Overwater villa for solo travelers? Here’s a Maldives 5-star for US$160/night

You’ll find solo travelers in almost every corner of the world, but you probably wouldn’t expect to find too many of them staying in a romantic overwater villa in the Maldives. After all, these private-island resorts are most popular with the honeymoon set, so you might fear that staying alone among all that would be extra depressing.

But the good news is that if you are interested in a solo stay in a water villa, you can do it for an unbelievable price. Pretty much every overwater-bungalow resort in the world charges the same for one person as they do for two, except of course for the all-inclusive resorts that need to charge extra for food and drinks. Still, there is one place that continues to offer water villas for one at exactly half the price of two people, even though it’s the same room. [read more]

Best Bora Bora and Moorea deals in June: Overwater bungalows from US$694

The month of June ushers in Wedding Season in much of the world, so it also ushers in Honeymoon Season. It’s also part of the slightly dryer season in the South Pacific, and the first month of many summer vacations. Add all of this up, and overwater bungalows are officially in high season in Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti.

As if the higher prices aren’t bad enough, many of the resorts seem to restrict access to overwater bungalows with online rates. The well connected travel agencies can still book them, at least for those who don’t mind paying the highest prices possible. But at least this year, many resorts are continuing to offer the overwater bungalows online, and the best deals we can find for the month of June are below. [read more]

Best Maldives deals for July: Water villas from US$278 per night

Not long ago we mentioned that June was the cheapest month to stay in a Maldives water villa, but this year July actually has slightly better deals. For most of the year it’s difficult to find even an older water villa for under US$500 per night, but this month we found a 5-star water villa with a private pool for less than that.

If a pool is not your thing then you’ll probably prefer one of the even cheaper deals on really good water villas that also include breakfast and dinner daily. These two are in the $300 to $400 price range, which is pretty incredible considering it includes 4 meals per day for the couple as well. If any of these deals look good, I would book as soon as possible because they only stay at these rates until half or so of them are booked. [read more]

Best Maldives deals for June: Jacuzzi water villas from US$430/night

Welcome to the single cheapest month of the year in the Maldives, as June somehow gets the fewest visitors even though the weather is basically the same. While US$450 per night might sound like a lot to most of us, the deals below include a private Jacuzzi in your villa, and all meals for two people. It’s easy to spend US$100 per person per day just on breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so the water villa itself doesn’t seem quite so expensive.

Two of the three offers we pointed out in the best Maldives deals in May are also available in June, and the third one is even cheaper this month so we included it again. You can find rates as low as about US$320 per night at some resorts, but the best deals are those below at the larger high-rated resorts that offer aggressive discounts this time of year. [read more]

Best Bora Bora & Moorea overwater bungalow deals for May: From US$504/night

So many of us dream about staying in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora or Moorea in the summer months that it becomes unaffordable for most of us. The demand during June and July in particular (because of so many honeymoons) is so high that resorts have little trouble in filling up at the year’s highest rates. The month of May, however, is a little better, and it’s probably the best month to go until September.

Below you’ll find the 3 best deals we could come up with for the month of May, with rates that are pretty appealing compared to what you’d pay the following month. As usual, Moorea is where to find the best deal, and it also helps that flights there are shorter and a bit less expensive as well. [read more]

About overwater bungalows and water villas

First introduced in the South Pacific only a few decades ago, the overwater bungalow is now one of the hottest trends in the resort world. Honeymoon couples have been staying in these iconic rooms since the beginning, but now they are popular with families and adventure travelers as well.

For many people, the South Pacific island of Bora Bora is the most famous destination for overwater bungalows, but it’s actually the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, where most of these huts-on-stilts exist. The Maldives has more than 80 resorts that feature water villas (as they are typically known there), with several new private-island resorts opening every year.

In the South Pacific you will find almost a dozen resorts on Bora Bora, another five on Moorea, and two on Tahiti that have over water villas. There are about 10 additional overwater resorts on other South Pacific islands stretching all the way to Fiji and New Caladonia.

There are also about a dozen overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, mostly off the coast of Central America, with nearly all of them being diving-oriented “eco resorts.” But a few luxury overwater bungalows exist and more are being built on St. Lucia and other islands in the popular areas of the Caribbean, and this website will be the best place to look for information on all of them.