The Maldives are famous for their glorious, jaw-dropping beauty; Think tropical palms, sugary sands and crystal lagoons. They may be wildly stunning, but the Maldives are not particularly well known for being an affordable getaway. In fact, there are several resorts in the Maldives that may even make some uber-rich superstars flinch at the price tag. Were talking ultra-luxury private villas with infinity pools, built-in spas, multiple bathrooms and of course a whole host of private staff living on site. These Maldives resorts are frequented by famous faces – some even by Royalty! Read on to drool over these resorts and Maldives accommodation, and find out how much they cost too.
If you are thinking of booking a trip to the Maldives but these three resorts are way out of your budget, then fear not! We also reveal our top picks for more wallet-friendly Maldives resorts towards the end of this article.
The St Regis Vommuli Resort
You know there those Instagram video posts, where a drone flies over a beautiful couple lounging on a mansion-sized overwater villa, surrounded by the bluest water that you probably ever seen? Chances are you’ve seen one of the St Regis Vommuli Resort villas. This resort is the epitome of luxury. Here, you’ll find 33 spacious beach villas, and 44 that are over-water which come with private terraces, pools, and everything you need to have a memorable stay. The pinnacle of the accommodation offerings has to be the John Jacob Astor estate. It’s not just one, but the selection of three of the largest over water villas in the Maldives that have been named after the founder – John Jacob Astor IV. This exquisite estate has a private gym, cinema room, a Spa in each of the bedrooms, three staff houses, a huge swimming pool, jacuzzi with two plunge pools, as well as a full kitchen. Of course there are butlers on hand to cater for your needs any time of day or night. The resort says that no request is too big or too small.
What stands out here is the thoughtful and unusual architecture. There is an over the water bar called ‘The Whale’ which has been designed and inspired by the whale shark. Here you can enjoy a huge selection of locally-sourced seafoods, delicious wine and tasty tapas. The Maldives resort prides itself in having one of the most luxurious yachts in the Maldives. It now owns a 66-foot Flybridge Azimut Yacht, which is available to take guests on a dolphin watching or sunset cruise. They also have traditional Dhoni boats, speed boats and catamarans, so you can Lounge over the waters of the Indian Ocean or head out on a snorkeling trip.
There’s plenty of facilities including a fitness studio, antigravity yoga studio, tennis courts, a Water Sports Center and a wonderful Spa. Check out the private steam rooms, Ocean Spa, hydrotherapy and a whole host of restaurants that serve Italian to Oriental cuisine. There is even a trendy gourmet Street Food eatery, plus a high-end degustation menu offering too.
Do you want to see more of this resort that is fit for royalty? Click here to see more photos and check out the latest deals on the Vommuli Resort.
Velaa Private Island Maldives Resort
This Boutique Resort in the Noonu Atoll really wows with its design and architectural flair. It has been built entirely using locally sourced materials, yet there is a contemporary twist which has been incorporated into the accommodation and restaurant designs. Many elements have actually been inspired by the sea turtles which frequent the waters around the island. Keen golfers will absolutely adore the Golf Academy which has been designed by Jose Maria Olazabal. Here you can tee-off on six greens, and there is even seven bunkers and a lake. There is also a PGA professional trainer there who can provide personalized tuition.
There are many accommodation options available to choose from – both on-land and over water. The two-bedroom beach houses are great idea if you’re traveling with families, and the stiled over water villas are a lovely option if you’re looking for a true romantic getaway. Then there are the private residences which can host up to 10 people. They come with their own private beach access as well as private gyms, and a spa room where you can enjoy pampering massage or facial whenever you wish.
But the true Crème de la crème has to be the romantic pool residence which is only accessible by boat. A stay in this overwater wonderland comes with a private chef, a 24-hour round-the-clock butler, a huge sun deck with sunken bar, and of course more amenities and mod cons than you can shake a stick at.
Unsurprisingly, the food at Veela Resort is exceptional, with the resort having some top chefs whip up their magic in the kitchen. That is very generous daily buffet breakfast offers everything you could ever want in the morning, including freshly squeezed juices, baked breads, cereals, meats, and an egg station. For Wood Fired pizzas head to Tori, or for some fancy some creative Asian Cuisine then Tavaru is sure to impress.
Veela Private Island also takes Eco responsibility very seriously and have a number of initiatives in place to ensure that they are a green-friendly operation. They also have the Agaru restaurant which actually sources sustainable and organic produce to cook up fresh meals with a culinary twist. You can also take a visit to The Wine Cellar, which is home to over 500 bins – the largest collection in the Maldives. When lazy days turn to night tonight you can shimmy your way over to Avi, a delightful poolside venue which has its own mixologist and DJ.
That’s plenty of activities to keep all ages entertained here, including tennis, squash, beach volleyball, and a 6m climbing wall. Kids are also welcome, and there is a Kids Club, kids pool and fun-packed playground as well as experienced babysitters to watch the younger ones while you enjoy a romantic dinner for two.
Are you’re intrigued and want to see how much to stay at this resorts costs? Click here for the latest rates and some more photos for Veela Private Island.
Off the Chart-Luxury: Coco Prive Kuda Hithi Island Resort
Coco Prive Kuda Hithi isn’t just a resort – it’s actually a whole Private Island, so when you stay here you’ll have the whole place to yourself. This island is insanely beautiful: It’s set over 1.4 acres of beautifully manicured grounds, with a 40-meter long infinity pool and two more private pools, a wine cellar, five guest villas and a master residence. Inside of each of the villas you’ll find TVs that hide with a click of a remote, and even thoughtful beauty essentials, such as hair straighteners, curlers and fancy perfume.
Perhaps even more outrageous than the accommodations and the surroundings is the sheer number of staff. If you’re a guest here, you will have access to a whopping 30-person strong team. That includes a diving instructor, multiple chefs, a personal therapist, massage therapist and even a yoga instructor. The head chef will listen to your requests to create a dream menu for your vacation.
They really do go above and beyond to make any stay the vacation of a lifetime (and you’d kind of expect that considering the price tag – but more on that later). For example if your favorite wine or champagne isn’t on hand, they’ll actually have it delivered to the cellar for you ready for when you arrive. They will also set-up a Cinema on the beach, where you can watch your favorite flicks while lounging on daybed and sipping on mojitos. There’s also a long Jetty which juts out into the shimmering waters by you can enjoy a romantic meal under the glittering starlit sky.
This Maldives island really is the stuff of dreams: It’s a natural paradise with all the trimmings. Now I know what you’re thinking, how much does it cost? Well, drum roll please, a stay on the Coco Prive Island will set you back around $45,000 per night. Yep, you heard right, $45,000 a night! If this is split that between all of your guests then it comes to $5,000 a night.
Tempted? You can book a stay at Coco Privae here. Otherwise, you may want to check out a list of more affordable Maldives resort options below, as well as this article on how to find the best deals in the Maldives.
Great Value Maldives Resorts
Are you loving the infinity pools and incredibly beautiful Maldives villas listed above? Us too! However if your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a stay at one of these resorts, don’t worry, there are over a hundred more to Maldives resorts to choose from, and some are surprisingly affordable. Many of these results come with all inclusive packages, which mean that your breakfast lunch and dinner as well as snacks and drinks are included in the price of the holiday. When you add up the cost of everything you can actually score a great deal on your Maldives vacation by booking all-inclusive resort like Centara Grand Resort or Constance Moofushi Resort.
You may want to take a look at the Drift Thelu Veliga Resort. Somewhat of a best kept secret, this cute island paradise is the ultimate escape, and pretty affordable too. It’s situated some 90 km west of the main island of Hulhule, so you will need to get a 35-minute seaplane to get there. But that’s all part of the fun, and once you arrive you an kick off those shoes and dig your does into the silky soft sands.
There are just ten beach villas and twenty overwater villas from which to take your pick, all equally as beautiful as the next. The restaurant offers sumptuous buffets, candlelit feasts, and a whole selection of delectable desserts. We love the fun themed nights, where you can sample world cuisines. The friendly chefs are on hand to cater for all dietary needs, and will even set up a romantic meal for you in your villa or on a slice of private beach. Are you interested in taking a trip to this Robinson-Crusoe island? Click here to see the latest deals on Drift Resort and to book your stay.
If you’re currently planning a trip to the Maldives, then check out our selection of articles that will help you with everything from finding your dream Maldives resorts, to choosing the best time of the year to go to the Maldives. We even have the ultimate guide to packaging for your Maldives vacation, so that you can make sure that nothing gets left behind.
What do you think of these luxurious Maldives resorts? Over the top or a perfect paradise? Let us know in the comment sections below. Happy travels!
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