In summary, Ritz Carlton Maldives offers Kerry Hill architecture and the best service we've ever encountered in this atoll nation.
Perhaps one day Aman will open a property in the Maldives... for the time being though, this is as close as it gets.
The Radisson Blu OSL is about as convenient as it gets without being physically inside the terminal. In fact, the Sofitel LHR is considerably further from its terminal, despite being technically inside it.
This hotel is only five minutes from the airport, with extremely punctual and frequent complimentary transfers included. The design of the rooms and public spaces is cool and modern and the buzz here on a Friday night had the feel of a trendy city centre hotel.
This hotel is close to the airport and doesn't leave you hostage to a shuttle bus. It also features some quite cool decor both in the rooms and the breakfast area. However the quality of the bedding, food and amenities is definitely low.
A hotel directly attached to the airport terminal could very easily have rested on its laurels but everything here was a genuine cut above. The design in both the room and the common areas was eye catching and modern. Elite recognition truly went above and beyond and I slept incredibly well