With so many outstanding hotels in the Maldives, it’s a real challenge to select just five resorts for special praise, especially when we realistically could name 25! If your budget will allow, there’s no doubt that booking your own pool villa will give you an extra level of privacy and luxury – where the views over the Indian Ocean will feel like they’re exclusively ‘yours’. Several returning holidaymakers have told us that they rarely leave their villa for the duration of their stay!
So, here are our recommendations for the best pool villas going…
Ocean View Villa with Private Pool at Shangri La’s Villingili Resort and Spa
This amazing villa comprises 218 square metres of luxury living and features the services of a private villa host. Highlights are the swim-up infinity edge pool, a sundeck for al fresco dining and lounging and an incredible bathroom with twin vanity units, indoor and outdoor showers and an oval bathtub. Mod cons include a 40” LCD TV with Bose home theatre, complimentary Wi-Fi and a Nespresso coffee machine and mini bar.
Beach Revive, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Boasting panoramic views of pool, beach and ocean, the Beach Revives are a Maldives phenomenon. Think semi open marble bathrooms with marble plunge bath, an Apple Media Centre, private wine cellar and one touch controls for mood lighting and room features. 24 hr. butler service comes as standard whilst a personal chef is available on request. A private sun deck with loungers and beautiful pool will tempt you outside.
Grand Water Pavilion, Beach House at Iruveli
A quite sumptuous grand villa of authentic thatched roof design featuring sensational open spaces and 350 square metres of indoor and outdoor living space. Graced by a 7.5m x 5.5m infinity pool, a large private sundeck, private dining area, two bedrooms and some of the finest panoramic ocean views imaginable. This room type is perfect for entertaining and can sleep up to 6 adults.
Seascape Escape, W Maldives
A huge, amazing luxury villa with glass floor bottomed lounge, sprawling sun deck with daybed, two bedrooms and a sensational oversized infinity edged pool. An indoor/outdoor lounge, powder room and second bathroom make this an elite choice and the W signature bed is sure to aid restful sleep. This fabulous room type would be recommended to discerning clientele in search of an outstanding luxury pad in the Maldives.
Deluxe Pool Villa, Kurumba
This premium accommodation at the more affordable end of the luxury scale at Kurumba offers an attractive enclosed pool area with sundeck, lounging chairs and separate thatched relaxation pavilion. A courtyard lends easy access to the beach whilst inside you’ll enjoy a separate sitting room with veranda; bedroom with king sized four poster bed and bathroom with glassed walled shower and free standing tub. Guests staying here get a premium Champagne breakfast at the Ocean Grill and early evening complimentary cocktails.
Carole Booth is Commercial Director at Destinology.