When planning a tropical vacation or holiday, the Maldives often top the list of possible destinations. Over the years, what was first viewed as a destination suitable only for romantic couples, destination weddings or honeymoons, has now become a paradise for all types of traveling groups, including those with children under the ‘adult' age required in some overwater rooms.

Even though more children are accompanying their parents on vacations, it doesn't mean that all resorts will cater to the young travelers, especially if there are 2 in tow. However, there are a few standout resorts in the Maldives that do allow for 4 people to stay in 1 overwater room, even those who are younger than 15 years of age. These resorts not only allow for more visitors in a room compared to neighboring resorts, but also provide a wide selection of amenities and things to do, making for a well rounded vacation for every member of your group or family.

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4 people in 1 overwater bungalow

Most overwater bungalow resorts, both around the world and in the Maldives, cater to 3 travelers or less. This generally causes families with 2 children to change their vacation plans or stay at one of the beach villas instead. However, there are a few overwater resorts within the Maldivian islands that do allow for 4 people to stay in 1 overwater villa. Generally these villas come with a king size bed and a couch that can be pulled out to make a second bed for the children or the option to bring another bed or cots into the room.


Also, if you’re interested in traveling with an even larger group, you’ll want to look into overwater resorts that have 2 or more rooms per villa.

Maldives resorts that allow 4 people in 1 overwater room

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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


Part of the esteemed Conrad Resorts chain, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort is one of the finest in their resort collection. At this location, guests will find 71 overwater rooms alongside 79 beach villas spanning across a connected pair of islands. Some of the overwater rooms are on the first island while the rest jut out from the second, smaller island. Each room however, comes with 1 king size bed or 2 twins and can easily fit 4 people. The rooms also come with a minibar, espresso machine, private sun deck with stairs leading straight into the ocean, bath tubs with an ocean view, Wi-Fi and an entertainment system.


The resort caters to food lovers with an assortment of restaurants, including the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the only all-glass underwater restaurant in the entire world. Guests will also find wedding facilities, a dive center offering PADI courses, snorkeling, windsurfing, fishing (big game), a 2 story gym, infinity pool and a Kids Spa alongside an adult spa. There are also boating excursions available to those who wish to visit neighboring islands.


  • Low season online specials from US$568 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,492 per night
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Holiday Inn Kandooma Resort – Maldives

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


Situated on an odd shaped island with 140 island villas along with 20 overwater rooms, the Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives offers large rooms great for personal vacations and business trips. Each room comes with a king size bed and a sofa-bed and rollaway bed/cot which can be converted easily for 2 children to sleep on. Other room amenities include double glazed windows, air conditioning, a separate hanging closet, private pool, separate living room, coffee maker and minibar alongside a full refrigerator.


On-site there is a spa offering 5 single treatment rooms and 2 deluxe rooms, a gym and jogging track, fitness center, outdoor pool, barbeque grills and more. Those who want to explore more of the area can take an island hopping excursion, snorkeling excursion or a dolphin cruise.


  • Low season online specials from US$659 per night
  • High season online specials from US$701 per night
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The Residence Maldives Resort

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


With more water villas that beach villas, The Residence Maldives serves as a luxury resort that’s part of a bigger chain of resorts that operates in a few different countries. Each over-the-water villa is large in size with half of them having their own private pool. All of the water villas however, come with one king size bed with the option of adding a smaller bed for children, welcome amenities, an entertainment system complete with a DVD player and 40-inch TV, complimentary ironing, complimentary sorbets and fresh fruits, a mini bar and a Butler service.


The resort itself has 4 restaurants and bars and the option of scuba diving, snorkeling, boating , windsurfing and kayaking adventures. Those who wish to spend some time on land will find a sandy beach, swimming pool, fitness center, library, Kids Club and a gift shop. There is also a 5-star spa on-site and wedding services.


  • Low season online specials from US$601 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,228 per night
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Sun Island Resort & Spa – Maldives

  • Water villas: 68
  • Total rooms/suites: 426


A rather large resort with 426 rooms in total, 68 of which reside over the water, the Sun Island Resort & Spa is the largest private-island resort in the whole of the Maldives. It’s also one of the cheapest, allowing guests a chance to save a little bit of money while on holiday. Guests can also choose from all-inclusive plans, which rank high at this particular resort.


The resort itself caters to families and large groups with a plethora of activities to choose from including a diving school, water skiing, knee boarding, banana riding, beach volleyball, snorkeling, windsurfing and various land activities such as table tennis. There is also a children’s pool for the little ones and a fitness club for the adults. Overwater rooms are large enough to comfortably fit 2 adults and 2 kids and also include a private sun deck with stairs leading straight into the lagoon, great for easy access in and out of the water.


  • Low season online specials from US$386 per night
  • High season online specials from US$743 per night
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Embudu Village – Maldives

  • Water villas: 16
  • Total rooms/suites: 106


Known for offering great value to each and every guest, the Embudu Village Resort is a good option for those who are vacationing on a budget. Altogether there are 90 rooms, 16 of which reside over the water and offer views of the ocean and island. Unlike other stand-alone water bungalows, the ones here are actually grouped into 4. This means that each room has one or two neighbors to share a wall with.


Each room comes with a king size bed with the option of adding another small bed for children. Rooms also come with satellite TV, a mini fridge, bath tub with a jacuzzi, coffee/tea maker and a glass floor panel. Something that makes this resort unique compared to others is that there is also a glass roof panel in the bathroom, helping to allow light into the room. Stays here are all-inclusive and guests are treated to the main buffet restaurant and mini bar each day of their vacation. On-site you’ll also find a diving pool, volleyball, darts, table tennis and a spa.


  • Low season online specials from US$345 per night
  • High season online specials from US$345 per night
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Reethi Beach Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 30
  • Total rooms/suites: 120


Another affordable overwater resort in the Maldives, the Reethi Beach Resort houses 90 island villas and 30 semi-detached water villas. Though the resort is considered a medium sized resort, it has a pretty impressive list of amenities along with things to do and see. There are 10 different restaurants on-site, with each offering a different view. You’ll also find tennis courts, beach volleyball, table tennis, a souvenir shop, laundry facility, a business center and a clinic. Water lovers will enjoy the dive center, snorkeling, canoeing, kite surfing and windsurfing.


Each room comes with air conditioning, a large sitting area, separate bath tub and rain shower, both hot and cold water, direct ocean view and a balcony with direct lagoon access. Each room also comes with 1 king size bed with the option of adding another bed for children.


  • Low season online specials from US$435 per night
  • High season online specials from US$506 per night
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  1. We have a group that is looking for a resort with scuba diving for the end of July. It would be several couples and some teenagers. Are there any resorts where the diving is included?
    Thank you

    1. Sam,

      I’m not aware of any Maldives resorts where scuba diving is included or even heavily discounted. The good news is that almost every island offers diving and most offer instruction. So your best bet is to find a resort that you like at a reasonable price, and the diving package will probably also be reasonably affordable. Best of luck with this. -Roger

    1. Kelly,

      I’m glad this site has been helpful. Our list of scuba diving resorts will cover snorkeling as well. For the most part, snorkeling below water villas in the Maldives isn’t very exciting because there aren’t large reefs inside the lagoons where the resorts are located. In general the resorts all offer boat rides to nearby reefs, and many of those boats to go the same places. Most resorts seem to offer at least one if not two snorkeling boats per day, and they are usually included in your room price. There are probably some exceptions though. And of course the larger resorts are more likely to have more boats and departures than small resorts. So my advice would be to choose a resort based on everything else and then check to see if they offer snorkeling trips. If so then check the TripAdvisor reviews by searching for "snorkeling" and you’ll get the reviews that mention it. -Roger

  2. Hello
    We are looking for an OWB that has a pool for May. Would you have a recommendation for which would be best? We have heard you want to be in the Northwest in May to avoid bad weather

    1. Lori,

      After having read literally thousands of Maldives resort reviews, I see very few that ever mention any weather disappointments. Still, the weather in the north might be less volatile during the summer season, and you can get a great deal at some of the resorts up there.

      Specifically, have a look at the Beach House at Iruveli Maldives, which is a 5-star resort that is as far north as you can go in the archipelago. In May they are offering their huge water villas (110 square meters) for only around US$550 including all taxes, and each has a plunge pool out on the terrace.

      If that one doesn’t work for you, let me know and I can probably find one or two others, but this is the best one that comes to mind. -Roger