Water villa with full board at top-rated Maldives resort for US$564 per night
Now with high season at full swing in the Maldives, it's a bit challenging to find special deals on water villas, but there are still a few out there. This week we've come across a tempting little package at the Nika Island Resort, which is offering water villas and 3 meals a day for only US$564 per night for two people.
This boutique resort won't be for everybody, but it gets high ratings and great reviews from those who do choose it. It's a small and simple private island resort with an Italian vibe yet it's considered a classic Maldives experience. With most water villas going for US$800 or more per night in the high season, this deal including meals seems like a real stand out.
A water villa at the Nika Island Resort for only US$564 per night including 3 meals per day for two people.
This special rate is offered only by our booking partner, Agoda, and it includes a 10% Early Bird discount. For US$626 per night you can get the same deal including free cancellation. Check the Agoda page for the Nika Island Resort for your own travel dates.
Old school Maldives with an Italian twist
The Nika Island Resort has only 10 water villas and 27 beach villas, making it one of the smallest private-island resorts in the Maldives. It's owned and operated by Italians, and popular with Italian guests, but English is spoken and understood. So if you like Italian food, and I know you do, having access to their lovely buffet 3 times per day is a big feature in itself.
The hotel offers great diving and snorkeling in its acclaimed house reef, as well as windsurfin, canoeing, badminton and even bocce ball, but the emphasis here is on relaxation. Each beach villa has its own private stretch of sand out front, and the water villa guests have their own shared beach in addition to their private deck with steps down into the turquoise lagoon.
The charm here, according to most past guests, is that it's a small island that feels like the original Maldives resorts rather than the corporate resorts that dominate lately. The 10 water villas are only a few years old, so this resort only had 27 beach rooms until recently.
While the villas don't come with butler service or have a plunge pool on their deck, they are full 4-star with amenities, and quite large. This is a resort where it's important to read reviews because most people do love it but it is a specific sort of experience you will get, which isn't an ideal choice for everyone.