Water villas and honeymoons go perfectly together, and many couples dream of staying in one during their unforgettable trip of a lifetime. The Maldives has over 75 different private-island resorts that feature water villas and overwater bungalows, so choosing the perfect one can take a lot of work and a lot of time, to say the least.

Since we have researched and reviewed all of them, we've decided to help honeymoon couples out by selecting the finest romantic resorts in the Maldives on the list below. Honestly, every water villa resort in the Maldives gets honeymoon couples, and all of them have a lot to offer, but the ones below all offer the best combination of quality, great reviews, and value for money.

Most honeymoon couples prefer to stay in a smaller resort that has few or even no kids facilities, and the all-inclusive meal plans seem less important for romantic trips as well. All the resorts below have luxurious water villas, excellent spas, room service, and many other amenities to make your honeymoon extra special.

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6 Best Maldives Honeymoon Water-Villa Resorts

COMO Cocoa Island Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 33
  • Total rooms/suites: 36

 

The highest rated Maldives resorts by guest reviews is also perfect for a honeymoon. It has 33 unique water villas – designed to resemble Maldivian fishing boats – and 3 additional island villas. There are no family facilities so this is very much of a romantic couples resort. Each suite comes with an entertainment centre, daily room service, a private sundeck and a split level bedroom. Little extras include bathroom amenities and a beach bag that includes sandals.

 

The spa here is excellent, as is the diving and snorkelling at the house reef. The main restaurant gets excellent reviews, as does the room service. While COMO Cocoa Island Resort is firmly in the 5-star price category during the high season, it actually has fantastic online special rates during the off-season (June through November) so it can be a bargain in addition to being one of the very best Maldives resorts, full stop.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,243 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,835 per night
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Baros Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 30
  • Total rooms/suites: 75

 

Absolutely a 5-star luxury resort, Baros is extremely popular and extremely high rated by past guests. The 30 water villas here are all very large and well appointed, including a king-size 4-poster bed in each. There are also 45 island villas that are also quite luxurious. The water villas include a list of very nice amenities including a bathtub with an ocean view, air conditioning, a private wine cellar, a private bar and much, much more.

 

With 75 total rooms you wouldn’t expect 4 different restaurants and 2 other bars, but Baros Resort is not like other Maldives hotels. There’s also 24-hour room service, and of course a luxury spa. This resort also has a great number of water sports and other activities, especially considering its intimate size. If this one is in your price range there is no doubt you’ll have an amazing time here.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,540 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,826 per night
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Mirihi Island Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 30
  • Total rooms/suites: 36

 

Perfect for those looking for a water villa honeymoon on a modest budget, the Mihiri Island Resort offers excellent value in addition to high quality and excellent service. This is a 4-star resort with only 30 water villas and 6 island villas, and almost nothing of interest to families and no nightlife to speak of, making it very much of a romantic couples resort, which is very fitting for a lot of visitors.

 

The water villas aren’t huge, and they don’t have TVs, but otherwise they are very nicely appointed, making them ideal for honeymooners. The spa features Adam and Eve treatments (couples massage followed by champagne on your private balcony), but there is also great diving and snorkelling here and other water sport options. Especially in the off-season, the Mihiri Island Resort is a fantastic bargain for a honeymoon resort.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,346 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,408 per night
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Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Resort

  • Water villas: 45
  • Total rooms/suites: 45

 

The Gili Lankanfushi Maldives (formerly known as Soneva Gili by Six Senses) is easily among the finest resorts in the Maldives, if not the world. It features 45 water villas that range in size from huge to ridiculous, the largest of which is by far the largest water villa in the world. Everything here is extremely well done, including the restaurants and the service.

 

It’s important to note that the style here is meant to be “No news, no shoes,” meaning that it’s casual, private, and remote. The 8 largest water villas (including the huge one) are all only reachable by boat, which might be one reason why this place is popular with the very rich and famous. Considering everything, it’s amazing that rates are actually reasonably within the middle of the 5-star category.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,262 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,956 per night
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Veligandu Island Resort – Maldives

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

 

With 64 water villas, most of which have their own private Jacuzzi on their private deck, the Veligandu Resort is another excellent bargain for honeymoon couples without unlimited funds. The Jacuzzi villas are only a bit more expensive than the basic ones, and all of them include a full-board meal plan, making it an even better bargain than it seems.

 

This is a proper 4-star resort with all the amenities you could expect, at a very reasonable rate. There’s a luxury spa focusing on both men and women, and very good diving and snorkelling, plus a surprising number of other daytime activities. You might find a few families here, but mostly it’s a couples resort, and a very good one at that, where many guests return every year.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$825 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,065 per night
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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa – Maldives

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

 

Part of the luxurious Taj hotel chain based in India, the Taj Exotica Resort is a solid 5-star private island featuring 55 water villas. For a modest upgrade, you can get a private plunge pool on the deck of your oversized villa, with all the 5-star amenities you could imagine just inside. Even without the upgrade, you’ll find rooms with Wi-Fi, a mini bar, dry cleaning and air conditioning.

 

The service here is one of the many things that gets rave reviews from guests, and the overwater spa is said to be one of the finest in all of the Maldives. The location is also very convenient, being only a short speedboat ride from the Maldives International Airport, making it perfect for even shorter honeymoons. The online specials during the off-season put this into the bargain category, which is astounding considering all that is included here.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,182 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,376 per night
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  1. Without a travel agent you are on your own!!! a total misconception
    that agents are a lot more expensive than online. What happens if something goes wrong the computer wont help but an agent will –
    do a bit more research to the original writer and i only hope you
    never need assistance apart from a computer to get you out of a situation!!!!!

    1. Roz,

      If I was a travel agent I’m sure I’d feel the same way. But the fact is that things don’t go wrong very often and even when they do it’s usually easy to fix as long as you deal with legit companies and resorts. For someone who has an extremely low risk tolerance travel agents are probably a great idea. For everyone else, it’s probably not worth it. -Roger

  2. There is so much more to a travel agent than just booking the trip. Yesterday I spend 1/2 my day changing a client’s flights and hotel reservations because her son suddenly got sick during the trip. Last weekend I had 2 sets of clients miss their flights so I spent my time accommodating and reassuring them, while they relaxed at the airport lounge. When a traveler is on vacation, unexpected things can happen. Emergencies can arise. A travel agent can handle all of this for them, so they can focus on their sick child, or whatever the case may be. "In all fairness", you are right. They may not NEED a travel agent for the booking process, but when the unexpected arises, they will need us then! And as the others have said, pricing is almost always the same whether you book online, or with an agent. We also have access to most all the same hotels as online…. plus the extra consortia perks, as Gabrielle mentioned.

  3. I have to agree with others that this article is just not true of what Travel Professionals truly offer a client. Most Travel Professionals don’t charge planning and booking fees. They often offer a low price guarantee and price match if they need to. Many Travel Professionals who do charge a planning or booking fee often apply it towards your balance and/or the tips and money they save you are far more than any planning or booking fee they may charge.

    Booking through a website (just a computer and not a true travel professional) is not a great option. Nobody is asking you the right questions to fit you to the best resorts/flights or council you on the merits of this and that because it’s a computer…..You can’t just go by the pretty pictures on the internet. We say "The Internet is for looking and not booking"

    Each resort has a different vibe, you need to be personally matched to the best accommodations out there that will fit you both because there are so many resort/flight/room choices out there and they’re not all the same or even good. There’s much to think about and consider when picking the right destination, travel dates-weather, resorts/flights/rooms.

    The question that you should ask yourself is, "Why would you take a chance on your Travel Investment and not call a Travel Professional" One whose actually been to the destination with hands on advice? A real reputable Travel Professional wants to talk to you or at least email you and not just put a website out there for you to self-book on while they try to make money on you while they sleep with website bookings that they’re making full commission on, that’s what they don’t want to tell you.

    Trying to talk potential clients out of booking with real Travel Professionals when you’re acting as an "absent" travel agent on a website and doing very little for the client in reality is ironic.
    I feel like this website/article attacks true Travel Professionals in an underhanded way so I will speak the real truth here.

    There are many Travel Professionals who highly specialize in Over Water Bungalows throughout the world, they’ve been to many of these resorts themselves so they have value in their knowledge and have professional relationships with resort owners, management and ground operators. Travel Professionals provide a wonderful service to you and that’s what its truly all about besides offering you some of the lowest prices with price drop guarantees and a host of many other perks!

    1. Heather,

      If I was a travel agent I’m sure I’d feel the same way you do. The point of the article is that savvy travelers (not necessarily first-time travelers) CAN book a Maldives holiday online and still get the exact same VIP experience that other visitors get. Websites like Agoda also book far more resorts than any offline travel agent does, so consumers get more choice. And many resorts do in fact offer lower prices when you book online.

      Some travelers are fussy and require hand-holding and make mistakes and want to make changes. It’s great that you are there for those types of travelers. But there is also a misconception that you NEED to use an offline travel agent to book a Maldives holiday and that’s definitely not true. Thanks for your passion and for all the help you give to those who need you. -Roger

  4. Hi there,
    With respect, I find the information in this article to be largely untrue. Travel agents work with all resorts (and even some B & B’s). They also have buying power and can secure better rates than what is seen online in a lot of cases. I think there is a real misconception out there from people who have only really ever booked online but really, there is a missed value, both monetary and experiential that goes with booking online. Also, many agents are part of a consortium that for example, will provide complimentary meals, complimentary nights, etc, whereas booking online you don’t get these kinds of things. Just my 2 cents anyway!

  5. disagree most of it!, i’ve always secured better deals from travel agents in the UK. Some of them offer upgrades, lounge access which were helpful. And most importantly we need ATOL protection for our whole booking which is only provided by the UK tour operators. This protects our flights all transfers and the resort booking. In any emergency we have the ATOL protection to bail us out.
    If you are not a fussy customer who wouldn’t mind ending up in a room that don’t wish to be, then booking from any other source is fine.
    Anyways, these are my thoughts. Hope you will publish this.

    1. Ryan,

      You make some good points and I guess each person has their own risk tolerance level. These days it’s common for purchases on many Visas and Mastercards to automatically have this kind of coverage, and you can buy travel insurance to cover it as well. Still, many people prefer a traditional high-street travel agent. My main point is that you don’t NEED a travel agent to book an ideal Maldives holiday because the online booking process is now so well organized and you don’t need any hand-holding once you land. Thanks for the comments. -Roger