Arrivals & Departures Six of the best luxury resorts opening this year in the Maldives

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From the longest pool in the country to accommodation accessed only by seaplane, the Maldives’ latest crop of resorts will be sure to keep visitors happy.

This year six new luxury resorts will open in the Maldives, expanding its accommodation offering with several new family-friendly and adult-only properties.

Kandima Maldives

Located on a lush tropical island in the Dhaalu Atoll, the newly opened Kandima Maldives caters to couples, groups, families and honeymooners. 

The resort offers a large selection of experiences and facilities, including the longest pool in the Maldives (measuring 100m), an art studio, photo studio, marine biology school, kids' club and spa.

The resort has a choice of 10 restaurants and bars and 274 stylishly-designed studios and villas, with 11 different categories to choose from. All have a private terrace and uninterrupted views.

Dhigali Maldives

Opening in May, this is one of the only resorts in the remote Raa Atoll. Accessible by a scenic seaplane journey of 40 minutes from Malé airport, Dhigali features a house reef in swimming distance and a sandbank at the tip of the island.

With a modern minimalist design, the 182 villas and suites sit on the beach and over the lagoon.

Facilities will include five restaurants, two bars, a children’s club, spa, fitness centre, water sports and diving centre.

Mercure Maldives Kooddoo

When it opens in mid-year, Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort (pictured at top), on Gaafu Alifu Atoll, will provide one of the best-value accommodation options on offer.

The 68-villa resort, with 43 over-water villas, has been built using local materials.

The resort will also have a fitness centre, tennis facilities, two restaurants and bars, a range of water sports and excursions, and a kids' club.

Grand Park Kodhipparu

Also opening mid-year, The Park Hotel Group’s entry to the Maldives hotel market will be a new all-villa luxury resort in the North Malé Atoll, 20 minutes' speedboat ride from Malé International Airport.

The resort will have 120 villas, with beach-front pool villas and over-water villas, some with their own infinity pool.

Facilities will include a harbour beach club and pool bar, a swimming pool, fitness centre, water sports and diving centre, wellness centre and spa, sunrise yoga deck and a children’s activity centre. There will also be two gourmet restaurants offering indoor and outdoor settings with sea views. 

Baglioni Resort Maldives

This Italian-owned resort will open this October and is located on Maagau in Dhaalu Atoll.

The 96-villa resort’s elegant design will be complemented by the Jungle Spa, while beach volleyball, the beach gym and a range of watersports will keep more active guests entertained. 

LUX North Malé Atoll

Opening in November, LUX North Malé Atoll will disrupt the Maldivian mould. Instead of traditional thatched villas, the resort will offer oversized one, two and three-bedroom penthouse-style residences with a Miami South Beach influence.

Each of the 60 residences will have a private pool, indoor-outdoor living spaces and wraparound decking. All of the double-storey beachfront and ocean villas will have a living area of at least 350sqm plus a 120sqm private deck/terrace.

Located an hour by speedboat from Malé, the resort will have an over-water spa, PADI dive centre, watersports, ocean-view rooftop bar, big-screen cinema, kids' club, yoga plinth as well as two world-class restaurants and a wine cave.

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