Everything from Champagne to Heinz Ketchup needs to be imported into Maldives.
Holidays to this Indian Ocean idyll can get expensive especially if you have family in-tow. While every resort does offer meal plans, the all inclusive option is especially attractive.
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best all-inclusive resorts in Maldives:
Hurawahli Island Resort – Adult-only – all inclusive
Hurawalhi Island Resort, Maldives is an ultra-chic, adults only five-star resort designed with a modern, minimalist take on traditional Maldivian architecture. The quintessential Maldivian retreat, this island property is surrounded by pristine, palm fringed white sandy beaches and a deep turquoise ocean, offering 90 villas in total split between the beach and the ocean. There are seven bars and restaurants ranging from the all-day Canneli for both buffet and à la carte dining, Kashibo for a taste of Asian street food, JFK (Junk Food Kitchen) for an alternative take on fast food classics to the spectacular 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, the world’s largest all-glass undersea restaurant. For shoreline lazing, cocktail in hand there is Coco Bar, with the bar at Kashibo offering Shochu cocktails over water and the Champagne Pavilion for the ultimate sunset champagne cocktail with canapés.
Facilities wise, there is the Duniye Spa offering a natural, holistic and personalised approach to wellbeing; a fully equipped Fitness Centre; a Medical Clinic; a Games Room with table tennis, billiards and so forth; the Thari Boutique for branded merchandise, clothing and more plus Fine Jewels offering gemstones and jewellery at reasonable prices. Activities include sunset dolphin cruises, private sailing, deep sea fishing and a wide range of watersports. There is also The Manta Trust Marine Biology Centre run by the resort’s resident marine biologist; Prodivers offering regular scheduled guided diving and snorkelling trips; a freshwater infinity swimming pool, artificial courts for football, tennis and badminton and a deep-sea sport fishing boat.
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Kudadoo Maldives Private Island – Adult-only – fully-inclusive
Designed to escape from the monotony of everyday life, Kudadoo Maldives Private Island offers a world of possibilities to enjoy any time of the day or night. As an ultra-luxury fully-inclusive resort, there is nothing to sign for but everything to experience. Even better, it is sustainable luxury too –The Maldives’ only fully solar powered private island – and has been stunningly designed by Japanese master architect Yoji Yamazaki.
There are just 15 over water residences at this secluded little Eden offering an open plan layout with plenty of natural light and airflow and a 44 square metre private pool. As all the accommodation is of a similar size (apart from the two-bedroom ones of course), the only difficult decision to make before you arrive is whether to opt for a Maldivian sunrise surprise or a sunset one. You will be met by a private butler who will attend to every whim, 24/7, whilst your residence offers state of the art electronics, 137-centimetre flatscreen television with Bang & Olufsen surround sound.
A sister island to the adult-only nearby Hurawalhi, also designed by Yamazaki, where guests may enjoy both the facilities and restaurants, this all-inclusive is style personified, designed for an A-list clientele. Dining is available 24/7 anywhere you want to sit on the island, in your residence, on Dream Island, the beach or of course, in the resort’s restaurant located in the island’s hub, The Retreat. There is also access to the owner’s own Wine Cellar for a Cheese and Wine tasting with a difference, together with unlimited consumption of seven different premium Champagnes and a wine list of over 80 wine marques. For pampering, head to the Sulha Spa, a private sanctuary at The Retreat overlooking the ocean, featuring its own Lonu Cave, The Maldives’ first Himalayan Salt Chamber. You can also enjoy a sauna and steam room, work out in the well-equipped Fitness Centre, exercise with a personal trainer or simply find your inner Zen with Yoga and Meditation.
Unlimited water sports, excursions, diving and snorkelling are all included and easily arranged via your butler – you just have to choose your adventure. If you want to push the boat out, literally, you can hire the resort’s luxury yacht, Bella, too for private excursions.
You pay once … and everything is fully-inclusive – premium Champagne, spirits, fine cigars, Spa treatments, watersports and you have access to all the restaurants at Hurawahli – where you only have to pay to dine at the amazing 5.8 Undersea Restaurant.
"Anything, anytime, anywhere" is the resort's motto - one of the finest in the Indian Ocean.
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Siyam World – Family resort - all inclusive
Siyam World, Maldives is a unique resort with a smile on its face, one that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It offers a light-hearted approach to life which is different from other properties in the Maldives. It is perfect for those who cannot resist a luxury property which adds a water slide onto a Maldivian overwater villa and which also features the largest floating water park in the region. Siyam World is Maldives re-imagined!
This all-inclusive resort which opened in October 2021 offers 19 stylish accommodation categories, all with private pool – villas, rooms, pavilions and residences - spanning from 89 to 3,000 square metres both on land and over water. Of these, 181 are located on the beach and 291 are over water accessible via five separate jetties, 152 with water slides and 24 allocated to the premium accommodation segment known as The Beach House Collection. Premium guests have a range of privileges and benefits from butler service, to floating breakfasts, private seaplane transfers, spa treatments and more.
There are 14 restaurants and bars for a dine around choice with diverse menus ranging from international buffet favourites to Thai, Indian, Maldivian, Spanish and Japanese cuisine with two allocated for the premium accommodation dwellers only (The Orchid infinity pool bar and Arigato, the Japanese restaurant) and an underground fine dining wine cellar which is not included within the rate. Facilities abound and water activities include three swimming pools (one child free), the Siyam Water World and a range of water sports – windsurfing, catamaran sailing, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, snorkelling and free trial diving. Other amenities include football and futsal, tennis courts, badminton courts, a fully equipped fitness centre, beach volleyball, beach cricket and basketball. For pampering, there is the Veyo Spa and wellness area with 18 treatment rooms with double massage tables, open-air rain showers and flower baths. The spa includes a hydrotherapy area which includes chill pools, steam baths and saunas plus mani-pedi stations, a salon and a spa boutique. For fitness, there are group yoga and pilates classes, aqua aerobics, beach boot camp, morning beach run, power walking and sunset meditation.
For Little Explorers, there is the Kidz World Kids Club for those aged between four to eleven years of age with weekly activities including craft making classes, pizza making, storytelling, kid’s yoga and Zumbini classes for kiddies and teens. For teens, there is Not for Kidz, an adult free hang out zone for those aged between twelve to seventeen.
For entertainment, there is live music, DJs, local dance classes, karaoke nights, dance shows and pool, beach and foam parties.
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LUX* South Ari Atoll - Family resort - all inclusive
LUX* South Ari Atoll offers a contemporary Maldivian experience with all the 193 beautifully designed bungalows, villas and pavilions located either on the lagoon or strung out along the long sandy beach. With a laid-back ambiance and the opportunity to explore the best of what the Maldives has to offer, the architecture is a modern take on the traditional Maldivian thatched roofed architecture.
Here, you will find chaise longues temptingly located on the four kilometres of sandy palm fringed beaches, staircases down to the ocean from the water villas and seven dining concepts to suit every palate from Japanese to the Oriental, international cuisine to Italian or a café serving signature coffees roasted in house. Bar-wise, there are five around the resort to quench your thirst with one a fully-fledged beach club with a floating dance floor.
For wellbeing and fitness, there is the award-winning LUX* Me Spa offering 15 exclusive spa villas (including four over water); an outdoor relaxation area; a sauna and hammam; plunge pools, man-pedi facilities; a hair and bridal studio; a Spa Boutique and yoga classes in a Yoga Grove with sea views. The state-of-the-art Lux* Me Fitness Centre offers a range of TechnoGym equipment and fitness, stretching, progressive and adapted exercises. There are several water sports offered on a complimentary basis including snorkeling trips to the house reef, canoeing, pedal boats and kayaking. Other sports offered by the Dive Centre include diving, windsurfing, waterskiing, jet skiing, kite surfing, flyboarding and much, much more.
On land, enjoy table tennis, two floodlit tennis courts, two resort swimming pools, billiards, Pétanque, bicycles and beach cruisers. For mini travellers, PLAY is a specially designed programme to entertain kiddies from three to eleven years with a wide range of thoughtful and expertly curated age-appropriate activities. Other facilities include an on-site clinic, hotel boutique and a range of excursions available including island tours, speedboat trips or sunset cruises on Dhonis (the local boat), luxury catamarans or other crafts.
If that is not enough, the resort offers pop-ups and surprises that are visual, aural and gustatory.
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Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa - Family resort - all inclusive
For those craving a pure Robinson Crusoe experience with an endless azure blue horizon and a white sandy beach fringed with palm trees, then this architecturally significant resort on North Huvandhoo, close to the equator, might be an ideal choice. Located far away from the other well-trodden atolls in the Maldives, the small, sleek and sophisticated Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa offers just 51 luxurious villas: 33 land villas and 18 water villas which are built over water.
There are four restaurants and a bar – The Dining Room serving an à la carte international menu, The Island Grill for regionally inspired dishes and The Bar for sipping cocktails or long, iced drinks overlooking the Indian Ocean - with private dining offered in select locations around the island for those who want the ultimate in seclusion. The Chef’s Garden Treehouse is an innovative plant-based culinary adventure and Koi@ The Drift offers Japanese cuisine. For pampering, there is The Vidhun Spa with five couple’s treatment villas, offering Dhivehibeys-inspired massage, skin care and wellness rituals. The Spa also houses a 30-metre pool and bubble pond, the other 44-metre freshwater infinity swimming pool being located near the beach. There is also a Fitness Centre, a yoga studio and Blue Journeys PADI 5 dive and activity centre offering access to some of the best dive sites in the world. The Activity Centre offers a range of tailormade excursions, dolphin spotting, equator trip, traditional fishing and picnic on an uninhabited island.
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Soneva Jani - Family resort - all inclusive
Following on the success of Soneva Fushi, Eva and Sonu Shivdasani opened the ultra-romantic Soneva Jani in the Noona Atoll in 2016. Much was expected – and has been delivered in abundance. The intimate Soneva Jani resort is made up of five islands and has just 24 water retreats and 27 new water reserves. There are private beaches, lagoons, cinema screenings, cruises and a private wine tasting room, yet Soneva Jani is as much for families as it is for escapist couples. Nearly all the villas feature their own water slides – great fun for younger and indeed older guests. The villas offer the best of everything, some even have a retractable roof.
There is a four-room spa, a kid’s centre, gym, dive centre, water sports club and one of the finest observatories in the Indian Ocean. The resort has its own astronomer who is on hand to introduce you to the stars. The Gathering is the main breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant offering but there are a plethora of other dining locations including on any one of the beaches, the resort yacht, in-room and the Crab Shack. Located on the island of Medhufaru in the northern Atoll of Noonu, it takes around 45 minutes to fly by seaplane from Malé to Medhufaru – the main island that Soneva Jani sits atop.
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