Maldives 5-star water villa with half board for US$358 per night

As the December and January peak season in the Maldives approaches, it's getting more challenging to find really outstanding bargains, but certainly not impossible. This week's deal is for a highly rated resort that is still offering water villa rates close to the off-season rate, even in October and November.

The Medhufushi Island Resort is currently offering its water villas for US$358 per night for two people including breakfast and dinner daily. This half-board rate is several hundred dollars cheaper per night than you'll pay in December, so it stands out as one of the best bargains going right now. [read more]

House-sized Maldives water villa with half board for US$378 per night per couple

It seems like the phenomenon of “flash deals” has fallen a bit out of favor, but if you are looking for a Maldives resort you'll be happy to know about this one. At the moment, the Filitheyo Island Resort is running a 50%-off Flash Deal on all their villas, including their 16 water villas. To be honest, this doesn't look like a full 50% off, but these are honestly the lowest prices we've seen at this resort, so it's a bargain nonetheless.

The thing about this resort that stands out is that the water villas are absolutely enormous at 146 square meters each, including private deck. That's about triple the size of most others in this price range, and this is a 4.5-star resort with good reviews, so it's one to consider for sure. [read more]

Maldives 4-star water villa with half board for US$290/night per couple

The cheapest months of the year in the Maldives are starting to wind down, but there are still some amazing deals out there if you know where to look. This week we are featuring a resort that only opened in April, so it's offering shockingly low rates to help it compete with the more established resorts that have so many return guests each year.

Specifically I'm talking at the Safari Island Resort and Spa, which is a smaller island featuring only 84 total villas. Among those are 15 Semi-Overwater Bungalows (just at the lagoon's edge), 39 Overwater Bungalows, and 30 Beach Bungalows. The Semi-Overwater Bungalows right now are going for an amazing US$239 per night per couple with breakfast and dinner included, while the fully overwater bungalows are only US$290 per night also with half board. [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.