(CNN) – It is the definitive getaway for celebrities, honeymooners and families, all intent on returning to a picture-perfect paradise.
Happily, access has improved significantly since then, as today resorts on the atoll span more than 500 miles of ocean, from north to south of the country.
Here’s a selection of properties opening this year, as well as one resort that recently started welcoming guests and another that got a massive refresh.
patina maldives, fari archipelago
An archipelago made up of four idyllic islands, the Fari Islands lie northeast of North Male Atoll, a 45-minute sea flight from Velana International Airport.
Unlike most of the other properties on this list, Patina recently opened so you can check-in right away if you need an immediate escape.
From one to three bedrooms, beach-and-overwater pool villas offer sustainable, low-luxury – and killer views.
If you can wean yourself off your poolside sunbathing, fitness excursions, culinary experiences, free diving or even concerts will make you feel even more relaxed.
Rate: From $1,900 for a beach villa
Alila Kothaifaru Maldives
A big attraction is their home reef, which is full of marine life, from elegant rays to multicolored coral. The resort is sure to attract snorkelers and divers alike.
Mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets will come as standard, while their dining options will include Japanese teppanyaki and yakitori, as well as secluded dining on a private sandbank for the ultimate in romance.
Rates have not been announced yet.
Avani+ Fair Maldives Resort
Avani Hotels & Resorts’ first Maldivian resort is set to open its doors in mid-2022 at Ba Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Unique and remarkable biodiversity can be found in its coral reefs, sea grass beds and mangroves. Beware of hawksbill turtles, rays and friendly reef sharks.
Guests will be able to choose from 176 villas and studios, with no less than six spots to eat, drink and be impressed by the views they offer.
Rate: From $650 per night for a one bedroom ocean view studio with breakfast.
Emerald Farufushi Resort & Spa
A lush seven-hectare island set amid a 100-hectare lagoon means there’s plenty of room to relax, whether on land or on the water, when it opens in May.
Eighty villas in six categories seek to blend into the natural surroundings, built with natural materials wherever possible.
One particular draw is what they call a “playful experience” through the extensive water sports and diving facilities, a gym and the adrenaline rush of the sports center. Once you break a sweat, enjoy eating at restaurants including their Beach Club Grill.
Rate: From $800 per villa, per night.
Whether you’re a wellness worshiper, deep sea diver or fun-loving family, their 68 beachfront villas and residences will provide a great base while you explore the resort’s many experiences.
Thanks to the island’s lush vegetation, their botanical gardens and palms produce coconuts, tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs, all of which will be served in Villa Haven’s restaurant, while also using sustainable local ingredients in the construction of the resort. being done.
Rate: From $2,000 per night
Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa
No ocean liner required. The all-villa Hilton Maldives Emingiri Resort & Spa is a quick boat ride from the airport.
Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa
Located on an island of the same name, it is only a 15-minute speedboat ride from the airport. As a result, guests shouldn’t take long to lounge and soak in their own private pool at one of the resort’s 109 beach and water villas.
Six restaurants and bars include Eden, an adults-only bar specializing in champagne and cocktails with full sunset views, while Re-Fuel is a “teens-only area”.
At the spa, maternity, bridal and couples massages are just a few of the options to enhance the pleasure.
Rate: From $830 per night, including breakfast
Conrad Maldives Rangali
To mark the resort’s anniversary, 50 over-water villas have been revived, along with three restaurants and bars. Brand new additions include an adults-only gym, the Maja Explorers Hub, and the Furawaru Teens Club.
Experience wise, don’t miss your chance to swim with whale sharks and manta rays, go on a turtle safari or dazzle your Instagram followers with a sunset dolphin cruise.
Rate: From $1,860 per night