Editor’s Choice: 6 Best cheap Maldives water villa resorts
With nearly 80 different private-island water bungalow resorts in the Maldives, you could spend a week or more sorting through all the prices, features, and guest reviews to find the one that suits you best at a good price. Since we've spent many months sifting through this information, we're publishing our “Editor's Choice” resort recommendations to save you time finding the best resort and deal.
We also have a complete list of all of the cheap Maldives water villa resorts, but below are the six best that combine low prices, excellent features, and overwhelmingly positive guest reviews. Most of the resorts below operate on an all-inclusive basis to one degree or another, and considering that nothing is cheap in the Maldives, they represent an even better deal than you might otherwise think.
Editors Choice: 6 Best cheap water villa resorts in the Maldives
- Water villas: 106
- Total rooms/suites: 286
With 106 water villas, the Meeru Island Resort has the most in the Maldives, and this is in addition to 180 island and beach rooms. In other words, this is a larger resort for the area, and it operates on a full-board basis at amazing prices considering the quality.
While it may not be as romantic as some of the more intimate islands, this resort has over a dozen restaurants and bars, plus an endless list of activities, including a pitch & putt golf course, football grounds and gardens. The food gets exceptional reviews for an all-inclusive resort, so if you are looking for an active and fun private-island at a great price, this might be just the place for you.
- 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
The largest private-island water villa resort in the Maldives, the Kuredu Island is another that operates mostly on a full-board basis, though you can save a bit of money if you prefer fewer meals included. There's an adults-only area and a family-friendly area, so this resort is popular with honeymoon couples looking for a water villa that's in this particular price range.
Again, with a larger resort you get a much larger choice of restaurants and activities, so for those who like to socialize and stay busy this could be an ideal hotel. Rooms here include little handy extras like kimonos, beach towels and a hairdryer. The Kuredu Island is another that gets very good reviews and has many returning guests, which is quite an achievement in the lower price category.
- 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
The Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa represents a fantastic bargain for those looking for a large and luxurious water villa in the Maldives. Each water villa also has a Jacuzzi, and is well appointed with other amenities that you wouldn't expect in this price range. This all-inclusive resort has a basic level and an “all-inclusive plus” level that includes alcohol and some other extras. Here you'll also find large rooms complete with a private walled in outdoor area featuring a lovely jacuzzi for two, a partially open air bathroom and a sundeck along with other great features.
Reviews for this resort are overwhelmingly positive, and it's another that guests are vowing to return again and again. The food gets very high marks, as does the staff, and the house reef here is said to be among the best in the Maldives, so it is a perfect budget choice for the scuba and snorkeling set.
- Low season online specials from US$724 per night
- High season online specials from US$743 per night
- Water villas: 64
- Total rooms/suites: 76
Primarily a couples resort, Veligandu Island operates on a full-board basis with the option to pay a bit extra for all-inclusive, which includes alcohol among other things. In this price range you won't beat this resort, as it gets a non-stop stream of enthusiastically positive reviews. Along with a spa, this resort caters with a windsurfing and sailing center, surf bikes, volleyball and a gym.
The smaller class of water villas have a whirlpool tub in them, but most have a 2-person Jacuzzi instead, which is located in a private section of the deck. The food gets top marks here as well, which is quite an achievement in this price range. The staff are always notoriously friendly as well, which seems to keep many people returning every year.
- Low season online specials from US$561 per night
- High season online specials from US$784 per night
- Water villas: 60
- Total rooms/suites: 164
The Olhuveli Beach Resort & Spa is a four-star hotel that features 60 water villas of varying classes, including many with their own private jacuzzi tub to enjoy and soak in. This is a more of a luxurious resort compared to the others above it on the list, and the prices are usually higher, but during slower periods you can find excellent online specials that put it in the moderate category, making it a bit more accessible and affordable for a larger range of potential guests. Guests here will find restaurants, bars, a beautiful spa and various water activities outside of the usual snorkeling and scuba diving.
Even with their normal rates and during high season this could be a good choice. The reviews are mostly gushing, usually recommending people “just stay here” and you won't regret it. When their online specials are on this might be the best value in the Maldives.
- Low season online specials from US$389 per night
- High season online specials from US$611 per night
- Water villas: 80
- Total rooms/suites: 150
Another 5-star resort that sometimes has excellent online special rates, the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Luxury Resort (formerly the Hilton Maldives) is one to consider for just about anyone. This is a larger international resort loaded with luxury amenities and many dining and activity choices. Some of the activity choices include fishing, jet skiing, sailing and sightseeing tours.
While some resorts are willing to stay mostly empty during slow weeks, the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Luxury Resort will cut their prices to ridiculously low levels. During busy weeks water villas start close to US$800 per night, but if you go during a slower week (especially during the off-season) you can get the same room for well under half that. You might just get lucky so it's worth checking this one.
- Low season online specials from US$444 per night
- High season online specials from US$726 per night