Five Reasons to Stayin an Overwater Villa

When you think of the Maldives, there are a few things that immediately come to mind: powdery white sand, turquoise waters, swaying palm trees, and overwater villas. These villas are a hallmark of the Maldives. With a wooden exterior and thatched roofs, these bungalows which sit on stilts above the glistening water are the ultimate luxurious indulgence you need to make your holiday in paradise even better.

Whether you’re travelling as a couple, with your family, or even with a group of friends, staying in an overwater villa is guaranteed to be an amazing experience. Here are 5 reasons why you must stay in an overwater villa.


The best thing about the Maldives is its privacy. Each island is home to a private luxury resort, and as if that was not exclusive enough, overwater villas are even more private! Each villa feels like its own island and has everything you could ever want on your tropical getaway. From private plunge pools, large sundecks, personal butlers, in-room dining and spa services, and even a private cinematic experience overlooking the Indian Ocean– the only thing that’s missing is everyone else!

Breathtaking Views

Amazing views, delicious food, and exciting activities, this is the trifecta for the making of an incredible holiday, which will only be made better by good company. The view from an overwater villa is spectacular. Admire your backyard, which is an uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean. It’s mesmerising how the colours of the ocean and sky change during the day. At sunrise, the sky is lilac and gives the ocean an aquamarine hue; during the day the horizon is painted in different shades for blue, but it’s absolutely breathtaking at sunset. The setting sun casts the whole world in a rosy golden hue and the ocean ripples dance in the shadows. However, at night it’s an entirely different view, the ink black sky is peppered with shining stars, and on full moon nights, the moonshine is as bright as the sun!

Exciting Dining Opportunities

Over the years, the Maldives has firmly established itself as a foodie haven. Most resorts have at least two restaurants that serve delectable dishes. However, when you stay in an overwater villa, you can have the option of having your meals in the comfort of your villa. Although in a normal hotel, room service may sound mundane and unappealing, the Maldives has a way of making any ordinary experience extraordinary. Enjoy dinners on your deck under a sky full of stars accompanied by a private outdoor movie viewing; have breakfast in bed, or, better yet, have a floating breakfast in your own plunge pool! The unique dining experiences are endless here.

Coral Reefs at Your Doorstep

Not only is the view from the water villa amazing, but the view from the azure water beneath the villa is a close competitor. Since the villas are literally on the Indian Ocean, a beautiful coral reef teeming with marine life and bursting with colour, is merely a few steps away from your room! While it’s an incredibly tranquil sight to see palm trees swaying the wind and the sea rippling in the ocean breeze, it is no secret that the country’s real beauty lies underneath its famous blue waters. Don’t worry if you haven’t packed your snorkelling gear, you can rent it from the in-house dive shop.

Family-Friendly Fun

Finally, if you’re visiting the Maldives with your family, staying in an overwater villa is an excellent idea. Even young travellers will be gobsmacked by the villa’s beauty, and trust us as soon as you enter they will want to change into their swimsuits and go swimming! One thing to keep in mind is that, although the villas are set away from the islands, the water surrounding the villas are quite shallow and calm. Many villas also have glass bottomed floors, so if your older kids go swimming you can still keep an eye on them. Some water villas are decked with exciting activities, for instance, water villas in Gili Lankanfushi have overwater hammocks, water slides leading to the ocean, and even its own cinema!

So, what do you say? Are you ready to experience the ultimate form of luxury? If so, you must stay in an overwater villa during your holiday to the Maldives!

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