters where you will find 150 villas, restaurants, poolside and beach bars, recreational facilities for water sports, tennis, squash, badminton and a spa to pamper your body and soul.
Raa Atoll, Maldives
The Residence Maldives
Since 2017, The Residence Maldives is the ideal to rediscover the meaning of relaxation. A world away from everyday life, designed in total harmony with the natural environment. The atoll is Gaafu Alifu, an oasis of pleasure and bliss. Once you get here, you only want to lie down on the fine sand of the beach or slip directly from the pier into the clear waters to reach the private lagoon. White sand and turquoise waters: the perfect mix. Whether it’s a romantic getaway or a family vacation, it will be more than enchanting to stay at The Maldives Residence.
Gaafu Alifu Atoll, Maldives
Kudadoo Private Island
Close to the opening but already very chatted. The Kudadoo Private Island is, indeed, a private island that Crown & Champa Resorts will open in March 2018. White sand, crystal clear waters, unparalleled luxury and, above all, eco-friendliness. In fact, 45% of the energy used will be self-produced with solar panels, as is the entire disposal cycle.
The project has been designed by architect Yuji Yamazaki, who created a truly exclusive place: only 15 super luxurious villas on the water, 13 Ocean Villas of 300 square meters and 2 Ocean Villas of 380 square meters. Finally, if you want to experience a truly unusual experience, you’ll have to dine or have lunch at the submarine restaurant, more than 5 meters below the sea level.
Lhaviyani Atoll, Maldives
Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa
Opening scheduled for June 2018 on the cusp where the atolls of Raa and Baa meet. The resort reflects the refinement of an enchanted place against the backdrop of a healthy coral reef with over 215 species of fish. 115 villas, private pools, an immersion pool, but also a spa and a club on the water with a transparent dance floor.
Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa is a 40-minute seaplane flight from Velana International Airport or a 20-minute flight from Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport in Baa Atoll, combined with a 25-minute speedboat ride.
Huruvalhi Atoll, Maldives
Baglioni Resort Maldives
This Italian-style paradise with the capital “P” opens in the summer of 2018. The Indian Ocean and a palm are the only things you will have in front of your eyes for days. No cars stuffed in traffic, no computers and not an agenda to check on.
On the island of Maagau, in the Dhaalu Atoll, 40 minutes by seaplane from Malè, this exceptional resort lays surrounded by the beauty of tropical nature. Every comfort will be at your disposal for an unforgettable stay. Restaurants on the water, pools, areas for yoga and sports are added to the beauty and style of the guests’ villas.
Maagau Atoll, Maldives
Inside the Baa Atoll reserve, Vakkaru Maldives is one of the best places to stay. Nature and architecture merge to create an atmosphere of rare beauty, difficult to find anywhere else. An ideal escape for every need, whether you are a couple or a family. Defined as a “timeless sanctuary”, the Vakkaru offers not only villas on the water, restaurants and spa but also the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local Maldivian life to live this country at 360 degrees.
Baa Atoll, Maldives
Lux Resorts & Hotels
Whether you are looking for a peaceful retreat or an adventure, this is the perfect place to be. The South Ari Atoll was chosen by Lux for their new luxury resort. On a pristine island, 193 private villas will arise, settled on stilts over a crystal lagoon, along with a diving centre that has already been called “the nirvana of diver” for the opportunity to see the whale sharks. For the less adventurous there are two swimming pools, lighted tennis courts, a sports centre and spa. A final gem is the East Market, the sophisticated version of a local night market.
Male Atoll, Maldives
Waldorf Astoria Ithaafushi
Ithaafushi‘s exclusive five-star Waldorf Astoria is one of the most anticipated projects for 2018. In the original Maldivian language, the meaning of the word “Ithaafushi” is “Pearl“, and the naming is not accidental. We are talking about three pristine islands with 138 guest villas ranging from one, two and three bedrooms to four for presidential suites, all topped off with an unparalleled ocean view. Do not be fooled by the simple thatched roofs that may seem essential from the outside: inside there is luxurious furniture and, in some villas on the water, you can also enjoy a spectacular glass paving. In addition, each villa has a private outdoor pool, hot tub and lounge area with the usual five-star amenities.
On the ground or above the water, at dusk or dawn, these rooms and suites give the resort a completely original feel.
Manafaru Atoll, Maldives