Where to stay near Malé, Maldives Airport for one night

The Maldives is the water villa capital of the world, and one of the planet's most desirable holiday destinations. But a Maldives vacation can be a bit confusing because of the long flights into the country and the fact that each visitor then has to take a sea-plane or speedboat to another island to reach their resort.

If you are reading this article you have probably just realized that you are going to have to spend a least one night near the Malé International Airport on your way in or on your way out, or perhaps both. The good news is that once you read the information below, you'll be able to confidently book a hotel near the Malé Airport, and know exactly how you'll get there and back. [read more]

Maldives water-villa resorts near the Malé Airport

With over 80 different water-villa resorts in the Maldives to choose from, it should be of no surprise that they are spread out over huge distances in this archipelago nation. Most of the earliest resorts opened up very near the main international airport, but most of the more recent openings are a long way away, which requires a sea-plane flight that can be both time consuming and expensive.

Fortunately, there are many water-villa resorts within a short range of the airport, including many newer ones and a surprising number of the top-rated resorts. These private-island hotels are all between a 15 and 55-minute speedboat ride from the dock at the airport itself, so guests can literally be swimming in the lagoon below their water villa an hour after their flight lands, while many are still waiting for their sea-plane flight to leave. [read more]

Malé Airport: Arrival, resort check-in, speedboat, and sea-plane guide

The Maldives might be the closest thing to paradise on earth for those looking for a sunshine holiday. As the water villa and overwater bungalow capital of the planet, the Maldives has over 80 private-island resorts with overwater accommodation.

But how do you get to these private islands in the Maldives? It's a bit confusing and mysterious until you've done it once yourself, so I've put together this guide to show you exactly how it all works. Whether you are taking a speedboat or sea-plane to your resort, I'll show you exactly how it works, and you can see most of it in the video I made below. [read more]

Water villa of the week: Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

As the high season for Maldives water villas is just around the corner now (December through May) we'll feature one of the best-value resorts in the region. The Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is a wonderful 4-star-plus hotel that offers great online rates compared to similar resorts nearby.

It has another advantage in that it's reasonably close to the Malé International Airport, but it's not close enough for it to be a factor once you are on the private island. This means it's fast and relatively cheap to reach the Sheraton Full Moon, and you can arrive at any hour of the day or night, which isn't true of most resorts. [read more]

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.