Best hotels and hostels in Southern Atolls

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Laamu

    Six Senses Laamu

    Six Senses Laamu is an amazing place, combining thoughtful luxury, rustic simplicity, outstanding culinary options and plenty of activities. The island truly feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere; getting to Olhuveli involves an hour’s flight south from Male followed by a 15-minute speedboat ride, but a stay here is certainly worth the extra travel time.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Dhaalu

    Niyama Private Islands

    This gorgeous resort, spread between two lush islands, is an extremely impressive fusion of alluring white beaches, ultra-high-end accommodation and superb service. It features plenty of quirky touches including a tree-house restaurant, an off-shore overwater restaurant and an underground nightclub. Niyama is flush with awards, and was recently hailed by Conde Nast as one of the world's best resorts.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Addu Atoll

    Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa

    This enormous but beautifully and thoughtfully conceived island ranks among the absolute top resorts in Maldives. It's right in the south of the country, but well worth the extra travel time. The vast water villas, great beaches and selection of super amenities will satisfy even the most demanding travellers.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Thaa

    COMO Maalifushi

    The first resort in remote Thaa Atoll is this glorious creation of the COMO group. The highlights include superb food, an excellent holistic spa and state-of-the-art rooms, all built from scratch in 2014. The island has great stretches of beach, and enjoys its own atmospheric desert island nearby. Tourism in Thaa Atoll couldn't have gotten off to a better start.

  • Lodging in Addu Atoll

    Equator Village

    Equator Village is one of the best-value resorts in the country, with low room rates and excellent all-inclusive packages making this a great deal. Staying here also gives you the opportunity to see something of local life, as Gan is connected to several inhabited islands by a causeway.

  • Lodging in Gaafu Alifu

    Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort

    Originally built by the Jumeirah group as their second resort in the country, Dhevanafushi was recently passed on to the Accor group of hotels; as a result, its prices have gone down somewhat and the resort is now attracting a slightly less exacting clientele. That said, it remains fabulously luxurious and very focused on stylish relaxation and private romance.

  • Lodging in Dhaalu

    St Regis Vommuli

    Opened in late 2016 to enormous fanfare, this highly impressive luxury resort is instantly recognisable by its striking architecture, which combines Gehry-esque curves, manta ray-inspired water villas and a reception that appears to hover magically above the sand. Sitting on a perfect white-sand island, the entire place is gorgeously conceived and an obvious destination for high-end pampering.

  • Lodging in Faafu

    Filitheyo Island Resort

    Filitheyo is a lush, triangular island with superb white-sand beaches and some stellar dive sites within easy reach. The public buildings are spacious open-sided Balinese-style pavilions with palm-thatch roofs and natural touches. The whole place feels chic but laid-back and informal. It's a solid midrange option with many guests on all-inclusive packages who come here to dive and relax.

  • Lodging in Gaafu Dhaalu

    Ayada Maldives

    The first resort built in this pristine corner of Maldives, Ayada boasts fantastic accommodation in large and beautifully designed contemporary villas. It's set on a perfect island surrounded by superb and largely undiscovered reefs; there are also some excellent surf breaks nearby. It's a great choice for anyone looking for a luxurious diving and water sports holiday.

  • Lodging in Gaafu Alifu

    The Residence Maldives

    This large, attractive and modern resort is run by the Singapore-based Cenizaro group. It showcases a stylish, unpretentious luxury that – while far from cheap – will not necessarily involve remortgaging your house; by the standards of the top end of Maldivian resorts, The Residence offers strong value for money. The beaches here are stunning and the welcome is genuinely warm.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gaafu Alifu

    Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

    Remote, stylish, modern and luxurious: this five-star island's high standards and gorgeous beaches rank it as one of the best hotels in the country. The resort's most striking feature is its thoroughly contemporary architecture, which makes the most of glass, steel and sleek minimalist lines to create some gorgeous structures.

  • Lodging in Dhaalu

    Angsana Velavaru

    Velavaru boasts classy accommodation with a strong Asian feel. It's most notable for its InOcean water villas, stand-alone structures a kilometre out from the main island; they're connected by boats across the lagoon and totally private. This is an upper-midrange place that attracts an international crowd looking for affordable relaxation, and is particularly good for food and beaches.

  • Lodging in Gaafu Dhaalu

    Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort

    Atop a circular reef that's great for snorkelling, this breathtakingly lovely island features perfect turquoise waters and dreamy white-sand beaches fringed by swaying palms. Deep in the remotest corner of giant Huvadhoo atoll, it has quietly developed a reputation as a genuine place to escape. The resort offers a very good price-quality ratio.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Laamu

    Reveries Diving Village

    This smart place, run by a clued-up and passionate team of locals, is one of the best compromises we have found between the luxury of a resort and the cost of a guesthouse. The 20 rooms offer some of the smartest guesthouse accommodation in the country, with stylish furniture, balconies, cable TV and good bathrooms with rain showers.

  • Lodging in Dhaalu

    Villa Stella

    One of the very first guesthouses in Maldives, Villa Stella is a great place to enjoy life on an inhabited island and to explore local culture. Even though the guesthouse is used to catering to Italians, English is spoken, and the welcome is warm. Meals of fresh fish are excellent and there's also a small bikini beach on Ribudhoo.

  • Lodging in Vaavu

    Plumeria Maldives

    This impressive place has marked the arrival of sophisticated tourism on Thinadhoo. The modern and stylish boutique hotel, which describes itself as offering affordable luxury, boasts a separate beachside restaurant and dive centre. It's a big step up from the standard accommodation offered in guesthouses, and yet its prices are tiny compared to most resorts.

  • Lodging in Faafu

    Remora Inn

    This Polish-Maldivian venture is run by the friendly Magda, who ensures that there's a steady stream of Polish visitors here, although non-Poles won't feel out of place. On the island of Nilandhoo, a place still barely touched by tourism, this carefully designed and thoughtfully decorated place has en-suite rooms with patios or balconies and access to the nearby bikini beach.

  • Lodging in Gaafu Alifu

    Pearl Beach View

    A wonderful option on the charming fishing island of Nilandhoo, which has some great beaches and very friendly locals. The small guesthouse, just a short wander from the island's bikini beach, has four simple but spotless rooms that share a small enclosed sand-floored courtyard. The guesthouse owners are enthusiastic, friendly and can arrange almost any local activity.

  • Lodging in Addu Atoll

    Charming Holiday Lodge

    The only guesthouse on the island of Hulhumeedhoo, Charming Holiday Lodge certainly lives up to its name and makes for a great base from which to explore the remote and traditional village of Meedhoo. Rooms are very simple, with shiny tiled floors, TVs and modern bathrooms, but the welcome is ultra warm. The team here provides excursions and activities aplenty.

  • Lodging in Dhaalu

    Beach Stay Maldives

    This six-room guesthouse overlooks the harbour on the charmingly laid-back, predominantly fishing island of Meedhoo. It offers a warm welcome to its guests, who usually visit on great-value all-inclusive seven-night packages (US$1500 per person), which are packed with excursions and activities. The guesthouse has its own bikini beach a short distance away.