Editor’s Choice – 6 Best all-inclusive Maldives water-villa resorts

All-inclusive resorts provide that wonderful feeling of luxury combined with the comfort that nearly everything is included in the room price, so you don’t have to stress over price tags. The Maldives has over 80 different water-villa hotels, and nearly 20 of them operate on an all-inclusive basis, or at least a full-board (all meals included) basis. The best all inclusive Maldives resorts are among the best in the world, especially for overwater villa lovers.

Here at the overwater bungalows guide, we know that some people are looking for the best all-inclusive Maldives has to offer, while others are more interested in the best price. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the best Maldives all-inclusive resorts are also among the most expensive, but a few of the reasonably priced ones make it on the list as well. If you are looking for the cheapest possible room have a look at our cheapest all-inclusive Maldives overwater villas list. And the good news is that only a few Maldives resorts actually get poor reviews, so almost all of them are either very good or excellent.

As part of our Editor’s Choice series, we’ve gone through every one of the all-inclusive resorts in the Maldives to find the best ones that get top reviews and offer very good rates. Below you’ll find the 6 best all-inclusive or full-board resorts in all of the Maldives.

6 Best all-inclusive water villa resorts

1 – Lily Beach Resort And Spa – Maldives

  • Water villas: 56
  • Total rooms/suites: 119

One of the highest rated of all Maldives resorts, the Lily Beach Resort & Spa is definitely the highest rated of those that operate on an all-inclusive basis. The whole resort was totally refurbished and reopened in 2009 as a deluxe 5-star property. There are 3 different room cateorgies, with even the smallest of the 3 being very large.

The all-inclusive deal here is called the Platinum Plan, and it’s one of the most generous in the Maldives. All meals are obviously included, and here premium liquor is also part of the deal, as are cigarettes. The normal rates at the Lily Beach put it into the super-luxury category, and during the peak season months of December and January it’s hard to find any availability at all in the water villas.

  • Low season online specials from US$864 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,639 per night

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2 – Veligandu Island Resort

  • Water villas: 64
  • Total rooms/suites: 76

Absolutely the best of the inexpensive all-inclusive Maldives resorts, the Veligandu Island is very highly rated and gets many repeat customers every year. It’s a medium-sized private-island with lots of dining and activity options, with prices similar to some of the much-larger resorts where personal service is harder to come by.

At the Veligandu they offer very affordable “full board” plans that include 3 meals per day, but for a small extra fee you can opt for the “all-inclusive” plan that includes meals as well as all drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, plus extras like a sunset cruise, snorkeling lesson, and use of the fitness center and kayaks.

  • Low season online specials from US$513 per night
  • High season online specials from US$757 per night

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3 – Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives

  • Water villas: 86
  • Total rooms/suites: 110

Only open since late 2010, the Constance Moofushi Resort is one of the newest and most modern 5-star private-island resorts in the Maldives. The whole island operates on an all-inclusive basis, with a very generous package of things included, like 3 meals a day, premium liquor, stocked minibar in your room, cigarettes, afternoon tea, and a long list of activities and water sports.

The Constance Moofushi is getting excellent reviews so far and prices you’ll see are often higher than the online special prices quoted below, so you have to get lucky to get the best deals. Still, even at higher prices this is a resort to consider because it compares favorably to many others that charge much more.

  • Low season online specials from US$944 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,319 per night

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4 – Kuramathi Island Resort

  • Water villas: 70
  • Total rooms/suites: 296

One of the largest private islands in the Maldives, the Kuramathi Island Resort is a 4-star property that has nearly 300 rooms, 70 of which are water villas that come in two classes. On the surface this resort might not seem an obvious choice at these rates, but it gets excellent reviews and many return visitors, so they are obviously doing things right. In fact, the rooms impress with Wi-Fi, an entertainment system, a semi open bathroom and a rainshower alongside many other great amenities.

The plans here are called “full board” which means that all meals are included, as are most activities, but alcohol and other premium things cost extra. You can opt for the all-inclusive plans here, which do include wine with meals, for only a little more. This is a very good choice for those looking for a larger all-inclusive resort and who aren’t necessarily big drinkers.

  • Low season online specials from US$899 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,022 per night

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5 – Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa

  • Water villas: 62
  • Total rooms/suites: 104

161911_16032919250041155727A luxurious 4-star all-inclusive resort, the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa has 62 water villas in 3 different styles and sizes in addition to its 42 island rooms. The basic all-inclusive package comes with food and most drinks, but the resort also offers a premium Island Club level that also includes an additional restaurant and other features.

The Centara Grand Maldives isn’t one of the cheaper all-inclusive resort islands, but it is well worth it for many guests looking for something special. All the water villas here are large and well appointed, and almost all of them feature a Jacuzzi spa and a heavenly rain shower on the deck. Reviews of this resort are very good so it’s a popular choice in the mid-range market already.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,005 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,131 per night

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6 – Vakarufalhi Island Resort

  • Water villas: 25
  • Total rooms/suites: 75

41485_15111313340037714295A very popular and traditional Maldives private-island hotel, the Vakarufalhi Island Resort added 25 water villas to its 50 beach villas only in 2009, so the water villas still have a very modern feel. This is also a smaller all-inclusive resort where most guests go barefoot for days at a time, so it’s a favorite for the casual crowd. There is a “full board” plan and a “full board plus” plan, which also includes drinks and a massage, among other things.

The water villas are loaded with amenities, including a semi open-air bathroom and garden plus a 42″ plasma TV and DVD player. The restaurant is known for high quality and good variety, and there are many water sports and other daytime activities to choose from. Vakarufalhi Island gets described as “paradise” by many past guests so they are obviously doing something right.

  • Low season online specials from US$450 per night
  • High season online specials from US$721 per night

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  • Stephanie says:

    Would like to know which resort the first and main photo was taken at? This is a “Make a wish” vacation that I am trying to plan and that room almost perfectly describes her dream room.

  • Shuhui says:

    HI there would like to enquire if there is any all inclusive resort with jacuzzi comes with glass floor in the room? Please advise. Thank you.

  • Darice says:

    Hi, I am looking for an overwater bungalow resort that would be able to accomodate 2 adults and also a 14 and 12 year old in the same bungalow. Do these exist? We would like to travel in February but also don’t need a super luxury resort and would like to stay under $800 a night if possible. Thanks for any suggestions as I don’t know where to begin.

    • Roger Wade says:

      Darice,

      This is a tricky question that I get a lot. Most Maldives resorts have a sofabed in them so sleeping 3 people is easy, but most of them also at least publicly limit a water villa to 3 people. In other words, if the kids can share a sofabed, there should be room for them, so it’s just a matter of finding a resort that actually allows 4 people in one villa. Unfortunately, the resorts that have 2-bedroom water villas charge a fortune for those. They start at probably US$1,200 per night or even more, so two water villas would actually be cheaper.

      When you are checking the resorts on Agoda.com (which is the cheapest and best place to book Maldives resorts), there is a place where you can enter the number of adults and children in the room. When you choose 2 and 2, it will warn you that it will reduce the number of possible resorts available, but if you keep checking resorts you’ll eventually find the some of them do allow it.

      So I’d recommend checking resorts that you might like on this page and then trying for 4 guests: http://www.overwaterbungalows.net/water-villas-in-the-maldives

      Eventually you’ll find one that will work. Best of luck, and sorry I couldn’t be of more help. -Roger

    • Dale says:

      Highly recommend the intercontinental bora bora. We stayed their with our children for about 800. Extremely nice ow bungalow with a great view. Buy an ambassador membership online… The perks are worth it, but resort food prices are high.

  • Burak says:

    Hi, I was wondering is there a discount for the honeymoon couples? I am planning to come on january for my honeymoon but havent decided which hotel. In adittion, what is the weather like in january? Is it rainny or hot for enjoyment?

    Thanks in advance

    • Roger Wade says:

      Burak,

      It feels like almost half of the people visiting the Maldives are on their honeymoon, so unfortunately the resorts are unable to offer discounts. However, the resorts definitely appreciate honeymoon business and if you let them know the occasion before you arrive you might find a bottle of champagne or some other such bonus in your room. You might even get lucky and get a room upgrade.

      Here is some information on Maldives weather by month. It’s always warm in the Maldives and the “rainy season” is May through December, but they are typical tropical rainstorms in that they are usually overnight or for about 30 minutes in the afternoon. January is one of the dry months, though you still might see a quick shower or two, usually followed by a gorgeous sunset. -Roger

  • Al Amin says:

    Hi There,
    Would you please inform me that In Maldives are there any Resorts as belong name “king hong Resorts Privet Limited”? Please let me know urgently.I would be so grateful.
    Thanks
    Al Amin

  • Ms. Gee says:

    can you possibly recommend a place myself and my daughter? my daughter is grown so this would be a vacation for us.

    • Roger Wade says:

      Ms. Gee,

      I could try to recommend a resort but it’s challenging without knowing more about what you are looking for. These “Editor’s Choice” articles already highlight the ones that we think are the best in their categories. If you are looking for something specific, let me know and I’ll try to help. -Roger

  • Pepe says:

    Hi quick question which of the all inclusive resorts is rated for having the best food?

    Thanks in advance

  • jason says:

    So I see that the diamonds thudufushi isn’t on the list does anyone know if that hotel is a good one or not?

  • suzette says:

    Hi, We are travelling with two teenagers (16 and 14) and looking for the overwater bungalows in Maldives. Can you advise which would be suitable for that age group with activities and all inclusive. I have looked at Club Med Kani but it looks a bit dated and the overwater suites are for older people I think. Thanks

  • WT says:

    Can you recommend an all-inclusive, adults only, over the water bungalow resort, that is open to a gay couple as guests ? We don’t want to end up in a country that persecutes. We are looking for a vacation in late March, hopefully not in a place with the rainy season then. We mostly are looking to relax, a lot of activities or tours are not required. A place with a great variety of food, and very informal for dinner (shorts, t-shirts, etc.) is preferable as well. Thank you !

    • Roger Wade says:

      WT,

      This is an interesting question and I can’t help much, unfortunately. My best guess is that most or all of the Maldives resorts will look the other way about a same sex couple sharing a room, and I’ve never heard of any problems with that. For example, as a Muslim country, the Maldives is VERY strict about alcohol for its citizens and Muslim workers, but every private-island resort serves alcohol to non-Muslim guests with no issues. So they seem to be quite tolerant with their guests, and tourism dominates the economy. But again, I haven’t heard specific cases about this, so I’m just guessing that as long as guests are modest in public, that no one will know or care.

      And you’ll also be happy to know that pretty much all of these resorts are extremely casual with dress codes. In fact, some of the most expensive of them are among those that promote a “no shoes, no news” policy. These resorts are all very casual, and many people go barefoot all day. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  • Stephanie says:

    HI there would like to enquire if there is any all inclusive resort with jacuzzi in the room? or if you could point me in the right direction . Thank you

  • Mark says:

    Hello,

    My fiancé and I are looking to travel to the Maldives for part of our honeymoon and we are hoping to stay at one of the (relatively) inexpensive all-inclusive resorts. The main one’s we’ve seen are: Vilamendhoo Resort and Spa, Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa, Meeru Island Resort, and Veligandu.

    Of those or others in the price range, what is the best resort for snorkeling/swimming? We’d love to see the manta rays and whale sharks, other sharks, and really any variety of sea life.

    Thanks! Mark

    • Roger Wade says:

      Mark,

      I haven’t been to all of those so it’s hard for me to judge. What I can tell you about swimming and snorkeling is that you can swim in the main lagoons of all Maldives resorts, but for the best snorkeling you usually have to take a (free) boat ride out to a better reef. Most resorts have these trips twice a day or so. Your best bet is to read through the TripAdvisor reviews of the places you are considering and see what guests are saying about the snorkeling and so forth. Meeru Island gets great reviews for an affordable all-inclusive, and I’m actually headed there myself in early March. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  • Toby says:

    Hi Roger,
    I am looking for a overwater bungalow for my honeymoon in late August. should I buy a package with flights and hotel all inclusive? if yes, then where can i find it? otherwise if I buy airfare, then how can i get from the airport to the hotel? also which hotel are you recommended for 2 people with a decent price? thank you!

    • Roger Wade says:

      Toby,

      You’ll find most of the best deals for the Maldives online, although if you have a trusted travel agent you might ask for their price as well. The good news is that it’s very easy to book one of these holidays online and still get full service. Here’s how it works. You look for the resort that suits you best, and hopefully one that is offering a promotional rate for your dates. Agoda.com dominates the online market and offers the best rates (it’s part of the Priceline Group and I use them all the time). So find your resort on Agoda, and when you are ready to book it will tell you the full room rate including taxes and fees AND it will give you the price for transportation from the Male Airport to the resort.

      Resorts on islands that are close to the airport use speedboats, with return rates of between US$100 and US$220 per person. Resorts that are farther away will insist that you book a sea plane flight for a return fare of between US$350 and US$600 per person. A few resorts offer both options, and it’s worth mentioning that the sea plane flight itself is a MAJOR highlight of your trip so most people are happy to choose it. After booking the resort will also ask you for your flight information into Male Airport. Needless to say, you’ll want to make sure you can get a good flight and fare before you lock in any non-refundable dates for the hotel.

      Then when your plane lands in Male you’ll either be met by a representative of the resort or you’ll go to their desk in the airport that is easily located. Then, someone from the resort will greet you and help put you on the speedboat or sea plane, along with your luggage, and next thing you know you’ll be at the resort itself. Pretty much everyone coming to the Maldives books this way and it’s very well organized and stress free.

      If your flight arrives after 5pm or so, you will probably want to stay that night at a hotel near the airport and then take the speedboat or sea plane early the next morning. The sea planes don’t fly at night, although most speedboats do go until 10pm or so.

      So shop around online and it’s almost certain that your best deal will be by booking your own flights and booking the resort on Agoda. Have a great trip and congratulations. -Roger

  • Subramanian says:

    Hi Roger,
    Good day. I’m planning to stay at Kuredu Island Resort. Any Pros & Cons abt that resort . . Or can you recommend some water villas around 400 – 500 USD/Day with All Inclusive ???

    • Roger Wade says:

      Subramanian,

      I’ve never stayed at Kuredu Island, but it seems to get among the best reviews of any Maldives resort. So if you can afford it, I’d book it for sure. Otherwise, the best value for an all-inclusive water villa in the Maldives is almost always http://www.overwaterbungalows.net/meeru-island-resort-maldives. During the slower months you can get a rate of around US$500 with all-inclusive, although in other months it’s more like US$600 or US$700. Good luck. -Roger

  • CC says:

    Hi Roger,

    I am looking for an adult-only, all-inclusive overwater bungalow in Maldives for my honeymoon. Do you have any good recommendation? Thanks.

    • Roger Wade says:

      CC,

      There are a couple on this list of water villa resorts with no children. All of those resorts are pretty much adults-only, and also many of the larger resorts have areas that are adults-only. Many have special areas where the water villas are located where no guests under 18 are allowed into the rooms or the nearby common areas. I think Meeru Island has that, and they are the best-value of the all-inclusive resorts. Good luck and congratulations. -Roger

  • T says:

    Hi Roger,
    Great site, thanks!
    Looking for over water for honeymoon in first week of June.
    There are so many, but its hard to find the details for them all.
    Some basic criteria i’m looking for:
    Glass floor
    Ability to walk out of room and swim/snorkle right there
    I like to drink, so alcohol included is probably a good idea, even if its just beer and wine.
    Food included is not a requirement as long as it wouldnt kill a budget.
    I realize Maldives seems to be the only all-inclusive over water, but I thought I’ve heard of other places that offer beer/wine deals.

    Do you have any recommendations that could satisfy those options?

    thank you -t

    • Roger Wade says:

      T,

      Glass floors aren’t as common as you might think, unfortunately. Here is our list of the better resorts with glass floors.

      If you click on the Caribbean tab at the top of every page, you’ll see a list of resorts in that area, several of which do offer all-inclusive packages. The problem is that these are mainly diving resorts so the accommodation are essentially cabins over the water with few amenities, and quite different from the honeymoon style places in the Maldives and Bora Bora.

      Aside from those places, the only overwater resorts that offer all-inclusive deals are in the Maldives. In Bora Bora and Moorea you might get dinners included in your room rate if you go through a travel agent, but none of them are set up for all-inclusive alcohol. The Maldives is amazing though, and you get better value in general there, especially if you are in the mood to drink. I just visited Meeru Islands in the Maldives on the all-inclusive package and it was awesome in every way. And you can swim beneath the water villas there, although most resorts there don’t have glass floors. Good luck on this and congratulations. Let me know if you have other questions. -Roger

  • Winnie Ng says:

    Hi Roger, First thank you for such an awesome site. I have been all over it since I start planning my family vacation. I am looking for a resort with water bungalow where you can go straight into the lagoon from it (like the water is not deep), (infinity pool and glass floor, thou not a must!), all inclusive, good food and variety, amazing view/water, good snorkeling, diving, sealife, coral reef, some special feature (like underwater spa or restaurant, not a must thou), price range wise up to 1100 per night, and we are flexible with the dates ( i notice price begin to shoot up starting august? I read your time post about time to visit but november still seem expensive) . I feel that the bungalow are pretty big and would fit my family of 4 (2 parents and 2 adult children aged 19 and above and we children can dont mind sleeping on the couch/floor/extra bed) but for some reason they only designate them for 2. Sorry for the long explanation, could you recommend your top 3 for these criteria?

    • Roger Wade says:

      Winnie,

      I’m sure you’ll be able to find a wonderful resort, but it’s important to mention that your biggest challenge will be finding a resort that allows 4 adults in one water villa. We get this question so often that we researched it and created a special list of Maldives water villas that allow 4 guests. It’s a shorter list than you might expect, and you won’t get your whole wish list, even with your considerable budget.

      To be honest, I’m not sure why most resorts only allow 3 people in a villa, because most of them are very large. My guess is that they allow 3 because most of them have one small fold-out sofa in them, and they’d require extra portable beds for the fourth person. They really don’t like to move furniture in and out of the bungalows because they are on long piers and it can be disruptive for the other guests.

      The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort has almost everything, but it’s not all-inclusive, though it does have an underwater restaurant.

      June and July are the cheapest months, and by September the rates are moving up to normal again. If you can go in June you’ll get the lowest rate for sure. Otherwise, just look for promotional deals on the places that allow 4 guests. If you check Agoda.com on a regular basis you should see some rates fall now and again. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  • Hannah says:

    I noticed that several of these hotels mention cigarettes, does that mean that smoking is allowed all over the resort? I’m thinking that that might be a great reason not to book at these resorts.. I don’t want the smell of cigarettes bothering us while we’re on our honeymoon.

    • Roger Wade says:

      Hannah,

      That’s interesting because I don’t recall seeing resorts mention cigarettes, and we certainly don’t on our site. That said, it’s not uncommon for smoking to be allowed in some outdoor bars in Asia. Fortunately, there is usually a pleasant breeze in the Maldives, and the rooms are spread out far enough that you wouldn’t smell it even if the people in the next water villa were smoking. I was just in the Maldives and even as a non-smoker myself, I don’t recall every smelling smoke, much less being bothered by it. So I doubt it will be a problem and I’m sure you’ll love the Maldives. -Roger

  • Elaine says:

    I am looking for a trip to an over-the-water bungalow that is all-inclusive at a reasonable rate. I would like to have a place that offers scuba diving and complimentary or inexpensive transportation from the airport to the island.

    Any suggestions? Maldives or any other place that offers what I am thinking about.

    • Roger Wade says:

      Elaine,

      In the Maldives, there is nothing complimentary or inexpensive when it comes to transportation. If you are on a tight budget and are looking for an all-inclusive with scuba diving then your best bet will be one of the resorts in the Caribbean. There are several on there that are reasonably priced and do include transportation for stays of longer than a few days. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  • Liz says:

    Hello! I am looking for an all inclusive for my honeymoon that features more than one buffet dinner option. Most of the hotels we have looked at (Lily Beach, Centara, & Aadaran Prestige Vadoo), only seem to offer basically one buffet dinner option but for 11 nights, we think eating dinner at the same place each night might get a bit boring. Any suggestions? Thanks!!

    • Roger Wade says:

      Liz,

      Hmmm…this is challenging. I know exactly what you mean about those buffets getting a bit tiresome after the first 4 or 5 days, but I’m not aware of any Maldives resort that offers more than one discreet buffet. For example, Meeru Island, which is one of the larger Maldives all-inclusives, and where I was only a couple months ago, has two buffet restaurants, but they serve the same food as each other at every meal.

      On the other hand, I’d still recommend Meeru Island or one of the other larger ones for you. The thing is, most of their all-inclusive guests stay for a week, and quite a few stay even longer. As a result they change the menu every day to some degree. There are always salads and bread and other veggies and so forth, but the main courses are different every day. It might be a pasta bar one day and more of a meat & potatoes thing the next day. I’d say there were maybe 5 or 6 different main courses at each meal (lunch and dinner), in addition to several Indian and Asian main courses every day. And again, they changed at each meal, at least some of them did.

      So on one hand, I agree that buffets in general can get tiring after a few days, even the huge ones on the cruise ships. But on the other hand, the food at Meeru Island and most of its main competitors is really good and they offer quite a bit of variety exactly because so many people stay a week or more.

      Also, Meeru is one of many that has quite a few a la carte restaurants, which not only offer totally different food, but also different scenery and ambience. Mixing one or two of those into your 11-night stay would really help.

      Lastly, I think it’s more that you want a larger resort rather than multiple buffets. A resort with, say, 50 rooms and 100 total guests can only provide so many options regardless of how many buffets it offers. On the other hand, a larger resort like Meeru with 300 rooms will have armies of excellent food staff making a great variety of excellent food. By the way, I highly recommend Meeru in general for an all-inclusive resort because it consistently offers the best value in that category in the Maldives. Have a great trip. -Roger

  • NIT says:

    Hi, we are looking for a all inclusive resort with over water villa. Will the resorts close to the airport have a lot of plane noise? What the best place to go and negotiate for a honeymoon in late july or mid august? Also do the villa matter? Some seem to have rock under them in the images, others are in shallow waters. What is half board vs full board? How come the all inclusive oremium or platinum rates dont seem to be published? Thanks in advance ☺

    • Roger Wade says:

      NIT,

      You won’t hear any airplane noise from any of the private-island resorts like these. You can hear planes from the hotels on the airport island, but there are no overnight flights into Male, so even that isn’t too bad. The closest island resort to the airport is several kilometers west of the airport, and the flight path goes north-south.

      Room rates in the Maldives will be a bit cheaper in July, but probably the same at most places. It’s one of the slower months, so you can get really good deals in either month.

      The water villas are extremely nice at almost every resort that has them. Most of them in the Maldives are 10 years old or less, so most of them are still quite new and really well maintained. I’d read the Agoda.com reviews for more details on the resorts you are considering.

      All of the Maldives resorts I’ve visited and gone by have had similar clear lagoons. Actually, rocks could be a bit better because you’d get more fish around them for snorkeling or just viewing. The tide and water depth in the Maldives change throughout the day, and also depend on which side of an island the water villas are located on. They are typically high enough for swimming and snorkeling during higher tides, so about half of the day. But again, it can vary a bit by resort and location of water villas.

      Half board is breakfast and dinner included, while full board is all three meals included. At half-board resorts you have options of buying a lighter lunch at a snack bar, or something larger from a sit-down restaurant. The half-board can be a great deal because you get a buffet breakfast and a buffet dinner, so being able to skip lunch or buy something light for a modest price is a nice option. At full-board resorts, you usually get 3 buffet meals each day. The buffets in the Maldives tend to be very good, with plenty of choices, but still, 3 buffets a day is a lot for many of us.

      The way that resorts and booking sites publish rates can be confusing for sure. To them, it’s a science to try to get the most bookings at higher prices, even though it’s frustrating for consumers. Unfortunately, I have no control over that, and am also frustrated by it. -Roger

  • Ishan M says:

    Hi,

    I am planning honeymoon for 7 days 6 nights, and looking for something that is around 300-400/night any suggestions?

    thanks
    Ishan M

  • SA says:

    Hi Roger,
    I am looking for an all inclusive for 2 adults willing to pay over 1000 a night for an over the water. I want the water in the lagoon to be very clean and turquoise and the resort to have a good soft beach – anything that you would recommend! From some pictures it seems that all I see is rocks (which I do get for snorkeling etc.)- but I am not a diver and neither a snorkeler – just want pretty shades of water surrounding me. Thanks in advance!

    • Roger Wade says:

      SA,

      I’m not sure which photos you’ve seen, but the water beneath the water villas at nearly every Maldives resort is as clear as a swimming pool. It’s true that you’ll get a few large rocks here and there, which you are right are good for snorkeling and diving. But for the real snorkeling and diving the resorts all have boat trips (usually twice a day) to take guests out to a house reef, which is totally outside of the island where the resort is located.

      And fortunately, all of the Maldives islands have wonderful soft sand all the way around. It’s as heavenly when you are there as you can imagine when looking at the photos. That’s exactly why they built all of these resorts on these Maldives private islands, because they already look like that.

      You might not have to spend US$1,000 per night if you don’t want to, and you can still get an amazing water villa at an all-inclusive. The best-value resorts that I always recommend are Meeru Island and Veligandu Island, which are run by the same company. I recently stayed in a Jacuzzi water villa at Meeru Island, and I can assure you the water is very clear.

      Centara Grand Island is a more upscale all-inclusive, and now that I see those photos I know what you mean about the rocks. But the water is very clear, and most of them have turquoise water all the way around. If those don’t work for you, I’d just check for the best deals on Agoda.com for your dates. That site has all the best deals, and is by far the busiest online site for the Maldives. -Roger

  • Stephanie says:

    Hi Roger,

    Just found your site and like most of us, we’re trying to get to the best location based on budget and a wish list. What do you have to share about the The Residence? Positive and maybe not so positive. I recently found an option where they’re offering free transfers and it raised a flag. It could just be just that, an offer 🙂 Thanks in advance!

  • Ryan M says:

    Hi Roger,

    We are looking to book our honeymoon in March and are looking for an all inclusive overwater stay somewhere in Maldives. We were looking at 7 nights and wanted to do the whole holiday for around $15kAUD – flights are circa $900 each so that leaves us with $13k AUD ($10k USD) to cover everything else. So looking at the lower end of the market.

    Not sure whether to pick one of the best all inclusive deals (includes cocktails, bubbly, some activities etc.) Or just pick one of the cheaper options and have more spending money for activities, additional meals etc?

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks,

    Ryan

    • Roger Wade says:

      Ryan M,

      You should be able to afford something more toward the middle of the market on your budget, and in the Maldives even the bottom of the market is VERY nice. There are only a few resorts in the Maldives that get consistent mediocre or bad reviews, and because of that I don’t even list them on this site.

      At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I highly start out by considering Meeru Island and Veligandu Island, which are both owned by the same company. Both are fantastic and have many, many repeat visitors every year. They also keep their room rates at a modest level so they can fill up without a lot of effort. Check out the reviews, including the long review I did myself of Meeru Island recently.

      And if neither of those appeal to you, just check the listings for your dates on Agoda.com, which always has the best deals in the Maldives. Different resorts offer promotions at different times, depending on how full they seem to be. Meeru and Veligandu offer reasonable rates all the time, but some others charge a lot more until they see that they are only partly full, and then they discount. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

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