Super-luxury water villas in the Maldives

296607_15082415110034917613If 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.

  • High season is generally December through April
  • Low season is generally May through November

Getting the best deal

  • The best rates are usually when booked for a full week, and often include 1 or 2 free days as part of the special rate.
  • Many resorts offer up to 25% off for those who book at least 30 to 60 days in advance, so those early-bird discounts are included in many of the rates below.

Water villas starting at US$900 and up

Villa rates below are per villa, per night, double occupancy, including all taxes

Viceroy Maldives Resort

  • Water villas: 32
  • Total rooms/suites: 61

Heavenly-Viceroy-Maldives-on-Vagaru-Island-21Opened in 2012, this boutique resort is meant for the young and stylish, offering something new for the Maldives. The Viceroy Malidves is part of a worldwide chain of upscale properties, all known for impeccable service. The 32 water villas here each come with a private pool and are huge on the inside and out, and the furnishings are more urban than most upmarket tropical resorts.

Even with only 61 total rooms, there are 5 restaurants and bars and the usual long list of water sports and excursion options. The most notable feature of the Viceroy Maldives is its single Royal Villa, which has 3 bedrooms, several pools and Jacuzzis, and is the second largest water villa in the world. The resort is not cheap, but it looks like a great choice for those with bigger budgets.

  • Low season online specials from US$901 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,240 per night

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Diamonds Athuruga Beach & Water Villas – Maldives

  • Water villas: 25
  • Total rooms/suites: 71

49057_14052614340019571337An established all-inclusive resort that recently added 25 stunning water villas, the Diamonds Athuruga Resort along with its sister resort (below) adds a new sense of Italian style to the Maldives. Each bungalow is very large and decorated in white both inside and out. If you prefer European elegance to an Indian Ocean hut then these resorts could be ideal for you.

The all-inclusive plans here include most alcohol and even a few excursions and activities that aren't included at most resorts. With this in mind the value here is quite good for a 5-star private-island resort. Each room here also includes an Apple iMac computer with movies and music ready for you, which is a classy touch that you won't find elsewhere.

  • Low season online specials from US$921 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,205 per night

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Sun Aqua Iru Veli Resort

  • Total rooms/suites: 125

Offering its guests both land based and ocean based rooms, the Sun Aqua Iru Veli Resort prides itself on large rooms that deliver expansive views. In the overwater villas here, you'll notice that the room itself spans outward onto a 2 story private deck, a private pool, and private steps that lead out into the ocean making it so that you can enjoy an afternoon swim.

Alongside luxury rooms, guests here will enjoy a spa, dining options, ocean activities and the option to select an all-inclusive stay. Because there is a reef right off shore, you'll have lots of time to enjoy the underwater world while staying at this resort by either snorkeling or scuba diving, or both.

  • Low season online specials from US$947 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,170 per night

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Velassaru Maldives

  • Water villas: 45
  • Total rooms/suites: 129

12154_14093016080022504427With a convenient location on a small island only a short speedboat ride away from the airport, the Velassaru Maldives resort has 45 water villas that range in size from large to very large, so it offers good value for those who put a premium on private space. Amenities such as a wine chiller, an espresso machine, and a home theater system in each room make this a well-appointed 4-star property.

This is mostly a couples resort, and while families are welcome, the Velassaru Maldives is better suited to honeymooners and romantic getaways. There are four restaurants and all the usual water activities available.

  • Low season online specials from US$962 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,022 per night

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COMO Cocoa Island Resort

  • Water villas: 33
  • Total rooms/suites: 36

65498_15060814270028875850For an unforgettable boutique 5-star experience it's well worth considering the COMO Cocoa Island Resort, which features 33 water villas that are all shaped like Maldivian fishing boats, plus 3 beach villas. As one of the smallest of the water villa resorts, this provides an intimate experience that is ideal for honeymooners, but probably not well suited to families or groups.

There's only one restaurant and one bar, but each are of top-quality standard and offer a large variety. The diving and snorkeling in the area are excellent, which might help make up for the smaller number of other activities. Still, for romantic holidays, the style and simplicity of the resort might be perfect.

  • Low season online specials from US$977 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,251 per night

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JA Manafaru Resort

  • Water villas: 48
  • Total rooms/suites: 84

168882_15081914510034606593A resort ranked high in both customer service and food, the JA Manafaru Resort is perfect for families and couples. With that said, families with kids under 18 must stay in the beach villas while anyone older than 18 can have their choice of overwater bungalow. Each of the 48 water villas comes with a private deck and private pool overlooking the ocean, creating that perfect romantic moment.

There are also a large number of activities to choose from including snorkeling the reef, kayaking over the reef, jet skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving and tennis among others. There is even a kid friendly CoolZone.

  • Low online specials from US$985 per night
  • High online specials from US$1,239 per night

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Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives

  • Water villas: 55
  • Total rooms/suites: 64

12169_13100312460016828268Located on a small private island not far south of the capital, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is a 5-star property operated by the famous Taj Resorts group of India. The 55 water villas here come in several classes ranging from large to enormous. The least-expensive class offers great value considering this small island is first-class all the way.

The higher classes of water villas each include their own private plunge pool on the deck, plus many other luxury amenities. They even have one Presidential Villa Suite, which is one of the largest and most luxurious water villas in the world.

  • Low season online specials from US$986 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,125 per night

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Amilla Fushi Resort

  • Water villas: 42
  • Total rooms/suites: 70

759829_16032913410041142202A different take on the usual overwater resort, the Amilla Fushi Resort allows guests to choose between different ‘houses' some of which are on land while others over the water. Each of the overwater houses faces out into the ocean, providing guests with beautiful views of the ocean from their private sundeck or pool.

Adventures will find great snorkeling and diving opportunities around the island as well as a beach and swimming pool to relax in. There is also a spa on-site that offers a full range or treatments, hair services and even some yoga. If you're a foodie, you'll find a nice selection of dishes to try at each of the resort's 4 restaurants.

  • Low season online specials from US$992 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,447 per night

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Adaaran Prestige Water Villas

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

165225_15122916570038787834Sharing Meedhupparu Island with its sister resort, the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas are a new and modern set of 20 large water villas in their own private section of the island. Each comes with a private butler, and service in general is excellent and of 5-star standard.

There's a restaurant and bar in the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas section, but guests here also have access to several other restaurants plus all the activities in the neighboring resort, which isn't true in reverse so this is an exclusive place. For those who can afford it, this is one of the better choices in the top luxury price range.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,009 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,127 per night

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Diamonds Thudufushi Beach & Water Villas – Maldives

  • Water villas: 25
  • Total rooms/suites: 72

293967_14022514330018451862Nearly identical to its sister resort mentioned just above, the Diamonds Thudufushi is another established resort that recently added 25 unique water villas designed by a noted Italiand architect. This is a similar all-inclusive resort where guests of the water villas can choose from the main island restaurant in addition to the overwater restaurant.

The rooms are large here and have huge bathrooms featuring double shower heads and access to a private outdoor terrace area. There's a kingsize bed with luxurious bedding as well as a sofa bed that looks out into the stunning lagoon. The house reef at both resorts here is among the best in the Maldives so this is a great choice for snorkeling and diving fans.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,009 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,491 per night

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LUX* South Ari Atoll Maldives

  • Water villas: 87
  • Total rooms/suites: 193

One of the larger 5-star private-island resorts in the area, LUX* South Ari Atoll Maldives features 87 water villas in several classes in addition to 106 beach villas and suites. The least expensive water villas here are not as large as most others in this price category, but they all have large private decks and are outfitted with luxury amenities.

The resort features a total of 9 restaurants and bars, which means guests have a wide variety of choices even for longer stays. The island is also packed with facilities such as two swimming pools, a 24-hour fitness center, and a long list of water sports options.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,020 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,274 per night

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Kuramathi Maldives

  • Water villas: 129
  • Total rooms/suites: 360

A large resort with a total of 360 rooms, 129 of which are over the water, the Kuramathi Maldives serves as one of the largest 4-star resorts in the Maldives. On top of that, it's also one of the largest private islands with a mixture of beach and wilderness areas. Because the property is so large, there are many different activities for guests to partake it as well as a nice selection of 12 restaurants and 7 bars which can be included in your all-inclusive package.

Though honeymooners do vacation here, it's probably better for families or large groups due to the amount of activity going on everyday. In fact, families will find both kid and teen facilities alongside a number of evening entertainment options.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,037 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,208 per night

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Fushifaru Maldives Resort

  • Water villas: 5
  • Total rooms/suites: 49

A haven for ocean enthusiasts, the Fushifaru Maldives Resort offers guests splendid opportunities to enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving through one of the many tour options that the resort offers. In addition, guests will also find fishing, a gym, an outdoor swimming pool, and a private beach.

The overwater villas offer guests 24 hour room service, air conditioning, a mini bar, and a private outside deck that offers stunning views of the ocean. Though this resort is more suited to couples, you'll see a few families here from time to time.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,039 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,124 per night

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Emerald Maldives Resort

  • Water villas: 60
  • Total rooms/suites: 120

A large resort featuring the same amount of land based rooms as overwater suites, the Emerald Maldives Resort caters to both romantic couples and families traveling with their children. Each room aims to impress with a minibar, large terrace, private jacuzzi, and private pool that overlooks the ocean. In addition, each overwater villa comes with steps that lead directly into the ocean, perfect for a quick swim.

Outside of the rooms, guests will find plenty of activities to enjoy, each and every day of their stay. These range from the ever popular snorkeling and scuba diving to kayaking, tennis, and jet skiing. If you're traveling with children, you'll also note the enormous on-site kids club offers a nice sized variety of activities that are kid approved. Those traveling with romance in mind will love the resort's on-site spa.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,047 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,208 per night

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Constance Halaveli Resort

  • Water villas: 57
  • Total rooms/suites: 86

165484_15122911510038778007A popular choice for active couples, the Constance Halaveli Resort has 57 water villas, each with its own plunge pool on its private sun deck. The water villas are quite large inside as well, and include a modern entertainment system based around an iMac computer.

There are 4 restaurants and bars, and notable nightlife, which will be ideal for some but a turn-off for others. There are many activities and excursions available as well, so this is a very good choice for couples and families who want to sample what the Maldives have to offer rather than just sit in the sun. The low-season online special rates make it an excellent value.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,048 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,064 per night

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Constance Moofushi Resort Maldives

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

237780_14020520140018258893Only open since late 2010, the Constance Moofushi Resort is one of the newest and most modern 5-star private-island resorts in the Maldives. The Constance group runs a variety of luxury hotels throughout the Indian Ocean region, and they are known for extremely high standards and attention to detail. The price here offers better value than it might seem at first, since the whole hotel operates on an all-inclusive basis, and meals and drinks do tend to be very expensive in the Maldives, and especially at 5-star resorts.

There are two excellent restaurants and two bars here, plus a luxury spa with extensive facilities. The water villas in the cheaper class are not as large as some others in this price category, but each one includes a special entertainment system that includes a Mac Mini computer.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,097 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,244 per night

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Maafushivaru Resort Maldives

  • Water villas: 22
  • Total rooms/suites: 48

409631_15060813150028855193A small boutique private island resort, the Maafushivaru Resort Maldives houses 48 villas, 22 of which are situated over the water. Each villa is large in size and comes with a mini bar and bathtub with views of the ocean.

If you love coffee, you'll find exactly what you need at an on-site coffee shop alongside two restaurants and a few bars, one of which serves only wine. You'll also find a unique resort amenity, a private ‘desert island' a short boat ride away. Ocean lovers will have a blast exploring the sea by snorkeling and diving the house reef.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,099 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,150 per night

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Baglioni Resort Maldives

  • Total rooms/suites: 99

A large resort set on a private island, the Baglioni Resort Maldives offers guests plenty of room to explore, both on land and in the ocean. In fact, if you love the idea of spending as much time in the water as humanly possible, you'll be delighted to know that the resort hosts a dive centre, snorkeling, and a lovely outdoor resort pool, alongside your own personal villa pool.

In addition to a private pool, each overwater room welcomes with 24 hour room service, WiFi, an entertainment center, a tea and coffee making area, air conditioning, and a private balcony that stuns with an ocean view, sun loungers and a nice sized sitting area. The resort also caters to guests with various land and ocean activities, dining options, and a spa that offers massages and more.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,190 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,563 per night

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Zitahli Dholhiyadhoo Resort

  • Water villas: 65
  • Total rooms/suites: 100

161589_15061014050029143461With 100 villas in total, the Zitahli Dholhiyadhoo Resort is at the top of its class and treats guests like royalty. Out of all of the villas, 65 are over the water and provide guests with 3 different villa choices from deluxe aqua villas, super deluxe villas with a pool and stand alone aqua villas with pool. These villas are very large in size with the largest composed of 2 levels.

Here, there is also a large amount of activities to choose from including world class snorkeling. There is also a first class spa on-site with many different spa treatments and options available.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,195 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,320 per night

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Lily Beach Resort And Spa – Maldives

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

41483_15060415140028499547Another 5-star private-island resort that operates on an all-inclusive basis, the Lily Beach Resort and Spa features 56 water villas, though 16 of those are barely perched over the edge of the lagoon rather than out on stilts as the others are. Even the least expensive water villas here are large, and include a special outdoor private bathroom with a Jacuzzi.

There are two restaurants and one bar, all of very high standards. The Lily Beach Resort also has extensive facilities for children, including two kids' pools, so it's ideal for families. Considering the all-inclusive nature and the 5-star standards, this resort offers quite good value for the Maldives.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,223 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,314 per night

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Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

  • Water villas: 45
  • Total rooms/suites: 45

2417170While it's not the most expensive, the Gili Lankanfushi Maldives (formerly known as Soneva Gili by Six Senses), Maldives might be the finest overwater villa resort in the world. Each of the 45 water villas here is enormous and loaded with features and luxury amenities. Even their least expensive water villas includes a large open-air living room with daybeds and a dining area, while the others get even more decadent.

The two restaurants and two bars here are among the best in the Maldives, as is the on-site spa. Guest interested in extreme privacy might like to choose one of the 7 Crusoe Residences, which are huge and each is only accessible by a small private ferry that runs whenever a guest pleases. Better yet, the Gili Lankanfushi Maldives resort features what they call their Private Reserve, which is even farther out into the lagoon, and at over 1400 square meters, it's by far the largest water villa in the world.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,262 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,956 per night

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Velidhu Island Resort

  • Water villas: 20
  • Total rooms/suites: 80

41487_15092916070036495734One of the smallest private islands, the Velidhu Island Resort features 20 water villas in addition to 80 beach rooms. It operates on an all-inclusive basis yet it gets very high marks for the quality and variety of food in its only restaurant, which should be a good sign to many prospective visitors.

The house reef here is also one of the best in the region making it a top choice for both scuba divers and snorkelers alike looking for a modestly priced all-inclusive resort. You won't find a swimming pool or kids' club so this is more of a traditional Maldives island resort that is best suited to couples and an older crowd.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,281 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,416 per night

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W Retreat And Spa Maldives

  • Water villas: 49
  • Total rooms/suites: 78

79099_16061418060043558546Similar to the Alila Villas Hadahaa mentioned above, the W Retreat & Spa is a newer resort that focuses on style and appeals to urban dwellers who appreciate something a bit different. The 49 water villas are all huge and very well appointed with luxury amenities. Each water villa comes with its own wine fridge, a BBQ station on the deck, and a private plunge pool. They also have 4 Ocean Haven Villas, which are among the largest water villas in the Maldives.

There are 6 restaurants and bars here, each with a unique character. There isn't much in the way of family facilities here, so this is more of a couples resort. Certainly not for everyone, and not cheap in any way, this hotel has a special flavor that makes it the best in the Maldives for the right people.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,300 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,333 per night

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Kanuhara Resort

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

41481_15060417390028554455With each villa coming equipped with its own private host, the Kanuhara Resort is a luxurious 5-star hotel that features 20 huge water villas with all the first-class amenities you'd expect. Among its many restaurants and bars is what is billed as the Maldives' first private-island restaurant, where guests arrive by boat to a perfect and intimate tropical setting.

The Kanuhara Resort also features what they say is the first and only proper disco in the Maldives, but with so many other choices it seems that there is something for everyone. They also have a Kids Club and other family facilities, though the huge and private water villas could still be ideal for romantic couples.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,320 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,611 per night

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Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Resort

  • Water villas: 16
  • Total rooms/suites: 38

256734_14032419570018835334A very unique private island resort, the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Resort provides the best in customer service, class and luxury. While the main part of the resort is situated on an island, the overwater villas are actually a full 800 meters away in an exclusive section called Ocean Pearls Water Villas. To reach the villas, guests will be transported by boat each way.

Along with the basics, each overwater villa comes with a private butler, private pool and balcony. As a serious 5-star resort offering the best of the best, you can expect higher prices, but the prices are considered very worth it.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,350 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,542 per night

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Six Senses Laamu

  • Water villas: 70
  • Total rooms/suites: 97

187095_14021116580018308152Featuring 70 water villas that are all large and luxurious, the Six Senses Laamu Resort only opened in mid 2011, so it's one of the newer and more modern private-island resorts. Six Senses is a super-luxury chain and they don't disappoint here, with very large rooms loaded with amenities, including a sunken ocean view all-glass bathtub in each villa.

There are 6 different restaurants and cafes, including an ice cream shop and a pizza restaurant, so guests able to afford the premium prices here are rewarded with variety in addition to luxury. There's also an overwater restaurant and a full-service spa, making this one of the more popular resorts for honeymooners and romantic couples.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,367 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,611 per night

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LUX North Male Atoll Resort Maldives

  • Water villas: 42
  • Total rooms/suites: 67

If you're looking for a resort that offers lots to do alongside large overwater suites, then you'll be happily surprised by the LUX North Male Atoll Resort Maldives. At this particular resort, you'll find a total of 67 rooms, 42 of which reside over the water and face outward toward the ocean. When looking into the various overwater rooms, you'll find that there are 3 different categories, all of which offer 24 hour room service, Wi-Fi, an entertainment center, a private deck, and more.

Outside of the rooms you'll find several restaurants to dine at, a few boutiques, a tennis court, and various outdoor sporting goods for your ocean adventure. If you love to snorkel, you'll find some great snorkeling opportunities here, right alongside fantastic scuba diving. Once you're finished with the morning's activities, your next step is to enjoy the resort's on-site spa that provides guests with a fitness center, sauna, a beauty salon, and 5 different treatment villas.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,376 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,590 per night

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Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giravaru

  • Water villas: 40
  • Total rooms/suites: 102

Sunset-Water-Villa-with-Pool-Four-Seasons-Resort-Maldives-at-Landaa-GiraavaruPart of a popular resort line, the Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giravaru is great for guests who like choices, lots of activity and spacious rooms. In fact, the overwater rooms can be considered enormous with the smallest one still very large. A private island with first class amenities is also what you'll find as you'll be completely taken care of during your visit.

Catering to both honeymooners and families, the resort houses 4 swimming pools and separate areas for children to play and learn. There is also a dive center on-site, wonderful for those who can't wait to explore the reefs around the island. Reviews are great with customer service receiving high ranks.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,380 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,893 per night

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Park Hyatt Maldives

  • Water villas: 14
  • Total rooms/suites: 50

161831_15082815330035287808Perhaps the most remote in all of the Maldives, the Park Hyatt Maldives Resort is a small 5-star boutique resort with an emphasis on style. It's a Maldives version of one of those trendy hotels that have been opening in big cities lately, but in a tropical setting. With only two restaurants and one bar, this is an intimate facility that caters to couples and isn't well suited to families.

Each of the 14 water villas is very large, and comes with a personal butler among the other luxury amenities. They don't offer all the water sports options that are found at most other resorts, though there is good diving and snorkeling available. This is ideal for couples who want to experience a very special atmosphere in the tropics.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,423 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,445 per night

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Baros Resort Maldives

  • Water villas: 30
  • Total rooms/suites: 75

41474_16032818170041126044An extremely popular resort that some consider to have one of the most beautiful settings in the region, the Baros Resort Maldives is a 5-star hotel that is popular with both honeymooners and families. The 30 water villas here are all large, and pleasantly configured in a semi-circle so guests don't have direct neighbors like they do at most other nearby resorts.

There are four restaurants, two bars, and a full-service spa, which is impressive for only having 75 total rooms. The diving and snorkeling here are great, and there are many other activities and excursions available. Many guests come back year after year, which certainly indicates Baros Island is doing something right.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,540 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,826 per night

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Niyama Resort By Per Aquum

  • Water villas: 40
  • Total rooms/suites: 84

296607_15082415110034917641Another new entry opened in 2012, the Niyama By Per Aquum Resort has 40 water villas that each have a private pool and are otherwise huge. There are 4 different classes of water villas here, with the top-end being some of the largest and most impressive in the world.

With only 84 rooms you wouldn't expect 8 restaurants and bars, but this has been designed as a high-end resort with excellent service so it's competing on every level. Rates for the water villas are quite reasonable for the size of them and the included amenities, though they may rise as more people discover the place.

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

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Kandolhu Island Resort

  • Water villas: 11
  • Total rooms/suites: 30

564118_14031819370018753021A well loved resort and popular choice, the Kandolhu Island Resort is great for both relaxation and excitement all in one. A small resort with only 30 villas, land and water, it is also a more expensive then other resorts nearby, though the 5-star amenities are worth the price.

Guests will find spa treatments, a sauna and more for relaxation and then jump into snorkeling, scuba diving and island cruises. Snorkeling can be done straight from your private balcony steps that lead directly into the water allowing easy access to the ocean below.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,591 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,011 per night

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Huvafen Fushi Maldives

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

70351_14031817330018750855This smaller resort features only 43 total rooms, with 26 of those being over the water. The Huvafen Fushi is 5-star luxury all the way, with even the smallest class of water villas being enormous and having its own on-deck plunge pool plus many other features normally found in only the most expensive rooms at other resorts.

In spite of the limited number of rooms there are many choices of restaurants and bars, insuring each guest will have a wide variety of offerings, unlike some resorts this size that rely on a single restaurant and bar. The Huvafen Fushi Resort also has what it claims is the world's first underwater spa, as well as an overwater spa, both featuring all the luxury treatments you could hope for.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,634 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,021 per night

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Club Med Kani

  • Water villas: 75
  • Total rooms/suites: 210

club-med-kaniServing as the only overwater bungalow resort within the Club Med brand, Club Med Kani has become very popular among guests who love to stay in the lap of luxury while still being close to the airport. Although priced higher than other resorts in the 4-star category, this resort is perfect for those who love to drink and go on daily adventures.

In fact, guests will find a Sailing school, snorkeling, kayaking, soccer, beach volleyball and tons of other sports and activities to choose from. As an international destination resort, there is lots of activity day in and day out which is great for families and groups but may be ill suited to honeymooning couples.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,743 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,075 per night

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Anantara Kihavah Villas – Maldives

  • Water villas: 42
  • Total rooms/suites: 78

178294_14021913180018386407Only open since early 2011, the Anantara Kihavah Villas is the fourth member of the Anantara resort family in the Maldives, and the finest. The 42 water villas here are enormous, and each features a private infinity-edge pool on its deck, and a 24-personal butler. The two 2-bedroom pool water villas tie for the second largest water villas in the world, including two infinity-edge pools each.

Everything here is of 5-star-plus standard. The Sea.Fire.Salt.Sky. restaurant is the Maldives' only underwater dining experience, and the other restaurants and facilities here are all first-class. For honeymoon couples who can afford it, this is about as decadent as things get.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,835 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,098 per night

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Jumeirah Vittaveli Resort

  • Water villas: 46
  • Total rooms/suites: 91

286366_16030313490040428417A private, spacious resort surrounded by one of the healthiest reef systems in the entire Maldives, the Jumeirah Vittaveli Resort houses carefully designed rooms featuring luxury at its best. In total, there are 91 rooms, with 46 of them residing over the water where guests will be treated to their own private decks and accompanying swimming pool.

Because of its careful design, rates are a bit higher, though it is to be expected with luxurious rooms. In fact, some of the luxurious top of the line room features include a spacious walk in wardrobe, timber flooring, a high ceiling bedroom and an indoor walk through marble rain shower. The resort is also situated close to the main Maldives airport, making for easy transportation to and from.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,920 per night
  • High season online specials from US$3,901 per night

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Milaidhoo Resort

  • Water villas: 30
  • Total rooms/suites: 50

Home-page-half-image-1-768x614A rather large resort spanning a total of 13 acres and holding a 5-star rating, the Milaidhoo Resort holds a total of 50 rooms, with each and every one providing both luxurious comforts and out of this world views. All over the water rooms feature 180 degree views, air conditioning, a private wine fridge, an oversized minibar, a sun deck featuring a private freshwater pool and a lovely soaking tub to enjoy. Room service, an entertainment system and Wi-Fi are also included with each room.

In addition to the great rooms, guests will find a few restaurants and a pool bar, an open air spa featuring meditation sessions, massages and various treatments along with a plethora of water sports, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Guests will also find a games room, private beach, gym and gift shop. If you're preparing for a wedding or honeymoon, you'll find plenty of planning help as well.

  • Low season online specials from US$1,962 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,154 per night

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Maalifushi by COMO

  • Water villas: 33
  • Total rooms/suites: 66

Operated by the COMO hotel group and serving as the groups second luxury resort in the Maldives, the Maalifushi by COMO resort is the first of its kind to open in the Thaa Atoll and serves as a top choice for many visiting the area.

All of the villas are large here, even the ones considered ‘small' and each come with a private pool. If staying in one of the more expensive rooms, you'll find yourself a private butler as well. There are 66 rooms in total with 33 of them sitting over the water, each with a beautiful view of the atoll. Those who love to enjoy the water will have a choice of fishing, snorkeling, surfing, sailing, diving and more.

  • Low season online specials from US$2,021 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,566 per night

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Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

  • Water villas: 38
  • Total rooms/suites: 96

If you're looking for top notch everything, you'll find it all at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, a resort known for being among the finest resort chains around the world. Located both on and around a private island, guests will find great service alongside comfort and amazing ocean views.

There are 38 different overwater bungalows to choose from, with the smallest still being rather big in size. These rooms are great for a romantic getaway or honeymoon while some of the largest rooms are well suited for large groups or families. Each villa comes with its own private stairway into the ocean below as well as a private deck that is furnished and set up for sunbathing or lunch after a swim.

  • Low season online specials from US$2,218 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,681 per night

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JOALI Maldives Resort

  • Total rooms/suites: 73

A luxury resort set on a private island, the JOALI Maldives Resort offers guests private overwater villas that charm with private terraces, swimming pools, and steps that lead directly into the ocean, making for a relaxing and comfortable, yet at the same time, exciting holiday.

When venturing around the resort, you'll also find a large section of things to do and see. On land you'll notice the dining selections, the shops, the gallery, the garden, and the luxury spa. In the ocean you'll get to snorkel, scuba dive, fish, and enjoy excursions nearby. If you're honeymooning, you'll notice that there are kid options here, so you may see a few children running around.

  • Low season online specials from US$2,641 per night
  • High season online specials from US$3,444 per night

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One & Only Reethi Rah – Maldives

  • Water villas: 32
  • Total rooms/suites: 150

65499_14032518590018852180Operating a group of the world's finest resort hotels, the One & Only company has a very special property in the Maldives. The One & Only Reethi Rah has 32 water villas that are each huge and each come with a private villa host and a bar. Everything here is of 5-star-plus quality, especially the personalized and attentive service.

There are eight restaurants and bars here, plus a great number of available activities, making this a good choice for families or active groups. Anyone looking for a world class luxury experience on a private island in Paradise, will enjoy a stay here if it's in their price range.

  • Low season online specials from US$2,710 per night
  • High season online specials from US$3,720 per night

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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Resort

  • Total rooms/suites: 121

With an impressively large amount of rooms, both over the water and on land, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi Resort aims to please in any way that it can. Guests here will find several different overwater villas to select from, each of them large in their own right. In fact, each overwater room features an outdoor private pool, a private jacuzzi, and a very large outdoor deck that allows you to freely move between the two. Some of the rooms also house a glass floor cutout, which allows you the opportunity to view the underwater world without worry of getting wet yourself.

Along with the rooms, guests here will find lots of different restaurants to dine at, as well as a bar offering classic and fun drinks. The restaurants here also offer a variety of dishes to enjoy, making it so that everyone should be able to find something they love. Though you'll have plenty of reasons to snorkel and explore the beautiful underwater world surrounding the island, you'll also have the chance to enjoy the resort's on-site spa where you'll find both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms.

  • Low season online specials from US$2,573 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,744 per night

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Velaa Private Island

  • Water villas: 18
  • Total rooms/suites: 45

54139290A small resort offering the utmost in privacy for all its guests, the Velaa Private Island resort is home to 45 villas in total with 18 of them being overwater villas, one of which can only be reached via boat instead of a walkway. There are also 2 residences on-site which can accommodate up to 10 guests in each, perfect for large families or groups.

Located on a private island, guests will find that activities are abundant and also won't have to worry about splitting them with guests from other nearby resorts. If you love golf you'll be delighted with the on-site Short Game Golf Academy, the only one of its kind in all of the Maldives.

  • Low season online specials from US$3,049 per night
  • High season online specials from US$4,013 per night

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Kudadoo Maldives Private Island Resort

  • Water villas: 15
  • Total rooms/suites: 15

A small all-inclusive resort, the Kudadoo Maldives Private Island Resort sits on a private island that is surrounded by vast amounts of ocean, at every turn. Detailing itself as the only truly all-inclusive resort within the Maldives, you'll find that absolutely everything at the resort is included within your nightly rate. This makes the resort a great choice for honeymooners or romantic couples who don't want to have to worry about paying for things separately each day of their stay.

Each of the 14 overwater villas showcase luxury at its best with large walking spaces, an open room concept, wood floors, and a large private terrace that features a private plunge pool, steps that lead directly into the ocean, and lots of sitting areas. Outside of the rooms you'll find lots of ocean activities and excursions, a spa, and dining and drink options.

  • Low season online specials from US$3,124 per night
  • High season online specials from US$3,796 per night

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Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort

  • Water villas: 16
  • Total rooms/suites: 38

A small resort with rooms housed both over the water on top of their own private reef and on a small island, the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort impresses with luxury at every turn. Here you'll find several different types of overwater rooms, with each offering a large section of amenities, both big and small. These amenities range from slippers for each guest to a private swimming pool located on the back terrace that faces the sea.

Alongside the rooms, you'll be pleased to note that the resort also caters with dining and drink choices, a luxurious spa that offers much more than just massages, a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, and access to watersports in addition to local tours.

  • Low season online specials from US$3,128 per night
  • High season online specials from US$3,413 per night

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Soneva Jani Residences Resort

  • Water Villas: 25
  • Total rooms/suites: 57

view3_1204With 57 suites in total, 25 of them situated over the water, the Soneva Jani Residences Resort is top notch with suites styled more like houses rather than resort rooms. With room categories ranging with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom choices, guests will find themselves privy to a world of luxury with ample space both inside and outside of each villa. In addition, guests will find many different room features that wow including a private balcony/terrace, a walk-in mini bar, sun loungers, a private pool, lagoon access via stairs, an open-air bathroom, a private wine cellar selection and a retractable room in the master bedroom.

Outside of the villas, guests will find dining choices, including a juice bar and a beach restaurant, a clubhouse, gift shop, outdoor pool, gardens and an overwater silent cinema. Another great resort feature is the on-site spa which supplies a large selection of massages and treatments.

  • Low season online specials from US$4,289 per night
  • High season online specials from US$4,302 per night

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