9 Maldives water-villa resorts with amazing off-season rates

The high season for resort prices in the Maldives basically runs from December through April, with December and January being the busiest months because it's when most Europeans want to take a winter break. The rest of the year is considered the “low season” for Maldives resorts, even though the Maldives weather is almost exactly the same the whole year round.

Interestingly, July and August tend to be the cheapest months for resorts in the Maldives, so it's quite a popular destination for Europeans who take one of those months off. Better still, many resorts offer drastic discounts during the off-season months, so it's possible to get a water villa at literally half the price you'd pay in the high season. [read more]

Luxury Maldives water villa with half board for US$475 per night for two

Now that the peak travel season in the Maldives (the weeks around Christmas) is behind us, we are finally starting to see some interesting deals that were not available just a few weeks ago. Starting in May, even though the weather is basically the same all year in the Maldives, room rates start to go down and can be literally half what they are in winter.

Today's deal is for a huge water villa at the Filitheyo Island Resort in the Maldives for only US$475 per night for two people, including breakfast and dinner each day. The resort gets excellent reviews and it has all the activities and luxury services you could want, so it's absolutely one of the best deals in the Maldives at the moment. [read more]

Bora Bora overwater bungalow for US$458 per night in January

January is considered the low season in Bora Bora, in spite of the fact that the weather on the island is almost certainly better than where you live. There are some quick rain storms, sometimes overnight and other times in the late afternoon, but it's always warm with pleasant breezes. As a result, we get the cheapest rates of the year in January, and one of the rare times you'll see a Bora Bora overwater bungalow at under US$500 per night.

The Le Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora is one of the nicer Bora Bora resorts among those not in the 5-star category, and its 19 overwater bungalows are spacious and luxurious. Right now you can get them for only US$458 per night, pending availability, in January and into February. The normal low rates for these rooms are just under US$600 per night, so this is a very good deal. [read more]

Astonishing deals on Maldives water villas this summer

Each week we comb all the best deals on water villas and overwater bungalows around the world to present the most interesting one for our readers. This week we came upon a treasure trove of amazing discounts on Maldives water bungalows for the summer months.

Even though the Maldives weather is nearly the same all year round, with just a few more quick rain storms during the summer than the winter, the months of June through August are the off season for the resorts with the lowest prices of the year. [read more]

5-Star Maldives water villa w/ private pool for under US$500 per night

It might seem decadent to want your own private plunge pool just outside your Maldives over the water villa when it's suspended over a stunning and clear lagoon, but if you can afford it, why not? Normally a “plunge pool” as these small on-deck pools are called, is something you get at the largest and most expensive resorts, but there are exceptions, including at the fabulous Constance Halaveli Resort.

During the high season these water villas are usually priced close to US$1,000 per night, although sometimes it's closer to US$700 per night. Even at those rates it's quiet a good deal because the water villas are huge and this is one of the best-rated Maldives resorts based on guest reviews. But during the summer you can sometimes get a water villa at the Constance Halaveli Resort for under US$500 per night, including breakfast daily. [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.