All-inclusive villa 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 holiday 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 list of all 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 villa resort 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 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
>More information about the Lily Beach Resort And Spa – Maldives All inclusive >Check rates

Veligandu Island Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 64
  • Total rooms/suites: 76


Absolutely the best of the inexpensive all-inclusive Maldives holiday 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$825 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,065 per night
>More information about the Veligandu Island Resort – Maldives >Check rates

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, a 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
>More information about the Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives >Check rates

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 all-inclusive Maldives holiday 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 rain shower 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$683 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,072 per night
>More information about the Kuramathi Maldives >Check rates

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa All-Inclusive – Maldives

  • Water villas: 62
  • Total rooms/suites: 104


A luxurious 4-star all-inclusive villa 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$800 per night
  • High season online specials from US$825 per night
>More information about the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa All-Inclusive – Maldives >Check rates

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 are 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 its 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. Hello Roger,

    we are planning our honeymoon 10 nights from 17-27 November in Paradise island resort, as our budget is covering its all inclusive package.

    I need your suggestion about the resort and will 10 days be fine.

    as me and my wife are not interested in diving, snorkeling, boating etc.

    many thanks

    1. Archi,

      I wish I could help, but I’ve not been to the Paradise Island Resort. But I can say that ten days is a long stay in general, and it might feel very long if you aren’t interested in the activities they provide. These are all private islands and there are no options other than the things listed for each resort. Best of luck with your trip. -Roger

  2. ello Roger,
    I am planning my honeymoon in mid of Dec. Is it going to be costly ? can you please suggest the best deal for 4 nights and 5 days stay.


    1. Mayank,

      The overwater resorts in the Maldives start at around US$300 per night and go way up from there. Then you also have to factor in transportation from the Male Airport, which will run anywhere from US$100 to US$600 per person, depending on the location of the resort. If you like to drink, the all-inclusive resorts tend to be the best deals because alcohol is fairly expensive in the Maldives. I highly recommend Meeru Island, which has good value on Full Board deals as well as their All Inclusive Plus level. You might also consider Veligandu Island, which is run by the same company and also an excellent resort for good value.

      Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  3. Hello Roger !I was wondering what airlines fly to the Maldives from the USA? Will I have to fly via Europe or Asia to get to the Maldives? Thanks I will be planning a trip to the Maldives next year for 2017..Thanks for all your help…

    1. Kenneth,

      From the US to the Maldives you’ll almost certainly end up changing planes in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or Qatar. On their long-haul flights, all of those airlines (Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways) are very good and have usually the best fares. It’s a long flight, but the cabins are pretty good. I’d just look for the best fare and then check the airline on Most likely it’ll be one of those, and they should be fine. Have a great trip. -Roger

  4. am looking an overwater villa with a large deck, no view to others, good snorkeling from the beach (beautiful corals, turtles), quiet, good food, all inclusive plan – 40th wedding anniversary max budget 1500 euros per night

  5. Hi Roger,

    Many thanks for the wonderful information. It definitely helped me to shortlist the good and affordable water villas for my honeymoon. One another thing which is on my checklist to select a resort is the types of water sports activities available. Can you confirm if all the resorts offer wide range of water sports or i will need to check with shortlisted specific resorts for the number of water sports activities they provide.

    Thanks in advance,

    1. Mohit,

      We list all of the activities on the resort page for each hotel on our site, so it should be quick to compare them and determine whether a resort is right for you. But in general, most of the resorts have similar water sports and activities. It’s really only the smallest islands that might not have the popular ones you are after. Congratulations and best of luck with this. -Roger

  6. Hello roger,
    I am planing to have honeymoon trip on 23 to 27 may 2017 at maldives.
    My flight reach male airport around 9pm, so i think i will just stay nearby the airport inn in 23 may. However, my wife and i will really like to experience a romantic yet affordable water villa from 24 to 27 may with a budget of $1000 (preferably full board including transfer from airport.)

    Please offer your expert opinion in order to make our dream come true. Thanks.

    1. Csyak,

      Yes, definitely stay near the airport that first night. I’m going to write an article in the next few days describing the best way to do that, so check the homepage for that.

      Unfortunately, you are going to have to up your budget or scale back to 2 nights in a water villa. The cheapest water villas in the Maldives start at around US$300 per night, and the cheapest all-inclusive water villas start at around US$400 per night. Fortunately, you are going in the slower season, so you could find rates at around that level. The other complication is that transfers from the Male Airport island start at about US$100 return per person.

      Here’s a list of the Maldives resorts that are closest to the airport. Some of these offer fairly affordable speedboat transfers. Nearly all of the other resorts require a sea-plane transfer, and those start at around US$300 per person, return. Good luck with this. -Roger

  7. Hello Roger,

    I am planning my honeymoon on 26th dec to 29th dec 2016. Is it going to be costly ? If i delay it by one month and make it 25th Jan to 28th Jan 2017, then can i get some cost advantage ?


    1. Priyank,

      Yes, unfortunately that last week of the year is the peak season in the Maldives with the highest rates. You will definitely get better rates and more choices at the end of January. Congrats and good luck. -Roger

  8. Hello!
    Me and my fiance are thinking about going to the maldives in july/august 2017 for our honeymoon. Do you think the weather is good at that time of the year?
    I also wounder when the water are that clearly blue, does it depend on the seasons? pictures shows diffrent. And my last question is when is it best time to book to get best rates do you think its good to book one year before or closer?

    1. Lena,

      The weather in the Maldives is almost the same all year round. You do get a few rainy days in June and July, but it’s still sunny most of the time, and always warm. Many resorts are booked all year round, with slightly lower rates in June and July, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy that time of year there.

      The water is that clear all year round in the Maldives. Those atolls where the islands are located all have natural lagoons that always look that way. However, the conditions just below your villa can be different depending on the currents and tides. In high tides the water can move strongly on one side of the island, while in low tide the water isn’t deep enough to enjoy much of a swim. Generally speaking, you’ll have several great opportunities for swimming and snorkeling each day, but not all 24 hours.

      Usually you’ll get the best rates starting around 6 months out. The resorts tend to keep rates high 7 to 11 months in advance, and only start discounting when they look like they’ll have availability. Congrats and have a great trip. -Roger

  9. Hi There, I am looking at going to the Maldives from Sydney via Singapore in March 5th – 12th 2016. We are after some nice accommodation that doesn’t break the bank balance and is over the water. Do you know what site is the best to book these?

    I have a good deal for the Sheraton, however have had mixed reviews, have you been there? What are your thoughts?

    The Taj Exotica is nearly double the price of the Sheraton?

    Also you haven’t reviewed the One and Only there? Is that nice?

    Thanks for your answers in advance.


    1. Adam,

      The problem with reviewing these resorts in the Maldives is that there are over 80 of them and you generally have to go back to Male to get from one to another. So it’s difficult to get to many of them, which is why we try our best to combine our experience with the public information from the official websites and online reviews.

      By far the best site to book Maldives resorts is (part of the Priceline group) because they dominate the Asian market and offer the best rates on most properties. Another thing to consider is that these resorts tend to raise their rates for periods where they are already pretty full, so it’s really hard to compare prices. In other words, if one resort is already, say, 70% booked for your dates, they’ll move their rates way up for the remaining rooms. Meanwhile there might be an almost identical resort that is only 30% full for your dates, so they’ll offer a big discount. And if you compare rates for one month later, it might be reversed.

      So with that in mind, I recommend trying to stay flexible, and check for resorts that are offering promotional deals for your dates. As long as the review scores on Agoda are Very Good or Great, then look for the best deal. Out of the 80 or so water villa resorts in the Maldives, there are only about 5 of them that get mostly poor reviews. In other words, these resorts all have to offer a very good product in order to keep getting booked in the age of online reviews, so they all tend to be of high quality.

      I hope this helps, and best of luck with wherever you end up. -Roger

  10. Hi Team,

    I am looking for my honeymoon trip from India to Maldives. Probably in the month of December (Early December). I prefer to go on an independent package for 4 nights 5 days or 5 nights 6 days. What would be the best suggestion? do not want to travel much from places to places. Looking for a decent and reasonable package.

    Please let me know the best deals, so that I can plan accordingly.


  11. Hey..
    I am planning for my honeymoon, I wonder about the weather conditions in Maldives in April 2016 ???
    I am looking for one 5 days stay in one of the resorts mentioned but with a 100 $ rate per night
    your help is appreciated

    1. Dima,

      The weather in the Maldives in April is pretty much perfect. The wet season starts in May, but even then it’s only a small change from the dry season weather. In other words, the rain comes in short bursts that are often overnight, so even in the wet season it’s dry and mostly sunny pretty much every day.

      Unfortunately, none of these resorts have rooms at US$100 per night. Each resort is on a private island and they are all pretty upscale as well as remote, so the cheapest island rooms start closer to US$200 per night, and the water villas start at around US$350 per night. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  12. hey,
    i am looking for 5-6 days in maldives. 3 days on over the water bunglow and 2-3 days beach room or villa for 2.. my dates are oct 9 2015- oct 17 2015

  13. I’m looking for a resort with privacy. I will be going this coming september 2015. Not looking for super luxuary but not very cheap too.

    1. Aalmahdi,

      You’ll be happy to discover that pretty much all Maldives resorts specialize in privacy, especially on the water villas. The most common configuration is that each water villa is only within "view" of one other water villa, except that they have privacy screens that shield that view. In other words, the private deck of nearly every water villa can’t be seen from any other guests. The Maldives is one of the world’s honeymoon capitals so privacy is an important feature. So book the resort that seems best for your needs and it will feel very private. Bon voyage. -Roger

  14. Hey,
    Im planning for maldives trip in july along wid mah wife n lookin for a photographer n my budget for tht is tight. Dont wanna spend much over it . Can any1 help
    Me out
    [email protected]

    1. Samia,

      All of the resorts mentioned on the list above would be excellent romantic choices in the Maldives. And all of them get very good reviews from guests, so it’s a matter of looking for ones in your price range and then considering the features of each place. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time once you pick a resort and go. Best of luck. -Roger

  15. Thank you for this website. I’m looking for a watervilla bungalow for my honeymoon and my budget is very tight. It heels me a lot in my research.

    Take care

    1. Greg,

      At the moment I don’t have any offline travel agents to recommend, but that is something we are working on. Sorry. -Roger