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10 Best New Opening Resorts

Maldives is one of the most desired holiday destinations in the world, and the tiny island nation has seen a rise of new luxurious resorts with unique features pop up. In this article, we will look at some of the best newly opened and soon-to-open resorts in the Maldives.

Cocoon Maldives

Cocoon Maldives located in Ookolhufinolhu Island in Lhaviyani Atoll is set to open on 26th December 2016. Cocoon Maldives will offer 150 guests villas divided into eight categories from Beach Villas to Beach Suites and the exclusive Lagoon Villa and Suites designed by inspirational Italian designers, LAGO.

From every point in the rooms, guests are treated with spectacular views that maintain a constant visual relationship with the landscape. The three restaurants and bars available to select from the resort, guests will be spoilt for choice with food and beverage offerings.

  • The resort, reachable by a 30-minute seaplane ride from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport will provide its guests with a culture of excellence and quality of life.



Located in the pristine waters of the UNESCO Biosphere, Maldives Baa Atoll, is the glamorous resort of Finolhu. Reachable in 30 minutes by seaplane from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, the resort has been refined as a retro-inspired island paradise for the fun-loving beach-erati, and an unexpected revival of the halcyon days of the classic chic get away.

Complete with seven different room categories and six dining outlets on the resort. Finolhu also offers its guests a wide range of activities to indulge in, from water sports to visiting the Hanifaru Bay, one of the best sports for diving enthusiasts and one of the world’s largest manta ray feeding destinations.

Guests spending their vacations at Finolhu is guaranteed to have the time of their lives at the resorts by its friendly staff and natural beauty. Finolhi island is certainly one of a kind resort that visitors would not want to leave anytime soon.

Hurawalhi Island Resort

 Hurawalhi Island Resort is a spectacular 5 Star, resort opening on December 1, 2016. The island is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, an excellent house reef for snorkeling and SCUBA diving with long stretches of white, sandy beach.

The Resort features 90 Overwater and Beach Villas including 45 with private, infinity pools, and all with a sunrise or sunset view. The All Inclusive Plus Package option offers excellent value for money. Dining options include on the beach, over the water, and even underwater. The 5.8 Undersea Restaurant, 5.8 meters beneath the sea, offers a multi-course tasting menu with optional wine parings recommended by sommeliers and chosen from the Wine Cellar. The food, wine and views make for an extraordinary and memorable experience.

Hurawalhi is a 40-minute scenic seaplane flight from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport to Lhaviyani Atoll.

Kandima Maldives

Kandima Maldives located in Dhaalu Atoll is Pulse Hotels & Resorts debut resort in the Maldives. The resort will embody all the positive values of the Maldives, while adding its own innovative, vibrant and playful style. With a choice of 274 stylishly designed studios and villas, with eleven different categories to choose from, all of which have a private terrace and endless tropical views to enjoy, the resort is set to be anything but ordinary.

Kandima Maldives will accommodate a first class infrastructure on the island, boasting the longest pool in the Maldives, tennis courts, an art studio, marine biology school, kids club, games room, library, gym, yoga studio and spa. In addition, the island offers one of the largest selection of food outlets in the country, with an incredible choice of ten delicious restaurants and bars ranging from Japanese, Chinese or Mediterranean.

Guests will be able to enjoy this lush tropical resort just 30 minutes away from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport from December 2016 onwards.

LUX* North Male Atoll

LUX* North Male Atoll is scheduled to open in 2017. The all villa resort, a former picnic island has been transformed by LUX* Resorts & Hotels to change the traditional Maldivian style of thatched roofs and simplistic furniture to over-sized, penthouse residences oozing with elegance and intimacy for its guests.

Each residence is crowned with a fully-featured 120 m² reef terrace – a magnificent private deck, elevated five meters above a giant house, a rooftop bar, cinema and SONOS, a yoga plinth, starlight Jacuzzi’s and outdoor games help to create the ultimate sky lounge for people who love the high life.

The resort also consists of two restaurants; Beach Rogue and a Café LUX*, a bar, a wine cave, LUX* Me Spa and kids club.

Just a short transfer away from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, LUX*North Male Atoll is set to be one of the most innovative and popular resorts to feature in this list.

Milaidhoo Island Maldives

Opening in November 2016, Milaidhoo is a boutique luxury resort in the Baa Atoll’s UNESCO             Biosphere reserve. Milaidhoo prides itself on not being just another five-star resort in the Maldives by offering reinvented luxury.

Perfect for nature lovers with an easily accessible house coral reef, which encircles the island, is a protected area and noted as an outstanding snorkeling and diving site. The tiny beautiful island, abundant with tropical greenery, measures just 300m x 180m and is fringed by soft deep white sand beaches.

Designed for couples and honeymooners, everything at Milaidhoo has been custom made and made for comfort with a taste of the true Maldives, opening doors to Maldivian culture and unique experiences. Milaidhoo consists of 50 secluded villa island retreats and is just a 35-minute seaplane flight from Maldives International Airport.

OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo Maldives

OZEN by Atmosphere located in the island of Madhoo, South Male and opened its shores to the world on 15th July 2016.

A brand new lifestyle luxury resort offering guests fantastic value for money with its unique and exclusive Atmosphere INDULGENCE Luxury holiday plan, making OZEN the first Luxury All-Inclusive Resort in the Maldives.

The OZEN experience encompasses all aspects of a Luxury Holiday in the Maldives; from 92 stunning villas both beach front and over water, 5 unique and sumptuous restaurants for free dine-around fine dining including the first Underwater Restaurant in Male’ Atoll, indulgent Spa Experiences and exhilarating diving. Truly a unique experience.

Soneva Jani

The beautiful story of Soneva continues with the chain’s latest opening, Soneva Jani, set to open for Octorber 1st. The resort is 40 minutes away from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Located in the island of Mdehufaru, the resort comes packing with 24 spacious overwater villas and one island villa, all equipped with their own 13meter swimming pool and are surrounded by the huge lagoon with spectacular views. Most overwater villas come with a retractable roof from which for guests to stargaze, a feature unique to Soneva Jani.

Soneva Jani has its very own observatory, a labyrinth yet to be unveiled and even a ‘silent cinema’, the very first of its kind in the Maldives. Containing five different dining outlets as well as a spa and a children’s center (Den), the resort also has a spade of activities for their guests to engage in. Diving, snorkeling, spa treatments and excursions are just a few to name.

Soneva took great care in keeping its impact on the environment as low as possible, the eco-friendly approach taken in maintaining the resort will be very attractive with visitors. These are just some of the few reasons that Soneva Jani has been one of the most highly anticipated resorts set to open in 2016.

St. Regis Maldives 

The St. Regis Vommuli Resort Maldives is 40 minutes away from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, and consists of 77 luxurious villas with a distinct contemporary design scheme. Surrounded by the unspoiled turquoise waters of Dhaalu Atoll, St Regis will bring the brand’s hallmark luxury service to the Maldives.

Guests will have access to a tranquil spa with six private treatment rooms, an infinity swimming pool, state of the art fitness center and yoga space; as well as a dive and activity center. Along with an all-day dining restaurant, three specialty restaurants and a signature bar, offering guests rich culinary experiences to savor in.

St Regis will allow their guests to experience the services of a world class hotel at one of the world’s most magnificent destinations and it is not hard to see why the resort has been so highly regarded.

Voavah Maldives Private Island

Voavah Maldives Private Island is scheduled to open on 1st December 2016. Managed and owned by the world famous Four Seasons Group, guests can expect the same atmosphere, luxury and quality treatment that the group is renowned throughout the world for their newest opening in the Maldives, Voavah Private Island.

Voavah, branded as a true private island, features seven bedrooms, Beach House, PADI 5-Star Dive Centre, white-powder beach, vibrant reef, extreme water sports, pool and spa, a 2 hectare (5-acre) playground and party hideout, 19-metre (62-foot) luxury yacht, and is a UNESCO ocean territory.

The Resort is located in Baa Atoll, Maldives and a short 40-minute picturesque sea plane ride. It is an exciting new addition to the private islands category and will bring the experience to a whole new level indeed.

Top 10 Best New & Upcoming Resorts in the Maldives 

The article was written by the Editoral team of MVHOTELS and was originally published in Maldivian Holidays Magazine Issue 03.

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Maldivian Holidays Magazine is the official inflight magazine of the national airline of Maldives. The magazine is published quarterly by the contracted publisher MVHOTELS since 2015. The magazine provides the savvy, value-minded traveller with unparalleled vacation ideas in the Maldive Islands and top destinations worldwide, full of discovery, insight and themed issues.