Best Maldives deals for May: Water villas from US$320 per night

Savvy travelers tend to flock to the Maldives during May and June to find the lowest prices of the year, even though the weather is still pretty much perfect. Room rates tend to go down because most Europeans prefer to spend their summer holidays closer to home, so great deals in the Maldives are easy to find.

In the month of May there are a great many resorts that already offer the lowest rates of the year, so it's a buyer's market. Below we're listing 3 of the best deals we've discovered at some of the more dependable resorts. Even if none of these is right for you, once you click around and see the other options, you'll find something perfect. [read more]

Maldives water villa w/Jacuzzi tub and full board for US$361/night

This is the most enjoyable time of year to be looking for Maldives resort discounts because the low season is approaching when every hotel has the lowest prices of the year. This week's deal is yet another stunner. Meeru Island is offering its two different types of water villas at rates that are literally about half what you'd pay in high season.

Those on lower budgets should enjoy the normal Water Villas at the Meeru Island Resort, which are just at the water's edge and feature a 2-person Jacuzzi in a private area on the large terrace. But perhaps a better deal is their Jacuzzi Water Villas, which are out over the lagoon and are almost 50% larger. The promotional rates now are US$361 and US$447 per night, and that includes 3 meals a day for two people staying in each villa. [read more]

Bora Bora luxury overwater bungalow for US$422 per night for two

Now that we are between the two high seasons for Bora Bora resorts, there are suddenly some really interesting deals there for the first time in a long time. Room rates are at their peak around Christmas, and also high from June through August, so savvy travelers prefer to schedule a trip in between for the best value.

The weather in Bora Bora is practically the same all year round, so the resort seasons are based on when more people want to travel. In other words, if you can go in March through May, you can get the best deals of the year. Right now you can book a luxury overwater bungalow at the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort for only US$422 per night. In December or June you'd pay close to double that amount for the same room. [read more]

Maldives water villa with half board for US$264 per night in May

When looking for a water villa in the Maldives, it's amazing the difference a month or two can make in the room rate. The low season for Maldives' resorts is May through July, and we are already seeing promotional rates that are literally half what they were for stays in April. The weather is more or less the same all year round, so savvy travelers take advantage of the crazy prices like the one featured here.

Right now you can book a water villa at the 5-star Medhufushi Island Resort for only US$264 per night for two people. Better still, it comes with half board (breakfast and dinner daily) so these water villas are about the same price as normal resort hotel rooms elsewhere in Asia or even Europe. [read more]

Huge 5-star Maldives water villas for US$420 per night in June

Lately I've been getting many emails asking how to get the best deal on a Maldives water villa for the coming summer months. With demand so high I've decided to start highlighting the best Maldives summer deals each week, starting with a really nice one below. It's important to realize that June and July are the least-busy months in the Maldives, in spite of near-perfect weather, and the best prices are typically NOT offered for those who book quite this early.

These Maldives resorts work like so many other hotels in that they try to book rooms for higher prices until a few months out, and then they start discounting in order to fill up the empties. Right now, the second half of February, is when we'll start seeing discounts for June and July in the Maldives, starting with this great one. [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.