Chasing the Waves in Paradise: Top 7 Luxury Surf Resorts in Maldives
Shama Rashid

Travel Consultant

Chasing the Waves in Paradise: Top 7 Luxury Surf Resorts in Maldives

In the heart of the Indian Ocean lies the epitome of earthly bliss - the Maldives. Renowned for its sun-drenched shores and crystal-clear waters, this archipelago also boasts some of the world's most coveted surf breaks. For thrill-seekers yearning to ride the waves amidst luxury, Maldives is an unrivalled destination.

Read more to discover the best surfer’s paradise for you — whether you are a beginner or an advanced surfer.

Nature’s playground at Niyama Maldives

Located in Dhaalu Atoll, Niyama Maldives welcomes you to a one-of-a-kind experience at one of the finest 5-star resorts in the country. It is also the only luxury resort in Maldives with waves breaking right on its shores, making it the perfect destination for adventurers. The atoll’s reefs and passages are perfectly exposed and receive a substantial amount of swell. Vodi and Kasabu are the two closest surf spots to the resort, and both work well in any wind direction. Beginners can head to the northern lagoon where the gentler waves are spotted. And advanced surfers can enjoy the corner, where the wave wraps around the point, producing lengthy, rippable walls. 

The sustainable surfing haven of Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

In the North Malé Atoll, Gili Lankanfushi Maldives stands as a testament to sustainable living. As pioneers of barefoot luxury, the resort presents a variety of water adventures to all guests ages 6 and up. It’s the perfect opportunity for families to enjoy consistent swells and surging waves. The secluded location promises sparse crowds and privacy along with tropical water temperatures. Jailbreak, the nearest wave point, is just a 5-minute boat trip away, making it easily accessible. And the world-class Tropicsurf instructors are available around the clock on the island. Families, couples, and solo travellers can take advantage of surf packages, which offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences for surfers of all skill levels, from beginners to experts.

Serenity meets surf at Six Senses Laamu

As the only surfing resort in the pristine waters of Laamu Atoll, Six Senses Laamu presents an ideal escape for surfers seeking solitude and adventure. With empty lineups and perfect barrels, it’s a surfing experience like no other. The island’s house reef is just a few paddles away from the beach and presents quick, rippable waves for beginners. When conditions are favourable, the formidable Yin Yangs, which lies just across the channel of the island, produce one of the strongest and most flawless right-hand barrels in the nation. There are numerous other wave points in the atoll; some are quite near, while others require a half-hour boat ride to reach. Whether you're paddling out for the first time or chasing the ultimate wave, Laamu's waves promise an unforgettable journey.

Paradise found at Como Maalifushi

Home to gorgeous multi-room villas both over water and on the shore, Como Maalifushi is a sanctuary for those seeking luxury and seclusion. Sitting on the edge of Thaa Atoll, the resort is just a 50-minute Seaplane ride away from the airport. This still is home to some great waves such as Inside and Outside Mikado’s — two great fun right-handers. Tucked between the neighbouring Dhaalu and Laamu atolls, COMO gives even more options to travel to for the advanced surfers. And for those seeking relaxation after their surf adventures, COMO Shambhala Retreat offers holistic wellness. With a world-class yoga facility along with exceptional cuisine, it is where leisure meets tranquillity. 

Neverending adventures at Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

Just a half-hour speedboat ride away from Malé lies Four Seasons Kuda Huraa — a serene island celebrated for its perfect waves. This popular destination delivers many options for surfers. From the long, bowling lefts at Honkies, to open tubes at Cokes, racetrack breaks at Chickens, and the beginner-friendly easy-peeling rights of Tombstones and Ninjas. But the best spot remains the famous Sultans, which lies just five minutes away from the island. With waves of all sizes and heights, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa offers something for every surfer. For those seeking respite from the waves, the resort's array of amenities promises an unforgettable retreat.

Blissful waves at Ayada Maldives

Tucked away in the southern isles of Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Ayada Maldives invites surfers to indulge in luxury amidst exceptional reef breaks. This island destination is one of the top picks among all surf destinations in Maldives. For travellers seeking the perfect tropical island to indulge in relaxation after the surf sessions, it’s the ideal spot.  There are three quiet breaks within five minutes of the resort, the most popular being Love Charms. Surfers can also head to Two Ways, Five Islands, and Tiger Stripes for more adventures. With private infinity pools and overwater hammocks, Ayada also offers a sanctuary for relaxation after thrilling surf sessions.

Coastal adventures of Taj Exotica Resort & Spa 

Discover the treasures of the Maldives at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, where breathtaking vistas and exhilarating water sports await. Home to one of the largest lagoons in the country, this secluded island is a mere 15-minute speedboat journey from the airport. While windsurfing takes precedence at this destination, surfers can still find decent breaks nearby, including the renowned Lohis break. The resort embodies every aspect of the Taj hotel chain — the fine cuisine and spa — and is the perfect place to soak up the sun, and sip on cocktails while enjoying water-based activities including snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing, and of course, surfing.

Maldives is an Eden for those seeking the perfect blend of luxury and adventure, no matter what time of the year you’re looking to travel in. Typically, the surf season takes place between April and October, with April to June being the prime season. With glassy days and steady swells, these months promise unforgettable surfing adventures. Book your luxury surf getaway with us, and experience the thrill of riding the waves in paradise.