June 4, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
Everyone loves a beach resort, and the shallow waters of the Maldives make it possible to find a truly singular experience. Because the oceans are uniquely calm, resorts like the Waldorf Astoria have built out entire bungalows just above the lapping waves. From your residence, you'll have a truly panoramic view of the surrounding waters. Among a series of already outstanding resorts, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives sets itself apart even from that distinguished crowd. I'd hate to turn this into an apotheosis of the Waldorf, but it's hard not to exalt the virtues of a resort that is its own island. The seclusion of having your own bungalow on a private island is truly unmatched.
When a resort is an island, it is doubly important that it has the luxurious facilities to accommodate your every desire. While fine dining and a top-notch spa are the unmistakable call signs of any luxury resort, the Waldorf Astoria has taken them to another level. Their world-class Modun Spa is organized around the concept of a winding journey towards self-discovery and holistic rejuvenation with the spa facilities laid out along a twisting path that leads you through a natural progression of treatment. Dine on incredibly sumptuous cuisine either at one of the many restaurants and bars or bring that very same experience to the comfort and privacy of your own villa. Children are cared for in the Kids' Club, leaving the adults free to experience the unmatched luxury. If I wanted the experience of the unmistakable Maldivian bungalow, I would be remiss if I didn't seriously consider the Waldorf Astoria Maldives as my destination of choice.
March 20, 2012
By: Christopher Roney
The Maldives are well-known for being one of the few places in the world you can find overwater bungalows, largely because the water is calm and pristine enough to support the fragile construction they require. But in the land of floating villas, the Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa Maldives is looking to make a name for itself in another way. Rather than send their villas out into the water, they've taken to the foliage, their tree house villas nestled in the beachfront palm fronds that every child learns to draw at the age of 5 as foreshadowing of their future desire to stay at a place like this.
The resort plays home to all the features that the luxury traveler has come to expect. Khazaanaaga, a divided, on-site restaurants give you options from the South China Sea, Arabian Gulf, and Indian Ocean, and Javvu gives you the more Western choice and cafe-style dining during the day. CHI, the Spa at Shangri-La offers every treatment you could ever want while relaxing on a sandy beachfront and is inspired by traditional Chinese and Himalayan spiritual and physical wellness. A children's adventure zone, two tennis courts, and an Eco centre that allows you to explore the local flora and fauna even after you've come back from any of 25 dive sites, including a British shipwreck. The Shangri-La Villingili Resort and Spa is just about everything I'm looking for in a beachfront property.
December 23, 2011
By: Christopher Roney
The title pretty much says it all: The Four Seasons Maldives is crafting an underwater christmas tree from living coral fragments that will grow into a natural part of the reef below the hotel. Not only is the coral formation festive in its own right, it will also contribute to the preservation of the reef habitat, a natural wonder that is growing ever scarcer. That's certainly getting into the tropical Christmas spirit: Giving back to the natural habitat while promoting beauty and luxury. And you can even track the progress of the reef online at Reefscapers.
The resort itself is a wonderful beachfront property that is everything you imagine when you think of the classic tropical getaway: expansive beaches, blue skies and even bluer waters, and intimate and comfortable rooms and suites. The private coral island even has its own Explorer catamaran for traversing the open waters. Be sure to stop by the Four Seasons Maldives and enjoy this beautiful work of natural artwork that will become a fixture of their underwater landscape for years to come.
December 18, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance
In the #14 spot we have the One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah, the perfect tropical beach resort.
Quick facts about the One and Only Maldives:
- An all-villa property, the personalized experience offered in the 130 villas rivals any other in the world. Exclusive privacy is at a premium in a world where your blackberry is always on, but the One and Only Maldives transports you to another world where it's just you and the sand between your toes.
- Their KidsOnly program is free for children ages 2-11, offering age-appropriate activities for the younger world traveler. On top of that, babysitting is available for children under two 24 hours a day.
- The One and Only Spa offers ice fountains to vitalize your body by contrasting with the warmth of the tropical waters as well as their crystal steam rooms.
- All guests arrive on property after a 75 minute journey from Male International Airport aboard a 55-foot luxury yacht.
- Three restaurants and a bar on-site with diverse offerings: Reethi Restaurant, Tapasake, Fanditha, and Rah Bar.
- View the floor plans for the Beach Villas (135 m2 including verandah), Water Villas (149 m2 including verandah), and Grand Beach Villa with 1 bedroom and pool (260 m2 including veranda and pool area).
View photos, learn more about the hotel, and check availability at the One and Only Maldives at Reethi Rah >>
Be sure to keep up with our countdown! In case you missed it, here are our previously featured hotels:
#18 – The Peninsula Chicago
#17 - The Tower Club at Lebua
#16 - Auberge du Soleil
#15 - The Mount Nelson Hotel
May 13, 2011
By: Meagan Drillinger
Previously, the luxurious Conrad Maldives Rangali Island was known for offering guests the chance to dine in the world's first all-glass, undersea restaurant. But have you ever wanted to know what it's like to sleep with the fishes, but get to wake up in the morning? Now you can with the Conrad's signature under-water Ithaa Restaurant which is giving guests a chance to spend a night under water in the new "Ithaa Suite."
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the restaurant, set approximately 16 feet below the Indian Ocean's surface, offers guests a one-of-a-kind dining experience as thousands of fish swim across the 180-degree-arched glass ceiling. Now, the hotel has worked to turn the restaurant into an exclusive suite for two - talk about a room with a view!
Note Bene: The special suite is available for only one night of a guest's stay and arrangements must be made prior to arrival. Available to only one set of guests at a time, the experience comes with a private Champagne dinner and breakfast in bed.
Other Highlights of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island: Private double island resort surrounded by white sand beaches and coral reefs; 50 luxurious water villas, 79 exotic beach villas and 21 fabulous spa water villas with private treatment rooms; Deluxe Beach Villas with private plunge pool and garden; Seaplane arrival. Learn more and make reservations: Conrad Maldives Rangali Island