Emerald Maldives 

Cool and contemporary but wonderfully down to earth, this Italian-owned and subtly Asian-inspired retreat is one of our new favourite islands.

It might be a bit clichéd to describe a resort as having something for everyone, however, this Leading Hotel of the World is one of those spots where it can be forgiven. You could take your family here as there are plenty of great sports facilities, free non-motorised watersports, a kids’ club and some wonderfully spacious villas. The vibe here is glitzy but with a rustic edge. We love the softening bamboo, natural stone and wicker design details as well as the thatched roofs of the villas, public areas and spa.

5 stars
Nov - May
Maldives
Malé 10¼ hours
In the lesser-developed Raa Atoll
Approx. 40-minute seaplane ride from Malé airport or a 35 minute domestic flight via Ifuru airport plus a 20-minute speedboat transfer
Beach, All Inclusive, Luxury, Wellness, Spa, Activities, Watersports, Suitable for children, Kids club

Rooms

Facilities

  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Children

Days begin in the best way possible: with a fulfilling breakfast at Aqua Restaurant, the main dining venue that’s just steps from the beach. We’re big fans of the Beach Club Grill Restaurant where lazy lunches and under-the-stars dinners are served. Amazònico brings the taste of Central and South America to the Indian Ocean each evening with succulent meat served from the skewer; there’s an à la carte menu where dishes are available at a supplement but you can dine here – and at the Asian restaurant Le Asiatique – as part of the Deluxe All-Inclusive package.

What's included

Deluxe All Inclusive • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Aqua Restaurant • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Beach Club Grill • Dinner at Amazònico Restaurant and Asian Restaurant • Snacks through the day at Sunset Café • Selected drinks at the restaurants • In-room minibar stocked with soft drinks, beer and water • Wi-Fi • Kayak and stand-up paddleboards • Snorkelling equipment and 2 x 20 minute guided snorkelling trips a week (subject to weather conditions) • 1 excursion (minimum 7-night stay) or 2 excursions (minimum 10-night stay).

Bali’s thatch-roofed spas are the inspiration behind the Emerald Spa. It’s hidden away in the island’s verdant interior and is surrounded by tropical palms; you’ll feel miles away from the rest of the world. We highly recommend treating yourself to one of the Ayurveda-inspired treatments like the Asian head massage or the Abhyanga massage where medicated herbal oils are used to aid sleep and reduce stress.

Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa is a haven for families seeking some down time. The Family Beach Villas with pool are the go-to villas as they have a master bedroom and a second bedroom with twin beds. They’re just a few steps from the white-sand beach and feature a cooling plunge pool on the terrace. Children between the ages of 4 and 12 can make the most of the Dolphin Kids’ Club. The club has both indoor and outdoor areas, a pool and a kids’ restaurant and there are plenty of activities on offer.

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