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There are around 125 overwater resorts around the world, with more than 5,000 total overwater villas. About two-thirds of them are in the Maldives, but Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti have some of the world’s best and most famous of these resorts, with the Caribbean also adding these luxury rooms.
It’s a good week when one of the resorts we recommend most has a 30% off promotion going. The Irufushi Beach and Spa Resort Maldives only recently parted ways with the Hilton chain, and in this case it might actually help more than hurt because this 5-star property outshone most other Hiltons. The most recent reviews are as consistently glowing as the previous ones, so this still remains a top choice.
Right now you can book a water villa at the Irufushi Beach and Spa Resort Maldives for only US$420 per night for two people including breakfast. These same water villas sell out at around US$800 per night in high season, so this marks one of the steepest discounts in the Maldives. [read more]
If you’ve dreamed about booking an overwater bungalow in June or July, you aren’t alone. This is the peak of high season with the best weather in the South Pacific, so room rates are at their highest when you can even find availability. But the good news is that if you know where to look, you can still find a wonderful bungalow at a reasonable price.
Specifically I’m referring to the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, which has 50 overwater bungalows perched over one of the most stunning turquoise lagoons in the world. If you book directly through their website you’ll have access to more rooms than any other way, and you’ll also get the lowest possible price, which is US$652 per night (including tax and service) for up to 3 guests per room. [read more]
The summer months are a very tough time of year to find available overwater bungalows, much less deals, in Bora Bora and Moorea, but it’s the best time to find promotions in Maldives, and we have another great one this week. This is at the popular and highly rated Meeru Island Resort, which is offering large Jacuzzi water villas with three meals per day for US$383 per night per couple.
You can actually get the smaller water villas at the edge of the water (rather than over the lagoon) for only US$298 per night per couple, but for most people these Jacuzzi rooms are the better deal. Meeru Island has 106 total water villas, which is the second most of any resort in the world, and the island itself is filled with great restaurant and activity options. [read more]
The season of fantastic bargains in the Maldives rolls on, this week with the lowest rates of the year at a remote and romantic 5-star resort in the south. The Medhufushi Island Resort has 44 water villas in addition to 66 island rooms, and the water villas are on offer at only US$280 per night in the coming months, which includes breakfast and dinner daily.
Needless to say, this isn’t in the super-luxury 5-star category, but it is very nice plus it consistently gets solid guest reviews. When you factor in the included meals, this is one of the best water villa deals we’ve seen in the Maldives this year. [read more]
These are exciting times for anyone considering a trip to the Maldives in the next few months, as the promotions keep coming and amazing places are available at their rock-bottom prices. This week’s best deal includes 2 free nights when you book a week-long stay, so most visitors will qualify.
More specifically, it’s the Beach House at Iruveli Maldives, which used to be the Waldorf Astoria Maldives, just to give you some indication of the 5-star qualifications of this private-island resort. They are offering their huge water villas with private plunge pools at US$334 per night during the coming slow season, which is literally about half the rate they charge in the busier months. [read more]
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.