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Top Five Best Hotels in the Maldives

Where: Maldives
March 3, 2008 at 6:04 PM | by | ()

We have some friends heading to the Maldives this week and we're trying to keep our jealousy in check but it's really hard.

So we are dealing with it the best way we can--creating a list of the Top Five Best Hotels in the Maldives.*

See our picks after the jump.

1. W Hotel Maldives: We aren't big fans of W Hotels largely because we try to avoid hotels that have the same amenities, services and irksome one-word branding across all their locations.

Yet somehow, we think the W Maldives will be very different from oh, say any of the 6 NYC-area W Hotels.

The hotel is located on the island of Fesdu, in the North Ari Atoll with 78 private villas instead of boxy hotel rooms. What locks it up aside from the killer views, the plethora of outdoor spots to grab a drink and the Away spa? Each villa comes with its own plunge pool, sundeck, and beach.

Rates: $1,200 a night and up.

[Photo: JKrueger]

2. Baros

We're a bit of Anglophiles over here and the Brits are especially hard to ignore when it comes to hotel reviews. They don't mince words, they don't employ any passive-aggressiveness whatsoever and they come up with some really cool slang words.

That's why we'll take up their recommendation of the Baros Resort. The resort is the third-oldest in the Maldives but it recently underwent some renovations, adding the always popular overwater bungalows. Also we kinda died when we saw this pic of the outdoor bathtub.

Rates: $1,065 a night and up.

[Photo: Myrm]

3. One & Only Reethi Rah

The One & Only chain has two hotels in the Maldives (lucky bastards)--the Reethi Rah and the Kanuhura. Of course, if someone else was paying the way, we wouldn't care which one we shacked up in. But if we magically had the funds to afford this trip, we would probably pick the Reethi Rah which is actually more expensive but got better reviews.

Every villa on the property has its own Villa host, a staffer dedicated solely to you. Some even come with assistants so that's two people servicing you whenever you want.

Rates: $1350 ($1050 in May-July) a night for a Beach Villa.

4. Huvafen Fushi

This is probably one of the most expensive hotels in the Maldives but yet judging from reviews, it seems to be very down-to-earth and hip, full of guests looking to socialize with one another rather than hole away in their bungalows.

Not that doing that is a bad thing. And when your beach-facing bungalow also comes with a private courtyard which has an oversized bath, a fresh water plunge pool, a waterfall shower and an outdoor daybed, it's gotta be hard to motivate to do anything else.

Rates:$1,760 a night and up.

5. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

This place was formerly a Hilton but recently got the luxe makeover into a Conrad Resort (a Hilton brand).

The accommodations include beach villas, water villas and overwater bungalows which are pretty norm for the Maldives. But the place has the Ithee underwater restaurant and that alone seals the deal. That and the fact that children under 12 aren't allowed in there.

Rates: $1,050 a night and up.

Have your own opinion of the best hotel in the Maldives? Drop it here.

*This is the list's full title: Top Five Best Hotels in the Maldives That We Fantasize About Visiting Someday But Know That It Will Never Happen in This Lifetime Unless We Win the Lottery But Then Again Aren't Lottery Winners Cursed? Oh Well, Who Cares, We Would Go Anyways.

[Lead Photo: DanielPozo]

Archived Comments:

Re: Top Five Best Hotels in the Maldives

Beg to diff.

Soneva Fishi?
Soneva Gili?

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inthis 5 conrad is the best

Soneva Fushi vs Soneva Gili

According to http://www.maldivesbest.com Soneva Fushi is a one of the biggest islands in Maldives in land size, it's is in Baa Atoll. Soneva Gili is a top notch cozy resort close to airport. Soneva Gili is much expensive compared to Soneva Fushi.