10 Best Luxury Water Villas in Maldives 2020

Most Fabulous Overwater Villas in Maldives

10 Best Luxury Water Villas in Maldives 2020

Most Fabulous Overwater Villas in Maldives


Updated July, 2020

The best water villas in Maldives offer you a holiday experience with unique designs, luxury amenities, sense of privacy, and the added feature of doors opening to a sea views to-die-for. These are easily the best accommodation you can go for a holiday in Maldives, especially for longer stays, with a range of personalised services that you can enjoy in the conveniences of your own compound.

These selections of Maldives' most popular overwater villas represent accommodation options suited not only for couples and honeymooners, but are also available with options for families and groups. Stay in a luxurious bungalow or villa located above a beautiful lagoon, the dream of the most discerning travelers and many couples in Maldives. Indeed, it is difficult to resist the desire to get accommodation in the prestigious rooms of a water villa over turquoise waters, where swimming and snorkeling is literally on your doorstep.

We've gathered the 10 best private water villas in Maldives' distinguished resorts for your consideration, which offer more than what you would expect from a typical resort guestroom. Enjoy your stay and take the ‘plunge'!

1 Soneva Jani - 2 Bedroom Water Retreat with slide

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Best Experience:   Overwater Villas, for family, for couples, the most exclusive Resort of Maldives

Soneva Jani is the most exclusive luxury hotel in Maldives and the most prestigious for many hotel brand in the world is surrounded by pristine beaches covered with lush tropical greenery and a turquoise lagoon with crystal clear water and unbeatable views of the 360 ​​° Indian Ocean. Today, Soneva Jani has 24 water villas and one beach villa, although at a later stage it is planned to build additional beach villas. Each of the 24 magnificent water villas - the largest in the Maldives - has a large private swimming pool overlooking the lagoon and some villas are equipped with water slides descending you directly from the sundeck to the lagoon. The highlight of the villas on the water is a retractable roof in the main bedroom, which slides back with a single click of a button so guests can lie in bed and count the stars  Read Full Review...

2 Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi - Stella Maris Ocean Villa with Pool

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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.

Accessible only by boat on the lagoon's eastern edge, the only two units - Stella Maris Ocean Villas with Pool feature natural tones and expansive indoor and outdoor space to relax. Enjoy the 100% privaccy, a huge bathroom, infinity pool, stunning views, outdoor dining area, and terrace or deck. From 536 sq.m./5,767 sq.ft. the overwater villas accommodate 3 adults. These spacious retreats have a large bedroom with sitting area, generous indoor living and dining area fitted with state-of-the-art audio-visual entertainment and magnificent bathroom, all with floor-to-ceiling windows. The upper deck offers a chef's service and BBQ station. The lower wooden deck boasts its own infinity pool, hot tub, overwater hammocks and direct ocean access. Read Full Review

3 Gili Lankanfushi - The Private Reserve

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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. In the Maldives there is no other such resort, and only a little in the world, I think, is better than Gili Lankanfushi. Gili Lankanfushi is widely considered the best resort in the Maldives, and not without reason. This stunning 46-villa, eco-friendly resort, just 20 minutes by boat from the international airport of Velana (Male), excels in providing a truly unpretentious, laid-back luxury.

For jet-setters seeking both utter seclusion and total luxury, the sprawling Private Reserve at Gili Lankanfushi offers the perfect hideaway. The largest over water villa in the world, is the perfect escape for friends wanting somewhere ultra-special to unwind or celebrate, away from the rest of the world. Read Full Review...

4 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...

5 Niyama Private Island Maldives - The Crescent Villa

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Best Experience:   Watersports, Two Pristine Islands perfect for Family & Couples, Luxury Surfing

Developed by Per Aquum (Huvafenfushi) and co-owned by Anantara, Niyama Private Islands Maldives is a resort with a rich ancestry. Located on two idyllic islands, Niyama Private Islands Maldives embodies Maldivian elegance in the packaging of modern aesthetics. Known for its newest fashion trend, Niyama is a dynamic resort that balances calm with a sense of discovery, desire and fun. A lot of accommodation options await the discerning traveler. For maximum enjoyment, venture stay in one of the two Ocean Pavilions with large pools. This villa is 350 square meters, packed with the best of the best that resort can offer: gadgets, spacious terraces, Infinity pool, jakuzzi and much more. Pavilions go "all personal" - which includes food, a cocktail bar, a collection of wines.

The Crescent Villa is over-water getaway for up to 14 adults and 8 children. A playground of 5 ultrachic villas, all with private pools. Features private chef, 2 dedicated Thakurus (butlers), a housekeeper and complimentary diversions, including sunset cruise, private barbecue and movie under the stars, and island drumming night. Read Full Review...

6 The Nautilus Maldives - The Nautilus Retreat

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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.

Facing sunset The Nautilus Retreat is two-bedroom overwater villa cradles an expansive sun deck with its own private infinity pool. With glass-floor panelling and custom furnishings, it offers the luxurious Maldivian escape in a setting like no other. This 542sqm, two-bedroom Maldives private pool villa is a haven of refined bohemian lifestyle and a destination of true retreat at the resort. A sanctuary for family reconnection, where long-lasting memories are made at the best hotel in Maldives. Read Full Review

7 One & Only Reethi Rah - Grand Water Villa with Private Pool

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Best Experience:   Honeymoon, Water Villas, family, beaches, spa, activities

Set on one of the largest artificial islands in North Male Atoll, the all-villa ultra-luxury One&Only Reethi Rah resort offers an unparalleled array of luxurious options to create an unforgettable holiday. Sleek and spectacular, with unprecedented privacy, One&Only Reethi Rah inspires extraordinary journeys for the soul. From extensive outdoor adventure options, including snorkelling and diving in the exotic underwater world, to the mesmerising One&Only Spa, guests are spoilt for choice.

Before stay there, Reethi Rah for the island resort seems a bit conservative. Smooth, majestic, but perhaps lacking some details of the bounty in Maldives rural style (call it what you like) that are in fashion today. Going ashore, you will realize that refusal to follow a fashion trend is the same point: you simply do not need it when you are the best. Reethi Rah adheres to his own One & Only style. Purposefully not 'trendy', in the development stage to the top level of luxury, specializing in high quality service to its guests, such an experience you would have hard to find somewhere else in the Maldives.  Read Full Review...

8 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.

Comprising 75 one-bedroom villas, four two-bedroom residences and a three-bedroom residence, each hideaway boasts large personal infinity-edge pools, dining pavilions, expansive wooden sundecks and ample lounging areas complete with swinging daybeds, hammocks and sun loungers. All villas feature his and hers walk-in wardrobes, rain showers, outdoor showers and over-sized bathtubs big enough for two. Sunken glass bottom bathtubs in the over water villas offer a mesmerising view of the sparkling ocean, both below and beyond the adjacent infinity-edge pool.  Read Full Review...

9 LUX* North Male Atoll Resort & Villas - LUX* Over-Water Retreat

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Best Experience:   A Luxury All-Inclusive Resort, Couples, Family, Beaches, Diving, Spa

LUX* North Male Atoll, the second resort in the Maldives by Mauritius based hotel group LUX* Resorts, has officially opened on February 1, 2019. LUX * Resorts & Hotels promises to demonstrate the transformation of Olhahali Island with an area of six hectares, into the most innovative luxury resort in the Maldives. Accessible by luxury speedboat or a short 15 minute seaplane transfer from Velana International Airport, this intimate resort is ripe with eye-catching architecture and ocean-inspired interiors.

A visual banquet of nautical shapes and colors, the resort is elegantly decorated by the Singapore design group Miaja, a project that combines superyachts with the energetic spirit of southern beaches. Each of the 67 two-story residences is located either on the beach or above the water, whose guests will enjoy a minimum living area of 350 m2. Whether set on the beach or stilted over the crystal blue lagoon, every penthouse villa takes indoor-outdoor living to a new level of breezy sophistication. Big Green Egg Barbecue, Rooftop Bar, Cinema and SONOS, Yoga Pavilion, Star-lit Jacuzzi and Outdoor Games help create an unforgettable paradise lounge for people who love to enjoy life.

The jewel in the crown is the rooftop, which provides ample space for yoga, barbecues, movie screenings, intimate, candlelit dinners with a shisha, cocktails at sunset and spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. Residents of the LUX* Overwater Retreat (997 sqm, including 389 sqm of indoor open space living) can even dock their yacht at their villa. Read Full Review...

10 InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort: Three-Bedroom Overwater Residence

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Best Experience:   New Luxury Resort, Couples, Family, Beaches, Diving

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. Accessible 35-minute seaplane jorney from the Male airport the resort is located in the secluded Raa atoll. Spread over a private island with lush tropical greenery, 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. Nestled close to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, prepare to be amazed by the myriad of marine life in the island's lagoon including The Hanifaru Bay that is home to manta ray sanctuary. Read Full Review

11 Milaidhoo Island Maldives - Ocean Residence with Private Pool

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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. Committed to offering a unique and authentic Maldivian experience, this new child in the best Baa Atoll hotels collection that making waves with its refreshing contemporary twist on classic Maldivian style.

Milaidhoo's Ocean Residence with Private Pool is 475sqm thatched-roof 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 are a swing chair, 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. Set at the very end of the over-water jetty, facing sunset this residence has separate living and bed rooms giving plenty of room to make yourself feel at home. Read Full Review

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