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.

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6 Best All-Inclusive Water Villa Resorts

Lily Beach Resort And Spa – Maldives All inclusive

  • 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$1,233 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,314 per night
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Veligandu Island Resort – Maldives

  • 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$703 per night
  • High season online specials from US$842 per night
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Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives

  • 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$1,097 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,244 per night
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Kuramathi Maldives

  • 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$1,037 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,208 per night
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Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa All-Inclusive – Maldives

  • 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$887 per night
  • High season online specials from US$888 per night
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Vakarufalhi Island Resort – Maldives

  • 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$544 per night
  • High season online specials from US$705 per night
>More information about the Vakarufalhi Island Resort – Maldives >Check rates
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  1. My family and I live in Asia and we are looking for a trip to anywhere with water bungalows and hopefully clear, turqoise water with snorkelling and water activities available, and is also budget friendly if possible. We are two adults and one child who is a little over 17. Are there any suggestions or recommendations? Thank you

  2. I am looking to plan a family vacation that is budget friendly. I would love to stay in an overwater hut. Can you tell me the best and most reasonable place to stay with a family the kids are 12 & 16

    1. Kris,

      Since you aren’t even sure which part of the world you want to visit, I’d recommend starting with this list of the world’s cheapest overwater resorts on our other site. Most of those resorts only allow 3 guests per room, even though almost all of them have a pull-out couch in addition to a king bed. You might find some good choices in Central America or in Asia other than the Maldives. And of course it really depends on where you are starting from because the cost of flights could cancel out any savings from a cheaper resort. I hope that helps and I’m happy to help with other questions if you have them. -Roger

  3. I would like to attend an over water bungalow resort for me and about 7 of my closest friends to celebrate my 45th Birthday. As most resorts are for honeymooners, are there single friendly resorts that can accommodate a "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" week long celebration. We live on the East coast and realize we will have to fly West for all the bungalows you have described above. All feedback is appreciated to guide me in the planning phrase.

    1. Kim,

      That sounds like a lot of fun. You won’t find many resorts that are great options for “solo” travelers, but groups of singles will fit in with many other groups there. Most of the resorts in Bora Bora and Moorea allow 3 guests per bungalow, and they all have a sleeper sofa in them for that purpose (most don’t allow 4 guests per room though). So if two of your group are okay sleeping on a pull-out couch then you can get by with 3 bungalows.

      It’s true that many of the guests at these resorts will be honeymoon couples or anniversary couples, but there are also families with older children and multi-generational groups. I think your group would have fun at just about any of those resorts, but I’d probably focus on one that has some nightlife each evening such as a band or DJ. Some of the smaller resorts only have a beach bar and it’ll mostly be couples in those. Long story short, I think I’d look at one of the larger resorts on Moorea or Bora Bora or even Tahiti. The places with at least 100 total rooms (including beach and garden bungalows) should also have plenty of things to keep you happy and a diverse clientele.

      If your budget can handle a bit over US$2,000 per night you might even consider one of the Sandals resorts on Jamaica because the flights will be so much shorter and cheaper. The overwater bungalows there are huge (I just toured both resorts recently) and the nearby beach rooms are really wonderful there as well. The beach rooms start at around US$500 per night, but they are premium all-inclusive with even many activities included so they would be really fun for a group. In other words, maybe you could get 1 (or 2) overwater bungalows and a couple of beach rooms, and take turns in each? And you could mostly hang out in the overwater bungalow during the day, which is plenty big enough for everyone. When you add in the cost of flights and all that time flying to Los Angeles and to Tahiti then the Jamaica plan could look even better. Also you have to factor in the cost of meals and drinks and activities. In the South Pacific the room includes breakfast, but everything else is extra, while in Jamaica it’s ALL included in the price. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  4. My wife and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. It would be wonderful to stay at an over water bungalow.

    Is Tahiti, Bora Bora gay-friendly islands? Are any island more friendly than others?

    1. Merchel,

      Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora are all part of French Polynesia, and the French culture there is quite strong. With that in mind, I’d expect that the islands and the resorts in particular would be quite LGBT-friendly. I don’t recall seeing anything in particular that stood out when I’ve been there, but I have a strong hunch that the resorts are all very progressive with that sort of thing. The island people seem to be quite open minded, and French people are famously tolerant. I wish I could give you more certainty. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  5. I am trying to plan our 10 year wedding anniversary. We are both pretty easy to please regarding vacations.

    I do know that my wife would really love to stay at an over water Bungalow for this trip.

    We would be traveling from Wichita, KS to Bora Bora or somewhere similar.(hopefully if price is right).

    I have browsed a bit and can’t find much for our budget (around $3-4k per person). Obviously I would love to be on the low end of my budget and save as much as possible.

    If not in Bora Bora, we would be okay with over water bungalow’s elsewhere.

    Travel dates would be leaving August 26th and Returning September 2nd (can go 1 day either way if needed).

    1. Michael,

      We are simply an online guide to overwater bungalows and not a travel agency. You’ll find the best deals online for these resorts. You can usually get better value in Moorea, which is another gorgeous island right off Tahiti itself. The room rates are a bit lower and transportation is faster and cheaper as well. If you have any specific questions just let us know. -Roger

  6. We our planning our honeymoon and live near San Francisco. We’d love to go to an amazing bungalow but the issue is we have only around 7 days for our trip, so the long flights really eat into our time. Is there an island you recommend we go to which is easy to reach from SFO? Thanks!

    1. Andrew,

      From San Francisco the closest overwater bungalows are in Tahiti, which is only a couple hours farther than Hawaii. It looks like you’d have to fly down to LAX first, as that’s where all the flights to Tahiti start. There are two resorts not far from the Tahiti Airport that offer overwater bungalows. Those resorts are pretty nice, but there are 4 nicer ones on Moorea, which is a 5-minute flight or one-hour ferry ride from Tahiti. If you are going all that way, it’s probably worth going to Moorea, as it’s also a much prettier island than Tahiti itself. Bora Bora is a 60-minute flight from Tahiti, and it has even more options. Those islands are so gorgeous and wonderful that I think it’s worth the flight, even for a week. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  7. Hi
    We live at the Gold Coast, Australia so can fly out of here or Brisbane. For our 20 year wedding anniversary in April we want to stay at an overwater bungalow – this will probably be a one-off so I want it to be in the clearest water with white sand so that the swimming and hopefully snorkelling is great. Maybe even some other water activities like sailboarding nearby? What do you recommend also considering ease of getting there? Thanks!

    1. Margo,

      There are actually a few resorts in the South Pacific that aren’t far from you, including one in New Caledonia. Have a look at our list of resorts in the South Pacific for more details. The next closest to you are in the Philippines and Malaysia. You can find those under the Asia tab on the top of this page.

      But really you’ll find the best affordable resorts in the Maldives, which has 80 different overwater hotels, each on its own island. Click on the Maldives tab for all of that information. And of course Bora Bora, which also isn’t too far from you, has many of the world’s best overwater resorts if price isn’t a major factor. Best of luck and let me know if I can help more. -Roger