Asia’s Best Awards 2022: Maldives’ Top Hotels and Spas

The votes have been counted for the first ever Asia’s Best Awards 2022 and here we reveal all your favorites in the Maldives.

Courtesy of InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort

Jun 27, 2022

THE MALDIVES’ baby powder-soft sands and startlingly clear waters have long lured beachgoers with a love of luxury. This castaway remote island group proved to be one of the safest and most popular destinations during the pandemic, ushering in a heap of new resorts while others around the world shuttered. Bikini-clad vacationers typically shy away from island-hopping here, and as a result, the Maldives has the fewest categories in this year’s Asia’s Best Awards (although, with your input, we’ll be expanding). But make no mistake, this group of atolls is home to some of the world’s most pinch-yourself beach havens.Katie Lockhart


Best Resorts in the Maldives

1. InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort

InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort Asia's Best Awards Maldives
Courtesy of InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort

Surrounded by manta rays, 81 contemporary beach, overwater and lagoon villas decorate this private island’s immaculate shores. The two-story lagoon villa is the most enticing category, with turquoise ocean vistas from its soaking tub and lagoon views from the balcony. Interiors are beachy and bohemian with rope-woven chairs, bright blue beaded lamps and concrete flooring offset with pops of yellow and local artwork. And in typical Maldivian fashion, the level of customized service and attention to detail from your “curator,” a.k.a. butler, is unparalleled. One voter summed it up perfectly, “Great room design. Incredible service right from the general manager to the waiter.”

You can do as much or as little as you want at InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau. Snorkeling with sea turtles on the house reef, stand-up paddleboarding in the lagoon and yoga sessions are all included.  Kids typically run off to the Planet Trekkers kids’ club while adults make a bee-line for the spa’s stylish overwater treatment rooms. During happy hour, the Maldivian boat-themed Sunset Bar beckons with a glass of bubbly selected by the Champagne sommelier. Once the ice has melted, sun-kissed guests have five restaurants to choose from, including Lighthouse, where Mediterranean fare is served inside an actual lighthouse while the waves lap on the nearby sandbank.

Best Spas in the Maldives

1. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Maldives Wellness Resorts : Aqua Wellness Center Asia's Best Awards Maldives
Aqua Wellness Center. Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Maldives

Voters said:

“Superb space, outstanding aqua wellness center”

“Get the Signature Massage under the stars”

Favorite Hotel General Managers in Maldives

*write-in category

1. Etienne Dalancon, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Etienne Dalancon, GM of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Asia's Best Awards Maldives
Etienne Dalancon. Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

2. Idu Ribeiro, W Maldives

3. Coetzer Deysel, InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort


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