Stay in a luxury hotel near Malé with Small Luxury Hotels of the World and soak up an Indian Ocean paradise. Turquoise waters ring palm-fringed coral island beaches and tropical gardens lead to lavish sultans’ palaces.
Luxury Malé beaches
After a few steps off the powdery sand you’ll be snorkelling past a tropical garden of giant fan corals and pink anemones in Baros Island’s shallow, azure lagoon. You’ll feel like a spoilt castaway on Veligandu Huraa as you chase dolphins and whale shark in a traditional, white-sailed dhoni fishing boat. Peer down at a panorama of coconut palm-strewn atolls on a scenic seaplane tour of South Malé.
Luxury things to do in Malé
Follow the footsteps of royal dynasties through Sultan Park to the palatial white National Museum with its Koran-engraved chambers lined with ceremonial turbans. Across the street, the iron gates and regal manicured gardens will lure you into the century-old Mulee-aage Palace and its striking white hallways clad in fretwork friezes. Swirling Arabic motifs and lacquered inlays adorn the 17th-century, coral-stone Hukuru Miskiiy Mosque, the oldest in the Maldives.
The catch of the day becomes sculpted handmade sushi and teppanyaki in the open beachfront kitchen on the coral island of Velassaru. Reef-fresh red snapper sizzling with Maldivian chilli sauce is served at your private, linen-draped table for two on Bodu Hithi beach. Wash down lobster fondue with fine wines from the cool underground cellar and designer coconut cocktails on Huvafen Fushi.
Choose a luxury hotel near Malé with Small Luxury Hotels of the World and abandon your sandals for sunset strolls next to secluded lagoons and scuba dives in clear waters. Your 24-hour butler waits on your thatched water residence on a private island in Bodu Hithi, and massages soothe in a live underwater spa on Huvafen Fushi.