Maldives water bungalows under US$400 per night in high season
Those with huge bank accounts can choose from over 70 overwater villa resorts in the Maldives, including a few that charge well over US$1,000 per night even in low season, but others who are looking for cheap prices and great value have far fewer choices. The Chaaya Island Dhonveli Resort definitely deserves a look as it's one of the cheapest Maldives water villa resorts yet it gets great reviews and has many return customers.
With a total of 60 water bungalows in two different categories, the Chaaya Island Dhonveli Resort is a great choice for the romantic crowd and especially those who like nightlife, which can be hard to find on most Maldives private islands.
Water Bungalows at the Chaaya Island Dhonveli Resort starting at US$337 in off-season and at US$396 in high season.
The details: The best deals at the Chaaya Island Dhonveli are usually for longer stays of a week or more, and booked over 30 days in advance. Taxes and fees are additional to the above rates. The best online specials are found through Agoda, our booking partner, and you can check rates for your dates directly on the resort's booking page.
Four-star resort with great entertainment options
The water bungalows at the Chaaya Island Dhonveli Resort range from large for the normal ones up to huge for the overwater suites. You'll find all the 4-star amenities you'd expect at a luxury hotel in the tropics including a king-sized bed, a minibar, tea & coffee-making facilities, and even a Jacuzzi in every room.
During the day guests have access to a huge range of activities including surfing, which is rare in the Maldives, plus diving, snorkeling, fishing, canoeing, and a volleyball court. The difference at the Chaaya Island Dhonveli comes at night when you'll have access to five different restaurants and bars, which is quite a lot for a Maldives resort with only 115 rooms.
There's a Maldivian culture show and other live music, as well as disco nights and other proper nightlife. Those who choose to participate in the evenings will have several different choices, but of course the water bungalows are far enough away from the island facilities that you can relax in silence if that's your preference.
The resort features all-inclusive and a la carte options so there's a program to fit your style in either way.
Convenient location also saves money
Most Maldives resorts require an additional sea-plane ride once you get to Malé International Airport, and that typically costs US$400 return per person, but the Chaaya Island Resort is close enough that you can reach it on a 20-minute speed boat ride at considerable savings.