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The Residence - Luxury holidays to the Maldives

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  • About this holiday

    On an island spanning one kilometre long by 120 metres at its widest point, The Residence Maldives is an exclusive and secluded retreat and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group. A kids’ club puts on fun activities from 10am until 5.30pm, while water sports activities cater to all levels of experience, including the PADI diving centre. This luxury hotel comprises 94 thatched villas built in a traditional Maldivian style and designed to seamlessly blend into their natural island environment.

    The journey and how you get there


    Welcome amenities, cold towel and ice tea on arrival, unpacking and packing service by the butler, access to beach pool with towels, one sunrise or sunset yoga class, use of the gym and sauna facilities, non-motorised water sports and access to the library.

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways London Gatwick to Malé, internal flights to Kaadedhdhoo Domestic Airport, speedboat transfers and bed and breakfast.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices for The Residence Maldives are per person based on 2 adults and 2 children under twelve sharing a Beach Villa for seven nights:
    Low Season: From about £8990
    High Season: From about £9790
    Prices based on sharing a Two Bedroom Pool Villa.
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Special Offers

    • Complimentary upgrade to Full Board honeymoon and anniversary in the Maldives 2019
      Book now and receive a complimentary upgrade from Half Board to Full Board on honeymoon or anniversary stays from 1 April 2019 until 31 March 2020. In addition, guests will receive a full range of exciting inclusions such as complimentary cocktails. Minimum stay of 7 nights. Restrictions apply.
    • Complimentary return air and speedboat transfers in the Maldives for 2019
      Book now and receive complimentary air transfers from Male, and speedboat transfers from Kooddoo, on stays from 1 April 2019 until 31 March 2020. Minimum stay of 4 nights. Restrictions apply.
    • Up to 35% Early Booking Discount Maldives for 2019
      Book 90 days prior to arrival and receive a 35% discount on stays from 1 April 2019 until 31 March 2020. If the booking is made just 60 days prior to arrival, this discount will reduce to 25%. If the booking is made just 30 days prior to arrival, this discount will reduce to 20%. Restrictions apply.
    • 7 nights for the price of 5 Maldives for late 2019(1)
      Book now and receive 7 nights for the price of 5 on stays from 1 April 2019 until 22 December 2019. Restrictions apply.
    • 7 nights for the price of 6 Maldives for early 2020
      Book now and receive 7 nights for the price of 6 on stays from 7 January 2020 until 31 March 2020. Restrictions apply.
    • 35% discount offer
      Stay before the 21st December 2019 and receive a 35% discount off our rates on bed and breakfast. Guests will also receive a complimentary upgrade to half board for 2 people, a complimentary room upgrade from Beach Villa to Water Villa or Beach Pool Villa to Water Pool Villa (dependent on availability) and for stays of 4 night or longer guests will receive complimentary domestic transfers for 2 people. This offer is only combinable with selected other offers. Restrictions apply.

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    Our opinion

    "An unspoilt paradise where beach and water villas offer a true 'sand between the toes' experience".

    Hotel description

    Situated on the pristine island of Falhumaafushi, The Residence Maldives offers an unspoilt paradise idyll. On an island spanning one kilometre long by 120 metres at its widest point, The Residence Maldives is an exclusive and secluded retreat and a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group. This luxury hotel comprises 94 thatched villas built in a traditional Maldivian style and designed to seamlessly blend into their natural island environment. Airy and infused with an abundance of natural light, the villas blend colonial sophistication with contemporary style, where bespoke furnishings are complemented by local curios and artworks. Amidst verdant surroundings, beachfront villas offer a true ‘sand between the toes’ experience, with a cosy veranda leading out from the spacious living room boasting expansive views of the ocean. The over-water villas meanwhile allow you to slip straight from your private deck into the cool, clear surrounding waters, which are teeming with lively schools of fish and vivid coral reefs. Overlooking the beach and partially submerged in the swimming pool, the beach bar is the focal point of the resort. It serves light meals and island-style drinks, whilst the Dining Room offers a casual setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving Asian and Indian Ocean inspired cuisine with a contemporary twist. The Falhumaa meanwhile is a spectacular over-water venue, located at the end of a 230-metre jetty overlooking the colourful reef. Here, you’ll dine from a menu that features western cuisine, with a natural emphasis on fresh fish accompanied by the finest wines from around the world. For the youngest members of the family, a kids’ club puts on fun activities from 10am until 5.30pm. Another significant draw of The Residence Maldives is in the superb water sports facilities. Even beginners can participate thanks to the catamaran, windsurfing and boating tuition available on site. Active adults and teens will also love the PADI diving centre, which facilitates magnificent diving experiences that bring to life the colourful underwater microcosm of the local dive spots.


    Gaafu Alifu Atoll

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    Open all year

    Distance from airport

    380km south of Malé International Airport, accessible by air to Kaadedhdhoo (a 55-minute journey) and 60-minute speedboat transfer. Direct transfers are also available by sea-plane to Falhumaafushi, a 90-minute journey (subject to availability).

    Closest airport

    Room types

    All 94 villas have sundeck or veranda with sun loungers and beach umbrella, air conditioning, overhead fan, hairdryer, safe, direct-dial telephone, 40-inch LED TV, DVD player, internet connection, espresso machine with tea-making facilities, mini-bar, rain shower, luxury amenities, WiFi, 24-hour in-villa dining, butler service available.
    Beach Villa
    Beach Pool Villa
    Water Villa
    Water Pool Villa
    Deluxe Water Pool Villa
    Two-bedroom Beach Pool Villa
    Two-bedroom Water Pool Villa

    Hotel facilities and services

    2 Restaurants, Private dining, Beach access, Beach bar, Beach dining, Library, Clarins Spa, Hair salon, Fitness centre, Sauna, Steam room, Freshwater swimming pool, Sunrise and sunset Yoga, Snorkeling equipment, Complimentary rental of non-motorized water-sports equipment, Boutique and gift shop, DVD and CD library, Internet corner, Kid’s club (open 10am to 5.30pm), Transfers, Complimentary cots for under 3s, PADI dive centre, Outdoor movie night subject to weather conditions, Weekly activities from Golf putting to Chef's carving classes. Wedding packages are available.

    Water sports

    Complimentary: Kayaking, windsurfing, snorkelling, catamaran sailing and tuition.
    Chargeable: Scuba diving, jetskiing, waterskiing, knee boarding, fun tubes and deep-sea fishing, parasailing, island excursions.

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Sports nearby


    Children under 3 years can stay in a cot free of charge and rollaway beds can be added for older children. Under 13s receive complimentary breakfast and eat at 50% the menu price in the restaurants when eating with parent/s. A kids' club is available from 10 to 17:30.

    Minimum stays

    Minimum stay of 4 nights from 23 December to 6 January.

    Other information

    A compulsory supplement is required for stays over the festive season to cover the Christmas Eve Dinner (24/12) and New Year's Eve Dinner (31/12).

    Children's club: The Kids' Club is open from 11am to 4pm and is available for children aged 3 to 12 on a complimentary basis.
    Children's entertainment: Families can make the most of the CD, DVD and book library, where board games are also available. The kids' club is available to keep the children entertained during the day. For older children there is also an internet corner. Children over 8 may learn to Scuba Diva at a charge and excursions to nearby islands, where you can explore lagoons and reefs for dolphins, may be purchased. Excursions must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. The Spa offers a Junior Glow treatment for children that includes a Swedish massage and facial followed by ice-cream and children's yoga.
    Medical services: There is an island doctor and there are two hospitals on Malé.
    Family dining: Families are allowed in all of the restaurants at present. There is a children's menu on offer at The Dining Room.
    Family rooms: The Residence Maldives offers 94 beach and water villas. Some have private swimming pools but all room categories boast a private sun deck or veranda with sun loungers. One Bedroom Beach Villas accommodate 2 adults and 1 child under 16, and Two Bedroom Beach Villas hold 2 adults and 2 children. For safety reasons, children under the age of 13 years are not permitted in the water villas. Children under 3 years can stay in a cot free of charge.

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    The Maldives

    Airport:15 minutes by speedboat. Please note that the resort is one hour ahead of official Maldives time.
    Size: 298 square kilometres of land on 1192 islands in an area of sea measuring 754 kilometres long and 118 kilometres wide.
    Currency:Rufiya (£1 = 17 rufiyas)Population 300,000
    Temperature:Temperatures are consistently hot averaging about 31 degrees Centigrade. Sea temperatures average about 27 degrees Centigrade. The year is divided into two monsoon periods, the north-east monsoon from December to March (drier) and the south-west monsoon from May to November (wetter months with stronger winds).


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    Airport: About 1 hour and 10 minutes by car.
    Size: 865 square kilometres
    Currency: Mauritian rupee (£1 = 35 Rs)Population 1.1 million
    Temperature: The hottest months are from January to April, although this is also the cyclone season and the weather can be humid with temperatures ranging from 25 to 35 degrees Centigrade. There is no distinct rainy season. The Mauritian winter months are June, July, August when temperatures average about 24 degrees Centigrade with the evenings being about 16 degrees Centigrade. However, the weather does vary from the east to the west coast. The east is breezier, and feels cooler during their winter months. The north-west near Port Louis is often the driest and the warmest part of the island. During their winter months you should have a jacket or jumper for the evenings. Dining is outside throughout the year.


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    Population: 73,000
    Temperature: The Seychelles fall outside the cyclone zone. The seasons divide into May to October, when the south-east trade winds blow and November to April when the winds are from the north-west which can bring rain, particularly in January. January is the wettest month, July and August are the driest months. The temperature is pretty constant throughout the year, ranging between 24 and 31 degrees Centigrade and humidity is around 80 percent.


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