TOP 5 Luxury Winter Retreats in the Maldives + TIPS to get the best prices
FEATURED ON LUXURY ADVISER All I want for Christmas is… a luxurious retreat in the Maldives, please! Crystal clear water, white sand beaches, and tropical breeze - what else could one wish for during the winter season? The Maldives is the destination in the heart of the Indian Ocean, presenting itself as a dreamy escape during the cold, boasting pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and luxury accommodations.
Snow and Santa Claus are officially on hold in 2023: according to our study conducted at RatePunk, where we scanned over 20k hotels, the Maldives is one of the most popular destinations for the holiday season this year.
Travelers more frequently choose luxurious retreats for their please-no-more-cold type of vacation in the Maldives, so we prepared a list of TOP 5 luxurious resorts most often chosen by our users.
Let’s get the snow (sand..?) ball rolling!
Our first stop on this winter retreat tour is Soneva Jani, an enchanting resort located on the private Medhufaru Island. The resort's signature feature is its awe-inspiring overwater villas equipped with crazy slides that seamlessly plunge into the crystal-clear lagoon. At night, star-gazing experiences are unparalleled, making it a perfect romantic escape.
The resort also offers an array of world-class dining options, a comprehensive spa, and a plethora of activities, from snorkeling in the coral-rich waters to cinema screenings under the stars.
Ideal for: Honeymooners and Couples
Average Price: $1,500 - $3,500 per night
Velaa Private Island
This island sanctuary promises tranquility, and it's a haven for those who appreciate personalized service, privacy, and top-notch amenities. Each villa comes with its own butler, ensuring that your every desire is met promptly and discreetly. Whether you seek rest and relaxation or adrenaline-pumping water sports, Velaa delivers.
The resort boasts a Michelin-starred chef, and the dining experiences are nothing short of extraordinary. From fine dining at Aragu to enjoying a romantic dinner on a private yacht, culinary delights are the peak of the Velaa experience.
Ideal for: Ultra-Discerning Travelers
Average Price: $2,000 - $4,500 per night
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
For travelers with a passion for marine life and conservation, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru is an ideal choice. This luxury resort is uniquely situated within the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, making it a paradise for marine enthusiasts. The resort goes beyond opulent accommodations, offering a marine research center that actively contributes to marine preservation efforts. The dedication to sustainable practices sets the whole experience apart from the rest of the retreats on this list.
Ideal for: Nature Enthusiasts and Eco-Conscious Travelers
Average Price: $1,200 - $3,000 per night
St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Located on a private island, this luxury resort is renowned for its overwater villas, world-class dining, and a holistic spa experience. With its clear waters and abundant marine life, it's a haven for water sports enthusiasts.
Ideal for: Luxury Seekers and Water Sports Enthusiasts
Average Price: $1,800 - $4,000 per night
The resort features a range of stunning overwater and beachfront villas, designed with a minimalist, yet elegant aesthetic. Each one of them is meticulously designed to offer privacy and direct access to the turquoise waters.
The resort's wellness programs are just made for an escape from the cold. COMO Maalifushi's commitment to holistic well-being is evident in every aspect of the guest experience.
Ideal for: Wellness Seekers and Couples
Average Price: $1,200 - $3,500 per night
You can see that the price matches the amenities - luxurious retreats rarely don’t cost a fortune. Here are a few tips that will help you score a better price for your luxurious Maldives getaway.
- Book NOW. Don’t wait for last-minute deals. When it comes to the holiday season, early birds are the winners.
- Bring snorkeling gear. Yes, really. If you enjoy snorkeling, bring your gear with you. This will definitely save you money on rentals and allow you to explore the underwater world without splashing too much.
- Get the best out of resort activities. Retreats often offer free or low-cost activities like nature walks, snorkeling excursions, and cultural experiences. Take advantage of these not to break the bank & still get the full Maldives experience.
- Stay longer. That’s my favorite: many resorts offer discounts for extended stays, so consider spending more time in the Maldives. Christmas AND New Year in the Maldives? Say yes!
Compare retreat prices on different booking websites & check different IP addresses. Resort prices vary significantly on different websites & when booking from different countries. You can save up to a few thousand dollars when checking more than one. RatePunk, a free browser extension does that for you automatically - you’ll be 100% sure you’re getting your wanted luxurious retreat for the lowest price.