Cheap water villas in the Maldives
As there are already more than 80 resorts in the Maldives that feature water villas, and more opening every year, we’ve broken them down into price categories.
It shouldn’t be surprising that even the cheapest water villas in the Maldives are relatively expensive by most standards. They start at around US$270 per night (even lower in June and July), and some of the cheapest of them are based on all-inclusive (including alcohol) plans, so they offer better value that it might first seem. However, you’ll need to spend at least a bit more to get a stand-alone water villa set over a crystal clear lagoon.
- Maldives water villas – Recommendations for many categories
- Luxury Maldives water villas – All resorts starting from US$401 to $700
- Super-luxury Maldives water villas – All resorts starting from US$701+
- High season is generally December through April
- Low season is generally May through November
Getting the best deal
- The best rates are usually when booked for a full week, and often include 1 or 2 free days as part of the special rate.
- Many resorts offer up to 25% off for those who book at least 30 to 60 days in advance, so those early-bird discounts are included in many of the rates below.
The best of the cheaper Maldives water villas
With around 30 private-island resorts listed below, choosing the best one for you can be a challenge.
For this reason we’ve sorted through all of them to find the six best based on price, user reviews, and location.
If your time is limited you might skip right to the following list.
Water villas starting from US$180 to US$400
- Water villas: 16
- Total rooms/suites: 40
Lovers of all things Italian should be interested in the Gangehi Island Resort, which is run by and popular with Italians. This private island resort has 16 water villas and only 40 total rooms, making it one of the smallest and most intimate resorts in all of the Maldives.
There are 8 Over Water Bungalows just at the edge of the lagoon, and 8 Deluxe Over Water Bungalows that are much larger (and quite a bit more expensive) well out over the lagoon. The full-board plan is most popular and prices are quite reasonable considering all that is included.
- Low season online specials from US$186 per night
- High season online specials from US$537 per night
- Water villas: 46
- Total rooms/suites: 112
With a very remote location, the Medhufushi Island Resort is still simple enough to reach, and it’s a popular 4-star private-island hotel. Among its 46 water villas are two special Honeymoon Villas, which are huge, luxurious, and only accessible by a short boat ride from the island. The remaining water villas are fairly large as well, making this another good-value resort.
Though it’s definitely popular with the romantic-couples crowd, the Medhufushi Island Resort offers a great number of water sports and daytime activities. The house reef is fairly shallow, so guests must take a short boat ride to the best nearby diving spots, but otherwise there are many great options plus several restaurants and a full-service spa.
- Low season online specials from US$280 per night
- High season online specials from US$596 per night
- Water villas: 20
- Total rooms/suites: 80
One of the smallest private islands, the Velidhu Island Resort features 20 water villas in addition to 80 beach rooms. It operates on an all-inclusive basis yet it gets very high marks for the quality and variety of food in its only restaurant, which should be a good sign to many prospective visitors.
The house reef here is also one of the best in the region so this is a top choice for divers and snorkelers looking for a modestly priced all-inclusive resort. You won’t find a swimming pool or kids’ club so this is more of a traditional Maldives island resort that is best suited to couples and an older crowd.
- Low season online specials from US$296 per night
- High season online specials from US$512 per night
- Water villas: 16
- Total rooms/suites: 106
A small island that is conveniently located only a short speedboat ride from the airport, the Embudu Village Resort offers 16 water villas that barely fit the normal definition, but offer very good value all the same. The water villas here are in groups of four standing just off the water’s edge, so it’s not exactly the experience most dream of for the Maldives.
The resort does offer very good value for those interested in a 3-star island holiday, with 90 additional beach rooms that are even cheaper. The all-inclusive packages they offer are very reasonable, and even include alcohol, so this could be a good choice for a group on a budget, but probably not ideal for a honeymoon.
Water villas starting at US$306 per night
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- Water villas: 16
- Total rooms/suites: 108
Almost identical to the Embudu Village mentioned above, the Summer Island Village resort offers 16 water villas in groups of four perched just over the edge of the lagoon. These are also very good value for the right people, as the all-inclusive scheme appears to be compulsary here, at a very reasonable price.
You won’t find all the fancy amenities here that you’ll find at most water villa resorts in the Maldives, but the low price should more than make up for that for the right sort of guests. Again, probably not ideal for a honeymoon unless every other resort is out of your price range.
- Low season online specials from US$306 per night
- High season online specials from US$360 per night
- Water villas: 20
- Total rooms/suites: 70
An all-inclusive property, the Angaga Island Resort has 20 water villas and 50 island rooms. This is another that is known for an especially good house reef so it’s a solid choice for divers and snorkelers looking for an all-inclusive in the lower price range.
There’s one main restaurant plus an overwater bar, but there is no swimming pool or kids’ club here, so this resort is definitely best suited for romantic couples rather than families. The low-season specials make it a great value for most of the year as well.
- Low season online specials from US$309 per night
- High season online specials from US$450 per night
- Water villas: 106
- Total rooms/suites: 286
Featuring 106 water villas in addition to 180 beach suites and villas, the Meeru Island Resort has more overwater rooms than any other resort in the Maldives. Each villa is quite large, and even the smaller water villas come equipped with a private Jacuzzi in an open-air section of the suite, making them ideal for honeymooners and romantic types.
The size of the resort also means that it has a very long list of restaurants and bars, plus water activities of all types. The rates are more reasonable that it seems since they each include three meals per day for two guests, which can add up to a big savings in the Maldives.
- Low season online specials from US$312 per night
- High season online specials from US$377 per night
- Water villas: 42
- Total rooms/suites: 99
Formerly the Cinnamon Island Alidhoo, the J Resorts Alidhoo Alidhoo Resort has 42 water villas that are each surprisingly huge, especially considering the price range. You have a choice of 5 different restaurants and bars here plus a wide variety of other activities and services, including a business center.
The water villas each have two levels, which is another unusual feature in the Maldives. The transition from the previous owners has left at least a few guests feeling frustrated, but overall this is a deluxe resort with great rates that should be ideal for many.
- Low season online specials from US$314 per night
- High season online specials from US$473 per night
- Water villas: 70
- Total rooms/suites: 80
The smallest in the 3-hotel Chaaya chain in the Maldives, the Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa features 70 overwater villas and only 10 additional rooms on the island. This is also the most expensive in this hotel group by a bit, but the quality seems to be there to back it up.
The house reef nearby gets very high marks from scuba divers and snorkelers, with twice-daily free boat trips to the prime spots. The restaurant here gets good marks, but it’s the location itself and the staff that receive most of the raves. This is a good value resort in its price range for the Maldives.
- Low season online specials from US$321 per night
- High season online specials from US$628 per night
- Water villas: 24
- Total rooms/suites: 112
A rather large resort for the Maldives with 112 rooms, the Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo has 24 water villas that are fantastic value as long as you don’t mind having one attached neighbor. Considering the price range, this resort gets extremely good reviews from previous guests.
The list of things to do during the day isn’t quite as long as at many other places, and the nightlife is quite mellow as well, but that actually suits many visitors to the Maldives just fine. The house reef is very close to the beach and it’s said to be one of the better reefs in the region, so this is especially good for divers and snorkelers.
- Low season online specials from US$326 per night
- High season online specials from US$472 per night
- Water villas: 48
- Total rooms/suites: 83
Among the most remote private-island resorts in the region, the Beach House at Iruveli Maldives (formerly the Waldorf Astoria Maldives) is a popular luxury private island resort. The 48 water villas here are huge and decked out with all the 5-star amenities you’d expect at a boutique resort. Thanks to online discounts, including a special Advance Purchase option, the rates here are very reasonable considering the quality and villa size, especially during the off-season months.
This is a smaller resort that doesn’t have an endless list of daytime activities, but there’s diving and snorkeling plus some unusual options like yoga classes and cooking classes. There are eight restaurants and bars here, which offers a lot of choice considering there are only 83 total villas. This is not the easiest resort to reach, but it’s definitely among the best values in the Maldives.
- Low season online specials from US$334 per night
- High season online specials from US$675 per night
- Water villas: 60
- Total rooms/suites: 115
Another of the larger resorts in the Maldives, the Chaaya Island Dhonveli Resort is set apart by the fact that it’s one of the very few with its own surfing beach. The 55 water villas complement the 60 rooms on the island, and all are roomy and comfortable.
In this price range this resort seems like excellent value, with a long list of daytime activities and very good nightlife as well. Those who prefer quiet at night will be able to find better choices in the Maldives, but those who like to live it up a bit should find this resort quite appealing.
- Low season online specials from US$337 per night
- High season online specials from US$598 per night
- Water villas: 15
- Total rooms/suites: 115
Part of a chain of similar resorts in the Maldives, the Adaaran Club Rannalhi features 15 water villas that are all on the large side, in a gorgeous setting on a private island. The house reef here is said to be one of the best, so divers and snorkelers tend to be very satisfied.
There are four restaurants and bars, and the resort offers full-board plans that include all meals, plus all-inclusive plans that also include alcohol. Those who like to indulge could find those to be very good deals in the end, since food and drinks are usually astronomically expensive at these small private-island resorts. Overall, if you can get their special online rate, this is among the best deals in the Maldives.
- Low season online specials from US$368 per night
- High season online specials from US$449 per night
- Water villas: 68
- Total rooms/suites: 426
With 426 total rooms, villas, and suites, the Sun Island Resort is the largest private-island hotel in the Maldives. They have 68 water villas that are relatively small, but include quite a few modern amenities. Sun Island also specializes in all-inclusive packages, and offers very good value for those with good appetites.
There are many restaurants and bars here, along with a very long list of water sports and other activities, so Sun Island is ideal for those who like to mix things up. The water villas should be fine for those on romantic holidays, though there are better choices for those who can afford to spend a bit more.
- Low season online specials from US$370 per night
- High season online specials from US$475 per night
- Water villas: 34
- Total rooms/suites: 86
With a convenient location fairly close to the main international airport, the Thulhagiri Island Resort has 34 water villas and 56 island rooms. The resort operates on an all-inclusive basis with a few options as to exactly what’s included, so it’s most popular with package tourists coming for a solid week at a time.
This is a simple island with a casual atmosphere and a relatively short list of activities available, plus only one restaurant, making it ideal for visitors who mostly plan on relaxing in the sun. The resort gets good reviews from most so it has a fan base, even if it’s not perfect for most people. The off-season special rates are an excellent bargain if they are available for your dates.
- Low season online specials from US$371 per night
- High season online specials from US$611 per night
- Water villas: 60
- Total rooms/suites: 164
The Olhuveli Beach Resort & Spa is a four-star hotel that features 60 water villas of varying classes, including many with their own Jacuzzi tub. The villas are a bit on the small side, but they are quite modern and feature some luxurious amenities, making this one of the better choices for honeymooners in the budget price range.
The all-inclusive plans are popular here, and include a good list of different restaurants and bars, so variety is available to all. There is also the standard list of diving, snorkeling, other water sports, and quite a nice spa, making this a good value resort in this range.
- Low season online specials from US$377 per night
- High season online specials from US$589 per night
- Water villas: 47
- Total rooms/suites: 127
Offering 47 water villas that range from large to enormous, the Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort operates mostly on an all-inclusive basis, and offers very good value for its category. The main buffet restaurant is also huge, which may be a turn-off for some, but it does help to speed service along.
Even the smallest class of water villas here come with a 2-person Jacuzzi on their private deck, and the larger categories all come with plunge pools or other amenities that put them more into the deluxe grouping. The list of water sports and other daytime activities here is long, so it could be ideal for families or groups, or even honeymoon couples looking for something at a reasonable price.
- Low season online specials from US$382 per night
- High season online specials from US$539 per night
- Water villas: 50
- Total rooms/suites: 300
Specializing mostly in all-inclusive packages, the Kuredu Island Resort offers 50 water villas plus 250 beach rooms and suites, making it one of the largest resorts in the Maldives. This hotel is very popular with families and groups, as it’s very reasonably priced and loaded with activities and a long list of restaurants and bars. There’s even a 6-hole golf course here with a pro shop.
Honeymoon couples might find more privacy elsewhere, but for a good-value 4-star holiday with almost endless water sports and other activities, this is perfect for many groups in particular.
- Low season online specials from US$383 per night
- High season online specials from US$477 per night