If you’ve ever dreamed of spending a holiday in a beautiful villa on stilts over a crystal clear lagoon, then the Maldives is the place to go. These water villas, which are called overwater bungalows in the South Pacific, are some of the most unusual and luxurious accommodations anywhere in the world. For those who are looking for the Super luxury Water Villas in the Maldives, the complete list is below. In a few cases you can actually find an excellent 5-star resort in the price range below these, so you might also check out our main page, which features recommendations for over a dozen different specific preferences.
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List of Super luxury Water Villas in the Maldives
Great for those looking to unplug from their busy lives, the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu Resort offers an island paradise free from stress filled days. It’s also great for newlyweds and romantic couples as privacy are ever present. There are 14 different overwater villas and 80 land villas, giving guests a choice of where they would like to stay.
It is one of the best Super luxury Water Villas in the Maldives. Each villa is nicely sized and large by villa standards. They also include a private plunge pool that overlooks the ocean. If you’re looking for a super-sized villa, you’ll find 2 Sunset Lagoon Villas that are almost twice the size of the other water villas on-site. There is also a large number of water sports and other activities to choose from along with 5 restaurants and bars.
Opened in 2012, this boutique resort is meant for the young and stylish, offering something new for the Maldives. The Viceroy Maldives is part of a worldwide chain of upscale properties, all known for impeccable service and Super luxury Water Villas. The 32 Super luxury Water Villas here each come with a private pool and are huge on the inside and out, and the furnishings are urbaner than most upmarket tropical resorts.
Even with only 61 total rooms, there are 5 restaurants and bars and the usual long list of water sports and excursion options. The most notable feature of the Viceroy Maldives is its single Royal Villa, which has 3 bedrooms, several pools, and Jacuzzis, and is the second largest water villa in the world. The resort is not cheap, but it looks like a great choice for those with bigger budgets.
One of the Super luxury Water Villas 5-star private-island resorts in the area, LUX* Maldives features 87 water villas in several classes in addition to 106 beach villas and suites. The least expensive water villas here are not as large as most others in this price category, but they all have large private decks and are outfitted with luxury amenities.
The resort features a total of 9 restaurants and bars, which means guests have a wide variety of choices even for longer stays. The island is also packed with facilities such as two swimming pools, a 24-hour fitness center, and a long list of water sports options.
Only open since late 2010, the Constance Moofushi Resort is one of the newest and most modern 5-star private-island resorts in the Maldives. The Constance group runs a variety of luxury hotels throughout the Indian Ocean region, and they are known for extremely high standards and attention to detail. The price here offers better value than it might seem at first since the whole hotel operates on an all-inclusive basis, and meals and drinks do tend to be very expensive in the Maldives, and especially at 5-star resorts.
There are two excellent restaurants and two bars here, plus a luxury spa with extensive facilities. The Super luxury Water Villas in the cheaper class are not as large as some others in this price category, but each one includes a special entertainment system that includes a Mac Mini computer.
A resort ranked high in both customer service and food, the JA Manafaru Resort is perfect for families and couples. With that said, families with kids under 18 must stay in the Super luxury Water Villas while anyone older than 18 can have their choice of an overwater bungalow. Each of the 48 water villas comes with a private deck and private pool overlooking the ocean, creating that perfect romantic moment.
There are also a large number of activities to choose from including snorkeling the reef, kayaking over the reef, jet skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving and tennis among others. There is even a kid-friendly Cool Zone.
Specializing in all-inclusive packages, the Robinson Club Maldives is a German-run 4-star resort that is very popular with groups from mainland Europe. Each of the 25 Super luxury Water Villas is huge and has its own private Jacuzzi in addition to many other luxury amenities.
The all-inclusive buffet restaurant gets rave reviews for its quality and service, so this resort can be good value for those looking for a solid 4-star all-inclusive resort. On the basis of the rest of the offerings, there are probably better choices unless you arrange an appealing package price.
With only 2 Super luxury Water Villas, the Bandos Island Resort & Spa is actually more of a beach resort than anything. It also is very close to the airport, making it convenient for travelers who wish to experience a Maldives vacation without the hassle of finding transportation to islands further away.
Even though there are only 2 overwater villas at the resort, each one is very spacious and quite luxurious, with a price to match. As a family oriented resort, guests will find that the rooms are great for kids and large groups. There is also a long list of activities available, including snorkeling and diving.
For an unforgettable boutique 5-star experience it’s well worth considering the COMO Cocoa Island Resort, which features 33 Super luxury Water Villas that are all shaped like Maldivian fishing boats, plus 3 beach villas. As one of the smallest of the water villa resorts, this provides an intimate experience that is ideal for honeymooners, but probably not well suited to families or groups.
There are only one restaurant and one bar, but each are of top-quality standard and offer a large variety. The diving and snorkeling in the area are excellent, which might help make up for the smaller number of other activities. Still, for romantic holidays, the style and simplicity of the resort might be perfect.
With a convenient location on a small island only a short speedboat ride away from the airport, the Velassaru Maldives resort has 45 Super luxury Water Villas that range in size from large to very large, so it offers good value for those who put a premium on private space. Amenities such as a wine chiller, an espresso machine, and a home theater system in each room make this a well-appointed 4-star property.
This is mostly a couples resort, and while families are welcome, the Velassaru Maldives is better suited to honeymooners and romantic getaways. There are four restaurants and all the usual water activities available.
A large resort with a total of 360 rooms, 129 of which are over the water, the Kuramathi Maldives serves as one of the largest 4-star resorts in the Maldives. On top of that, it’s also one of the largest private islands with a mixture of beach and wilderness areas. Because the property is so large, there are many different activities for guests to partake it as well as a nice selection of 12 restaurants and 7 bars which can be included in your all-inclusive package.
Though honeymooners do vacation here, it’s probably better for families or large groups due to the amount of activity going on every day. In fact, families will find both kid and teen facilities alongside a number of evening entertainment options.
A popular choice for active couples, the Constance Halaveli Resort has 57 Super luxury Water Villas, each with its own plunge pool on its private sun deck. The water villas are quite large inside as well, and include a modern entertainment system based around an iMac computer.
There are 4 restaurants and bars, and notable nightlife, which will be ideal for some but a turn-off for others. There are many activities and excursions available as well, so this is a very good choice for couples and families who want to sample what the Maldives have to offer rather than just sit in the sun. The low-season online special rates make it an excellent value.
Featuring 70 Super luxury Water Villas that are all large and luxurious, the Six Senses Laamu Resort only opened in mid 2011, so it’s one of the newer and more modern private-island resorts. Six Senses is a super-luxury chain and they don’t disappoint here, with very large rooms loaded with amenities, including a sunken ocean view all-glass bathtub in each villa.
There are 6 different restaurants and cafes, including an ice cream shop and a pizza restaurant, so guests able to afford the premium prices here are rewarded with variety in addition to luxury. There’s also an overwater restaurant and a full-service spa, making this one of the more popular resorts for honeymooners and romantic couples.
Operated by the COMO hotel group and serving as the groups second luxury resort in the Maldives, the Maalifushi by COMO resort is the first of its kind to open in the Thaa Atoll and serves as a top choice for many visiting the area.
All of the villas are large here, even the ones considered ‘small’ and each come with a private pool. If staying in one of the more expensive rooms, you’ll find yourself a private butler as well. There are 66 rooms in total with 33 of them sitting over the water, each with a beautiful view of the atoll. Those who love to enjoy the water will have a choice of fishing, snorkeling, surfing, sailing, diving and more.
Operated by the Banyan Tree Group, which specializes in luxury properties, the Angsana Velavaru Resort has 38 Super luxury Water Villas that are enormous, each including a private plunge pool on the deck. The rest of the resort may not live up to the 5-star promise of the water villas, but prices there are more reasonable too.
Among the unusual amenities here is a private sundeck on the roof of each water villa, which gives guests perfect sunbathing at any time of day. There are also some 2-bedroom water villas here along with good facilities for children and families, so this could be a good choice for a group.
Nearly identical to its sister resort mentioned just above, the Diamonds Thudufushi is another established resort that recently added 25 unique Super luxury Water Villas designed by a noted Italian architect. This is a similar all-inclusive resort where guests of the water villas can choose from the main island restaurant in addition to the overwater restaurant.
The rooms are large here and have huge bathrooms featuring double shower heads and access to a private outdoor terrace area. There’s a kingsize bed with luxurious bedding as well as a sofa bed that looks out into the stunning lagoon. The house reef at both resorts here is among the best in the Maldives so this is a great choice for snorkeling and diving fans.
Noted as one of the finest and most remote resorts in the area, the Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa Maldives houses 2 overwater rooms along with 45 rooms on the beach. The island itself is large and private, instilling a sense of privacy that other resorts may lack.
There are also lots of resort activities to enjoy, both on land and in the water. Each villas comes with an added bonus- a butler who will cater to your every need helping you to ease into our vacation as well as out of it once you prepare to leave.
Just opening in late 2011, the Ayada Maldives is a 5-star resort with a Turkish theme, operated by a Turkish company. The 50 Super luxury Water Villas range from very large to monstrous (for the 2-bedroom suite) and all have a private splash pool on their private deck.
There are 8 restaurants and bars here, including a Turkish cafe to keep the theme going. There’s also a luxurious hammam (bath-house) in addition to a large and luxurious spa on site. The location is quite remote as it requires both a plane ride and then a speedboat ride, but that seclusion should suit the clientele of such an opulent resort very well.
Similar to the Alila Villas Hadahaa mentioned above, the W Retreat & Spa is a newer resort that focuses on style and appeals to urban dwellers who appreciate something a bit different. The 49 Super luxury Water Villas are all huge and very well appointed with luxury amenities. Each water villa comes with its own wine fridge, a BBQ station on the deck, and a private plunge pool. They also have 4 Ocean Haven Villas, which are among the largest water villas in the Maldives.
There are 6 restaurants and bars here, each with a unique character. There isn’t much in the way of family facilities here, so this is more of a couples resort. Certainly not for everyone, and not cheap in any way, this hotel has a special flavor that makes it the best in the Maldives for the right people.
An established all-inclusive resort that recently added 25 stunning Super luxury Water Villas, the Diamonds Athuruga Resort along with its sister resort (below) adds a new sense of Italian style to the Maldives. Each bungalow is very large and decorated in white both inside and out. If you prefer European elegance to an Indian Ocean hut then these resorts could be ideal for you.
The all-inclusive plans here include most alcohol and even a few excursions and activities that aren’t included at most resorts. With this in mind the value here is quite good for a 5-star private-island resort. Each room here also includes an Apple iMac computer with movies and music ready for you, which is a classy touch that you won’t find elsewhere.
Only open since early 2011, the Anantara Kihavah Villas is the fourth member of the Anantara resort family in the Maldives and the finest. The 42 Super luxury Water Villas here are enormous, and each features a private infinity-edge pool on its deck and a 24-personal butler. The two 2-bedroom pool water villas tie for the second largest water villas in the world, including two infinity-edge pools each.
Everything here is of the 5-star-plus standard. The Sea.Fire.Salt.Sky. The restaurant is the Maldives’ only underwater dining experience, and the other restaurants and facilities here are all first-class. For honeymoon couples who can afford it, this is about as decadent as things get.
With 100 villas in total, the Zitahli Dholhiyadhoo Resort is at the top of its class and treats guests like royalty. Out of all of the villas, 65 are over the water and provide guests with 3 different villa choices from deluxe aqua villas,Super luxury Water Villas with a pool and stand-alone aqua villas with pool. These villas are very large in size with the largest composed of 2 levels.
Here, there is also a large number of activities to choose from including world class snorkeling. There is also a first class spa on-site with many different spa treatments and options available.
A newer resort that’s been open since February, 2012, the Dusit Thani Maldives resort is a new super luxury property with a Thai themed and operated by a noted Thailand-based company. The water villas here are all enormous and very well appointed, as you’d expect in this price level.
The Dusit Thani Maldives boasts having the largest swimming pool in the Maldives, but they’ve also got tennis courts, a kids club, a luxury spa, and just about every other amenity you could hope for. If the Thailand theme sounds enticing and the price is affordable then this one is hard to beat.
A rather large resort spanning a total of 13 acres and holding a 5-star rating, the Milaidhoo Resort holds a total of 50 rooms, with each and every one providing both luxurious comforts and out of this world views. All over the water rooms feature 180 degree views, air conditioning, a private wine fridge, an oversized minibar, a sun deck featuring a private freshwater pool and a lovely soaking tub to enjoy. Room service, an entertainment system and Wi-Fi are also included with each room.
In addition to the great rooms, guests will find a few restaurants and a pool bar, an open air spa featuring meditation sessions, massages and various treatments along with a plethora of water sports, swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Guests will also find a games room, private beach, gym and gift shop. If you’re preparing for a wedding or honeymoon, you’ll find plenty of planning help as well.
If you’re looking for top notch everything, you’ll find it all at the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, a resort known for being among the finest resort chains around the world. Located both on and around a private island, guests will find great service alongside comfort and amazing ocean views.
There are 38 different overwater bungalows to choose from, with the smallest still being rather big in size. These rooms are great for a romantic getaway or honeymoon while some of the largest rooms are well suited for large groups or families. Each villa comes with its own private stairway into the ocean below as well as a private deck that is furnished and set up for sunbathing or lunch after a swim.
A large resort featuring the same amount of land based rooms as overwater suites, the Emerald Maldives Resort caters to both romantic couples and families traveling with their children. Each room aims to impress with a minibar, large terrace, private jacuzzi, and private pool that overlooks the ocean. In addition, each overwater villa comes with steps that lead directly into the ocean.
Outside of the rooms, guests will find plenty of activities to enjoy, each and every day of their stay. These range from the ever popular snorkeling and scuba diving to kayaking, tennis, and jet skiing. If you’re traveling with children, you’ll also note the on-site kids club that offers a nice sized variety of activities that are kid approved.
A well loved resort and popular choice, the Kandolhu Island Resort is great for both relaxation and excitement all in one. A small resort with only 30 villas, land and water, it is also a more expensive then other resorts nearby, though the 5-star amenities are worth the price.
Guests will find spa treatments, a sauna and more for relaxation and then jump into snorkeling, scuba diving and island cruises. Snorkeling can be done straight from your private balcony steps that lead directly into the water allowing easy access to the ocean below.
Perhaps the most remote in all of the Maldives, the Park Hyatt Maldives Resort is a small 5-star boutique resort with an emphasis on style. It’s a Maldives version of one of those trendy hotels that have been opening in big cities lately, but in a tropical setting. With only two restaurants and one bar, this is an intimate facility that caters to couples and isn’t well suited to families.
Each of the 14 Super luxury Water Villas is very large, and comes with a personal butler among the other luxury amenities. They don’t offer all the water sports options that are found at most other resorts, though there is good diving and snorkeling available. This is ideal for couples who want to experience a very special atmosphere in the tropics.
With each villa coming equipped with its own private host, the Kanuhara Resort is a luxurious 5-star hotel that features 20 huge water villas with all the first-class amenities you’d expect. Among its many restaurants and bars is what is billed as the Maldives’ first private-island restaurant, where guests arrive by boat to a perfect and intimate tropical setting.
The Kanuhara Resort also features what they say is the first and only proper disco in the Maldives, but with so many other choices it seems that there is something for everyone. They also have a Kids Club and other family facilities, though the huge and private water villas could still be ideal for romantic couples.
A very unique private island resort, the Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Resort provides the best in customer service, class and luxury. While the main part of the resort is situated on an island, the overwater villas are actually a full 800 meters away in an exclusive section called Ocean Pearls Water Villas. To reach the villas, guests will be transported by boat each way.
Along with the basics, each overwater villa comes with a private butler, private pool and balcony. As a serious 5-star resort offering the best of the best, you can expect higher prices, but the prices are considered very worth it.
Part of a popular resort line, the Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giravaru is great for guests who like choices, lots of activity and spacious rooms. In fact, the overwater rooms can be considered enormous with the smallest one still very large. A private island with first class amenities is also what you’ll find as you’ll be completely taken care of during your visit.
Catering to both honeymooners and families, the resort houses 4 swimming pools and separate areas for children to play and learn. There is also a dive center on-site, wonderful for those who can’t wait to explore the reefs around the island. Reviews are great with customer service receiving high ranks.
Another new entry opened in 2012, the Niyama By Per Aquum Resort has 40 water villas that each have a private pool and are otherwise huge. There are 4 different classes of water villas here, with the top-end being some of the largest and most impressive in the world.
With only 84 rooms you wouldn’t expect 8 restaurants and bars, but this has been designed as a high-end resort with excellent service so it’s competing on every level. Rates for the water villas are quite reasonable for the size of them and the included amenities, though they may rise as more people discover the place.
Operating a group of the world’s finest resort hotels, the One & Only company has a very special property in the Maldives. The One & Only Reethi Rah has 32 water villas that are each huge and each come with a private villa host and a bar. Everything here is of 5-star-plus quality, especially the personalized and attentive service.
There are eight restaurants and bars here, plus a great number of available activities, making this a good choice for families or active groups. Anyone looking for a world class luxury experience on a private island in Paradise, will enjoy a stay here if it’s in their price range.
While it’s not the most expensive, the Gili Lankanfushi Maldives (formerly known as Soneva Gili by Six Senses), Maldives might be the finest overwater villa resort in the world. Each of the 45 water villas here is enormous and loaded with features and luxury amenities. Even their least expensive water villas includes a large open-air living room with daybeds and a dining area, while the others get even more decadent.
The two restaurants and two bars here are among the best in the Maldives, as is the on-site spa. Guest interested in extreme privacy might like to choose one of the 7 Crusoe Residences, which are huge and each is only accessible by a small private ferry that runs whenever a guest pleases. Better yet, the Gili Lankanfushi Maldives resort features what they call their Private Reserve, which is even farther out into the lagoon, and at over 1400 square meters, it’s by far the largest water villa in the world.
An extremely popular resort that some consider to have one of the most beautiful settings in the region, the Baros Resort Maldives is a 5-star hotel that is popular with both honeymooners and families. The 30 water villas here are all large, and pleasantly configured in a semi-circle so guests don’t have direct neighbors like they do at most other nearby resorts.
There are four restaurants, two bars, and a full-service spa, which is impressive for only having 75 total rooms. The diving and snorkeling here are great, and there are many other activities and excursions available. Many guests come back year after year, which certainly indicates Baros Island is doing something right.
This smaller resort features only 43 total rooms, with 26 of those being over the water. The Huvafen Fushi is 5-star luxury all the way, with even the smallest class of water villas being enormous and having its own on-deck plunge pool plus many other features normally found in only the most expensive rooms at other resorts.
In spite of the limited number of rooms there are many choices of restaurants and bars, insuring each guest will have a wide variety of offerings, unlike some resorts this size that rely on a single restaurant and bar. The Huvafen Fushi Resort also has what it claims is the world’s first underwater spa, as well as an overwater spa, both featuring all the luxury treatments you could hope for.
Serving as the only overwater bungalow resort within the Club Med brand, Club Med Kani has become very popular among guests who love to stay in the lap of luxury while still being close to the airport. Although priced higher than other resorts in the 4-star category, this resort is perfect for those who love to drink and go on daily adventures.
In fact, guests will find a Sailing school, snorkeling, kayaking, soccer, beach volleyball and tons of other sports and activities to choose from. As an international destination resort, there is lots of activity day in and day out which is great for families and groups but may be ill suited to honeymooning couples.
With 57 suites in total, 25 of them situated over the water, the Soneva Jani Residences Resort is top notch with suites styled more like houses rather than resort rooms. With room categories ranging with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom choices, guests will find themselves privy to a world of luxury with ample space both inside and outside of each villa. In addition, guests will find many different room features that wow including a private balcony/terrace, a walk-in mini bar, sun loungers, a private pool, lagoon access via stairs, an open-air bathroom, a private wine cellar selection and a retractable room in the master bedroom.
Outside of the villas, guests will find dining choices, including a juice bar and a beach restaurant, a clubhouse, gift shop, outdoor pool, gardens and an overwater silent cinema. Another great resort feature is the on-site spa which supplies a large selection of massages and treatments.
A private, spacious resort surrounded by one of the healthiest reef systems in the entire Maldives, the Jumeirah Vittaveli Resort houses carefully designed rooms featuring luxury at its best. In total, there are 91 rooms, with 46 of them residing over the water where guests will be treated to their own private decks and accompanying swimming pool.
Because of its careful design, rates are a bit higher, though it is to be expected with luxurious rooms. In fact, some of the luxurious top of the line room features include a spacious walk in wardrobe, timber flooring, a high ceiling bedroom and an indoor walk through marble rain shower. The resort is also situated close to the main Maldives airport, making for easy transportation to and from.
A small resort offering the utmost in privacy for all its guests, the Velaa Private Island resort is home to 45 villas in total with 18 of them being overwater villas, one of which can only be reached via boat instead of a walkway. There are also 2 residences on-site which can accommodate up to 10 guests in each, perfect for large families or groups.
Located on a private island, guests will find that activities are abundant and also won’t have to worry about splitting them with guests from other nearby resorts. If you love golf you’ll be delighted with the on-site Short Game Golf Academy, the only one of its kind in all of the Maldives.