Overwater resorts are known for their classy, top notch design as well as luxury standards. Though this is true for most, there are a few that take amenities to the next level with unexpected features that add an extra touch to each villa.

Many resorts in the Maldives specialize in private bathrooms or private wooden terraces that offer stairs into the ocean or lagoon below but there are only a few that offer private, enjoyable jacuzzis designed for one or two. These jacuzzis can be found either inside the villa or right on the terrace, offering gorgeous views of the ocean and sky from the luxury of a relaxing dip. Below you'll find a list of the 9 best resorts for a jacuzzi experience, including some with surprisingly affordable nightly rates. All the resorts below offer dining options, water activities, spacious rooms and great reviews.

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Maldives water villas with jacuzzis

There are many ways to enjoy the water in the Maldives, whether it be an ocean swim, water sport, dip in the swimming pool or fishing excursion. All of these are typical of overwater resorts in the Maldives, making the country a fantastic destination for ocean and water lovers. However, water villas with jacuzzis offer a little more for guests. Due to a strong love for jacuzzi nights, water villas with jacuzzis tend to book up rather quickly, making it necessary to plan your travel plans early in order to secure one of these rooms.


Best Maldives water villas with jacuzzis

Adaaran Prestige Vadoo – Maldives

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

 

Serving as a private island escape surrounded by reefs on all sides, the Adaaran Prestige Vadoo resort is a smaller sized accommodation option well suited for those seeking a relaxing island experience mixed with adventurous fun. Here guests will find the utmost in luxury alongside views of a lifetime.

 

Each of the 50 rooms feature an entertainment system, kingsized bed, mini bar, tea and coffee making area and a 24 hour butler service. In addition, guests will find a glass floor section offering great views of the sea below without the need to get wet. For those looking to relax in freshwater, both a jacuzzi and personal plunge pool is available with each room. The resort caters further with dining, shopping and activity options and has proven itself time and time again with positive guest reviews.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$875 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,046 per night
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Robinson Club Maldives

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

 

A larger sized resort, Robinson Club Maldives features 25 suites placed over the water, each large in size with many amenities, including a private jacuzzi. Also found in each room is an entertainment system, air conditioning, Wi-Fi and room service.

 

Guests will also find plenty of activity choices including scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, surfing and beach volleyball. The WellFit spa on-site also offers an assortment of treatments, relaxation and massages. With great reviews outlining the resort’s dishes, service and the views from each room, it’s easy to see why this resort has become such a popular one.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$450 per night
  • High season online specials from US$620 per night
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Kandolhu Island Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 11
  • Total rooms/suites: 11

 

Offering first class service, the Kandolhu Island Resort is a great choice for those who don’t mind paying a handsome fee for luxury. Along with other top notch amenities, this resort grants guests access to a spa featuring a variety of treatments and massages, fishing, cruises, snorkeling and great scuba diving around the island. In addition, guests will find their choice of restaurants as well as a bar that can be enjoyed throughout the day.

 

Rooms are bright and airy with wooden floors and soft accents. Each includes a mini bar, daybed, kingsized bed, 24 hour room service, air conditioning, a sun deck complete with sun loungers and a wonderful jacuzzi to enjoy.  With great snorkeling, staff, rooms and amenities, this resort regularly receives high praise and repeat guests, making it a great choice to consider.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,591 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,011 per night
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Huvafen Fushi Maldives

  • Water villas: 26
  • Total rooms/suites: 43

 

Though small in size, the Huvafen Fushi Maldives offers large over the water rooms as well as a large staff to take care of your every need. Here guests will find 5-star luxury with picture perfect views and activities. Room wise, each comes with an oversize jacuzzi, a living room, entertainment system, oversize king bed, Wi-Fi and 24 hour room service.

 

Snorkeling and scuba diving are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed here as there is also an outdoor saltwater flotation pool and a water sports center. Other services include a spa, dining options, a library and a gym. Reviews are very pleasant indeed with most detailing how they fell in love with the resort and wished not to leave. If you can afford the nightly rates, this should be a top choice.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,634 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,021 per night
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Veligandu Island Resort – Maldives

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

 

With most rooms over the water, the Veligandu Island Resort is perfect for those seeking a private island experience that’s modestly priced in comparison to others nearby. In fact, this resort is known for seeing a large amount of return guests, which helps to speak about the resort’s high quality. Here visitors will find activities suitable for both adults and children, making it rather versatile. Families will find a children’s pool while adults will find a lovely on-site spa.

 

Rooms vary in size with the jacuzzi water villas rather large and airy. These villas feature a private walled in outdoor area with a jacuzzi large enough for two, a wooden sundeck, stairs into the sea, a stocked mini bar, entertainment system and much more. Great reviews surrounded this resort with both adults and kids finding it to be a great stay.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$703 per night
  • High season online specials from US$842 per night

 

 

 

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Olhuveli Beach Resort & Spa – Maldives

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

 

Part of a larger resort group, the Olhuveli Beach Resort & Spa is a medium sized resort with half of its rooms being over the water. A private island experience, guests will find plenty of privacy and as well as lots to do with a long list of water activities. Some of the more popular activities include snorkeling, wake boarding and water skiing. Though the resort is mainly for the romantically inclined, families do sometimes stay here and there is a children’s pool on-site to accommodate them.

 

There are a number of different types of water villas with all of them featuring an en-suite bathroom with a bathtub, an entertainment system, room service and a 4-poster kingsize bed. Perhaps the most popular of the overwater villas are the jacuzzi water villas that feature a lovely private sundeck complete with a jacuzzi with a view. Like the others on this list, reviews are very good.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$432 per night
  • High season online specials from US$593 per night
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Bandos Island Resort & Spa – Maldives

  • Water villas: 2
  • Total rooms/suites: 225

 

Though a very large resort, the Bandos Island Resort & Spa only sports two water villas, making for a very private over the water experience. In both of these rooms, guests will find an entertainment system, room service, a 4-poster kingsize bed and 2 extra beds. In addition, guests will find a private sun deck with steps into the ocean and a modernly designed bathroom with a jacuzzi.

 

Outside of the rooms guests will find plenty to keep them busy with a spa, karaoke, tennis courts, beach volleyball, aerobics, dining options, snorkeling, scuba diving and an extensive list of enjoyable and exciting water sport activities. With great prices for both the food and rooms, this is a good choice for those who are looking for a luxury resort without the high price tag.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$746 per night
  • High season online specials from US$920 per night
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Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa All-Inclusive – Maldives

  • Water villas: 62
  • Total rooms/suites: 104

 

The all-inclusive option on this list, the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa All-Inclusive features 62 rooms all together with 42 of those being placed over the water. Noted as a popular 4-star choice with rates that average around the $1,000 mark, this is a great choice for those who love the idea of spending their vacation participating in an array of water activities. Here guests will find a diver and water sports center introducing you to sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and windsurfing among a few others. After a day of water enjoyment, guests will find a full service spa to relax their tired muscles.

 

Glamours rooms include a jacuzzi spa, Wi-Fi, a mini bar, individually controlled air conditioning, a living room, full bathroom, entertainment system and a furnished terrace. Past guests rave about this resort, citing great service, rooms and activities, making this resort a clear winner.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$887 per night
  • High season online specials from US$888 per night
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Lily Beach Resort And Spa – Maldives All inclusive

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

 

Featuring an assortment of over the water villas ranging from completely over the water rooms to partially placed lagoon rooms, the Lily Beach Resort And Spa is a 5-star private island resort catering to those seeking the finer things in life. Here you’ll find a luxury setting perfect for honeymooning couples as well as romantically joined individuals. This resort also specializes in both all-inclusive food and drink packages, which is sought out by many. In addition, guests will find family and group friendly activities and amenities, truly making this resort enjoyable and accessible for all types of travelers.

 

Rooms come with a large TV, room service, air conditioning, a king size 4 poster bed and a jacuzzi to enjoy. You’ll also find rooms to be classic in design with wooden floors and soft colored walls. Overwater villa reviews are quite good with many feeling that they are well worth the money.

 

  • 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. Hi Roger,

    We are planning a 4 nights trip to Maldives this Nov end.
    We were thinking of 2 nights at a water villa and 2 at a beach villa at the same resort. When we do this will they arrange airport transfer accordingly? Also do resorts take in such bookings?

    Thanks
    Greeshma

    1. Greeshma,

      Yes, this kind of booking is fairly common and I think it’s a good idea. If you book through Agoda or another online site they will ask you for your flight details before you arrive and you can put in the full stay. In other words, it’s not tied just to one room reservation, and you can contact the resort directly if it looks confusing. Have a great stay. -Roger

  2. Hi Roger,

    I am planning to visit Maldives in Dec for Honeymoon.

    I am confused with the Resort – Should I go for OBLU Select or Olhuveli Resort

    1. Nikita,

      I haven’t been to either of these yet, but Olhuveli has always been one of the lower-price resorts that gets good (not great) reviews, where OBLU SELECT at Sangeli just opened in 2018 and has been getting fantastic reviews. OBLU Select is also an all-inclusive so if you want meals and drinks included it’s the better choice. I’d choose OBLU Select for sure. -Roger

  3. Hi Roger,
    Thank you so much for all of your comments and the time you spend in replying to everyone – They have been so helpful to us already.

    We are newly weds but couldn’t afford the Maldives at the time we got married. Now that we can, we would love to go but are slightly unsure on when is best to in relation to making the trip cost effective and how much to risk it with the weather…

    Our options are:
    December 2019
    April 2020
    July 2020
    We don’t mind a bit of rain here and there but just don’t want a wash out!

    We have around an 8k budget and would like to be on a quiet resort with an all inclusive (plus if possible) board basis. We’d love to be able to afford an over water villa with a jacuzzi however know that a beach villa with a jacuzzi may be slightly more realistic with our price range.

    If possible, we’d really appreciate your advice on any resorts that would fit a similar criteria!

    Many thanks in advance,
    Chris

    1. Chris,

      I’d go in December if you can. The last 10 days of the month are the peak season for hotel rates, but early in the month is quite reasonable. The weather should be almost perfect. It can rain any day of the year in the Maldives and it’s always somewhat humid. Late May to early July is the only period when it might rain for hours at a time. Otherwise it’s just a 30-minute storm here and there.

      For all-inclusive Jacuzzi water villas at a reasonable price I always recommend Meeru Island and Veligandu Island. They are run by the same respected company and both offer very good rates. -Roger

  4. Hi…any best budget watervilla in maldives for day trip. Including one time lunch o dinner. Main purpose is to get good couple pictures over watervilla.

    1. Amit,

      Unfortunately there are no convenient resorts for a day trip. It costs about US$100 return per guest for a speedboat from the airport and back, so it won’t be cheap. I’ve read that Adaaran Club Rannalhi has a day trip program, and perhaps the ferry rides are a bit cheaper for that. Good luck. -Roger

  5. Hi Roger! Thanks for your quick reply! I really value your input.

    That’s exactly what I’m trying to avoid…be miserable! Haha! Although I always try to find ways to get entertained and just have a positive mindset but if that can be totally avoided, then so much the better! Sounds like Meeru would be so much fun!

    The only thing with Meeru is that you only need to take a speedboat and I kinda wanted to take a sea plane to view the Maldives from above. Is there any other resort island like Meeru? If not, I’ll forego the sea plane. Maybe the flight to MLE would be enough to view it. =))

    As for the local island, I am actually not planning on staying at Male or Hulhumale but an island where you need to take a ferry to reach it. I was reading blogs on local islands to stay and Maafushi is recommended for solo travelers. Any thoughts?

    Thanks again Roger! I hope to hear from you again soon!

    Eris O.

  6. Hi Roger! Thanks for your reply to my question, "Which resort would you recommend for a solo female traveler?". I guess my main concern is the atmosphere of the island. I’m looking for a resort that offers entertainment for solo travelers and not just couples and with lots of activities (yoga, water sports, etc.).

    I currently have two bookings for an all inclusive overwater villa, Veligandu and Meeru, and I have a month to decide which one to keep or maybe book a different hotel that’s more suitable for me if you have any other suggestions.

    Also, would you have any suggestion for a local island to stay for 3 nights?

    Thanks in advance, Roger!

    1. E.O.,

      Okay then, I’d definitely recommend Meeru Island in that case. I stayed there as a solo person on a research trip and I was very pleased at how easy it was to meet and mingle with other guests. No doubt ALL of the Maldives resorts are oriented towards romantic couples and some for families as well, but at least Meeru is one of the largest islands with about 8 or 10 bars and different activities and nightlife every night. Even on the included Dolphin Cruise I was mingling with loads of different guests, and I was surprised by how easy it was under the circumstances. For the record, I tend to be quite an introvert and I’m the opposite of a social butterfly, so that doesn’t come easy to me. And I’ve also visited all-inclusive resorts elsewhere where I was borderline miserable because they were only set up for couples and families and there were no communal social areas.

      As for a local island, I only have experience with Hulhumale and Male itself. Male is crowded and totally lacks charm, while Hulhumale (attached to the airport so it’s the easiest to reach) is open and has a nice vibe. On the other hand, most guests staying on Hulhumale are just staying one night on their way to or from a resort, so it might not be as social as some of the others that you can reach by ferry. I hope this helps. -Roger

  7. Hi Roger,

    Greetings from india,

    firstly your blog is really helpful for all of us.
    Thumbs up to your work buddy.

    here i need your help

    we are a newly married couple planning honeymoon trip to maldives in July Aug. Date is not yet decided. can you help us to plan the trip along with activities and site scenes in maldives.
    I have no idea regarding the places to visit.
    who much it would cost for 5 days spending in maldives ? any idea? suggestion regarding resorts? we are looking for water villa if in budget.

    Thanks
    Ronak

    1. Ronak,

      I will try to help you, but fortunately the Maldives is a simple place to plan your own trip. All of the water villas are on private-island resorts (one resort per island, by law) so it’s just a matter of choosing a resort that has the activities and features you prefer. Once you are there all the options will be obvious, and there aren’t really any other options. The main capital island of Male isn’t very interesting and it’s very crowded so I would skip it.

      The Maldives is all about relaxing on the beach or in your water villa and snorkeling or scuba diving or sailing or whatever else the resorts offer. Most resorts have an "island hopping" trip where they take you in a boat to one or more neighboring islands that have small local populations so you get to shop for souvenirs and try local food, but that’s really the only option that isn’t at the resort. It will cost at least US$400 per night for a water villa and at least US$250 per couple for transportation from the airport to your resort, with many being MUCH more expensive than that for a sea-plane ride. In other words, for a 5-night Maldives holiday you are looking at at least US$2,300 and it can go way up from there. -Roger

    1. EO,

      Sorry for the slow response. The Maldives is tricky for any solo traveler because nearly all water villas are priced for two guests, even if you are going alone. The only resort I’ve seen that offers discounted water villas for solo travelers is Gangehi Island Resort, so I’d start with them.

      Aside from the price issue, I don’t think being a female would bring any other challenges at these resorts. The Maldives is a fairly conservative Muslim country and the guests at these private-island resorts are generally well behaved, or so it seems. Many of the staff are females so I don’t believe there is much of a culture of harassment of female guests. Have a great trip. -Roger

  8. Hi Roger,

    Firstly , a well written blog and a complete guide about Maldives.

    We (couple) are planning a visit to Maldives End of March for 3 nights.

    In order to reduce the total expenses, prefer the first 2nights to be spent is beachfront room by doing water activities available nearby such as scuba or snorkeling.

    Any information on the charges for the above activities?

    The 3rd night we prefer to move to Overwater room and for laid back evening.

    Does the above make sense ? and do you recommend to opt for full meal package or are there decent restaurant and bars considering we go light with the meals ?

    Br
    Roy

    1. Roy,

      I’m glad this is helpful. The good news is that non-motorized water sports are included in the room price at almost every resort. Scuba diving usually requires taking a boat to a proper nearby reef because the water is very clear under most of the water villas. The scuba boats are sometimes included and sometimes cost money, and the equipment rental will cost at most places as well. However, snorkeling is usually free and most resorts have one or two free boat trips to nearby reefs each day. We have the list of included activities on the page for each resort, so that should help.

      Your idea to stay in an island villa for two nights and a water villa for one night is a great one to save money. Also, there are many cases where people who book that way will get upgraded to a water villa for one of the island nights, especially compared to someone who only booked an island villa.

      As for full board or all-inclusive or a la carte (every resort includes breakfast though) will depend on what you’d spend on those things. You typically get great value at the all-inclusive places and some of them are only a bit more expensive than the breakfast-only resorts. That’s because the full-board and all-in places tend to have buffets, which obviously cuts down on the number of servers they need. The food at the Maldives buffets is generally excellent for buffet food. These places are charging US$500 per night and up in most cases so they don’t try to cheap out on the food.

      Alcohol at these resorts usually starts at around US$6 and up for a beer, US$8 and up for wine, and US$10 and up for mixed drinks. I really enjoy drinking on a tropical island holiday so I really love the all-inclusive experience. I can highly recommend Meeru Island as a place to check out because they usually have the best rates for all-inclusive resorts. Their Jacuzzi Water Villas start at around US$500 per night with full board and about US$600 per night with all-inclusive for two people. They also have many island villas at appealing rates, though I wouldn’t recommend their cheapest room category because those are more like standard hotel rooms where you share walls on both sides. -Roger

  9. Dear Roger, I have booked our flight to Maldives from 7-13 Jun 19.
    Looking at 1 night stay at Male, 2 nights at airBnB type and 2 nights at watervilla.
    We have 3 adults and 5 teenagers. Am keen on:
    1. Daily activities like snookering, dophine watching, whale shark if possible, sports.
    2. Full boarding meals.
    3. Sparkling beach caused by biolummuscience.

    Would like to seek your advice.
    Regards.

    1. Lai,

      This is an unusual trip for the Maldives. Male doesn’t have much to see, strangely enough. I’d never considered an Airbnb in the Maldives, but it looks like quite a few semi-commercial guest houses are listed so hopefully you can find a suitable one. One of the challenges in the Maldives is you have to take ferries to reach any of the other inhabited islands, and that can be a bit complicated.

      As for a water villa, most only allow 3 guests per room although there are some Maldives water villa resorts that allow 4 guests per room. Best of luck with all of this. -Roger

  10. Roger my requirements is as under…..

    For first 3 days I want to stay at hotel ,there should be alcohol facilities and I also want to enjoy different water sports in these 3 days.
    On forth day I want a water villa like Meeru island’s water vulla,where alcohol facilities are available.

    Please recommend something good economical as per my above requirements.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Jagdish,

      As I so often mention on here, Meeru Island almost always has the best value of the all-inclusive Maldives resorts. They keep their rates low enough so they are fully booked all year round without having to do last-minute promotions or advertise. They also have a wide variety of island villas in addition to their Jacuzzi Water Villas, which will be perfect for that one night. The place runs as full board so all meals are included in the room rate, and almost all non-motorized water sports are also included. The All Inclusive Plus plan includes unlimited alcohol and they have about 8 different bars, including a really nice one just at the end of the piers for the Jacuzzi Water Villas. If you plan on having more than 3 or so drinks per day it’s usually a very good deal.

      As for the island villas, the stand-alone villas are all fantastic and have their own little section of beach, but the absolute cheapest rooms they offer would not be suited to a honeymoon. They are more like normal hotel rooms that are all connected and only have a front window. They are great for people who want an affordable place to sleep because they’ll be on the beach all day, but they aren’t very romantic. -Roger

  11. Hi Roger,I m planning honeymoon trip for five days,but I m confused while booking hotel and water villa.please I t will be a great help if u recommend me as per my requirements.
    for first three days I want hotel with drink facilities also there should be availability of water sports and for fourth day I want a good water villa.please suggest me with some good affordable price.

    1. Jagdish,

      I’ll be happy to help, but I’m unsure what you mean by "drink facilities". Do you mean an all-inclusive resort that includes alcohol? If you give me a bit more info I’ll try to help right away. -Roger

  12. Hi,

    I’m interested in booking my honeymoon in June in Maldives, however, I’m looking for a luxury suite/room with private access for us to beach and a pool. Is that possible & if so, then where? Something closed off for the both of us.

    please and thank you

    1. Sara,

      There are definitely water villas that have private pools, although in the Maldives they tend to be on the front deck, so anyone swimming in front of your villa potentially has a view. It’s rare that guests swim in front of neighboring villas, but it can happen and if you require absolute privacy that wouldn’t work. On the other hand, it’s common that Jacuzzis are fully enclosed by four walls, so that’s an option. That’s the set up at Meeru Island in their Jacuzzi water villas, for example.

      And overwater bungalows don’t have their own access to the beach if they are true overwater bungalows. Even beach villas tend to be open so other guests can walk along the beach around the island.

      If you are looking for a fully-enclosed pool in a water villa the only ones I know of are in Malaysia. The Grand Lexis Port Dickson has amazing large water villas that have a pool inside a courtyard in the center of the villa. You can’t swim below the water villas easily like you can in the Maldives, but the rooms are fantastic and very good value, plus they allow for 100% privacy in your own pool. -Roger

  13. Thanks Roger. I will sure look into these resort. Another question, are all these speedboats owned by the reosrt or hotel owners or we can contact negotiate any speedboats in Male? OR it is really strictly the private speedboat owned by the resort?

    I do appreciate your patience in replying any questions. This website and ur reply are wealth of information.

    Ed

    1. Ed,

      My understanding is that all resorts own their own boats, or at least use specific charter companies that have the contract for the whole resort. And they all (as far as I know) request that you book the airport transfers when you make your reservation because it’s typically the only way. That said, I know there are a couple of independent transportation companies that say they can bring people to various islands and resorts. They claim to be cheaper as well, which would make sense. So it could be worth Googling for Maldives speedboat transfers and see what you can find. I’m sure they would know if it’s possible to book independently like that, although you’d also want to check with the resort before you booked just to be sure. I hope this helps. -Roger

  14. Hi,

    Me and my family (4 of us) is going to maldives this December 2018.
    My question is, are all the resort reachable by boat? We try to avoid seaplanes as it would be costly?

    we will be staying in Maafushi for 2 night, and planning to go to a private resort or island to experince a little of luxury in maldives. SO we might come from Maasfushi to the private resort by boat? Can you suggest of a nearbly private resort in maafushi?

    thanks in advance.

    ed

    1. Ed,

      Most Maldives private-island resorts are only accessible by sea-plane, but about 20 of them are close enough to the airport that they can be reached by speed boat. As you probably know, Maafushi is about a 90-minute ferry ride from Male. In order to reach another resort you’d have to go back to Male and then take the private speedboat transfer from the resort itself. The closest resort to Maafushi appears to be the Holiday Inn Kandooma, and Adaaran Club Rannalhi is a bit farther. There’s a chance that these resorts have daily boat service to Maafushi for supplies or for their “island hopping” trips so you could contact them to find out.

      Otherwise you’d have to go back to the ferry port in Male and then go on a speedboat owned by whichever resort you chose. Here is a list of Maldives resorts close enough to Male Airport for speedboat transfers. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  15. Dear Roger, I’m impressed by your knowledge! Maybe you can help me find the right spot for my birthday in early January. I will be travelling with my teenage son, so the
    option of 2 separate beds (or, if not crazy expensive, 2 bedrooms) would be great.
    We love snorkeling, so a good house reef would be essential.
    An over water villa of course would be best.
    All inclusive option (good food) should be available.
    No Spa or entertainment needed, but WIFI in the room free of charge (it is annoying to pay extra for it when cost is already high)
    And as an extra, not a must, but would make everything perfect, free Kayaks.
    I have been to Embudu Village before and I found the water villa nice enough and loved the beach and snorkeling, but I would consider to spend more for my Bday.
    I know it’s a lot, and it’s also high season, where some resorts will be way too expensive, but I hope you can recommend something for us.
    Thanks in Advance!
    Sincerely,
    Chrissie

    1. Chrissie,

      Sorry for the slow response. I know some of the resorts in the South Pacific have rooms with two separate beds, but I haven’t seen many in the Maldives. And I think the better snorkeling at most Maldives resorts is from the twice-daily (free) boat trips they do to nearby reefs rather than at house reefs. The other constraint is that you are looking for all-inclusive or at least full board. My go-to recommendation for all inclusive resorts might be your best choice and that is Meeru Island or their sister resort Veligandu. Meeru Island is much larger, but the island is so large that each guest feels like they have a section of it to themselves. The food is fantastic and there is slow wi-fi free in the water villas (you can pay for faster service). Since Meeru Island operates on a full-board basis it might be a good choice so you don’t have to pay so much for alcohol for other guests, and you can still buy drinks for yourself at fairly reasonable prices (for the Maldives).

      Again, the tricky thing is the all-inclusive because so many of those resorts (about 15 or 20 of them) are focused on boozy couples rather than recreation and such. And most charge quite a bit for the all-inclusive part, while Meeru and Veligandu offer that as an affordable upgrade, or you can just do full board. Another one to consider, which I haven’t visited yet, is Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa. It’s another all-inclusive resort that usually has very good rates compared to the others. Best of luck on this. -Roger

  16. Hi Roger,
    Planning a 3 night Honeymoon trip to Maldives this December starting 22nd Dec 2018.
    Could you suggest some budget resorts (100-150 US$ per night) for a sounding experience? Besides any recommendations on the island which would be good to stay !

    1. Rahul,

      Unfortunately that is Christmas week and it’s the most expensive time of the year in the Maldives. Even in the slowest time of the year (June and July) water villas start at around US$350 per night for two people. The cheapest hotels in the Maldives on a beach are those on Hulhumale Island, which is connected to the island where the airport is located. Hotels (not resorts) there start around US$100 per night for two people in a small room, but at least you are on or very close to a sandy beach. On that budget I would go somewhere other than the Maldives and you get a lot more for your money. Best of luck. -Roger

  17. Hi my mother is celiac (can not eat gluten) would there be many options for her food wise at some of these resorts?

    1. Chloe,

      My guess is that she’ll be fine at any of the larger resorts such as Meeru Island because they have large buffets with many items. In fact, the larger resorts tend to also have many different styles of cuisine such as Indian, Chinese, Italian, and meat items at each meal because they have so many visitors from different parts of the world. -Roger

  18. hi good day!planning for a honeymoon trip to maldives most probably february 2019.from the list of resorts we’ve checked,it seems like most of the rooms accomodate 1 person max,though the bed is either king or queen size,how is that?thank you

    1. Raine,

      Actually, nearly all Maldives resorts can accommodate three people per room, and finding a single room is almost impossible. All of the resorts have either a king bed or two twins, plus nearly all of them have a pull-out sofa in the room as well. -Roger

  19. i contact to anantara veli resort, they said speed boat transfer airport cost $195/person. ( some resort include free transfer, but more expensive )
    that speed boat is too expensive for me. did you have suggest another way go to anantara veli resort? thanks roger

    1. Christy,

      Unfortunately the resorts control the transportation to and from their private islands, so I don’t know of a way to get it cheaper. It does seem like a lot, but once you factor in the overall price it might still be your best option. Sorry I don’t have better news. -Roger