With an extremely convenient location just north of the main Maldives airport island, the Paradise Island Resort is far enough away to feel that private-island-in-paradise feeling. This is a 4-star resort that has 220 Super Deluxe Beach Rooms, which are very affordable by Maldives standards, in addition to 62 water villas in the newer Haven section.
The water villas in particular are ideal for honeymoons and anniversary trips, but the main part of the island tends to cater to large groups so it might not be ideal for a couples retreat. There a huge list of activities available and quite a few dining possibilities, so this is a good choice for those seeking an active Maldives holiday on a budget.
The Paradise Island Resort is located on Lankanfinolhu Island in the North Malé Atoll, which is 10 kilometers north of the main Malé International Airport in the Maldives.
0 Water Villas – Semi-detached
Area: 829 sq ft (77 m²)
16 Haven Villas – Semi-detached
Area: 861 sq ft (80 m²)
4 Haven Suites
Area: 2,551 sq ft (237 m²)
-Private open shower
2 Ocean Suites
Area: 4,155 sq ft (386 m²)
-Open air shower
220 Super Deluxe Beach Room
*Speedboat return transfer from Malé Airport: US$104 per adult
The Araamu Spa is a full-service 5-star spa offering a wide variety of massages and treatments.
To reach the Paradise Island Resort you’ll need to fly to the main Malé International Airport in the Maldives. From there you’ll be met by resort staff and put on a private boat for the 20-minute speedboat ride to the hotel’s island, at an additional charge.
Generally the Paradise Island Resort gets mostly positive reviews, though not universally so like many other 4-star resorts in the area as there are a few reviewers that seems to have a less than ideal vacation. Generally speaking, the neative reviews seem to be based on the large number of other guests around and a few members of staff. The newer water villas in the overwater Haven section of the resort get very high marks from nearly every guest, however the older beach rooms on the island appear to be getting dated, and don’t always leave a great impression.
The setting is usually described as fantastic, but some mention the house reef isn’t very active, and that it’s necessary to take boating trips for good snorkeling or diving. Considering that this is one of the more affordable overwater resorts in the Maldives, the reviews are quite good, but there are better possibilities out there in a similar price range.