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$310 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.

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.

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Water villas starting from US$300 to US$600

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

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$311 per night
  • High season online specials from US$529 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$328 per night
  • High season online specials from US$450 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$333 per night
  • High season online specials from US$584 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$341 per night
  • High season online specials from US$539 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$346 per night
  • High season online specials from US$474 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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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$392 per night
  • High season online specials from US$477 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$427 per night
  • High season online specials from US$710 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$445 per night
  • High season online specials from US$584 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$446 per night
  • High season online specials from US$549 per night

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Thulhagiri Island Resort

  • Water villas: 34
  • Total rooms/suites: 86

Thulhagiri Island ResortWith 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$471 per night
  • High season online specials from US$679 per night

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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$499 per night
  • High season online specials from US$676 per night

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Irufushi Beach and Spa Resort

  • Water villas: 80
  • Total rooms/suites: 150

Thanks to special low rates that are often available, the Irufushi Beach and Spa Resort (formerly the Hilton Maldives) usually offers the best value water villas in the Maldives, at least in the budget price range. There are 80 water villas that are each decked out with 5-star amenities and features, reminding guests of resorts where they’d cost twice as much.

This is a large resort with 10 restaurants and bars, all the diving and water sports options, plus a huge and fancy spa. A large and popular resort where every water villa is huge, this was a favorite when it was a Hilton, and the new management seems at least as good.

  • Low season online specials from US$504 per night
  • High season online specials from US$857 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$516 per night
  • High season online specials from US$679 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$524 per night
  • High season online specials from US$628 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$539 per night
  • High season online specials from US$688 per night

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Beach House at Iruveli Maldives

  • 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$560 per night
  • High season online specials from US$871 per night

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Filitheyo Island Resort

  • Water villas: 16
  • Total rooms/suites: 125

Featuring 16 of the largest water villas in the Maldives, the Filitheyo Island Resort has a rather remote location, but prices are very reasonable compared to its competition. This is a 4-star hotel that may not be as fancy as some of the others, but those who enjoy spreading out and having a large private space will enjoy it here.

There are 109 beach villas, and only three restaurants and bars, so service does lag at times when everyone decides to dine at the same time. However, there are plenty of activities to choose from and this place gets many repeat guests, so it could be a good choice for many people.

  • Low season online specials from US$516 per night
  • High season online specials from US$818 per night

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Anantara Veli Resort

  • Water villas: 50
  • Total rooms/suites: 50

Anantara operates three resorts that are on neighboring islands, and the Anantara Veli is at the heart of it. Featuring 50 water villas and no other rooms, this small private-island resort has a luxury boutique feel, at prices that are surprisingly reasonable.

Even the bottom class of water villas are large, and there are four different restaurants and bars available, plus a luxurious spa. Guests can also take a short boat ride to a neighboring resort to experience any of their four restaurants or other facilities, so the Anantara Veli affords guests great variety and possibilities along with an intimate size.s

  • Low season online specials from US$566 per night
  • High season online specials from US$632 per night

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