Maldives water villa with full board for US$312 per night for two

Many Maldives experts agree that the coming few months are the best time to visit the islands, because you have fine weather mixed with the lowest prices of the year. And speaking of low prices, one of the region's largest and most popular private-island resorts is now offering their rock-bottom prices, so it's a good time to have a close look and prepare to book before it's too late.

The Meeru Island Resort has 106 water villas, which is the second most of any resort in the world, and the most in the Maldives. They also have 180 island rooms and villas, allowing them to offer a great number of services and amenities at a very appealing price. Boutique resorts are wonderful, especially for a honeymoon or other once in a lifetime trip, but no boutique resort can offer anything like this without charging three or four times as much. [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.