Maldives water villa resorts with golf courses

Believe it or not, there are a few golf courses on islands in the Maldives. The ones that are now open are quite small, but definitely better than nothing for someone who likes to mix in at least a bit of golf on their sunshine holiday.

Two pitch & putt courses (6 holes and 9 holes) have been operating for a while now, and a longer course with 9 holes that average 123 yards each is opening in late March, 2012. This will be the first course where you might need to bring more than a wedge and a putter, but the good news is that each of the 3 golf resorts also have proper-sized driving ranges so you can actually bang around with your woods if you are in the mood. [read more]

Maldives private-island with golf water villas under US$400 per night

With over 75 Maldives private-island resorts that feature water villas and bundalows, it’s no surprise that there are many different resort styles represented. Many people prefer a small and quiet boutique resort with fewer than 30 rooms, and there are plenty of those to choose from in the Maldives. Those wanting a larger resort with a huge list of activities, including a small golf course, should be happy to hear that it’s also one of the cheapest resorts in the area.

Water villas at the Kuredu Island Resort start at just US$325 per night, including breakfast and most activities in the summer season. But another advantage of this place is that you can customize your package to include dinner as well for only US$42 more per couple (quite a deal in the Maldives), all the way up to all-inclusive plans (that include alcohol) for just over US$400 per night per couple. [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.