Why you don’t need a travel agent for a perfect Maldives water villa holiday

With all due respect to offline travel agents and the hard work and expertise they can provide, those traveling to the Maldives for a private-island holiday don’t really need them, and will almost certainly save money without one. If you’ve only ever booked luxury holidays with your friendly neighborhood travel agent, then you might as well carry on doing that. But if you don’t have a travel agent and unsure of the value they bring, read this article and you’ll discover that you are probably better off without them.

The main reason for this is that the Maldives is an incredibly well organized travel destination, and after your first visit you’ll discover that everything is taken care of for you whether you got a discount price online or paid a higher price to your hometown travel agent. [read more]

About overwater bungalows and water villas

First introduced in the South Pacific only a few decades ago, the overwater bungalow is now one of the hottest trends in the resort world. Honeymoon couples have been staying in these iconic rooms since the beginning, but now they are popular with families and adventure travelers as well.

For many people, the South Pacific island of Bora Bora is the most famous destination for the best overwater bungalows, but it’s actually the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, where most of these huts-on-stilts exist. The Maldives has more than 80 resorts that feature water villas (as they are typically known there), with several new private-island resorts opening every year.

In the South Pacific you will find almost a dozen resorts on Bora Bora, another five on Moorea, and two on Tahiti that have over water villas. There are about 10 additional overwater resorts on other South Pacific islands stretching all the way to Fiji and New Caladonia.

There are also about a dozen overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, mostly off the coast of Central America, with nearly all of them being diving-oriented “eco resorts.” But a few luxury overwater bungalows exist and more are being built on St. Lucia and other islands in the popular areas of the Caribbean, and this website will be the best place to look for information on all of them.