Cheap water villas in the Maldives

Thulhagiri Island ResortAs 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$200 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.

  • 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.

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The best of the cheaper Maldives water villas

Veligandu Jacuzzi water villaWith 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.

>>>6 Best cheap Maldives water villas: Editor’s choice

Water villas starting from US$200 to US$600

Villa rates below are per villa, per night, double occupancy, including all taxes

Reethi Beach Resort

  • Water villas: 30
  • Total rooms/suites: 120

ReethiBeachAerialSlightly different from your typical overwater resort, the Reethi Beach Resort is one of the more affordable Maldives resorts around. Instead of a room completely over the ocean or lagoon, guests will find that 30 of the resort’s rooms are semi detached with half of the room on the beach, and the other half over the water while the other 90 are completely island based.

As a medium size resort, you wouldn’t expect a ton of options but this resort has 10 different bars and restaurants to choose from along with bed and breakfast plans and an all-inclusive option. Reviews are pretty high, making this a great choice for those who would like to stretch their money as far as possible.

  • Low season online specials from US$202 per night
  • High season online specials from US$362 per night

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Embudu Village

  • Water villas: 16
  • Total rooms/suites: 106

59615_615129211850618_305104671_nA small resort surrounded by beauty, the Emdubu Village Resort is a great value for those looking for a tropical vacation on a budget. Here you’ll find 106 beach rooms alongside 16 overwater bungalows. These bungalows however, differ from your normal stand alone villa and instead are grouped into 4 villas per building. This means that each room will have 1 or 2 neighbors sharing a wall.

Due to the small size of the resort, there is a limited amount of activities to be enjoyed and only 1 restaurant on-site but the value is hard to beat. If you’re not looking for amenities galore and the absolute best in luxury, you’ll find that this resort is perfect for your budget friendly, yet splendid holiday.

  • Low season online specials from US$306 per night
  • High season online specials from US$306 per night

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Summer Island Village

  • Water villas: 16
  • Total rooms/suites: 108

271056_241534692531686_4155811_n1One of the cheapest overwater resorts in the Maldives, Summer Island Village is a great choice for budget minded travelers that don’t want to miss out on that perfect Maldives vacation. The 16 overwater villas here, however they are different from most villas at other resorts in that they share walls with other villas.

It’s not suggested to honeymoon here due to the close proximity to other staying guests, but it is still a great choice for travelers looking for a private island escape in the tropics on a tight budget. There is also a selection of villas on land, great for those who want to save even more money.

  • Low season online specials from US$306 per night
  • High season online specials from US$306 per night

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Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo Maldives

  • 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$320 per night
  • High season online specials from US$370 per night

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Sun Island Resort And Spa

  • 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$325 per night
  • High season online specials from US$494 per night

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Velidhu Island Resort

  • Water villas: 20
  • Total rooms/suites: 80

Velidhu Island Resort AerialOne 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$369 per night
  • High season online specials from US$512 per night

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Angaga Island Resort and Spa

  • 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$396 per night
  • High season online specials from US$456 per night

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Chaaya Island Dhonveli Resort & Spa

  • 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$397 per night
  • High season online specials from US$433 per night

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J Resorts Alidhoo

  • Water villas: 42
  • Total rooms/suites: 99

15With some of the largest overwater bungalows in this price range, J Resorts Alidhoo offers guests spacious rooms at a great price. There are also 5 different restaurants to choose from, providing a bit of everything for guests with different tastes. There’s also a nice sized list of water sports and land activities to partake in, making this resort great for families and active guests.

The resort is also great for those who want to keep in touch during their vacation. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi and there are many services around the island, helping to make the transition from daily life to vacation mode a little easier.

  • Low season online specials from US$402 per night
  • High season online specials from US$590 per night

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Meeru Island Resort

  • 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$461 per night
  • High season online specials from US$661 per night

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Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa Resort

  • 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$486 per night
  • High season online specials from US$610 per night

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Medhufushi Island Resort

  • 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$488 per night
  • High season online specials from US$877 per night

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Maayafushi Resort

  • Water villas: 8
  • Total rooms/suites: 60

MaayafushiResortAerial300Operating exclusively as an all-inclusive resort, the Maayafushi Resort is a small Italian operated hotel that is particularity popular with the Italian crowd. There are also only 8 overwater rooms located at the very end of the island, making a great location for those looking for privacy during their visit.

The water villas are on the basic side but still include all of the amenities that you would need to enjoy your stay. If you’re not looking for the best of everything, you find that this price is just right. With that said, 3 buffet meals per day are included and you’ll drink beer and wine for free. There is also a great house reef next to the island, making it unnecessarily to charter a boat to another location to snorkel or scuba dive.

  • Low season online specials from US$490 per night
  • High season online specials from US$490 per night

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Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort Maldives

  • 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$503 per night
  • High season online specials from US$528 per night

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Vakarufalhi Island Resort

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

110Featuring 25 water villas that stretch out into the sea, the Vakarufalhi Island Resort is a small island that operates almost solely on all-inclusive stays. It also houses 50 island bungalows that stand completely on land. A relaxed feel, this resort reminds guests of a more traditional Maldives stay and is great for those who wish to go barefoot and bikini-clad the entire time.

With a 4-star rating, the resort receives very good reviews with guests loving the house reef and the many ocean activities available including snorkeling and diving. Staff is very attentive and helpful and rooms are one the large size.

  • Low season online specials from US$515 per night
  • High season online specials from US$920 per night

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Vilamendhoo Island Resort

  • Water villas: 30
  • Total rooms/suites: 184

One of the few in this price range that operates on an all-inclusive basis, the Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa offers good value and deluxe facilities. Each of the 30 water villas here has its own Jacuzzi spa among other amenities, making it quite popular with the honeymoon crowd.

The normal all-inclusive rates are quite reasonable, and guests can choose to upgrade to the all-inclusive plus plan, which includes alcohol and other extras, so those who like to drink a bit on holiday might get good use of that option. With 184 total rooms, this is one of the larger resorts of its kind, and it features 8 different restaurants and bars for your dining and drinking pleasure.

  • Low season online specials from US$517 per night
  • High season online specials from US$695 per night

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Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef

  • Water villas: 34
  • Total rooms/suites: 62

Operated by the Taj luxury hotel group of India, the Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef is a boutique resort that is ideal for honeymoons. The 34 water villas are all quite large and feature many 5-star amenities that you wouldn’t expect at such a reasonable price. The two restaurants here are also gourmet quality, which isn’t the case for many properties in this price range.

There is diving and snorkeling plus all the other usual options, but the intimate size of this island make it better suited to romance and relaxation. The spa is also of very high standard, and should be perfect for those who like frequent massages and treatments.

  • Low season online specials from US$522 per night
  • High season online specials from US$933 per night

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Gangehi Island Resort

  • Water villas: 16
  • Total rooms/suites: 40

Gangehi Island ResortLovers 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$531 per night
  • High season online specials from US$582 per night

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Kuredu Island Resort

  • 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$540 per night
  • High season online specials from US$684 per night

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Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa

  • Water villas: 64
  • Total rooms/suites: 140

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa MaldivesWith different types of rooms available, both on land and over the water, the Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa is great for those who love a good amount of choices. In fact, the resort houses 64 overwater bungalows and 76 island villas, all with great views. Though not an all-inclusive option, they do provide half board stays that help to create a good value.

There are also a large number of activities and amenities to choose from including snorkeling, scuba diving, other water activities and a luxury spa on-site. Located just south of the airport, it can be reached by a short 15 minute speed boat ride both day and night.

  • Low season online specials from US$547
  • High season online specials from US$615

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LUX* Maldives

  • Water villas: 87
  • Total rooms/suites: 193

One of the larger 5-star private-island resorts in the area, LUX* Maldives features 87 water villas in several classes in addition to 106 beach villas and suites. The least expensive water villas here are not as large as most others in this price category, but they all have large private decks and are outfitted with luxury amenities.

The resort features a total of 9 restaurants and bars, which means guests have a wide variety of choices even for longer stays. The island is also packed with facilities such as two swimming pools, a 24-hour fitness center, and a long list of water sports options.

  • Low season online specials from US$550 per night
  • High season online specials from US$943 per night

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Adaaran Club Rannalhi

  • 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$571 per night
  • High season online specials from US$602 per night

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Paradise Island Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 62
  • Total rooms/suites: 282

Another of the larger private-island resorts in the Maldives, the Paradise Island Resort is a deluxe 4-star hotel that features 62 water villas plus 220 beach villas and suites. The new Haven section of the resort features 22 water villas and its own restaurant, so guests in that section can choose to stay over water for days at a time if they please.

The water villas here are all quite large, and there is a very long list of activities and restaurants available, plus a luxurious spa. The location is also very convenient, being one of the shortest speedboat rides from the airport. The size of the resort combined with the separate overwater Haven section means this could be ideal for a honeymoon or even a group holiday. Considering the amenities and size of the villas, the prices here are very reasonable as well.

  • Low season online specials from US$573 per night
  • High season online specials from US$699 per night

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Fihalhohi Island Tourist Resort

  • Water villas: 12
  • Total rooms/suites: 150

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa MaldivesOne of the larger private island resorts in the Maldives, the Fihalhohi Island Tourist Resort features 150 rooms, though a surprisingly low number of 12 rooms are located overwater. Most guests who stay here opt for the all-inclusive package which includes drinks, though drinks are a good price to begin with.

Though English travelers do stay here, most vacationers are actually French and German so you might want to touch up on your language skills a bit before traveling. With that said, the staff get extremely high marks and are known for making guests feel welcome and at home. There are lots of activities to choose from here, though some are charged separately from your room.

  • Low season online specials from US$575 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1000 per night

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Komandoo Island Resort

  • Water villas: 14
  • Total rooms/suites: 45

IMG_2167-Version-2-1With 14 water villas complete with a jacuzzi, the Komandoo Island Resort located on a private island is a great choice for those who are looking for an intimate vacation on the lower end of the price spectrum. There are also 31 beach villas available, each with views of the ocean.

Most book a stay here with the all-inclusive plan, which features all meals in the main restaurant. Lots of water and land activities are available though most spend a lot of time participating in the snorkeling and scuba diving available on the house reef.

  • Low season online specials from US$581 per night
  • High season online specials from US$803 per night

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Veligandu Island Resort

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

Another good-value property that specializes in all-inclusive meal packages, the Veligandu Island Resort has 64 water villas, 54 of which feature their own semi-outdoor Jacuzzi. This is a smaller resort that is very popular with honeymoon couples and those on a romantic retreat.

In spite of the buffet-style dining, the restaurants have a great reputation for quality, making this one of the most popular choice in this price range. There are some family options as well, though in general water villas are not suitable for younger children at any of these resorts.

  • Low season online specials from US$588 per night
  • High season online specials from US$726 per night

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