Honeymoon Water Villa at high-rated Maldives resort for US$599 per night

While we are still in the thick of the high season in the Maldives, even the normal water villas tend to seem expensive. So it's a bit surprising and very welcome to see a deal on these luxury water villas like this. The Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort has 5 Honeymoon Water Villas that are similar to ones that cost well over US$1,000 per night at other resorts, and right now you can book them for only US$599 per night in the coming months.

The most affordable water villas at this resort each come with their own Jacuzzi, but the Honeymoon Water Villas also have a steam room and a separate living room with a partial glass floor. If that isn't luxurious enough for you, the water villas with private pools are only US$654 per night for two people. [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.