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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.
Holidays in the Maldives are now in full swing, as the high season carries on through next April. Finding stand-out deals is a challenge during this period, but here’s one worth looking at at a 5-star resort that gets consistently solid reviews.
In the coming months you can book a water villa at the Medhufushi Island Resort for US$578 per night for two people, and that includes breakfast and dinner daily. This would compare to at least US$800 per night at similar private-island resorts, so it’s easily one of the best bargains available during the high season. [read more]
If you’ve been looking for an ovewater bungalow in Bora Bora, or even in Moorea for that matter, you are probably aware that this time of year it’s tough to find anything lower than US$1,000 or so per night. In December and January these resorts can stay booked up at almost any price since there are only a few hundred overwater bungalows in the South Pacific. Fortunately, the better deals aren’t far off.
Right now you can book an overwater bungalow at the Le Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora for only US$504 per night in February, and that’s for two people. If you wait until April you can get an even better deal, but by that time most people are already thinking about summer trips, which is why the rates drop. [read more]
There’s no getting around it, the high season in the Maldives is almost here, so finding any attention-getting bargains is impossible. From December through March these private-island resorts can fill their villas and suites at the highest prices of the year, and if you hesitate there is somebody standing behind you ready to take the room. But all is not lost because there are a few resorts that offer excellent value in the high season.
Meeru Island Resort & Spa is among the largest resorts in the Maldives, and with 106 water villas it has the second most in the world. This size allows them to offer Jacuzzi water villas for US$560 per night with full board in high season. At most other resorts you’ll need to spend more than that with no meals or Jacuzzi included, so this is a better deal that you might first think. [read more]
Late December is the busiest time of the year in the Maldives, so those who visit during the period will pay the highest rates. But if you can make it at least a couple weeks earlier than that, you can still find some pretty incredible deals on water villas. Right now you can book a water villa at the Filitheyo Island Resort for only US$455 per couple per night, but it’s an even better offer than you might think.
The water villa includes breakfast and dinner each day, and almost everything else in the resort is included in the room rate, so guests only need to pay for lunch and alcohol. And better still, the water villas at this resort are larger than most homes around the world, at 146 square meters including the private deck. You’ll normally have to visit in June to get this much luxury at this kind of price. [read more]
It’s fair to say that Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti are among the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, but quite a few families also love to holiday in the South Pacific as well. Even though many resorts outwardly specialize in honeymoon and anniversary trips, about half of them also cater to families.
Fortunately, most of these resorts are also quite large considering the number of guests they accommodate, so children usually have places to play and hang out that don’t interfere with the couples who’ve come for peace and romance. The high-end resorts have full-service Kids Clubs with supervision and activities, so they are great choices if you can afford them. [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.