Firstly, we should probably mention that this is basically a trick question, as all the resorts in the Maldives will provide you with same magical beaches, oceans and island views, not to mention the consistently phenomenal climate.

Anyone coming to the Maldives for the first time will definitely find it hard to leave. If you are planning a visit, you have made a fantastic choice! But how do you go about choosing the right Maldives luxury resort for yourself? Photo jumeirah Vittaveli

Eating

Are you a fan of eating at the same restaurant every day for all of your meals? Or do you prefer to eat from a buffet? Many resorts have a few different restaurants which offer different cuisines, and a choice of a buffet or a la carte. Others only offer buffets. Be sure you look before you book, and check the PDF menu’s online.

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Island Size

You even have the choice of what size Island you desire! You can choose from islands that you can walk around in 10 minutes, or islands where you will need a bike to explore. Depending on your own preferences, it is entirely up to you. Some resorts span across multiple connected islands, and others are just really small. The smaller ones tend to be great for water sports though!

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Facilities

Although it is a no-brainer, you will have to check with the resorts and make sure the location you desire has the correct facilities for you. For example, most resorts will offer scuba diving. But if you want two tank diving each morning, this is something you will have to check prior to booking your resort.

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Ocean Reef

For snorkelers and scuba divers, an important factor is the quality of the house reef, the coral reef around the specific island itself, and the kind of access they can get to it. If you love the world under water, this is really something worth investigating. Construction on certain resorts have led to damage of the coral reef. This, of course, means fewer aquatic animals and fish to see, which can be particularly disappointing when snorkeling. Other reefs are truly spectacular, rich in a variety of animals and sublime corals. Access is also an important aspect for a snorkeler, and the best house reefs are simple to swim to from a jetty or a beach.

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The key points to consider here are whether you cope well in the heat and sun, or if you would rather step out directly into water or directly onto a beach. If you go for the water villa option, check out the aerial view to determine how private it is, and how the villas are set up in terms of spacing and how close they are to the land.

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If you prefer to sit in the shade, a beach villa might be more suited to you. Some water villas can leave you exposed in the scorching heat. Beach villas are usually under the palm trees with more shade around the outside spaces, which make things a little more cooler.

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14 Comments

  1. That’s something I’d love to do – seeing all those fish and diving the reefs!

  2. Carmen Edelson

    Absolutely! It would be the trip of a lifetime.

  3. Lara Dunning

    I am now dreaming of the Maldives! The breakdown of all the options is really helpful. I don’t think I’d be up for a buffet only resort, and that thought hadn’t even crossed my mind, so it is good to know. It would be hard to choose between waterside and landside villas, so maybe both. 🙂

  4. Carmen Edelson

    Ha… such a hard decision! First world problems, right? 😉

  5. Martin Bower

    The Maldives look truly beautiful. We have considered visiting many times, but have always been put off by the lack of things to do, as neither of us are big on lounging on the beach all day. Maybe one day when we get tired of walking…Martin Bower recently posted…Is Disneysea the best Disney theme park? – Disneysea, Tokyo, Japan

  6. Carmen Edelson

    Ha! Yes, maybe. Thanks so much for reading, Martin 🙂

  7. Vicki Louise

    I soooo want to stay in an over-water bungalow! Thinking critically, I think I’d need the full suite of restaurant options too rather than just a buffet as I am a bit of a foodie – but then again – if I was staying in an over-water bungalow, I probably would be so excited to be there I wouldn’t care about the food!Vicki Louise recently posted…My Africa Outtakes

  8. Carmen Edelson

    Yes, foodies would definitely prefer the different restaurants more!

  9. stacey veikalas

    Oh wow I will take them all – but I think my fave is over the water and the food wow the food looks fantastic for sure!

  10. Carmen Edelson

    Staying over the water is a dream!

  11. So what islands do you recommend? I’d love to stay in an overwater bungalow and snorkel in the beautiful waters everyday. The Maldives is certainly becoming more and more popular as a destination.

  12. Carmen Edelson

    Honestly… all of them are stunning. I promise!

  13. As a passionate diver, house reefs are a must! Also a water villa – hush, daydreaming right now! And a private cook for some dinners too!

  14. Carmen Edelson

    It just sounds like paradise, right? Thanks for reading, Viki!

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