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Best Maldives overwater bungalows

Make the most of your Maldives holiday or honeymoon with a stay in an overwater villa.


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A visit to the Maldive sis an exceptional one, indeed. So if you've made the effort to put in your leave and buy your flights, you may as well up the ante and staying in an overwater villa. We're sure you'd agree.

To get you lazing in the lap of luxury faster look no further for the definitive list of the best Maldives overwater bungalow - as handpicked by us.

Best Maldives overwater bungalows

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1. Velassaru

Velassaru sits on a private island in South Malé Atoll, just 25 minutes from Malé International Airport by speed boat. It's ideal for a romantic getaway with water bungalows that feature private pools over the lagoon. For those looking to impress, splurge on a bungalow with an infinity plunge pool.

  • Star rating: 5-stars
  • Features: Private island with private beach, outdoor pool, jacuzzi and tennis courts, five restaurants, two bars, snorkelling, diving and water sports and spa.
  • Why do we love it? Luxury is the name of the game at Velassaru. We especially love the in-room amenities which include a personal wine chiller and home theatre system.

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2. Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

This large, family-friendly resort offers 20 large, overwater villas. Guests can enjoy their own private terrace and sundeck from the comfort of an overwater hammock.

  • Star rating: 4-stars
  • Features: Infinity pool, swimming pool, private beach, water slides, tennis courts, health/fitness centre with jogging track around the island, sauna, spa and sun deck.
  • Why do we love it? It's not too often you'll find an overwater bungalow fit for kids but this one includes everything they need to remain entertained from a kids'club to water sports.

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3. Lily Beach Resort & Spa

Lily Beach Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive, private island resort situated on Huvahendhoo. It offers 36 generously sized, deluxe water villas, each with its own private on-deck jacuzzi.

  • Star rating: 5-stars
  • Features: Private beach, outdoor pool and jacuzzi, two swimming pools, outdoor tennis courts and kids club, all-inclusive catered meals, full service spa and dive centre.
  • Why do we love it? With its 9.5/10 customer review rating on HotelsCombined Lily Beach Resort is a cut above the rest. It's particularly lauded for its wonderful staff and beach views.

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4. Paradise Island Resort & Spa

If you're looking for your own piece of paradise, this could be it. The Paradise Island Resort & Spa sits on a large, private island and boasts 62 water villas. This includes the Haven section of 22 water villas and a private restaurant.

  • Star rating: 4-stars.
  • Features: Four restaurants, a bar, private beach, jacuzzi, sauna and outdoor pool, full-service five-star spa, diving and water sports centre and multiple family rooms.
  • Why do we love it? If the separate overwater Haven section isn't a dealbreaker for you, the wide range of activities including water sports and karaoke might win you over.

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5. Meeru Island Resort & Spa

With 106 water villas available, Meeru Island Resort & Spa offers the most overwater rooms of all resorts in the Maldives. It has private, open-air jacuzzis in every water villa making it ideal for couples.

  • Star rating: 4-stars.
  • Features: Restaurants and bars, day spa, private beach and kids pool, water activities and an all-inclusive meal plan.
  • Why do we love it? Stays include an all-inclusive meal plan which means you pretty much don't have to spend anything more than your flight and accommodation if you don't want to.

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