If you’ve ever dreamed of spending a holiday in a beautiful villa on stilts over a crystal clear lagoon, then the Maldives is the place to go. These water villas, which are called overwater bungalows in the South Pacific, are some of the most unusual and luxurious accommodations anywhere in the world.
For those who are looking for the finish water-villa resorts in the Maldives, the complete list is below. In a few cases you can actually find an excellent 5-star resort in the price range below these, so you might also check out our main page, which features recommendations for over a dozen different specific preferences.
As there are already more than 80 resorts in the Maldives that feature water villas, and more opening every year, we’ve broken them down into price categories.
It shouldn’t be surprising that even the cheapest water villas in the Maldives are relatively expensive by most standards. They start at around US$200 per night (even lower in June and July), and some of the cheapest of them are based on all-inclusive (including alcohol) plans, so they offer better value that it might first seem.
More than half of the water villas in the world (which are known as overwater bungalows in the South Pacific) are located in the Maldives. There are over 80 resorts here featuring these popular rooms and nearly all of them are luxurious, but since there are so many we’ve divided them into three groups.
This middle group includes a wide range of resorts, some which specialize in all-inclusive meal and drink plans, and some which are intimate and are very popular with the honeymoon crowd.