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5 best Maldives overwater bungalows

Bunking it above clear turquoise waves on an archipelago somewhere in the Indian Ocean? Pinch me now.

The Maldives is exceptional as far as exotic locations are concerned. If you’ve made the commitment to visit this incredible location, you might as well go all-out and consider a Maldives overwater villa. We bet you’d agree they’re accommodations that are above it all.

To get you closer to the lap of luxury, we’ve curated a definitive list of the best Maldives overwater bungalows.

Top 5 overwater bungalows in Maldives

1. Velassaru

Velassaru rests on a private island in South Malé Atoll, only 25 minutes from Malé International Airport by motor boat. It’s ideal for a romantic getaway in a water bungalow equipped with a private pool overlooking the lagoon. For those looking for the royal treatment, 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 fridge and home theatre system.

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2. Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

This large, family-friendly resort offers 20 large, overwater villas. You’ll enjoy your  own private terrace and sundeck from the comfort of your hammock suspended above the surf.

  • 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 rare that you’ll find an overwater bungalow fit for kids, but this one includes everything they need for entertainment — 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 ranks above the rest. It’s praised particularly for its wonderful staff and awesome beach views.

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4. Paradise Island Resort & Spa

If you seek your own little 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 doesn’t set your heart aflutter, the wide range of activities including tennis, 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 wish.

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