Choice of a resort should be driven by the holiday you desire
Honeymoon, family, diving, or by language, since individual resorts tend to focus on one language (English people, for example, may not enjoy being surrounded by Germans or their entertainment systems) and by budget rather than by location, since fantastic beaches, calm, reef-protected turquoise water and fine weather (in season) are ever-present.
Resorts come in three main styles
• Family-oriented holiday resorts with facilities for kid entertainment and care, multiple restaurant choice and marginally less sophistication than the next level up. The Kaafu region, conveniently close to Malé, is home to several places in this genre. An economy bonus in Kaafu is access can be via a one hour speedboat ride from Male rather than a pricey seaplane.
Some of the best low cost kid-friendly Maldive hotels in 2012 were: Bandos, Filitheyo (photo), Club Faru (Fihalhohi), Kurumba, Meeru, Vilu Reef.
• Luxury resorts for honeymoon couples and the mega-wealthy with over-the-top indulgences and high style. These are widely scattered but voted the best Luxury Resort recently was Cocoa Island Resort, followed by Baros Maldives.
• Dive resorts are frequently distant from Malé and facilities will be simpler though naturally enough the ‘house reef‘ should be excellent for diving or snorkelling.
For the independent traveller things are somewhat more challenging as the tourism industry revolves around tour operators, and the working assumption for Maldives resorts is that two people will share a room.
. . . the wildlife watching you. . .
Very little, little as far as land creatures are concerned since everything bigger than an ant was eaten long ago. Fishies? Well, whale sharks are top of the big list of sea life, though manta rays offer big-time thrills.
. . . waiting for you to relax and drop your guard. . . photo by N. Dilmen
. . . during the night of the full moon.