Four new water villa resorts now opening in the Maldives
As if the Maldives didn't already have enough water villa or overwater bungalow resorts, the list continues to grow longer almost monthly. At the moment there are over 90 different overwater resorts in the world, and now the Maldives alone has about 60 of those.
These four resorts have been under construction since 2010, and getting an exact opening date for them tends to be difficult. The resorts tend to open later than originally planned, and most go through what they call a “soft opening” where they begin accepting guests (usually at special rates) while the finishing touches are being applied, or sometimes rooms are being finished.
Another challenge is that these water villa resorts tend to hypnotize potential guests with their photos, and yet they don't take (or at least release) promotional photos of these places until after everything is complete and perfect. So we don't have photos or guest reviews for a few of them, but it's still fun to see what's coming online finally. Two of these resorts have overwater rooms STARTING at around US$3,500 per night, so I'll meet you there, okay?
Opened in May, 2011, this is one of the super-luxury places that people have been waiting for. They have 22 rooms on the beach and on the island, and the 16 overwater bungalows (which they call Ocean Revives) are located on a separate dock that is 800 meters from the island, only accessible by boat. The rooms are amazingly huge, and start at US$3,549 per night at the moment.
The sister resort of the Dhevanafushi mentioned above, this one isn't yet open and it appears they might not accept bookings before September arrivals. This is a larger resort, with 46 Lagoon Villas and Suites, in addition to 45 villas on the island. Again, each of the overwater rooms here is shockingly huge, and include their own private pool. Most of the area is outdoors, but completely private, which is exactly what you want in the Maldives.
The Thailand-based Six Senses Resort company is opening their third location in the Maldives, and the second to include overwater bungalows. Their first water villa resort is the Soneva Gili by Six Senses, which we rate as perhaps the finest resort in the area, even though it's not even close to being the most expensive. This one has 70 Water Villas plus 27 other rooms, and it's similar to many other mid to high-range resorts in the Maldives, with a long list of activities and restaurants available. Their opening specials appear to be good value, with rooms starting at US$688 per night.
The Zitahli Company is yet another that has an excellent reputation from previous resorts in the Maldives. This one appears to be a bit behind schedule and will be opening later in the summer of 2011. It has 65 water villas in three different categories, with even the smaller ones being huge. The largest ones have two levels, which appears to be a new trend here. There are 6 restaurants, lounges and bars, so the visitors will be well looked after. Rates aren't yet available.