Grand Park Kodhipparu
IF PROXIMITY TO MALE IS KEY, this 120-villa resort is a great fit. Only 20 minutes by speedboat from the airport, the Grand Park checks all the boxes, dotted as it is with 65 private pool villas, a large infinity pool, three restaurants, a spa and a kids’ club. The menu here spotlights Asian and Mediterranean flavors, with Firedoor the showcase dining outlet, specializing in smoking, slow-roasting and grilling thanks to its custom-built oven. The spa offers seven treatment rooms that emphasize rejuvenation and renewal. parkhotelgroup.com; villas from US$520 plus local taxes.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Over the sea, Firedoor is Grand Park Kodhipparu's showcase eatery; a floating flower bath in the spa; boardwalk to bliss; sunset from a Lagoon Pool villa; service with a smile.