Maldives has recently relaxed its tourism rules which was restricting all tourism to resorts on uninhabited islands. The abolishment of this rule has sparked the growth of guest house tourism. Since then guest houses have been developed in many islands in various atolls in the Maldives.
Guest houses are accommodations for tourists which are located on inhabited islands by locals. While some guesthouses are similar to hotels which are all inclusive, others are more like bed and breakfast inns. The luxury amenities, facilities and services are not similar to a resort however, guests have the opportunity for watersports, diving and other activities like night fishing and excursions to uninhabited islands and sandbanks through local dive and watersports providers in the islands.There is a huge variety of guest houses currently available.
The main difference between guesthouses and resorts are that guesthouses do not own their own island, which means guests will have to be respectful of the local community, will need to be more mindful of local customs, in particular, women will need to dress much more modestly than on a resort.
It also means guests can make use of the public transportation in place for the locals, saving one of the exorbitant costs a tourist who comes to a resort spends on seaplane transfers and speed boats to reach the particular resort from the international airport. By staying in a guest house, the guests will also have the opportunity to experience the real Maldivian life on an island and meet and interact with the locals in a more friendly atmosphere.
Kaani Village and Spa
Aabaadhee Hingun Road, 08090 Maafushi, Maldives
Kaani Village and Spa, with Swimming Pool, offers 20 deluxe air-conditioned rooms with attached bathrooms which bring together contemporary and modern style to the travelers looking for an easy going budget alternative to the Maldives resort experience.
Just Surf Villa & Lodge
Himmafushi Island, Just Surf Villa, North Male Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives, 08060
Just Surf Villa is a unique guesthouse in Maldives with private pool – on the local island Himmafushi home of the famous surf spot “Jailbreaks”. The Villa has 4 spacious rooms with ensuite bathroom and balcony. The 2 huge living rooms with all entertainment gadgets like TV, DVD, Music System and Fussball table offer enough space for a big group. Relax in the pool while the BBQ is sizzling of the fresh fish.
Yonder Retreat Folhudhoo
Located in Alif Alif Atoll, Yonder Retreat Folhudhoo is in the midst of the most popular diving & snorkeling destinations in Maldives.
Arena Beach Maldives
Arena Beach Hotel, Beach Road, 08090 Maafushi, Maldives
Arena Beach Maldives is located in Maafushi island in South Malé Atoll (Kaafu Atoll) Maldives. Arena Beach is conveniently situated right across the beachfront giving guests a spectacular view of the northern seashore and blue lagoons of the island.
Canopus Retreat Thulusdhoo
Athiri Magu, 08040 Thulusdhoo, Maldives
Conveniently located, Canopus Retreat Thulusdhoo is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. The city center is merely 28.2 km away and the airport can be reached within 30 minutes. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
Arora Inn at Maafushi Island Maldives
Conveniently located in Maldives Islands, Arora Inn at Maafushi Island Maldives is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. Situated only 17.00 Miles from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town’s attractions and activities. Also within easy reach are Cocoa Thila Dive Site, Guraidhoo Kandu South, Last Stops.Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Arora Inn at Maafushi Island Maldives is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts such as desk, air conditioning, shower, complimentary bottled water, fan to please even the most discerning guest. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or are just looking for a way to unwind after a hard day, you will be entertained by top-class recreational facilities such as water sports (motorized), water sports (non-motorized). Whatever your reason for visiting Maldives Islands, the Arora Inn at Maafushi Island Maldives is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away.Deluxe Double
Batuta Maldives Surf View
Built in 2011, Batuta Maldives Surf View guesthouse is a distinct addition to the Maldives and a smart choice for travelers. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. For those of you who want to venture out, Cokes, Chickens and Lohi Surf are just some of the attractions available to visitors.
Water Breeze Hotel
If what you’re looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Maldives Islands, look no further than Water Breeze Hotel. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations. Water Breeze Hotel also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Maldives Islands. The hotel offers access to a vast array of services, including coffee shop, airport transfer, restaurant, BBQ facilities, bicycle rental. All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. The hotel offers fantastic facilities, including fishing, water sports (non-motorized), diving, water sports (motorized), to help you unwind after an action-packed day in the city. Water Breeze Hotel is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Maldives Islands.Standard Double Room
Shadow Palm Hotel
Situated in South Male Atoll, Shadow Palm Hotel is the perfect place to experience Maldives Islands and its surroundings. The hotel is not too far from the city center: just 20.00 Km away, and it normally takes about 35 minutes to reach the airport. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city’s numerous attractions such as Cocoa Thila Dive Site, Gulhi Kandu, Guraidhoo Kandu South.
Amra Palace Hotel and Spa
Built in 2013, Amra Palace Hotel and Spa is a distinct addition to Maldives Islands and a smart choice for travelers. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Amra Palace is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy car hire, airport transfer, meeting facilities, currency exchange, bicycle rental.Guests can choose from 20 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or are just looking for a way to unwind after a hard day, you will be entertained by top-class recreational facilities such as private beach, fishing, garden, diving, children’s playground. Amra Palace is a smart choice for travelers to Maldives Islands, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.Deluxe Room
Cokes Beach House
If what you’re looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Maldives, look no further than Cokes Beach House. The hotel is not too far from the city center: just 28 km away, and it normally takes about 90 minutes to reach the airport. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations.
Rasdhoo Island Inn
Whether you’re a tourist or traveling on business, Rasdhoo Island Inn is a great choice for accommodation when visiting Maldives Islands. Only 70 minutes away, this 2.5-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. Also within easy reach are Rasdhoo Dive Site, Hammerhead Dive Site.Rasdhoo Island Inn offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy coffee shop, family room, luggage storage, laundry service, shops.All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. The hotel offers wonderful recreational facilities such as water sports (motorized), billiards, private beach, children’s playground, garden to make your stay truly unforgettable. Discover an engaging blend of professional service and a wide array of features at Rasdhoo Island Inn.