Due to it being both a beautiful and impressive island nation, Sri Lanka, which is located just off the southeastern tip of India, is fast becoming a popular vacation destination. On this tropical island you'll find sandy beaches, a tropical jungle, large ruins, and even a few arid delights.

The island itself is also home to a variety of accommodations, that are scattered throughout the entire island. However, you won't find any overwater villas here. Because of this, you'll need to look elsewhere for a luxury overwater resort experience. Luckily, you won't have to travel that far, as the wonderful Maldives isn't too far away.

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Overwater villas nearest to Sri Lanka

As of this year, you won’t find any overwater bungalow or villa resorts in Sri Lanka, but thankfully you’ll find a great selection of them close by. This is because, just to the south of Sri Lanka you’ll find the famed island nation of the Maldives. Here you’ll find literally dozens of overwater resorts to browse through and select from. These resorts do vary a lot in nightly rates, amenities, and on-site and nearby activity choices, meaning that you can really have fun choosing the right resort for your next island vacation.


Making the Maldives even more interesting is that there are many daily flights that leave directly from Sri Lanka and then fly directly into the Male International Airport. You’ll also notice that there are other overwater villa resorts scattered around the globe. With that said, however, those situated in the Maldives are by far the closest to Sri Lanka.

Overwater villas in the Maldives

The Maldives are most known for its long white sand beaches, an exciting and healthy underwater world, and lots of things to both do and see. Along with all this, you’ll find that the Maldives offer a long list of accommodation options, including a ton of overwater resorts. These resorts actually differ in a lot of ways, from their nightly rates to their room sizes. Because of this, you’ll find that there are a lot of different options to choose from, including some great all-inclusive selections that cater to the romantic crowd.


To lessen your search and to help you find your perfect overwater villa, we’ve complied a few lists detailing resorts that represent different resort categories the best. For more information, click on the links that are located below:


The best all-inclusive resort option in the Maldives

As stated up above, there are plenty of great accommodation options within the Maldives island chain, including some impressively beautiful resorts that cater with an all-inclusive vacation. With that said, the best option in our opinion, is the Meeru Island Resort. Complete with nearly 300 rooms, including 106 overwater villas, this resort is a solid option at a great price. Though the resort itself is considered very large, it is still found on a private island. Because of this, you’ll need to take a speedboat to and from the resort.


Click here to read our Pro detailed Meeru Island Resort review


At this resort, you’ll find a large amount of restaurants and bars to choose from (all of which offer a varying selection of dishes), an OceanPro SCUBA Center that features guided diving tours and snorkeling boat trips, a few different swimming pools, a golf driving range, a spa, and much, much more.

Meeru Island Resort

The reviews for this resort are very positive and are actually some of the best in all of the Maldives. Because of all these factors, it’s hard to go wrong with a vacation at the Meeru Island Resort.


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  1. Hello,
    Do you know of any beach front nudist resorts in Thailand or locations with over water bungalows. We are looking for a true nudist resort where we do not need clothes for swimming or eating in restaurants.

    Ron and Bethel

    1. Ron and Bethel,

      I’m not aware of any overwater bungalow resort in the world that has a nudist zone. Most of them are rather private and I think being nude on one’s own front deck would be fine, but I don’t know of any beach areas with that policy. -Roger