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Holidays Over Water: The Best Water Villa Resorts in The Maldives

Water villas and bungalows offer guests a high level of privacy. They also have direct access to the ocean, so guests can swim and snorkel right from their own deck. This is a great feature, because the beach and warm water are the main reasons people visit the Maldives. Many have private plunge pools or infinity pools, while some even have glass floors to see the fish swimming below. Water villas also give the guests who don’t want to dive or snorkel a chance to see some of the spectacular underwater world.

7 Of The Best Water Bungalow Resorts

Conrad Maldives

The Conrad Maldives is located on Rangali Island. It has three main destinations including a spa, a beach resort and secluded water villas. This is the resort with the underwater restaurant. The resort offers five categories of Water Villas each more luxurious than the last, but they are all spacious and well-appointed with wide screen TVs and premium channels, coffee makers, bathroom amenities, Internet access, minibar, refrigerator and much more.

These Water Villas were voted the Leading Water Villas in the Maldives at the World Travel Awards. One of the highlights of the villas is the glass desk that is set on glass floor panels. It gives the impression of floating over the lagoon.

Each villa is constructed of natural wood and decorated with neutral colours. There are sun loungers on the deck for private sunbathing or stargazing, and there steps that go right into the lagoon for easy swimming and snorkelling.

The Sunset Water Villa is the top of the line with two bedrooms and bathrooms, butler service, a private infinity pool and a Jacuzzi. It has a 47-inch flat screen TV and a Bose sound system. There is a kitchenette and floor to ceiling windows. The other Water Villas have a private plunge pool with water jets.

Taj Exotica

The Taj Exotica is just 15 minutes by speedboat from Male, and is one of the top resorts in the Maldives. It offers a world class destination spa, gourmet cuisine and gorgeous Water Villas. There are 56 Water Bungalows including the Lagoon Villas, Deluxe Lagoon Villas with private plunge pool and a Presidential Rehendi Suite all of which were designed for elegant outdoor living.

All the Water Villas are air conditioned, have bathtubs overlooking the ocean, have direct access to the outdoor sundeck from the bathroom and bedroom, Internet connection, DVD/CD/MP3 players, bathroom amenities, a personal bar with organic foods, in-room butler service, rain showers and coffee makers.

The Ocean Suite is built over the lagoon and has a private plunge pool. It has a living room, bedroom and a glassed bathroom overlooking the ocean. The pool is fresh water and has a sun deck and an area for dining. There is also a soft sand-filled deck suspended over the water.

The Rehendi Presidential Suite is much larger and has extra amenities. It has a master bedroom with two bathrooms and a guest room with a glass walled bathroom, a 15 foot freshwater pool with sundeck and two areas for dining and relaxing and personal butler service. It also has the private, beach sundeck.

Velassaru Maldives Resort

The Velassaru Maldives Resort is famous for its friendly and well-trained staff. It is one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and there are good reasons for this. There are four excellent restaurants and a top class, over the water spa facility. There are 17 Water Bungalows half of which face west and half face east, and there are 29 new Water Villas with steps into the lagoon for swimming and snorkelling.

The bungalows and villas are built from teak with stone floors and thatched roofs with neutral colours for the interior design. They all have panoramic views of the ocean and sky. Each has a private bar and coffee maker, LCD TV and DVD player, Internet access and IDD phone.

The non-slip wooden decks have steps that go down into the lagoon. Guests can swim and snorkel whenever they want. Four Water Villas have private infinity pools that overlook the sea. The Velassaru Water Suite has a glass bottom floor where guests can view the beautiful underwater world. It also has an oversized plunge pool and stairs from the deck directly into the lagoon.

Lux Maldives

The Lux Maldives resort has four kilometres of white sandy beaches and a five-star PADI diving centre. It is the only resort on Dhidhoofinolhu in the South Ari Atoll. It has two pools and spas and is known for whale shark spotting. It has several restaurants with local and international cuisine and spectacular Water Villas.

There are 46 Water Villas and 38 Prestige Water Villas as well as three Family Water Villas. All rooms have satellite TV and DVD players, minibars, complimentary Wifi, IDD telephones and air conditioning, with other first class room amenities. These villas are especially located for individual privacy.

Paradise Island Resort and Spa

Paradise Island Resort and Spa is just 15 minutes from Male. It has a famous Italian restaurant that attracts guests from other resorts. The resort management and staff are especially friendly and helpful to make each guest have a memorable holiday. There are 40 water bungalows that are spacious and well-appointed. Half of the villas face the north and half face the south. They have steps from a deck directly into the lagoon where guests can swim and snorkel.

Amenities include air conditioning, minibar, private deck, outdoor shower, satellite plasma TV and in-house movies, IDD telephone and attached bathroom and Jacuzzi. Just a few feet from the water, each villa has a separate check-in area and access to a private swimming pool.

Hilton Maldives Irufushi Resort and Spa

The Hilton Maldives Irufushi Resort and Spa is in a secluded location in the Noonu Atoll. It has eleven restaurants and bars and has the largest spa in the Maldives. It also offers a wide range of water sports including a scuba diving centre.

The Water Villas offer spacious rooms with excellent service. Each room has an outdoor shower, private courtyard, minibar, LCD TV and CD/DVD player, high speed Internet access and other expected five star amenities. Each has a spa bathtub, private sundeck, rain shower and gazebo. It is not recommended for children under 12 years to stay in the Water Villas.

Olhuveli Beach and Spa Resort

The Olhuveli Beach and Spa Resort offers holidays for every traveller. It has an impressive list of water sports as well as excursions including big game fishing and caters to honeymooners and romantic getaways too. The villas are built with local materials with a contemporary chic design for open air living.

The Water Villas offer excellent privacy for honeymooners at the end of the jetty. There are 32 Jacuzzi Water villas and 21 Deluxe Water Villas. Each Honeymoon Villa is very large with an entryway, a large deck with a Jacuzzi, sun loungers and chairs, a separate sitting room and a massage shower and steam room.

The Deluxe Water Villas have a more simple design and also have good privacy. They each have a deck with two loungers and two chairs and direct access to the lagoon. All the villas have Satellite TV, stocked minibar, coffee maker, Internet access, IDD telephone and excellent bathroom amenities.