More than half of the Luxury Water Villas in the world (which are known as overwater bungalows in the South Pacific) are located in the Maldives. There are over 80 resorts here featuring these popular rooms and nearly all of them are luxurious, but since there are so many we’ve divided them into three groups. This middle group includes a wide range of resorts, some which specialize in the all-inclusive meal and drink plans, and some which are intimate and are very popular with the honeymoon crowd. Finding the perfect fit may feel daunting, so you might want to check out the main page that recommends the resort for over a dozen different preferences.
Below is our middle section, with a great range of possibilities and styles.
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List of Luxury Water Villas in the Maldives
Another good-value property that specializes in all-inclusive meal packages, the Veligandu Island Resort has 64 water villas, 54 of which feature their own semi-outdoor Jacuzzi. This is a smaller resort that is very popular with honeymoon couples and those on a romantic retreat. It is one of the best Luxury Water Villas in the Maldives.
In spite of the buffet-style dining, the restaurants have a great reputation for quality, making this one of the most popular choice in this price range. There are some family options as well, though in general water villas are not suitable for younger children at any of these resorts.
A boutique resort that only opened in 2009, the Adaaran Prestige Vadoo consists solely of 40 water villas, each with its own personal butler. Each water villa is large and very well appointed, and the butlers have a reputation for smoothing out the details of a holiday, including putting meal orders in early and automatically, among other things.
Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is one of the best Luxury Water Villas in the Maldives. Each villa also comes with a glass floor section for viewing of the sea life directly below, as well as a large Jacuzzi tub with a view in the bathroom. The snorkeling and diving are excellent in the house reef within the lagoon, so it’s popular with water lovers. There’s only one restaurant plus a cigar bar, but the restaurant is also located over the water and serves food of very high standards, so this is an ideal smaller resort for romantic couples in particular.
Newly opened in the summer of 2012, the Residence Maldives Resort is one of the Luxury Water Villas, it have 75 water villas that are all very large, about half of them with their own private plunge pool on the sundeck. This is the newest in the Residence chain, which already operates 3 other hotels in Africa and the Indian Ocean, all of which are highly acclaimed.
The resort features two gourmet restaurants and a bar, plus private dining opportunities, and a long list of daytime activities and excursions. Early reviews literally couldn’t be any better, which is unusual for a Maldives launch because it’s difficult to have everything ready at the same time. For this reason, we think this is going to be a real winner in the upscale category.
Having undergone a full remodel in 2009, plus a name change and the addition of 40 water villas, the Adaaran Prestige Ocean Villas Resort is now in the solid 4-star category, but with some 5-star features such as a personal butler for each villa. In addition to the normal selection of water sports, this resort also has a proper surf beach plus rentals and lessons, so it’s popular with the surfing crowd.
The water villas are all quite large and luxurious, which isn’t true of the beach villas at the sister resort on the island, so it’s probably best to pay for the better rooms. There are four restaurants and bars in addition to 24-hour in-villa room service, so this could be a good honeymoon hotel, especially for those who like to surf.
Featuring only 36 villas total, 30 of which are over the water, the Mirihi Island Resort is one of the smallest private-island resorts in the Maldives. Unlike most of the larger islands, there are almost no child-friendly activities here, so it’s more or less a couples resort that is ideal for romantic holidays.
Mirihi Island Resort is one of the Luxury Water Villas in the Maldives. This water villas are fairly good in size and offer most 4-star amenities, but they have no televisions, which could be good or bad depending on your goals. Those looking for a small and intimate private island will find the Mirihi Island Resort to be ideal and a great value.
Featuring 16 of the largest water villas in the Maldives, the Filitheyo Island Resort has a rather remote location, but prices are very reasonable compared to its competition. This is a 4-star hotel that may not be as fancy as some of the others, but those who enjoy spreading out and having a large private space will enjoy it here.
There are 109 beach villas, and only three restaurants and bars, so service does lag at times when everyone decides to dine at the same time. However, there are plenty of activities to choose from and this place gets many repeat guests, so it could be a good choice for many people.
A large resort with 12 overwater rooms, the Kihaa Maldives Resort prides itself on great views that will keep you coming back again and again. There are also 106 rooms on the island that allow guests quick access to both the beach and water. Though this is a very family friendly resort with a Kids Club and swimming pool, the overwater bungalows are a kid-free zone. This makes them perfect for romantic couples looking for a bit of peace, quiet and privacy.
The resort itself operates as an all-inclusive and houses 4 restaurants and 3 lounges along with lots of activities. It is also very close to a domestic airport, great for those who rather venture on a commercial flight than the sea-plane option.
Another of the larger private-island resorts in the Maldives, the Paradise Island Resort is a deluxe 4-star hotel and one of the Luxury Water Villas that features 62 water villas plus 220 beach villas and suites. The new Haven section of the resort features 22 water villas and its own restaurant, so guests in that section can choose to stay over water for days at a time if they please.
The water villas here are all quite large, and there is a very long list of activities and restaurants available, plus a luxurious spa. The location is also very convenient, being one of the shortest speedboat rides from the airport. The size of the resort combined with the separate overwater Haven section means this could be ideal for a honeymoon or even a group holiday. Considering the amenities and size of the villas, the prices here are very reasonable as well.
Part of a 5-star resort division of the Hilton Hotels group, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers great value in the luxury class. The 71 water villas come in a variety of classes, and even the cheapest of these is quite large and fully decked out with fancy amenities, including a Bose surround sound DVD theatre system.
All the villas in the higher classes even come with a private Jacuzzi plunge pool on their deck. There are nine restaurants and bars at this resort for 150 total villas, so there is great variety plus very little chance of having to wait to be seated. Honeymooners looking for a 5-star water villa will find this to be one of the best choices in its price range.
Similar to the Hilton Maldives mentioned above, the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is nicer and more posh than you’d expect for an international chain hotel. This is a large resort with 56 water villas that are kept to a high 4-star standard. The location is also very convenient, being only a 20-minute speedboat ride north of the airport.
As such a large resort, guests have six restaurants and bars to choose from, plus a very long list of water sports and activities, plus a few nightlife options that are rare in the Maldives. The spa here is also excellent and very popular, so this could be ideal for honeymooners of anniversary trips where the theme is pampering.
A small boutique private island resort, the Maafushivaru Resort Maldives houses 48 villas, 22 of which are situated over the water. Each villa is large in size and comes with a mini bar and bathtub with views of the ocean.
If you love coffee, you’ll find exactly what you need at an on-site coffee shop alongside two restaurants and a few bars, one of which serves only wine. You’ll also find a unique resort amenity, a private ‘desert island’ a short boat ride away. Ocean lovers will have a blast exploring the sea by snorkeling and diving the house reef.
Sharing Meedhupparu Island with its sister resort, the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas are a new and modern set of 20 large water villas in their own private section of the island. Each comes with a private butler, and service in general is excellent and of 5-star standard.
There’s a restaurant and bar in the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas section, but guests here also have access to several other restaurants plus all the activities in the neighboring resort, which isn’t true in reverse so this is an exclusive place. For those who can afford it, this is one of the better choices in the top luxury price range.
A 5-star resort offering both land and overwater villas, the Grand Park Kodhipparu Resort is a great choice for both families and romantic couples. It is one of the best Luxury Water Villas in the Maldives. If you’re looking for a wedding destination, you’ll want to keep this resort in mind. Here you’ll not only find wedding facilities, but a spa as well. If you’re traveling with kids in tow, you’ll be glad to know that the resort provides a kids club right on-site. You’ll also find lots of outdoor activities to partake in like snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, kayaking and more.
In each of the overwater villas, you’ll find a mini bar, a desk, room service, Wi-Fi, and a private deck with direct access to the water below via a set of stairs. On the outdoor deck, you’ll also find an outdoor shower and sun loungers. Back inside the room you’ll find a fun see through glass floor section that allows you the ability to see the ocean below without having to actually get in the water.
One of the few in this price range that operates on an all-inclusive basis, the Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa offers good value and deluxe facilities. Each of the 30 water villas here has its own Jacuzzi spa among other amenities, making it quite popular with the honeymoon crowd.
The normal all-inclusive rates are quite reasonable, and guests can choose to upgrade to the all-inclusive plus plan, which includes alcohol and other extras, so those who like to drink a bit on holiday might get good use of that option. With 184 total rooms, this is one of the larger resorts of its kind, and it features 8 different restaurants and bars for your dining and drinking pleasure.
A different take on the usual overwater resort, the Amilla Fushi Resort allows guests to choose between different ‘houses’ some of which are on land while others over the water. Each of the overwater houses faces out into the ocean, providing guests with beautiful views of the ocean from their private sundeck or pool.
Adventures will find great snorkeling and diving opportunities around the island as well as a beach and swimming pool to relax in. There is also a spa on-site that offers a full range or treatments, hair services and even some yoga. If you’re a foodie, you’ll find a nice selection of dishes to try at each of the resort’s 4 restaurants.
Only open since 2008, the Zitahli Resort & Spa Kuda-Funafaru is a luxury 5-star boutique resort located on one of the smaller private islands in the Maldives. It is one of the Luxury Water Villas. Each of the water villas is huge, and spaced at least 10 meters from its neighbors, so privacy and romance are at a premium here.
There are two fine-dining restaurants plus a cafe and two bars, which with only 50 total villas, means that everything is intimate and secluded. This is one of the more remote islands in the Maldives, involving a 50-minute sea plane flight from the main airport, but it’s already very popular with honeymooners and those on anniversary trips.
Offering among the best values in the 5-star category, the Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa features 36 water villas that are all enormous, each coming complete with an infinity-edge bathtub-for-two with a view of the lagoon. Each water villa also has a large private deck with an outdoor shower, which is a common feature in the super-luxury resorts.
There are four restaurants at the Anantara Dhigu Resort, each offering high-quality menus and interesting offerings, but guests here also have access to four more restaurants and plus activities at the Anantara Veli Resort, which is a short-and-free boat ride across the lagoon. This is a great choice for romantic couples in particular.
The larger and slightly more expensive of the two Coco Palm properties in the Maldives, the Coco Bodu Hithi is a 5-star resort and that has 56 Luxury Water Villas that are all very large and loaded with luxury amenities. There are three restaurants and one bar here, all with excellent offerings and service.
Each water villa here has a split level private deck with an outdoor shower, suspended over one of the better lagoons for snorkeling and scuba diving in the region. The larger villas are enormous and have the most privacy, making this another ideal resort for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Another 5-star Luxury Water Villas resort that operates on an all-inclusive basis, the Lily Beach Resort and Spa feature 56 water villas, though 16 of those are barely perched over the edge of the lagoon rather than out on stilts as the others are. Even the least expensive water villas here are large and include a special outdoor private bathroom with a Jacuzzi.
There are two restaurants and one bar, all of the very high standards. The Lily Beach Resort also has extensive facilities for children, including two kids’ pools, so it’s ideal for families. Considering the all-inclusive nature and the 5-star standards, this resort offers quite good value for the Maldives.
As the Maldives’ first (and so far only) resort south of the equator, the Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa has a remote location, though it’s fairly convenient to reach. Those with private planes can fly directly to an airport that is only 8 minutes away by speedboat, making this place popular with the super-rich. It is one of the best Luxury Water Villas.
Each of the 60 water villas is huge and loaded with luxury amenities. The service is extremely attentive, and the 6 restaurants and bars are all of the very high standards. In spite of the price and remoteness, they have good facilities for children and families, so this is a good choice for romance or for a group.
Located on a small private island not far south of the capital, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is a 5-star property operated by the famous Taj Resorts group of India. The 55 water villas here come in several classes ranging from large to enormous. The least-expensive class offers great value considering this small island is first-class all the way.
The higher classes of water villas each include their own private plunge pool on the deck, plus many other luxury amenities. They even have one Presidential Villa Suite, which is one of the largest and most Luxury Water Villas in the world.
Featuring 20 large water villas in addition to 140 island and beach rooms and suites, the Holiday Inn Kandooma Resort is a popular choice among the bigger Maldives resorts. You’ll find many 4-star amenities in the water villas that you wouldn’t find at many of the independent resorts.
This is the one of the Luxury Water Villas in the Maldives. The water villas are in the fairly shallow water, especially during low tide, and there is no house reef at the island, but there is a full dive center and regular diving and snorkeling excursions so it’s still a very good choice for water sports lovers. The price is moderate considering the resort’s features, but very positive guest-reviews indicate that it’s common for people to return again and again, which is obviously a very good sign.
A luxurious 4-star all-inclusive resort, the Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa has 62 water villas in 3 different styles and sizes in addition to its 42 island rooms. The basic all-inclusive package comes with food and most drinks, but the resort also offers a premium Island Club level that also includes an additional restaurant and other features.
All the water villas here are large and well appointed, and almost all of them feature a Jacuzzi spa and a heavenly rain shower on the deck. The prices are higher than many of their all-inclusive competitors in the Maldives, but the quality is there to justify it, Therefore it is one of the Luxury Water Villas.
A large resort catering with 115 rooms, some land-based while others are situated over the lagoon and ocean, the Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa is designed for the adventurous soul who would also like a few moments of relaxation. If you’re looking for a full board experience, you’ll find one here with a full board package that includes drinks and unlimited access to the resort’s very own water park.
Carpe Diem Beach Resort is one the best Luxury Water Villas. There are 10 different room choices, with all of the overwater rooms featuring a private outdoor deck and a private pool. Inside you’ll find air conditioning, a king size bed, Wi-Fi, a coffee machine and minibar. Though the rooms are impressive and offer a lot, the snorkeling and scuba diving are the main attractions. In fact, there are multi-day cruises available through the resort as well.