Incredible views and service: the best hotels in the Maldives for a full-fledged vacation
It's a blue speck in the middle of the Indian Ocean that you probably haven't paid much attention to on a map, but it's popular on Instagram and TikTok. The Maldives, with its blue waters and bright white sands, is a dream landscape.
But traveling to Asia is often quite expensive. Of course, you can find great luxury here, but there are also more budget-friendly places. Gq-magazine.co has published locations where you can have an unforgettable and impressive vacation on the island of your dreams.
Oblu Xperience Ailafushi
For travelers looking for more than just sun and sand, Oblu Xperience on Ailafushi Island is an apt choice for those seeking adventure. This all-inclusive resort is located just a twenty-minute speedboat ride from Male Airport, with rates starting at £170 per person per night. With a choice between water villas, beach houses, family houses, and more, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better deal in the Indian Ocean. In addition, there is scuba diving, dolphin tours, underwater dining, and an on-site spa.
On the more luxurious end of the Oblu spectrum, Sangeli is an investment you won't soon forget. This five-star, all-inclusive resort enhances the tropical setting with incredible views, panoramic sunsets, attentive and helpful staff, chic villas, adults-only areas, a huge spa, and just about everything you need for a true vacation. It has a more adult and luxurious atmosphere, where visitors are encouraged to connect with their surroundings in a more intimate way.
Conrad Rangali Island
Belongs to the Muraka Apartments at the Conrad on Rangali Island. The Muraka is a low iceberg building that unfolds at the end of a long jetty a good half kilometer into the Indian Ocean. Oh, and it's also partially underwater. The upper part of The Muraka has everything you'd expect: luxury villas, a gym, a chef, a swimming pool, and specially commissioned contemporary art - and it's all underwater.
But if underwater luxury isn't for you, there's also a selection of beachfront and oceanfront villas located just off the main spit. All of them remain luxurious and classically Maldivian, without the dramatic allure of a dive.
The private island resort Nautilus seems too good to be true. There is fine sand and tall, beautiful trees. There are a total of 26 rooms, or "houses," which can be found either on the beach or in the shape of a shell (or nautilus, for sea creature watchers) on stilts hovering above the water. Whichever you choose, all rooms have private pools and separate living rooms adjacent to the huge bedrooms.
With such stunning nature, the owners have done well not to try to compete by using overly needy interior design. The level of taste is exceptional, with an aesthetic that is natural and harmonious: high ceilings, conical roofs, beaded chandeliers, and a TV the size of a local movie theater screen.