One image always comes to mind when people mention the Maldives: overwater lodges and villas with steep thatched roofs perched above gorgeous coral reefs and crystal clear waters. However there’s one resort in the Maldives that’s a cut above the rest! The Residence Maldives brings together relaxation, bliss and stunning settings with a touch of class that’s simply unmatched!

The Residence Maldives: Elegant Extravagance!

This formidable resort belongs to the Cenizaro group, which owns properties are all over the world and is perhaps one of the most reputable and exclusive hotel companies in the world. Here in the Maldives they’ve succeeded in creating a place that’s unbelievably beautiful.  It’s one of the Leading Hotels in the World and won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, so it should go without saying that this resort’s reputation is almost unmatched!

The Residence Maldives is located in the south of the country on a stunning atoll called Gaafu Alifu, one of the biggest and deepest atolls in the whole world. The luxury of the resort and the beauty of the location really will take your breath away – and you can clearly see why!

The Residence Maldives: The Gaafu Alifu atoll makes for a truly impressive and unique setting for a luxury escape with its coral reefs and wildlife. 
The Residence Maldives: The jetty which is used for speedboat transfers looks amazing in its own right – the entire resort boasts bespoke design which compliments the landscape.

The Residence Maldives: The resort is designed in a way which combines elements of traditional Maldives architecture with cutting edge design.

The Residence Maldives: You have the option of either booking a villa over water or one on the main island, where you’ll have the golden beaches right on your doorstep.

The Residence Maldives: The sunsets in the Maldives are legendary – this is the perfect place to enjoy them.

The Residence Maldives: It’s also the perfect spot for romancing – sitting on the beach by candlelight 

Booking with The Residence Maldives

In case you’re thinking you’d like to go one day I have some great news for you: there’s plenty of offers on their website if you book directly through their website! The Early Bird Offer for example gets you a whopping 40% off their best available rates. There’s also an offer where you can get one night free, and there’s a comprehensive spa retreat package available tool. However you still might find these prices a little too steep – in that case, head to Trivago. Because they compare prices from lots of different travel sites you’ll be more likely to find a real bargain!

Getting to The Residence Maldives

You can book flights to the Maldives from either London or Manchester, and there’ll be a stopover on the way. When you arrive at the Maldives you’ll get a 30-day visa upon arrival if you have a valid passport and ticket for your return flight (plus enough funds to cover your trip). The Foreign & Commonwealth Office have more information about entry requirements if you’re still unsure!

The resort itself is actually quite far from the main island of Malé – after all the Maldives are the most dispersed island nation in the world! Fret not though, the hotel will arrange transfers from the airport. There are two options you can take. The first is a transfer via a domestic airport called Kooddoo. From there it’s a 55 minute flight and a 7 minute speedboat ride to the resort. You might also have the chance to fly directly by seaplane – this will take around 90 minutes, provided the service is available.

This resort is undoubtedly the pride of the Maldives – and it’s absolute heaven if you’re the kind of person who really loves to pamper themselves! Have you been here before? Tell me about your experiences and it may make it into another article in my magazine!