It may be one of the most remote island destinations in the world, but it’s also one of the most style-conscious. One word: Instagram. When you’re in the most likeable Indian Ocean locale with uber-blue skies and sand so bright it hurts the eyes, you want the holiday snaps to prove it, right? The dress code: laid-back, barefoot chic with subtle, oh-so-understated style signatures that stand out without trying too hard; easy-going ensembles that work as well at the beach as they do at the bar: silk dresses, pastel-linen suits, statement sandals and assertive eyewear are the order of the sun-dappled day in the Maldives, where a growing number of well-edited island boutiques have recently upped their offerings to help you go with lithe, loose-fitting flow.
COMO the Shop
The retail space at COMO Cocoa Island captures the essence of the Maldives with a breezy, barefoot aesthetic where hand-hewn soaps and shell necklaces make the perfect holiday souvenir.
Como Cocoa Island, Makunufushi Atoll
Three boutiques at this private-island resort offer everything from billowing kaftans and designer sunglasses to local, hand-crafted souvenirs.
Olhuveli, Kudahuvadhoo Dhaalu Atoll
Concept Store Surely the coolest shop in the Maldives is this concept store from the LVMH brand stocking chic homeware and out-there objets d’art.
Cheval Blanc Randheli, Noonu Atoll
Part of forward-thinking pioneer resort Soneva Fushi’s eco-minding ethos sees this on-site studio repurpose glass waste into alluring, artsy take-home vases. Guests can have a go at glass blowing, too.
Soneva Fushi, Kunfunadhoo Island, Baa Atoll
NEO Beach Beachwear at its best at this resort boutique, where Melissa Odabash swimwear nestles alongside glam catwalk-worthy Missoni and Mary Katrantzou dresses.
One & Only Reethi Rah, North Malé