Maldives is proudly noted as the water villa capital of the world, and one of the planet’s most desirable holiday destinations, for many different and exciting reasons. However, it should be noted that a Maldives vacation can be a bit confusing because of the long flights into and out of the country and the fact that each visitor then has to take a sea-plane or speedboat to another island to reach their choosen 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.
The Maldives might be the closest thing to paradise on earth for those looking for a sunshine holiday or a tropical escape. Known as the water villa and overwater bungalow capital of the planet, the Maldives has over 80 private-island resorts with overwater rooms.
But how do you get to these private islands in the Maldives? To be honest, it can be a bit confusing and mysterious until you’ve done it at least once before, so I’ve put together this easy to read guide to show you exactly how it all works.
With an amazingly pleasant and consistent climate throughout the entire year, the best time to visit the Maldives is whenever you choose to visit. With that said, there are however, some subtle differences from one season to the next. In order to help you figure out when the best time for you to visit the Maldives is, we’ll discuss all of that below.
In spite of its tiny population, the Maldives is spread out over a very large section of the Indian Ocean.
As you’ll see by the chart down below, the weather within the Maldives tends to be nearly identical throughout, regardless of the month. The days tend to be quite warm and at least somewhat humid. The nights are known for being reasonably warm and a bit balmy.
Unlike most other tropical destinations, the Maldives is unique in that it has two different “monsoon” periods each year. Luckily, neither are known for any dramatic weather or flooding, so the differences are rather subtle.
Once you arrive in the Maldives, you’ll feel as though you’ve arrived in paradise, especially at your overwater bungalow resort, as the location is quite remote for pretty much everyone. Spread over a huge area just southwest of India, The Maldives is located many thousands of kilometers from Europe, and even quite a long way from the Middle East as well.
Fortunately, there are many flights into Malé International Airport from all over the globe, making it so that most people will only have to change planes once along the way.
The always popular and famed Hilton hotel chain is set to open a new resort off the coast of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2023. This resort is posed to have both land based rooms and overwater suites, with a total of 80 for guests to enjoy. Although not much is known just yet about this upcoming resort addition, it does look like the resort will be private island based with overwater rooms that direct themselves straight out into the ocean, making for a Bora Bora inspired location.
Back in 2017, Hurricane Irma delivered mass destruction to parts of the Caribbean, with the British Virgin Islands seeing a lot of damage themselves. Unfortunately, the popular Bitter End Yacht Club was unable to reopen right away due to the extensive damage to the resort facilities. However, there is some exciting news as the resort is not only set to reopen this coming winter, but it has added overwater bungalows to its room list.
An exciting new addition to an established resort, overwater villas are making a splash at the Clawford Lakes Resort and Spa located in Devon, England. These overwater rooms, also titled ‘floating lodges’, will help guests feel as if they have traveled to the Maldives while still vacationing in the north. The 6 villas themselves have been built over a private lake with views of the Devonshire countryside. Because each villa can sleep up to 4 people, the resort caters to both couples and small families.
Serving as a widely recognized and respected luxury chain of resorts, Six Senses appeals to the traveler looking for a vacation filled with top of the line amenities, a long list of activities, and delicious on-site dining choices. With Six Senses resorts located around the entire globe, there are plenty of options for travelers to find the resort that matches their vacation style the best. In fact, the Six Senses resort chain is constructing a new resort in Belize that will offer both resort villas offered for vacations and residences that will be available for purchase.
Whether you refer to them as overwater bungalows or water villas, these hotel suites on stilts in the ocean are a dream accommodation for honeymooners and romantic couples everywhere. We are the world’s first and only complete guide to all of these places around the world, and we’ve been doing this since 2011.
People always ask which are the absolute best overwater villa resorts in the world and we usually say that it depends on where you are coming from and where you want to go.