The Best Maldives Water Villas for large Groups

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Updated December, 2023

If the dreaming of the Maldives creates images of white beaches and crystal clear waters, then their luxurious overwater resorts are one of the brilliants that elevate this destination to a top holiday bucket list.

You will never experience the fascination of the over-water living anywhere as fully as in the overwater residence, which appears to float above the turquoise lagoon. Ideal for both couples and families alike with 100% privacy this is that type of luxurious accommodation where you can just get out of bed and dip into the ocean for swimming or snorkeling. You will not only enjoy luxurious living over an omnipresent ocean when you relax on the spacious terrace ranging across several levels over the lagoon but also when you have a bath in the hot tub or in the large private pool, and last but not least while enjoying a romantic sundowner cocktail or during a private dinner with your beloved one, family or group of friends.

Here are 10 best over-water villa resorts to put on your bucket list for your next Maldives vacation.

1 Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas: Two-Bedroom Sunset Over-Water Residence with Private Pool

Best Experience:   Ultimate Luxury, Over Water Villas, Privacy and Tranquillity, spa, Wildlife, swimming with mantas

Discover Anantara Kihavah, a boutique hotel with all the advantages of a paradise island of dreams you can imagine - white beaches with fringed palm trees, turquoise waters, dedicated butlers, fine dining and luxurious Over Water Villas - and you will not be disappointed.  Anantara Kihavah is just 35 minutes by seaplane from the main Velana International Airport. Following the scenic flight, guests arrive to a picture-perfect setting surrounded by the jewel-coloured waters and uninhabited islands of the majestic Indian Ocean. Read Full Review

Choose from several spacious Overwater Residences either sitting above the crystal-clear waters. Luxurious villas feature a well-equipped kitchenette, a hammock and 12.5-metre infinity pool. Fitted with fine wood furnishings and premium cotton bedding, the air-conditioned villas feature an over-sized bathtub, outdoor dining pavilion and an entertainment system with a flat-screen TV, iPod dock and DVD player. Wine chiller, espresso machine and fully-stocked minibar are also included. Each villa offers absolute privacy, beach and ocean access, personalised iPad concierge services, and a dedicated Villa Host on call 24 hours a day to help tailor-create your dream escape to the finest detail.

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Best Experience for:   Couples, Families, All Inclusive, Underwater restaurant, Spa, Activities, diving

With the incredible Atmosphere's INDULGENCE PLAN, including diving and underwater dining OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, the first OZEN resort, a favourite amongst Maldives 5 star resorts, is a tranquil palm-painted oasis of elegance set in the exotic turquoise hues of South Malé Atoll. Dotted with 94 gracefully designed villas and one exclusive Residence, the resort offers inspiring experiences and a vibrant island lifestyle. With an exceptional uniquely luxury all-inclusive experience all the elements of an uber-luxe holiday, from underwater dining at M6m to exhilarating ocean excursions, combine to form an idyllic Maldives stay. READ FULL REVIEW

With amazing sunset views an elegantly appointed The OZEN Residence is nestled at the tip of the pier next M6M underwater restaurant. The opulent overwater Residence features a master suite, a junior master suite, a kids’ room, a personal gym, a private bar, a maid’s room with separate access, a small kitchenette, and a central living room which opens onto a spacious outdoor dining pavilion. Sophisticated outdoor spaces such as the stunning 35 sqm overwater pool with fibre-optic mood lighting, sunbeds, private artificial beach, and two overwater hammocks add to the indulgence. This majestic suite truly ups the ante from a bespoke uber-luxe perspective! Simply the Best of the Best!

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3 Milaidhoo Island Maldives

Best Experience:   honeymoon, beach, diving, swimming with mantas

Intimate and stylish, at Milaidhoo it’s about enjoying the natural environment in understated luxury. Tucked in the heart of a UNESCO biosphere reserve, surrounded by powdery white sands and nestled beside a colourful coral reef, Milaidhoo Maldives is a luxurious natural wonder. Envisage upscale delights with a ‘Reinvented Luxury’ twist, where guests will experience an indulgent escape in the Maldives’s most unique getaway. What's more, it is only 30 minutes by seaplane from Male or a 15 minute domestic flight followed by a short speedboat ride. Read Full Review

Ocean Residence with Private Pool is over-water heaven with endless sea views from throughout the suite while your personal butler prepares everything to your wishes. This 564 sqm thatched-roof luxury villa on stilts over the ocean has a spacious bedroom and wonderful ocean views throughout the villa. There’s a ‘secret’ loft deck in the rooftop overlooking the ocean which is a wonderful place to chill out and take in the views. Outside on the large sundeck You'll find a swing chair, a comfy sun loungers, private freshwater infinity pool and steps into the ocean. The luxurious en-suite bathroom has ocean views, tropical rain shower and separate deep bathtub and packed with large-size toiletries by Acqua Di Parma. Set at the very end of the over-water jetty, this residence has separate living and bed rooms giving plenty of room to make yourself feel at home.

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4 Kudadoo Maldives Private Island – Luxury All inclusive

Best Experience:  Couples, Luxury All Inclusive, snorkeling, diving

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi, the latest addition to the portfolio of leading hospitality group Crown & Champa Resorts, has officially opened. As the first top-end five-star, truly all-inclusive resort in the Maldives, Kudadoo ensures a secluded getaway purposefully crafted for the more discerning guest — all accessible by a 40-minute scenic journey aboard a private seaplane. An island defined by the philosophy ‘Freedom Reimagined’, the private island, located in the northern Lhaviyani atoll, comes alive with effortless adventures as the resort endeavours to offer anything, anytime, anywhere. Personal butlers are available 24 hours a day to assist in making this possible by facilitating authentic experiences that capture the senses. Read Full Review

Perfect for exclusive hire, Kudadoo comprises of just 15 overwater Ocean Residences, each with a 44 sqm terrace pool. Embracing all hallmarks of luxurious living, Kudadoo holds the promise of the very best in escapism. Affording you the luxury of time, space and unhindered connections, this refuge for the soul is bound to impress even the most discerning traveller with its all-encompassing AAA experience – at Kudadoo, Anything is available, at Anytime and Anywhere.

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5 COMO Cocoa Island

The three-bedroom COMO Sunset Villa

Best Experience for:   couples, Spa & Health, Beaches, Diving

Only with 34 romantic water villas and 3 suites on the island, Cocoa Island Resort is rated the most lovely resort for the honeymooners and there is not any kind of child-oriented facilities. Located 40 minutes by speedboat from Malé Airport, the hotel also has a high rating in the Maldives based on guest reviews, so it is ideal for adults. Uniquely inspired by dhoni boats the style and design of our newly refreshed 34 overwater suites and villas are like that of no other luxury resort in the Maldives. Throw open the glass doors, and you can breathe the sea, day and night, as it laps your private jetty. Of course, in addition to luxury accommodation and gourmet dine options, diving and snorkeling there is an excellent spa and even a pavilion for practicing yoga with a teacher. Read Full Review

The three-bedroom COMO Sunset Villa features two standalone villas connected by a wooden walkway and is named for its spectacular sunset views. The one-bedroom villa has a master bedroom, a large terrace, a 10-metre private swimming pool and a gym. The two-bedroom villa has two wings, living room, a nanny’s room with an en suite bathroom, a private study and a private infinity pool. Both villas can be booked together as a three-bedroom or separately to suit your requirements, with the wooden walkway closed off for privacy.

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6 The Nautilus Maldives - Ocean Residence with Private Pool

Best Experience:   New Ultra Luxury Resort in Baa Atoll, gourmet dining, activities, swimming with mantas

New bohemian luxury, The Nautilus Maldives is a highly exclusive, fully private resort of 26 beach and ocean houses. A privately-owned island in the heart of the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, The Nautilus Maldives will be opening in January 2019 with the serious ambition of being noted as one of the leading luxury resorts in the world. A refuge beyond the bounds of time and expectations, where every moment is tailored to you. A celebration of the individual spirit, The Nautilus gives you space – to share, to meet, to be yourself and to shape your own personal journey. And, most of all, to celebrate the people you’re with, in any way you choose. Read Full Review

Ocean Residence with Private Pool is a 453sqm luxury accommodation of bohemian bliss on stilts over the lagoon. This refined Maldives ocean villa features a spacious living room and separate bedroom, all custom-furnished and richly decorated to create a precious cocoon. It has an additional dining room with adjoining powder room and wet bar, and doors that open up to an expansive sundeck with a private infinity pool and steps descending into the ocean.

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7 Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi - Three Bedroom Overwater Villa with Pools

Best Experience:   Overwater Villas, Service, Spa, Beaches, Gourmet Dining, Activities

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is an exclusive 5-star resort that's bringing a “next level” to the luxury holiday experience in the Maldives. Opened July 1st 2019, the resort raises the bar in modern luxury travel catering to the individual needs of its discerning guests. Spanning across three islands in the South Male Atoll, the hotel offers global travellers 138 luxuriously appointed villas in an inspirational setting, complemented by the iconic True Waldorf Service experience. Additionally, the resort features 10 truly unique dining experiences, including an unforgettable treetop restaurant boasting stunning views. Read Full Review

Overlooking the sunset Three Bedroom Overwater Villa with Pools (room 201-203) is located next to the Glow restaurant. Featuring natural tones, 2 pools, ocean terrace and expansive indoor and outdoor space (1,113 sq.m./11,976 sq.ft), the luxury private villa accommodates 6 adults and 3 children below 12 years. The guests can create your own private refuge in a magnificent space ideal for families and friends. Offering exceptional space for privacy and togetherness, the outdoor living space sprawls across a wooden deck with two infinity pools to laze away the day, a dining and relaxation gazebo, overwater hammock and ocean access. Indoors, with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, the main villa's living and dining room is a haven of entertainment and relaxation space with service quarter, while the bedrooms offer personal privacy.

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8 Huvafen Fushi

Best Experience:   Overwater Bungalows, Undewater Spa, Beaches, Gourmet Dining

Iconic luxury resort, Huvafen Fushi, has ended another successful year on a high after being named the Most Romantic Resort in the Maldives for the third consecutive year at the prestigious Maldives Travel Awards. With its unmistakable aura of romance and seclusion, it is no surprise the indulgent dreamscape resort was recognised once again with this prestigious award in 2020. Easily reached within 30 minutes by speedboat from Velana International Airport, Huvafen Fushi is renowned for its mature and stylish vibe, capturing the essence of laid back luxury with Maldivian flair. Read Full Review

Set 200 metres out over the Indian Ocean, sunset facing Two Bedroom Ocean Pavilion with Pool is accessible via exclusive wooden walkways. A private fibre-optic lit infinity pool flows from the indoors out and blends with the horizon. The master bedroom is open plan. An infinity edge Kohler bath that fills from the ceiling forms the centrepiece, while there is also a hydro body spa shower. A second bedroom has a 32-inch flat-screen TV and direct access to its own outdoor deck. A personal butler is on call 24 hours a day. The room is 330 sqm.

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9 Raffles Maldives Meradhoo - Sunset Overwater Residence with Private Pool

Best Experience:   Honeymoon, Water Villas, House Reef Snorkeling, Spa

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is AccorHotel’s fourth property in the Maldives — and Raffles’ first. Enveloped in the pristine sanctuary of the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, the 38-villa boutique resort is a destination in its own right, masterfully planned to cater to discerning travellers in pursuit of a luxurious and meaningful escape. For couples looking for an unforgettable romantic hideaway, the exceptionally spacious villas and the discreet expertise of the Raffles butler service redefines the resort experience. Raffles Maldives boasts 21 island villas and 16 ocean villas with private pools, three restaurants, a scenic cocktail bar and an array of facilities and activities to relax, rejuvenate and reinvigorate the body, mind and spirit. Read Full Review

Just moments away by boat, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo’s Overwater Island Experience completes the resort. With its vast overwater villas and residences, sophisticated Nikkei restaurant Yuzu and sunset-facing Yapa pool bar, it will provide unparalleled luxury to those who dream of a life spent on the water with a unique experience, offering complete intimacy, unreachable by foot. These secluded collection Villas and Residences adjacent to one of the vibrant house reefs and all terraces offers extraordinary views of the marine life below through the glass flooring panels. With cool marble bathrooms and luxurious furnishings, each villa is a haven of calm and space. Crowning the southern tip of the Over-water island sit the stunning Overwater Residence and Sunset Overwater Residence alongside the water villas.

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10 Gili Lankanfushi - The Crusoe Residences

Best Experience:   OverWater Bungalows, Honeymoon, Beaches

No news, no shoes: this is the main rule in Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, where the only thing you worry about is whether the dolphins will appear when you go diving. Here the relaxation is taken very seriously: the magician "Friday", a quiet spa and delicious food. This is one of the main reasons why this place in the Maldives is the choice of many of the world of the rich and famous. Gili Lankanfushi is widely considered the best resort in the Maldives, and not without reason. This stunning eco-friendly resort, just 20 minutes by boat from the international airport of Velana (Male), excels in providing a truly unpretentious, laid-back luxury. Read Full Review

The 45 refurbished villas and residencesa offer open-air living spaces, roof terraces and private decks with direct access to the lagoon below, and there is the addition of new private pools to the enhanced Residence and Villa suites for extra seclusion. Featuring private sun decks and a water garden, each overwater residence is equipped with a cable/satellite TV, DVD player and BOSE surround-sound system. An espresso machine and minibar are also included.

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11 InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort

Best Experience:   Couples and Families, Beach, Diving, spa

InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau is the first InterContinental Resort in the Maldives and one of the most exclusive InterContinental hotels in the world, welcomed its first guests in september 2019. Located in the secluded Raa atoll, InterContinental Maldives Maamanugau has 81 Villas and Residences designed to seamlessly blend with the breath-taking natural environment with a unique emphasis on sustainability and wellness. Unique and tempting dining experiences where culinary artistry is complemented by endless views of the Indian Ocean, will be found at each of the six restaurants and bars. The luxurious resort promises delights of all kinds, with detailed interiors, chic vibes and moments to cherish including exclusive and personalised butler services as well as many aqua and thrilling adventures. Read Full Review

Experience Maldives’ breathtaking vistas from Three-Bedroom Overwater Residence at the InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort. Choose dramatic ocean views with a perfect vantage point from your private terrace for a spectacular sunset. The luxurious residence is tastefully designed encapsulating the needs of the modern nomad infused with distinct Maldivian design; featuring three separate bedrooms, 3 Double Beds, a private balcony/patio; laout - separate sitting area and private pool.

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