Luxury water villas in the Maldives

12145_15061013590029141387More than half of the water villas in the world (which are known as overwater bungalows in the South Pacific) are located in the Maldives. There are over 80 resorts here featuring these popular rooms and nearly all of them are luxurious, but since there are so many we’ve divided them into three groups.

This middle group includes a wide range of resorts, some which specialize in all-inclusive meal and drink plans, and some which are intimate and are very popular with the honeymoon crowd. Finding the perfect fit may feel daunting, so you might want to check out the main page that recommends resort for over a dozen different preferences.

Below is our middle section, with a great range of possibilities and styles.

  • 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.

Water villas starting from US$600 to US$899

Villa rates below are per villa, per night, double occupancy, including all taxes

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo

  • Water villas: 40
  • Total rooms/suites: 40

49121_15122114490038653976A boutique resort that only opened in 2009, the Adaaran Prestige Vadoo consists solely of 40 water villas, each with its own personal butler. Each water villa is large and very well appointed, and the butlers have a reputation for smoothing out the details of a holiday, including putting meal orders in early and automatically, among other things.

Each villa also comes with a glass floor section for viewing of the sea life directly below, as well as a large Jacuzzi tub with a view in the bathroom. The snorkeling and diving are excellent in the house reef within the lagoon, so it’s popular with water lovers. There’s only one restaurant plus a cigar bar, but the restaurant is also located over the water and serves food of very high standards, so this is an ideal smaller resort for romantic couples in particular.

  • Low season online specials from US$606 per night
  • High season online specials from US$710 per night

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Paradise Island Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 62
  • Total rooms/suites: 282

12161_16032413510041041811Another 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$656 per night
  • High season online specials from US$726 per night

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The Residence Maldives Resort

  • Water villas: 75
  • Total rooms/suites: 94

295576_15061514540029539502Newly opened in summer of 2012, the Residence Maldives Resort features 75 water villas that are all very large, about half of them with their own private plunge pool on the sundeck. This is the newest in the Residence chain, which already operates 3 other hotels in Africa and the Indian Ocean, all of which are highly acclaimed.

The resort features two gourmet restaurants and a bar, plus private dining opportunities, and a long list of daytime activities and excursions. Early reviews literally couldn’t be any better, which is unusual for a Maldives launch because it’s difficult to have everything ready at the same time. For this reason, we think this is going to be a real winner in the upscale category.

  • Low season online specials from US$671 per night
  • High season online specials from US$872 per night

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Kihaad Maldives Resort

  • Water villas: 12
  • Total rooms/suites: 118

337641_15061014110029145923A large resort with 12 overwater rooms, the Kidaad Maldives Resort prides itself on great views that will keep you coming back again and again. There are also 106 rooms on island that allow guests quick access to both the beach and water. Though this is a very family friendly resort with a Kids Club and swimming pool, the overwater bungalows are a kid free zone. This makes them perfect for romantic couples looking for a bit of peace, quiet and privacy.

The resort itself operates as an all-inclusive and houses 4 restaurants and 3 lounges along with lots of activities. It is also very close to a domestic airport, great for those who rather venture on a commercial flight than the sea-plane option.

  • Low season online specials from US$672 per night
  • High season online specials from US$917 per night

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Filitheyo Island Resort

  • Water villas: 16
  • Total rooms/suites: 125

12145_15061013580029141352Featuring 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$694 per night
  • High season online specials from US$933 per night

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Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

  • Water villas: 56
  • Total rooms/suites: 176

12147_15091701450036102964Similar 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$722 per night
    • High season online specials from US$792 per night

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Vilamendhoo Island Resort

  • Water villas: 30
  • Total rooms/suites: 184

12171_14020414300018244604One of the few in this price range that operates on an all-inclusive basis, the Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa offers good value and deluxe facilities. Each of the 30 water villas here has its own Jacuzzi spa among other amenities, making it quite popular with the honeymoon crowd.

The normal all-inclusive rates are quite reasonable, and guests can choose to upgrade to the all-inclusive plus plan, which includes alcohol and other extras, so those who like to drink a bit on holiday might get good use of that option. With 184 total rooms, this is one of the larger resorts of its kind, and it features 8 different restaurants and bars for your dining and drinking pleasure.

  • Low season online specials from US$724 per night
  • High season online specials from US$743 per night

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Zitahli Dholhiyadhoo Resort

  • Water villas: 65
  • Total rooms/suites: 100

161589_15061014050029143461With 100 villas in total, the Zitahli Dholhiyadhoo Resort is at the top of its class and treats guests like royalty. Out of all of the villas, 65 are over the water and provide guests with 3 different villa choices from deluxe aqua villas, super deluxe villas with a pool and stand alone aqua villas with pool. These villas are very large in size with the largest composed of 2 levels.

Here, there is also a large amount of activities to choose from including world class snorkeling. There is also a first class spa on-site with many different spa treatments and options available.

  • Low season online specials from US$740 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,216 per night

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

  • Water villas: 71
  • Total rooms/suites: 150

97270_15092403300036319744Part of a 5-star resort division of the Hilton Hotels group, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers great value in the luxury class. The 71 water villas come in a variety of classes, and even the cheapest of these is quite large and fully decked out with fancy amenities, including a Bose surround sound DVD theatre system.

All the villas in the higher classes even come with a private Jacuzzi plunge pool on their deck. There are nine restaurants and bars at this resort for 150 total villas, so there is great variety plus very little chance of having to wait to be seated. Honeymooners looking for a 5-star water villa will find this to be one of the best choices in its price range.

  • Low season online specials from US$751 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,081 per night

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Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

  • Water villas: 38
  • Total rooms/suites: 110

70348_16051614460042366589Offering among the best values in the 5-star category, the Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa features 36 water villas that are all enormous, each coming complete with an infinity-edge bathtub-for-two with a view of the lagoon. Each water villa also has a large private deck with an outdoor shower, which is a common feature in the super-luxury resorts.

There are four restaurants at the Anantara Dhigu Resort, each offering high quality menus and interesting offerings, but guests here also have access to four more restaurants and plus activities at the Anantara Veli Resort, which is a short-and-free boat ride across the lagoon. This is a great choice for romantic couples in particular.

  • Low season online specials from US$793 per night
  • High season online specials from US$909 per night

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Amilla Fushi Resort

  • Water villas: 42
  • Total rooms/suites: 70

759829_16032913410041142202A different take on the usual overwater resort, the Amilla Fushi Resort allows guests to choose between different ‘houses’ some of which are on land while others over the water. Each of the overwater houses faces out into the ocean, providing guests with beautiful views of the ocean from their private sundeck or pool.

Adventures will find great snorkeling and diving opportunities around the island as well as a beach and swimming pool to relax in. There is also a spa on-site that offers a full range or treatments, hair services and even some yoga. If you’re a foodie, you’ll find a nice selection of dishes to try at each of the resort’s 4 restaurants.

  • Low season online specials from US$793 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,309 per night

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Maafushivaru Resort Maldives

  • Water villas: 22
  • Total rooms/suites: 48

409631_15060813150028855193A small boutique private island resort, the Maafushivaru Resort Maldives houses 48 villas, 22 of which are situated over the water. Each villa is large in size and comes with a mini bar and bathtub with views of the ocean.

If you love coffee, you’ll find exactly what you need at an on-site coffee shop alongside two restaurants and a few bars, one of which serves only wine. You’ll also find a unique resort amenity, a private ‘desert island’ a short boat ride away. Ocean lovers will have a blast exploring the sea by snorkeling and diving the house reef.

  • Low season online specials from US$813 per night
  • High season online specials from US$920 per night

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Holiday Inn Kandooma Resort

  • Water villas: 20
  • Total rooms/suites: 160

161587_16012716450039438662Featuring 20 large water villas in addition to 140 island and beach rooms and suites, the Holiday Inn Kandooma Resort is a popular choice among the bigger Maldives resorts. You’ll find many 4-star amenities in the water villas that you wouldn’t find at many of the independent resorts.

The water villas are in fairly shallow water, especially during low tide, and there is no house reef at the island, but there is a full dive center and regular diving and snorkeling excursions so it’s still a very good choice for water sports lovers. The price is moderate considering the resort’s features, but very positive guest-reviews indicate that it’s common for people to return again and again, which is obviously a very good sign.

  • Low season online specials from US$815 per night
  • High season online specials from US$916 per night

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Adaaran Prestige Water Villas

  • Water villas: 20
  • Total rooms/suites: 20

165225_15122916570038787834Sharing Meedhupparu Island with its sister resort, the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas are a new and modern set of 20 large water villas in their own private section of the island. Each comes with a private butler, and service in general is excellent and of 5-star standard.

There’s a restaurant and bar in the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas section, but guests here also have access to several other restaurants plus all the activities in the neighboring resort, which isn’t true in reverse so this is an exclusive place. For those who can afford it, this is one of the better choices in the top luxury price range.

  • Low season online specials from US$832 per night
  • High season online specials from US$933 per night

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Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

  • Water villas: 14
  • Total rooms/suites: 94

65497_15060718540028776942Great for those looking to unplug from their busy lives, the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu Resort offers an island paradise free from stress filled days. It’s also great for newlyweds and romantic couples as privacy is ever present. There are 14 different overwater villas and 80 land villas, giving guests a choice of where they would like to stay.

Each villa is nicely sized and large by villa standards. They also include a private plunge pool that overlooks the ocean. If you’re looking for a super sized villa, you’ll find 2 Sunset Lagoon Villas that are almost twice the size of the other water villas on-site. There is also a large amount of water sports and other activities to choose from along with 5 restaurants and bars.

  • Low season online specials from US$841 per night
  • High season online specials from US$921 per night

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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

  • Water villas: 55
  • Total rooms/suites: 64

12169_13100312460016828268Located on a small private island not far south of the capital, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is a 5-star property operated by the famous Taj Resorts group of India. The 55 water villas here come in several classes ranging from large to enormous. The least-expensive class offers great value considering this small island is first-class all the way.

The higher classes of water villas each include their own private plunge pool on the deck, plus many other luxury amenities. They even have one Presidential Villa Suite, which is one of the largest and most luxurious water villas in the world.

  • Low season online specials from US$843 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,031 per night

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Lily Beach Resort And Spa – Maldives

  • Water villas: 56
  • Total rooms/suites: 119

41483_15060415140028499547Another 5-star private-island resort that operates on an all-inclusive basis, the Lily Beach Resort and Spa features 56 water villas, though 16 of those are barely perched over the edge of the lagoon rather than out on stilts as the others are. Even the least expensive water villas here are large, and include a special outdoor private bathroom with a Jacuzzi.

There are two restaurants and one bar, all of very high standards. The Lily Beach Resort also has extensive facilities for children, including two kids’ pools, so it’s ideal for families. Considering the all-inclusive nature and the 5-star standards, this resort offers quite good value for the Maldives.

  • Low season online specials from US$864 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,639 per night

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Zitahli Resort & Spa Kuda-Funafaru Maldives

  • Water villas: 30
  • Total rooms/suites: 50

161589_15061014050029143461Only open since 2008, the Zitahli Resort & Spa Kuda-Funafaru is a luxury 5-star boutique resort located on one of the smaller private islands in the Maldives. Each of the water villas is huge, and spaced at least 10 meters from its neighbors, so privacy and romance are at a premium here.

There are two fine-dining restaurants plus a cafe and two bars, which with only 50 total villas, means that everything is intimate and secluded. This is one of the more remote islands in the Maldives, involving a 50-minute sea plane flight from the main airport, but it’s already very popular with honeymooners and those on anniversary trips.

  • Low season online specials from US$864 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,094 per night

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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa

  • Water villas: 60
  • Total rooms/suites: 142

149061_16051808000042426230As the Maldives’ first (and so far only) resort south of the equator, the Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa has a remote location, though it’s fairly convenient to reach. Those with private planes can fly directly to an airport that is only 8 minutes away by speedboat, making this place popular with the super-rich.

Each of the 60 water villas is huge and loaded with luxury amenities. The service is extremely attentive, and the 6 restaurants and bars are all of very high standards. In spite of the price and remoteness, they have good facilities for children and families, so this is a good choice for romance or for a group.

  • Low season online specials from US$870 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,086 per night

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Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives

  • Water villas: 86
  • Total rooms/suites: 110

237780_14020520140018258893Only 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 Constance group runs a variety of luxury hotels throughout the Indian Ocean region, and they are known for extremely high standards and attention to detail. The price here offers better value than it might seem at first, since the whole hotel operates on an all-inclusive basis, and meals and drinks do tend to be very expensive in the Maldives, and especially at 5-star resorts.

There are two excellent restaurants and two bars here, plus a luxury spa with extensive facilities. The water villas in the cheaper class are not as large as some others in this price category, but each one includes a special entertainment system that includes a Mac Mini computer.

  • Low season online specials from US$870 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,189 per night

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Coco Palm Bodu Hithi

  • Water villas: 56
  • Total rooms/suites: 100

12142_14031718400018733444The larger and slightly more expensive of the two Coco Palm properties in the Maldives, the Coco Palm Bodu Hithi is a 5-star resort that has 56 water villas that are all very large and loaded with luxury amenities. There are three restaurants and one bar here, all with excellent offerings and service.

Each water villa here has a split level private deck with an outdoor shower, suspended over one of the better lagoons for snorkeling and scuba diving in the region. The larger villas are enormous and have the most privacy, making this another ideal resort for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

  • Low season online specials from US$880 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,282 per night

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