25 Best Overwater Bungalows In The Maldives

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For many newlyweds, the Maldives is their dream honeymoon destination. We’ve curated 25 luxurious overwater bungalows in the Maldives where you’ll find the perfect setting to celebrate this next chapter of your life.

These above-the-water accommodations are an authentic slice of paradise. Want to dive into a unique world of love and luxury? Here are the dreamiest hideaways in one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world.

Meeru Maldives

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With some of the best overwater bungalows Maldives offers, Meeru is a stunning beauty for your dream honeymoon. The resort is a budget-friendly overwater escape where you can access white sandy beaches, colorful reefs, and more. There are 77 overwater accommodations, each boasting a rustic charm. 

Note that this is the only resort on Meerufenfushi Island in North Male Atoll. You and your loved one can step into this paradise after a 55-minute trip from Velana International Airport. 

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Adults-only accommodations
  • Beautiful porches, partially open bathrooms with refreshing rain showers, and other signature amenities
  • Unlimited dishes and memorable dining experiences like beach picnics and sunset dinner cruises

LUX South Ari Atoll

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Experiencing a luxurious overwater bliss doesn’t have to be overly indulgent. If you’re looking for a more reasonable cost per night in the Maldives, consider LUX South Ari Atoll as your honeymoon spot.

A quick 30-minute seaplane ride from Male International Airport transports you to this resort. Apart from delectable cuisine, you can engage in recreational activities such as paddleboarding, yoga, and tennis or go on a whale shark trip with a marine biologist.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Affordable overwater bungalows in the Maldives
  • One of the largest spas in the Maldives
  • Supports sustainability with a floating solar systems 

Vakkaru Maldives

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Vakkaru’s location in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Baa Atoll is just one of the many reasons to visit this dreamy resort. You can reach this destination in less than 30 minutes via a seaplane. This easily accessible resort offers meticulously designed luxury villas and personalized butler service—at a relatively cheaper rate than competitors in the Maldives. 

Want to elevate your experience? Book an overwater pool villa, which features a day bed, sun loungers, and your own private infinity pool. The spacious deck offers panoramic views and abundant outdoor space where you and your partner can unwind. 

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Honeymoon experiences like couple massage lessons, private excursions, floating breakfasts
  • Private destination dining around the island
  • Sports fields to keep your fitness goals in check

W Maldives

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W Maldives located in the heart-shaped Fesdu Island, North Ari Atoll, is your overwater oasis that offers direct access to the Indian Ocean. Aesthetic wooden walkways lead you to thatched-roof overwater bungalows in the Maldives. What’s more, all of the above-the-water accommodations come with a private plunge pool, glass floor, and a refreshing indoor rain shower. 

The resort also offers six restaurants, a spa, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool, among other amenities. You and your partner can also scuba diving, snorkeling, and waterskiing. 

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • 24-hour room service, daily housekeeping, and turndown service
  • Experience on a secluded island for a picnic or overnight stay
  • One of the best house reefs in the region

COMO Cocoa Island

This is one of the most romantic resorts honeymooners can immerse themselves in. You’ll especially find the resort appealing if you’re fascinated by the marine world as it’s located on one of the region’s most vibrant coral reefs. 

Nestled on Kaafu Island in the South Male Atoll, it offers overwater accommodations that resemble iconic Maldivian Dhoni boats, intricately designed to give you and your partner maximum privacy.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Amenities include a starlit cinema and world-class diving guided by a marine biologist
  • Range of wellness retreats, perfect for unwinding after your wedding journey
  • Rooms with a plunge pool, ocean-view deck, and romantic dining

Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island

You only need a leisurely 60-minute speedboat journey to get to Jumeirah Maldives. The resort, located on Olhahali Island in the North Male Atoll, has luxury written all over its accommodations and amenities. There are 67 overwater bungalows at this Maldives resort. When you stay in one, you get a private pool and a rooftop patio crowning the second level.

During your stay, you and your partner can indulge in private yacht voyages and practice yoga sessions in serene settings.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Snorkeling experiences courtesy of the resort’s private lagoon with an accessible house reef
  • Private dining at your villa’s rooftop
  • Couple’s spa treatments

Kandolhu Maldives

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Are you looking for an intimate property perched above the pristine Indian Ocean? Count on Kandolhu Maldives to turn your honeymoon dream into reality. First off, it’s easily reachable: Enjoy a 20-minute seaplane ride followed by a 15-minute speedboat trip.

Once on the island, you can choose from any of the 30 villas, making the resort a quiet, exclusive haven for newlyweds like you. The elegant overwater offerings include villas with and without private pools

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Multi-lingual team members
  • Glass-walled baths for a near-360 views of the Indian Ocean (which, we think, is a pretty cool experience)
  • Five restaurants, honeymoon perks, and a full-service spa

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

When seeking a Maldivian kind of over-the-water luxury, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is easily one of the best choices out there. The sought-after Sunset Water Villas are nothing short of spectacular. It’s spacious and ideal for newlyweds who want their post-nuptial getaway to be as remarkable as possible. 

We’re talking about overwater villas that offer a range of amenities for a luxurious stay. These include private sundecks, infinity plunge pools, ocean-view tubs, rain showers, and double vanity bathrooms. 

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Several overwater accommodations are adults-only
  • 12 world-class restaurants (if these aren’t enough, there’s also the Maldives’ first-ever subterranean wine bar)
  • Wellness treatments at their overwater spa

Ritz Carlton Fari Islands

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Trust us: The price of an overwater bungalow in the Maldives is well worth your budget. If you and your sweetheart want to splurge, visit the Ritz-Carlton Fari Islands, which offers a contemporary and sophisticated take on the classic Maldives overwater villa experience. 

You’ll find the property on the man-made Fari Islands in the North Male Atoll which is accessible by a quick 10-minute seaplane ride from Male. Each of the overwater offerings comes with an infinity pool.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • A combination of modern elegance with minimalistic design, striking a balance between comfort and style
  • Well-equipped fitness center, tennis courts, and a dive center
  • Close to the Fari Islands Marina for shopping and dining options

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

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Staying at St. Regis Maldives means entering a world of sophistication. The resort is a mere 45-minute seaplane ride from Valena airport. And it offers 77 generously sized villas and suites, 44 are perched above the water. 

These overwater bungalows Maldives, above all, are thoughtfully appointed. We mean enjoying your private pool, having convenient IPAD room controls, and admiring breathtaking floor-to-ceiling windows with the best views.

Their structures take inspiration from nature — to put it another way, they take pride in having an eco-friendly design. To top it all off, you get a dedicated butler to ensure your stay is comfortable through and through.

Why We Think You’ll Love It Here

  • You and your loved one can enjoy various activities ranging from diving and snorkeling to speed boating and windsurfing 
  • They boast iconic facilities such as the whale shark-inspired Whale Bar and the lobster-inspired Iridium Spa
  • You can visit Dhaalu Atoll’s seven uninhabited islands by boat for an authentic Maldivian getaway

Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

The Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is a genuine gem set in the UNESCO-designated bio-diverse Baa Atoll. A standout amenity is the collection of elegantly designed overwater villas that provide breathtaking ocean views. 

The fully-equipped dive center lets you explore the island’s vibrant marine life. Elsewhere in the property, you’ll find the Maldives’ only Olympics-size pool (it’s an infinity pool, by the way) and the resort also has the Seawater Pool, Blu Pool, and a pool for children and families.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • 24-hour in-villa dining service
  • Multi-lingual managers
  • Boat and yacht rentals to explore the surrounding Indian Ocean

Emerald Maldives Resort & Spa

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On the Indian Ocean’s mesmerizing Raa Atoll, you can find some of the best all-inclusive overwater bungalows that the Maldives offers. Emerald Maldives is an upscale sanctuary offering a range of over-the-water villas equipped with modern conveniences and private outdoor spaces.

You’ll be swept away by the size of these villas, the smallest over-water-bungalow offering is nearly 1,900 square feet. This accommodation category offers a captivating seaside retreat perched on the pier, equipped with a luxurious bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet, and of course epic ocean views.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • A diving center for a safe, memorable underwater adventure
  • Fresh, natural ingredients with all dining options
  • Spa and relaxation opportunities like a jacuzzi, Turkish bath, sauna, and Indonesian-style pool

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

Accessible via a 20-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport, the resort’s overwater bungalows are its crowning jewel. Experience a spacious primary bedroom with a king-sized bed and a rooftop terrace with dining and a daybed. The private overwater sundeck has catamaran nets and direct ocean access as well.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Aquatic adventures, including diving, snorkeling, fishing, and sailing
  • World-class restaurants and cool overwater bars
  • The Private Reserve villa (the world’s largest stand-alone overwater villa) featuring a water slide to the lagoon below

Kudadoo Maldives 

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Located in the pristine Lhaviyani Atoll, a scenic 40-minute seaplane journey from Male will take you to this fully-inclusive paradise. It’s the epitome of a serene adult playground: It only has 15 luxurious overwater villas, ensuring a best-in-class experience. Private infinity pools, glass-bottom decks, and sumptuous soaking tubs are some of the villas’ best features.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Committed to sustainability, with the entire resort operating on 100% solar energy
  • Excursions ranging from luxury sailing to deep-sea fishing to dolphin watching and sandbar picnics
  • Dedicated personal butler

Waldorf Astoria Maldives 

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Waldorf Astoria Maldives delivers unparalleled luxury, offering some of the most beautiful overwater bungalows in the Maldives. It’s nestled in the South Male Atoll, and is only a 40-minute yacht voyage from Male.

If you book one of the posh overwater villas, you’ll get floor-to-ceiling windows giving you the best ocean views. You’ll also enjoy features like indoor and outdoor living spaces, a king-sized bed, a dressing room with a transparent floor, indoor and outdoor showers, a bathtub, an outdoor pool, and a relaxing outdoor daybed or overwater hammock.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Dedicated concierge
  • Complimentary yacht transfers
  • Dedicated dining team

One&Only Reethi Rah

If you’re looking for an idyllic Maldivian getaway, then One & Only Reethi Rah could be your destination. It’s within the North Male atoll, and its selection of overwater bungalows promises an unforgettable stay. Rooms have wooden beam ceilings, private jacuzzis, and plush king-sized beds. 

Perched above the resort’s exclusive lagoon, the overwater villas have overwater catamaran nets and private decks. Opt for a higher tier of overwater accommodation, and you get a lavish infinity pool or a breathtaking open-to-the-stars dining area.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • 12 beaches on the island
  • Relaxing Maldivian morning rituals, including beach yoga or meditation, followed by breakfast on a catamaran
  • Couple excursions like guided dives, couples’ spa treatments, and private cruises
  • Adults-only pool

Angaga Island Resort & Spa

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The picturesque South Ari Atoll is home to the Angaga Island Resort & Spa. Combining the rustic elegance of overwater bungalows with Maldivian tradition, it’s a property that urges you and your sweetheart to slow down, pause, and savor every moment of your honeymoon. 

At the very least, you’ll get direct lagoon access from your villa—plus an outdoor shower, cozy bed, air conditioning, and complimentary Wi-Fi. But you can elevate your experience with private jacuzzis when you opt for the superior accommodations.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • A surrounding reef with stingrays and turtles
  • Tennis, volleyball, and beach soccer
  • A wedding package complete with a tree-planting ceremony

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa

The Taj Exotica Resort & Spa Maldives on Emboodhu Finolhu Island is the escape that newlyweds like you deserve. This 5-star resort sits on one of the biggest lagoons in the region. Apart from the azure waters, you’ll get access to lush flora and fauna.

The overwater villas aren’t the only structures perched above crystal-clear waters. There’s also a restaurant hovering over the water, complete with candlelit tables and a Mediterranean-inspired menu.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Only 15 to 20 minutes from the airport
  • Personalized butler service 
  • A PADI-certified ocean dive center

Cheval Blanc Randheli Maldives

Redefining what island living means, this resort boasts 45 villas built above the water. These architectural marvels feature cathedral-like roofs and showcase exquisite Vincent Beaurin artwork. A gorgeous infinity pool completes the experience.

Apart from the overwater bungalows, the resort has a spa that offers unparalleled relaxation. And if you want to explore the island, your overwater villa comes with bicycles.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Lots of overwater villa options
  • Yoga, meditation, and gym classes
  • Tennis courts, a golf simulator, and diverse watersports

VARU by Atmosphere

VARU by Atmosphere is synonymous with best-value overwater bungalows. If you’re headed to the Maldives, consider this North Male Atoll oasis as your playground for your honeymoon. It’s just a 40-minute speedboat ride away from Male, and your stay here will be cost-effective, thanks to the all-inclusive package that comes with complimentary transfers.

The resort has a classic water villa, but if you want to really treat yourselves, opt for the tier that’s also equipped with a pool. And while this is a family-friendly property in the Maldives, kids have a dedicated club that’s confined from the resort.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • All-inclusive dining at four restaurants and two bars
  • Fitness center and tennis courts
  • Non-motorized water sports

Soneva Fushi 

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This is the original barefoot hideaway in the Maldives. And if you want an ultra-luxury overwater bungalow as your temporary home while on your honeymoon, you can’t go wrong with Soneva Fushi. 

You’ll find some of the best overwater structures in the region at this eco-conscious property. The iconic Water Reserves are spacious and equipped with a personal pool deck and a waterslide that descends into the lagoon below. There’s also an indulgent chocolate room if you want to add extra sweetness to your trip. 

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • A “Barefoot Guardian” (a.k.a. butler) service round-the-clock
  • The first fine-dining zipline in the world
  • A two-story wellness complex for post-wedding pampering

Baros Maldives

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The lush island has everything you need for a memorable honeymoon: stunning views, top-tier service, and, of course, world-class accommodations.

These overwater bungalows in the Maldvies boast decadent teak floors, plush furnishings, and linens giving you comfort and indulgence. While you get your own pool, nothing beats the refreshing swim you can enjoy right in the Indian Ocean. Moreover, the stairs leading up to the crystal-clear water make this experience easily accessible. 

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Named “Most Romantic Resort in the World” for 10 consecutive years 
  • Romantic dinner cruises aboard a dhoni (a type of water vessel)
  • A modest museum collection featuring antique maps and interesting Maldivian artifacts

Six Senses Laamu

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In the southern part of Maldives lies Six Senses Laamu. As the name implies, staying here means tingling your senses with awesome amenities paired with incredibly beautiful surroundings. This Laamu Atoll-located property offers overwater villas, complete with upper dining decks and glass bathtubs. 

Beyond restaurants and a world-class spa, the resort offers facilities like private water gardens and an aquarium dining deck. There’s even an on-site currency exchange for your convenience. And speaking of convenience, it’s only a swift 20-minute speedboat ride from Male airport.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Resident dolphins, rays, and parrotfish in the surrounding waters
  • Ayurvedic therapies and rejuvenating body massages in private treatment rooms
  • Educational lessons through the Maldives Underwater Initiative’s partner organizations

JOALI Maldives

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JOALI Maldives, situated in the ever-enchanting Raa Atoll, offers some of the finest overwater villas in the region. And, one of its most stellar offerings is the Ocean Residence, which boasts not just one but two infinity pools—if you want a refreshing dip while taking in sunrise and sunset views, this is the place to be. 

The other overwater bungalows at this Maldives resort easily surpass high expectations. They have a pool overlooking the lagoon and giant sliding doors to help you blur the line between indoors and outdoors. The cherry on top is the butler service.

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • Bicycles for island exploration
  • Inspiring art installations 
  • Snorkeling and wakeboarding adventures

Ozen Reserve Bolifushi

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Ozen Reserve is a standout gem in the Maldives’ South Male Atoll. It offers an all-inclusive experience with overwater bungalows. And just a quick 20-minute speedboat trip will whisk you away to this heavenly honeymoon spot. 

Without question, the overwater bungalows are beyond average, some accommodations have their own infinity pool and water slide. And if that kind of luxury isn’t enough, there are also split-level living spaces and a panoramic deck to enjoy unmatched Maldivian beauty. 

Why We Think You’ll Love It:

  • A PADI dive center
  • An overwater gym
  • Unique gastronomic experience featuring dishes paired with wine curated by the resident sommelier

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