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19 BEST Eco Resorts in the Maldives [2024]

Looking for eco resorts in the Maldives? To make your search easier, I’ve carefully selected the best eco-friendly hotels in the country. Check them out to find your perfect match!

Maldives is the epitome example of paradise when it comes to looks. Its picture-perfect beaches, luxurious bungalows over the sea, and sparkling blue waters that boast coral reefs and some of the most diverse marine life in the world are a testament to it. 

However, the Maldives face the natural threats that come with being merely a few feet above the water level, global climate change, and tourism. 

Tourism is, indeed, a major contributor to the country’s economy, and the +1,000 islands that form the Maldives heavily depend on it. However, the industry is also one of the main factors for the environmental state of emergency the Maldives faces, waste production being one of its key elements. 

For this reason, most resorts and hotels in the Maldives have implemented numerous eco-friendly practices, not only to look after the environment but as a means of survival. After all, according to NASA, by 2050 around 80% of the atolls might be uninhabitable

Drone photo of two people standing on the beach at Angsana Velavaru, one of the best eco resorts in the Maldives.

You’ll be glad to know that the number of eco-resorts from which you can choose is large. Deciding to stay in a sustainable accommodation is a great way of contributing to this dream destination and helping ensure that it will continue to be there in years to come.  

I was lucky enough to stay in 3 sustainable eco resorts in the Maldives last year (two of which you’ll find on this list). Hopefully, over the years, I’ll get to visit more and more of these resorts. Fores sure I’ll be back soon! The Maldives stole my heart.

Now that you know how important it is – and how big of an impact you’re choice has! – to stay in an eco-friendly hotel for your vacation, let’s check out the very best eco resorts in the Maldives. You won’t be lacking anything while doing your part to conserve this beautiful planet. 

Angsana Velavaru – Dhaalu Atoll 

Angsana Velavaru is an all-inclusive resort that boasts an award-winning spa, a gym, a dive center, and amazing dining opportunities at its 3 restaurants. The hotel’s high-end facilities and glorious natural surroundings make it a dreamy vacation spot. 

There are both overwater bungalows and beach villas, each equipped with an en-suite bathroom, modern amenities, ocean views, a private garden and an outdoor shower. Some of the villas feature their very own plunge pool and allow for in-room spa treatments. 

Besides world-class pampering and dining experiences, Angsana Velavaru caters to all kinds of adventurers, offering everything from diving trips to a children’s club, cultural events, reef restoration, and sunset cruises. 

The resort has its own in-house Marine Lab, which carries out projects such as reef restoration and coral planting to ensure marine conservation. Managing responsibly the use of resources, such as water and energy, are also top of the list along with waste reduction. Angsana Velaravu pays tribute to the local traditions and customs by organizing cultural activities that bring tourists and locals closer. 

❤️ We like it because it involves guests in its environmental and cultural projects, inviting them to take part by visiting the coral nurseries and attending traditional performances and events. 


Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu – Baa Atoll

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Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is one of the best sustainable resorts in the Maldives. Promoting awareness about the environmental issues of the country, and striving to have a positive impact on its natural surroundings, the property matches its ecological commitment with the service it provides to its guests. 

There are six different types of villas located either by the beach, overwater, or nestled in lush vegetation. Decorated in a rustic style that emphasizes comfort and simplicity, while providing all the necessary amenities, they feature 4-poster beds, a private terrace with loungers, an open shower, and a minibar. The most luxurious categories include an espresso machine in the room, a plunge pool, and a living area. 

This 5-star eco resort in the Maldives offers a great number of water activities and memorable experiences, besides featuring a luxury spa, and two top-class restaurants and bars. 

Reducing and managing waste in an eco-friendly manner is one of the resort’s main goals since it’s one of the biggest problems the Maldives faces. Vegetables, herbs, and fruits are grown organically on-site, which not only ensures the great quality of the restaurants’ meals but also reduces food miles. 

Drinking water production and in-house glass bottling help fight the use of single-use plastics, which was banned from the island this year, and all amenities offered are made from natural materials, from the toiletries to the cotton buds and toothbrushes. 

❤️ We like it because it supports neighboring communities in addition to raising awareness on marine conservation and running a fully-equipped marine turtle rescue center.


Six Senses Laamu – Laamu Atoll 

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Six Senses Laamu is an astonishing resort, the only one in Laamu Atoll. Offering the best of both the natural world and the most modern, top-notch facilities, it’s the perfect oasis for visitors looking to retreat in nature without missing the comforts of home. 

Lagoon and ocean water villas are the most sought-after accommodation options, sitting atop the water and offering glorious views of the water from your bed. Fully equipped with all the necessary amenities, some include a private pool, a glass bathtub over the water, and a deck with a glass-bottom table, so you never forget you’re surrounded by the sea. 

The property’s amenities include a wellness & spa center with a great number of treatments, bars, and restaurants, besides special dining experiences and an Ice Cream and Chocolate Studio that will delight children and adults alike. 

Sustainability plays a big role in the resort’s operations. For starters, it offers a Sustainability Tour to share its eco-friendly practices with guests as well as educate them on environmental responsibility. Single-use plastic is banned from the atoll, and all organic waste is converted into garden soil. The hotel makes its own chocolate, which helps it avoid the packaging, and grows vegetables and herbs on-site. 

It also supports local producers and organizations, carries out the Maldives Underwater Initiative for marine conservation, and aims to reduce emissions and become a zero-waste property. 

❤️ We like it because it strives to produce as much on-site as possible, reducing food miles and plastic packaging enormously. 


Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru – Male Atoll 

Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru is another eco-friendly resort in the Maldives known for its first-class facilities and sustainability efforts

Its villas offer oceanviews or direct access to the beach, all of them boasting a private patio with a pool and jet pool, sunloungers, and an outdoor shower. The bedrooms are elegantly decorated and fully equipped, and aside from the Grand Pool Villa, which accommodates up to 5 guests, they host 2 adults. 

The full-service spa & wellness center helps visitors attain utter relaxation, and the restaurant and bar serve first-class dishes and cocktails while offering destination dining for special occasions.

Both the natural and social environments are of prime importance for Banyan Tree, which takes steps toward contributing positively to both. Reef restoration, banning single-use plastics, implementing water-efficient toilets and showers, and using renewable electricity are some of its eco-friendly efforts. The resort also offers free marine biology classes and educational snorkeling excursions. 

❤️ We like it because it offers unique experiences to guests, ranging from night fishing to dolphin cruises, cultural performances, and a reef restoration program. 


Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas – Baa Atoll 

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Anantara is a hotel brand renowned for its environmental commitment, with properties in different parts of the world. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is no exception. 

The resort offers spacious and very luxurious villas featuring modern amenities, splendid gardens with a pool, and fully-equipped bathrooms. The villas are either on the beach or overwater and can host from 3 to 5 guests. For larger groups or an added level of exclusivity, you can choose the residences, which boast 2-4 bedrooms and ample living areas. 

Visitors can take full advantage of the resort’s activities which include watersports, yoga sessions, cruises, and outdoor cinema, among many others. A full-service spa aims to rejuvenate and relax body and mind, and the various restaurants cater to all tastes. 

Sustainable luxury is Anantara’s mission, and it works hard to succeed at it, seeing as the splendid destination depends entirely on the atoll’s wellbeing, which is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This eco hotel in the Maldives has implemented eco-friendly practices from the get-go, ensuring no tree was cut down for the resort’s construction and committing to a no-plastic policy and the creation of green spaces. 

The management of water includes a reverse osmosis process to make drinkable water, the installation of a sewage treatment plant, and the recycling of wastewater. It also carries out a Coral Adoption program, manages waste, and has a solar energy system in place

❤️ We like it because it boasts a unique, underwater restaurant, SEA, which enables guests to dine completely surrounded by the Indian Ocean and its inhabitants. Dining doesn’t get more special than that! 


Gili Lankanfushi – North Malé Atoll 

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Gili Lankanfushi is set on a private island and it’s home to spacious villas spread out across the beautiful lagoon. All suites and residences are located overwater, providing guests with the ultimate experience of waking up surrounded by the crystal-clear sea, being able to see it sparkling from bed. 

The 45 villas are fully-equipped and include a butler service (named Mr. Friday, no less), a private water garden, and a spacious sundeck with daybeds and direct access to the ocean. Offering luxurious and very unique wedding and honeymoon packages, this green hotel in the Maldives has a broad range of experiences to entertain its guests, from day excursions to snorkeling, diving, or getting pampered at the spa. 

There are 4 restaurants on-site that serve a combination of dishes and cuisines, both Eastern and Western, and overwater bars to enjoy a sundowner as the day comes to an end. 

Gili Lankafushi was developed respecting the island’s natural balance, and aiming to protect and preserve the fragile marine ecosystem that surrounds it. Some of the steps taken to accomplish this goal include the use of locally sourced materials for its construction and providing organic toiletries in refillable containers. 

The resort also manages energy and water consumption, and sources all ingredients locally to minimize its footprint as much as possible.  

❤️ We like it because it’s located 20 minutes away from Malé Airport, being close enough to the city while remaining the epitome of a Maldivian paradise. 


Reethi Beach Resort – Baa Atoll 

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Reethi Beach Resort is a 4-star hotel set in Baa Atoll, which UNESCO has labeled as a Biosphere Reserve. The resort features a great number of watersports and diving activities, becoming a paradise for ocean lovers. While the facilities enable you to spend a relaxing vacation without having to lift a finger, it also offers neverending entertainment. 

The accommodation options range from water to garden and family villas, all of them fully equipped with an en-suite bathroom, a private terrace, a seating area, and modern amenities. While the family villas and the suites accommodate 6 people, the regular villas can host up to 4. 

Various restaurants and bars are open all day, ready to satisfy your culinary cravings and needs, and the Coconut Spa has a comprehensive treatment menu to pamper and rejuvenate guests. 

Monitoring energy and water consumption to reduce it is one of the main goals Reethi Beach Resort has in terms of sustainability. The management of waste is also vital, and the hotel has undertaken projects to reduce the production of waste and recycle as much as possible. 

No chemicals are used to keep the pool clean or maintain the island mosquito-free, using natural alternatives that aren’t harmful to the environment. 

❤️ We like it because this sustainable resort in the Maldives has its own boutique, Sandy Toes, where you can buy anything from basic necessities and beauty products to souvenirs, postcards, and beachwear. 


Soneva Jani  – Noonu Atoll 

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Soneva Jani and its resort sister, Soneva Fushi, are two Maldivian properties renowned for offering the uttermost luxury stays, all the while being one of the first to introduce sustainable practices in their day-to-day operations.

Soneva Jani features island and overwater villas, all of which offer guests complete privacy, striking views of the surroundings, and the latest amenities and design. Besides boasting a private pool, all villas come with an expansive terrace, spacious areas, and one to 4 bedrooms. The water villas also feature a waterslide into the lagoon. 

Over 15 dining venues prepare world-class dishes from both Asian and International cuisines, and the experiences include dining destinations, in-villa dining, bars, a spectacular wine cellar, starlit dinners, and a crab shack by the beach. 

A full-service spa caters to the need of the body, mind, and soul with nature-inspired treatments and rituals, and various festivals and experiences are organized to entertain guests and provide them with extraordinary memories. These include a snorkel safari, an astronomical cruise, castaway picnics, and diving adventures. 

The Soneva Foundation, to which 2% of every stay is destined, funds different projects that aim to offset carbon emissions and have a positive impact on the environment and local communities.

Practices include non-chemical pest management, coral rehabilitation, sustainable energy generation, and waste recycling. The resort also grows vegetables in its gardens, which are later used in the restaurants, and has frequent assessments of its direct and indirect environmental impact.   

❤️ We like it because it takes its social impact as seriously as it does the rest, funding an orphaned children foster care organization and offering equal opportunities for its employees, focusing in providing a safe working environment for women. 


Oblu Helengeli – North Male Atoll

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Oblu Helengeli is one of the fabulous Atmosphere Resorts that can be found in the Maldives, situated on Helengeli Island, a 50-minute boat ride from Malé Airport. 

The resort features beautiful villas and suites inspired by their natural surroundings, located both on the beachfront with direct access to the sea, or over water. Featuring contemporary aesthetics, an en-suite bathroom, a minibar, and a seating area with a working desk, the rooms also include beach essentials and offer glorious views. 

Elena is the resort’s spa, where guests can choose from a wide selection of treatments, beauty rituals, yoga sessions, and fitness classes. Activities such as diving, cruises, and watersports are also offered to help visitors explore the glorious Indian Ocean. 

The dining experiences available go from dining at the beach to indulging in an international buffet by the sea and sipping cocktails at the pool bar. Guests can also request a private dinner with a specially-curated menu! 

Oblu Helengeli, along with the other five Atmosphere Maldives eco resorts, is Green Globe Certified. Its sustainable practices involve a desalination plant to produce potable water, the use of biodegradable chemicals, having an effective waste management system in place, and treating wastewater for irrigation. 

Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts has three other properties under the OBLU brand and two luxurious hotels within the OZEN Collection in the Maldives. 

❤️ We like it because it features a beautiful house reef easily accessible from the beach, and it also offers an All-Inclusive Plan that includes activities, meals, and beverages to the stay.


LUX* South Ari Atoll – South Atoll 

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LUX* South Ari Atoll is home to water villas, beach pavilions, and a very special LUX* Villa for those looking for the archetype of luxury. The rooms are decorated in a simple yet stylish manner and accommodate from 2 to 6 people. They all feature a private patio or veranda with seating furniture, some of them also boasting a pool or jacuzzi, a home-theater system, and a catamaran net. 

The LUX* Villa is an overwater presidential suite fitted with butler service, bicycles, a glass-floor living room, and a selection of wines and spirits. 

The resort has its very own wellness brand and one of the largest spas in the Maldives, besides 8 restaurants specializing in Mediterranean, Japanese, Asian, and Middle-Eastern cuisine. 5 bars are located throughout the property, ensuring you’re always close to your next drink order.

As for its eco-friendly operations, LUX* South Ari Atoll has banned single-use plastics and sources its energy from solar panels. It also features a water plant, works toward reducing waste and energy consumption, runs a marine protection program, and offers guests a 100% carbon-free stay for a minimum price. 

❤️ We like it because it offers various activities, both on-site and in the ocean, including a memorable whale shark snorkeling trip with a marine biologist.  


Kuramathi Maldives – Rasdhoo Atoll 

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Kuramathi Maldives is a stunning 4-star resort that features a broad range of bungalows and villas, both on land and overwater. They’re all equipped with a king-sized bed, a private bathroom with amenities and bathrobes, a minibar, flat-screen TV, an in-room safe, and a coffee/tea maker.

Some villas also boast a private pool, dining furniture, a hot tub, and an outdoor shower. Among the various resort’s facilities there’s a spectacular spa, which offers to restore vitality and reconnect with one’s self through its holistic approach.

The dining opportunities range from getting a table at one of the various restaurants to booking a private dining experience, checking out the bars for cocktails and nibbles, or purchasing the All-Inclusive Package. 

Kuramathi’s environmental initiatives include the installation of a bottling plant to produce drinkable water that’s offered in glass bottles to guests and staff. Toiletries are provided in big, refillable containers, and paper straws are the only ones used at the bars. Plastic waste is sent for recycling, wastewater is treated to be reused, and herbs and salad greens are grown in the garden. 

❤️ We like it because it offers a great number of activities, ranging from watersports and diving to excursions, a kids’ club, and evening entertainment. It even provides guests with the chance of renewing vows!


Baros Maldives – North Malé Atoll 

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Baros Maldives looks like a magazine cover image brought to life. Surrounded by the multi-shade blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the property has overwater villas with direct access to the sea, and on-land suites nestled in the jungle. 

The décor is simple and nature-inspired, and all villas feature a private bathroom with toiletries, sun loungers on the beach, seating furniture, tea/coffee-making facilities, a library, and a 24-hour villa host. Designated rooms come with a private pool, a thatched gazebo or veranda, an open-air bathroom, and an exclusive lounge with a TV. 

Among the experiences offered by Baros Maldives is the renewal of vows, sunset cruises, private dining, excursions, and diving. There are 3 restaurants and 2 bars to satisfy your culinary (and cocktail!) cravings and a Meal Plan which allows you to include breakfast, half-board, or dining to your stay. 

Spa treatments, yoga sessions, and meditation are also available to help you reconnect with yourself and make your blissful vacation in paradise all the more enjoyable.

Baros Maldives is as devoted to the environment as it is to its guests. Its focus is on educating visitors by involving them in the coral transplantation program and offering presentations, nature walks, and insightful snorkeling trips. Other practices include energy efficiency, waste management, and water conservation. On top of that, all chemicals used are biodegradable, and AC units are CFC-free.

❤️ We like it because it’s one of the first luxury resorts in the Maldives, and it has efficiently blended its heritage and hospitality experience with the most modern amenities. Not only that, but it has known how to accommodate the world’s latest needs, mutating into a fully-sustainable resort. 


The Barefoot Eco Hotel – Hanimaadhoo Island

The Barefoot Eco Hotel is a paradisiac holiday destination equipped with everything guests may need, from a full-service spa and yoga sessions to watersports, fun excursions, a diving center, a boutique, restaurants, and bars. 

Its seaside rooms stand out for featuring an inner courtyard and being right on the beach, a few steps from the water. The beachfront and ocean-view rooms, on the other hand, offer guests spacious areas, a stone bathroom, a balcony or private beach section with sunloungers, and beautiful views. 

The Barefoot Restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients to prepare culinary delights, mainly based on Mediterranean cuisine. There’s also a juice bar where guests can get healthy beverages and mocktails, and a boat bar where all the alcoholic drinks are served. 

The Barefoot Resort’s focus on sustainability is placed on the use of renewable energies, marine conservation, and educating guests on environmental wellbeing. A reverse osmosis system is used to purify water, which is served in reusable glass bottles; wastewater is treated; and all chemicals are biodegradable. Fruits and vegetables are grown in the resort, and waste is separated, collected, and recycled. 

❤️ We like it because it’s not only an eco-friendly resort in terms of practices, but its design and construction are also sustainable, having been built with locally sourced materials and respecting the natural environment, blending harmoniously with it.  


Conrad Maldives Rangali Island – South Ari Atoll 

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a luxurious resort nestled in a private lagoon in the Maldives. Featuring villas and suites with outdoor/indoor living spaces, floor-to-ceiling windows that ensure well-lit rooms and fantastic views, a private sundeck or patio with a pool, and beautiful decor. 

Delectable Chinese and Maldivian cuisine can be enjoyed at the beachfront restaurant, whereas Sunset Grill serves fresh seafood over the water, and Ithaa Underwater Restaurant has an elegant setting under the sea, allowing you to dine surrounded by fish. There are 8 other dining venues at the resort, including a wine and cheese bar and a spa restaurant. 

The wellness center offers yoga and fitness classes, there are activities for children, ocean adventures and excursions to grant guests the ultimate combination of fun and relaxation.  

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island also carries out numerous eco-friendly initiatives. It has a Coral Restoration Program, and has implemented recycling practices as part of its waste management system. It uses renewable energy sources and manages water consumption, while prioritizing local, sustainable sourcing of the restaurants’ products

❤️ We like it because it boasts the first undersea residence in the world, The Muraka, which enables guests to sleep completely surrounded by the sea, marveling at the fish swimming above them. 


Milaidhoo – Baa Atoll 

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Milaidhoo is a 5-star resort set in the paradisiac Baa Atoll that promotes itself as a place of re-invented luxury. It has a barefoot policy to help guests get into vacation mode and fully connect with their surroundings, and integrates the Maldivian heritage and way of life with its deluxe service and facilities. 

All rooms are equipped with an en-suite bathroom that boasts a soaking tub, rain shower, and toiletries, a wine fridge and minibar, coffee and tea making facilities, dining furniture, and a spacious sun deck with a pool, swing, and day beds.  

Dining options at Milaidhoo include three fabulous restaurants and two bars, destination dining around the island, and a Gourmet Plan that guarantees three daily meals and a large selection of unlimited drinks. The spa offers organic, natural therapies that help reenergize the body, mind, and soul, and complimentary meditation and yoga classes. 

Days at the resort can be spent chilling by the pool with a drink or exploring the ocean in the form of diving, fishing, snorkeling, SUPaddle-boarding, and sailing. Wine tasting is also offered, along with a marine biology program and packages for weddings, engagements, and honey-babymoons. 

Environmental and ocean conservation is one of the pillars of Milaidhoo’s operations. There is a Coral Nursery where corals are grown and transplanted, and many of its activities aim to raise awareness about the local ecosystem and the importance of protecting it.

Energy is renewable, powered by solar panels, and waste management includes recycling, composting, and minimizing packaging. Waste consumption is also closely monitored, and all ingredients are sourced from local farms and fishermen. 

❤️ We like it because is also takes community engagement seriously, supporting local initiatives, aiming to preserve the culture and traditions of the island, and promoting a cultural exchange between guests and locals. 


Constance Moofushi – South Ari Atoll 

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Constance Moofushi suceeds at blending the ultimate luxury with nature’s simplicity. The villas are elegant and fully-equipped with a private bathroom, modern amenities and outdoor furniture, and they all boast astounding views of the ocean. 

There are two restaurants, one of which is located right on the beach, and two fabulous bars which serve everything from fresh juices and smoothies to cocktails and spirits. The Constance Spa is set overwater and features multiple pavilions where guest can enjoy treatments, facials, and couple rituals, as well as sunrise yoga overlooking the sea. 

Watersports and excursions are planned on the daily to ensure visitors the most entertaining and pleasurable stay.

Constance Moofushi sustainable practices include coral reef restoration, the use of renewable energy, waste management through recycling and segregating waste, along with banning single-use plastics, and water conservation. All ingredients are locally sourced, which not only ensures the freshness of the product and reduces food miles but also supports the local community. 

❤️ We like it because it offers an all-inclusive luxury stay that includes dining packages, all-day beverages, excursions and activities. This allows guests to make the most of their stay on the island without worrying about additional costs. 


Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru – Baa Atoll 

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Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru is one of the most striking resorts in the Maldives. Offering a 5-star luxury experience, the hotel takes advantage of its glorious surroundings, featuring villas over the lagoon and nestled in the jungle that blend in with the environment. 

Most bungalows and suites have their very own pool, along with spacious areas, a fully-equipped bathroom, a seating area, and floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the views. Offering an outdoor-indoor living concept and luxurious amenities, the rooms make it hard to want to leave. 

But the resort has much more to offer, starting with a wellness center whose services go from spa treatments to ayurvedic rituals, hair styling and yoga sessions. The dining experience can be customized to suit your meal and location preferences, or you can opt to dine at one of the various restaurants after a drink or two at the bar. 

A fitness center, an olympic-size swimming pool, a kids’ clulb and 3 boutiques are a few of the services offered to keep guests entertained. 

Preserving the local ecosystem is one of the resort’s main priorities, and it has taken steps to ensure it succeeds. Among them is the use of electric buggies, the installation of a Roof Solar inverter, the elimination of single-use plastics, and the use of sustainable kitchen products such biodegradable bags.

It has also taken energy-efficient measures, sources sustainable and local ingreditnes for the restaurants, and replaces towels and linen every third day. 

❤️ We like it because besides catering to holidaymakers, it also has astounding facilities to accommodate weddings, meetings, and any other kind of event. It’s very family-friendly as well. 


Fairmont Maldives – Shaviyani Atoll

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Fairmont Maldives features 120 luxurious villas designed to blend in effortlessly with its surroundings. All of them boast a private pool, top-notch amenities, in-room entertainment, a fully-equipped bathroom with toiletries, and a 24-hour villa host. 

Visitors can either book their preferred villa or choose one of the resort’s special packages to include half-board, go all-inclusive, or enjoy a family/romantic oriented experience. 

There are four restaurants and and a beach bar on-site, besides in-villa and destination dining. The spa is nestled among the lush vegetation, offering a natural environment in which to disconnect and get pampered with the numerous massage options and treatments

A fitness center with private training, yoga sessions, a large swimming pool, a tennis court, cooking classes and an art studio are some of the numerous resort’s facilities. 

There is a Sustainability Lab that recycles plastic waste into souvenirs, enough solar energy is produced to power the resort all day, and all drinks are served in reusable glass bottles, avoiding single-use plastic. The resort also invites guests to take part in some of its conservation innitiatives, like releasing turtle hatchlings. 

❤️ We like it because it features a unique underwater art installation, the Coralarium, which combines art with marine conservation as it acts as an artificial reef, offering a sactuary for corals, fish, and crustaceans. 


One & Only Reethi Rah – North Malé Atoll 

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One & Only Reethi Rah is the perfect holiday destination if you’re looking for a relaxing and luxurious getaway. Its world-class dining options, full-service spa, beach facilities and water adventures ensure an unforgettable experience. 

The resort offers beach and water villas with a seating area, top-notch amenities, and an en-suite bathroom. They also boast a veranda or terrace, direct access to the sea and, in some cases, a catamaran net, private pool, and al fresco dining area. Larger groups might prefer the Grand Residence which accommodates up to 10 people

Scattered throughout the island are six restaurants and two bars, offering first-class meals and drinks in the most atmospheric settings. Activities include yoga sessions, spa treatments, fitness classes, sunbathing at the beach, paddleboarding, and sailing, among many others. 

Waste management, energy efficiency and water conservation are the three pillars of sustainability at One & Only Reethi Rah. The resort also takes part in marine conservation efforts to protect and help restore the fragile ecosystem; it’s turtle rehabilitation center is the best example of that. Preserving the culture and heritage of the country is another priority, along with supporting the local community. 

❤️ We like it because the culinary journey it offers is unmatched, with all of its restaurants serving world-class dishes from various cuisines, resulting in a delicious fusion of Mediterranean, Japanese, Maldivian, and Middle-Eastern flavors. 


Eco Resorts in the Maldives FAQs

Are the Maldives eco-friendly?

Eco tourism in Maldives is a key factor in the country’s sustainability efforts. Due to its fragile ecosystem and current environmental crisis, Maldives has been forced to take great measures to ensure its survival, making it a very eco-friendly destination. 

What are the best luxury eco resorts in the Maldives?

In our opinion, these are some of the best eco resorts in the country:
Soneva Jani
LUX* South Ari Atoll
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

  • Stefania Guglielmi

    Stefania Guglielmi is the founder of Every Steph. Originally from Bologna, Italy, she's been traveling full-time since 2016 and has visited over 50 countries across 6 continents. She believes sustainable travel and luxury travel can go hand in hand and has been advocating for responsible tourism since 2014. Stefania's advice and travel experiences have been featured in important publications such as Business Insider, Refinery29, and Yahoo Money.