Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Maldives

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The Maldives are already expensive enough, and plenty of guests arrive hoping to at least save on food and alcohol by booking an all-inclusive package. In the Maldives, where the state religion is Sunni Islam and alcohol is only allowed at resorts catering to foreigners, all-inclusive packages that include drinks are somewhat rare. They do exist, however, and the resorts that rank highest on this list have them, as well as other great all-inclusive perks. Most of the top luxury resorts offer full-board meal plans without alcohol, and we listed those on here as well. 

  1. Built in 2009, this 112-room luxury resort is an exceptional value for the Maldives. Room rates are competitive compared to other high-end properties, and few offer the all-inclusive perks of Centara. Alcoholic drinks, a la carte meals, daily 30-minute massages, water sports rentals, supervised kids' activities, Wi-Fi, and excursions are covered in the all-inclusive rates, making this resort stand out from the crowd. The resort’s biggest drawback is its out-of-the-way location, at least 30 minutes from Male Airport by plane. The slightly less luxurious sister property Centara Ras Fushi is adult-only and offers a range of meal plans, for couples hoping to spend a bit less. 

  2. Stretching just over a mile in length, Kuredu is one of the largest resort islands in the Maldives. It’s loaded with restaurants and bars (14 in total) and has plenty of space for large amenities like a soccer field, golf course, two spas, and three pools. Kuredu isn’t as intimate as some smaller resorts, and it’s a pricey, 45-minute flight from Male. Still, affordable rooms and impressive food make Kuredu an outstanding overall value; travelers will be hard-pressed to find a better upscale resort -- especially one offering all-inclusive packages that include alcohol -- at these rates.

  3. The most luxurious of the Maldives’ five Adaaran resorts, Prestige Vadoo has 50 top-notch water villas, a beautiful reef, great a la carte food, and a convenient location just 15 minutes from Male Airport by speedboat. The tiny island is frequented by honeymooners and feels especially cozy, however it falls behind on sports facilities compared to other resorts. Rooms are a good value, but food and extras can add up fast; all-inclusive meal plans covering both food and alcohol are available to help guests save on dining costs. 

  4. This 20-room sub-resort shares a private island with Adaaran Select Meedhupparu, which means guests can take advantage of the larger property’s plentiful amenities. Prestige Water Villas offers nice perks suchas all-inclusive food and drinks, butler service, a free massage, private beach dinner, snorkeling excursion, and introductory dive. The Maldives has more luxurious water bungalows at better prices -- check out the often cheaper Adaaran Prestige Vadoo or Centara Grand Island -- but few offer as many freebies.

  5. Maafushivaru is an all-inclusive boutique luxury resort in the South Ari Atoll. The 48 villas have sophisticated decor, espresso machines, minibars, private decks, outdoor showers, iPod docks, and comfy king-size beds; some rooms have semi-private pools. Sandbags, crabs, reef sharks, and fish are common sights in the surrounding lagoon and the island's location is ideal for spotting whale sharks and dolphins year-round. Standout and unique features include a chic airport lounge, beachside infinity pool with large bar, laser light shows, large overwater spa and gym, and small wine bar. There's an all-inclusive option that includes alcohol -- not especially common for the Maldives -- but this former adult-only resort doesn't have much for kids to do.

  6. A top-notch five-pearl luxury boutique, Kandolhu Maldives is home to 30 villas, all featuring private sundecks and sea views. Kandohlu’s Ultimate All-Inclusive packages not only includes meals, snacks, and soft drinks; international alcohol; and free bottles of wine from the in-room wine chiller -- but it will also get you better prices on top-shelf booze and imported beers, a discount on spa treatments, free snorkeling equipment rental, unlimited use of non-motorized water sports, and your choice of either a champagne sunset cruise or hour-long guided snorkel tour around the island where you can see rays, turtles, tons of fish, and baby black-tipped reef sharks.

  7. Open since 2013, this well-managed resort close to the airport has 140 rooms, either along the shore or overwater on stilts (reached via a lengthy jetty). Thailand-based Centara has two properties in the Maldives, both known for offering luxury accommodations at competitive prices, and this particular one is aimed at young couples (no guests under the age of 12 are allowed). It’s not the prettiest island or best house reef for snorkeling, but its service is exceptional, a rarity at this price point. The buffet serves a wide mix of European and Asian cuisines, while three a la carte restaurants (Thai, Italian, and Middle Eastern) and three bars keep the mainland fun and lively; both half-board, full-board, and all-inclusive rates are on offer. Full board packages cover alcohol during lunch and dinner service, while all-Inclusive guests can drink all day.

  8. Reopened in 2009 as a five-pearl property, Lily Beach Resort & Spa is a romantic and family-friendly spot. While it is not expressly listed as mandatory, the resort has clever wording stating that all villas come with the Platinum Plan. This all-inclusive plan is truly all-inclusive, covering all meals, drinks (both hard and soft), and most activities and excursions. Many luxury competitors do not include alcohol in their all-inclusive plans, which helps Lily Beach stand out from some of the competition. The encompassing all-inclusive coverage -- including fine wines, premium spirits, and arguably one of the most gourmet and high-quality buffets in the Maldives  -- means you don't have to think about much while on vacation.

  9. Located on a private island in Baa Atoll, Kihaad stands out for its rich marine life, good food, beautiful beaches, and family-friendly amenities. Built in 2012, the resort grounds feel upscale and new, but some rooms are beginning to lose their luster. Kihaad’s biggest drawback is its location (a 30-minute flight from Male Airport, plus a boat transfer), but it’s often half the price of similar, more accessible resorts. The resort’s main restaurant, Hanifaru Bay, serves international buffet cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The food is impressive overall, with live cooking stations serving pastas, meat, and grilled fish. We were personally fans of the homemade coffee and mango ice cream. Breakfast is free at Hanifaru (though the selection is somewhat limited), and guests can upgrade to an all-inclusive food and drink package. Meals are available at an additional cost from two a la carte restaurants: Spices (South Asian cuisine) and Sarong (Pan-Asian). Food and drink expenses add up fast for non-all-inclusive guests.

  10. The 184-room Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa is a luxury resort on its own private island with gorgeously landscaped, intimate grounds. Rooms are spacious and handsome, with decor that ranges from bright and playful to sober and chic. The general room rate includes full board, buffet-style meals from the main restaurant, however, there is an optional All-Inclusive Plus plan that adds water, iced tea, iced coffee, soft drinks, water, and beer from the rooms' minibars plus a split of champagne per stay. It also includes activities like 30-minute group snorkeling, windsurfing, and tennis lessons; a sunset cruise excursion; day-use of the tennis, volleyball, and badminton courts; access to the gym; and use of the game room, kayaks, and windsurfers. This plan is also available at a discount for children. 

  11. With plenty of on-site activities, beautiful beaches, and above-average food, Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort is a solid value for the Maldives. Its 164 rooms range from basic beachside units to upscale water villas, and connecting rooms are available for families. With a choice of one buffet and three a la carte restaurants, Olhuveli offers more dining options than most of its competitors. The resort’s main restaurant, Sunset, serves international buffet food for breakfast and dinner. Guests can upgrade their meal plans to include dinner at Sunset and buffet lunch at Lagoon Restaurant. A la carte meals are also available at three restaurants: Lagoon (Italian and international cuisine), Plankton Grill (seafood), and Four Spices (Japanese, Indian, Thai, and Maldivian). The resort has three bars: Dhoni Bar (beachfront), Sunrise Bar (poolside), and Lagoon Bar (connected to the Lagoon Restaurant). All-inclusive drink packages are available, but they only apply to a select list of cocktails and drinks at each bar and restaurant. Guests can also upgrade to an Emerald package to receive a better variety of alcohol, plus unlimited soft drinks, six daily cocktails, and two bottles of wine (per couple, per day). The package also includes select spa treatments and excursions, snorkel rentals, free Wi-Fi, daily afternoon tea, and discounts towards meals at a la carte restaurants.

  12. The upscale Meeru is not only the third oldest resort in the Maldives, it is also the third largest, with 286 rooms and a loyal following of repeat guests (many Germans). It's attractive for all ages: Families have their own area of the island, and couples have theirs, hence two separate pools, two buffet restaurants, and two spas. Most guests are on an all-inclusive packages, so bars are lively -- especially the 24-hour one. The All-Inclusive Plus package covers all meals, afternoon tea, bottled water, beer, house wine, house-brand spirits, and cocktails made with house-brand liquors. 

  13. Gili Lankanfushi is widely considered to be the top resort in the Maldives, and for good reason. This stunning, 46-villa, eco-friendly resort just 20 minutes from the airport succeeds in delivering truly unpretentious, relaxed luxury. Bare feet are encouraged (shoes are removed as soon as guests get on the boat from the airport), and each guest is taken care of by a personal butler with the title Mr. Friday. The Main Restaurant on the west side of the island offers daily menus using ingredients from the island’s vegetable and herb garden. Dinners are themed nightly, and include the Mediterranean Spice Souk on Fridays, Asian Street Market on Tuesdays, and the chef’s set menu on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Breakfast, served along the beach, is a a major event here. It starts with herbal medicines from Sri Lanka, wheatgrass shots, and an extraordinary fresh juice station, as well as Barton & Geustier champagne.Half- and full-board meal plans are available, but do not include alcohol. 

  14. With over 500 dishes (all served a la carte), Taj Exotica has some of the best food in the Maldives. The main restaurant, 24 Degrees, serves free gourmet breakfasts and has a Teppanyaki section with live cooking (reservations required). It specializes in Pan-Asian and European cuisine with rotating nightly menus. The Deep End, a dinner restaurant over the water, offers “Farm-to-Plate” Mediterranean and Western food. A beachfront bar, Equator, specializes in fine wines, cigars, and flavored shisha. Teas and coffees are custom blended, and the resort desalinates and bottles its own drinking water. Guests can pay as they go or choose an all-inclusive package: half-board (dinner) or full board (lunch and dinner). No packages include alcohol, however.

  15. Soneva Fushi has three excellent a la carte restaurants: Fresh in the Garden (located in the treetops above the resort’s vegetable garden), By the Beach (located on the beach), and Nine (located in the main resort area).  A free gourmet breakfast buffet featuring cooked-to-order omelets, pancakes, and fresh fruit is served outside at Mihiree Mitha restaurant, and Nine also serves an Asian and Middle Eastern buffet two nights a week. Most guests opt to pay for the (very pricey) food as they go, but half- and full-board dining packages are available (they do not cover alcohol). A great perk at Soneva Fushi are the free tasting rooms next to the main bar, which serve unlimited artisanal chocolates, gourmet ice creams, cheeses, and charcuterie all day.

  16. Located on a small island 35 minutes from Male, this luxury resort has 33 high-end water bungalows and a peaceful, all-natural vibe. Cocoa Island is primarily geared towards couples, and children’s facilities are sparse. Property highlights include gorgeous beaches, an infinity pool, on-site reef, excellent a la carte restaurant, and a pricey spa with a hydrotherapy pool and free daily yoga classes. Rooms come at a fair price for this caliber of property, but food is pricey; free breakfast is always included, and upgrades to half-board (dinner) or full-board (lunch and dinner) packages are available, but plans do not cover alcohol. The resort has one gourmet restaurant with optional outdoor seating overlooking the infinity pool and beach. The restaurant has an expensive and varied menu that changes daily, and plenty of organic and vegetarian options are available. 

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