The Residence Maldives
I have visited quite a few resorts in the Maldives and to see the different atmosphere, character, and vibe of each resort, it’s really exciting. It is also refreshing to encounter that each resort has something special and The Residence Maldives offers an unforgettable stay.
I have stayed at The Residence Mauritius on my previous trip and I was fascinated with the blend of timeless elegance and ultramodern luxury it offered. The same goes for The Residence Maldives. The resort offers excellent service and second-to-none facilities to make your stay a true luxury experience.
The Residence Maldives is a part of the „Ultratavel Collection“ which belongs to the international operating GLOBAL HOTEL ALLIANCE (GHA) and it prides itself on being one of the top luxury Maldives hotels.
The Residence Maldives is located in Falhumaafushi, an island in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, which is the northern part of the giant Huvadhoo Atoll, one of the largest atolls in the world. It lies in the middle of the Indian Ocean next to the Equator, fringed by pristine white-sand beaches and surrounded by brilliant blue waters that boast unspoiled coral reefs and spectacular marine life.
The resort can be easily reached via air transfer from Male International Airport. Once you arrive at Male (Velana International Airport), you will need to take a domestic flight to Kooddoo Island. A personal resort host will welcome you and escort you to the domestic airport. The domestic transfer will take 55-minutes and from there you will have a short 7-minute speedboat transfer direct to the resort.
A second option is a direct transfer from Velana International Airport to The Residence Maldives. It is a 90-minute journey via a private chartered seaplane.
The resort is beautiful and very well maintained. Once you step on the island you will be a world away from every day. The Residence Maldives was designed in harmony with the natural environment. It seamlessly blends traditional Maldivian architecture with contemporary elegance and modern comforts.
The resort has 94 villas that are divided into beach and water villas. Some of the villas have their swimming pool where you can enjoy full privacy. But if you choose a villa without a pool for your stay, there is also a stunning infinity pool with daybeds and a beach bar directly on the beachfront.
The design for the resort was inspired by the island’s lavish beauty. Classic style with modern amenities, lush fabrics, and natural materials define The Residence Maldives.
As mentioned before you can choose to stay at a beach or water villa and you can even choose if you want to have your pool. How cool is that?
We decided to stay in a water pool villa for the duration of our stay.
28 water pool villas accommodate up to two adults. The size of the water pool villa is 156 sqm including pool and deck. All the villas feature high ceilings, French windows, and enough space that make them light-filled and breezy.
Our villa had a spacious living room, a big bedroom with a king-size bed, and the best bathroom you could imagine. There was a stand-alone bathtub that faced the water and we could watch the sunset from there. Simply breathtaking! The bathroom also had an indoor and outdoor shower.
The terrace was spacious with two lounge chairs and of course our private pool with spectacular views over the ocean.
The Residence Maldives offers different dining options. On the beachfront, you will find the Dining Room which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is the resort’s main restaurant with a modern beachfront bistro offering indoor and outdoor seating. You can choose from an extensive à la carte breakfast menu, as well as healthy salads and light meals for lunch. In the evenings, dine on a delicious variety of World, Asian and Indian Ocean cuisine fusing classic flavors with a fresh, contemporary twist.
If you wish to dine ower the water there is another restaurant called Falhumaa. Falhumaa is open for dinner only and it serves an exquisite selection of western cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood and grilled meats, complemented by fine wines from around the world.
For a more relaxed atmosphere, there is a Beach Bar located by the main pool overlooking the beach and the ocean. Here you will find light meals and island-style drinks during the day, and tapas and signature infused spirits when the sun goes down.
For a special occasion, you can choose to dine privately. The staff members will arrange everything for a romantic candlelight dinner for two. You can choose to dine on the beach, at your villa, or anywhere else. The options are limited only by your imagination. The Maldives islands are made for romance and at The Residence Maldives, they can even arrange a romantic Robinson Crusoe experience. You will be whisked away to your private castaway island to be wined and dined beneath a brilliant canopy of stars.
The Maldives is synonymous with crystal clear waters and blue lagoons, dotted with pearl-like islands, making it an irresistible playground for water-based sports and activities. You can go snorkeling or scuba divining. The atoll promises a wealth of untouched dive sites suitable for all levels of divers. There is also an option to go windsurfing or sailing with a catamaran. You can rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Of course, there is big game fishing and deep-sea fishing offered at the resort and different excursions. For example, you can visit an isolated island or a local island where you can meet locals in their everyday activities.
The resort also offers jet ski excursions, dolphin cruises, and even coral gardening. If you wish to experience something different you can go on a castaway island experience where you will relax, experience the island just for yourself and have a picnic on a private beach.
The spa sits serenely at the end of a jetty, overlooking the calm waters of the lagoon and a rainbow of coral reefs. Comprising six separate pavilions and an en suite hair salon, the spa offers an array of holistic treatments, pampering massages, and hair and beauty services that will rejuvenate your body and mind. A large open deck, dedicated to meditation and yoga classes, embraces both the views and the breeze for the ultimate relaxation.
The Residence Maldives has the first and only Clarins Spa in the Maldives and most guests make their bookings long before they even set foot in the resort itself.
The Residence Maldives is a luxury resort that has something for every need. Beautiful beach and water villas, amazing dining options, exciting watersports, and tranquil experiences on the land. We had a lovely time at the resort, with so many unforgettable memories. This was our second property by The Residence and we would warmly recommend it to everyone.
Special thank you goes to staff members as they are all extremely helpful, friendly and they made our stay even more unforgettable.
Here you can find our previous review of The Residence Mauritius.
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