Overwater villa for solo travelers? Here’s a Maldives 5-star for US$160/night

You’ll find solo travelers in almost every corner of the world, but you probably wouldn’t expect to find too many of them staying in a romantic overwater villa in the Maldives. After all, these private-island resorts are most popular with the honeymoon set, so you might fear that staying alone among all that would be extra depressing.

But the good news is that if you are interested in a solo stay in a water villa, you can do it for an unbelievable price. Pretty much every overwater-bungalow resort in the world charges the same for one person as they do for two, except of course for the all-inclusive resorts that need to charge extra for food and drinks. Still, there is one place that continues to offer water villas for one at exactly half the price of two people, even though it’s the same room. [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.