Editor's PickDecember 26, 2023

Editor’s Pick: Experience the Social Pulse of Maldives’ Most Lively Resorts

In the heart of the crystal-clear Indian Ocean lies a constellation of resorts in the Maldives, each a portal to a world where the mundane dissipates and extraordinary moments await. Buckle up for an exhilarating journey through these celestial escapes that promise more than just a holiday – they guarantee an adventure, an artistic rendezvous, and moments of serenity that will etch themselves into your memory.

Siyam World

Picture yourself galloping along the sandy coast at sunrise or sunset, the wind in your hair and the rhythmic hoofbeats syncing with your heartbeat. Welcome to Siyam World Horse Ranch, where the spirit of freedom intertwines with the thrill of horseback riding.


But that’s just the beginning. Siyam Water World, the Maldives’ grandest floating water park, is your playground for slippery slides, daring parkours, and water trampolines that catapult you into a sea of excitement. As the sun sets, the adult-only Mint bar transforms into a pulsating party hub, with mai tais, pina coladas, and a DJ spinning beats by the pool.

Oaga Art Resort

Immerse yourself in a world where creativity knows no bounds. At Oaga Art Resort, unleash your inner artist at Suvāsthi Retail & Art Gallery, where guided creativity sessions amid the tropical beauty of the Maldives will spark your imagination. As the sun dips below the horizon, O Fire comes alive, weaving a tapestry of music, dance, and storytelling around a beach bonfire.

Become a Cocktail Apprentice, master the art of mixology under expert guidance, and awaken your inner foodie with hands-on cooking classes. Cap it all off with a Picture-Perfect Picnic, savouring handcrafted delicacies in a private, intimate setup amidst the lush greenery and pristine beaches.

Hard Rock Hotel Maldives

For those who seek a symphony of experiences, Hard Rock Hotel Maldives hits all the right notes. Step into The Red Mat, where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu welcomes enthusiasts of all skill levels, emphasising personal growth and camaraderie without the formality of belt certification.

Take flight into the enchanting realm of aerial arts, defying gravity with trapeze, lyra, and silks under expert guidance. The Sound of Your Stay® experience sets the mood in your room with curated Tracks® playlists, while reserving a Fender® guitar transforms your space into a personal pop-up studio. And if nostalgia is your vibe, Wax® offers a turntable and a curated collection of vinyl for a journey back to when music was cherished as an art form.

Barcelo Whale Lagoon Maldives

In a sanctuary where nature meets refined service, Barceló Whale Lagoon Resort invites you to indulge in extensive water sports and gastronomic delights. Encounters with whale sharks and majestic manta rays are just the beginning.

Dine at three enticing restaurants, sip cocktails at inviting bars, and witness awe-inspiring sunsets from two expansive infinity pools. Surrender to rejuvenating self-care treatments at the acclaimed Mandara Spa, where each moment is a harmony of natural splendour and luxurious service.

Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives

Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives, an island playground in the Maldives, beckons you to an exhilarating exploration of azure waters. Glide serenely through the lagoon on a Kayak Trip, experience the tranquillity of stand-up paddle boarding, and let the wind guide you in catamaran sailing.

Indulge in adrenaline-fueled motorised water sports, from water skiing to the heart-pounding X-Jet Blade flight, lifting adventurers above the sea’s surface for a James Bond-worthy experience. Diverse water adventures and excursions, from snorkelling trips to cultural village explorations, offer unmatched insights into the vibrant underwater world and local customs of the Maldives. Seaside Finolhu is not just an island; it’s an adrenaline-fueled odyssey.

The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives

Journey to The Standard in the Maldives, where an array of exhilarating activities unfolds against the backdrop of marine marvels. A brief speedboat ride from the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Hanifaru Bay unveils the spectacle of gentle giants, Manta Rays, from May to November.

For water sports enthusiasts, speedboat-driven tubing and jet skiing await, alongside serene experiences like stand-up paddleboarding and sunset kayaking. In a paradise for board sports lovers, The Standard offers relaxing paddleboard cruises and invigorating kite surfing classes against the backdrop of protected surrounding reefs. Dive into the underwater realm with a range of diving experiences, from introductory courses to specialised instruction in underwater photography. Conclude your day with a magical sunset cruise, where the enchanting presence of leaping dolphins enhances the allure of the Maldivian sunset.