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Best All-inclusive Resorts in the Maldives

Know the differences between the full- and half-board options and then prepare for the vacation of a lifetime.

August 4, 2020
Maldives
The last thing you want to worry about when you arrive in the Maldives is, well, anything. Shutterstock

All-inclusive resorts are known for excess. Over-the-top buffets and heavy pours are to be expected. There’s no better way to experience this kind of vacation than to be surrounded by the ultra-pristine beaches of the Maldives. 

But all-inclusives in the Maldives are different. There are a few traditional all-inclusive islands, but the more common arrangement is full-board and half-board options. Full-board means breakfast, lunch and dinner are included; half-board is just breakfast and dinner. Alcohol is typically not included in either. Some resorts include alcohol in their all-inclusive packages, but because the Maldives is a Muslim country and very remote, its costly to import.

No matter which package you choose, here are the best all-inclusive, half-board and full-board resorts in the Maldives.

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Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi
Even the movie night snacks are beyond our wildest expectations. Soneva Fushi

You’ll be happy you booked half- or full-board once you see the breakfast buffet at Soneva Fushi. Mihiree Mithaa offers multiple stations of fresh-cut fruit, baked goods, omelets and a separate room with ice cream and chocolate. For dinner at Down to Earth, you may get an extravagant buffet or an ever-changing fresh, international menu. If you want to eat at one of their specialty restaurants, like Fresh in the Garden, and indulge in Mediterranean pasta perched high above the trees, you get 175 USD per person for dinner and 100 USD per lunch. All drinks, including water, juice, soda and alcohol, are charged separately.

One of the best things about Soneva Fushi is the all-inclusive supplement. Adults pay 400 USD per person per night, and children 7-14 cost 200 USD per child per night. For that price, eat daily full-board meals at their high-quality resort restaurants and in-villa dining. House brand alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages, mini-bar, laundry and select joint excursions are all included. 

Kudadoo Private Island

Dream Island
Kudadoo’s breathtaking Dream Island is pretty self-explanatory. Kudadoo Maldives

The Maldives’ first and only solar-powered private island has an “Anything, Anytime, Anywhere” policy. The AAA, luxury all-inclusive package includes something they call “unscripted dining.” You can choose to eat in-villa or from a bespoke, fine dining menu overlooking the water at The Retreat. You can also arrange a picnic or sunset dinner at the remote sandbank called Dream Island. 

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Take a short boat ride to the nearby sister resort Hurawalhi, and try their restaurants, Kashibo and Canneli. Premium beverages, including 80 wines and six champagnes, are part of the deal.

But that’s just the meals. Kudadoo offers limitless spa treatments and access to the sauna, steam room and the Maldives’ first Himalayan salt room. You can also fill your stay with private diving, jet-skiing, parasailing, flyboarding and more—all included in the AAA package.

Anantara Veli and Dhigu

While staying in this close grouping of islands, you can choose between the six restaurants at both resorts. For 120 USD per adult per day, you can get half-board with everything you need for an English breakfast, fresh honey, French toast, tropical fruit and more. Then, for dinner, choose from a buffet on Fushi Café on Anantara Dhigu or 73 Degrees on Anantara Veli. If you’ve had enough of buffets, try Fuddan Grill, Terrazo Italian, Origami Japanese or Baan Huraa Thai. Just be sure to double check which menu items are included in the supplement and which aren’t.

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For those game to go for full-board, you’ll get lunch at any of the restaurants mentioned above on top of breakfast and dinner for 170 USD per person, per day. Beverages are not included, and the upgrade is available at reception.

Pullman Maamutaa

Pullman Maamutaa
Foodies will especially like Pullman Maamutaa, but it’d be hard for anyone not to love this place. Pullman Maldives Maamutaa

The recently opened Pullman Maldives Maamutaa resort is a haven for foodies. Although it may take a little longer to get to, this all-inclusive five-star property requires an hour-long domestic flight to a new airport followed by a 15-minute speedboat ride. But once you do, it’s worth it.

Branded as “the most generous all-inclusive in the Maldives,” Pullman boasts six different dining options with a jaw-dropping variety of high-quality cuisines and out of this world buffets. The offerings include one of the area’s first vegan and vegetarian restaurants. They also include 80 wines from around the world to pair with your meals.

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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa

South of the equator at this spectacular island oasis, opt for an all-inclusive package. You can have a high-quality, diverse breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet at the Shangri-La’s Villingilli beachside restaurant Javvu. A dining credit can also be used for dinner at the seafood restaurant Fashala or the signature Asian and Middle Eastern restaurant Dr. Ali. From 10 a.m. onward, choose from soft drinks or house wines, spirits, beers and cocktails by the glass.

With the all-inclusive upgrade, guests also get unlimited paddleboarding, kayaking and snorkeling as well as 20 percent off motorized sports like jet skis and 25 percent off spa treatments. Your villas fruit basket will be replenished daily, and guests can work off their buffet meals with daily group fitness classes.

Constance Moofushi

This five-star luxury resort offers guests a Cristal All-Inclusive Package with a laundry list of unique inclusions. Starting at lunchtime the day you arrive and finishing after breakfast on the day you depart, you can indulge in all meals at their ever-changing buffet restaurant Manta, plus, one à la carte dinner per stay at their beach grill restaurant, Alizée. If you’re still hungry, have afternoon tea and pancakes served poolside at the beach bar.

But the best part of the all-inclusive is the alcohol. Choose from a huge variety of premium spirits and beers, fruit juices, sodas, unlimited cocktails from the Cocktails & Constance signature drinks menu and numerous international wines and sparkling wines. Thankfully, mineral water is included too. You’ve also got unlimited mini-bar access.

Once you’re done eating and drinking, the package comes with one Dhoni boat experience during your stay and an off-shore group snorkeling excursion. See here for the full list of included items and chargeable items.

LUX* South Ari Atoll

floating breakfast
Forget breakfast in bed. Instead, enjoy floating breakfast in your private pool. LUX* South Ari Atoll

Known for being one of the largest resorts in the Maldives, it is also an all-inclusive paradise. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at MIXE, followed by lunch at their casual bar eateries, and for dinner, choose between two à la carte restaurants or two buffet restaurants. They have a special all-inclusive beverage menu with plenty of alcohol options, and the mini-bar is yours to empty. Don’t worry; it will be refilled once a day.

All adults at LUX* South Ari Atoll can partake in daily yoga and stretching classes as well as free-range use of the sauna, steam room, plunge pool and spa garden. Take advantage of the unlimited fitness center access, tennis court, beach volleyball, kayaking and scheduled snorkeling trips on the colorful house reef. 

Kuredu

This large, family-friendly island is a bit easier on the wallet than others. It features two all-inclusive packages offering great value for money: All-Inclusive Gold and All-Inclusive Plus.

All-Inclusive Gold offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in the buffet restaurant of choice. This resort has an adults-only buffet, Sangu Restaurant, so restrictions for children do apply. There’s also an unlimited “all you can drink” menu by the glass with a huge selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Enjoy afternoon snacks, and unlimited pizzas, burgers and ice-cream served in the bar’s Snack Menu. It also includes a 60-minute spa treatment, an introduction dive, a sunset cruise, free yoga and one bag of laundry per stay.

Kuredu’s All-Inclusive Plus package has many of the same features with less dining options and fewer beverage choices.

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