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A favourite amongst GCC travellers, we've put together a list of some of the most lavish, exciting, and family friendly hotels in the Maldives that would suit every need.


Velaa Private Island

Escape to the pristine crystal blue waters at the Maldivian island resort, Velaa Private Island. Located within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll, the ultra-luxurious private island offers spacious accommodation and is the ideal location for GCC families and friends who wish to escape to a destination with endless experiences for all ages. The island comprises of 47 villas, each equipped with a private pool, including four Private Residences that can accommodate up to ten guests, perfect for large families or groups of friends. The Velaa Private Residences each offer four bedrooms, two terraces, a large private pool, private beach, and an outdoor lounge area, all spread out over 1,350 square metres of private interior and exterior space. With enough space for everyone, the stylish and comfortable décor ensures that guests feel glamorously at home.

A one-night stay at Velaa Private Islands in a Beach Pool Villa starts at USD 2500. A minimum stay of 5 nights is required.


Heritance Aarah Maldives

Located on the beautiful private island of Raa Atoli and a 45-minutes seaplane from the International Airport in Malé, this exclusive 5-star resort offers the perfect blend of Maldivian culture combined with modern comfort while being surrounded by the island’s pristine white sand. Heritance Aarah Maldives is known for its all-inclusive premium packages which includes a stay in one of the suites or villas, full board with a choice of five restaurants, spa treatment, island excursions and premium beverages. The island boasts one of the largest collection of beverages in the Maldives and offers a stocked up mini bar based on guest preferences on arrival on the island. The destination also offers an extended array of motorized and non-motorized water activities, cultural excursions and adventures as well as experiential indoor and outdoor activities for children, hence ensuring an unforgettable holiday for the entire family.

Premium all-inclusive package at Heritance Aarah Maldives starts at USD 1,000 on double sharing basis in an Ocean Suite inclusive of seaplane transfers from Velena International airport to resort. For more information or reservations, visit

JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa

Located at the azure waters of Shaviyani Atoll, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa is a sanctuary of scenic luxury. Featuring stylish overwater villas and beach villas, all with private pools and decks offering stunning views of the shimmering Indian Ocean, the luxury Maldivian resort is perfect for GCC families. The resort offers diverse international dining options including Japanese, Italian and Thai cuisine, along with treetop dining and buffet breakfasts.

Discover a wide variety of activities for the whole family including snorkeling, scuba diving, jet-skiing and sailing. Children can also enjoy their own adventures with over 100 activities offered at FAMiLY by JW - Little Griffins Kids Club. Refresh the body, mind and soul at either of the two resort’s swimming pools – Horizon or Pool 18 or with an exhilarating workout at the modern fitness center. Indulge is a rejuvenating massage or wellness therapy at the luxurious spa – Spa by JW. The resort houses 60 luxurious Beach and Overwater Pool Villas. The design is contemporary with spacious and airy interiors creating the ultimate privacy and tranquillity.

One night stay at JW Marriot Maldives Resort & Spa in a 1 Bedroom Overwater Villa starts at USD 730


Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi

Surf-lovers will fall in love with the waves at Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi, one of the best surf resorts in the Maldives. The resort attracts world class waves from perfect left breaking down one side of the island and six other world class waves just a short boat ride from the resort.

Known as ‘surfer’s paradise’, the island also has resident guides who have intricate knowledge of the area’s coastline, tides and local weather patterns, guiding guests to the best waves possible.

Villas overlook either the tropical gardens or the picturesque shoreline with the soundtrack of the ocean to relax to, and when guests aren’t chasing waves, the resort’s spa is the ultimate place to unwind, with a range of ancient healing techniques and cutting-edge therapies to boost wellbeing.

Rates at Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi starts at USD 285.

W Maldives

W Maldives is a luxury 5-star private island resort located on the glistening blue waters of the North Ari Atoll, a 25-minute seaplane journey away from Malé International Airport. Guests to this luxury paradise resort can choose from 77 beautifully designed and spacious villas, 50 of which are over-water. The resort offers the ultimate gastronomical experience with its 6 dining venues, including 2 bar concepts, with options of authentic Maldivian cuisine, seafood favourites, and fiery BBQ flavours.

Thrill-seekers will also be delighted with a wide variety of activities and watersports options including Fluorescence Night Snorkeling, Parasailing, and Jet skiing, among others. Those looking for some peace and tranquility can head to the AWAY® Spa where guests can pick from a selection of treatments by a team of experienced spa therapists.

Fitness enthusiasts can stay active during their holiday at FIT, the resort’s state-of-the-art, fully equipped gym. Stretch and strengthen with a view of the spectacular blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

One night stay at W Maldives in a Fabulous Overwater Villa starts at USD 730


Adaaran Club Rannalhi

Adaaran’s Club Rannalhi is the perfect resort for girls to travel together as it is safe, private and has so many activities on offer whatever the mood. The breathtakingly beautiful island offers comfortable rooms and water bungalows where guests can bask in the blissful surrounds with views of the region’s picturesque turquoise waters. The island is surrounded by vibrant marine life and at the nearby house reef, guests can snorkel or scuba dive to witness some of these underwater wonders. Other fun sports to enjoy with your friends include windsurfing, catamaran sailing and a range of paddle sports, where tanning and adventure go hand in hand. Other activities at the resort include beach volleyball where the girls can stay fit, tan and enjoy some team bonding time as you up the ante. A girls’ trip just wouldn’t be the same without some relaxation and rejuvenation and after all the adventures on offer, reflexology is on-hand to ensure pampering for body and mind.

An inclusive package at Adaaran Club Rannalhi Maldives starts from USD 380 on double sharing basis including transfers to the resort.


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