Some might think it's too decadent to have a private pool on the deck just outside your wonderful Maldives water villa, especially considering there is a warm lagoon perfect for swimming just below, but these private pools are an increasingly popular feature that impress many.

Quite a few Maldives water-villa resorts have private pools on some or all of the water villas, and most of them are small enough to be considered “plunge pools” because they are more for splashing around in than for swimming laps. Below you'll find a list of the 6 best resorts with private-pool water villas, including a few that are surprisingly affordable. All the resorts below get great guest reviews and are very good value in their class.

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Maldives super-luxury suites with private pools

The main list on this page is for resorts that have at least 10 water villas with private pools, however, there are some amazing resorts that have only 1 or 2 special water suites with private pools. Finding availability at these resorts might be difficult during high season, but just to be complete here are the resorts where you can find these private-pool suites.

 

 


6 Best Maldives water-villa resorts with private pools

Lily Beach Resort And Spa – Maldives All inclusive

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

 

Extremely popular among previous guests, the Lily Beach Resort and Spa operates on an all-inclusive basis, with a generous program at that. There are 56 water villas here, the 16 smaller of which are just out over the edge of the lagoon, but the 36 Deluxe Water Villas each have what they call a “Jacuzzi-pool” that is 7m² with room for about 8 to sit down and even more room to splash around.

 

The off-season rates here are fantastic and with the number of repeat guests the Lily Beach is a very solid bargain during summer months, and still a good deal during high season. There are two great restaurants and a lounge, plus the usual long list of water sports and activities for those not content to just splash around in their water villa’s own pool. If you love fishing you’ll find plenty of fishing opportunities here with fishing trips available throughout your stay.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,223 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,314 per night
>More information about the Lily Beach Resort And Spa – Maldives All inclusive >Check rates

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa – Maldives

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

 

Featuring 55 water villas at its location conveniently close to the Male International Airport, the Taj Exotica Resort is part of the decorated India-based chain with many famous properties around Asia. The water villas come in a variety of sizes, though even the smallest and cheapest of those is quite large. Each of the rooms feature air conditioning, an entertainment system, room service and Wi-Fi.

 

The 31 Deluxe Lagoon Villas each include their own private plunge pool on the deck, plus many other luxury amenities. They even have one Presidential Villa Suite, which is one of the largest and most luxurious water villas in the world. You’ll also find 4 dining options, a water sports centre and a spa which is located on its own private island.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$986 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,125 per night
>More information about the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa – Maldives >Check rates

Constance Halaveli Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 57
  • Total rooms/suites: 86

 

While most Maldives private-island resorts offer plunge pools on only their higher room categories, the Constance Halaveli has a plunge pool on the deck of each of its 57 water villas. It’s tough to even get a private Jacuzzi in this price category, so this resort is a fantastic bargain for pool lovers.

 

The rooms are all quite large and well appointed, each even coming with use of an iMac entertainment system, something that very few resorts offer. There are 3 restaurants and bars, and even some schedule nightlife, which is another feature you don’t get at many resorts in this area. The low-season rates are amazing here, but considering the private pool and everything else, even the high-season rates are quite appealing.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,048 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,064 per night
>More information about the Constance Halaveli Resort – Maldives >Check rates

Anantara Kihavah Villas – Maldives

  • Water villas: 42
  • Total rooms/suites: 78

 

This new resort only opened in early 2011 as one of the most luxurious and upscale in the Maldives. The Anantara Kihavah Villas Resort has 42 water villas that are each enormous, and each has a private infinity-edge pool on its sundeck, as well as a 24-hour personal butler. Guests will also find Wi-Fi, a tub with a view, a dining room and a wine refrigerator.

 

In this price category it’s not surprising to get a private pool, but these are larger and nicer than pretty much all the others on this list. If you are traveling with a group you might consider one of the 2-bedroom water villas that actually have two private infinity-edge pools on its decks. Not bad if you can afford it.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,835 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,098 per night
>More information about the Anantara Kihavah Villas – Maldives >Check rates

Huvafen Fushi Maldives

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

 

With only 26 water villas and 17 additional island rooms and suites, the Huvafen Fushi Resort is small and exclusive, and in a price category that will scare off most potential visitors. Most resorts of this size offer only one restaurant and a limited number of daytime activities, but this 5-star property has several restaurants to choose from and a long list of activities for its exclusive clientele.

 

Each of those 26 water villas is huge, perhaps as large as the house you grew up in, but your house probably didn’t have a refreshing plunge pool built into the sundeck like these do, or a 24 hour room service. Most of us can only dream of booking a week in a resort like this, but for those who can afford the best, 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
>More information about the Huvafen Fushi Maldives >Check rates

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Luxury Resort

  • Water villas: 80
  • Total rooms/suites: 150

 

One of our favorite resorts due to the excellent online specials they offer during slow weeks, the Irufushi Beach and Spa Resort (formerly the Hilton Maldives) has 80 water villas that are all large or very large. The largest are called King Infinity Water Villas with private infinity pool and are 150 m², making them some of the larger such villas in the Maldives. No matter the size, each comes with a wine cellar, a private courtyard, a mini bar and a mini fridge and the always popular glass floor cutout that allows great sealife viewing from the comfort of your room.

 

The Irufushi has 10 restaurants and bars, which is impressive for only 150 total rooms. When it was a Hilton is was indeed one of the finest luxury resorts in that chain, and the new management seem dedicated to keeping standards at least that high.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$875 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,147 per night
>More information about the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Luxury Resort
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  1. Without a travel agent you are on your own!!! a total misconception
    that agents are a lot more expensive than online. What happens if something goes wrong the computer wont help but an agent will –
    do a bit more research to the original writer and i only hope you
    never need assistance apart from a computer to get you out of a situation!!!!!

    1. Roz,

      If I was a travel agent I’m sure I’d feel the same way. But the fact is that things don’t go wrong very often and even when they do it’s usually easy to fix as long as you deal with legit companies and resorts. For someone who has an extremely low risk tolerance travel agents are probably a great idea. For everyone else, it’s probably not worth it. -Roger

  2. There is so much more to a travel agent than just booking the trip. Yesterday I spend 1/2 my day changing a client’s flights and hotel reservations because her son suddenly got sick during the trip. Last weekend I had 2 sets of clients miss their flights so I spent my time accommodating and reassuring them, while they relaxed at the airport lounge. When a traveler is on vacation, unexpected things can happen. Emergencies can arise. A travel agent can handle all of this for them, so they can focus on their sick child, or whatever the case may be. "In all fairness", you are right. They may not NEED a travel agent for the booking process, but when the unexpected arises, they will need us then! And as the others have said, pricing is almost always the same whether you book online, or with an agent. We also have access to most all the same hotels as online…. plus the extra consortia perks, as Gabrielle mentioned.

  3. I have to agree with others that this article is just not true of what Travel Professionals truly offer a client. Most Travel Professionals don’t charge planning and booking fees. They often offer a low price guarantee and price match if they need to. Many Travel Professionals who do charge a planning or booking fee often apply it towards your balance and/or the tips and money they save you are far more than any planning or booking fee they may charge.

    Booking through a website (just a computer and not a true travel professional) is not a great option. Nobody is asking you the right questions to fit you to the best resorts/flights or council you on the merits of this and that because it’s a computer…..You can’t just go by the pretty pictures on the internet. We say "The Internet is for looking and not booking"

    Each resort has a different vibe, you need to be personally matched to the best accommodations out there that will fit you both because there are so many resort/flight/room choices out there and they’re not all the same or even good. There’s much to think about and consider when picking the right destination, travel dates-weather, resorts/flights/rooms.

    The question that you should ask yourself is, "Why would you take a chance on your Travel Investment and not call a Travel Professional" One whose actually been to the destination with hands on advice? A real reputable Travel Professional wants to talk to you or at least email you and not just put a website out there for you to self-book on while they try to make money on you while they sleep with website bookings that they’re making full commission on, that’s what they don’t want to tell you.

    Trying to talk potential clients out of booking with real Travel Professionals when you’re acting as an "absent" travel agent on a website and doing very little for the client in reality is ironic.
    I feel like this website/article attacks true Travel Professionals in an underhanded way so I will speak the real truth here.

    There are many Travel Professionals who highly specialize in Over Water Bungalows throughout the world, they’ve been to many of these resorts themselves so they have value in their knowledge and have professional relationships with resort owners, management and ground operators. Travel Professionals provide a wonderful service to you and that’s what its truly all about besides offering you some of the lowest prices with price drop guarantees and a host of many other perks!

    1. Heather,

      If I was a travel agent I’m sure I’d feel the same way you do. The point of the article is that savvy travelers (not necessarily first-time travelers) CAN book a Maldives holiday online and still get the exact same VIP experience that other visitors get. Websites like Agoda also book far more resorts than any offline travel agent does, so consumers get more choice. And many resorts do in fact offer lower prices when you book online.

      Some travelers are fussy and require hand-holding and make mistakes and want to make changes. It’s great that you are there for those types of travelers. But there is also a misconception that you NEED to use an offline travel agent to book a Maldives holiday and that’s definitely not true. Thanks for your passion and for all the help you give to those who need you. -Roger

  4. Hi there,
    With respect, I find the information in this article to be largely untrue. Travel agents work with all resorts (and even some B & B’s). They also have buying power and can secure better rates than what is seen online in a lot of cases. I think there is a real misconception out there from people who have only really ever booked online but really, there is a missed value, both monetary and experiential that goes with booking online. Also, many agents are part of a consortium that for example, will provide complimentary meals, complimentary nights, etc, whereas booking online you don’t get these kinds of things. Just my 2 cents anyway!

  5. disagree most of it!, i’ve always secured better deals from travel agents in the UK. Some of them offer upgrades, lounge access which were helpful. And most importantly we need ATOL protection for our whole booking which is only provided by the UK tour operators. This protects our flights all transfers and the resort booking. In any emergency we have the ATOL protection to bail us out.
    If you are not a fussy customer who wouldn’t mind ending up in a room that don’t wish to be, then booking from any other source is fine.
    Anyways, these are my thoughts. Hope you will publish this.

    1. Ryan,

      You make some good points and I guess each person has their own risk tolerance level. These days it’s common for purchases on many Visas and Mastercards to automatically have this kind of coverage, and you can buy travel insurance to cover it as well. Still, many people prefer a traditional high-street travel agent. My main point is that you don’t NEED a travel agent to book an ideal Maldives holiday because the online booking process is now so well organized and you don’t need any hand-holding once you land. Thanks for the comments. -Roger