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The iconic image of the Maldives is that aerial view of the different islands. First you see the crystal-clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean, and then you’re pulled in by those villas on stilts, branching out into the sea. Staying in an overwater villa in the Maldives is a Staying in an overwater villa in the Maldives is a bucket list dream for many – and we can help you turn that holiday dream into reality.
First created in the Maldives in 1968, overwater villas are luxurious, standalone retreats perched on stilts above the gently lapping waters. Sometimes called overwater bungalows, they’re built slightly off shore and connected to the island by a wooden walkway – so you can enjoy total privacy, while having easy access to your resort’s facilities.
But why should you book an overwater villa? Other than the bragging rights it gives you, we guarantee that it’ll make your Maldives holiday extra special. Staying in an overwater villa is a real treat, and offers a completely private escape. Being above the sea means you’ll have direct access to the bath-warm Indian Ocean, where you can swim, snorkel or simply dip your toes. Your private terrace will have sun loungers, a daybed or a hammock, so you can watch the sunrise and sunset from your room. You can also look forward to a luxurious bathroom, complete with fluffy bathrobes and comfy slippers. And, of course, sweeping sea views come as standard in overwater villas in the Maldives.
But that’s not all. Each island resort is unique, with its own little extras and special touches for overwater villa guests. You might have private check-in, round-the-clock butler service, or your very own wine fridge. You can look forward to a semi-outdoor bathroom, or a bathtub with sea views. Some villas have an overwater hammock or glass-floored areas, so you can watch tropical fish swim beneath you. And, in some hotels, the overwater villas even come with their own private plunge pool or hot tub. Whatever you’re dreaming of, our experts will help you choose the perfect resort for your overwater villa holiday in the Maldives.
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From beachfront villas with private pools to overwater suites with their very own waterslides, there’s something here to suit everyone. No matter where on the island you stay, you’re guaranteed to see a spectacular sunrise or sunset.
Based on 7 nights Full Board . Includes return flights and seaplane transfers. Selected May 2022 travel
This adults only resort sets the tone for a romantic sojourn with its plush comforts, attentive levels of service and unforgettable, tropical surroundings. Head to the on-site spa and enjoy a couple’s treatment, which will leave you both feeling and looking your best.
Save up to £600 per couple. Based on 7 nights All-Inclusive. Includes flights and return seaplane transfers
On Dhidhoofinolhu Island in the south of the Maldives, LUX* South Ari Atoll is the ideal spot for a scenic break in paradise. The Island is something of a foodie paradise, with over 10 places to eat and drink across the resort.
Located on the private island of Machchafushi in the centre of the Maldives, this scenic resort is the ideal place to visit if you’re looking for some well-deserved relaxation. Enjoy the photogenic ocean views from every angle, whether you’re reclining on your private deck, or dining in some of the best eateries.
Save up to £320 per couple. Based on 7 nights all inclusive & includes speedboat transfers
A chilled out, premium resort that offers you the true magic of the Maldives, Meeru Island is a wonderful all-inclusive hotel. There’s plenty to do here, but there’s also ample space for you to explore this island paradise on your own terms.