6 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Maldives
Only a few of the 1,200 islands that make up this Indian Ocean archipelago are inhabited, but those that are play host to some of the world’s most sybaritic escapes. If you're seeking a tropical getaway that includes overwater bungalow suites, bottomless cocktails, and even a bit of island hopping, you’ll find it—and more—at the best all-inclusive resorts in the Maldives.
Komandoo Maldives Island Resort
Romance-seekers, don’t let Komandoo’s low price-tag fool you: this intimate adults-only retreat (a rarity for the Maldives) in the Lhaviyani Atoll has everything you’d want in a blissed-out Maldivian escape. There are villas both on the beach and over the water, many with their own Jacuzzi tubs; a beachfront infinity pool; an on-site reef; and plenty of perks, including an introductory dive and an excursion to the nearby island of Hinnavaru. We especially love the sandy floors inside the lobby, restaurant, and bars, which really get you into that barefoot lifestyle.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Book a room at this five-pearl retreat and then put your wallet away, because this deal is truly all-inclusive. Meals, drinks (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic including premium wines and spirits), most activities, and two excursions per stay are already paid for in the rate. The sleek suites and villas come with outdoor showers and whirlpool tubs, Hermés toiletries, complimentary suntan lotion, and direct beach or ocean access—though it’s the public spaces that impress the most, with a family-friendly pool and playground on one end of the resort and a quieter bar and infinity pool on the other. Send the kids off to the Turtle Kids’ Club for costume-making and treasure hunts or keep the gang together for coral garden snorkeling and a sunset cruise.
Constance Moofushi’s romantic overwater bungalows are a big draw for honeymooners, but the hotel has a bit of a party scene, too, thanks to a roster of activities that range from beach volleyball to windsurfing; an entertainment lounge where group bonding happens over games of billiards; and Manta Bar, a beachy watering hole where beautiful people dance under a disco ball into the wee hours. Other highlights we love: the nightly wine pairings during meals and short excursions around the island aboard a traditional dhoni boat.
Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa
Step inside one of Centara’s airy, all-white suites or stilted overwater villas and you’ll forget all about that seaplane-plus-speedboat connection. A welcome glass of champagne signals you’ve arrived, not that you’ll have any problem settling right in. While the daily massages included in your rate are sure to work their way into your routine, you’ll want to save enough time (and energy) for the inclusive plan's dives, gourmet meals, quality drinks (including a constantly replenished mini-bar), and built-in excursion. Whether you opt to snorkel the nearby coral reef or take a leisurely sunset cruise past the island is entirely your choice.
LUX* South Ari Atoll
This 193-pavilion resort is now a beach-chic retreat thanks to a top-to-toe overhaul by Bangkok-based P49 Deesign studio. The impressive additions include signature over-water villas, each with their own private infinity pool, and three Temptation Pool Water Villas that feature twin showers and direct lagoon access (honeymooners, take note). The resort has plenty of standout dining options—there are five restaurants spanning everything from Japanese to Middle Eastern—but our favorite feature might be the expert-led workshops on watercolor painting, travel photography, or meditation.
Four Seasons Private Island at Voavah
For a no-holds-barred, live-like-royalty extravaganza, the Four Seasons Private Island at Voaveh is our hotel of choice on the Maldives. While the property doesn't bill itself as an "all-inclusive", for a cool $36,000 a night, you’ll have the island all to yourself (and whomever you decide to invite). What to expect: seven bedrooms spread over three villas, a private yacht and seaplane for exploring at any hour of the day, and your own team of chefs and staff, who sleep on-site and are at the ready to grant whatever wish pops into your head—a lobster dinner timed for sunset or a soothing massage in the overwater spa come to mind…
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