Surfing Paradise: Top Luxury Surf Resorts in the Maldives

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Surfing Paradise: Top Luxury Surf Resorts in the Maldives
Curator’s statement

The Maldives, a haven for surf enthusiasts, offers a choice of three main atolls scattered across its picturesque archipelago. Whether you prefer the famous surf spots near Male, chic resorts in the Central atolls, or the remote waters in the South, the Maldives has it all. So, if you're eager to surf in this tropical paradise but unsure about which luxury resort will suit your style, explore a range from low-key luxury to five-star elegance. Discover the top surf resorts in the Maldives that provide easy access to the world's best waves.

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Soneva Fushi

A sophisticated resort with posh villas, located on a coral atoll surrounded by jungle.

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Niyama Private Islands Maldives

Where natural beauty and avant-garde luxury converge, offering a surreal and unforgettable escape in the heart of the Indian Ocean.

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  • Complimentary one-way airport transfer for suite guests.

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

A Maldivian paradise just a short speed boat ride from Malé, perfect for honeymoons, family time and surf adventures.

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Soneva Fushi

  • Vibe: Soneva Fushi, a secluded island retreat, stands out as a premier surf resort in the Maldives and a dream destination for families. Experience luxury in your eco-friendly thatched villa, savor daily delights in the chocolate room, and let the kids enjoy ziplining adventures and cinema nights at the club. Adults can also delight in celestial supper cruises, sandbank glamping, and a variety of creative classes.

  • Surf: Soneva Fushi blends the epic nature of the Baa Atoll with the world's first sustainable surf program. They encourage you to travel light and leave your surf gear at home. Soneva Fushi has ocean friendly equipment up for grabs during your stay. Surrounding the resort there are no less than 13 breaks they have access to, but only four of these are surfed on a regular basis.

Niyama Private Islands

  • Vibe: A tale of two islands, balancing family fun and romantic relaxation. Elegant villas, underwater bars, and private butlers create a sublime atmosphere. The two islands cater to different preferences - Play for action, Chill for relaxation.

  • Surf: Niyama is uniquely positioned, being the only luxury resort where waves break right on the shore. Experience great left and right-handers just off the Isle of Play, with additional breaks like Hocus Pocus and Vodi nearby.

Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

  • Vibe: Experience everything the Four Seasons name promises at the elegant Kuda Huraa resort – a delightful fusion of flowers, smiles, and exclusive suites. Families love the creative kids club and the island's Marine Discovery Centre with its own turtle pool, offering a perfect blend of cultural immersion and discreet luxury that defines a top-tier surf resort in the Maldives.

  • Surf: Sitting right in the middle of some of the best breaks the Maldives has to offer – the very name of Kuda Huraa should have you packing your boardbag. Beginners and groms are sure to find their footing on the mellow waves that roll across the blue lagoon, whereas experienced surfers will enjoy access to breaks like Ninjas, Cokes, Honkies, and Tombstones.

Ayada Maldives

  • Vibe: Located in the Southern Atolls, the Ayada epitomizes ultimate luxury, featuring private butlers, regal suites, and seamless access to the ocean from every angle. The inclusion of cheese and wine rooms, pool cabanas, and on-tap champagne enhances the overall elevated experience. Despite its opulence, Ayada remains grounded, catering to families with a fantastic kids club.

  • Surf: Ayada is perfectly placed for easy access to six epic breaks in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, including the point break of Blue Bowls, the tricky Tiger Stripes, and the hollows of Five Islands.

Six Senses Laamu

  • Vibe: Richly organic, the Six Senses Laamu is a five-star surfers paradise. The resort seamlessly combines eco-friendly practices with a focus on wellness. With personalized bikes, an atmosphere of effortless elegance, and a dedicated guest experience maker, every moment at the resort feels tailor-made for you. The award-winning spa offers a sensational experience, and there are plenty of activities for both kids and teens to enjoy.

  • Surf: Experience an excellent wave out front, including a long left-hander and a beginners spot. Explore the world-class Yin Yang break just five minutes away and five more epic spots within ten minutes.

Anantara Dhigu

  • Vibe: Anantara Dhigu stands out as a top choice for young families seeking the perfect blend of proximity to Male, a carefree atmosphere, and stunning villas. The resort, known for its chic and comfortable ambiance, has become a favorite among those eager to experience the bliss of the Maldives.

  • Surf: Daily boat departures and Tropicsurf programs make Anantara Dhigu one of the top surf resorts. Enjoy mellow take-offs at Nonyas, sets at Boatyards, and a long speedy wall at Riptides.

COMO Maalifushi

  • Vibe: The COMO Maalifushi is a preferred choice among the A-listers visiting Male, yet it embraces a down-to-earth atmosphere, offering unparalleled laid-back luxury and fantastic family surf vacations in the Maldives. Its design features enchanting overwater villas and extraordinary bucket-list experiences, such as night swimming with whale sharks. Families can enjoy a premium kids club and delightful castaway picnics.

  • Surf: Explore the Thaa coastline with scheduled daily trips, accessing more than 20 incredible breaks with Farms practically on your doorstep. The resort's yacht invites overnight guests for dawn patrol surfing in the Maldives.

Need to Know

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Maldives. In need of further inspiration? Check out Maren Engh’s guide, Guide to A 5-Star Maldives Vacation.

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