There are some that might think it's just too decadent to have a private pool on the deck just outside your 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, many guests.

In fact, there are quite a few Maldives water-villa resorts that have private pools on some or all of the water villas, and most of them are small enough to be considered “plunge pools”. This is because they are more meant for splashing around in than for swimming laps upon laps. Below, you'll find a list that showcases the 6 best resorts that feature private-pool water villas, including a few that are surprisingly affordable for many travelers. All the resorts below also receive great guest reviews and thus, are a 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 the very least, 10 water villas featuring private pools. However, it should be noted that 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. Here you’ll find 56 water villas, the 16 smaller of which can be found just out over the edge of the lagoon.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. This is an interesting feature that many rave about in their resort reviews.

 

Onsite, you’ll find 2 great restaurants alongside a lounge. Like more resorts in this area, you’ll find the usual long list of water sports and activities for those who rather not 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 entire stay.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,223 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,314 per night
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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa – Maldives

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

 

Featuring 55 water villas at its location which happens to be very 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 here present themselves in a variety of sizes, though even the smallest and cheapest of those is quite large. Each of the rooms here feature air conditioning, an entertainment system, room service, and Wi-Fi.

 

You’ll also find that the 31 Deluxe Lagoon Villas include their own private plunge pool on the deck, plus many other luxury amenities. They even have a 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 happens to be located on its own private island.

 

  • Low season online specials from US$1,182 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,376 per night
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Constance Halaveli Resort – Maldives

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

 

While most Maldives private-island resorts offer plunge pools in their higher room categories and those categories only, the Constance Halaveli has a plunge pool on the deck of every single one 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 looking to escape.

 

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

 

  • Low season online specials from US$677 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,282 per night
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Anantara Kihavah Villas – Maldives

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

 

This resort only opened in early 2011, and is considered one of the most luxurious and upscale in the entirety of the Maldives. The Anantara Kihavah Villas Resort has 42 gigantic water villas, with each featuring a private infinity-edge pool on the private sundeck, as well as a personal 24-hour 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 2 private infinity-edge pools on its decks.

 

  • 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

 

Home to only 26 water villas and 17 additional island rooms and suites, the Huvafen Fushi Resort is considered to be on the small and exclusive side. It’s also in a price category that may 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 the slower weeks of the year, the Irufushi Beach and Spa Resort (formerly known as the Hilton Maldives) features 80 water villas that are all either 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 villa comes with a wine cellar, a private courtyard, a mini bar and a mini fridge, and a glass floor cutout that allows you to view sealife from the inside of your room.

 

The Irufushi impresses with 10 restaurants and bars. 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$997 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,405 per night
>More information about the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Luxury Resort
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  1. My family and I live in Asia and we are looking for a trip to anywhere with water bungalows and hopefully clear, turqoise water with snorkelling and water activities available, and is also budget friendly if possible. We are two adults and one child who is a little over 17. Are there any suggestions or recommendations? Thank you

  2. I am looking to plan a family vacation that is budget friendly. I would love to stay in an overwater hut. Can you tell me the best and most reasonable place to stay with a family the kids are 12 & 16

    1. Kris,

      Since you aren’t even sure which part of the world you want to visit, I’d recommend starting with this list of the world’s cheapest overwater resorts on our other site. Most of those resorts only allow 3 guests per room, even though almost all of them have a pull-out couch in addition to a king bed. You might find some good choices in Central America or in Asia other than the Maldives. And of course it really depends on where you are starting from because the cost of flights could cancel out any savings from a cheaper resort. I hope that helps and I’m happy to help with other questions if you have them. -Roger

  3. I would like to attend an over water bungalow resort for me and about 7 of my closest friends to celebrate my 45th Birthday. As most resorts are for honeymooners, are there single friendly resorts that can accommodate a "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" week long celebration. We live on the East coast and realize we will have to fly West for all the bungalows you have described above. All feedback is appreciated to guide me in the planning phrase.

    1. Kim,

      That sounds like a lot of fun. You won’t find many resorts that are great options for “solo” travelers, but groups of singles will fit in with many other groups there. Most of the resorts in Bora Bora and Moorea allow 3 guests per bungalow, and they all have a sleeper sofa in them for that purpose (most don’t allow 4 guests per room though). So if two of your group are okay sleeping on a pull-out couch then you can get by with 3 bungalows.

      It’s true that many of the guests at these resorts will be honeymoon couples or anniversary couples, but there are also families with older children and multi-generational groups. I think your group would have fun at just about any of those resorts, but I’d probably focus on one that has some nightlife each evening such as a band or DJ. Some of the smaller resorts only have a beach bar and it’ll mostly be couples in those. Long story short, I think I’d look at one of the larger resorts on Moorea or Bora Bora or even Tahiti. The places with at least 100 total rooms (including beach and garden bungalows) should also have plenty of things to keep you happy and a diverse clientele.

      If your budget can handle a bit over US$2,000 per night you might even consider one of the Sandals resorts on Jamaica because the flights will be so much shorter and cheaper. The overwater bungalows there are huge (I just toured both resorts recently) and the nearby beach rooms are really wonderful there as well. The beach rooms start at around US$500 per night, but they are premium all-inclusive with even many activities included so they would be really fun for a group. In other words, maybe you could get 1 (or 2) overwater bungalows and a couple of beach rooms, and take turns in each? And you could mostly hang out in the overwater bungalow during the day, which is plenty big enough for everyone. When you add in the cost of flights and all that time flying to Los Angeles and to Tahiti then the Jamaica plan could look even better. Also you have to factor in the cost of meals and drinks and activities. In the South Pacific the room includes breakfast, but everything else is extra, while in Jamaica it’s ALL included in the price. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  4. My wife and I will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. It would be wonderful to stay at an over water bungalow.

    Is Tahiti, Bora Bora gay-friendly islands? Are any island more friendly than others?

    1. Merchel,

      Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora are all part of French Polynesia, and the French culture there is quite strong. With that in mind, I’d expect that the islands and the resorts in particular would be quite LGBT-friendly. I don’t recall seeing anything in particular that stood out when I’ve been there, but I have a strong hunch that the resorts are all very progressive with that sort of thing. The island people seem to be quite open minded, and French people are famously tolerant. I wish I could give you more certainty. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  5. I am trying to plan our 10 year wedding anniversary. We are both pretty easy to please regarding vacations.

    I do know that my wife would really love to stay at an over water Bungalow for this trip.

    We would be traveling from Wichita, KS to Bora Bora or somewhere similar.(hopefully if price is right).

    I have browsed a bit and can’t find much for our budget (around $3-4k per person). Obviously I would love to be on the low end of my budget and save as much as possible.

    If not in Bora Bora, we would be okay with over water bungalow’s elsewhere.

    Travel dates would be leaving August 26th and Returning September 2nd (can go 1 day either way if needed).

    1. Michael,

      We are simply an online guide to overwater bungalows and not a travel agency. You’ll find the best deals online for these resorts. You can usually get better value in Moorea, which is another gorgeous island right off Tahiti itself. The room rates are a bit lower and transportation is faster and cheaper as well. If you have any specific questions just let us know. -Roger

  6. We our planning our honeymoon and live near San Francisco. We’d love to go to an amazing bungalow but the issue is we have only around 7 days for our trip, so the long flights really eat into our time. Is there an island you recommend we go to which is easy to reach from SFO? Thanks!

    1. Andrew,

      From San Francisco the closest overwater bungalows are in Tahiti, which is only a couple hours farther than Hawaii. It looks like you’d have to fly down to LAX first, as that’s where all the flights to Tahiti start. There are two resorts not far from the Tahiti Airport that offer overwater bungalows. Those resorts are pretty nice, but there are 4 nicer ones on Moorea, which is a 5-minute flight or one-hour ferry ride from Tahiti. If you are going all that way, it’s probably worth going to Moorea, as it’s also a much prettier island than Tahiti itself. Bora Bora is a 60-minute flight from Tahiti, and it has even more options. Those islands are so gorgeous and wonderful that I think it’s worth the flight, even for a week. Best of luck with this. -Roger

  7. Hi
    We live at the Gold Coast, Australia so can fly out of here or Brisbane. For our 20 year wedding anniversary in April we want to stay at an overwater bungalow – this will probably be a one-off so I want it to be in the clearest water with white sand so that the swimming and hopefully snorkelling is great. Maybe even some other water activities like sailboarding nearby? What do you recommend also considering ease of getting there? Thanks!

    1. Margo,

      There are actually a few resorts in the South Pacific that aren’t far from you, including one in New Caledonia. Have a look at our list of resorts in the South Pacific for more details. The next closest to you are in the Philippines and Malaysia. You can find those under the Asia tab on the top of this page.

      But really you’ll find the best affordable resorts in the Maldives, which has 80 different overwater hotels, each on its own island. Click on the Maldives tab for all of that information. And of course Bora Bora, which also isn’t too far from you, has many of the world’s best overwater resorts if price isn’t a major factor. Best of luck and let me know if I can help more. -Roger