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The Ultimate Top Picks in Maldives 2021

Where to go in the Maldives 2021? Together with Elegant Travel, we have the ultimate top picks for the categories Beach & Ocean, Ultraluxury and Family.

25 June 2021


Best of Beach & Ocean

Soneva Jani

Price: from € 1600,- per villa and night incl. half board.

Hardly any other resort in the Maldives is as connected to the ocean and the beach as the "Soneva Jani". Perfect conditions are created by the 5.6-kilometre-long lagoon, which encompasses a total of five islands. First opened at the end of 2016, the "Soneva Jani" is already opening a new chapter: With "Chapter Two", the luxury resort expands with 27 new over-water villas, a new wellness centre and three new restaurants. For the new villas, the unique offer "Soneva Unlimited" was created: not only are all meals in the bars and restaurants as well as in-villa dining and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included, but also a wide variety of experiences such as diving, spa treatments or activities for children. An all-around package par excellence!

In keeping with Soneva style and design, the new villas feature lovely details made from materials sourced from the surrounding area: Chairs made from alluvial wood, lamps woven from sticks and roofs covered in palm leaves. Whether you're swimming in the private lagoon, snorkelling, scuba diving, or enjoying the iconic waterslide in your own villa, there's so much about the ancient element of water at Soneva Jani! Sonu and Eva, the creators of Soneva Resorts, always manage to reinvent themselves. With "Chapter Two" of "Soneva Jani", they are opening a new and unprecedented chapter of sustainable, natural and authentic luxury in a class of its own. Chapeau!

The finest powdered sugar beach and the endless turquoise blue of the Indian Ocean at "Soneva Jani".

More Top Picks Beach & Ocean

Price: from € 700,- per villa and night incl. half board.

Since 2020 under German flag, Finolhu is a true jewel in the Baa Atoll. A super snorkeling and diving area in the Unesco Biosphere Reserve!

One&Only Reethi Rah
Price: from € 1100,- per villa and night incl. half board.

The Grande Dame of the Maldives - a timeless classic. Probably the best beach club in the Maldives, St. Tropez feeling guaranteed!

Best of Ultra Luxury


Price: from € 1100,- per villa and night incl. breakfast.

What exactly constitutes the ultra-luxury experience at the "Joali Resort"? At Joali, true luxury is not defined by ostentation and glamour, but by the focus on well-being, feel-good character and enjoyment. More and more luxurious, more and more exclusive and more and more extravagant - the true spirit of the luxury hotel industry, however, is limited to the essentials: people and their individual needs. This philosophy is deeply rooted in the resort and is lived out every day by the first-class team around General Manager Enver Arslan. This already starts with the landing in Malé, where one is brought by an exclusive "Joali" SUV to the private "Joali Lounge" at the airport. It takes 50 minutes by seaplane to reach the unspoilt Raa Atoll in the north of the Maldives. There, the most spectacular jetty of the archipelago awaits the guest, which in our opinion reflects the entire island: the harmonious combination of design, architecture and luxury in harmony with the surrounding nature.

The 73 private villas on water or land have all been decorated by renowned designers and are the epitome of sustainable living comfort. Elegant Travel's tip for families with children is a beach villa with a private infinity pool, all nestled in the island's lush greenery. The in-house butler is available around the clock and will fulfil every one of your wishes.

The creative kitchen concept of the lifestyle resort also deserves special mention. In the four restaurants you can indulge in local dishes, sushi or authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Not to forget the unbelievably great spa of the "Joali": From the house of ESPA you can enjoy many different and tailor-made treatments. Of course, in-villa treatments are also available outside of the spa's opening hours. The "Joali" is also the only resort in the Maldives with an original Turkish Hamam. Sustainable glamour, unconventional luxury and the philosophy of "Joie de vivre" make every moment at the "Joali" a moment of a true ultra-luxury stay ...

The living concept makes every moment in the "Joali" a true luxury experience in a class of its own.

More Top Picks Ultra Luxury:

Waldorf Astoria
Price: from € 1300,- per villa and night incl. breakfast.

A legend - now also in the Maldives! The island has a restaurant density comparable to a big city. Only 30 minutes by private yacht from Malé!

Cheval Blanc Randheli
Price: € 1900,- per villa and night incl. breakfast.

Dress code: Dress up and look sharp! Stylish barefoot luxury and the feeling of generosity and boundless freedom.

Best of Family


Price: from € 1000,- per villa and night incl. half board.

A long-distance trip with children must be well planned. The "Vakkaru Resort" offers everything to spend a carefree holiday with the whole family. That means: for children as varied as possible and for parents as relaxing as possible. With the seaplane, which is a real highlight for children, you can reach the "Vakkaru" in only 30 minutes from Malé. Situated in the middle of the Unesco Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, the island is surrounded by a lively and beautiful house reef. Three blue holes in the immediate vicinity guarantee an abundance of species and fish - a real insider tip for divers.

In general, the "Vakkaru" is a lush and very natural island. 1400 coconut palms offer enough shady spots for everyone. Elegant Travels villa tip for families: a "Beach Family Pool Villa" - Maldivian, nature-oriented design, a master bedroom with adjoining children's bedroom and a cosy outdoor area with terrace and private pool ensure well-being. After a few steps, you are at the beach and the turquoise blue, calm lagoon.

The kids club "Parrotfish Club" rounds off your unforgettable family holiday. In this spacious mini club, all children between the ages of three and twelve are in good hands: A tailor-made programme for each age group is taken care of by a loving and well-trained team. From handicrafts and painting to cooking classes or smaller excursions - there is something for everyone! A special highlight is the weekly treasure hunt on the island - shining children's eyes are guaranteed. Right next door in the "Coconut Club", teenagers also get their money's worth: billiard and table tennis tables, table football, a large library, a computer and a selection of board games are available.

The culinary level at the "Vakkaru" is also outstanding: in four restaurants and two bars, gourmets get an exquisite selection of dishes, from international to Asian or Italian to typical island dishes. The family-friendly atmosphere, the stylish accommodation, which also takes children into consideration, a varied culinary offer, a personal butler and 24-hour medical care, if necessary, make the "Vakkaru" a family paradise in the Maldives!

On this small island your family will find everything for an unforgettable holiday in paradise.

Other Top Picks Family:

Price: from € 800,- per villa and night incl. half board.

The "Kanuhura" is a must-visit - it is still THE family island in the Maldives. The whole island is a playground. Children under twelve years stay for free!

Soneva Fushi
Price: from € 1700,- per villa and night incl. half board.

If Peter Pan went on holiday, he would be at "Soneva Fushi"! Probably the coolest kids club in the Maldives: "The Den". Children under the age of seven stay free of charge.

Elegant Travel

Dominik Babel and his team of Elegant Travel present themselves as the experts on the Maldives. After living and working in the island paradise for several years, he and his team now ensure unforgettable holiday moments in one of the most beautiful spots on earth.

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Marktplatz 19, 83115 Neubeuern, Germany
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