Top 9 Maldives New Luxury Resort Openings in 2018


9 New Resort Openings in Maldives 2018

2018 will see a number of new luxury resorts open in the Maldives. We think it’s an exciting time to be involved in the Maldives
with so many amazing resorts opening! Here are our favorite resorts opening this year. Keep in mind that Maldives resorts do
have a history of running behind schedule so don’t count on each resort being fully opened when they say they will.

#9. Heritance Aarah

Opening Date: December 2018

Atoll: Raa

How to get there: Seaplane

Villas: 157

A $50 million investment by Heritance Hotels, a Sri Lankan company, creates a luxury all-inclusive resort with Indian Ocean
hospitality. Great diving sites are nearby. This in an authentic luxury all-inclusive resort with a lovely setting.


Heritance Aarah


JW Marriott Maldives


#8. JW Marriott Maldives

Opening Date: November 2018

Atoll: Shaviyani

How to get there: Seaplane

Villas: 61

Years ago the island began as a Viceroy branded resort. JW Marriott has carefully and extensively renovated everything.
It’s better than ever. We are most excited about the nice selection of restaurants. It will be a great way to use Marriott
points.


#7. Fairmont Maldives

Opening Date: Just Opened

Atoll: Shaviyani

How to get there: Seaplane

Villas: 120

The Fairmont Maldives just opened. The villa décor is on-trend while the resort features the longest pool in the Maldives.
The Underwater Art Museum is set to open soon.


Fairmont Maldives


LUX North Male Atoll


#6. LUX* North Male Atoll

Opening Date: October 2018

Atoll: North Male

How to get there: Speedboat

Villas: 67

Easily accessed from the main airport, LUX* North Male Atoll has done away with thatched roofs and opted for a penthouse
feel with rooftop decks. The modern décor and ultra-cool main pool area ensure guests will have a lot of fun!


#5. Kudadoo Private Island

Opening Date: September 2018

Atoll: Lhaviyani

How to get there: Seaplane

Villas: 15

This small, intimate resort with huge overwater villas (3,260 sq. ft. in size or 303 sqm) – and glass cutouts in the floor
– provides an adults-only atmosphere including butler service. Guests can enjoy facilities such as the underwater restaurant
at neighboring sister resort, Hurawalhi.


Kudadoo Private Island


Baglioni Resort Maldives


#4. Baglioni Resort Maldives

Opening Date: November 2018

Atoll: Dhaalu

How to get there: Seaplane

Villas: 96

Baglioni Resort Maldives is bringing Italian flair, with tastefully designed villas, and the best Italian Restaurant to
the Maldives. Nice value for great luxury should ensure Baglioni Resort Maldives will be a popular spot, especially
for foodies.


#3. Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort

Opening Date: November 2018

Atoll: Gaafu Alifu

How to get there: Domestic flight and speedboat

Villas: 37

Formerly a Jumeirah resort, the island is undergoing significant renovations and will re-open as a Raffles branded property.
We love the huge and lovely decorated villas – 16 of which are overwater a half mile out in the lagoon – and some of
the best snorkeling and diving in the Maldives.


Raffles Maldives


The Nautilus Maldives


#2. The Nautilus Maldives

Opening Date: January 15, 2019

Atoll: Baa

How to get there: Seaplane

Villas: 26

A highly personalized, private resort where every experience is tailored to guest desires. The aim is to be one of the
best resorts in the World. From VIP airport arrivals, massive villas, excellent food, personalized excursions, and
terrific service, we think this will be amazing!


#1. Joali Maldives

Opening Date: September 15, 2018

Atoll: Raa

How to get there: Seaplane

Villas: 73

Joali Maldives is perhaps the resort we are most excited about. A legendary General Manager, gorgeous villas, amazing restaurants,
and a stunning location ensure Joali Maldives will be a top-notch resort! The level of detail in every aspect of the
resort is some of the best we’ve seen.


Joali Maldives


If you haven’t had enough, here are 5 additional resorts opening soon in the Maldives:

10. OBLU Select Sangeli – Opening July 2018 – North Male Atoll – Speedboat – 137 villas

11. Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa – October 2018 – Raa Atoll – Seaplane – 120 villas

12. The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort – November 2018 – Baa Atoll – Seaplane – 70 villas

13. Movenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru – December 2018 – Noonu Atoll – Seaplane – 105 villas

14. Hard Rock Hotel Maldives – December 2018 – South Male Atoll – Speedboat – 178 rooms

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lindsey Wallace

I want to help educate you about our destinations and have fun while doing so. As CEO and Ambassador of Fun at Linara Travel, I visit our resorts frequently to ensure we give great information.
lindsey@linaratravel.com