With the emergence of new luxury hotels in the Maldives, there are now even more reasons to be drawn to this enchanting tropical paradise. Renowned for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, pristine white sandy beaches, and stunning coral reefs, the Maldives has always been a sought-after destination for travelers seeking unparalleled beauty and tranquility. Now, with the addition of these new luxury hotels, guests can indulge in a heightened level of opulence and sophistication while immersing themselves in the breathtaking natural surroundings that make the Maldives truly unforgettable.
From idyllic beachfront resorts to ultra-luxurious overwater villas, this report delves into the finest new hotel openings that have graced the Maldives this year, as well as those promising to make a grand entrance later in the year.
We journey through these architectural marvels and eco-friendly accommodations that have risen from the shimmering Maldivian atolls, enriching the already diverse landscape of hospitality in the Maldives. These stunning properties are not only offering an indulgent retreat for those seeking solitude amid the pandemic’s aftermath, but they’re also driving the local economy, instigating environmental initiatives, and upholding the Maldives’ legacy as a world-class luxury travel destination. So, whether you’re a globe trotter itching to pack your bags or an industry expert looking for the latest hospitality trends, let’s dive deep into the sublime beauty and unique offerings of these new Maldivian havens.
Opening Date: January 2023
This 16-hectare island, nestled in Meemu Atoll, boasts rich biodiversity. From swimming alongside whale sharks and manta rays to sailing with dolphins at sunset, the experience begins with a scenic 35-minute seaplane journey over the atolls.
Amidst the lush surroundings, our beach and over-water sanctuaries cater to both families and groups of friends. Every spacious villa and suite is designed to complement its natural surroundings, ensuring a serene experience without overwhelming the senses. Whether you choose a villa by the palm-lined beach or one suspended over the Indian Ocean, each comes with a terrace, private pool, and either a sunset or sunrise view. This setup ensures privacy while fostering a deep connection with nature and the local Maldivian culture.
Opening Date: April 2023
The island resort is located on the western edge of the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, where once-in-a-lifetime encounters include dolphin visits to our lagoon and snorkelling with manta rays at Hanifaru Bay.
A new-build property on a natural tropical island showcasing the very best that Avani has to offer, Avani+ Fares will be home to a variety of accommodation options. From beach pool villas and four-bedroom beach pavilions to picture perfect three-bedroom over water villas sitting across the island’s large turquoise bay, the accommodation will offer a stylish modern sanctuary, maximising breezy spaces and ergonomic lighting, as well as tech focused amenities to suit the needs of the most discerning guest. Avani+ Fares will appeal to couples, families and friends with an array of dining, fitness, water sport recreation and pampering spa treatments.
With twelve individual dive sites off the beach at Fares, divers are spoilt for choice. In addition, guests will have access to the Avani house reef, a 220-metre reef teeming with marine life including turtles and dolphins and the nearby Fares reef which is 600 metres off the shore.
Avani+ Fares Maldives is only a 35-minute journey by seaplane from Velana International Airport. Click for more details about Avani+ Fares Maldives.
With properties in Europe, The Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia, the Avani portfolio is growing all the time.
Opening Date: May 2023
Nooe Maldives Kunaavashi is a thoughtfully designed resort that offers 72 guest bungalows and villas, spread over 3 hectares. Among them, 39 villas are situated overwater, providing a truly enchanting and romantic experience with private plunge pools, spacious decks, and breathtaking views of the Vaavu Atoll. The resort’s convenient location allows guests to reach it in just 1 hour by speedboat or 25 minutes by seaplane from Male city and the international airport.
The property boasts an impressive array of amenities, including six food and beverage outlets that showcase the cultural and culinary delights of the Maldives. From the all-day dining restaurant Ìrǔ (Sun) offering themed buffets and live action stations to the Japanese-inspired w·āsho’ku with its teppanyaki grill, guests can indulge in a variety of culinary experiences. The resort also features a pool bar called vēlì (Sand) where guests can relax with cocktails while enjoying the stunning views of the pool and Indian Ocean. The coffee shop, mõ·odhǔ (Sea), offers decadent treats and holistic options for guests on the go.
Opening Date: August 2023
Amari Havodda Maldives property joined the NH Collection portfolio in August, NH Collection Maldives Havodda Resort will be the first NH Collection property located outside of an urban setting.
Set on a picturesque island in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, NH Collection Maldives Havodda Resort will boast 120 opulent villas, including 60 beachfront and 60 over-water accommodations. Each villa will provide guests with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, immersing them in the tranquility and beauty of the Maldivian surroundings.
While indulging in their stay, guests will have a variety of exquisite dining options to choose from. An all-day dining experience serving international cuisine, a beachside grill offering delectable grilled dishes, poolside pizzas, and a cocktail bar with light bites will ensure that every culinary desire is satisfied. Additionally, the resort will feature a dedicated Asian concept spa, a fully equipped gym, an inviting swimming pool with a pool bar, and a kids club to cater to younger guests.
Opening Date: August 2023
Situated on one of the largest natural islands in Raa Atoll, the resort is located 45 minutes by seaplane from Velana International Airport, Amari Raaya Maldives is an accessible option for travellers visiting the Maldives.
The resort unveils a range of villa accommodations, both on the island and over the water, offering diverse options that range from 61 sq. m to 1228 sq. m. Among its notable features are several dining establishments, the rejuvenating Maai Spa, and extensive facilities tailored for young children and teenagers.
Families and groups can choose the unique Family Beach or Family Beach Pool Villa, which consists of interconnected villas and a shared private outdoor living space, perfect for quality time together.
Guests can explore the natural mangrove and its walking path, ideal for nature enthusiasts. The local reef surrounding the island teems with abundant marine life, including sea turtles, and during certain seasons, visitors can witness the captivating bioluminescent plankton phenomenon.
Amari is the centrepiece of ONYX Hospitality Group’s portfolio of brands, reflecting the warmth and energy of an evolving modern Asia.
Opening Date: September 2023
Accepting bookings from September 1 onwards, Six Senses Kanuhura features a magnificent natural beach, considered one of the largest and most iconic in the Maldives. In addition, the resort encompasses two private islands—one for intimate desert island dining and the other for a truly immersive castaway experience. Guests can spend their days in a blissful state, surrounded by radiant sunshine, sandy shores, and crystal-clear waters. The only distractions from relaxation come in the form of delicious cuisine, spa indulgences, and quality time with loved ones or even a passing turtle.
Accommodation options consist of 91 beachfront and overwater villas, including the introduction of 12 Beach Retreats. These retreats, featuring one to three bedrooms and private pools just steps from the ocean, cater to families and larger groups.
It is located in the pristine Lhaviyani Atoll, a short 40-minute seaplane ride from Velana International Airport (MLE).
Opening Date: September 2023
Featuring 151 villas on the beach and in the lagoon, Joy Island is located in North Malé Atoll close to Velana International Airport, only 40 minutes away by speedboat.
The shape of this beautiful island resembles a butterfly with its wide white sand beach, surrounded by a stunning turquoise lagoon.
Opening Date: October 2023
Discover Jawakara Islands Maldives: Where tropical adventures await every family member! Spanning two exquisite islands connected by a mesmerizing blue bridge, Jawakara turns the pristine Maldives into an exhilarating playground. From sandcastles and treasure hunts on sun-kissed beaches to dolphin chases and underwater escapades, it’s a blend of Maldivian luxury and vibrant fun. Dive in and craft unforgettable memories, ensuring your family’s laughter echoes in paradise. Explore our exclusive offers and let Jawakara be your dream family getaway!
Opening Date: January 2024
Nestled in an idyllic archipelago overlooking Emboodhoo Lagoon, So/ Maldives is a new all-villa destination that is just a short boat trip from Malé International Airport.
The SO/Maldives resort offers a luxurious collection of 80 beachfront and overwater villas, ranging from one to three bedrooms across eight categories. Each villa is designed with open-plan living in mind and features a private pool and deck, allowing guests to enjoy breathtaking ocean views. The sizes vary from the 120 sqm Lagoon Water Pool Villa to the spacious 410 sqm Three-Bedroom Ocean Water Pool Atelier, and include the 238 sqm Family Beach Pool Villa with Capsule, which offers unique “sleep pods” for young travelers or larger groups. Emphasizing luxury and sustainability, these villas are equipped with Maison CODAGE toiletries made from vegan ingredients, plush robes, slippers, and personalized concierge service.
SO/ Maldives offers a variety of unique dining experiences. The Citronelle Club provides all-day Pan-Asian cuisine, while the Lazuli Beach Club, inspired by the French Riviera, offers Mediterranean dishes and cocktails, complemented by DJ music in the evenings. Hadaba in the Arrival Pavilion features Arabian-style slow-cooked dishes and smoked delicacies. Besides these, guests can enjoy private in-villa dining or explore food and beverage options outside the resort.