The Maldives, with their tropical inspired water bungalows, spa escapes and adventurous activities, beckon travelers of all kinds from around the world. Because of this, you'll find lots of competition between resorts with each one trying to outdo the next by offering the best of the best through a variety of resort amenities and views. One of the most talked about amenities that helps to separate certain overwater resorts from others is the presence of glass floors.

But glass floors aren't a new idea and many resorts scattered around the Maldives have them, which can make the choice of which one to choose a difficult one at best. Below you'll find a list we've complied of the 11 cheapest resorts in the Maldives that come with some sort of glass floor layout in their overwater villas.

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Glass floors in overwater rooms

A popular feature, glass floors help to add a little something extra to an already fantastic room. Sometimes they come in the form of a section of glass flooring that you can walk on, where as other times they are placed under a coffee table so that you can enjoy a morning drink as you watch the ocean below. Though you’ll already have a great view of the ocean from your villa’s windows and glass doors, glass floors help guests view the sea life under their bungalow easily without having to get wet. They’re also a great way to get a little entertainment without having to turn the TV on.

Maldives resorts with glass floors

Angaga Island Resort and Spa

  • Water villas: 20
  • Total rooms/suites: 70

 

One of the smaller private island resorts in the Maldives, the Angaga Island Resort & Spa offers its guests a relaxing island escape far from the ‘real’ world. As this is the case, guests will find that the resort is designed with couples in mind and is better suited for those looking for a romantic getaway over a family vacation.

 

Each overwater room includes air conditioning, a private deck with door access and is designed using natural bamboo furniture helping to tie in that tropical island feel from the outside in. Your access to the underwater world comes in the form of a glass bottom table where you can enjoy your morning coffee as you watch the sea life below you.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$503 per night
  • High season online specials from US$587 per night
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Velidhu Island Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 20
  • Total rooms/suites: 100

 

A private island with its own house reef, the Velidhu Island Resort sits in paradise, with a total of 20 overwater bungalows to choose from. There is only one restaurant on the island, however both breakfast and dinner are included, helping to sweeten the deal of a great price. This resort is also couple friendly, with a lack of a kid’s club or kid’s pool. So if you’re looking for a romantic atmosphere, this resort serves as a good choice.

 

Here you’ll find a large selection of water activities to partake in from leisurely snorkeling to high action windsurfing. Overwater villas include room service, an entertainment center and a stocked minibar. If you don’t feel like jumping in the water right when you wake up, you’ll have the chance to view the sea life below through a conveniently placed glass floor located under a small coffee table placed between two couches.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,281 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,416 per night
>More information about the Velidhu Island Resort – Maldives >Check rates

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Luxury Resort

  • Water villas: 80
  • Total rooms/suites: 221

 

A medium sized resort with a 5-star rating, the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Luxury Resort is great for both honeymooners and those seeking a pleasant, relaxing and romantic escape. Here you’ll also find a large selection of restaurants and bars with 10 right on-site. Guests will also find a long list of activities (both land and sea) to choose from as well as a spa to relax at after a full day of fun activities.

 

Though the vast amount of resort activities may impress you, the rooms will do just the same. Each comes with its own sundeck, wine cellar, 2 rain showers and a jetted tub. The main attraction however, may just be the glass flooring located right next to your bed, making the ocean below one of the first things you see when you wake up and one of last at the end of the day.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$875 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,147 per night
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Thulhagiri Island Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 34
  • Total rooms/suites: 86

 

Located close to the main section of the Maldives, the Thulhagiri Island Resort is great for those looking for more of a simple private island hotel on a budget. With almost as many overwater bungalows as there are island rooms, guests will have the opportunity to choose from a nice sized amount of rooms.

 

Though the resort is classified as between a 3-star and 4-star, rooms are impressive with all of the basic amenities as well as some luxury options. Within each water villa you’ll find air conditioning, a mini refrigerator, natural bamboo furniture and both hot and cold fresh water in the modern luxury bathroom. You’ll also find a private sundeck. Helping to wet your appetite for the water, you’ll find a glass bottom table in your room.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$304 per night
  • High season online specials from US$740 per night
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Adaaran Club Rannalhi – Maldives

  • Water villas: 34
  • Total rooms/suites: 130

 

Located on an large piece of land, an island the size of 5 hectares,  the Adaaran Club Rannalhi Resort is great for those travelers seeking an endless amount of snorkeling and diving during their vacation. Guests can choose between a full board or all inclusive option, each of which offer a good value.

 

The 34 water villas available offer a mini bar, personal safe and a private sun deck. Some units also offer a glass floor section that allows you to view the ocean and its creatures straight from your room along with the views from your private deck and the walkway to your villa. A boutique, gem and jewelry shop and a spa also await guests.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$562 per night
  • High season online specials from US$702 per night
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Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives – All inclusive

  • Water villas: 70
  • Total rooms/suites: 80

 

Far away from the Maldives’s main hub, the Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives offers solitude at its finest. With that said, this resort is better suited for couples and honeymooners and not so much families. The reef surrounding the island is one of the best and great for those who love to snorkel and scuba dive.

 

Each room offers a long list of amenities including but not limited to, air conditioning, beach towels, life jackets, a mini bar, sewing and vanity kit as well as a private deck great for watching the ocean throughout the day. Each room also offers a great glass bottom floor section that is just perfect for viewing purposes. You’ll find this glass floor right before your exit onto your balcony.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$671 per night
  • High season online specials from US$892 per night
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Adaaran Prestige Vadoo – Maldives

  • Water villas: 40
  • Total rooms/suites: 50

 

Most resorts in the Maldives are surrounded by clear waters with bits and pieces of reef, but what helps to separate the Adaaran Prestige Vadoo from all the others is that it is surrounded by reef on all four sides of the island, making for a nice selection of snorkeling and swimming. You’ll also find at each water villa is large in size with its own plunge pool located on a private deck. Because of how the water villas a situated, guests will find a choice of either a sunset villa or a sunrise villa. This is a clever feature, as you can adapt your vacation to whether you are an early riser or not.

 

Inside each room you’ll find a hot tub, mini bar and a coffee and espresso maker. If you love good personalized service you’ll find exactly that with your very own 24 hour butler service. An added bonus is the underwater viewing available through the glass floor section of your room.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$875 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,046 per night
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Adaaran Prestige Water Villas All-Inclusive – Maldives

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

 

A resort solely made up of water villas, the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas Resort is a 5-star resort that really lives up to its rating. Here you’ll find a private restaurant and bar as well as a spa offering several treatments and features such as manicures, facials, massages and aromatherapy. If you’re looking for a great wedding site, you’ll find a helping hand as you plan your dream destination wedding right on the island.

 

The amenities continue straight into your room where you’ll find a mini bar, complimentary bottled water, a bathroom phone, the availability of an in-room massage, a private jacuzzi right on your very own deck and much more. Slightly different from the other resorts offering a glass viewing area, here you’ll find that instead of being located in your room, it’s outside on your deck on the other side of the door and a bit larger.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,009 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,127 per night
>More information about the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas All-Inclusive – Maldives >Check rates

Six Senses Laamu – Maldives

  • Water villas: 73
  • Total rooms/suites: 97

 

With a large number of overwater rooms, much more so than the island rooms available, the Six Senses Laamu Resort is perfect for those who want to spend as much time relaxing as possible. The resort feel is definitely more island than luxury, though you’ll still find luxurious amenities at every turn. On-site you’ll find a full service spa, several restaurants all offering different styles of plates and a dive center among other water activities.

 

In each room you’ll find a private water garden, personal bar, panoramic upper dining deck and the availability of hypo-allergenic pillows on request. Not only will you find a perfectly placed large glass bottom table on deck but a sunken ocean view all glass bathtub.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,367 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,611 per night
>More information about the Six Senses Laamu – Maldives >Check rates

Robinson Club Maldives

  • Water villas: 25
  • Total rooms/suites: 101

 

With a house reef that blows the others out of the water, The Robinson Club Maldives Resort is an internationally famous resort that attracts most of its visitors from Europe. Here travelers will find a great selection of snorkeling and diving at various depths around and on the reef. You’ll also find other water activities including surfing and sailing. After your day on the water you’ll find relaxation at the on-site WellFit spa.

 

Once you settle down and relax in your overwater villa, you’ll find a 32″ satellite TV, jacuzzi, the choice of air conditioning or ceiling fan, a mini bar and 24 hour room service. You’ll also find that a large room equals a large glass flooring section for ocean viewing. Located in front of the bed and between two chairs, sea life views have never been easier to find.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$450 per night
  • High season online specials from US$620 per night
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Lily Beach Resort And Spa – Maldives All inclusive

  • Water villas: 56
  • Total rooms/suites: 119

 

With a large number of water villas, some partially overwater while others are completely over the ocean, the Lily Beach Resort & Spa is a private island resort that may cost more than the others on this list, but the price is well worth it as the resort specializes in all inclusive packages that include both food and drinks. This resort is also ranked as one of the best resorts in the Maldives and is perfect for those seeking an island honeymoon.

 

Each room comes complete with a king size 4 poster bed, free Wi-Fi, room service both day and night and air conditioning. Select rooms also have a rather large glass viewing floor panel that extends down the hallway. Through the glass, you’ll not only see the ocean below but some of the beams that support the villa. These serve as great homes for small creatures, so make sure to keep an eye out, especially at night as you might see some interesting sea life.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,223 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,314 per night
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    1. The tips are in the article and overwater bungalows mostly start at US$300 per night in the absolute cheapest places, but US$600 per night is more realistic in the more desirable places. -Roger

    1. Pam,

      We keep a full list of all overwater bungalows in the Caribbean, and each one is describe in pretty great detail. I have no reason to think that the ones in Panama aren’t safe, although I haven’t been myself. They tend to attract scuba divers and they are very popular from what I can see. There are also overwater bungalows at the Disney Resort on a lake, so that’s another one to look into. Sorry I’m not of more help. -Roger

  1. Hi there. We’re a family of 6 (mum, dad, and four boys 16, 15, 13 and 8) who primarily surf, but also want to enjoy time snorkelling etc. We’d love to stay nearest to decent surf (doesn’t have to be massive though! Just really fun waves-especially as the 8 year old needs to be involved and me (mum) doesn’t really surf bigger than 2-3 foot either these days :)). We desperately want to stay in a water villa but are so happy to do it on the cheap (thats we how we travel-always on a massive budget, so as long as rooms are clean that’s all we care about). Can you recommend anywhere/a few cheap water villas for us? Thanks so much! We’re coming April 13th-April 20th.

    1. Samantha,

      Your main challenge will be that most overwater resorts only allow 3 guests per bungalow and a few allow 4 guests per bungalow, but none of them allow 6. You’d have to get two overwater villas for six people and that would start at around US$700 per night at even the cheapest place. A few of the Maldives water villa resorts have surfing beaches, and the cheapest way to pull that off would be to get one water villa and one island villa and take turns in the water villa. Sorry the news isn’t any better. -Roger

  2. Hi
    I wish to combine a trip to Tahiti with a trip to Easter Island next year. Do you have suggestions for somewhere in Tahiti that is an over water option? Also do you know if it is correct that Tahiti and Easter Island are only connected on a Tuesday by air? Do you have any recommendations for how to combine the two? We are flying from NZ.

  3. I am currently planning a birthday and graduation get away, two weeks, two islands, over the water and beach front looking at next April any suggestions on how to save $? I know if we do the over the water on Moorea vs Bora Bora will save some $. Anything else would be much appreciated.

    1. Rosary,

      I’d say your best strategy for (hopefully) saving some money, or rather getting a free upgrade, is to book only two nights are so in each overwater bungalow and the rest in a beach room. You will have a much better chance of a room upgrade compared to anyone who is only booked in a beach room, so you should be at the top of the list. You might end up 4 or 5 nights in an overwater bungalow that way while only paying for two and the rest in a beach room. It’s a bit risky if you REALLY want to spend most of the week overwater, but it could work.

      Honestly, the overwater experience is amazing for a few days but the novelty wears off a bit after that because you always have to walk much farther to get anywhere compared to the beach rooms. April is one of the slowest months in the South Pacific, so you should be getting pretty good rates as it is. Sorry I don’t have more advice for you. -Roger

  4. You mentioned eco-style resorts in the Caribbean that are fairly affordable. Do you have a list of these? We would love to stay in an affordable over the water bungalow but don’t want to have to fly all the way to Tahiti.

  5. Soleena,
    for the future
    I hope you don’t mind me sharing 🙂
    It is considered rude to use capital letters when chatting. It is considered to be shouting. You did not sound like you were cross so I thought you’d like to know. Cheers Audrey

  6. FIRST AND FOREMOST, I MUST COMMEND YOU ON YOUR ATTENTIVE, RESPONSIVE DEDICATION TO ASSISTING THOSE THAT SEEK GUIDANCE AND OR SOME SENSE OF DIRECTION ON THE ENDLESS PLETHORA OF VACATION DESTINATIONS AND THE POTENTIAL DISCOUNTED RATES AND TRAVEL PACKAGES. VERY ADMIRABLE, I HAVE TO ADMIT!

    AND AS FAR AS MY CONCERNS GO, DO YOU KNOW OF A RELIABLE AND LEGIT, YET DECENTLY/AFFORDABLY- PRICED WATER BUNGALOW RESORT/HOTEL/ETC., THAT I COULD BOOK IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS FOR A POTENTIAL 4-7 NIGHTS STAY- DURING THE END OF TIS MONTH THRU THE END OF SEPTEMBER? Thanks so much sweetheart!

    1. Soleena,

      Thank you for the kind words, and sorry for the delayed response. We actually do an annual list of the cheapest overwater bungalow resorts in the world on our sister site. You’ve probably seen it, but you may not have realized that it’s the same data. There are no secret places that aren’t on the list, at least if you are looking for a "honeymoon-style" overwater bungalow. Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll try to help, and more quickly this time. -Roger

    1. Jacki,

      There is a new resort opening next year in Panama with honeymoon-style overwater bungalows. We don’t know the rates yet, but they should be far more affordable than the new Sandals resorts in Jamaica. If you are okay with the eco-style resorts, there are many in the Caribbean that are fairly affordable. -Roger

  7. hello there
    this will be our first time traveling to the maldives ,
    my wife and me want a nice romantic place with a private pool in our overwater bungallow and a beautiful view ,,this will be our second honey moon ,,, wich island or resort do you recomend

    thank you so much .

    1. Agustin,

      Actually, we have a list of the best Maldives water villa resorts with private pools. The first one on the list is amazing and it’s also the best of the all-inclusives, though it’s quite expensive. If you are looking for one that is more modestly priced you’ll want to focus on the bottom one on the list, the Irufushi Beach and Spa Resort. The water villas there are huge and all have private pools. Have a great trip and let me know if I can help further. -Roger

  8. Is there a number to call to tell an advisor what exactly we want / expect out of our trip so they can recommend the best resort thay would fit our needs. Also which part of maldives is the best to stay as far as entertainment brar by etc.

    1. Kira,

      We are primarily an online guide to water villa resorts and we don’t do bookings or consultations, although I try to offer advice when I can. As far as which part of the Maldives, each resort there (by law) is on a private island, and each one is different. If you are looking for a place with nightlife and entertainment then you’ll want to book at one of the larger places like Meeru Island, as they have multiple bars and night time activities. Some of the smaller resorts have nothing beyond the dinner service and a small bar. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  9. I am dreaming and want to plan a trip for a ann. next year. a couple different places so I see all the beauty in Tahiti or where ever I can afford. please send me more info and updated rates. THANKS for the tips.

  10. I really want to stay in a over water bungalow at some point in time. So can you get an all-inclusive with 2 or 3 day in the bungalow and then move to an island room?

    1. Dee,

      Yes, you can definitely stay in an overwater bungalow for only part of a stay at a resort. In fact, it’s mentioned above that this is a pretty good strategy to possibly get an upgrade for additional days or perhaps your whole stay. Best of luck with this. -Roger

    1. Katherine,

      They are good deals if you enjoy drinking more than one or two alcoholic drinks each day. Generally, pretty much all the activities are included at all overwater resorts, so it’s pretty much food and drinks that are part of all-inclusive. And it’s not surprising that alcohol tends to be quite expensive (as does food) at these resorts, so all-inclusive is best for drinkers. Otherwise, you are subsidizing big drinkers if you don’t consume much alcohol.

      It’s also worth noting that nearly all the all-inclusive overwater resorts in the world are in the Maldives. There are none like that in or near Bora Bora. -Roger

    1. Alino,

      There is a link to the cheapest online booking site for each resort on each page. Just look for the link that says "Check for online specials…"