The Maldives has long been synonymous with luxury. The mere mention of its name brings to mind postcard-perfect vistas and lavish over-water villas. But did you know that beyond the glittering facade of popular Maldives resorts, there are hidden gems waiting to be discovered? Dive with me, figuratively speaking of course, as we navigate the waters to uncover some lesser-known, but equally magical, resorts.

1. Kudadoo Maldives Private Island
Sshh… Kudadoo is one of the Maldives’ best-kept secrets! With only 15 residences on the island, this resort offers an intimate and exclusive experience. Here, everything is driven by the “Anything, Anytime, Anywhere” concept – from dining to adventures. The cherry on top? It’s an entirely solar-powered resort, making it an eco-friendly paradise!

2. Fushifaru Maldives
Tucked away in Lhaviyani Atoll, Fushifaru is a delightful blend of Maldivian culture and contemporary chic. Their beachfront villas are adorned with Maldivian art, and their underwater coral gardens are a snorkeler’s dream. The highlight? Their sandbank picnics – it’s just you, the vast ocean, and gourmet food!

3. Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat
Located on a private island in South Ari Atoll, Drift is the very essence of seclusion. The 10 beach and 20 water villas make you feel like you’re on your private island. Dive into the house reef to meet turtles and manta rays or just laze at the infinity pool gazing at the mesmerizing Maldivian sunset.

4. Milaidhoo Island
Although not entirely unknown, Milaidhoo is worth mentioning for its unique approach. Here, the story isn’t about the resort, but about you. Tailored activities, from deep-sea fishing to cooking classes, make your stay truly personal. Plus, their open-air overwater spa is the epitome of relaxation.

5. Dhigali Maldives
Sitting pretty in Raa Atoll, Dhigali offers an authentic Maldivian experience. With a mix of luxury and local architecture, this resort speaks volumes through its minimalistic design. The sunset dolphin cruises are genuinely enchanting, and their cultural performances ensure your Maldivian escapade is complete.