Cheap water villas in the Maldives
As there are already more than 80 resorts in the Maldives that feature water villas, and more opening every year, we've broken them down into price categories.
It shouldn't be surprising that even the cheapest water villas in the Maldives are relatively expensive by most standards. They start at around US$200 per night (even lower in June and July), and some of the cheapest of them are based on all-inclusive (including alcohol) plans, so they offer better value that it might first seem. However, you'll need to spend at least a bit more to get a stand-alone water villa set over a crystal clear lagoon.
- Maldives water villas – Recommendations for many categories
- Luxury Maldives water villas – All resorts starting from US$600 to $899
- Super-luxury Maldives water villas – All resorts starting from US$900+
- High season is generally December through April
- Low season is generally May through November
Getting the best deal
- The best rates are usually when booked for a full week, and often include 1 or 2 free days as part of the special rate.
- Many resorts offer up to 25% off for those who book at least 30 to 60 days in advance, so those early-bird discounts are included in many of the rates below.
- 1 The best of the cheaper Maldives water villas
- 2 Water villas starting from US$200 to US$599
- 3 Gangehi Island Resort
- 4 Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat Maldives
- 5 Thulhagiri Island Resort
- 6 Summer Island Village
- 7 Sun Island Resort And Spa
- 8 Embudu Village
- 9 Olhuveli Beach Resort & Spa
- 10 Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort
- 11 Reethi Faru Resort
- 12 Meeru Island Resort
- 13 Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon Maldives
- 14 Paradise Island Resort – Maldives
- 15 Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa
- 16 Angaga Island Resort and Spa
- 17 Reethi Beach Resort
- 18 Grand Park Kodhipparu Resort
- 19 Dhigali Maldives Resort
- 20 Adaaran Club Rannalhi
- 21 J Resort Alidhoo
- 22 Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives
- 23 VOI Maayafushi Resort
- 24 Irufushi Beach and Spa Resort
- 25 Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa
- 26 Filitheyo Island Resort
- 27 Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili
- 28 Movenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru
- 29 Safari Island Resort and Spa
- 30 Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives
- 31 SAii Lagoon Maldives Resort
- 32 Hard Rock Hotel Maldives
- 33 Komandoo Island Resort
- 34 OBLU SELECT at Sangeli
The best of the cheaper Maldives water villas
With around 30 private-island resorts listed below, choosing the best one for you can be a challenge.
For this reason we've sorted through all of them to find the six best based on price, user reviews, and location.
If your time is limited you might skip right to the following list.
Water villas starting from US$200 to US$599
Villa rates below are per villa, per night, double occupancy, including all taxes
- Water villas: 16
- Total rooms/suites: 40
Lovers of all things Italian should be interested in the Gangehi Island Resort, which is run by and popular with Italians. This private island resort has 16 water villas and only 40 total rooms, making it one of the smallest and most intimate resorts in all of the Maldives.
There are 8 Over Water Bungalows just at the edge of the lagoon, and 8 Deluxe Over Water Bungalows that are much larger (and quite a bit more expensive) well out over the lagoon. The full-board plan is most popular and prices are quite reasonable considering all that is included.
- Low season online specials from US$246 per night
- High season online specials from US$620 per night
- Water villas: 20
- Total rooms/suites: 30
A small resort with a small nightly rate, the Drift Thelu Veliga Retreat Maldives is a solid choice for those seeking privacy, comfort, and lots of great ocean activities. In fact, the main ocean attraction here is the resort's whale shark adventure which allows you the chance to swim next to one (or more) of these gentle giants. In addition to ocean adventures, guests will find plenty of time to relax at the on-site spa, which offers massages and body treatments.
When looking at the rooms, there are 30 all together, with 20 of them based over the water. These overwater villas impress with views inside and outside of the room, due to the addition of a private terrace and steps that lead directly into the water below. Inside the rooms, guests will find a private bathroom, a seating area, a desk, and Wi-Fi.
- Low season online specials from US$285 per night
- High season online specials from US$295 per night
- Water villas: 34
- Total rooms/suites: 86
With a convenient location fairly close to the main international airport, the Thulhagiri Island Resort has 34 water villas and 56 island rooms. The resort operates on an all-inclusive basis with a few options as to exactly what's included, so it's most popular with package tourists coming for a solid week at a time.
This is a simple island with a casual atmosphere and a relatively short list of activities available, plus only one restaurant, making it ideal for visitors who mostly plan on relaxing in the sun. The resort gets good reviews from most so it has a fan base, even if it's not perfect for most people. The off-season special rates are an excellent bargain if they are available for your dates.
- Low season online specials from US$304 per night
- High season online specials from US$740 per night
- Water villas: 16
- Total rooms/suites: 108
One of the cheapest overwater resorts in the Maldives, Summer Island Village is a great choice for budget minded travelers that don't want to miss out on that perfect Maldives vacation. The 16 overwater villas here, however they are different from most villas at other resorts in that they share walls with other villas.
It's not suggested to honeymoon here due to the close proximity to other staying guests, but it is still a great choice for travelers looking for a private island escape in the tropics on a tight budget. There is also a selection of villas on land, great for those who want to save even more money.
- Low season online specials from US$310 per night
- High season online specials from US$310 per night
- Water villas: 68
- Total rooms/suites: 426
With 426 total rooms, villas, and suites, the Sun Island Resort is the largest private-island hotel in the Maldives. They have 68 water villas that are relatively small, but include quite a few modern amenities. Sun Island also specializes in all-inclusive packages, and offers very good value for those with good appetites.
There are many restaurants and bars here, along with a very long list of water sports and other activities, so Sun Island is ideal for those who like to mix things up. The water villas should be fine for those on romantic holidays, though there are better choices for those who can afford to spend a bit more.
- Low season online specials from US$323 per night
- High season online specials from US$556 per night
- Water villas: 16
- Total rooms/suites: 106
A small resort surrounded by beauty, the Emdubu Village Resort is a great value for those looking for a tropical vacation on a budget. Here you'll find 106 beach rooms alongside 16 overwater bungalows. These bungalows however, differ from your normal stand alone villa and instead are grouped into 4 villas per building. This means that each room will have 1 or 2 neighbors sharing a wall.
Due to the small size of the resort, there is a limited amount of activities to be enjoyed and only 1 restaurant on-site but the value is hard to beat. If you're not looking for amenities galore and the absolute best in luxury, you'll find that this resort is perfect for your budget friendly, yet splendid holiday.
- Low season online specials from US$343 per night
- High season online specials from US$401 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 Jacuzzi tub. The villas are a bit on the small side, but they are quite modern and feature some luxurious amenities, making this one of the better choices for honeymooners in the budget price range.
The all-inclusive plans are popular here, and include a good list of different restaurants and bars, so variety is available to all. There is also the standard list of diving, snorkeling, other water sports, and quite a nice spa, making this a good value resort in this range.
- Low season online specials from US$354 per night
- High season online specials from US$647 per night
- Water villas: 43
- Total rooms/suites: 68
A 4-star resort will within the budget range, the Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort is a great choice for those who are looking for private overwater bungalows that offer all of the basic amenities plus a few more. There are 3 different room choices that are based over the water, yet they all include a kingsize bed, Wi-Fi, room service, air conditioning and a private outdoor deck with steps leading into the ocean.
The resort also plays host to 2 different restaurants, giving you the option to either eat in your room or at a table at one of the restaurants. In addition to the dining options, you'll find various outdoor activities to enjoy, including snorkeling, jet skiing and scuba diving. The on-site spa caters with different massages as well, great for after a day on the water. This resort also has a kids club, making it a great destination for families as well as romantic couples.
- Low season online specials from US$366 per night
- High season online specials from US$649 per night
- Total rooms/suites: 150
A fantastic choice for both romantic couples and families, the Reethi Faru Resort offers a little bit of everything for everyone. Offering both land and over the water rooms, you'll find plenty of amenities in each. Some of these include Wi-Fi, a coffee and tea making area for those mornings in, air conditioning for those hot days, a private terrace and the ever popular private steps that lead directly into the ocean below.
The resort also plays host to various dining options, a swimming pool, an aqua gym, yoga classes and a spa. You'll also find lots of different water activities to join in on. These range from snorkeling to windsurfing. An important feature of this resort that is worth noting are the all-inclusive options that are available.
- Low season online specials from US$373 per night
- High season online specials from US$698 per night
- Water villas: 106
- Total rooms/suites: 286
Featuring 106 water villas in addition to 180 beach suites and villas, the Meeru Island Resort has more overwater rooms than any other resort in the Maldives. Each villa is quite large, and even the smaller water villas come equipped with a private Jacuzzi in an open-air section of the suite, making them ideal for honeymooners and romantic types.
The size of the resort also means that it has a very long list of restaurants and bars, plus water activities of all types. The rates are more reasonable that it seems since they each include three meals per day for two guests, which can add up to a big savings in the Maldives.
- Low season online specials from US$376 per night
- High season online specials from US$633 per night
- Water villas: 24
- Total rooms/suites: 112
A rather large resort for the Maldives with 112 rooms, the Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon Maldives has 24 water villas that are fantastic value as long as you don't mind having one attached neighbor. Considering the price range, this resort gets extremely good reviews from previous guests.
The list of things to do during the day isn't quite as long as at many other places, and the nightlife is quite mellow as well, but that actually suits many visitors to the Maldives just fine. The house reef is very close to the beach and it's said to be one of the better reefs in the region, so this is especially good for divers and snorkelers.
- Low season online specials from US$401 per night
- High season online specials from US$489 per night
- Water villas: 62
- Total rooms/suites: 282
Another of the larger private-island resorts in the Maldives, the Paradise Island Resort is a deluxe 4-star hotel that features 62 water villas plus 220 beach villas and suites. The new Haven section of the resort features 22 water villas and its own restaurant, so guests in that section can choose to stay over water for days at a time if they please.
The water villas here are all quite large, and there is a very long list of activities and restaurants available, plus a luxurious spa. The location is also very convenient, being one of the shortest speedboat rides from the airport. The size of the resort combined with the separate overwater Haven section means this could be ideal for a honeymoon or even a group holiday. Considering the amenities and size of the villas, the prices here are very reasonable as well.
- Low season online specials from US$408 per night
- High season online specials from US$522 per night
- Total rooms/suites: 115
A large resort catering with 115 rooms, some land based while others are situated over the lagoon and ocean, the Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa is designed for the adventurous soul who would also like a few moments of relaxation. If you're looking for a full board experience, you'll find one here with a full board package that includes drinks and unlimited access to the resort's very own water park.
There are 10 different room choices, with all of the overwater rooms featuring a private outdoor deck and a private pool. Inside you'll find air conditioning, a king size bed, Wi-Fi, a coffee machine and minibar. Though the rooms are impressive and offer a lot, the snorkeling and scuba diving are the main attractions. In fact, there are multi day cruises available through the resort as well.
- Low season online specials from US$411 per night
- High season online specials from US$709 per night
>>>More information about the Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa
- Water villas: 20
- Total rooms/suites: 70
An all-inclusive property, the Angaga Island Resort has 20 water villas and 50 island rooms. This is another that is known for an especially good house reef so it's a solid choice for divers and snorkelers looking for an all-inclusive in the lower price range.
There's one main restaurant plus an overwater bar, but there is no swimming pool or kids' club here, so this resort is definitely best suited for romantic couples rather than families. The low-season specials make it a great value for most of the year as well.
- Low season online specials from US$426 per night
- High season online specials from US$535 per night
- Water villas: 30
- Total rooms/suites: 120
Slightly different from your typical overwater resort, the Reethi Beach Resort is one of the more affordable Maldives resorts around. Instead of a room completely over the ocean or lagoon, guests will find that 30 of the resort's rooms are semi detached with half of the room on the beach, and the other half over the water while the other 90 are completely island based.
As a medium size resort, you wouldn't expect a ton of options but this resort has 10 different bars and restaurants to choose from along with bed and breakfast plans and an all-inclusive option. Reviews are pretty high, making this a great choice for those who would like to stretch their money as far as possible.
- Low season online specials from US$435 per night
- High season online specials from US$640 per night
- Water villas: 111
- Total rooms/suites: 120
A 5-star resort offering both land and overwater villas, the Grand Park Kodhipparu Resort is a great choice for both families and romantic couples. If you're looking for a wedding destination, you'll want to keep this resort in mind. Here you'll not only find wedding facilities, but a spa as well. If you're traveling with kids in tow, you'll be glad to know that the resort provides a kids club right on-site. You'll also find lots of outdoor activities to partake in like snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, kayaking and more.
In each of the overwater villas, you'll find a mini bar, a desk, room service, Wi-Fi, and a private deck with direct access to the water below via a set of stairs. On the outdoor deck, you'll also find an outdoor shower and sun loungers. Back inside the room you'll find a fun see through glass floor section that allows you the ability to see the ocean below without having to actually get in the water.
- Low season online specials from US$440 per night
- High season online specials from US$674 per night
- Water villas: 24
- Total rooms/suites: 180
A large overwater resort that has earned a 5-star rating, the Dhigali Maldives Resort caters with rates that can easily fit into even the tightest overwater budget. Though there are 180 rooms on-site, only 24 of them reside over the lagoon, making it so that there is a level of added privacy. Making the rooms even more private are the exterior walls located on the back deck. In addition to the wall, you'll also find steps that lead into the water a a private pool that overlooks the ocean beyond. Once inside each room, you'll find Wi-Fi, a TV, room service and a bedroom and bathroom that offer private views.
Outside of the rooms you'll find a wide variety of restaurants providing you with ample dishes to select from, a private beach, a gym and a spa offering 12 treatment rooms and an outdoor pool. If you love the water, then you'll find that a stay here allows you plenty of time to snorkel and scuba dive. Reviews for this resort are very good, making it seem like a great choice for those looking for a romantic escape.
- Low season online specials from US$454 per night
- High season online specials from US$554 per night
- Water villas: 15
- Total rooms/suites: 115
Part of a chain of similar resorts in the Maldives, the Adaaran Club Rannalhi features 15 water villas that are all on the large side, in a gorgeous setting on a private island. The house reef here is said to be one of the best, so divers and snorkelers tend to be very satisfied.
There are four restaurants and bars, and the resort offers full-board plans that include all meals, plus all-inclusive plans that also include alcohol. Those who like to indulge could find those to be very good deals in the end, since food and drinks are usually astronomically expensive at these small private-island resorts. Overall, if you can get their special online rate, this is among the best deals in the Maldives.
- Low season online specials from US$459 per night
- High season online specials from US$659 per night
- Water villas: 42
- Total rooms/suites: 99
With some of the largest overwater bungalows in this price range, J Resort Alidhoo offers guests spacious rooms at a great price. There are also 5 different restaurants to choose from, providing a bit of everything for guests with different tastes. There's also a nice sized list of water sports and land activities to partake in, making this resort great for families and active guests.
The resort is also great for those who want to keep in touch during their vacation. Rooms offer free Wi-Fi and there are many services around the island, helping to make the transition from daily life to vacation mode a little easier.
- Low season online specials from US$463 per night
- High season online specials from US$591 per night
- Water villas: 70
- Total rooms/suites: 80
The smallest in the 3-hotel Cinnamon chain in the Maldives, the Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives features 70 overwater villas and only 10 additional rooms on the island.
The house reef nearby gets very high marks from scuba divers and snorkelers, with twice-daily free boat trips to the prime spots. The restaurant here gets good marks, but it's the location itself and the staff that receive most of the raves. This is a good value resort in its price range for the Maldives.
- Low season online specials from US$480 per night
- High season online specials from US$539 per night
- Water villas: 8
- Total rooms/suites: 60
Operating exclusively as an all-inclusive resort, the VOI Maayafushi Resort is a small Italian operated hotel that is particularity popular with the Italian crowd. There are also only 8 overwater rooms located at the very end of the island, making a great location for those looking for privacy during their visit.
The water villas are on the basic side but still include all of the amenities that you would need to enjoy your stay. If you're not looking for the best of everything, you find that this price is just right. With that said, 3 buffet meals per day are included and you'll drink beer and wine for free. There is also a great house reef next to the island, making it unnecessarily to charter a boat to another location to snorkel or scuba dive.
- Low season online specials from US$490 per night
- High season online specials from US$490 per night
- Water villas: 80
- Total rooms/suites: 150
Thanks to special low rates that are often available, the Irufushi Beach and Spa Resort (formerly the Hilton Maldives) usually offers the best value water villas in the Maldives, at least in the budget price range. There are 80 water villas that are each decked out with 5-star amenities and features, reminding guests of resorts where they'd cost twice as much.
This is a large resort with 10 restaurants and bars, all the diving and water sports options, plus a huge and fancy spa. A large and popular resort where every water villa is huge, this was a favorite when it was a Hilton, and the new management seems at least as good.
- Low season online specials from US$501 per night
- High season online specials from US$725 per night
- Water villas: 56
- Total rooms/suites: 176
Similar to the Hilton Maldives mentioned above, the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is nicer and more posh than you'd expect for an international chain hotel. This is a large resort with 56 water villas that are kept to a high 4-star standard. The location is also very convenient, being only a 20-minute speedboat ride north of the airport.
As such a large resort, guests have six restaurants and bars to choose from, plus a very long list of water sports and activities, plus a few nightlife options that are rare in the Maldives. The spa here is also excellent and very popular, so this could be ideal for honeymooners of anniversary trips where the theme is pampering.
- Low season online specials from US$503 per night
- High season online specials from US$857 per night
- Water villas: 16
- Total rooms/suites: 125
Featuring 16 of the largest water villas in the Maldives, the Filitheyo Island Resort has a rather remote location, but prices are very reasonable compared to its competition. This is a 4-star hotel that may not be as fancy as some of the others, but those who enjoy spreading out and having a large private space will enjoy it here.
There are 109 beach villas, and only three restaurants and bars, so service does lag at times when everyone decides to dine at the same time. However, there are plenty of activities to choose from and this place gets many repeat guests, so it could be a good choice for many people.
- Low season online specials from US$504 per night
- High season online specials from US$832 per night
- Water villas: 55
- Total rooms/suites: 100
Packed with activities, both on land and in the sea, the Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili is a great choice for active vacationers never wanting to sit down and relax, at least not for days on end. Here activities reign king with a large selection available from snorkeling to water sports.
Water villas offer views of a lifetime with views of the reef, open ocean, beach and the island to the back. Though the rooms themselves are under $1,000, land and water excursions are independently priced so you'll want to keep that in mind when booking and planning your stay.
- Low season online specials from US$532 per night
- High season online specials from US$850 per night
- Water villas: 72
- Total rooms/suites: 33
Designed for both couples and families with little ones, the Movenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru, aims to please with lots of great activities and amenities that are well suited for different age groups. For instance, if you love the ocean, you'll find snorkeling, scuba diving, and other water activities to enjoy. If you are interested in keeping up with your fitness regime, or at least close to it, you'll find the beachfront fitness center to your liking. Families with young children will find that they not only get to stay for free, but eat for free as well.
The overwater rooms here are winners with a private pool each, air conditioning, a walk in closet, hardwood floors, large bathrooms, a private wooden deck outfitted with sun loungers for comfortable seating, and lots of little extras like bathrobes and slippers.
- Low season online specials from US$533 per night
- High season online specials from US$576 per night
- Water villas: 54
- Total rooms/suites: 84
With a selection of water villas, semi overwater villas and beach villas, the Safari Island Resort and Spa offers a bit of everything for everyone. In total, there are only 84 rooms, great for those who are looking for a smaller resort with more privacy and seclusion.
Though the resort and rooms may be on the small side, the rooms are still larger than most regular hotel rooms. Each also features a glass bottom coffee table and steps right into the lagoon from a private deck
- Low season online specials from US$537 per night
- High season online specials from US$901 per night
- Water villas: 60
- Total rooms/suites: 115
Another of the larger resorts in the Maldives, the Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives Resort is set apart by the fact that it's one of the very few with its own surfing beach. The 55 water villas complement the 60 rooms on the island, and all are roomy and comfortable.
In this price range this resort seems like excellent value, with a long list of daytime activities and very good nightlife as well. Those who prefer quiet at night will be able to find better choices in the Maldives, but those who like to live it up a bit should find this resort quite appealing.
- Low season online specials from US$544 per night
- High season online specials from US$545 per night
- Total rooms/suites: 198
Part of the anticipated CROSSROADS project by Hilton, the SAii Lagoon Maldives Resort offers a lot of great features and amenities, even though it is on the lower end of the Maldives overwater villa price bracket. At this particular resort, you'll find dining, drinks, and activities right on-site, but you'll find even more just on the other side of a 100 meter long footbridge that takes you over the lagoon and onto the main island, which boosts entertainment, dining, and shopping options.
You'll also find several different types of room options, including overwater villas that feature their own private terrace, along with steps that lead directly from the terrace into the lagoon below. Inside the rooms you'll quickly notice how large the space is, giving you ample room to move about without bumping into your luggage.
- Low season online specials from US$553 per night
- High season online specials from US$864 per night
>>>More information about the SAii Lagoon Maldives Resort
- Total rooms/suites: 178
Housing both land based and overwater villas, the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives is part of a large chain with resorts and hotels around the world. This particular resort charms with amenities fit for families with both young and older children as well as romantic couples. Here you'll find a spa, plenty of dining options, a dive center, tours, an outdoor swimming pool, cooking classes, and a fitness center with yoga.
Inside of the overwater villas, you'll find lots of luxuries, both big and small, to enjoy. These range from the large bed to the private terrace outfitted with sun loungers and a private pool that showcases the ocean beyond.
- Low season online specials from US$554 per night
- High season online specials from US$572 per night
- Water villas: 14
- Total rooms/suites: 45
With 14 water villas complete with a jacuzzi, the Komandoo Island Resort located on a private island is a great choice for those who are looking for an intimate, adults only vacation on the lower end of the price spectrum. There are also 31 beach villas available, each with views of the ocean.
Most book a stay here with the all-inclusive plan, which features all meals in the main restaurant. Lots of water and land activities are available though most spend a lot of time participating in the snorkeling and scuba diving available on the house reef.
- Low season online specials from US$563 per night
- High season online specials from US$790 per night
- Water villas: 77
- Total rooms/suites: 137
A romantic resort that offers an all-inclusive plan, the OBLU SELECT at Sangeli Resort offers guests a few different room choices, both on land and over the water. The water villas allow guests to relax in luxury with a private deck and steps that lead into the ocean below. These steps make it so that you can easily explore the water world without having to walk to the beach and swim from there.
With that said, you'll also find scuba diving, sunset fishing, various watersports, a gym, an adults only pool, and a spa catering with treatments of varying lengths, a sauna, and a yoga pavilion.
- Low season online specials from US$589 per night
- High season online specials from US$795 per night