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.

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Lower cost and more flexibility

When planning a vacation to the Maldives, there are many people who don’t know that you have to pay for your transport to and from the resort chosen. A speedboat ride can range between US$50 and US$450 per person to and from, and the sea-plane flights range from US$350 to US$600 per person to and from.


Another reason to choose a resort near the airport is that you can come or go with more flexibility that you would be granted if you had to travel future to your resort. It’s true that most flights arrive and depart from the Maldives in the morning, however, not all of them operate on that schedule, and for those that don’t, you will have to stay the night near the airport. Many of the resorts listed below can pick you up or drop you back at any hour of the day, while the sea-plane flights can only go during sunlight.

Perfect for a short stay in the Maldives

While most people agree that the sea-plane flights are a big highlight during their trip, they can (and will) take up a large part of both your arrival and your departure days. Many people are still at the airport many hours after their long-haul flight landed because they are stuck waiting for their sea-plane flight. In addition, you’ll note that all the resorts insist on guests leaving very early in the morning to get back to the airport.


With a resort close to the airport you can often travel to the airport even with only a couple hours to go until your flight. If you are staying a week or more this isn’t a big problem, but for those staying only 2 or 3 nights you don’t want to lose many hours both coming and going.

Maldives Water-Villa Resorts Near the Malé International Airport

Below are 15 water-villa resorts listed from the closest to the furthest out, which range from 15 minutes to 55 minutes by speedboat directly from the airport.

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives

  • Water villas: 64
  • Total rooms/suites: 140


15-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


A stunning resort that offers a  large amount of rooms to select from, the Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives is a solid choice for those who are looking for a luxury vacation but don’t have deep pockets. In fact, this resort holds a nice 4-star ranking and deals a lot with half-board options. This means that though it doesn’t operate on a fully all-inclusive basis, there are some added perks with each stay.


In each of the rooms, you’ll find a good Wi-Fi connection, an entertainment center with a TV, room service, a furnished terrace with wooden steps that lead directly into the ocean, ceiling fans, a mini bar, and a coffee and tea making area that’s perfect for those lazy mornings inside. In addition, guests will also find a lovely spa that grants guests access to nine different massage and treatment rooms, a large swimming pool, a fitness center, water sports coupled with a water sports center, and a nice little island boutique for some fun shopping.


  • Low season online specials from US$630 per night
  • High season online specials from US$760 per night
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Adaaran Prestige Vadoo – Maldives

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


15-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


The Adaaran Prestige Vadoo consists solely of 40 water villas, each that plays hosts with its own personal butler. However small the resort is, each water villa is large and very well appointed, and the butlers have a reputation for smoothing out the fine details of a holiday, including putting meal orders in early and automatically, among other things.


Each villa also comes with a glass floor section that allows for sea life viewing directly below, as well as a large Jacuzzi tub with a view in the bathroom. The snorkeling and diving are excellent in the house reef within the lagoon, making it a very popular option with water lovers. Though there is only one restaurant and a cigar bar, the restaurant is also located over the water and serves food of very high standards, so this is an ideal smaller resort for romantic couples in particular.


  • Low season online specials from US$878 per night
  • High season online specials from US$990 per night
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Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

  • Water villas: 56
  • Total rooms/suites: 176


15-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa part of a larger international chain and is a pretty large resort that houses a total of 176 rooms, 56 of which reside completely over the water. The overwater villas here feature Wi-Fi, an entertainment system, 24 hour room service, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, a wine fridge, a refrigerator, and a fully stocked mini bar. In addition, guests will find free daily mineral water, plush bathrobes, bath slippers, and beach towels which help to make each stay a little extra special.


Outside of the rooms, the resort’s Shine Spa impresses many with a wide assortment of massages, treatments and select therapies. If you’re looking for one or more fun activities to partake in during your stay here, you’ll want to look into the scuba diving, sailing, snorkeling, water skiing, and knee boarding activities that are available right on-site. When you’re done having fun on the water, make sure to enjoy a new favorite dish at one of the resort’s several dining options.


  • Low season online specials from US$595 per night
  • High season online specials from US$815 per night
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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa – Maldives

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


15-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


Found on a small private island that’s not far south of the capital, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is a 5-star property that is operated by the famous Taj Resorts group of India. Here you’ll find 55 water villas that range in several classes from large to enormous, making this another small resort that impresses with over the top rooms. The least-expensive class offers great value considering this small island is first-class all the way.


The higher classes of water villas each come with their own private plunge pool that rests on the back terrance, along with many other luxury amenities. You’ll even find that the resort has a Presidential Villa Suite, which is one of the largest and most luxurious water villas currently in the entire world.


  • Low season online specials from US$1,182 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,376 per night
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Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives

  • Water villas: 60
  • Total rooms/suites: 115


20-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


Situated among the best value resorts in the Maldives, the Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives Resort is also only a 20 minute speedboat ride from the airport, so it’s an ideal choice for a water villa holiday on the tightest of budgets.


This resort happens to offer half-board (breakfast and dinner) packages as well, so guests shouldn’t have to worry about what can sometimes be considered extraordinary  in terms of the cost of food in the Maldives. There’s also a surfing beach here, which isn’t very common for the Maldives, though you will want to note that it does come at a slightly higher price. If you are looking for an inexpensive water villa (or island room) for a short stay, this should be one of the first places you consider.


  • Low season online specials from US$1,226 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,226 per night
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Paradise Island Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 62
  • Total rooms/suites: 282


20-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


With 282 rooms and villas in total, the Paradise Island Resort is one of the largest such resorts in the Maldives. The location of this resort is only 20 minutes from the Male Airport via a speedboat so the transfer price of around US$200 per person is cheaper than the more remote resorts that are currently only accessible by sea plane.


What you will find about this resort however, is that it is more of an old-school resort, though it has been updated and renovated on a regular basis for quite a while. The water villas here are often booked pretty far in advance, so it can be challenging to find availability if you’re looking to book right before you start your vacation. If you are okay with an island bungalow then this one offers some very good rates that are ideal for shorter stays.


  • Low season online specials from US$558 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,079 per night
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Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Resort

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


20-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


While it’s not the most expensive in all of the Maldives, the Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Resort (formerly known as Soneva Gili by Six Senses), might just be the finest overwater villa resort on this planet. Each of the 56 water villas here is enormous and come equipped with an extremely long and detail list of features and luxury amenities. Even the least expensive water villa here includes a large open-air living room featuring daybeds and a dining area, while the others get even more decadent.


The two restaurants and two bars here are also considered among the best in the Maldives, as is the on-site spa. Guests who are interested in gaining extreme privacy during their stay might like to choose one of the 7 Crusoe Residences, which are very large and only accessible by a small private ferry that runs whenever a guest seeks it to. Better yet, the Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Resort resort features what they refer to as their Private Reserve, which is located even farther out into the lagoon, and at over 1,400 square meters, it’s by far the largest water villa in the world.


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

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


25-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


The Baros Resort Maldives is an extremely popular resort that some like to consider as having one of the most beautiful settings in the region. What should also be noted is that this particular resort is very popular with both the honeymooning crowd and the family crowd. The 30 water villas that you’ll find here are all on the large side, and pleasantly configured in a semi-circle so guests don’t have direct neighbors like they do at most other nearby resorts. You may have figured out by now, by reading through this list, that the Maldives is known for having overwater rooms that are larger than normal sized resort rooms, which is one of the reasons people flock to this region.


There are four restaurants, two bars, and a full-service spa, all of which are on-site, which is just very impressive for a resort that only has 75 rooms. The diving and snorkeling here are truly great, and there are many other activities and excursions available to paying guests. Many guests who visit once, return year after year, which certainly indicates Baros Island is doing something right.


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

  • Water villas: 45
  • Total rooms/suites: 129


25-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


Armed with a convenient location on a small island that’s only a short speedboat ride away from the airport, the Velassaru Maldives resort has 45 water villas that range in size from large to very large. The room sizes make is so that the resort offers good value for those who put a premium on private space. Amenities such as a wine chiller, an espresso machine, and a home theater system in each room make this a well-appointed 4-star property.


You’ll want to take not that this is mostly a couples resort, and while families are welcome, the Velassaru Maldives is better suited to honeymooners and romantic getaways. There are four restaurants and all the usual water activities that are commonly found in the Maldives.


  • Low season online specials from US$962 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,022 per night
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Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas All-Inclusive – Maldives

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


30-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


The Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas Resort is in the solid 4-star category, but with some 5-star features such as a personal butler for each villa. In addition to the normal selection of water sports to enjoy and partake in, this resort also houses a proper surf beach along with rentals and lessons, making it very popular with the surfing crowd.


The water villas at this location are all quite large and luxurious, which can’t be said of the beach villas at the sister resort on the island, so it’s probably best to pay for the better rooms here. There are four restaurants and bars in addition to 24-hour in-villa room service, so this could be a good honeymoon hotel, especially for those who like to surf.


  • Low season online specials from US$1,516 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,604 per night
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Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa – Maldives

  • Water villas: 38
  • Total rooms/suites: 110


35-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


Offering among the best values in the 5-star category, the Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa features only 36 water villas, but each is enormous and comes complete with an infinity-edge bathrub-for-two that extends luxury with a stunning view of the lagoon. Each water villa also features a large private deck complete with an outdoor shower, which is a common feature in the super-luxury resorts.


There are four restaurants at the Anantara Dhigu Resort, each offering high quality menus and interesting offerings, but guests here also have access to four more restaurants and plus activities at the Anantara Veli Resort, which is a short-and-free boat ride across the lagoon. This is a great choice for romantic couples in particular.


  • Low season online specials from US$674 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,545 per night
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COMO Cocoa Island Resort – Maldives

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


40-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


For an unforgettable boutique 5-star experience you’ll want to look deeply into the COMO Cocoa Island Resort, which just so happens to feature 33 water villas that are all shaped like Maldivian fishing boats, plus 3 beach side villas. As one of the smallest of the water villa resorts on this list and in the whole of the Maldives, this provides an intimate experience that is ideal for honeymooners, but probably not well suited to families or groups.


There’s only one restaurant and one bar at this location, but each offer top notch standard and offer a large variety of drinks and plates to enjoy. The diving and snorkeling in the area are excellent, which might help make up for the smaller number of other activities. Still, for romantic holidays, the style and simplicity of the resort might be perfect for you.


  • Low season online specials from US$1,243 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,835 per night
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Adaaran Club Rannalhi – Maldives

  • Water villas: 15
  • Total rooms/suites: 115


45-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


It’s a 45-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport to Adaaran Club Ranhali, making this resort a great choice for a shorter stay or a guest who doesn’t like flying by sea plane. This is one of the few all-inclusive resorts within close range of the airport, so it’s actually a much better value than you might otherwise realize.


They’ve only got 34 overwater bungalows to go along with the 96 island bungalows, so sometimes the water bungalows can get booked up well in advance. Since much of the room rate goes towards the food and alcohol packages, the differences in rates for the water rooms isn’t that much. In other words, they tend to be good value when they are available.


  • Low season online specials from US$889 per night
  • High season online specials from US$940 per night
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Sun Siyam Olhuveli Resort & Spa – Maldives

  • Water villas: 60
  • Total rooms/suites: 164


45-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


The Olhuveli Beach Resort & Spa is one of the larger private-island resorts within a speedboat ride of the Male International Airport, which helps to make it very popular. You’ll find a nice selection of water villas here, which are broken down into 60 water villas, 34 Jacuzzi Water Villas, and several posh water villa suites.


The round-trip speedboat transfer to Olhuveli tends to be around US$500 per person, which is one of the more expensive speedboat transfers in the Maldives. In fact, that’s about what you pay for a sea plane ride to resorts that are located in the more distant atolls. The one advantage with this one is that the speedboats can operate almost around the clock, while the sea planes can only depart between sunrise and about 3:30pm. When thinking about this, you might have to stay near the airport if you need a sea plane, while you can come straight to Olhuveli in the late afternoon or even into the evening.


  • Low season online specials from US$464 per night
  • High season online specials from US$650 per night
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Meeru Island Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 106
  • Total rooms/suites: 286


55-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport


An extremely large resort with nearly 300 different rooms on-site, the Meeru Island Resort is a nice solid choice for visitors looking for a well priced stay that resides in the 4-star range. Each of the rooms available, including the 106 overwater villas, come with a large amount of amenities that include Wi-Fi, a sitting area, air conditioning, tropical plants, a wooden sundeck complete with a private walled in outdoor area with a jacuzzi, and stairs that lead directly into the sea for quick swimming access.


Outside of the rooms and around the resort, guests will find several dining options as there are more than a dozen restaurants and bars on-site, which again, is an impressive feature. If you’re traveling with family, especially those that are younger, you’ll find lots to do and see including a wide variety of water activities including snorkeling and a children’s wading pool. If you’re more romantically inclined, don’t quickly count this resort out as there are 2 beautiful and large honeymoon suites that may serve as just the thing you’ve been looking for.


  • Low season online specials from US$518 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,062 per night
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  1. Hi Roger,

    If my budget is 500 usd / day and planning to visit Maldives in low season (August). Which would be your hands down suggestion for a over water villa? Snorkelling and Beach are priority.


    1. Vignesh,

      You’ll get very good snorkeling and great beaches at pretty much every overwater villa resort in the Maldives. It’s hard to pick one place because some really great resorts will offer promotions for certain dates if they aren’t very full yet. If I were you I’d put in your travel dates and check the cheaper places to find the one that sounds best to you. It’s kind of hard to believe, but nearly every one of those resorts is fantastic. -Roger

  2. Hello! Looking for a lovely resort in the Maldives for our family of 4. One caveat is that my child has many food allergies, so the ability to make his food safely and from scratch is a must. I know many all-inclusives have the standard western holiday foods, which generally doesn’t work for us. What would you recommend? We are looking at around $1000USD per day, but happy to pay a little more if it gives us the personal level of service we require. Thank you!

    1. Shiva,

      That does sound like a tricky situation. Unfortunately I’m not aware of a single Maldives resort that allows guests to cook for themselves from scratch. On your budget you should be able to find a place with a very good kitchen and chef staff, so perhaps you could contact the resort to work with them? But I’m not aware of any resorts that have anything more than a microwave oven and a mini fridge. Sorry about that. -Roger

  3. Hi Roger,
    We are two families, each with two adults and an 11 year old child, heading to Maldives in April. We’ve been recommended to go to Smartline Eriyadu. Is it one that you have ever recommended?
    There’s too much choice!

    1. Colette,

      I agree that is seems like there is too much choice in the Maldives, and it’s made more difficult that every resort looks amazing. Smartline Eriyadu doesn’t have water villas so I know almost nothing about it since this website is all about overwater rooms. But it does look nice for a smaller resort in the lower price category. If you don’t want a water villa that place could work well. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  4. Hi Roger,
    What would you recommend for first timers in Maldives with an 18 months old toddler? We don’t necessarily need a water villa but do prefer a nice relaxing beach villa near blue waters. Budget is maybe USD600 per night.

    1. Rose,

      I wish I could help you with this one, but I’m not a parent and I don’t really know the unique things that an 18-month-old requires. Nearly all of these Maldives private-island resorts have beach villas that are quite private and don’t share walls with other villas. I’d think you’d want one like that so you’ve got plenty of great choices. The resorts on the article above are resorts that specifically cater to families, so they’d be great places to start looking. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. -Roger

  5. Hi Roger,
    Am looking for stay suggestions for a group of 2 adults and 3 kids (ages 12-16) for November for 3-5 nights. We are keen to try out maximum activities and would like to stay in a water villa. Also, availability of Indian vegetarian food will be preferred. Budget is about USD 2000 for entire stay for all inclusive option.

    1. Anat,

      Nearly all of the Maldives water villa resorts allow 3 guests per room, and almost every villa has a fold-out bed. So just check for the resort you like best and then check their policy. You shouldn’t have any trouble. -Roger

  6. Hi Roger,
    So much choice I need your advice please!
    My husband and I have been to Maldives a few times but now thinking if taking our 3 teenage daughters with us so looking for a more teenage friendly as opposed to couply resort. They’re not into kids/teenage clubs, organised activities etc. Into water sports, snorkelling etc. Would like water bungalows although not sure how this will work possibly 2?!

    Thanks in advance

    1. Laine,

      One challenge is that most Maldives resorts only allow 3 guests per water villa, and a few allow 4 guests, but none allow more than that except for the 2-bedroom units, which start at around US$2,500 per night. So you’ll need 2 water villas, or perhaps 1 water villa and one island room.

      If you don’t need “family” facilities such as Kids Clubs, you should probably just search among the larger resorts for good deals on your travel dates. The larger resorts typically have many more water sports and activities. I often recommend Meeru Island, which is the largest, but it’s such a large island that it feels half empty even when it’s full. They have more facilities than any other resort, including a small golf course and several pools. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  7. Hi Roger, need a help here. Planning to go to Maldives in mid-end Dec. A family of 6, 4 kids (14, 12, 7 and 4). We really want to experience water villa and look for where 6 of us can be in 1 villa. Any suggestion and advice are greatly appreciated.Thanks

    1. Sinta,

      Sorry for the slow response, but I was on a trip. Unfortunately, the most you can fit into a standard water villa in the Maldives is 4 people, and most limit it to 3 people. Many of them don’t even allow younger children in the water villas at all because the piers don’t have hand railings and the terraces for the villas don’t either. A handful of the super-luxury water villa resorts have 2-bedroom units, but those start at around US$3,000 per night. So your best and cheapest option would be to get 2 normal water villas at a more affordable resort. With your situation with 4 children that may not be ideal, of course. Sorry the news isn’t better. -Roger

  8. How is the drinking water in the Maldives? Strange question, I know, but when we vacation in Mexico and have to be ever vigilant about avoiding ice cubes and tap water, and when I travel to India for work and worry about pathogens in water and food, it’s EXHAUSTING. I’m hatching a plan to take a big trip with my family, but I don’t have the energy to police my kids on what they eat/drink etc.

    1. Kristen,

      The tap water at most Maldives resorts gets shipped onto the island and fed into the system. From everything I’ve heard, it’s actually drinkable for the most part, unlike most other places in Asia. However, I think pretty much all resorts not only recommend that you drink bottled water, but they typically leave a couple bottles in each room each day. You can also buy more from a little store on each island, or pay a higher price if you drink additional bottles out of the minibar. Obviously it depends on the resort, but my experience is that safe bottled drinking water is always a fairly reasonable price in places where tap water isn’t perfectly potable.

      Overall you will be very impressed with the Maldives, at least once you get to one of the private-island resorts. The standards of hygiene and that sort of thing are much better than you’d typically get in Thailand, for example. Have a wonderful trip. -Roger

  9. Roger, my question is slightly different. I have a family of 5 (2 boys – college and 1 daughter – HS). We are exploring the Maldives from a trip to Dubai. So far, so good. And from your answers, I got most of my lodging questions answered. The issue is then getting to Africa. Flights out of Male appear challenging. If we were trying to get to either Narobi or Capetown from Male, are we somewhat kidding ourselves or am I missing anything?

  10. Hi Roger,
    You seem to be quite an expert so wanted to ask for your opinion!
    We (My wife, 2 year old ,9 months old and I) are planning to spend 3-4 nights in the Maldives towards end of March/April.
    1- Would the weather be OK then?
    2- Is a beach villa "safer" for our toddler – Ideally we would want a water villa.
    3- Is it better to take a full board option?
    Any recommendation from your end would be highly appreciated! (I checked the lists of Family resort AND the water villas for 4 that you published which I found very useful).
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Gabriel,

      Sorry for the slow response, but I was moving.

      1. The weather in the Maldives is pretty much perfect and identical all year long, except that June can be a bit rainy. Otherwise it’s warm every day and every night, and the rain storms tend to last no more than 30 minutes at a time.

      2. Many resorts won’t even book young children in a water villa, although some will if you sign a waiver. They all have a heavy sliding glass door or other heavy door to get out to the deck, so as long as the 2-year-old isn’t able to open that on their own, you should be okay. The decks do usually have one fully open side, so you’d want to have strict supervision when the kids are out on the deck. The walkways to reach the villas are usually without rails as well, so you do need to be careful.

      3. Most resorts include breakfast in the room rate. The full-board option would include a buffet lunch and dinner, so it really depends on what the rates are with or without that. Food in the Maldives is not cheap. In an a la carte restaurant at one of these resorts you’d be paying at least US$20 or so for lunch and probably US$30 for dinner for the adults. So for a couple, those meals will add about US$100 per day to the cost. If the full-board option is cheaper than that, it’s a good deal.

      I don’t have any specific recommendations for water villa resorts for families with young children. And again, many places won’t even allow them in the water villas. You might even consider an island villa for part of the stay and a water villa for only one or two nights, so you can experience it without having to worry the whole trip. Sorry I can’t be of more help on this. -Roger

  11. Hi Roger:
    I’m looking at spending about 4 days in Maldives – have been researching and viewing all the different resorts with 4 star and higher water villas. I’m a widower and this will be my first solo vacation, my planned dates are: mid December or mid January. Is one time better than the other weather wise and price wise?
    I just want a quite get away with a great spa. I’m also a strict vegetarian – will I have issues with food variety and I don’t drink alcohol?
    Is it good to take an all inclusive option, because I understand the meal are rather expensive? Can you recommend 3 places that fit what I’m looking for and my max budget is upto $700/night.
    I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.

    1. Jay,

      December and January are the same for the weather, and as long as you avoid the Christmas and New Year’s weeks, the rates should be similar as well. I’d guess that mid December would be a bit cheaper because many people don’t go until after the holidays.

      As someone who doesn’t drink alcohol, I’d suggest a full board resort or just paying as you go. The all-inclusive resorts typically add about US$100 per room just for alcohol to their rates.

      There are two lists on this article about the cheapest Maldives all-inclusives. The first list are the best of the all-inclusive resorts, while the list below that is of the full-board places that offer all-inclusive options. I think any of the ones on that bottom list would be great, including Meeru Island and Veligandu, which I recommend often.

      The Maldives gets many vegetarian guests, from Europe and also from India. Many of the workers there are from India as well, so they are obviously very familiar with veg cooking. As long as you choose one of the larger resorts, with at least 80 or so total villas (including island villas), I’m sure you’d have many veg options at every meal. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  12. Hi Roger,
    I’m looking to plan a family trip with 6 adults and a 9 month old. We’re looking into the over water bungalos but are open to other suggestions. Do you know if there are overwater bungalos that accommodate 6 adults but also allow for a baby? Also which area would you recommend for the best budgeted spot with those accomodations? Any chance any of them are all-inclusive? Thanks

    1. Tiffany,

      Unfortunately, nearly all of these overwater villas are designed for 2 adults each. Most have one kingsize bed, almost most also have a sofa-bed in the living room area. A few of them offer twin beds instead of a kingsize. Only a few resorts actually allow up to 4 adult guests in one villa. For 6 adults you’d need to book at least 2 water villas, and maybe 3. There are a few resorts that offer 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom water villas, but those villas are literally starting at over US$3,000 per night, so getting 2 or 3 villas elsewhere is much cheaper.

      Here is an overview for where overwater bungalows are located and the kinds of resorts in each place. There are many all-inclusives in the Maldives, but not in most other areas. Let me know if you have other questions. -Roger

  13. Hi Roger, need some advice – we are a family of 4 (2 teens aged 14 and 16). Do you know of any resorts that allow for all 4 of us to stay in 1 room? Advanced thanks.

  14. Im searching for a budgetted vacay with my husband and baby girl.
    It is for our first honeymoon. Im looking for a water villa with a private pool, preferly all inclusive at 1000 US$/night or lower.
    Im located in Canada.. taking in conscidiration that US rate is pretty high right now..
    Please helpp! I appreciate it.

    1. Stephanie,

      One challenge would be that flying 3 people to the Maldives from Canada will cost about US$1,200 per person and take a bit over 24 hours each way. And then once you get to the Maldives Airport, you’ll have to pay from US$150 to US$500 per person to get to your resort. It’s an amazing place, but so is Moorea and Bora Bora, and if you don’t have a huge budget it may not be worth the long and expensive trip to get there.

      And the next challenge is that there are no overwater bungalows with pools in Bora Bora or Moorea, except for the deluxe suites that start at around US$2,000 per night. If you are okay using one of the wonderful public swimming pools at the high-end resorts in the South Pacific, you can get an overwater bungalow starting around US$600 per night. They don’t do all-inclusive in Bora Bora or Moorea, so you would have to pay for drinks and at least one or two of your meals each day.

      You’d think that someone willing to spend US$1,000 per night would be able to get almost anything they desired, but there are so few of these resorts and all of them are far from you, so it’s just not that easy yet. In a couple years they will open a new resort in Panama that seems to have what you are after. Until then, you’ll have to compromise something. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  15. Anybody been to Maldives with teenagers. I am looking for a preferably over water bungalow that can sleep entire family, 2 adults and 2 teenage girls. Anything around $1000 a night. If not over water, recommend any place for a family of 4.

  16. These places are a dream come true…so beautiful and as close to heaven as one can get. I just wish I had the dough to pay for it.. beautiful.. Thanks for sharing.