Top 4 Resorts for Women in the Maldives

Women around the world are eagerly anticipating traveling again, once it is safe to do so. According to recent research from Booking.com, after spending extended time at home, 65 percent of women globally have pledged not to take travel for granted again. In fact, 1 in 2 (55%) women have revealed the recent travel restrictions have only created a heightened desire to see more of the world when it’s possible to travel again.

What better place is there to escape to than the Maldives – naturally isolated and safe to travel to. And with so many resorts to choose from, Hotelier Maldives has handpicked a selection of Maldives resorts that offer something to suit different passions across generations of women. So, whatever it is that women want from travel, from knowing they are visiting a resort that champions women to one that has a great spa and personalised treatments, these destinations promise to offer inspiring travel experiences to organise that girls’ trip as soon as the world reopens.

Six Senses Laamu

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​The only resort in Laamu atoll is a natural nirvana where women can relax in one of the nine uniquely designed treatment nests on the beach. Here, treatment is personalised to each woman, who can discover her dosha (body type) with Ayurveda and enjoy nourishing local Maldives spa massage treatments and restorative facials and take part in yoga in an open-air rooftop studio. Along with personalising the spa treatment, women can choose to design a program to their needs, whether that is a desire to stay horizontal or incorporate some get up and go.

Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru, Noonu Atoll

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A pristine sanctuary and tropical oasis that is nestled in the Maldives’ Noonu Atoll. Located 45 minutes north of Male International Airport, the five-star resort boasts 72 overwater pool villas, 30 beach pool suites and three beach spa pool residences. The resort’s special Sunrise Stretching session for ladies at 6:45 am at yoga sala overlooking the infinite ocean, before indulging in signature Mimosa cocktails and other food delicacies at the Onu Marché buffet breakfast. Female guests can also unwind at SUN Spa by Healing Earth. This resort put on special events for International Women’s Day and celebrates the fairer sex.

JOALI Maldives, Raa Atoll

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Found in Muravandhoo, in the unspoilt Raa Atoll, JOALI is a unique, female-orientated resort in the Maldives where girl power rules. Owned by one of Turkey’s leading businesswomen – Esin Gural Argat, this retreat supports women. From aiding the training of girls in local schools to hiring local women to ensuring its team is structured in such  a way that encourages female team members to grow and progress. As the Maldives first art resort, JOALI is also launching its Women in Art Project in collaboration with the Maldives Art Committee, to give female Maldivian artists a platform to showcase their work as well as highlight academic development of young female artists in the Maldives. Women guests will love taking part in the interactive workshops. Furthermore, JOALI spa by ESPA’s features eight treatment rooms, with a breath-taking garden and seaside vista.

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, North Male Atoll

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, the Sheraton resort released its first ever podcast episode. Themed “Women Empower Women”, the podcast discusses gender equality in the Maldives. This series will continue to highlight issues of gender and equality. The Sheraton is situated on the private island of Furanafushi, a 15-minute speedboat ride away from Velana International Airport. The five-star resort offers 176 guest rooms designed to blend into the surrounding turquoise waters, pristine beaches and lush greenery and seven unique restaurants and bars. Women will love the Shine Spa for Sheraton located on its very own island and three outdoor tropical fresh-water pools.

 

Donna Richardson is a columnist for Hotelier Maldives. She is an international travel, aviation, and business journalist and public relations consultant. Donna lived and worked in the Maldives and her insightful work in profiling the unique culture of the islands, its resorts and independent travel network has appeared in Wanderlust, MSN travel as well as Travel Mag and Go Nomad. Her work has also been published locally in Trans Maldivian Airways’ (TMA) In-flight and Maldivian’s Vara magazine. Donna can be contacted on: donna@hoteliermaldives.com
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