When searching for your next vacation destination, there are several things to consider. Once you've decided to visit the tropics and more specifically the Maldives, it's then time to decide whether you'll want to stay at an overwater resort or one that specializes in land based rooms. If an overwater room is what you desire, you'll find lots of great 4 and 5-star resorts to choose from.

If you're looking to take things up a notch and book a room with a private jacuzzi, you'll still find some great selections. Below, we've complied a list of the best of the best, each featuring private jacuzzis along with several other luxury room amenities. In addition, the resorts below also offer great dining, activity choices and resort amenities that aim to impress.

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Finding an overwater resort with private jacuzzis

Luxury resorts have been a popular vacation choice for those who can afford them for quite sometime now. Because of that, high end resorts can be found around the world, from the tropics to the snowy north. If you’re looking for a tropical resort experience, most likely you’ve come across at least one resort located in the Maldives. These resorts offer something a little different- rooms that are placed over the ocean or a lagoon instead of just on land. However great these resorts are, there are still a few that stand out against the rest. In order to help you choose which of these resorts with a private jacuzzi to select for your next tropical escape, we’ve arranged a list below with some great top choices. Each of the resorts found below have:


  • A private jacuzzi with your villa
  • Dining options
  • Water adventures
  • A full service spa
  • Consistently positive reviews

8 Best overwater resorts with private jacuzzis

Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives

  • Water villas: 86
  • Total rooms/suites: 110


An all-inclusive resort that caters from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, the Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives is a top choice resort for a fabulous stay. With a total of 110 different rooms to select from, you’ll find paradise awaits as each includes room service, Wi-Fi, a mini bar, air conditioning, your own entertainment system and a wooden terrace from which you’ll get to enjoy an ocean view from. Select overwater rooms also feature an outdoor jacuzzi where you can relax as you soak in the end of the day.


Outside of the rooms, the resort further caters with 2 restaurants and 2 bars, a spa featuring a yoga pavilion, a boutique and an outdoor swimming pool. Guests will also have the chance to enjoy ocean swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, pedal boating and other outdoor water activities. As this is mostly an adults resort, families will find it better to stay elsewhere.


  • Low season online specials from US$1,097 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,244 per night
>More information about the Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives >Check rates

Kanuhura Resort – Maldives

  • Water villas: 20
  • Total rooms/suites: 95


Another great 5-star resort, the Kanuhura Resort Maldives is located on a private island and caters with well appointed and rather large rooms. In fact, each overwater room comes with their own personal villa host whose job is to help you further enjoy your stay. Guests will also find a private sundeck with steps that lead directly into the ocean, a jacuzzi, a coffee and tea making area, air conditioning, and a spacious outdoor shower.


Outside of the rooms, guests will find the Kanuhura Spa where guests will be privy to numerous treatments and massages, a boutique, a dry sauna, cold plunge pools and an aerobics studio. In addition, you’ll find a library, a fresh water pool and a games room. If you’re traveling with kids in tow, you’ll find the Kids Club to be very helpful and fun.


  • Low season online specials from US$1,320 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,611 per night
>More information about the Kanuhura Resort – Maldives >Check rates

Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa All-Inclusive – Maldives

  • Water villas: 62
  • Total rooms/suites: 104


A large all-inclusive resort featuring nearly as many land rooms as those situated over the water, the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa All-Inclusive is a positive 4-star choice. Though there are several different types of rooms to select from, with each category representing a different size, each and everyone includes a lovely jacuzzi spa alongside a rain shower. Other in-room amenities include Wi-Fi, room service, an entertainment system and a mini bar.


Around the rest of the resort, guests will find a beach front swimming pool, a children’s pool, an island club pool and much, much more. Guests will also have use of the SPA Cenvaree, a beautiful full service spa offering treatments and massages. If you enjoy dining choices, you’ll find plenty with the resort’s 6 restaurants and bars.


  • Low season online specials from US$887 per night
  • High season online specials from US$888 per night
>More information about the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa All-Inclusive – Maldives >Check rates

Niyama Resort By Per Aquum – Maldives

  • Water villas: 40
  • Total rooms/suites: 87


A medium sized resort, the Niyama Resort By Per Aquum is a great choice for those who are seeking an island with numerous dining choices alongside activity choices. When it comes to the overwater rooms, there are 4 different room choices, with 2 of those choices featuring an outdoor jacuzzi that sits on your own private deck overlooking the ocean. Rooms also include a flatscreen satellite TV and room service along with many other different room features.


Once you venture outside of your room, you’ll find a fitness center, a marine biology lab, a private boat with crew rental, a game room and several different water activities including scuba diving and snorkeling. Also on-site is the lovely The Lime Spa where you’ll find 5-star treatments including a unique marine therapy.


  • Low season online specials from US$1,548 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,826 per night


>More information about the Niyama Resort By Per Aquum – Maldives >Check rates

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

  • Water villas: 71
  • Total rooms/suites: 150


With 150 rooms to choose from, 71 of which are based over the water, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort impresses with a 5-star rating and back to back positive reviews. As part of a luxury brand associated with the Hilton Hotels, this resort aims to provide everything you could need during your stay. Rooms cater with sundeck jacuzzis, Wi-Fi, entertainment systems, room service, a mini bar and stairs that lead directly from your room to the ocean below, providing easy access for a quick swim.


With an impressive selection of dining and drink choices, including a wine cellar located two meters underground, you’ll find lots of reasons to enjoy a meal outside of your room. In addition to the dining choices, guests will find several different activities to partake in such as windsurfing, snorkeling, tennis and big game fishing. If you’re visiting with children, you’ll find pleasure in the Kids Spa. Speaking of a spa, the Spa Retreat consists of 9 spa treatment rooms and a restaurant. In addition, guests will also find the Over-Water Spa, which is located about 50 meters into the ocean from the beach and situation on stilts.


  • Low season online specials from US$568 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,492 per night
>More information about the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island >Check rates

Huvafen Fushi Maldives

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


A 5-star resort that’s also one of the smallest resorts in the area, the Huvafen Fushi Maldives resort is a great choice for those who like the small island feel yet still wish for large rooms. Though rooms are priced on the higher side, reviews suggest that the rates are well worth it as rooms consistently impress with an oversized jacuzzi, an oversized king bed, Wi-Fi, an entertainment system, room service, a living room and much more.


Along with fantastic rooms, guests will also find several different resort amenities to enjoy including an outdoor pool, an overwater gym, a water sports center, a library with an internet facility and a laundry service. Of course we can’t forget the resort’s Spa, as it impresses with an overwater location and a 5-star service.


  • 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

Adaaran Prestige Water Villas All-Inclusive – Maldives

  • Water villas: 20
  • Total rooms/suites: 20


With 20 overwater, 5-star rooms, the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas All- Inclusive Resort is a great choice for those seeking medium sized rooms filled to the top with luxury amenities. In fact, all rooms include a private on-deck jacuzzi, a glass viewing floor area on a wooden deck, air conditioning, a daybed alongside a kingsize bed, an entertainment system and lots of little extras.


Alongside top of the class rooms, the resort also offers several great amenities around the island including a swimming pool, a sauna, fitness club, steam room, and wedding facilities. In addition, guests will find lots of water sports to partake in including scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating and water skiing. Once your day on the water is done with, enjoy a massage, facial, manicure and more at the resort’s full service 5-star spa.


  • Low season online specials from US$1,009 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,127 per night
>More information about the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas All-Inclusive – Maldives >Check rates

Lily Beach Resort And Spa – Maldives All inclusive

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


Another large sized resort with a 5-star rating, the Lily Beach Resort & Spa features 40 overwater villas and 16 partially overwater villas that are situated half on land and half over the lagoon. This resort in particular is geared toward those who are looking for an all-inclusive stay that features a food and drink package. Along with an all-inclusive package, guests will find rooms featuring a private deck, a jacuzzi bathtub or pool, an entertainment system, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a coffee and tea making area. Room service is also included.


Outside of the rooms, guests will find the Tamara Spa by Mandara, a spa in which you’ll find a wide variety of treatments, massages and therapies. You’ll also find several different swimming pools on-site, including those outfitted for use by children, an internet cafe, different resort games including tennis and a dive center. This resort is suited well for both adults and children making it a great destination for families.


  • 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
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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