Maldives 4-star water villa with half board for US$595 per night

Consistently throughout the year, the Maldives offer great deals on overwater villas, and the Kuredu Island Resort and Spa is no exception. Considered to be one of the best resorts in the Maldives for privacy, guests will find themselves surrounded by ocean and a private beach for only US$595 per night for two people.

Even though the resort is classified as a 4-star, you’ll feel as if you’re lounging in a 5-star resort property. With a wide range of restaurants and activities (developed for both kids and adults) you’ll find plenty to do and see without the tourist feeling that most large resorts offer. If you rather a vacation filled with seclusion and privacy, you’ll find plenty of that as well. [read more]

Best Maldives deals in January: Water villas from US$535/night

January is the heart of high season in the Maldives, with the highest rates of the year in the just after the beginning of the month. But if you can go even a week or two later, you can get some pretty tempting deals on water villas.

As usual, we have searched all the deals for the month of January, and have come up with 3 that are very good considering the season. One is for a perennial favorite resort with Jacuzzi water villas for only a bit more. Another is for an all-inclusive resort that should be great value for those who like to indulge while on holiday. [read more]

Best Bora Bora & Moorea deals for December: Overwater bungalows from US$436

As long as you don’t need to be in Bora Bora during Christmas week itself, the island offers good value even though the weather continues to be nearly perfect all year round. December is one of the more affordable months in Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora, and overwater bungalows in Bora Bora are actually available at (a bit) under US$500 per night, which isn’t true most of the year.

In Moorea the deals are even a bit better, as is usually the case, so those with tighter budgets should probably consider the first resort on the list below for only US$436 per night. These same suites (they are all essentially suites rather than rooms) will cost about US$200 more per night during June, July, and August, so savvy travelers like to take advantage of the deals for a December visit. [read more]

Best Maldives deals in December: Water villas from US$484/night

December marks the beginning of the high season for resorts in the Maldives, so finding appealing bargains gets more difficult. If you are hoping to visit during Christmas and/or New Year’s week, you are going to pay high prices and it’s best to book as soon as possible. But if you are able to come earlier in the month you have some interesting deals to consider.

Below we have the 3 best deals for December we could find, and as always they are only at reliable resorts that consistently get great reviews. One of the deals this month is for a full-board water villa, with a larger Jacuzzi water villa option only a bit more expensive. The other two are in the same price range with only breakfast included, but all of them are worth a look. [read more]

Best Bora Bora deals for November: Overwater bungalows from US$616

The month of November should be a good time to find a bargain at Bora Bora and Moorea resorts, but so far room rates are higher than we would have thought. The good news comes in the fact that these tropical resorts often have their lowest rates only 2 to 3 months out, so you might find even better rates at the resorts below than what we found.

Still, rates in November are much lower than they are in the high season months of June and July, and the weather continues to be nearly perfect anyway. And it should also be noted that all of these resorts mentioned below are international standard 4-star and 5-star resorts with most activities included in the room rate. [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.