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Which Maldives Island is the One for You?

Which Maldives Island is the One for You?


Firstly, we should probably mention that this is basically a trick question, as all the resorts in the Maldives will provide you with same magical beaches, oceans and island views, not to mention the consistently phenomenal climate. 

Anyone coming to the Maldives for the first time will definitely find it hard to leave. If you are planning a visit, you have made a fantastic choice! But how do you go about choosing the right Maldives luxury resort for yourself?  Photo jumeirah Vittaveli


Are you a fan of eating at the same restaurant every day for all of your meals? Or do you prefer to eat from a buffet? Many resorts have a few different restaurants which offer different cuisines, and a choice of a buffet or à la carte. Others only offer buffets. Be sure you look before you book, and check the PDF menu’s online.

Photo jumeirah Vittaveli

Island Size

You even have the choice of what size Island you desire! You can choose from islands that you can walk around in 10 minutes, or islands where you will need a bike to explore. Depending on your own preferences, it is entirely up to you. Some resorts span across multiple connected islands, and others are just really small. The smaller ones tend to be great for water sports though!

Photo jumeirah Vittaveli


Although it is a no-brainer, you will have to check with the resorts and make sure the location you desire has the correct facilities for you. For example, most resorts will offer scuba diving. But if you want two tank diving each morning, this is something you will have to check prior to booking your resort.

Photo jumeirah Vittaveli

Ocean Reef

For snorkelers and scuba divers, an important factor is the quality of the house reef, the coral reef around the specific island itself, and the kind of access they can get to it. If you love the world under water, this is really something worth investigating. Construction on certain resorts have led to damage of the coral reef. This, of course, means fewer aquatic animals and fish to see, which can be particularly disappointing when snorkeling. Other reefs are truly spectacular, rich in a variety of animals and sublime corals. Access is also an important aspect for a snorkeler, and the best house reefs are simple to swim to from a jetty or a beach.

Photo jumeirah Vittaveli

Land or Water Villas

The key points to consider here are whether you cope well in the heat and sun, or if you would rather step out directly into water or directly onto a beach. If you go for the water villa option, check out the aerial view to determine how private it is, and how the villas are set up in terms of spacing and how close they are to the land.

Photo jumeirah Vittaveli

If you prefer to sit in the shade, a beach villa might be more suited to you.  Some water villas can leave you exposed in the scorching heat. Beach villas are usually under the palm trees with more shade around the outside spaces, which make things a little more cooler.



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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Sibeal
    February 26, 2017 at 7:05 am

    That’s something I’d love to do – seeing all those fish and diving the reefs!

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 27, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Absolutely! It would be the trip of a lifetime.

  2. Lara Dunning
    February 26, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I am now dreaming of the Maldives! The breakdown of all the options is really helpful. I don’t think I’d be up for a buffet only resort, and that thought hadn’t even crossed my mind, so it is good to know. It would be hard to choose between waterside and landside villas, so maybe both. 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Ha… such a hard decision! First world problems, right? 😉

  3. Martin Bower
    February 27, 2017 at 2:42 am

    The Maldives look truly beautiful. We have considered visiting many times, but have always been put off by the lack of things to do, as neither of us are big on lounging on the beach all day. Maybe one day when we get tired of walking…
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    • Carmen Edelson
      February 27, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Ha! Yes, maybe. Thanks so much for reading, Martin 🙂

  4. Vicki Louise
    February 27, 2017 at 3:30 am

    I soooo want to stay in an over-water bungalow! Thinking critically, I think I’d need the full suite of restaurant options too rather than just a buffet as I am a bit of a foodie – but then again – if I was staying in an over-water bungalow, I probably would be so excited to be there I wouldn’t care about the food!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      February 27, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Yes, foodies would definitely prefer the different restaurants more!

  5. stacey veikalas
    February 27, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Oh wow I will take them all – but I think my fave is over the water and the food wow the food looks fantastic for sure!

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Staying over the water is a dream!

  6. Brianna
    February 27, 2017 at 9:19 am

    So what islands do you recommend? I’d love to stay in an overwater bungalow and snorkel in the beautiful waters everyday. The Maldives is certainly becoming more and more popular as a destination.

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 27, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Honestly… all of them are stunning. I promise!

  7. Viki
    February 27, 2017 at 11:27 am

    As a passionate diver, house reefs are a must! Also a water villa – hush, daydreaming right now! And a private cook for some dinners too!

    • Carmen Edelson
      February 27, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      It just sounds like paradise, right? Thanks for reading, Viki!

  8. Simran Rao
    April 9, 2021 at 9:56 am

    I really loved reading your blog. The way you have detailed your travelogue, absolutely loved it. I am also an aspiring travel blogger exploring the beautiful terrains of nature.
    I write up my experiences on my blog page, I would really love it if you visit it once.

    • Carmen Edelson
      April 14, 2021 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks so much and best of luck to you! Travel blogging is great.

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