Bungalows over the water in the Maldives: top 12 resorts that will impress even the most demanding travellers

By Alina GoncharovaJun 25, 2023 18:40 PMLocal
Bungalows over the water in the Maldives: top 12 resorts that will impress even the most demanding travellers
Bungalow over a turquoise lagoon. Source: Image romaneau/Pixabay

The Maldives is a truly unique place and a real geographical wonder. Almost 1200 coral islands with white sand, turquoise water and tall palm trees stretch over 500 miles of the amazing Indian Ocean. The Maldives has the largest number of overwater bungalows, which is why this amazing location immediately conjures up the perfect tropical getaway - with outdoor terraces and rain showers, panoramic pools, thatched roofs, cool cocktails and the soothing sound of waves crashing on the shore.

Whether you're looking to celebrate your honeymoon, lounge on the beach or get your adrenaline pumping with a water sports adventure, the following selection of luxury water bungalows in the Maldives will help you make the best choice.

1. Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi is a beautiful resort on Baa Kunfunadhoo Island, which is most often chosen for a romantic holiday, because everything around speaks of love. The complex is located by a fantastic lagoon with the softest white sand and is surrounded by tall palm trees. Guests will find high-class service and modern amenities that will make their stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

You can stay in the best overwater bungalows in the Maldives by booking one of the eight villas available. With giant floor-to-ceiling windows, the apartments are designed to allow guests to enjoy incredible panoramic views wherever their eyes go. Some of the amenities that await you include:

  • private swimming pool;
  • furnished patio;
  • outdoor rain shower;
  • personalised butler service.

Some villas include a water slide that leads directly into the aquamarine waters of the lagoon. Bicycles are available to explore the island. In addition, a personal butler is always ready to help and organise any activities and entertainment.

There is a shop with original chocolate and a kiosk with delicious ice cream. Soneva Fushi even boasts its own cheese dairy! The food is worth mentioning separately. The chef is able to fulfil any gastronomic whim - from creative vegan dishes to exclusive Japanese cuisine. We definitely recommend having dinner right on the beach at least once and enjoying your meal at sunset.

The resort welcomes guests with children, as there is a wonderful entertainment club The Den with two swimming pools, a separate cinema and many interesting events and activities for all ages.

2. Anantara Kihavah Maldives Village

Bungalows over the water in the Maldives: top 12 resorts that will impress even the most demanding travellers
Secluded holiday on Baa Atoll. Source: Image yang we/Pixabay

If you want to experience first-hand what an idyllic, serene, and mundane place looks like, discover Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas. This resort combines unparalleled beauty, modern amenities and the utmost in sustainability. When the finest overwater bungalows in the Maldives come into view, it's love at first sight.

One of the most popular resorts in the middle of the Indian Ocean is a great choice for both romantic holidays and family holidays with children. Everyone will definitely enjoy it, and there is entertainment for every taste and age.

The complex is located on the private coral island of Baa, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So snorkelling or diving is a must, and can be enjoyed from sunrise to sunset.

Children enjoy the club with its many activities, while parents can visit the spa, lounge on the beach or visit the Maldives' only underwater observatory. In addition, the resort has the first underwater restaurant SEA.

If you want to experience royal luxury, we recommend booking accommodation in the Sunset Overwater Pool Villa. A spacious furnished terrace with comfortable sun loungers, overwater hammocks, a deep glass-bottomed bathtub, an infinity pool and a huge bed positioned so that you can see the ocean as soon as you open your eyes... These are just some of the amenities available to guests of Anantara Kihawa Maldives Village.

If you are planning a larger group, you can book a villa with several bedrooms and a private pool.

3. Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island

Not just some of the finest overwater bungalows in the Maldives, Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island offers unique duplex suites that guarantee twice the luxury holiday you could ever imagine!

Elegant snow-white villas with an abundance of wooden elements and giant windows are topped with a furnished rooftop patio. The lower level includes a private pool, an outdoor gazebo with soft sofas and glass panels in the floor so that guests can watch the active life of the Indian Ocean without even leaving the room.

One of the best tropical resorts combines top-notch service, modern design, sumptuous cuisine, and spectacular nature around. It is definitely worth ordering a floating breakfast in your own pool, which will add romance to your holiday.

The hotel gladly welcomes families with children, who can have fun in the special club while parents enjoy spa treatments or dinner on the beach. Activities at Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island include

  • a variety of water sports, such as snorkelling and diving
  • tennis
  • yoga classes;
  • spa treatments;
  • relaxing by the pool at the Shimmers Beach Club.

The complex has an excellent restaurant Glow, which serves a variety of cuisines, and you can also visit the Café Lounge to enjoy aromatic coffee made from beans grown in Indonesia.

4. Soneva Yani

This magical place is home to the best water bungalows in the Maldives, which will be remembered for a lifetime and will give you an unforgettable holiday experience on the Indian Ocean coast.

The modern, stylish apartments of the five-star resort are equipped with everything you need, so you will hardly want to leave them. The bungalows are available in different configurations, with a choice of one, two, three or four bedrooms. In any case, you will find spacious rooms that enchant you with unsurpassed Maldivian charm and fantastic ocean views.

A special feature of the villas is the retractable roof, so you can watch the bottomless starry sky while lying in your own bed. Children and even adults will be delighted with the slide that leads directly into the lagoon. The bathroom is located in the open air, there is a large seating area and a private freshwater pool.

You can also visit the Maldives' first overwater observatory, which offers fantastic views.

Features of the new area of the resort

Soneva Jani consists of two separate parts - Chapter One and the newly opened Chapter Two. The newly developed area consists of 27 larger Maldivian overwater huts. The apartments were commissioned only in 2021, so they boast the most modern amenities. Also, those who book accommodation in the Chapter Two area have access to the Soneva Unlimited plan, an all-inclusive system. This allows you to take advantage of additional amenities and get even more unforgettable experiences. We recommend that you take a sunset cruise to watch dolphins, attend a private open-air film screening, and enjoy a unique So Starstruck dinner.

5. Angsana Velavaru

Among the top overwater bungalows in the Maldives, Angsana Velavaru Resort deserves special attention for its five-star service and ideal accommodation.

Each of the villas has been designed to maximise the natural surroundings and offer panoramic views. Some of the bungalows offer sunrise views, some offer sunset views, so you can choose what you like.

The large furnished terraces are complemented by overwater hammocks, where you want to spend as much time as possible with an interesting book in your hands. After sunbathing, you can cool off in the infinity pool with fresh water. You can also jump right into the ocean from the deck and swim around the coral reefs surrounded by colourful fish.

If you want to get the most out of your holiday, choose an all-inclusive package so that no worries distract you from your perfect holiday. Go stingray feeding, playing aquapolo, or taking a catamaran tour. There is also a spa, kids' club, and equipment rental for numerous water sports.

6. Ayada Maldives

AYADA Maldives is a five-star resort located on Magadhuvahu Island, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, with high-class service and luxurious apartments for every taste. Of course, the pride of the complex is the opportunity to relax in Maldives bungalows, which rise above the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean.

Guests can enjoy the services of a personal butler, whose care begins with a meeting at the airport. Among the facilities provided in the overwater bungalows are the following:

  • plunge pool;
  • hammocks over the water;
  • private furnished terrace;
  • rain shower;
  • a king-size bed, and much more.

The apartments are also equipped with a glass-panelled floor, so you will always have a personal aquarium at your disposal, demonstrating the active tropical life. No one will be surprised if you don't want to leave the luxury villa at all, enjoying floating breakfasts and dinners on your own terrace.

If you do decide to go for a walk, you can grab a bike and explore the resort's many trails, passing through the rainforest, listening to the sound of the waves and stopping to relax on the soft sandy beach. There are several dining options on site, and you can go scuba diving, fishing, surfing, and many other activities. We especially recommend going on a boat cruise to watch dolphins.

Other amenities include a spa, outdoor pool and ZUZUU Kids Club, which offers new and exciting parties and activities for young guests of all ages every day.

7. W Maldives

When talking about the best bungalows in the Maldives, it is impossible not to pay attention to the luxurious W Maldives complex. Wooden paths lead to the upscale apartments with thatched roofs, glass floors, round terraces, large sun loungers and panoramic windows. Of course, the view from here is unforgettable!

If you want maximum privacy, we recommend booking Seaside Escapes, which is located a little further away from the main resort. From here you can easily reach the bright coral reefs and enjoy swimming in the crystal-clear lagoon.

8. Joali Maldives

A luxurious five-star holiday is available for guests of JOALI Maldives. The resort is distinguished by its thoughtful design and architecture and, of course, fantastic views of the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean.

The extraordinary bungalows over the water in the Maldives have no competitors. Holidays here are worthy of even kings. The villas are decorated in a traditional style, but provide all the necessary amenities. The apartments are decorated with wooden panels, huge sliding doors lead to a furnished patio, turning the living room or bedroom into a giant recreation area with extraordinary views. The bungalow even has its own library!

There is also an infinity pool, rain shower and separate access to the aquamarine lagoon for guests who have booked an overwater bungalow in the Maldives. In addition, a personal butler helps you forget about everyday worries and is ready to help at any time. So you won't be bothered by anything during your holiday, even taking care of your shoes.

There is always something to do on the territory of JOALI Maldives. For example, you can head to the beach and try out one or more water sports, such as wakeboarding or scuba diving, or go on a hike or bike ride to explore the tropical island.

The resort is also known for its special love and appreciation of the arts. If you feel the same way, we recommend using the 'art map' and going in search of the unique sculptures, installations and paintings scattered throughout Raa Muravandhoo Atoll.

9. Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences

Amilla Maldives Resort & Residences is located on the territory of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Baa Atoll, which is why it is especially attractive to diving enthusiasts from all over the world. Here, you can swim and dive right from the deck of the luxurious overwater apartments, meeting amazing ocean creatures.

The complex offers various accommodation options. A total of 59 villas are available in the lagoon, ocean, beach and even in the trees. Of course, the overwater bungalows in the Maldives are always in great demand and striking in their beauty. The apartments are elegantly and stylishly decorated with typical Maldivian accents in the interior. The bungalows are equipped with a private pool and an outdoor terrace.

A wide range of activities and facilities are available to guests at Amilla Maldives Resort & Retreat, including:

  • water skiing;
  • diving and snorkelling;
  • sailing and parasailing and other water activities;
  • library;
  • tennis courts;
  • kids club.

After an active holiday, head to one of the on-site restaurants. For example, Barolo Grill serves Italian cuisine, Feeling Koi - Japanese, Fresh specialises in delicious breakfasts, and Fish and Chip Shop - classic British snacks.

10. KOMO Maalifushi


Bungalows over the water in the Maldives: top 12 resorts that will impress even the most demanding travellers
Luxury holiday on the island. Source: Image https://www.comohotels.com/

An ideal honeymoon destination, as well as a great choice for a relaxing family holiday, COMO Maalifushi has something for everyone, satisfying the most demanding travellers.

You can choose to stay in one of the elegant suites or beach villas, but in the Maldives, a bungalow overwater holiday is unrivalled. Spacious suites of over 100 square metres rise above the ocean, offering the best views through floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows. There is also a plunge pool, a large bedroom and living room, an outdoor terrace, and an open-air rain shower. This is an ideal choice for a couple who want to extend their honeymoon.

For families with children, the 215-square-metre Maldives Overwater Bungalows are perfect. The suite is located on a secluded jetty, providing maximum privacy and tranquillity.

The resort has three restaurants, a large spa, and room service available around the clock.

11. Lily Beach Resort & Spa

These bungalows over the ocean in the Maldives are so wonderful that you will want to return to Lily Beach Resort & Spa more than once. There are 36 suites in total, connected by wooden overwater walkways. Regardless of size, the villas are equipped with private pools, glass floors for viewing the lively tropical life, a large bathroom, and a terrace with easy access to the lagoon.

There is a spa on site, and it is also possible to go on a diving excursion or rent equipment for water activities. The resort also operates on an all-inclusive basis when booking the Platinum Plan. This is a great choice for families with children, as younger guests can enjoy the Turtle Club.

12. Gili Lankanfushi

The eco-conscious Gili Lankanfushi Resort offers seven two-storey water huts in the Maldives, which are located so that the apartments can only be reached by boat. The accommodation includes a large roof terrace, a semi-open bathroom, a terrace with direct access to the ocean and a hammock over the water, a living room, a lounge area and a spacious bedroom with a king-size bed.

If you want to entertain yourself, take a boat ride ashore to dine in the luxurious restaurant, sip cocktails at the beachfront bar, or spend time by the pool enjoying a signature ice cream. Other activities include:

  • diving and snorkelling;
  • cooking lessons;
  • interesting excursions;
  • Meera Spa.

For those who have booked a bungalow in the Maldives, a personal assistant is available who is ready to help both day and night.

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