Though the Maldives are known for swaying palm trees, long stretches of white sand beach, colorful reefs, friendly locals and great dining options, the islands are also known for their overwater villa choices. With 4 and 5 star overwater resorts dotting the islands from north to south, east the west, it’s easy to find both comfort and luxury dressed with a touch of privacy. However, if you’re seeking a truly private experience and have the money to pay for it, you’ll want to skip all of the other resorts and instead focus solely on the Maldives Private Island at Voavah.
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There are around 165 overwater resorts around the world as of early 2017, with more than 8,000 total overwater villas. About two-thirds of them are in the Maldives, but Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti have some of the world’s best and most famous of these resorts, with the Caribbean also adding these luxury rooms.
With a plentiful amount of 4 and 5-star resorts to choose from, it can be difficult at best trying to decide which Maldivian luxury escape to choose for your dream vacation. From small private island boutique resorts to those with hundreds of rooms to choose from, both on land and over the water, picking the perfect one is no small task.
However, if you’re looking for a resort that is family friendly, offers rooms with a private jacuzzi or operates on an all-inclusive basis, then you’ll want to strongly consider the Lily Beach Resort and Spa. Here you’ll find large overwater rooms with meals and drinks included starting out at only US$1,025 a night for two people.
It’s fair to say that Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti are among the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, but quite a few families also love to holiday in the South Pacific as well. Even though many resorts outwardly specialize in honeymoon and anniversary trips, about half of them also cater to families.
Fortunately, most of these resorts are also quite large considering the number of guests they accommodate, so children usually have places to play and hang out that don’t interfere with the couples who’ve come for peace and romance. The high-end resorts have full-service Kids Clubs with supervision and activities, so they are great choices if you can afford them. [read more]
Heavily portrayed in movies, music videos and used as backdrops for many famous novels, the South Pacific is a dream come true for most vacation seekers. It used to be that only honeymooners and other romantic couples sought out this island paradise, but nowadays more and more families are choosing the South Pacific for their next vacation.
Even so, there are still quite a lot of overwater resorts that choose not to cater to families, especially those traveling with 2 kids. Luckily, there are a few resorts that have rebelled against the rest and happily invite families with children to stay in their overwater rooms. These resorts are spread out across the South Pacific and can be found on Bora Bora and Moorea.
The Sandals brand is doing it again. After a very successful opening of their newly appointed overwater bungalows at their Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Sandals is now almost ready to open up their Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort overwater bungalows. At the moment, the rooms are available for booking, though guests won’t be able to stay in one until mid May. This news comes shortly after Sandals Resort International announced that they are in the planning and construction stages of their Sandals South Coast Jamaica overwater bungalows.
Each of the 9 overwater Honeymoon Butler Bungalows feature an entertainment system, a large 4-poster king size bed, Wi-Fi and the combination of both a butler service and 24 hour room service. In addition, guests will also find the necessities such as air conditioning, a coffee and tea maker, an iron and ironing board alongside various luxury items that include slippers, his and her robes, a Red Lane Spa amenity kit, a make up mirror and a pillow menu. But it doesn’t just stop there. Proving their commitment to providing the best of the best, Sandals also offers a living room, a tranquility soaking tub, a refrigerator outfitted with water, juice and various sodas, a private outdoor shower, a bar filled with premium liquor and a glass floor cutout that provides a view of the underwater world without having to get wet. [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 90 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.