The Residence Maldives Resort

Residence Maldives Resort

With 75 huge water villas in addition to 19 beach villas, the Residence Maldives is a very luxurious resort that has just opened in early summer of 2012. The Residence is a small upscale resort chain that also operates in Tunis, Mauritius and Zanzibar, and their entry into the Maldives has gone well and put them right into the mix among high end resorts.

Each water villa is very large, and almost half of them have their own private pool, and all have a separate bedroom. Personal butler service is available, so this is an ideal choice for visitors who don’t want to waste their own time making sure things are just right. Early reviews are amazingly good so this looks like a good one to try for those in this price range.


The Residence Maldives Resort is located 242 miles (390 kilometers) south of the Male International Airport.


39 Water Villas

  • Area: 1475 sq ft (137 m²)
  • One Bedroom

28 Water Villas with Pool

  • Area: 1679 sq ft (156 m²)
  • One Bedroom
  • Swimming pool on private deck

4 Deluxe Water Villas with Pool

  • Area: 1959 sq ft (182 m²)
  • One bedroom
  • Swimming pool on private deck

4 Two-Bedroom Water Villas with Pool

  • Area: 3035 sq ft (282 m²)
  • Two bedrooms
  • Swimming pool on private deck

19 Beach Villas

Special features in all villas

Beds: One kingsize per bedroom
Wi-Fi: Internet connection at a minimal fee
Entertainment system: 40-inch LED television, DVD player
Room service: 24 hours

  • Welcome amenities in the villa
  • Complimentary ironing of 2 items per guest during stay
  • Complimentary sorbets and fresh fruits offered at the main pool
  • Mini bar
  • Expresso machine and tea-making facilities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Overhead fan
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Personal safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathrobes & Slippers
  • Butler service available


  • Low season online specials from US$688 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,052 per night

*Speedboat return transfer from Malé Airport: US$440 per adult

Restaurants and bars

  • The Dining Room
  • The Falhumaa
  • Private Dining
  • The Beach Bar

Resort features

  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Boating
  • Catamarans
  • Windsurfing
  • Kayaks
  • Pedal boats
  • Sandy beach
  • Swimming pool
  • Fishing
  • Fitness center
  • Library
  • Internet corner
  • Kids Club
  • Gift shop
  • Wedding services


The The Spa By Clarins is a 5-star full service facility with a wide variety of massage and treatment options.

Nearby activities

Excursions: deserted islands, local villages, island hopping, private excursions
Deep sea fishing, fun tubes, water skiing, knee boarding, jet ski

What the reviews say

The service and attention to detail get very high marks so it shows that the chains’ experience with opening their other luxury hotels in and around Africa has shown them how to do it right. This resort isn’t cheap, but it seems like it’s going to be one of the finest in the Maldives for those who can afford it.

One word that keeps coming up in reviews is the world privacy. It seems that this resort does a great job providing a private stay for each guest, which to many is a big deal.

Getting there

Upon arrival at the Male Airport, a personal resort host from The Residence Maldives extends a warm welcome and escorts guests to the domestic airport. The domestic transfer** is a scenic 55-minute flight to Kaadedhdhoo. At the Kaadedhdhoo Airport, guests are escorted to the nearby jetty for a 60-minute speedboat transfer, during which refreshments can be enjoyed along with the sights and sounds of the Maldives.

**From September 2012, a 55-minute domestic flight from Male will take guests directly to the resort which is a 5-minute speedboat ride away from the new Kooddoo Airport.

A direct transfer from Male Airport to The Residence Maldives is also available via sea plane*, which is a 90-minute journey to Falhumaafushi.

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Video tour of a water villa at The Residence Maldives Resort

Photo Gallery of the Residence Maldives Resort