Editor’s Choice: 6 Best Maldives water-villa resorts with private pools

Some might think it's too decadent to have a private pool on the deck just outside your wonderful Maldives water villa, especially considering there is a warm lagoon perfect for swimming just below, but these private pools are an increasingly popular feature that impress many.

Quite a few Maldives water-villa resorts have private pools on some or all of the water villas, and most of them are small enough to be considered “plunge pools” because they are more for splashing around in than for swimming laps. Below you'll find a list of the 6 best resorts with private-pool water villas, including a few that are surprisingly affordable. All the resorts below get great guest reviews and are very good value in their class. [read more]

Best Maldives deals for July: Water villas from US$278 per night

Not long ago we mentioned that June was the cheapest month to stay in a Maldives water villa, but this year July actually has slightly better deals. For most of the year it's difficult to find even an older water villa for under US$500 per night, but this month we found a 5-star water villa with a private pool for less than that.

If a pool is not your thing then you'll probably prefer one of the even cheaper deals on really good water villas that also include breakfast and dinner daily. These two are in the $300 to $400 price range, which is pretty incredible considering it includes 4 meals per day for the couple as well. If any of these deals look good, I would book as soon as possible because they only stay at these rates until half or so of them are booked. [read more]

Maldives 5-star water villa with private pool for US$334/night

If you are still looking for a luxurious destination for the coming summer months, you are going to love this deal. We've featured it before and weren't sure it would still be offered towards the end of the low season in the Maldives, but it's still available for many dates so we are sharing it again.

The key here is that you get 2 nights free when you pay for 5 nights, so for a weeklong stay you can book a huge water villa with private pool at the 5-star Beach House Iruveli Resort for only US$334 per night for two people. A few resorts have private-pools for under US$400 per night, but they are smaller and only 4 stars at best, so this is really the best deal on a pool water villa in the Maldives full stop. [read more]

Large 5-star Maldives pool water villa for US$334 per night per couple

These are exciting times for anyone considering a trip to the Maldives in the next few months, as the promotions keep coming and amazing places are available at their rock-bottom prices. This week's best deal includes 2 free nights when you book a week-long stay, so most visitors will qualify.

More specifically, it's the Beach House at Iruveli Maldives, which used to be the Waldorf Astoria Maldives, just to give you some indication of the 5-star qualifications of this private-island resort. They are offering their huge water villas with private plunge pools at US$334 per night during the coming slow season, which is literally about half the rate they charge in the busier months. [read more]

Huge 5-star Maldives water villa now only US$406 per night per couple

As I search out the best promotional deal of the week, the resort names can get familiar because some consistently offer the best rates. But this week the featured deal is an amazing resort that I haven't written about in quite a while, which just happens to be offering a 30% discount off its already reasonable rates for some of the largest water villas in the Maldives.

The Zitahli Kuda-Funafaru Maldives Resort is a boutique 5-star resort with 30 water villas (which they call ‘Aqua Villas') and 20 Island Villas. The most stunning feature of this luxurious resort is that the water villas are about the size of a suburban house at 186 square meters including a huge private deck. In this price range in the Maldives you'll normally get 50 to 60 square meters so this is a degree of spaciousness and luxury that most of us normally don't even daydream about. [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.