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.

GREAT FOR

Beaches

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.

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A Complete Guide to Where You Can Travel in Asia Now, Including Each Country’s Covid Rules

From newly open Laos to coming-soon Japan, the atolls of the Maldives to the temples of Thailand.

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This Business Class-Only Airline Wants to Fly You Around the World in 22 Days

This might be the ultimate use of three weeks.

Michelin Star Maldives

If You Weren’t Already Splashing Out Enough in the Maldives, Book These Michelin Star Meals

Diving, parasailing and paradise on a plate.

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These 2022 Global Vision Awards Winners Are Making Asia-Pacific a Better Place to Travel

Travel and hospitality innovators helping create a brighter, better, greener, more equitable tomorrow.

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This Resort Embraces the Rhythms of Maldivian Life

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands seamlessly merges local traditions with high design.

The Ritz Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands no longer requires PCR test

The Maldives Just Made It Easier for Vaccinated Travelers to Visit — Here’s How

Time to book that dream trip.

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These 8 Resorts Have the Most Visionary Wellness Programs in the Maldives Right Now

Cutting-edge science, all kinds of aquatherapy, and a dash of drugs put these Maldives resorts ahead of the wellness pack.

Reiki Primer: Reiki Healing Treatment

What Is Reiki? A T+L Wellness Primer

We turned to expert healers to clear up any blocked conceptions.

Outrageous Spa Experiences : Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

9 of the Most Over-the-Top Spa Experiences in Asia

Personal pampering knows no bounds at the most indulgent spas in Asia.

Surf Resorts in Asia: Nihi Sumba

4 Resorts in Asia Where Surf Comes With a Side of Luxury

These wellness resort offer access to world-famous breaks and some of the best for beginners.

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Inside Four Seasons’ Ongoing Journey Towards Building a More Sustainable Future for Travel

It’s not easy going green, but Four Seasons Resorts of Asia is implementing the kind of meaningful, structural changes that can have a lasting impact.

Best Seaplane Flights in Asia: Trans Maldivian Airways

6 of the Best Seaplane Flights in Asia

Is it a boat? Is it a plane? It’s both – and a magnificently thrilling ride.

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The Best Hotel Breakfasts Around the World, According to Tripadvisor Data

London leads the way worldwide but can you guess what the most-lauded breakfasts in Asia are?

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12 Unforgettable Travel Experiences, One for Each Month in 2022

Use this T+L guide to choose your own adventures this year.

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

13 of the Most Expensive Hotels in the World

These luxurious hotels are where you want to check-in for the ultimate splurge vacation.

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8 of the Most Luxurious Lunar New Year Travel Experiences to Ring in the Tiger Year

Whether you can travel to a distant isle or just across town, these roarsome Lunar New Year escapes will help you channel your inner tiger like the superstar you are.

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Forget Wanderlust, We’re Feeling ‘Wandermust’ with #FSResortsOfAsia Offerings

From off-grid jungle adventures in Thailand to swimming with manta rays in the Maldives, this is the stuff of serious bucket lists.

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This Maldives Resort Wants You to Zipline to Breakfast and Dinner

We preview this culinary high, and round up other resorts in the region where you can fly on site.

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6 Luxury Travel Experiences Designed Specifically For Travelers With Mobility Impairments

Travel is getting more inclusive.

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11 of the Best Maldives Resorts for Luxury and Honeymoon Escapes

The best resorts in the Maldives for luxury vacations and honeymoon escapes offer their guests star-lit picnics, coral plantations, and wine tasting in the company of rare marine creatures.

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This Is the Newest Five-star Wellness Retreat to Open in the Maldives

Need a reset? Book a stay at Joali Being ASAP.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving in a US$125,000 Underwater Villa in the Maldives

Turkey 5 meters below sea level!

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These Maldives Resorts Are Giving Away Free Seaplane Flights

Island-hopping in the Maldives just got a whole lot more affordable.

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This Luxurious Private Island in the Maldives Has a Wellness Buyout Package for $85,000 a Night

Take over a Waldorf Astoria with 24 of your best friends.

Wrap Up the Year with a Tropical Island Getaway in the Maldives

What better way to spend the holidays than basking in the sun at the Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives?

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This Maldives Resort Hosts an Overnight Shipwreck Adventure — and It’s Just for Kids

It’s the adventure your kids didn’t know they needed.

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Jumeirah Is Opening a Gorgeous, Ultra-Mod New Hotel in the Maldives

The company behind the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai debuts the new Jumeirah Maldives.

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8 ways to boost your wellbeing with Four Seasons Resorts of Asia

Wellness has never felt more essential, which is why we love these offerings from Four Seasons.

World’s Best Awards 2021: Top 100 Hotels in the World

The top 100 Best Hotels Overall in 2021 as voted by our readers in the World’s Best Awards.

World’s Best Awards 2021: Top 25 Islands in the World

Sun, sand and plenty of vitamin sea. From Sicily to the Seychelles to Sri Lanka, these are the top 25 islands in the world in 2021.

World’s Best Awards 2021: Top Islands in Asia-Pacific

Of all the dreamy, clear-watered, tropical islands in Asia-Pacific, these are readers’ top picks.

8 Most Scenic Restaurants in Asia

From the depths of the sea to the top of the world: come for the food, stay for the unbeatable views.

You Will Soon Have to Pay a Departure Tax to Leave the Maldives

If you needed incentive to schedule a trip this year, the new departure tax kicks in Jan. 1, 2022.

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Why We See #Villalife in Your Future

Villa-management firms elevate private residences to six-star stays.

The T+L Guide to Top-Tier Hotel Openings in Southeast Asia in the Second Half of 2021

We preview 23 of the most outstanding luxury hotels coming to the region.

I’ve Been to 21 Spas in the Maldives. Here Are 15 of My Favorites

Caviar, crystals, 24-carat magic and more.

These Hotel Activities for Kids Are Way Cooler Than Summer Camp

After all that virtual school, kids need hands-on learning more than ever. Could these resorts — and their next-level educational programs — be the answer?

We Took An Aqua-Immersion Trip to the Maldives and It Was Pure Bliss

Here are 5 ways this wellness resort in the Maldives makes sure you’re one with the ocean

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The Best 8 New Hotel Spas in Asia

Because let’s face it: everyone is going to need to recharge on the other side of all this.

This Ultra-Sustainable Maldivian Resort Is Perfect for a Luxe Longstay

Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives is as green as it gets and it’s offering up to 50 percent off extended stays.

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These Are the Places in Asia You’re Most Likely to Visit First

With some lockdown restrictions easing and travel bubbles trying their hardest to pop up, these destinations should be on your radar right now.

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9 Reasons Why Romance Is Better in the Maldives

If you’re looking for love, look no further than this stunning archipelago.

Treat Yourself to a Stay in a Maldivian Villa

If you’ve been dreaming of a villa stay on a private island, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives is the perfect place to indulge.

Why Biophilic Hotel Design Is So Hot Right Now

Have you seen the Green Wall of Singapore? The new Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay is the latest lush example of biophilic hotels, designed to immerse us in nature inside and out.

Win a 4-Night, Full-Board Stay at Kurumba Maldives

We’ve teamed up with Kurumba Maldives to offer a four-night stay at their postcard-perfect resort, including a full meal plan and roundtrip transfers from Male Velana International Airport.

These Are the Top 500 Hotels in the World

The T+L 500 are the world’s best hotels in 2021, as voted by T+L’s discerning readers.

4 Amazing Places for a Diving Expedition in the Maldives

Social distancing is no trouble at all when you’re underwater searching for rare species of marine life.

8 of Asia’s Most ‘Bling Empire’ Valentine’s Days

We know travel restrictions mean you probably can’t avail of any of these offers. But here’s a bit of Valentine’s voyeurism into some of Asia’s most extravagant romantic experiences.

Why Creatives Are Already Booking Flights for This Upcoming Oasis in the Maldives

From art installations to breathtaking boutiques, Patina Maldives, Fari Islands, is a
different kind of retreat.

6 Things to Do in the Maldives Beyond Snapping Brag-Worthy Beach Selfies

There’s more to this magical archipelago than meets the eye.

This Maldives resort has its own COVID-testing machine. And if you’re positive, you stay for free

Soneva Fushi dropped six figures on COVID screener in order to keep its doors wide open with all our masks off.

5 Reasons Why the Maldives Belongs at the Top of Your 2021 Travel List

Sun, sand and plenty of space for social distancing—paradise is looking pretty good these days.

Why This Maldivian Eco-Resort Is ‘Powered by Plants’

It’s easy being green at Gili Lankanfushi, thanks to this innovative new plant-based package.

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.

Review: Cheval Blanc Randheli

When on a family vacation to the Maldives, would you expect anything less than vintage glamour at a resort named after a favorite wine?

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