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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.
Even though the coming months are the cheapest time of the year to visit the Maldives, the story in the South Pacific is the exact opposite. June through August are the high season for resorts so even the few “deals” offered seem expensive, but you can still find great value if you know where to look. The stunning island of Moorea is next door to Tahiti and it’s more affordable than Bora Bora in spite of its beauty.
Specifically, the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa still offers overwater bungalows for only US$539 if you book through their website. The typical prices in high season are well over US$600 per night, so this is close to a 20% savings from rates you’ll see elsewhere for this and other similar Moorea resorts. Otherwise you’ll have to wait until October or so to find rates lower than this and by then the weather isn’t quite so perfect. [read more]
As I search out the best promotional deal of the week, the resort names can get familiar because some consistently offer the best rates. But this week the featured deal is an amazing resort that I haven’t written about in quite a while, which just happens to be offering a 30% discount off its already reasonable rates for some of the largest water villas in the Maldives.
The Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru Maldives Resort is a boutique 5-star resort with 30 water villas (which they call ‘Aqua Villas’) and 20 Island Villas. The most stunning feature of this luxurious resort is that the water villas are about the size of a suburban house at 186 square meters including a huge private deck. In this price range in the Maldives you’ll normally get 50 to 60 square meters so this is a degree of spaciousness and luxury that most of us normally don’t even daydream about. [read more]
With June and July being the slowest months in the Maldives, in spite of nearly perfect weather there, the stunning deals just keep coming. This week’s highlighted deal is another that is so inexpensive that it looks suspicious, but it all checks out. This already-affordable resort just happens to have a 30%-off promotion running right now, so the rates shown are the lowest we’ve ever seen.
The Angaga Island Resort and Spa is one of the smaller private-island resorts in the Maldives and right now you can book a water villa for only US$239 per night for two people including breakfast and dinner (half-board) daily. The normal low-season rate here is US$309 per night, so this is a special worth looking in to. [read more]
So many of us are interested in booking overwater bungalows in the coming few months, but it’s more than a little disappointing when we realize that this is high season in the South Pacific and room rates are at their peak. It’s true that it’s difficult to find an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora for under US$700 from May through September or in Moorea for under US$600 per night, but prices are still reasonable in Tahiti itself.
The Le Meridien Tahiti is one of two large and wonderful resorts not far from the Tahiti Airport, and at the moment they have a promotion on overwater bungalows for 40% off even in high season. The rate works out to US$414 per night, which basically includes 2 free nights after 5 paid nights. This is the best deal you are going to get during high season, and it’s a lovely 4-star resort so it’s no compromise. [read more]
Now that it’s April, the low-season Maldives deals are going strong, so this week we are featuring one of our favorite properties that is now listed at the lowest rates of the year. The Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa is a gorgeous 5-star resort with 80 water villas that are huge and loaded with luxury amenities.
One reason this one is among our favorites is that they seem to have no problem filling these villas for around US$1,000 per night in the high season, yet they aggressively discount in the low season so those with a 3-star or 4-star budget can comfortably afford them. Right now you can book one of these water villas for only US$420 (plus tax and service) per night in June and July. There are cheaper Maldives water villas, but none anywhere near this category. [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.