With 115 total islands in a beautiful tropical setting it's no surprise that many people wonder if there are any water villas or overwater bungalows on the Seychelles. Unfortunately, there are none as of now, and there aren't any plans put into place at the moment to build any that we are aware of, but the good news is that there are a huge stock of these resorts nearby, mostly in the Maldives.

In fact, around two-thirds of the world's 125 or so overwater resorts are in the Maldives, so there are lots of great choices here compared to anywhere else on the globe. There's also a single water villa resort in Mauritius, which is just to the south, and located a bit closer to South Africa.

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Overwater bungalows closest to Seychelles

About 1800 kilometers due south of the Seychelles you’ll find one overwater bungalow resort in Mauritius. It’s a luxurious resort, but the overwater suites are perched just barely over their lagoon, so they aren’t quite the ones that so many people dream of spending their honeymoon in. Here you’ll find 11 overwater rooms all together, alongside a decent amount of land based suites. Most of the time, you’ll find romantic couples, though the resort does cater to families with children as well. One thing you’ll want to note is that this resort provides a lot of free activities, including golf.


About 1800 kilometers northeast of the Seychelles you reach the Maldives, which is also just southwest of India. This group of islands is home to most of the overwater bungalows (which are usually called ‘water villas’ there) in the world. Each of these resorts is on its own private island, and they range from tiny boutique resorts to large and boisterous hotels that are popular with families with children of various ages and groups. Along with the range of resort sizes, you’ll also find that the resorts vary widely in prices as well.

Maldives water villas

If you are coming from Europe or the Middle East then getting to the Maldives is far easier than getting to Seychelles anyway. There are frequent direct flights connecting through Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which means that with one connection you can reach the Maldives from pretty much anywhere in Europe, Africa, or Asia. This easy connection means that you’ll save on the hassle associated with long flights and numerous connections, thus adding to the appeal of a Maldivian holiday.


Even including a short layover, most people can get from a large airport in Europe to the Maldives airport in about 11 hours or so.

From all-inclusive budget to ultra-luxury

The best thing about the wide choices available in the Maldives is that there is something for nearly every budget. The cheapest water villa resorts start at around US$300 per night, and a small list of activities to enjoy. The nicer resorts start closer to US$400 per night and go way up from there. Because of this range, you shouldn’t have any problem finding a resort that meets not only your needs, but your vacation desires as well. If money is no concern, you’ll find an impressive list of top notch 5-star overwater resorts that wow in every sense of the word.



Top photo credit: Jean-Marie Hullot on Flickr

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  1. Please help
    My daughters honeymoon villa for next week was canceled by the hotel. We need a Recommendation for next week for a Over the water bungalow all inclusive preferably a boat not a little flight to get to any thoughts thank you so much.