10 Amazing Overwater Residences in The Maldives


Best Maldives Luxury Hotels

10 Amazing Overwater Residences in The Maldives

Best Maldives Luxury Hotels


March, 2020

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 InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort

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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.

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. Read Full Review

2 Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

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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.

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. Alongside the villas sit the stunning Overwater Residence and Sunset Overwater Residence. Read Full Review

3 Milaidhoo Island Maldives

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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.

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 475sqm 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. Read Full Review...

4 Vakkaru Maldives

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Best Experience:  Honeymoon, Family, Water Villas, Snorkeling with Mantas, Beaches

Vakkaru Maldives is a brand new luxury resort located within the crystal clear waters of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Baa Atoll. Vakkaru is a lovely island combined with a real Maldivian atmosphere and offers many high-end options in a comfy ambiance. Surrounded by lush, vegetation, beautiful beach and stunning lagoon, the 5-star resort offers an extensive selection of luxury accommodation, with 125 beach and overwater villas and suites catering for couples and families alike, all come with butler service. With a great choice of indulgent dining options, an array of energetic or relaxing activities in and around this Maldives resort, it’s an ideal place for both couples (romantic and idyllic with an adult-only area ) and as well families (kids club, family villas beach & overwater and nanny service). The island, with its pearl shores and ambundant marine life is just a 25-minute seaplane ride from Malé Airport.

Vakkaru's Four Bedroom Over Water Pool Residence is a magnificent two-story over-water house (971m²) is a decadent sanctuary with direct, uninterrupted views of the sunset and located at the end of the water villas' jetty to ensure total privacy. Able to accommodate up to 8 Adults or 4 Adults and 4 Children the Over Water Pool Residence has 55m² private beachfront pool, two king bed rooms on the floor direct access to terrace. Read Full Review...

5 Kudadoo Maldives Private Island – Luxury All inclusive

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island – Luxury All inclusive
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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. 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. Read Full Review...

6 Gili Lankanfushi - The Crusoe Residences

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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.

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. Read Full Review...

7 The Nautilus Maldives - Ocean Residence with Private Pool

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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.

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. Read Full Review...

8 Coco Bodu Hithi

Coco Bodu Hithi
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Best Experience:   Couples, Beach, Diving

Luxurious and contemporary, with superb private pool villas and an idyllic overwater spa, the island paradise of Coco Bodu Hithi is located in North Male Atoll and is a 40-minute speedboat ride away from Malé International Airport. Even in low season, Coco Bodu Hithi has a very high occupancy rate. There are 100 villas (44 on the sand, 66 over the water), and each comes with its own small pool and outdoor shower, not to mention the design of the indoor bath, and the Nespresso coffee maker. There are six chic restaurants, two open air cocktail bars, extensive thatched overwater spa and a fitness center (with ocean views!).

With Stars restaurant and bar sitting on the same wing and Coco Spa sitting alongside, you have no need to venture far if you stay at Coco Residence with Private Pool. These 24 exceptional overwater villas have high ceilings, huge picture windows, pillow menu, exquisite décor and a four-poster day bed on the deck. Every aspect of these 184 square metre Maldives residences is exquisite. A private wine cellar and living area featuring sumptuous seating and audio-visual technology will doubtless tempt you inside, after a lazy day spent on your split-level deck with its infinity pool and loungers. Read Full Review...

9 Huvafen Fushi

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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.

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. Read Full Review

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

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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.

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. Read Full Review

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