A beautiful tropical region that hosts 115 islands, the Seychelles is a dream come true for most vacationers who seek a beach, sun, and a cold drink. Unfortunately, there aren't any overwater villas in this area as of now, and there aren't any plans at the moment to build any that we know of. However, there is good news. Nearby, there is a plethora of overwater resorts, and those are found in the famed Maldives.

Around two-thirds of the world's 125 or so overwater resorts are in the Maldives, so there are lots of great choices in this one area compared to anywhere else on the globe. There's also a single water villa resort to be found 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. This particular resort is noted as a luxurious one, however the overwater suites are just slightly perched over the 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 land based suites. Most of the guests here are romantic couples, though families with children visit as well. One thing you’ll want to note is that this resort provides a lot of free activities to guests staying in the overwater rooms and the land based ones, 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

Those of you who are traveling from Europe or the Middle East will find that getting to and from the Maldives is a lot easier than traveling to the Seychelles. There are frequent direct flights connecting through Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Because of this, you’ll find that with one connection you can reach the Maldives from pretty much anywhere in Europe, Asia, or Africa. With an easy connection like this, you’ll save on the hassle that’s associated with long flights and numerous connections, which adds even more 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

One of the things that make the Maldives very appealing is the variation of price points. Because there is a huge difference in nightly rates from the most budget friendly resort to the most extravagant, it is easier to find something that fits nicely into your proposed vacation budget.  The cheapest water villa resorts start at around US$300 per night, and offer a small list of activities to enjoy and participate in. The nicer resorts start closer to US$400 per night and go way up from there. 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. Lauren,

      Almost all overwater bungalows can accommodate 3 guests and some can accommodate 4. The only that can accommodate 6 are a few ultra expensive 2-bedroom suites, and those are all much more expensive than booking two separate bungalows, unfortunately. -Roger

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