Most travellers to Maldives pick a private island resort to escape the crowds and spend their entire getaway taking advantage of an exclusive stay, vast stretches of shoreline, and exclusive concierge services to explore untapped experiences. Still, with so many enticing options for luxury resorts and elite hotel brands across the archipelago’s 1,200 small coral islands and sandbanks, it is not easy to choose the best resort that fits your style—or at least a private resort that’s best suited for the type of itineary you’re planning. Explore our handpicked selection of the finest all-inclusive private island resorts in Maldives for 2023.
10. Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah
Nestled within a UNESCO-protected reserve, the idyllic Voavah Private Island is a true gem, surrounded by pristine white sand beaches that offer a serene escape from the outside world. As the world’s first exclusive-use isle, this seven-bedroom paradise provides the ultimate in privacy and luxury. To make the experience even more unforgettable, the island also comes with its own 62-foot yacht, providing a means to explore the stunning surrounding reefs and atolls.
Address: 838H+M3M, Kudarikilu, Maldives
9. Velaa Private Island
This luxurious and intimate hideaway was brought to life by world-renowned architect Petr Kolar and is a passion project of Czech couple Jirí and Radka Smejc. Carefully crafted with the finest materials from around the world, including wood from Borneo, stone from Jordan, and artisan patio furniture from Italy, Velaa Private Island exudes a sense of sophistication and elegance. From lounging by the pool to practising yoga in the open air to chartering a cruise with the resort’s own fleet, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Address: R6J5+GQW, Republic of Maldives, Maldives
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8. The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, a picturesque island oasis, offers a perfect retreat for both romantic getaways and family vacations. Perched atop a magnificent 22-acre paradise located in the southern Dhaalu Atoll, this resort can be reached by a 45-minute seaplane journey from Male International Airport. In keeping with the luxurious standards of the renowned St. Regis brand, this magnificent property boasts a combination of contemporary architecture and modern interiors that seamlessly blend into stunning surroundings. The resort exudes elegance and sophistication, while still preserving the natural beauty and ensuring that they remain the main attraction.
Address: Vommuli Island Dhaalu Atoll, 13080, Maldives
7. Kudadoo Maldives Private Island
Kudadoo, a luxurious and opulent resort designed by Yuji Yamazaki, boasts only 15 overwater villas that are spread out over a small space of 200 meters in length and 200 meters in width, creating an intimate and unassuming atmosphere. The island is a verdant paradise surrounded by a pristine white sand beach overflowing with a diverse range of vegetation including sea lettuce, ironwood, coconut palms, and screw pine. The architectural design of the resort is inspired by Japanese aesthetics, adding an extra touch of sophistication to the overall aesthetic. The resort is best viewed from the air, as guests arrive on a 40-minute seaplane ride from Malé, the capital city of the country.
Address: Kudadoo Island, Lhaviyani Atoll 07080, Maldives
6. The Nautilus Maldives
In the breathtaking heart of Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives, The Nautilus is a highly exclusive and intimately private luxury resort. With a limited number of just 26 elegantly designed beach and ocean houses and residences, this resort offers a truly personalized experience, catered to your every need. Marvel at the mesmerizing dances of the majestic manta rays at the world-renowned Hanifaru Bay, or unwind and reconnect with nature at the over-water Solasta Spa. At the end of every eventful day, savour the tantalizing infusions of Mediterranean and Arabic cuisine at Zeytoun, one of the island’s four signature restaurants.
Address: Thiladhoo, Baa atoll 20066, Maldives
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5. Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Tucked away in the tranquil south end of the Maldives, surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, lies Dhevanafushi, a luxurious hideaway created for those seeking peace and serenity. The resort, formerly known as Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, boasts 21 island villas, each with its own private beach and swimming pool, providing guests with the ultimate privacy and seclusion. In addition, there are 16 overwater ocean villas, which offer direct access to the clear waters below, as well as outdoor marble baths with breathtaking views of the horizon. In September 2017, the resort management changed from Jumeirah to AccorHotels.
Address: Olhuhali, North Male Atoll Maldives, 00000, Maldives
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4. Ithaafushi Private Island
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has recently introduced their newest and most exclusive property, Ithaafushi, a luxurious private island located on the mainland. The name “Ithaafushi” translates to “Pearl Island” and it spans almost eight acres of land, offering accommodation for just 24 guests across three lavish villas. Two of these villas are posh two-bedroom properties and one is a magnificent four-bedroom dwelling. To reach this idyllic location, guests will fly into Malé and then either board a seaplane or take a transfer on one of the resort’s sophisticated yachts for a brief journey.
Address: Ithaafushi Island, South Male, 20009, Maldives
3. Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island
Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island is one of the most prestigious and private resorts in the Maldives, located on the unspoiled Noonu Atoll. This contemporary and intimate haven is a highly coveted Maldivian destination, offering a variety of activities, including snorkeling, diving, water sports, fishing, and sunset cruises. The resort has gained notoriety as the honeymoon location of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and is owned by LVMH, famously known as the Louis Vuitton Hotel Maldives.
Address: Cheval Blanc Randheli Island, Maldives
2. Milaidhoo Island Maldives
Milaidhoo is a unique and exceptional luxury resort in the Maldives, offering a refreshing take on traditional five-star experiences. The resort views its guests as storywriters, encouraging them to craft their own dream holiday and begin a new chapter in their travel story. Established in November 2016, the boutique resort is located in the Baa Atoll UNESCO biosphere reserve, near Hanifaru Bay, around 126 km northwest of the capital city of Male.
Address: 1 Milaidhoo Island Milaidhoo Island, 20002, Maldives
1. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
The Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is a magnificent resort that offers a luxurious getaway surrounded by stunning white sands and sparkling crystal blue waters. This elegant resort is conveniently located near Malé International Airport, with a 45-minute yacht ride bringing guests to its doorstep. The resort boasts 119 all-pool Beach, Reef, and Overwater villas, each offering a private oasis in the heart of a tropical paradise. Spread across three separate islands, guests are invited to explore a world of indulgence, with 11 dining venues that offer a variety of cuisines and experiences.
Address: Ithaafushi Island South Malé Atoll Male, 20009, Maldives