With over 80 different water-villa resorts in the Maldives to choose from, you'll find that the overwater villas here are spread out throughout the entire nation. You'll also note that most of the oldest resorts opened up near the main international airport. On the other hand, most of the newer resorts are a long way away, making it so that you'll need to take a sea-plane flight that can be both time consuming and a bit expensive.
Fortunately, there are many water-villa resorts within a short and reasonable distance from the airport, including a surprising number of the top-rated resorts. These private-island hotels are all roughly a 15 and 55-minute speedboat ride from the dock at the airport, making it so that guests can literally be swimming in the lagoon below their water villa within an hour or so after their flight lands, while many are still waiting for their sea-plane flight to leave.