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It's the ultimate getaway destination for celebrities, honeymooners and families, all eager to relax in a perfect paradise.
Sitting serenely in the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives islands guarantee the whitest sandy beaches, pods of dolphins, dreamy sunsets and an unforgettable underwater world.
2022 marks half a century since the country's first resort opened, when guests had to wade through waist-deep water to reach land.
Fortunately, access has improved considerably since then, and today atoll resorts stretch across more than 800 kilometers of ocean, from the north to the south of the country.
This is a selection of establishments that will open their doors this year, as well as a complex that recently began receiving guests and another that underwent a major renovation.
Patina Maldives, Fari Islands
Patina Maldives is a new hospitality concept from the Capella hotel group.
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The Fari Islands, an archipelago made up of four idyllic islands, are located in the northeast of North Malé Atoll, 45 minutes by speedboat or 15 minutes by hydrofoil from Velana International Airport.
They include Patina Maldives, a new hospitality concept from Capella Hotel Group, which has 90 contemporary villas and 20 studios by renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan.
Unlike most of the other properties on this list, Patina recently opened, so you can book right now if you need a quick getaway.
Beach and pool villas range from one to three bedrooms and offer understated, sustainable luxury as well as stunning views.
If you manage to stop sunbathing by the pool, you can also relax even more with wellness trips, culinary experiences, free diving or music programs.
Starting at US$1,900 for a beach villa
Alila Kothaifaru Maldives
An aerial view of the island on which the Alila Kothaifaru is located.
Scheduled to open in the first half of this year, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives will feature 80 beachfront and overwater villas, all with pools, naturally, in another stunning location: Raa Atoll.
The reef, teeming with marine life, from graceful rays to multi-colored corals, is a huge draw, particularly for divers.
Sunrises and sunsets will be mesmerizing, while your dining options will include Japanese teppanyaki and yakitori, as well as secluded dinners on a private sandbar for the ultimate in romance.
Rates have not yet been announced.
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Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort
The Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort will feature six food and beverage outlets.
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The first Avani Hotels & Resorts resort in the Maldives will open its doors in mid-2022 on Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
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Just 30 minutes by hydrofoil from Velana International Airport, the Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort sits on an island surrounded by a lagoon in the west of the reserve.
Unique and remarkable biodiversity can be found in its coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves.
Don't miss the hawksbill turtles, rays and friendly reef sharks.
Guests will be able to choose from 176 villas and studios with no less than six places to eat, drink and be amazed by those views.
From US$650, per night, for a one-bedroom studio with ocean views and breakfast included.
Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa
Emerald Faarufushi will open in May 2022.
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Another new 5-star establishment on Raa Atoll, this time all-inclusive, is Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa.
A lush seven-hectare island in the middle of a 100-hectare lagoon means there's plenty of room to relax, whether on land or in the water, when it opens in May.
The eighty villas in six categories seek to integrate into the natural environment, built with natural materials whenever possible.
A special attraction is what they call "playful experiences", thanks to the adrenaline rush of the extensive water sports and diving facilities, a gym and a sports center.
Once you've worked up a sweat, treat yourself to dining at the restaurants, including the Beach Club Grill.
from US$800 per villa, per night.
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Villa Haven will feature 68 beachfront villas and residences.
Credit: Villa Haven
You'll have to wait to check out Villa Haven in South Ari Atoll as it won't open until late 2022, but when it does, they promise to cater to discerning travelers of all stripes.
Whether wellness is your thing, deep-sea diver or fun-loving family, its 68 beachfront villas and residences will provide you with a luxurious base while you explore the resort's many experiences.
Thanks to the lush vegetation of the island, its botanical gardens and palm trees produce coconuts, tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs that will be served in the restaurants of Villa Haven, while sustainable local materials are also used in the construction of the complex.
from US$2,000, per night
Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa
A hydrofoil is not needed.
The Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa, with all its villas, is a quick boat ride from the airport.
Credit: Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa
A familiar name will welcome guests to the Maldives in early summer with the arrival of the Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa.
Located on the island of the same name, it is only 15 minutes by speedboat from the airport.
So it shouldn't take long for guests to step off the plane and plunge into their private pool at one of the resort's 109 beach villas.
The six restaurants and bars include Eden, an adults-only bar specializing in champagne and cocktails with perfect sunset views, while Re-Fuel is a "teens-only area."
At the spa, maternity, bridal and couples massages are just a few of the options to prolong the bliss.
from US$ 830 per night, with breakfast included
Conrad Maldives Rangali
Conrad Maldives Rangali renovates 50 of its villas.
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At long last, the first international resort in the Maldives gets a makeover, as Conrad Maldives Rangali celebrates 25 years in the country.
This two-island resort pioneered what we now call "barefoot luxury" and had other firsts, including the world's first underwater restaurant and the first underwater room.
To mark the resort's anniversary, 50 overwater villas were refurbished, as were three restaurants and bars.
New features include an adults-only gym, the Majaa Explorers Hub, and the Furaavaru Teens Club.
As for the experience, don't miss the opportunity to swim with whale sharks and manta rays, go on a turtle safari or dazzle your Instagram followers with a sunset dolphin cruise.
from US$1,860, per night