The Most Lavish Private Island Resorts in the Maldives

These private island getaways must be seen to be believed.

Pristine white sandy shores, crystal clear water, tropical foliage, and awe-inspiring sunsets are all just part and parcel of the Maldives.

Comprised of around 1,200 small coral islands and sandbanks, the Indian Ocean archipelago is home to incredible marine life, rich culture, and some of the world’s most breathtaking resorts. Beckoning holiday-makers into a private oasis of unmatched luxury, these private island resorts in the Maldives are worthy of inclusion on anyone’s bucket list. Boasting private infinity pools, 24-hour butlers, sunset-viewing decks, and five-star amenities, these resorts present the ultimate five-star tropical getaway that many dreams of and only a few experience.

Velaa Private Island

Translating to ‘Turtle Island’ from the local language, Velaa Private Island appears like a turtle-shaped oasis by seaplane. Comprised of 43 private villas, houses, and four-bedroom residences, the resort offers an unparalleled luxury experience where a butler ensures all your needs are catered to and endless turquoise horizons greet your five-star villa or residence every morning.

Velaa Private Island

Along with swimming in the crystal clear waters, enjoying some fine dining, and spending the day on the golf course, guests can restore balance and zen at the Velaa’s spa. In addition to traditional massage rituals, guests can receive personalized facial treatments, use the snow room or sauna or take part in a meditation session.

Velaa Private Island can be reached by a 45-minute seaplane ride via Velana International airport, Malé.

Velaa Private Island Water Pool Villa
The Sunset Deluxe Water Pool Villa, from around approx. A$7491/night | Source: Velaa Private Island

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island

Offering a fully-inclusive experience, Kudadoo Maldives ensures its guests have their every need catered for.

Located in the Lhaviyani Atoll, this resort haven is the Maldives’ only fully solar-powered private island and is comprised of 15 over-water eco-conscious residences.

With a promise of “anything, anytime, anywhere”, Kudadoo Maldives offers its guests a truly unlimited tropical holiday experience, where you can spend as much time as you please relaxing at the world-class spa, exploring the coral reefs, diving with the marine life and going for picnics on nearby islands.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island
A residence costs from around A$4,500/night | Source: Kudadoo Maldives
Spa at Kudadoo Maldives Private Island
Source: Kudadoo Maldives

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Situated in the South Ari Atoll, this secluded resort is accessed by a 30-minute seaplane and offers an opulent and private tropical getaway.

Along with a number of world-class restaurants, one of which is submerged in the ocean, Conrad Maldives offers luxurious spa treatments, glittering infinity pools, yoga classes, and private villas and suites.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
Mandhoo Spa Retaurant | Source: Conrad Maldives

If being perched above the ocean isn’t enough of a front-row seat to the Maldives’ marine life, try going beneath the surface by booking The Muraka. Beneath a curved acrylic dome, guests in this underwater paradise can watch fish swim by as they drift to sleep. The two-level residence also comes with a 24-hour butler, infinity pool, and outdoor deck.

THE MURAKA at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island
THE MURAKA, starts from around A$14,500/night | Source: Conrad Maldives

The St. Regis Vommuli Resort

Surrounded by verdant rainforest and pristine beaches, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort is yet another breathtaking private island paradise found in the Maldives. Boasting its own lagoon, a world-class spa, infinity pool, diving center, and six restaurants, this resort offers no shortage of luxe amenities.

Offering top-tier service and opulent interiors, the resort’s 33 on-land and 44 over-water villas are sure to impress the most discerning of guests.

The St. Regis Vommuli Resort

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort’s Garden Villa comes with its own pool, sundeck, and luxurious king-size bedroom where lush, leafy vistas add to the serene ambiance.

On the more luxe end of the spectrum is the John Jacob Astor Estate; the largest three-bedroom overwater villa in the Maldives where guests will have a private gym, cinema room, spa suites, infinity pool, jacuzzi, and plunge pools at their disposal.

Garden Villa at The St. Regis Vommuli Resort
Garden Villa, from around A$1,650/night | Source: St. Regis Maldives
John Jacob Astor Estate The St. Regis Vommuli Resort
John Jacob Astor Estate, from around A$37,700/night | Source: St. Regis Maldives

Jumeirah Maldives Olahali Island

Just a 15-minute seaplane ride from Malé, Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island offers sanctuary and seclusion in North Malé Atoll.

Where every villa has a private rooftop terrace and infinity pool, the private island is designed for five-star relaxation. When you’ve grown bored of paddling in your private pool, you can go for a spot of beachside tennis, go for a cruise on a private yacht charter or join Jumeirah’s in-house yogi for a private or group yoga session.

Jumeirah Maldives Olahali Island

Crowned by a 14-meter infinity pool, the three-bedroom Water Retreat boasts its own gym, sauna, sundeck, and extended rooftop terrace, all amid the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean.

Water Retreat at Jumeirah Maldives Olahali Island
Three Bedroom Water Retreat, from around A$21,882/night | Source: Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island

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