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Top 5 private islands in The Maldives

by Matt Brazier

The Maldives is stunning, but let’s be honest, every picture basically looks the same. So how can you decide on the right private island? Having investigated hundreds, first hand, here we share our top 5 private islands in The Maldives to help you find the right one for you. 


1. Makunudu

Birds eye view of Makunudu private island resort in the Maldives

Do you prefer small and quiet?

A break from the norm, Makunudu has incorporated traditional Maldivian character into its design and has remained small – only 36 bungalows make up this boutique resort that has perfected the art of laid-back luxury. It’s an intimate getaway that has all the facilities you’d expect in a bigger, with excellent snorkelling, a great spa and authentic charm that can’t be beaten. Makunudu is a great choice for honeymooners or those who are really looking to get away from it all.


2. Bandos Maldives

Bandos island from above with beautiful coral surrounding the island

How about this for families?

A well run, longstanding resort, Bandos is a good quality private island experience just 10 minutes from Male International Airport. It’s exceptionally good value with an onsite diving base, youth club, toddlers group and a varied choice of restaurants. With 227 rooms it’s an anonymous resort with less privacy than other options, however, it does provide the Maldives experience at a very good price. It’s a fantastic choice for families or for couples wanting a more lively island with azure waters and welcoming atmosphere.


3. OBLU by Atmosphere

OBLU by Atmosphere in the Maldives with a boat in front to get you out

Do you fancy an all-inclusive stay?

OBLU is a fantastic all-inclusive resort, and whilst it may not be the most luxurious nor the most unique in The Maldives, it is superb value for money. OBLU has an exotic house-reef, just metres away from the island, boasting silver-tipped sharks, lobsters and giant sea turtles. It’s medium sized, so not too cramped but not too big, and there is plenty going on to keep you entertained. Of course, if you’re looking for all-out relaxation, which OBLU offers in spades – you can’t do better than the villas with private pools!


4. Gili Lankanfushi

Birds eye view of Gili Lankanfushi with clear waters

Is barefoot luxury your style?

One of our favourite luxury resorts in The Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi provides a masterclass in barefoot luxury. Set in a vast lagoon with some of the best snorkelling and diving in the region, this resort is a visual delight. The bungalows have all been constructed and decorated with natural materials, local thatch and wood, and the natural bathrooms offer an open-air yet private bathing experience that is truly unforgettable!


5. Amilla Fushi

Amilla Fushi with its private pool villas

Are you after some wellness therapy?

The beautiful resort Amilla Fushi has made its way onto our top five list for one main reason – its wellness treehouses. These rooms, tucked up in the lush jungle canopy of the island, offer a secluded spa, fitness and healthy eating experience combined. You’ll have your own infinity pool overlooking the tree canopy, outdoor showers, spa treatments, scenic outdoor terrace and top-notch amenities. Your own luxury Maldivian treehouse paradise!

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If you were interested in staying on a private island in The Maldives, do get in touch with us on  020 7924 7133 or request a call back here. For more inspiration, take a look at our example holiday itineraries; remember – everything we create is tailor-made so these are just a starting point. 

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