The Most Expensive Resorts in the Maldives – are you looking for somewhere truly amazing and luxurious to spend a special vacation? Sometimes it is the island’s exclusivity that makes it the most expensive, sometimes it is because the villa you would be staying in is enormous and can sleep many guests.
Either way, here are a list of some of the most luxurious, most expensive resorts to stay in the Maldives.
The Most Expensive Resorts in the Maldives
The Nautilus Maldives
The Nautilus is located on the Baa Atoll in the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve surrounded by the natural beauty of Hanifaru Bay, it is an ultra-luxe bohemian hideaway in the Maldives, with only 26 beach and ocean houses and residences. Each house and residence benefits from full Butler service with a dedicated House Master, taking bespoke luxury to a new level, catering to each guest’s individual needs to create a programme of unique experiences. With a huge selection of activities for all ages, from bespoke culinary adventures to underwater adventures and private yacht cruises.
The Nautilus provides guests with the freedom to create the holiday they desire. The private island resort features three restaurants and two bars, as well as Solasta Spa which provides bespoke wellness programmes, a range of treatments, as well as yoga, fitness and meditation classes.
Created by a Maldivian hospitality visionary who was instrumental in developing numerous award-winning resorts, The Nautilus is the benchmark for ultra-luxury, not just in the Maldives but worldwide. His legacy is carried forward through the bohemian philosophy of the island by the next generation of the family.
The Nautilus was named ‘Best Resort in the Indian Ocean’ in Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2020 and amongst the top three Best Resorts in the World. It was also listed in Condé Nast Traveller’s highly prestigious The Gold List 2021 and Condé Nast Traveller Middle East’s The Gold List 2021, and recognised as ‘Best Private Island Retreat’ in Tatler Travel Awards 2021. Most recently, The Nautilus Maldives was named by Condé Nast Traveller’s 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards as one of the top resorts in the Indian Ocean and has also been recognised by Tripadvisor as one of the top 10% of hotels worldwide in the 2023 Travelers’ Choice Awards.
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Muravandhoo Island Raa Atoll, Maldives
One of the most luxurious and expensive resorts in the Maldives is JOALI. Located on Muravandhoo island on the Raa Atoll in the northern Maldives, JOALI features 73 private beach and water villas and residences. Each villa is inspired by individual stories and designed to evoke this sensibility throughout. JOALI Spa by Espa is inspired by the tropical surrounds and offers indulgent treatments. A fitness center offers expert trainers and expansive views of the turquoise hued blue ocean and deep green flora and fauna.
There are four restaurants that provide inventive fusion cuisine. Vandhoo Restaurant – a specially designed dining experience spanning tastes from across South-East Asia, China, the Mediterranean and the Levant, Gourmet gallivants will indulge in experiential dining choices, superlative breakfast spreads and an impressive cellar of hand-picked wines and vintages to match. Her Kitchen – a personalised culinary experience for guests to learn how to cook (and enjoy) local Maldivian recipes.
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Kudadoo Maldives Private Island
Lhaviyani Atoll 07080, Maldives
Kudadoo Private Island is an exclusive, intimate private island comprising just 15 expansive, over water Ocean Residences. Kudadoo is just a scenic 40-minute direct seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport and designed by Yuji Yamazaki.
A sanctuary of serenity for those seeking a fully inclusive luxury experience, defined by the philosophy of freedom offering an anything, anytime, anywhere concept. Personal butlers are available 24 hours a day to assist in making this possible.
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Ozen Reserve Bolifushi
Bolifushi Island Kaafu Atoll, 20222, Maldives
Another expensive resort in the Maldives, Bolifushi island is the centre of a conscious balance between wellness and indulgence with the resort’s healing ‘Wellness Your Way’ journeys that are designed to blend healthy practices with a quintessential Maldivian holiday experience. The program offers three brackets—Wellness Seeker, Wellness Rendezvous, and Wellness Rejuvenation—to suit the individual guest’s desired holistic goals.
The new year brings with it endless opportunities for fresh starts—and what’s a better time than now to refresh our wellness goals for the days to come? For seekers of wellness-centric experiences, there couldn’t be a better spot than Bolifushi island. OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI introduces the personalised and inspiring ‘Wellness Your Way’ programmes, as per which, the exquisite property brings guests’ individual needs to forefront of their health and mindfulness philosophy. Add to this, the breathtaking Maldivian scenery and one has for themselves a glorious chance to merge a paradisiacal island vibe with enrichingly rejuvenating wellness experiences. At THE OZEN COLLECTION, it’s all about a conscious balance between wellness and indulgence.
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Lankanfushi Island, North Malé Atoll Republic of Maldives, Maldives
Gili Lankanfushi – Villa Suites, Residences and Family Villas – All 45 of Gili Lankanfushi’s overwater villas were renovated in late 2019. The sprawling villas, 11 of which have private swimming pools, offer open-air living spaces, roof terraces and private decks with direct access to the surrounding turquoise waters. With a rustic-chic design inspired by the resort’s natural surroundings, hand-crafted, upcycled furniture is combined with a warm, neutral colour palette.
Accommodation options range from sumptuous Villa Suites, Residences and Family Villas to the epic Crusoe Residences, which are accessible only by boat and offer the ultimate ‘castaway’ adventure. For those in search of an unforgettable private island experience, Gili Lankanfushi’s Private Reserve is – at 1,700m2 – the largest overwater villa in the world. The four-bedroom floating paradise includes its very own spa, gym, open-air cinema, infinity pool and a waterslide leading directly into the lagoon.
All villa types include a dedicated Mr/Ms Friday butler service to cater to guests’ every wish, from setting up a luxurious star bed on the villa’s roof terrace for an atmospheric night spent sleeping beneath the Maldivian stars, to arranging bespoke candlelit dinners on the beach.
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Cora Cora Maldives – Premium All-Inclusive Resort
Raa Maamigili Raa Atoll, 05161, Maldives
Facing the beachfront, Cora Cora Maldives – Premium All-Inclusive Resort offers 5-star accommodation in Raa Atoll and features free bikes, outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre. This 5-star resort offers a bar. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, a kids’ club and free WiFi throughout the property.
The resort will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a coffee machine, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a terrace and a private bathroom with a bidet. Cora Cora Maldives – Premium All-Inclusive Resort offers certain rooms with sea views, and each room has a balcony. At the accommodation each room is equipped with bed linen and towels.
The daily breakfast offers buffet, à la carte or continental options. At Cora Cora Maldives – Premium All-Inclusive Resort you will find a restaurant serving Indian, Indonesian and Italian cuisine. Vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free options can also be requested.
The resort offers a children’s playground. You can play billiards and table tennis at this 5-star resort, and the area is popular for snorkelling.
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The Signature Collection by Hideaway
Dhonakulhi Island Maldives, 01100 Dhidhdhoo, Maldives
Occupying one of the largest islands in the Maldives, The Signature Collection allows you to dream and discover with the added privilege of privacy, personal space and long stretches of pristine beach. At The Signature Collection, every detail is artfully curated to ensure you have a seamless vacation experience in a place of unsurpassable beauty. For us, no request is too big or too small.
The Signature Collection by Hideaway has an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, a garden and restaurant in Dhidhdhoo. Boasting a kids’ club, this property also provides guests with a water park. The resort features a hot tub and room service.
The resort will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a wardrobe, a coffee machine, a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. The Signature Collection by Hideaway features some rooms that have a terrace, and rooms have a kettle.
The accommodation offers a buffet or à la carte breakfast.
The Signature Collection by Hideaway offers a children’s playground. You can play billiards and tennis at the resort, and the area is popular for cycling.
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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
Ithaafushi Island South Malé Atoll Male, 20009, Maldives
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is an unforgettable island escape with a wealth of experiences to discover. The resort features 119 reef, beach and overwater villas spanning across three interconnected islands, including an independent private island with dedicated staff and luxury amenities.
Guests can experience culinary excellence through 11 distinctive dining venues, a world-class lifestyle spa sanctuary and fitness center, children’s club, watersports and diving center, and diversified activities for all generations.
Nestled among white sands and crystal blue waters, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi resort is a 45-minute yacht journey from Velana International Airport. From 11 celebrated dining venues, including Michelin starred chef Dave Pynt, Zuma Maldives and Terra, the only private hand-crafted bamboo dining pods in the Maldives, a world-class spa sanctuary, the first aqua wellness center of its kind in the Maldives, and an exclusive private island, the resort offers a plethora of activities for all generations.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi features 119 beach, reef, and overwater villas with private pools, including the private island, complemented by world-class facilities for a unique and memorable stay. Ithaafushi – The Private Island is the largest Maldivian private island spanning 32,000 square meters in the heart of the Indian Ocean and accommodates up to 24 guests across two elegantly designed villas and one four-bedroom residence, perfect for bonding with loved ones or celebrating life’s significant milestones with close friends.
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