Romance

Cocoa Island by COMO Simple luxury with little fuss, this gorgeous island is perfect for high-end romance.

Anantara Kihavah Villas With sumptuous rooms and one of the best beaches in the country, this place is heaven for couples.

Gili Lankanfushi There are few things more romantic than spending the day in your giant overwater villa here.

Soneva Fushi With stunning beaches, beautiful private villas and thick jungle vegetation, this is a totally romantic destination.

Makunudu Island Back-to-nature style triumphs here in a refreshingly unfancy resort designed for honeymooners.

Luxury

Cheval Blanc Randheli The Louis Vuitton resort that has everyone talking, as well as the highest room rates in the country.

One & Only Reethi Rah An old-time classic, this superlative place is the playground of millionaires and royalty.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru Less bling and more class, the Four Seasons has the feel of a giant social club.

Velaa Private Island The personal creation of one individual, VPI effortlessly competes with the best international hotel chains.

Six Senses Laamu With its wooden structures, sustainable ethos and comic sans font, this is barefoot luxury at its relaxed best.

Diving & Snorkelling

Adaaran Select Meedhupparu The remote location in Raa Atoll means that divers have 30 dive sites essentially to themselves.

Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa A remote location means pristine dive sites where you're highly unlikely to be bothered by other divers.

Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon Attracts divers with over 100 sites within easy reach, as well as the finest house reef in the country.

Reveries Diving Village One of the most diving-focused guesthouses in the country, this is a great mixture of diving resort and boutique hotel.

Equator Village Some of the cheapest and best diving in Maldives is available at this former British naval base.

Surfing

Cinnamon Island Dhonveli The most surf-focused resort in the country, Dhonveli has access to perfect left Pasta Point.

Coke's Beach A popular guesthouse on the island of Thulusdhoo, with access to two great breaks.

Canopus Retreats Thulusdhoo An excellent guesthouse with plenty of surfing choices nearby.

Six Senses Laamu This top-end resort is also the best place to access Ying Yang, one of the biggest breaks in Maldives.

Reveries Diving Village As well as being a great base for divers, this guesthouse is excellently located to access six surf spots in Laamu Atoll.

Family Holidays

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island This megaresort on two islands has everything imaginable to keep kids entertained.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru This high-end option is always popular with families for its great kids club and numerous activities.

Kurumba Maldives Set up more like a grand country club, here you'll find a great kids club and boundless entertainment options.

Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa While the parents relax, the kids can enjoy the kids club and teenagers the Cool Zone.

Kuredu Island Resort & Spa One of the best midrange resorts for families, Kuredu has a great range of activities, a kids club and lots of excursions.

Good Food

Gili Lankanfushi It's hard not to be blown away by the culinary brilliance at one of the three restaurants here.

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa Its signature Indian restaurant Baraabaru is simply superb, but don't miss pizza at Reef Club.

COMO Maalifushi This luxury resort has some mind-blowingly good food in its many restaurants, including excellent in-villa dining.

Six Senses Laamu Superb Japanese, Vietnamese and Mediterranean cuisine, and probably the best breakfast buffet in the country.

Huvafen Fushi This tiny but utterly indulgent island has an enormous range of excellent eating options.

Cool Design

St Regis Vommuli Extraordinary public areas, a floating reception and memorable manta ray–inspired water villas.

Amilla Fushi Some of the most stylish villas in the country in this slice of Palm Beach on an Indian Ocean island.

W Maldives This refreshingly modern and chic place redefines the Maldives resort into something contemporary.

One & Only Reethi Rah Perhaps the best rooms in the country: all the villas here look like Balinese palaces.

Cheval Blanc Randheli The Jean-Michel Gathy–designed public areas and rooms here are the latest in cutting-edge Maldivian style.