Maldives water villa w/half board for US$548 per couple in high season

If you are planning a trip to the Maldives in the coming months you are probably all too aware that most resorts are close to full already so they are charging the highest rates of the year. Most are also booked by travel agents who tend to book guests in the same few resorts, so you can actually get a better deal if you book online at one they don't usually work with.

This week's deal is at just such a resort, where the Angaga Island Resort and Spa is offering water villas for only US$548 per night for two people including breakfast and dinner daily. This is a smaller resort that isn't too well known, but it gets really good guest reviews so it's easily one of the best bargains in the Maldives this coming season. [read more]

Luxury Bora Bora overwater bungalow for US$652 per night in high season

If you've dreamed about booking an overwater bungalow in June or July, you aren't alone. This is the peak of high season with the best weather in the South Pacific, so room rates are at their highest when you can even find availability. But the good news is that if you know where to look, you can still find a wonderful bungalow at a reasonable price.

Specifically I'm referring to the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort, which has 50 overwater bungalows perched over one of the most stunning turquoise lagoons in the world. If you book directly through their website you'll have access to more rooms than any other way, and you'll also get the lowest possible price, which is US$652 per night (including tax and service) for up to 3 guests per room. [read more]

Bora Bora overwater bungalow at only US$536 per night in high season

The high season in Bora Bora and the rest of the South Pacific runs from June through September, with perfect dry and (usually) clear weather, and unfortunately, most overwater bungalow resorts start at or near US$1,000 per night during this time. So it's both surprising and welcome to discover that the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach & Private Island Resort is offering overwater bungalows at US$536 this summer.

This is a solid 4-star resort that is actually 2 resorts in one, since the Marara Beach and the Private Island portions were merged together in 2010. The 24 overwater bungalows on the main island combined with the 20 overwater bungalows on the private island are all very nice sized, with a kingsize bed and a sofabed in each, plus a private terrace with steps down into the lagoon. [read more]

Hilton Maldives Irufushi Resort water villas starting at US$639 per night in high season

Even with the more than 60 Maldives overwater villa resorts out there, it can be very difficult to get a really good deal during the high season for the area, which is from December through April. Since most guests to the Maldives come from Europe, the combination of their own dreadful winter weather and the dry season in the Maldives during that same period makes demand soar.

We'll be spotlighting the best Maldives water villa deals we can find on a weekly basis during the high season, and we'll start today with what's actually a fabulous bargain at the Hilton Maldives Irufushi Resort & Spa. [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.