The Best Overwater Villas in the Maldives

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Are you looking for the best overwater villas in the Maldives? While the country has a reputation for being one of the top luxury destinations in the world but for those really looking to ramp up the luxury experience, you should consider staying in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives.

Overwater bungalows are considered to be one of the most romantic places to stay; a private place on the water that allows you to relax on the deck, swim off your balcony, and perhaps even watch the fish and ocean life swim below. If that sounds like the perfect tropical escape for you, then here are some of the best overwater villas in the Maldives.

overwater villas in the Maldives - Gili Lakanfushi

Gili Lakanfushi

Gili Lakanfushi offers sprawling eco-friendly overwater villas on the private island of Lakanfushi in the Male Atoll. Only a 20-minute ride by speedboat from the airport, this luxurious overwater bungalow in the Maldives includes private dun decks, a water garden, TV, DVD, and BOSE surround-sound stereos, as well as a minibar and espresso machine. Some of these villas also offer their own pool. Gili Lakanfushi was voted as the number 1 resort in the Maldives in 2018 and is a favourite of couples for a romantic getaway. 

overwater villas in the Maldives - Velassaru Maldives

Velassaru Maldives

If you are looking for an overwater bungalow in the Maldives that will also allow you to stay busy and active during your vacation, then take a look at Velassaru Maldives. These beautiful bungalows have wooden designs keeping with the tropical theme, air conditioning and fans, flat-screen TVs and fully stocked bathrooms with L’Occitane bath products and a beach bag to use during your stay. Active travellers will love the range of water sports available. You can also take part in yoga classes, sunset cruises, and try the spa services.

overwater villas in the Maldives - Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi

The name Waldorf Astoria is associated with top of the line luxury travel and that statement remains true for the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ifthaafushi. The resort covers three islands in the lagoon and offers 11 dining venues including a treetop restaurant. As for the overwater villas, each one offers an infinity pool, gazebo, and swing day bed overlooking the clear blue waters of the lagoon. On-site activities include a scuba diving centre, yoga classes, a tennis court, and fitness classes.

overwater bungalows Maldives - Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa is a smaller resort in the Maldives only 15 minutes by speed boat from Male International Airport. The property includes two restaurants, a bar, fitness centre, a spa, and a large infinity pool. The villas all have private sundecks and balconies and include Nespresso coffee machines, rain showers, and panoramic views over the Indian Ocean.

overwater bungalows Maldives - Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa

While there are no such thing as cheap overwater bungalows in the Maldives, the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Spa is a bit more affordable for any travellers who are more mindful of staying on a budget. The overwater bungalows here are still quite luxurious, some even offering private balconies with a built-in pool. There are several restaurants including Feast Restaurant which offers live-cooking stations and themed beach dinners for entertainment. The resort also has a large spa, 3 outdoor freshwater pools, a scuba centre, and sports centre.

water villa Maldives - Dusit Thani Maldives

Dusit Thani Maldives

The Dusit Thani Maldives resort is stand out because it is located in the Baa Atoll which is the Maldives’ first and only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The resort offers 94 Thai-style villas and resorts and has one of the largest infinity pools in the country surrounded by vibrant coral reefs and, of course, the azure lagoon, making it an ideal overwater bungalow in the Maldives for those who love to snorkel. Dusit Thani also has a gym, yoga classes, tennis courts, diving and snorkelling opportunities, and even a dedicated kids club for families travelling together.

water villa Maldives - LUX South Ari Atoll Resort and Villas

LUX* South Ari Atoll Resort and Villas

These overwater villas are further out than some of the other overwater bungalows in the Maldives on this list, but the luxury is worth the extra travel time. Overwater villas offer stunning views over the ocean and come equipped with private pools on the deck and outdoor showers. Guests can take in the sunset on their deck and snorkel among the fish and coral found just off this resort as it is located in a coral reef. There are multiple dining options available as well as an onsite spa and fitness centre.

water bungalow Maldives - Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa

Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa

Scuba divers and snorkelers should consider a stay at the Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa as it has one of the best reefs in the Maldives. It’s also a more affordable option for those looking for a cheap overwater bungalow in the Maldives. There are several pools, restaurants, a spa, and sports centres. This resort is divided into ‘adult only’ and ‘family friendly’ areas making it a good option for travellers of all types.

water bungalow Maldives - COMO Maalifushi

COMO Maalifushi

Another romantic option, especially among honeymooners, is the COMO Maalifushi. These overwater bungalows feature large bedrooms, a spacious living area, a plunge pool on the outdoor deck, and floor to ceiling windows. The property features an on-site spa as well as three restaurants to choose from or, should you not wish to leave your overwater bungalow, you can also order room service.

cheap overwater bungalows

Noku Maldives

Again, cheap overwater bungalows in the Maldives don’t really exist but the Noku Maldives is a little easier on the wallet. This resort is surrounded by a reef and offers two restaurant options as well as in-room dining. Overwater villas have beautiful views out over the sea from private balconies, some of which even have private pools. The property also has a water sports facility and fitness centre.

About Hannah Logan

Hannah Logan is a freelance writer based in Ottawa, Canada. She specializes in finance and travel writing and has bylines at Fodor's Travel, O Magazine, and more. She also runs two travel blogs, Eat Sleep Breathe Travel and Ireland Stole My Heart. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter @hannahlogan21.

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