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Are you planning your next escape to the magical Maldives? Here are some fantastic hotspots to get you started on your dream itinerary for this magical destination!

LUX* North Male Atoll
Located 60 minutes by speedboat from Male International Airport, LUX* North Male Atoll is a contemporary and modern island paradise. This dazzling resort is complete with oversized, two-story accommodations – all with private pools, a sunken deck lounge space and chic rooftop terraces – perfect for families and couples. What’s so unique about this spectacular hotel? Every day the staff hides 10 messages in a bottle for guests to find where they are surprised with fun activities like sunset cocktails or complimentary spa treatments!

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo
Located in Meradhoo, Gaafu Alifu Atoll, a 55 minute domestic flight and 15 minute speedboat ride from Male is the recently opened Raffles Maldives Meradhoo. This resort boasts old world elegance at its finest where the décor and atmosphere takes you back in time with its true colonial and planation feel. This stunning property features two islands, the main island with beach units and the overwater island, Ocean Pearl, with overwater units – great for couples. Bringing Singapore’s iconic Raffles Hotel to the Maldives with their very own Long Bar, make sure to order a Maldivian Sling!

Gili Lankanfushi
Renovated and better than ever is the beautiful Gili Lankanfushi, a true Robinson Crusoe experience in the Maldives. Upon your arrival to the resort by 20 minute speedboat ride, your shoes are put into a bag that says “no news, no shoes” and are only given back to you upon departure. For an ultimate and unique dining experience, Dine by the Senses is available where guests are escorted to a secret location on the island to guess what they’re tasting and touching, making for a truly unforgettable evening! Gili is perfect for both families and couples.

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa
A quick 25 minute speedboat ride from Male, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa is located on the North Male Atoll in the tranquil turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. With recently renovated Deluxe Beach Pavilions with pools, Two Bedroom Beach Pavilions with pools and spa, this stunning retreat is better than ever! While on property, be sure to visit the Marine Discovery Centre where they rehabilitate and take care of turtles until they’re ready to go back into the ocean! Kuda Huraa is an ideal property for families.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi
Just 40 minutes away by private yacht from Male is Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. This new island retreat offers 119 villas including beach and overwater accommodations. Dining is the star of the show at this private island resort with 11 different food and beverage outlets. Our favorite was Terra – a stunning location made up of seven bamboo nests where you can dine amongst the treetops while enjoying world-class cuisine complemented by an extensive selection of fine wines and champagnes. Great for families and couples!

Heritance Aarah
Located in the Raa Atoll, accessible by seaplane from Male is the brand new Heritance Aarah. Featuring accommodations ranging from luxury duplex ocean suites, ocean villas and beach villas, each living space is customized to immerse guests in the unique sights and sounds of the Maldives. For a day of adventure, the resort’s experience instructor will take you to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hanifaru Bay, where you can snorkel to spot manta rays – the best time to see them is from June through October!

Content courtesy of Katie Hawkins of ID Travel Group.

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