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The 5 Closest Hotelsto the Velana International Airport in the Maldives

When you hear the words “airport hotel”, you immediately think of large soulless block hotels with sub-par food and average service. While there are more conventional airport hotels in the Maldives and the capital city Malé, if you venture a few kilometres further away from the airport will find some stunning luxury resorts.

Here are some of the best resorts in the Maldives that are unimaginably close to Velana International Airport. Please keep in mind that due to the proximity of these resorts the transfer times listed below are via speedboat.


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1. Kurumba Maldives
Transfer time from VIA: 10 mins
Distance from VIA: 4.5km

Almost a stone’s throw away from Velana International Airport is the beautiful resort of Kurumba. Despite its proximity to the airport, the hotel encompasses Maldivian resort life, and if you’re wondering why, it’s because Kurumba was the country’s first-ever resort! Kurumba – named after the young green coconuts that are grown across the island – is an excellent place for a family holiday with many child-friendly activities and facilities on offer. However, it’s greatest pull factor is that fact it’s only a 10-minute boat ride from the airport, and it is open 24 hours a day which means that no matter how late you get in, you can always get to Kurumba and fall asleep in paradise.


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2. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives
Transfer time from VIA: 15 mins
Distance from VIA: 9.8km

The Taj hotel chain needs no introduction, and their property in the Maldives is exemplary, to say the least. A short boat ride away from the airport and the capital city will take you to Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives. This hotel is the complete opposite of Malé; instead of a crowded city with tall skyscrapers and little greenery, the Taj comprises 64 sea-view suites and villas nestled amidst the lush swaying palm trees, with views of the sparkling ocean. Enjoy delicious meals, curated experiences, and a stunning house reef here at Taj Exotica.


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3. Adaaran Prestige Vadoo
Transfer time from VIA: 15 mins
Distance from VIA: 10.7km

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is one of the most romantic hotels in the Maldives and is very close to the airport. This resort is perfect for newly-weds, with only 50 villas, each with its own uninterrupted panoramic view of the sparkling Indian Ocean and private plunge pool. Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is also a great place to stay if you plan on visiting the capital city and doing some cultural activities in the world’s smallest city. One of the things that make this resort ideal for couples is that there are three types of water villas; Sunrise Villas, Sunset Villas, and Honeymoon Villas– all of which are great options for honeymooners.


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4. Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
Transfer time from VIA: 20 mins
Distance from VIA: 12.8km

Surrounded by a pristine turquoise lagoon The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is a dreamy getaway for families, friends, or couples. This five-star resort with 176 gorgeous overwater bungalows and ocean view villas, are fully equipped with every luxury and amenity you would need to make your holiday unforgettable. If you’re travelling with your family, there are numerous activities available, from surfing to sailing, and if you’re with young ones and looking to indulge yourself at the spa, do not hesitate to drop them off at the Sheraton’s top-notch kids’ club.


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5. Huvafen Fushi
Transfer time from VIA: 30 mins
Distance from VIA: 26.6km

Huvafen Fushi is a world away from the bustling city of Malé. This beautiful resort whose name translates to “dream island” is certainly a dream, to say the least. As soon as you arrive you are encouraged to fully embrace island life by removing your shoes so that you can enjoy the barefoot luxury of Huvafen Fushi. The resort has only 46 eco villas and each villa has its own butler, or “Mr Friday” as they say. Along with stunning rooms and unparalleled service, the cherry on top – is the Huvafen Spa which is the world’s only underwater spa! Relax with a spa treatment beneath the turquoise ocean after a long day of fun at this amazing resort.


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Quick Travel Tip:

Most resorts have a transfer service from the airport to the hotel. All you need to do is book that service ideally three days before your arrival and pay a fee (speed boat transfers are generally between $20 – $30). There are some resorts that offer complimentary airport transfers, but do check with the resort beforehand. When you arrive you will be welcomed by a staff member who will take you on your onward journey.

The Maldives is certainly an excellent place for a holiday, and even though these hotels are in close proximity to an international airport, you really don’t feel it. Trust us, once you arrive, you will not want to leave.

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