Best time to visit the Maldives: Here’s what you need to know

If you are unsure of when the best time to visit the Maldives is, I have good news for you. It's a slightly complicated topic discussed in detail below, but the quick answer is that almost any time you can make it, the Maldives will be waiting for you with nearly-perfect warm and sunny weather.

Its location starting around the equator and stretching up for about 1,000 kilometers puts it in the sweet spot for warm weather literally every day of the year. You are probably going to be looking into water villas in the Maldives, and we can help you with that elsewhere on this website. Maldives weather is usually perfect for an island resort in the Indian Ocean, although it does change slightly through the year. [read more]

Overwater villas closest to Sri Lanka

A beautiful and impressive island nation that's found just off the south east tip of India, Sri Lanka is fast becoming a popular vacation destination. On this island you'll find large ruins, sandy beaches, tropical jungle, and even a few arid delights.

Although you can find lots of different accommodation options throughout the entire island, ranging from upscale resorts to hostels, you won't find any overwater villa resorts. Because of this, you'll have to travel to another location to experience your dream overwater escape. Now you may think that this means you have to change your entire vacation plan and start looking into the resorts found in the South Pacific, but luckily there is a much closer option- the Maldives.

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Overwater villas closest to Zanzibar

Found within the Indian Ocean just 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, the archipelago of Zanzibar is a stunning place to visit that offers beautiful, clear waters to wade and snorkel in alongside wide stretches of beach. You'll also find lots of beachfront hotels here, but at the moment, none of the hotels offer overwater villas.

Because of this, you'll have to travel a little further away to find your overwater escape. Luckily, you won't have to travel all the way to the Caribbean or the South Pacific to make your overwater dream come true. In fact, you'll find a few great choices right in Africa.

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Overwater bungalows closest to Puerto Rico

Serving as an extremely popular island destination, Puerto Rico is an easy to reach tropical location. Because of this, it's not surprising that many travelers wonder if the island houses any overwater resorts. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico is not yet an overwater bungalow destination, but at least there are islands nearby that are.

For instance, you'll find 3 Sandals resorts that now offer overwater rooms and all-inclusive stays. For more information about these overwater bungalows and others that are close by, continue reading below.

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Water-Villas Closest to The Bahamas

Being the easiest to reach island chain in the Caribbean, many daydreamers wonder whether there are any water villas or overwater bungalows in the Bahamas. Unfortunately, the answer is no, but the good news is that there are a number of good choices not far away.

First off, water villas, or ‘overwater bungalows' as they are called in the South Pacific, can only be built over protected lagoons that don't have waves (or regular hurricanes) to deal with. The ones most of us dream about are over clear-water lagoons in a certain kind of volcanic island, and the Bahamas doesn't match these traits.

Water villas Nearest to The Bahamas

As you'll see on our main page describing all the water villas in the Caribbean, most of them are located off Central America with the exception of a few on Jamaica and Mexico and one on Saint Lucia.

Overwater Bungalows in The Caribbean

Check our main Caribbean overwater bungalows page for the specifics, but to summarize, you'll find:

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort, Montego Bay

An all-inclusive, adults only resort with both land and overwater suites to choose from, this resort caters with a plethora of activities alongside dining options and more. Each overwater room comes with its own private pool as well.

Sandals South Coast Resort, Whitehouse

Another all-inclusive Sandals resort on Jamaica, this one impresses with large overwater rooms, a sun deck with steps that lead into the ocean, and a private soaking tub for two. You'll also find a Butler Elite service here.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort, St. Lucia

With 9 overwater bungalows to choose from, this resort, the only of its kind on the island, also offers a spa, dining options and more. The rooms themselves feature a Butler Elite service.

Cayo Espanto

A Private Island: This ultra-luxury resort on its own island just off Ambergris Caye in Belize has one huge overwater bungalow, and it rents for over US$1,500 per night.

Hotel Meliá Cayo Coco

An all-inclusive resort in Cuba that has 68 overwater rooms in 18 structures over its lagoon, plus 182 rooms in its beach hotel.

Coral Lodge

Six overwater bungalows starting at US$345 per night in a unique eco-resort off Panama.

Anthony’s Key Resort

Ten overwater bungalows (that are barely perched over the water's edge) in an all-inclusive resort partially set on a private island off Honduras.

Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge

Nine overwater bungalows in another small eco-resort off Panama, which is totally solar powered, and includes breakfast and dinner with the room rate, starting at US$315 per night.

The Best Water Villas in The World

If you are looking for the finest water villas and overwater bungalows in the world you'll need to head to the South Pacific or the Maldives, which is just southwest of India. Between these two areas you'll find about 90% of the world's overwater hotel rooms, with over 60% of these in the Maldives alone.

Those in the Americas will find that the South Pacific is cheaper and faster to reach, while those in Europe should head to the Maldives.

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Photo credit: Bahamas by Paul Schulz on Flickr

About overwater bungalows and water villas

First introduced in the South Pacific only a few decades ago, the overwater bungalow is now one of the hottest trends in the resort world. Honeymoon couples have been staying in these iconic rooms since the beginning, but now they are popular with families and adventure travelers as well.

For many people, the South Pacific island of Bora Bora is the most famous destination for the best overwater bungalows, but it's actually the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, where most of these huts-on-stilts exist. The Maldives has more than 90 resorts that feature water villas (as they are typically known there), with several new private-island resorts opening every year.

In the South Pacific you will find almost a dozen resorts on Bora Bora, another five on Moorea, and two on Tahiti that have over water villas. There are about 10 additional overwater resorts on other South Pacific islands stretching all the way to Fiji and New Caladonia.

There are also about a dozen overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, mostly off the coast of Central America, with nearly all of them being diving-oriented “eco resorts.” But a few luxury overwater bungalows exist and more are being built on St. Lucia and other islands in the popular areas of the Caribbean, and this website will be the best place to look for information on all of them.