Why it’s worth traveling for:

Oceanfront luxury in the idyllic Maldives

Hotel Highlights: The Ritz-Carlton Maldives in the picture-perfect Fari Islands, an archipelago in the Maldives North Malé Atoll, is everything you’d expect from a luxury resort dotted in the middle of the turquoise ocean. And more. The stunning 100 villa resort features an ultra-modern design through its circular architecture, inspired by the circle of island life and the motion of the ocean. Curved walls with disappearing sliding doors, and a curved deck leading out to a private infinity pool blur the lines between inside and out and amplify the breathtaking panoramic views out to the horizon. Designed to connect guests with the natural beauty of this exquisite part of the world and honor and protect its fragile ecosystem, there’s an emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendly elements while delivering next-level luxury through services like the Aris Meeha private butler service, and the resort’s outstanding international and local culinary offerings at their five on-site restaurants, and a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa.

Eat + Drink: The resort’s world-class dining options are superb, and the culinary offering is brought to life through a series of local traditions and rituals like cooking classes, afternoon tea ceremonies and the resort’s daily sunset celebration with BoduBeru drum performance and flaming ceremony that honors the transition of day to night. La Locanda specializes in southern Italian cuisine, delicious homemade pasta, sunset aperitivo, and perfect espresso. Summer Pavilion set over the lagoon is an elevated Cantonese restaurant inspired by Singapore’s Michelin-starred restaurant of the same name. Tum Tum offers elevated Asian street fare and Iwau (“to celebrate’) is an open-air Japanese restaurant and teppanyaki grill. For an unforgettable experience, Arabesque serves Lebanese and Indian food in a sunken dining room surrounded by hanging lanterns and textiles as colorful as the cuisine. The Beach Shack offers a quintessentially sand between your toes experience with fresh Mediterranean food and DJ beats, while Eau Bar is an invitation to unwind in a laid-back glamourous setting over fresh oysters and caviar, handcrafted cocktails infused with fresh organic fresh ingredients, and sunset afternoon tea Maldivian style sunset celebrated each evening with a captivating ritual.

Beauty + Wellness: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, a luxurious sanctuary nestled over a turquoise lagoon is designed to celebrate its spectacular surroundings and environment. Featuring spa suites, a relaxation lounge, salon, and boutique, the focus is a luxurious wellness experience. All of the signature treatments feature luxe British organic skincare brand Bamford.

Curated Experience: In a global exclusive The Ritz-Carlton has partnered with the iconic Jean-Michel Cousteau to bring the Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment program to guests giving them the unique opportunity to learn all about the Maldives’ rare natural wonders, tropical flora, and fauna by Cousteau-trained naturalists. The Ritz-Carlton Maldives is the first in the Asia Pacific region to host this wonderful program which also offers snorkeling expeditions, diving lessons, and experiences in partnership with Dive Butler International, as well as a curated itinerary of engaging educational activities. All guests also have exclusive access to Fari Marina Village, an 8-minute Dhoni ride away, where there is great dining, shopping, cultural, and entertainment options.