Imagine the true serenity of dangling your feet from the edge of your own private deck into the balmy waters of the Maldives in a villa poised on stilts above the heavenly waters below. Picture yourself diving into the water as you snorkel among a myriad of colourful fish and captivating coral reefs bursting with life. Unique and memorable the Maldives offer some of the best experiences without ever stepping more than a few feet away from the tranquil waters. Read on for our round up of the best resorts for over-water bungalows and waterside immersions.
Reethi Beach Resort
Beautifully located on the peaceful Fonimagoodhoo Island, Reethi Beach Resort encapsulates Maldivian resort living at its finest. Emerging from the tranquil lagoon that surrounds the property are the captivating water villas, designed with ocean-lovers in mind. Adorned in typical Maldivian style, the elegant villas are built from natural materials for an authentic experience. Step out on to your private deck for a romantic candle-lit meal under the stars or simply admire the view before taking a dip in the tranquil waters with direct access from your Water Villa offering endless views out across the ocean.
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu
Discover the colourful marine life and thriving coral reefs of a five-star, all-villa resort in the heart of the Baa Atoll. Built to make the most of their surroundings, the lagoon villas of Coco Palm Dhuni feature intriguing adornments such as private plunge pools, wooden floors and specially selected, hand carved furniture for an authentic experience. With beach bars placed right on the sand and endless water-based activities to keep you occupied, you need never stray far from the water’s edge to enjoy your escape to the full. For a truly magical experience, why not reserve your place in one of the resort’s Sunset Lagoon Villas and watch as the Indian Ocean becomes illuminated with all the colours of the sun as it sets in spectacular fashion. With a private plunge pool overlooking the ocean and views from every angle, you need never miss out on the mesmerising views afforded by your water-top abode. From PADI-Certified diving to catamaran sailing, the activities on offer at Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu will ensure you never fall short of something to do for fun in the sun.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Luxurious and memorable, Lily Beach Resort & Spa contains everything you need for a once-in-a-lifetime escape to the Maldives and the resort’s Deluxe Water Villas are no exception to this. Combining stylish simplicity with complete privacy, these villas hover directly over the tranquil ocean offering uninterrupted vistas of blue and a plunge-worthy jacuzzi pool with the captivating reef just meters away, ready to be explored. If over the water views are not enough for you, the villas also feature a glass floor section, perfect for catching sight of the myriad of life swimming below. Going one step further, the resort’s Sunset Water Suites feature 24-hour butler service and direct access into the shimmering lagoon below. Why not grab a treat from the minibar, sink into your private infinity pool and watch the sun go down in uninterrupted glory?
Coco Bodu Hithi
Indulge in an all-villa resort nestled on its own private island in the North Malé Atoll. The perfect place to lounge in your over water villa, Coco Bodu Hithi sits nestled among an abundance of wildlife, a haven of naturally designed sandy walkways edged with white sand beaches and coconut trees, surrounded by captivating turquoise waters and enchantingly secluded sand banks. Suspended over the lagoon on stilts live a collection of over-water villas in true Maldivian style. Enjoy ocean views from floor-to-ceiling windows and private infinity pools that merge seamlessly with the horizon or, discover the crystal-clear waters of the North Malé Atoll and its breath-taking underwater landscape as you drift-dive with the current amongst fascination coral caves teeming with colourful fish. From coral garden snorkelling and sunset fishing adventures to an encounter with manta rays. Coco Bodu Hithi has you covered for once-in-a-lifetime ocean-side experiences.