Header image courtesy of Subsix at Niyama Private Islands (via Niyama Private Islands)
There aren’t many big nightclubs in the Maldives, although there are occasional DJ-hosted events, so if you’re looking to hit the club scene, the island paradise probably isn’t the best place in mind. It is, however, home to spectacular wildlife, indulgent spa hotels, and secluded beach getaways. What’s more, its splendid range of restaurants and bars mean that you can wine and dine in the blissful haven, too. Imagine yourself, fresh from a swim, sipping at a rejuvenating mojito whilst peering over the brisk ocean surroundings. Sounds about right? Here are some of the chicest bars in the Maldives to get your cocktail fix.
The blissful Gili Lankanfushi offers direct access to the sun and sea from its magnificent location. There’s plenty to see and do here, from the forest cinema to the indulgent Meera spa. In the lagoon, the Overwater Bar stands on stilts amidst a dreamy landscape, where guests can drink and dine their way through the breathtaking sunset. Opt for a bottle of Champagne under the stars, or perhaps just snacks and cocktails over a chatter. On Sundays, the bar and restaurant offer an Indian Tandoor night, featuring sizzling meats and spicy specialities to perk up an appetite.
Overwater Bar, Gili Lankanfushi, Lankanfushi 08290, Maldives | (+960) 664 0304
As its name suggests, Fifteen Below is W Maldives’ underwater bar and club, offering a chic dance space hosted by international DJs. The principle of the space is to ensure that noise is contained, so as to not disturb other guests and travellers, hence its underground theme. Enter the paisley-shaped corridor, and you’ll immediately notice that there are no boundary walls within the room. It's an ethereal feeling to be in the bar, and with its wide selection of booze, guests can test out the best drinks in a cool and unique venue.
W Maldives, Fesdu Island North Ari Atoll, 09110, Maldives | (+960) 666 2222
With twin islands Play and Chill, Niyama Private Islands is the ultimate luxury destination for curious travellers. Guests can frolic in the treetops at Play, which is frequented by adventurous honeymooners and stylish families, or, if you’re more of a chill-out kind of person, Chill is a peaceful respite with the relaxing Drift Spa, and secluded overwater villas. Head to Subsix, the hotel’s underwater bar, come night time—accessible by speedboat. Descend the show-stopping, three-tier staircase, where champagne breakfasts, subaquatic lunches, and gourmet dinners await. Guests can marvel at the exquisite marine life—swimming Moray eels and groupers making their appearances in their underwater cabaret. The nightlife lights up with its Underwater Glow Party, hosted from 9.00pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Subsix, Niyama Private Islands, Huluwalu, Maldives | (+960) 676 2828
Bandos Maldives is perched in the middle of the Indian Ocean on the island of Bandos. The picture-perfect paradise offers white sandy beaches and untouched nature, for the comfort of its guests. Try its variety of restaurants and bars, including the Sand Bar, which boasts a menu of tropical cocktails and classics, to quench your thirst. The hotspot is designed to offer a laid-back vibe, and regularly hosts karaoke events, live bands, and disco-themed evenings.
Bandos Maldives, Bandos Island, North Male atoll, 08480, Maldives | (+960) 664 0088
Perched on the beach at the Northern end of the island, Meeru’s adults-only Uthuru Bar boasts spectacular views of the Maldives sunset. Whether you choose to sit inside, or outside on the beach, the sounds of smooth Jazz fills the ambience, whilst guests sip on refreshing cocktails. Opt for a light snack to pair with the beverage, if you wish.
Uthuru Bar, Meeru Island Resort & Spa, Maldives | (+960) 664 3157
Banyan Tree is celebrated for its romantic, secluded appeal, making it a popular respite amongst honeymooners and couples seeking paradise. Nestled in the North Male atoll, the resort allows you to immerse yourself in the Indian Ocean paradise, with facilities which include the Banyan Tree Spa, the Marine Centre, and watersports activities. At the open-air Naiboli Bar, guests can expect an extensive range of scrumptious appetisers, light meals, and refreshing cocktails. Perch yourself on the sandy beachfront venue, where sea, sun, and surf come together. If you’re able to, stop by on a Friday, when the bar hosts its mesmerising Bodu Beru performance, showcased by lively musicians and performers.
Naiboli Bar, Kaafu Atoll, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru, North Male Atoll, Maldives | (+960) 664 3147