(CNN) — It’s the ultimate getaway destination for celebrities, honeymooners and families, all looking to unwind in a picture-perfect paradise. Sitting serenely in the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives Islands guarantee the whitest sandy beaches, schools of dolphins, dreamy sunsets and an unforgettable underwater world.
2022 marks half a century since the opening of the country’s first resort, when guests had to wade through waist-deep water to reach land.
Fortunately, access has since improved considerably, and today the atolls stretch over 800 kilometers of ocean from north to south of the country.
Here is a selection of establishments that will be opening their doors this year, as well as a complex that has recently started receiving guests and another that has undergone a major renovation.
Patina Maldives, Fari Islands
The Fari Islands, an archipelago of four idyllic islands, are located northeast of North Malé Atoll, 45 minutes by speedboat or 15 minutes by hydrofoil from Velana International Airport.
Among them, Patina Maldives, a new hotel concept from Capella Hotel Group, which has 90 contemporary villas and 20 studios by the famous Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan.
Unlike most of the other properties on this list, Patina recently opened, so you can book now if you need a quick getaway.
Beach and Pool Villas range from one to three bedrooms and offer understated, enduring luxury and stunning views.
If you manage to stop sunbathing by the pool, you can also relax even more with wellness trips, culinary experiences, snorkeling programs or music.
Rates: from US$1,900 for a beach villa
Alila Kothaifaru Maldives
Scheduled to open in the first half of this year, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives will offer 80 beachfront and overwater villas, all with swimming pools, of course, in another stunning location: Raa Atoll.
The reef, teeming with marine life, from graceful rays to multicolored corals, is a huge draw, especially for divers.
The sunrises and sunsets will be mesmerizing, while your dining options will include Japanese teppanyaki and yakitori, plus secluded dinners on a private sandbar for the ultimate in romance.
Pricing has not yet been announced.
Avani+ Maldives Resort Rates
The first Avani Hotels & Resorts resort in the Maldives will open in mid-2022 on Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Just 30 minutes by hydrofoil from Velana International Airport, Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort sits on an island surrounded by a lagoon to the west of the reserve.
A unique and remarkable biodiversity is found in its coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves. Don’t miss hawksbill turtles, rays and friendly reef sharks.
Guests will be able to choose from 176 villas and studios with no less than six places to eat, drink and marvel at those views.
Rates: from US$650, per night, for a one-bedroom ocean view studio with breakfast included.
Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa
Another new 5-star establishment on Raa Atoll, this time all-inclusive, is the Emerald Faarufushi Resort & Spa.
A lush seven-hectare island in the middle of a 100-hectare lagoon means there’s plenty of space to relax, whether on land or in the water, when it opens in May.
The eighty villas divided into six categories seek to integrate into the natural environment, built with natural materials whenever possible.
A particular attraction are what they call “fun experiences”, thanks to the adrenaline rush of the extensive water sports and diving facilities, gym and sports center. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, treat yourself to dinner at the restaurants, including the Beach Club Grill.
Rates: from 800 USD per villa per night.
You’ll have to wait to visit Villa Haven in South Ari Atoll as it won’t open until late 2022, but when it does, it promises to satisfy discerning travelers of all persuasions.
Whether wellness is your thing, deep-sea diver or fun-loving family, its 68 beachfront villas and residences will provide you with a luxurious base while you explore the resort’s many experiences.
Thanks to the island’s lush vegetation, its botanical gardens and palm trees produce coconuts, tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs that will be served in Villa Haven’s restaurants, while sustainable local materials are also used in the construction of the complex.
Rates: from 2,000 USD, per night
Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa
A household name will welcome guests to the Maldives in early summer with the arrival of Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa.
Located on the island of the same name, it is only 15 minutes by speedboat from the airport. So it shouldn’t be long before guests get off the plane and dip into their private pools at one of the resort’s 109 beach villas.
The six restaurants and bars include Eden, an adults-only bar specializing in champagne and cocktails with picture-perfect sunset views, while Re-Fuel is a “teens-only space.”
At the spa, maternity, bridal, and couples massages are just a few of the options for prolonging bliss.
Rates: from 830 US$ per night, with breakfast included
Rangali Conrad Maldives
Finally, the first international resort in the Maldives is getting a makeover, as Conrad Maldives Rangali celebrates its 25th anniversary in the country.
This two-island resort pioneered what we now call “barefoot luxury” and had other firsts, including the world’s first underwater restaurant and first underwater room.
To mark the resort’s anniversary, 50 overwater villas have been renovated, along with three restaurants and bars. New features include an adults-only gym, Majaa Explorers Hub and Furaavaru Teens Club.
On the experience side, don’t miss the opportunity to swim with whale sharks and manta rays, go on a turtle safari or dazzle your Instagram followers with a dolphin cruise at sunset.
Rates: from US$1,860, per night