Paradise Island has the local name Lankanfinolhu. Paradise Island, opened in 1994, is located in North Malé Atoll. Since it was one of the first resorts in the Maldives, it has earned quite a reputation among tourists. Paradise Island is 1km long and 230 meters wide and has beach all around with an excellent marine life around.

Affordable Retreat near Malé

Paradise Island Resort is a popular retreat near Malé, having many regular guests from Asia and Russia, but also from the UK and Germany. If you like it traditional, want a tropical island holiday in this land with white sands, clear lagoon and affordable water villas, this resort will cater to your needs. There is also good news for surfing enthusiasts. Some of the best surfing areas are easily reachable and special trips can be arranged for resident guests who would like to go surfing but don’t wanna stay on a local island.

The Paradise Island Resort & Spa is a 20-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport. A mandatory transfer is provided by the resort, and charges are to be paid upon arrival. Please make sure to check these fees in advance, since these transfers can be pretty expensive!

Accomodation: Haven Villa

Paradise Island Resort & Spa offers private villas and bungalows on an idyllic island in the Indian Ocean. The resort features an outdoor pool, several restaurants and a spa. Guest units come with air conditioning, tiled flooring and a private terrace with serene ocean views. Amenities include satellite TV, a safe and a refrigerator. A tea/coffee maker is provided.

I got to stay for a few nights in one of their haven villas and enjoyed the spiritual life of the Maldives. Paradise Island offers an enclave of secluded Maldives villas that enjoy sweeping ocean views. Built on stilts directly above the water, within the exclusive Haven complex, the Haven Villa features a private Jacuzzi and staircase leading into the lagoon and sundeck where you can enjoy the spectacular view of the crystal clear lagoon offering the ultimate in comfort and leisure.

Room Amenities

    • Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
    • IDD Telephone in Room and Bathroom
    • High Speed Wireless Internet
    • A Bottle of Water 500ml per person per day Room Safe
    • Mini Bar
    • 32” LCD TV with Satellite Channels
    • Private In-room/Out door Dining
    • iPod Dock station with Audio System
    • Day Bed
    • Private Terrace with Sun Beds. – Jacuzzi
    • Private Outdoor Bath
    • Desk / Work Space
    • HiFi Stereo System
    • Tea / Coffee Making Facilities
    • Showers with 2 Shower Heads
    • WC Bidet

I personally would always go for the haven villa, haven suite or ocean suite when you are looking for a nice retreat. Prices start at 500 EUR per night. The beach bungalows are rather basic, but offer extremely great deals. There you’ll find great packages such as 4 nights for around 700 EUR. It is a nice deal for budget travelers.


Paradise Island is not just a place for relaxation. It’s also a place for adventure! Against the backdrop of an endless horizon, you can enjoy this Maldives resort’s many water activities. Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, jet skiing, water skiing, tow sports or parasailing – there is something for everyone. I tried the jet pack and had so much fun.
The water sports centre, located at the northern end of the island, is equipped with the best gear and facilities. And their certified Maldives diving school offers the full range of classes and tours for beginners and experts.

With six restaurants and five well stocked bars in a range of breathtaking setting, Paradise island resort offers an exceptional variety of in-dining and entertainment with something for every taste and occasion from light snacks to romantic candle light dinner setting and gourmet fare. No matter what your plate desires, you will find a restaurant at paradise that will satisfy you. – My three top picks:

Italian Ristorante al Tramanto: Located at the end of the main jetty, overlooking the ocean, Ristorante al Tramanto offers the perfect Maldives romantic hotel dining experience. Stop by for sunset cocktails or to savour inspired Italian specialties such as fresh baked pizzas and tantalizing pastas. Enjoy the warm candlelit ambiance inside or dine al fresco on the breezy deck. And if you’re feeling tired after a long day in the sun, they’ll arrange to have a pizza delivered right to your room. This charming Maldives Italian restaurant is the perfect spot for lively family dinners or an intimate evening for two. You can even spot baby sharks and sea turtles while dining. That was very neat!

Japanese Cuisine: A small, decorative bridge over a miniature pool and waterfall leads you to the entrance of this cozy Maldives Japanese restaurant. Adorned in authentic Japanese splendour, the restaurant showcases traditional Japanese teppanyaki, or “show cooking,” in which the chef performs a show as he prepares the meal, showcasing eye-catching tricks and new variations on cooking techniques. Your chef might juggle utensils, flip a shrimp into his shirt pocket or diners’ mouths, toss an egg up in the air and split it with a knife, or arrange onion rings into fire-shooting volcanoes. In addition to the more familiar Maldives sushi dining, a variety of innovative dishes is served. Chefs trained in Japanese cooking use genuine ingredients, imported from Japan. At Fukuya Teppanyaki, the mood is festive and fun, and the meal is always a show in itself.

Farumathi Restaurant: This seafood restaurant built on the edge of the reef faces the sunrise and the breathtaking Indian Ocean. They offer a unique dining experience with an easy-going ocean view ambience, and serve a variety of seafood including the Maldivian lobster. The adjoining large open air terrace offers a relaxing atmosphere where you can meet for drinks, a light meal, afternoon tea or for an after dinner cocktail.

My opinion

Imagine an island right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with bright white beaches, a lagoon awash in deep blues and aquamarines, and soaring coconut palms swaying in the breeze. This is Paradise Island Resort & Spa, a traditional destination for those who are looking for a good resort near Malé. Whether you look at booking.com or tripadvisor, I agree with their ratings and reviews. Good location near Malé, endless choice of activities (I can personally recommend the dolphin experience and the jet pack), clean room, breathtaking views from the ocean and water suites and good food.

As I mentioned earlier, make sure to go for the haven villas or ocean suites. You can go snorkling right from your own little deck and the water is crystal clear – all for an affordable price! Don’t expect the most modern design, though. This place is rather traditional, but has been all renovated. However, it could use a little modern touch – especially for the younger crowd. But they are working on it.

Regarding the service. Since this place is very popular – it was one of the first establishments for tourists in the Maldives – it can get pretty busy during check-in and check-out. Just be patient and try to relax and stay calm. For Germans it can be quite tricky :D. My personal tip: Make sure to check in advance at what time you can check-in to avoid any disappointment, since the long flight is pretty exhausting.

Otherwise, they will cater most of your needs and respect your privacy. If you wanna be by yourself, you can do whatever you like and if you need assistance, they will help you. I personally experienced the best service from the water sports guys. They were so friendly and helpful and even filmed me trying to get into the whole jet pack experience. That was pretty awesome. And since I spent my birthday at this resort, going on a dolphin excursion, it was kinda special for me. In the evening I went to bed with a full tummy and a bit tipsy. :D


photo credits: V’s World, Paradise Island Resort & Spa


I was cordially hosted by the resort to do a travel story on the Maldives and explore its facilities. However, that did not influence my personal opinion.