Editor’s Choice – 6 Best all-inclusive Maldives water-villa resorts
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.
As part of our Editor's Choice series, we've gone through every one of the all-inclusive resorts in the Maldives to find the best ones that get top reviews and offer very good rates. Below you'll find the 6 best all-inclusive or full-board resorts in all of the Maldives.
6 Best all-inclusive water villa resorts
- Water villas: 56
- Total rooms/suites: 119
One of the highest rated of all Maldives resorts, the Lily Beach Resort & Spa is definitely the highest rated of those that operate on an all-inclusive basis. The whole resort was totally refurbished and reopened in 2009 as a deluxe 5-star property. There are 3 different room categories, with even the smallest of the 3 being very large.
The all-inclusive deal here is called the Platinum Plan, and it's one of the most generous in the Maldives. All meals are obviously included, and here premium liquor is also part of the deal, as are cigarettes. The normal rates at the Lily Beach put it into the super-luxury category, and during the peak season months of December and January, it's hard to find any availability at all in the water villas.
- Low season online specials from US$823 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,529 per night
- Water villas: 64
- Total rooms/suites: 76
Absolutely the best of the inexpensive all-inclusive Maldives resorts, the Veligandu Island is very highly rated and gets many repeat customers every year. It's a medium-sized private island with lots of dining and activity options, with prices similar to some of the much-larger resorts where personal service is harder to come by.
At the Veligandu they offer very affordable “full board” plans that include 3 meals per day, but for a small extra fee you can opt for the “all-inclusive” plan that includes meals as well as all drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, plus extras like a sunset cruise, snorkeling lesson, and use of the fitness center and kayaks.
- Low season online specials from US$600 per night
- High season online specials from US$720 per night
- Water villas: 86
- Total rooms/suites: 110
Only open since late 2010, the Constance Moofushi Resort is one of the newest and most modern 5-star private-island resorts in the Maldives. The whole island operates on an all-inclusive basis, with a very generous package of things included, like 3 meals a day, premium liquor, stocked minibar in your room, cigarettes, afternoon tea, and a long list of activities and water sports.
The Constance Moofushi is getting excellent reviews so far and prices you'll see are often higher than the online special prices quoted below, so you have to get lucky to get the best deals. Still, even at higher prices this is a resort to consider because it compares favorably to many others that charge much more.
- Low season online specials from US$944 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,699 per night
- Water villas: 129
- Total rooms/suites: 360
One of the largest private islands in the Maldives, the Kuramathi Maldives resort is a 4-star property that has 360 rooms, 129 of which are water villas that come in two classes. On the surface this resort might not seem an obvious choice at these rates, but it gets excellent reviews and many return visitors, so they are obviously doing things right. In fact, the rooms impress with Wi-Fi, an entertainment system, a semi open bathroom and a rainshower alongside many other great amenities.
The plans here are called “full board” which means that all meals are included, as are most activities, but alcohol and other premium things cost extra. You can opt for the all-inclusive plans here, which do include wine with meals, for only a little more. This is a very good choice for those looking for a larger all-inclusive resort and who aren't necessarily big drinkers.
- Low season online specials from US$1,000 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,120 per night
- Water villas: 62
- Total rooms/suites: 104
A luxurious 4-star all-inclusive resort, the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa has 62 water villas in 3 different styles and sizes in addition to its 42 island rooms. The basic all-inclusive package comes with food and most drinks, but the resort also offers a premium Island Club level that also includes an additional restaurant and other features.
The Centara Grand Maldives isn't one of the cheaper all-inclusive resort islands, but it is well worth it for many guests looking for something special. All the water villas here are large and well appointed, and almost all of them feature a Jacuzzi spa and a heavenly rain shower on the deck. Reviews of this resort are very good so it's a popular choice in the mid-range market already.
- Low season online specials from US$852 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,010 per night
- Water villas: 25
- Total rooms/suites: 75
A very popular and traditional Maldives private-island hotel, the Vakarufalhi Island Resort added 25 water villas to its 50 beach villas only in 2009, so the water villas still have a very modern feel. This is also a smaller all-inclusive resort where most guests go barefoot for days at a time, so it's a favorite for the casual crowd. There is a “full board” plan and a “full board plus” plan, which also includes drinks and a massage, among other things.
The water villas are loaded with amenities, including a semi open-air bathroom and garden plus a 42″ plasma TV and DVD player. The restaurant is known for high quality and good variety, and there are many water sports and other daytime activities to choose from. Vakarufalhi Island gets described as “paradise” by many past guests so they are obviously doing something right.
- Low season online specials from US$560 per night
- High season online specials from US$680 per night