11 Cheapest Maldives all-inclusive water villa resorts
It's hard to imagine a better combination than a beautiful Maldives holiday in a water villa with the freedom of knowing that everything you want is already paid for upfront. Maldives accommodation prices are understandably high, but the best value all inclusive resorts can actually be fantastic deals, especially for drinkers.
There are many water villa resorts in the Maldives that offer all-inclusive options, and quite a few where that's the only option for every guest. There are also many resorts that offer full-board and half-board, and those might be better options for some people. We've already compiled a list of the best Maldives all-inclusive water-villa resorts, and many of those are actually quite cheap as well.
Many of us like to shop by starting with the cheapest thing and going up the affordable resorts list until we find the one that suits us best. For that reason we've compiled TWO LISTS BELOW:
- Cheapest Maldives fully all-inclusive resorts
- Cheapest Maldives water villa resorts with all-inclusive options
It would be wise to look at both lists because the cheapest resorts tend to offer an all-inclusive option in addition to half-board and breakfast-only options.
Also, be aware that there are three similar classifications for these resorts and it's important to choose the one that suits your style the best. In almost all cases, most non-motorized activities and water sports will be included in all plans, even the breakfast-only plans. So the “all-inclusive” options are generally about meals and drinks.
- Half-board – Breakfast and dinner included, but not alcohol
- Full-board – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included, but no alcohol
- All-inclusive – All meals included and non-premium alcohol included
Choosing the best option for you
Needless to say, when alcohol in “unlimited” quantities is included the price goes up by quite a bit. If you are non-drinkers or prefer no more than 2 or 3 drinks per day you will probably save money choosing a full-board plan and buying the drinks yourself. And since lunch is relatively cheap and you might be out on dive boat or other excursion that includes lunch, the cheapest option of all for light drinkers is the half-board.
5 Cheapest Maldives fully all-inclusive resorts
- Water villas: 70
- Total rooms/suites: 80
With 70 water villas and only 10 island suites, the Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa is a smaller private-island resort that offers excellent value. The all-inclusive plan is among the cheapest in the Maldives, yet the restaurant and other services tend to get rather good reviews from guests, especially for the Maldives' cheapest all inclusive.
The diving and snorkeling near the resort are also very well regarded, and there are two daily free boat trips out to the prime spots as well. Considering the reasonable room rates, the rooms themselves are a really good size, and each has the classic glass floor section so you can observe the sea life immediately under your water villa. Each also features a mini bar, private deck and steps that lead into the ocean below for easy swimming and snorkeling.
- Low season online specials from US$480 per night
- High season online specials from US$539 per night
- Water villas: 20
- Total rooms/suites: 20
With only 20 water villas in a special section of Meedhupparu Island that it shares with a sister resort, the Adaaran Presige Water Villas Resort is a solid 5-star property where all guests are on their generous all-inclusive plan. Each large water villa has a jacuzzi out on its private deck, and a glass section inside the room to observe the sea life below. They also feature a mini bar, air conditioning and the option of in-room massages.
The water villas here also come with a personal butler, so even demanding guests will get as much attention as they need, or as little as they want. In this middle price range there is a lot of other choices, but few that can compare on amenities with this one. Give this one a good look and check for online deals for your own dates before booking elsewhere.
- Low season online specials from US$832 per night
- High season online specials from US$933 per night
- Water villas: 62
- Total rooms/suites: 104
With 62 water villas and 42 island rooms and suites, the Centara Grand Island Resort is a solid 4-star hotel with a lot going for it. Each water villa has a private Jacuzzi spa and a rain shower in its bathroom. They also come with an entertainment system, Wi-Fi, a living room area, a mini bar and a section for preparing coffee and tea.
The all-inclusive plans here come in two forms. The main plan, which is mandatory unless you upgrade, covers all food and non-premium drinks at most restaurants. They also offer the Island Club level of all-inclusive which includes another premium dining restaurant, premium drinks, and a few other activity extras. Both get very good reviews from guests so choose whichever suits your budget.
- Low season online specials from US$989 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,087 per night
- Water villas: 40
- Total rooms/suites: 40
Just remodeled completely in 2009, the Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas consist of 40 water villas in a private section just off the island that is home to sister resort, Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi Resort. Each water villa comes with a personal butler, so the moderate price for the all-inclusive plan is a better deal than it first appears.
Guests have access to 3 restaurants and several bars, as well as the restaurants and bars on the island adjacent the resort. There's a surf beach here, which is one of only a few in the Maldives at resorts, plus great scuba diving, snorkeling, and even tennis and badminton. Those who love to fish with also find fishing and crabbing.
- Low season online specials from US$590 per night
- High season online specials from US$643 per night
- Water villas: 56
- Total rooms/suites: 119
With a very generous all-inclusive plan that is mandatory here, the Lily Beach Resort is very popular with guests, many of whom return each year. The smaller 16 water villas are just perched off the island, but the 40 even larger water villas are beautifully set out into the gorgeous lagoon, with the reef just outside of their balconies.
Outside of the rooms, guests will find restaurants and bars serving a large selection of various plates and drinks, a dive center, great for those who love to scuba dive and much more, including a 5-star spa. The low-season online specials here are phenomenal, so this should be one to check early in your search to see if the deal is available for your dates.
- Low season online specials from US$864 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,639 per night
6 Cheapest Maldives water villa resorts with all-inclusive options
- Water villas: 106
- Total rooms/suites: 286
Among the largest resorts in the Maldives, the Meeru Island Resort has 106 water villas to go along with 190 island rooms and suites. They offer an all-inclusive option at quite a reasonable price, but they also have full-board (no alcohol) and half-board (breakfast and dinner only) options that might suit some people even better. This makes it so that the resort is truly accessible to all, making it a great choice on this list.
A large resort like this comes with many benefits including a very long list of water sports and activities, plus a great number of restaurants and bars to sample. The smaller class of water villas are a nice size, but one step up gets you a larger villa and a personal Jacuzzi, at only a small increase in price, so you'll want to keep that in mind when booking your stay..
- Low season online specials from US$405 per night
- High season online specials from US$633 per night
- Water villas: 50
- Total rooms/suites: 300
Another of the larger Maldives resorts, the Kuredu Island Resort has 50 water villas and 250 additional island rooms and bungalows. The all-inclusive packages are very popular here, but the lesser options are worth considering for certain guests as well. This is an ideal resort for a family or large group, since each couple can opt for the plan that suits their budget and tastes best.
You've got all the water sports and activities you could imagine, which is another benefit of a larger hotel like this, and there's even a small 6-hole pitch and putt golf course. With appealing online special rates year round, this is a fine option for those trying to keep their budget low and still do the all-inclusive thing.
- Low season online specials from US$490 per night
- High season online specials from US$743 per night
- Water villas: 30
- Total rooms/suites: 184
Quite an amazing value, the 30 water villas at the Vilamendhoo Island Resort each come with a private Jacuzzi. They were only built in 2010, so they are fresher than the 200 island rooms and suites that are also available to guests. The all-inclusive plan here has an option that just comes with the meals, and a Plus option that includes alcohol and some other extras, so it's a good choice for a mixed group where not everyone drinks.
The water villas are quite large, especially in this price range, and they are well appointed with luxuries including a 4-poster bed and an iPod docking station with sound tower. You can choose from among 4 different restaurants and several lounges, including a sports bar, which is a rare treat in the Maldives for sports nuts and has become very popular among guests staying here. The online special rates are very appealing all year round here as well.
- Low season online specials from US$724 per night
- High season online specials from US$743 per night
- Water villas: 15
- Total rooms/suites: 115
With only 16 water villas to go alongside 99 beach bungalows, the Adaaran Club Rannalhi Resort offers excellent value with its all-inclusive plans, plus other options to suit guests who prefer to go at least a bit a la carte. The full-board option is perfect for those who don't drink alcohol and don't want to pay for it for others. Rooms here feature fun amenities like a private deck and a ocean viewing glass floor cutout, that allows you viewing access of the sea below without having to put your bathing suit on (in most rooms).
The house reef here gets high marks so the snorkeling and scuba diving are quite good. There is also windsurfing, water skiing, and various forms of sailing, plus some scheduled nightlife, which isn't true at most Maldives resorts. In the modest price range this is a good option, with very good online special rates all year long.
- Low season online specials from US$370 per night
- High season online specials from US$464 per night
- Water villas: 64
- Total rooms/suites: 76
A very well-regarded 4-star resort, the Veligandu Island Resort has 64 water villas and 12 island rooms. The smaller 10 water villas are of reasonable size, but the others are all quite large and include a private Jacuzzi on the deck. The all-inclusive plan here is very generous and popular but other plans are available as well.
Each water villa has a large flatscreen TV and an iPod docking station, among many other luxury amenities including a mini bar, fridge and a partially open air bathroom with a lovely rain shower (in the jacuzzi villas). This is a popular resort that gets a lot of repeat bookings, and the modest prices are certainly part of the appeal. There are good family facilities and even a football pitch here, so it's a great resort for groups.
- Low season online specials from US$561 per night
- High season online specials from US$784 per night
- Water villas: 16
- Total rooms/suites: 125
A solid 4-star resort with a rather remote location, the Filitheyo Island Resort has 16 water villas to its 109 beach villas and suites. The all-inclusive option is the most popular here, but the other plans offer even better value for some, so it's a good idea to look at each of them when considering booking a stay here.
The diving center here has a great reputation, and there is a long list of other water sports including sailing and windsurfing, plus volleyball and a fitness center. There's also a popular spa here offering beauty and rejuvenating sessions. The low-season specials make this an excellent value among all-inclusives, and the high-season rates are still quite reasonable considering what you get.
- Low season online specials from US$694 per night
- High season online specials from US$933 per night
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