Maldives

Sugar-white sands, sea breeze-tousled palms, and some of the bluest ocean you'll ever see, the Maldives definitely deserves its associations with paradise. The archipelago is made up of over 1,200 tropical islands, 200 of which are inhabited full-time and the rest being home to hotels and resorts. A groundswell of new, super-fly resorts have upped the luxury ante of the lowest country in the world, but the chilled-out island vibe remains.

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WHEN TO GO

The best time of the year to visit the Maldives is between January and April, during the dry season. From April to October, during the archipelago's monsoon season, weather is often overcast and unpredictable.

The Maldives Is the Place to Go for Pampering for the Whole Family

At Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani, the luxe treatment extends to all ages.

This Maldivian Spa Is Taking Holistic Healing to a New Level

The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi’s spa offers a truly indulgent escape.

Why We See the Maldives in Your Future

From an ice rink to a golf course, the archipelago is awash in limitless luxury at new resorts. Take advantage of their simpler COVID rules and rack up points with the world’s first countrywide loyalty program.

These New Private Overwater Villas in the Maldives Are the Largest in the World

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Soneva Fushi has added eight stunning one- and two-bedroom Water Retreats.

These Maldivian Islands Are Just Right for a Family Holiday

Meeru Island Resort & Spa, Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa and Kuredu Island Resort & Spa offer fun in the sun for all ages.

Stay in Style from Thailand to the Maldives with Centara

The stylish brand is better than ever and ready to welcome guests to destinations around the region.

These Are the Coolest Hotel X Artist Collabs Out This Year

Colorful things happen when artists and hotels work together.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Is Welcoming Travelers Back to Paradise

Spa journeys, decadent dining, and lounging by the Indian Ocean sound just about perfect right now.

This Maldivian Paradise Offers So Much More Than a Private Island

Whether you stay at Hurawalhi Island Resort or Kudadoo Private Island by Hurawalhi, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

A Country-By-Country Guide to Coronavirus Recovery in Asia

Here’s when and where you might be able to travel again in Asia.

You Can Now Book Out Entire Resorts for a Next-Level Socially Distanced Vacation

If there was ever a time where you could justify booking out an entire tropical island…

Stay Close To The Action At These Entertainment-Focused Hotels

Catch a Broadway show, do some luxury shopping, party all night—or all of the above.

Five Best Family Getaways Across Southeast Asia

Family trips are rarely as relaxing as you hope they’ll be. Luckily for parents, some kid-savvy properties in the region are making all-ages getaways child’s play.

The Maldives is Reopening July 1

A little island time may not be as far off as you thought.

8 Off-The-Wall Family Trip Experiences

Mix things up on your next family trip with activities that get the imagination—and the adrenaline— flowing.

Six Senses is Offering a 10-Week Virtual Marine Biology Course for Kids

You can’t take that family vacation to the Maldives right now, but you and your kids can still study the archipelago’s marine life.

3 Maldivian Resorts Perfect for Foodies

At these opulent resorts from Crown & Champa, the dining is just as stunning as the scenery.

Snorkeling with Sharks in the Maldives

Beyond the overwater villas and sparkling lagoons, the friendly giants of the Maldives inhabit a paradise of their own.

6 Amazing Beach Bars for a Sundowner in Asia

These stylish watering holes at InterContinental resorts serve up drinks with a view.

Maldives Rising: The New Resort That Puts Conservation at Its Forefront

InterContinental Maamunagau may have opened up the Maldives’ less-developed Raa Atoll to more visitors, but this sparkling new jewel makes protecting its pristine foundations the prime mission.

7 Bucket-List Worthy Resorts In The Maldives

Sinking? More like sprouting. There are so many beautiful new reasons to visit the Maldives, it’s hard for us to keep track. Read on for a hit-list of some of the freshest resorts in this far-flung Indian Ocean paradise nation.

Joali Maldives

This is one resort that comes with its own art map. Each of the 73 villas and residences—ranging in size from one to four bedrooms—has its own infinity pool and butler service, but the real innovative features include artisanal amenities, curated in-villa libraries and handpicked art.

Mövenpick Kuredhivaru Maldives

In the lesser-touristed Noonu Atoll, pristine and untouched is the name of the game.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fusi

“Secret water island” is the direct translation of the name of this all-villa resort.

Kudadoo Private Island

Each of these earth-toned, natural-material villas comes with an ample 44-square-meter infinity pool set above the sea and massive outdoor decks to watch the world go by—above and below the waterline.

Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

Some of the most loved international five-stars call Baa Atoll their home, and now joining them is a new Westin, designed by PEIA Associati, whose founder has been called the godfather of modern Italian architecture.

Grand Park Kodhipparu

If proximity to Malé is key, this 120-villa resort is a great fit. Only 20 minutes by speedboat from the airport, the Grand Park checks all the boxes, dotted as it is with 65 private pool villas, a large infinity pool, three restaurants, a spa and a kids’ club.

Cheval Blanc Randheli

When on a family vacation to the Maldives, would you expect anything else from a resort named after a favorite wine?