Editor’s Choice – 6 Best honeymoon water villa resorts in the Maldives

65498_15111915570037872544Water villas and honeymoons go perfectly together, and many couples dream of staying in one during their unforgettable trip of a lifetime. The Maldives has over 75 different private-island resorts that feature water villas and overwater bungalows, so choosing the perfect one can take a lot of work and a lot of time, to say the least.

Since we have researched and reviewed all of them, we’ve decided to help honeymoon couples out by selecting the finest romantic resorts in the Maldives on the list below. Honestly, every water villa resort in the Maldives gets honeymoon couples, and all of them have a lot to offer, but the ones below all offer the best combination of quality, great reviews, and value for money.

Most honeymoon couples prefer to stay in a smaller resort that has few or even no kids facilities, and the all-inclusive meal plans seem less important for romantic trips as well. All the resorts below have luxurious water villas, excellent spas, room service, and many other amenities to make your honeymoon extra special.

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

1 – Cocoa Island Resort

  • Water villas: 33
  • Total rooms/suites: 36

65498_15060814270028875850The highest rated Maldives resorts by guest reviews is also perfect for a honeymoon. It has 33 unique water villas – designed to resemble Maldivian fishing boats – and 3 additional island villas. There are no family facilities so this is very much of a romantic couples resort. Each suite comes with an entertainment center, daily room service, a private sundeck and a split level bedroom. Little extras include bathroom amenities and a beach bag that includes sandals.

The spa here is excellent, as is the diving and snorkeling at the house reef. The main restaurant gets excellent reviews, as does the room service. While Cocoa Island Resort is firmly in the 5-star price category during the high season, it actually has fantastic online special rates during the off season (June through November) so it can be a bargain in addition to being one of the very best Maldives resorts, full stop.

  • Low season online specials from US$824 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,086 per night

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2 – Baros Resort Maldives

  • Water villas: 30
  • Total rooms/suites: 75

41474_16032818170041126044Absolutely a 5-star luxury resort, Baros is extremely popular and extremely high rated by past guests. The 30 water villas here are all very large and well appointed, including a king-size 4-poster bed in each. There are also 45 island villas that are also quite luxurious. The water villas include a list of very nice amenities including a bathtub with an ocean view, air conditioning, a private wine cellar, a private bar and much, much more.

With 75 total rooms you wouldn’t expect 4 different restaurants and 2 other bars, but Baros Resort is not like other Maldives hotels. There’s also 24-hour room service, and of course a luxury spa. This resort also has a great number of water sports and other activities, especially considering its intimate size. If this one is in your price range there is no doubt you’ll have an amazing time here.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,147 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,492 per night

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3 – Mirihi Island Resort

  • Water villas: 30
  • Total rooms/suites: 36

41484_15060917230029061330Perfect for those looking for a water-villa honeymoon on a modest budget, the Mihiri Island Resort offers excellent value in addition to high quality and excellent service. This is a 4-star resort with only 30 water villas and 6 island villas, and almost nothing of interest to families and no nightlife to speak of, making it very much of a romantic couples resort, which is very fitting for a lot of visitors.

The water villas aren’t huge, and they don’t have TVs, but otherwise they are very nicely appointed, making them ideal for honeymooners. The spa features Adam and Eve treatments (couples massage followed by champagne on your private balcony), but there is also great diving and snorkeling here and other water sport options. Especially in the off-season, the Mihiri Island Resort is a fantastic bargain for a honeymoon resort.

  • Low season online specials from US$586 per night
  • High season online specials from US$996 per night

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4 – Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

  • Water villas: 45
  • Total rooms/suites: 45

47326254The Gili Lankanfushi Maldives (formerly known as Soneva Gili by Six Senses) is easily among the finest resorts in the Maldives, if not the world. It features 45 water villas that range in size from huge to ridiculous, the largest of which is by far the largest water villa in the world. Everything here is extremely well done, including the restaurants and the service.

It’s important to note that the style here is meant to be “No news, no shoes,” meaning that it’s casual, private, and remote. The 8 largest water villas (including the huge one) are all only reachable by boat, which might be one reason why this place is popular with the very rich and famous. Considering everything, it’s amazing that rates are actually reasonably within the middle of the 5-star category.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,519 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,836 per night

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5 – Veligandu Island Resort

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

41486_14020513430018253807With 64 water villas, most of which have their own private Jacuzzi on their private deck, the Veligandu Resort is another excellent bargain for honeymoon couples without unlimited funds. The Jacuzzi villas are only a bit more expensive than the basic ones, and all of them include a full-board meal plan, making it an even better bargain than it seems.

This is a proper 4-star resort with all the amenities you could expect, at a very reasonable rate. There’s a luxury spa focusing on both men and women, and very good diving and snorkeling, plus a surprising number of other daytime activities. You might find a few families here, but mostly it’s a couples resort, and a very good one at that, where many guests return every year.

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

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6 – Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

  • Water villas: 55
  • Total rooms/suites: 64

12169_14012919440018210375Part of the luxurious Taj hotel chain based in India, the Taj Exotica Resort is a solid 5-star private island featuring 55 water villas. For a modest upgrade you can get a private plunge pool on the deck of your oversized villa, with all the 5-star amenities you could imagine just inside. Even without the upgrade, you’ll find rooms with Wi-Fi, a mini bar, dry cleaning and air conditioning.

The service here is one of the many things that gets rave reviews from guests, and the overwater spa is said to be one of the finest in all of the Maldives. The location is also very convenient, being only a short speedboat ride from the Maldives International Airport, making it perfect for even shorter honeymoons. The online specials during the off-season put this into the bargain category, which is astounding considering all that is included here.

  • Low season online specials from US$843 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,031 per night

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  • Greg Hayes says:

    Looking for a agent to plan a trip for 2 to an over water bungalo to get married. Can you help

    • Roger Wade says:

      Greg,

      At the moment I don’t have any offline travel agents to recommend, but that is something we are working on. Sorry. -Roger

  • dallas says:

    i can u help find for a honeymoon at best prices for 5 nights in march from 3 to 8 help me

  • Kashyap Prithani says:

    Can I get Villa for honeymoon at 300 $ per night for 6 night 7 days

  • Steve says:

    Thank you for this website. I’m looking for a watervilla bungalow for my honeymoon and my budget is very tight. It heels me a lot in my research.

    Take care

  • Samia Asaad says:

    kindly suggest me any one best and romantic resort for my honeymoon!
    i am pretty confused!

    • Roger Wade says:

      Samia,

      All of the resorts mentioned on the list above would be excellent romantic choices in the Maldives. And all of them get very good reviews from guests, so it’s a matter of looking for ones in your price range and then considering the features of each place. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time once you pick a resort and go. Best of luck. -Roger

  • aalmahdi says:

    I’m looking for a resort with privacy. I will be going this coming september 2015. Not looking for super luxuary but not very cheap too.

    • Roger Wade says:

      Aalmahdi,

      You’ll be happy to discover that pretty much all Maldives resorts specialize in privacy, especially on the water villas. The most common configuration is that each water villa is only within “view” of one other water villa, except that they have privacy screens that shield that view. In other words, the private deck of nearly every water villa can’t be seen from any other guests. The Maldives is one of the world’s honeymoon capitals so privacy is an important feature. So book the resort that seems best for your needs and it will feel very private. Bon voyage. -Roger

  • ahmad says:

    hey,
    i am looking for 5-6 days in maldives. 3 days on over the water bunglow and 2-3 days beach room or villa for 2.. my dates are oct 9 2015- oct 17 2015

  • Dima says:

    Hey..
    I am planning for my honeymoon, I wonder about the weather conditions in Maldives in April 2016 ???
    I am looking for one 5 days stay in one of the resorts mentioned but with a 100 $ rate per night
    your help is appreciated

    • Roger Wade says:

      Dima,

      The weather in the Maldives in April is pretty much perfect. The wet season starts in May, but even then it’s only a small change from the dry season weather. In other words, the rain comes in short bursts that are often overnight, so even in the wet season it’s dry and mostly sunny pretty much every day.

      Unfortunately, none of these resorts have rooms at US$100 per night. Each resort is on a private island and they are all pretty upscale as well as remote, so the cheapest island rooms start closer to US$200 per night, and the water villas start at around US$350 per night. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  • Madav.M says:

    Hi Team,

    I am looking for my honeymoon trip from India to Maldives. Probably in the month of December (Early December). I prefer to go on an independent package for 4 nights 5 days or 5 nights 6 days. What would be the best suggestion? do not want to travel much from places to places. Looking for a decent and reasonable package.

    Please let me know the best deals, so that I can plan accordingly.
    Thanks

    Madav.M

  • Adam says:

    Hi There, I am looking at going to the Maldives from Sydney via Singapore in March 5th – 12th 2016. We are after some nice accommodation that doesn’t break the bank balance and is over the water. Do you know what site is the best to book these?

    I have a good deal for the Sheraton, however have had mixed reviews, have you been there? What are your thoughts?

    The Taj Exotica is nearly double the price of the Sheraton?

    Also you haven’t reviewed the One and Only there? Is that nice?

    Thanks for your answers in advance.

    Adam.

    • Roger Wade says:

      Adam,

      The problem with reviewing these resorts in the Maldives is that there are over 80 of them and you generally have to go back to Male to get from one to another. So it’s difficult to get to many of them, which is why we try our best to combine our experience with the public information from the official websites and online reviews.

      By far the best site to book Maldives resorts is Agoda.com (part of the Priceline group) because they dominate the Asian market and offer the best rates on most properties. Another thing to consider is that these resorts tend to raise their rates for periods where they are already pretty full, so it’s really hard to compare prices. In other words, if one resort is already, say, 70% booked for your dates, they’ll move their rates way up for the remaining rooms. Meanwhile there might be an almost identical resort that is only 30% full for your dates, so they’ll offer a big discount. And if you compare rates for one month later, it might be reversed.

      So with that in mind, I recommend trying to stay flexible, and check for resorts that are offering promotional deals for your dates. As long as the review scores on Agoda are Very Good or Great, then look for the best deal. Out of the 80 or so water villa resorts in the Maldives, there are only about 5 of them that get mostly poor reviews. In other words, these resorts all have to offer a very good product in order to keep getting booked in the age of online reviews, so they all tend to be of high quality.

      I hope this helps, and best of luck with wherever you end up. -Roger

  • Will farmer says:

    Hi I’m looking to go on a honeymoon in the Maldives at about Feb 2017 and we want to go for 2 weeks with a budget of £2,000 (approx $3,750) per night and would love to stay in a luxury over water villa with pool thanks

  • Lena says:

    Hello!
    Me and my fiance are thinking about going to the maldives in july/august 2017 for our honeymoon. Do you think the weather is good at that time of the year?
    I also wounder when the water are that clearly blue, does it depend on the seasons? pictures shows diffrent. And my last question is when is it best time to book to get best rates do you think its good to book one year before or closer?

    • Roger Wade says:

      Lena,

      The weather in the Maldives is almost the same all year round. You do get a few rainy days in June and July, but it’s still sunny most of the time, and always warm. Many resorts are booked all year round, with slightly lower rates in June and July, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy that time of year there.

      The water is that clear all year round in the Maldives. Those atolls where the islands are located all have natural lagoons that always look that way. However, the conditions just below your villa can be different depending on the currents and tides. In high tides the water can move strongly on one side of the island, while in low tide the water isn’t deep enough to enjoy much of a swim. Generally speaking, you’ll have several great opportunities for swimming and snorkeling each day, but not all 24 hours.

      Usually you’ll get the best rates starting around 6 months out. The resorts tend to keep rates high 7 to 11 months in advance, and only start discounting when they look like they’ll have availability. Congrats and have a great trip. -Roger

  • Priyank says:

    Hello Roger,

    I am planning my honeymoon on 26th dec to 29th dec 2016. Is it going to be costly ? If i delay it by one month and make it 25th Jan to 28th Jan 2017, then can i get some cost advantage ?

    Thanks
    Priyank

    • Roger Wade says:

      Priyank,

      Yes, unfortunately that last week of the year is the peak season in the Maldives with the highest rates. You will definitely get better rates and more choices at the end of January. Congrats and good luck. -Roger

  • Csyak says:

    Hello roger,
    I am planing to have honeymoon trip on 23 to 27 may 2017 at maldives.
    My flight reach male airport around 9pm, so i think i will just stay nearby the airport inn in 23 may. However, my wife and i will really like to experience a romantic yet affordable water villa from 24 to 27 may with a budget of $1000 (preferably full board including transfer from airport.)

    Please offer your expert opinion in order to make our dream come true. Thanks.

    • Roger Wade says:

      Csyak,

      Yes, definitely stay near the airport that first night. I’m going to write an article in the next few days describing the best way to do that, so check the homepage for that.

      Unfortunately, you are going to have to up your budget or scale back to 2 nights in a water villa. The cheapest water villas in the Maldives start at around US$300 per night, and the cheapest all-inclusive water villas start at around US$400 per night. Fortunately, you are going in the slower season, so you could find rates at around that level. The other complication is that transfers from the Male Airport island start at about US$100 return per person.

      Here’s a list of the Maldives resorts that are closest to the airport. Some of these offer fairly affordable speedboat transfers. Nearly all of the other resorts require a sea-plane transfer, and those start at around US$300 per person, return. Good luck with this. -Roger

  • Mohit says:

    Hi Roger,

    Many thanks for the wonderful information. It definitely helped me to shortlist the good and affordable water villas for my honeymoon. One another thing which is on my checklist to select a resort is the types of water sports activities available. Can you confirm if all the resorts offer wide range of water sports or i will need to check with shortlisted specific resorts for the number of water sports activities they provide.

    Thanks in advance,
    Mohit.

    • Roger Wade says:

      Mohit,

      We list all of the activities on the resort page for each hotel on our site, so it should be quick to compare them and determine whether a resort is right for you. But in general, most of the resorts have similar water sports and activities. It’s really only the smallest islands that might not have the popular ones you are after. Congratulations and best of luck with this. -Roger

  • zannen says:

    am looking an overwater villa with a large deck, no view to others, good snorkeling from the beach (beautiful corals, turtles), quiet, good food, all inclusive plan – 40th wedding anniversary max budget 1500 euros per night

  • Kenneth says:

    Hello Roger !I was wondering what airlines fly to the Maldives from the USA? Will I have to fly via Europe or Asia to get to the Maldives? Thanks I will be planning a trip to the Maldives next year for 2017..Thanks for all your help…

    • Roger Wade says:

      Kenneth,

      From the US to the Maldives you’ll almost certainly end up changing planes in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or Qatar. On their long-haul flights, all of those airlines (Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways) are very good and have usually the best fares. It’s a long flight, but the cabins are pretty good. I’d just look for the best fare and then check the airline on seatguru.com. Most likely it’ll be one of those, and they should be fine. Have a great trip. -Roger

  • Mayank says:

    ello Roger,
    I am planning my honeymoon in mid of Dec. Is it going to be costly ? can you please suggest the best deal for 4 nights and 5 days stay.

    Thanks
    Mayank

    • Roger Wade says:

      Mayank,

      The overwater resorts in the Maldives start at around US$300 per night and go way up from there. Then you also have to factor in transportation from the Male Airport, which will run anywhere from US$100 to US$600 per person, depending on the location of the resort. If you like to drink, the all-inclusive resorts tend to be the best deals because alcohol is fairly expensive in the Maldives. I highly recommend Meeru Island, which has good value on Full Board deals as well as their All Inclusive Plus level. You might also consider Veligandu Island, which is run by the same company and also an excellent resort for good value.

      Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  • Archi says:

    Hello Roger,

    we are planning our honeymoon 10 nights from 17-27 November in Paradise island resort, as our budget is covering its all inclusive package.

    I need your suggestion about the resort and will 10 days be fine.

    as me and my wife are not interested in diving, snorkeling, boating etc.

    many thanks

    • Roger Wade says:

      Archi,

      I wish I could help, but I’ve not been to the Paradise Island Resort. But I can say that ten days is a long stay in general, and it might feel very long if you aren’t interested in the activities they provide. These are all private islands and there are no options other than the things listed for each resort. Best of luck with your trip. -Roger

  • Dhwani says:

    HI We are planning for honeymoon 3 or 4 nights in 1st week of December. Looking for water villa. Please suggest

    • Roger Wade says:

      Dhwani,

      This article is actually our suggestions for the best water villa resorts for honeymoons. It’s hard to be more specific because some resorts offer promotional deals if they aren’t too full, while others keep the same prices all the time. So what I recommend is to consider the resorts on the list above and then click on the booking link for the one you like best. You’ll see their rates, and then you can compare them to the rates for the other resorts listed on Agoda.com, which offers the best deals in the Maldives. Early December is not the peak season, so you should be able to get a pretty good deal at several different resorts. Most likely, a few resorts will be offering really good deals for your dates, while many others are almost full so they will show higher rates.

      Just about every water villa resort in the Maldives is excellent, and there are reviews from past guests for every resort, which you can trust. Best of luck with your search and your honeymoon. -Roger

  • Lily says:

    Hi Roger,
    Nice website you have, i am so much helped with your website. I am planning my honeymoon this november and still confused which resort to choose (oh yeahh), I am considering the following:
    1. Meeru
    2. Sun Siyam Fushi
    3. Veligandu
    4. Mirihi
    I have read your comments in one of the posts and you highly recommend the Meeru, but considering it is large and crowded will it be perfect for honeymoon? Kindly need your advise which one is better. We prefer water villa facing sunset.

    Thank you,
    Lily

    • Roger Wade says:

      Lily,

      Meeru is large and it has more rooms than most resorts, but it’s not crowded at all. That part was very surprising during my stay there. There are enough bars and pools and beach chairs that the island feels half empty even when it’s full, which is their plan. Veligandu is run by the same very good company, and it is smaller and a bit more remote, so it might be a slightly better choice for a honeymoon.

      Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is closer in size to Meeru Island, except the island is quite a bit smaller. But it also gets great reviews and I hear great things, so I think it would be a good choice as well.

      Miriri Island is tiny, and one of the smallest resorts in the Maldives. The villas are quite small as well, but it is popular with romantic couples so if you don’t need a private Jacuzzi, it could be ideal.

      But again, the good news is that all of these places are built to feel private and mellow even when they are full. Best of luck with everything. -Roger

      • Lily says:

        what about the centara grand island? i’ve asked the agent there and she recommends me centara grand island better than sun siyam. Both are 5* resorts whereas veligandu and meeru are 4*

        Thank you

        • Roger Wade says:

          Lily,

          Yes, Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa is another great all-inclusive resort, and it’s usually quite a bit more expensive than Meeru and Veligandu. If it fits within your budget, I’m sure you’d be happy there. It gets great reviews from past guests. -Roger

  • Rosline says:

    Hi Roger,
    Read your article and all your replies. It is indeed very helpful to have so much information handy before making any bookings. Thank you once again for the plethora of information shared.

    I am planning our honeymoon in the mid of Jan 2017 and am pretty confused as to which island to choose. Can you suggest an adventure island which is also romantic and in budget? I am looking for adventure sports like scuba diving, sea diving etc which ever in available in Maldives. Also can you name a few resorts which we can look for.
    Thank you.

    • Roger Wade says:

      Rosline,

      Sorry for the delayed reply. I had a few technical problems. Nearly all of the Maldives private-island overwater resorts offer scuba diving, snorkeling, and many other water sports and such. Generally speaking, the larger islands offer more options, but nearly all of them offer scuba diving, usually via a daily boat trip to a nearby reef. So really you should look for a water villa that is in your budget and is geared towards couples rather than families, and then check the activities lists.

      The couples-oriented ones that come to mind are Veligandu Island, which offers great value on all-inclusive plans. And also Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives Resort, which offers great value on very large water villas with just breakfast included in the rate.

      Those two resorts are notable for consistently offering very good room rates and being excellent quality with solid reviews. Many others will show higher room rates most of the time, and then promotional rates at slow times. So your best deal might be one of those, though it’s hard to know which one to recommend without plugging your exact dates into Agoda.com. Have a great trip. -Roger

  • Siddharth says:

    Hi Roger,
    Read your article and all your replies. It is indeed very helpful to have so much information handy before making any bookings. Thank you once again for the plethora of information shared.
    I am planning my honeymoon in the first week of Feb 2017 and want to make bookings for d same. Can you suggest an water villa in budget arnd $500-600 per night inclusive of all d activities. Also how much a water villa cost only for stay n eating arrangements and is it a good option to book water villa for all inclusive activities for a day or two n only stay arrangement for other 2 days considering a 4n/5d trip.

    Also can u suggest what would be must do activities in Maldives according to u n how much they would cost ?
    Thanks a lot in advance

    • Roger Wade says:

      Siddharth,

      I’ll try my best to help. To be honest, the “all-inclusive” option at these resorts is mainly to cover alcohol. Most of these resorts include most activities in the room price, except for things like scuba diving and motorized sports such as Jet Skis. In other words, non-motorized things like canoes and snorkeling and such are included in the room price. Even the “all-inclusive” places charge for Scuba diving and most boat excursions.

      If you like to drink alcohol then the all-inclusive option will usually be your best deal, but if you don’t drink (or don’t drink much) then a full-board plan is probably best, as those only include the room and all meals.

      Most visitors, especially honeymooners, go to the Maldives mainly to relax and spend time together. Most resorts have really nice pools and plenty of beach lounge chairs. Snorkeling is fun, although to see the best scenery you usually have to take the free, daily boat trips to the nearest reef. Many resorts offer dolphin-watching boat trips, as well as fishing trips and boat trips to nearby islands. With 4 days there I think you’ll be happy with most of the free activities and maybe one excursion.

      The all-inclusive or full-board resorts that offer the best value and that I highly recommend are Meeru Island and Veligandu Island, which are both run by the excellent Crown and Champa Resorts company, which runs several other high-end hotels there. Both of those offer huge Jacuzzi water villas in your price range including full board. Congratulations and have a great trip. -Roger

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