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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.
While the Maldives is known mostly as a honeymoon and sunshine-holiday destination, the country has very good surf spots at a variety of locations throughout the archepelago. If you are going to focus your entire trip on surfing in the Maldives then you should probably contact a tour operator that specializes in those trips, but if you are rather looking to surf a few days as part of a trip to a resort then you’ve come to the right place.
Most of the 80 or so water villa resorts on private islands in the Maldives offer wind-surfing in addition to diving, snorkeling, sailing, and fishing, but only a limited number have proper surf beaches on their islands or very nearby. The water villa resorts that offer surfing are listed below, and fortunately they come in all price ranges. The best surf is said to be at the Chaaya Island Dhonveli, which is the cheapest on the list as well. Others are in the moderate or luxury price categories, so there’s a great choice for every budget. [read more]
The Maldives is the water villa capital of the world, and one of the planet’s most desirable holiday destinations. But a Maldives vacation can be a bit confusing because of the long flights into the country and the fact that each visitor then has to take a sea-plane or speedboat to another island to reach their resort.
If you are reading this article you have probably just realized that you are going to have to spend a least one night near the Malé International Airport on your way in or on your way out, or perhaps both. The good news is that once you read the information below, you’ll be able to confidently book a hotel near the Malé Airport, and know exactly how you’ll get there and back. [read more]
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.
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 list until we find the one that suits us best. For that reason we’ve compiled TWO LISTS BELOW: [read more]
All-inclusive resorts provide that wonderful feeling of luxury combined with the comfort that nearly everything is included in the room price, so you don’t have to stress over price tags. The Maldives has over 80 different water-villa hotels, and nearly 20 of them operate on an all-inclusive basis, or at least a full-board (all meals included) basis. The best all inclusive Maldives resorts are among the best in the world, especially for overwater villa lovers.
Here at the overwater bungalows guide, we know that some people are looking for the best all-inclusive Maldives has to offer, while others are more interested in the best price. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the best Maldives all-inclusive resorts are also among the most expensive, but a few of the reasonably priced ones make it on the list as well. If you are looking for the cheapest possible room have a look at our cheapest all-inclusive Maldives overwater villas list. And the good news is that only a few Maldives resorts actually get poor reviews, so almost all of them are either very good or excellent. [read more]
With over 80 different water-villa resorts in the Maldives to choose from, it should be of no surprise that they are spread out over huge distances in this archipelago nation. Most of the earliest resorts opened up very near the main international airport, but most of the more recent openings are a long way away, which requires a sea-plane flight that can be both time consuming and expensive.
Fortunately, there are many water-villa resorts within a short range of the airport, including many newer ones and a surprising number of the top-rated resorts. These private-island hotels are all between a 15 and 55-minute speedboat ride from the dock at the airport itself, so guests can literally be swimming in the lagoon below their water villa an hour after their flight lands, while many are still waiting for their sea-plane flight to leave. [read more]
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.