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Best Overwater Bungalows in the Maldives

To complement our popular gallery of Bora Bora overwater bungalows, these photos of deluxe luxury resort villas show the Maldives should be on your must-visit list too.

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Anantara Veli Resort

About a half-hour from the Male airport in the Maldives, these 50 bungalows are drenched in luxury.

Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

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Anantara Veli Resort

The deluxe overwater bungalows have private double terraces for supreme lounging as you gaze out at the lagoon.

Anantara Veli Resort & Spa

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Ayada Maldives

Consistently topping best luxury-resorts list, this spread of overwater bungalows leaves no luxury stone unturned.

Ayada Maldives

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Ayada Maldives

These beautiful ocean villas at Ayada have private terraces and their own plunge pools, plus one of our favorite things to do in the Maldives: sleep in an ocean hammock.

Ayada Maldives

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Baros Maldives

By the time you make the trip to the Maldives, you'll welcome a quick transfer to your resort. Baros is a 20-minute boat ride from the airport, set on a private island a world apart.

Baros Maldives

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Cocoa Island by COMO

Just in case you’re thinking, “Don’t all overwater bungalows look alike?” here comes the unique water villas of Cocoa Island. These are designed to look like traditional dhoni boats.

Cocoa Island by COMO

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Cocoa Island by COMO

These eight dhoni boat villas actually don’t float. The memorable design outside houses a luxurious interior with all the modern amenities, including air conditioning and Wi-Fi.

Cocoa Island by COMO

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Cocoa Island by COMO

The dhoni suites are just a handful of the more than 30 overwater bungalows available off this island, many of them split-level suites.

Cocoa Island by COMO

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

One of the most popular photos we’ve ever run in Islands is an image of an underwater suite here at this luxury resort. But of course, the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has villas for overwater use too.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

After seeing the inside of this king deluxe water villa, it’s hard to imagine life back on the earth when you can sleep over the Indian Ocean.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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Anantara Dhigu Maldives

Close to the airport, this resort, with a total of 110 beach and overwater villas, is both intimate enough for a romantic getaway yet big enough to entertain a family.

Anantara Dhigu Maldives

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Gili Lankanfushi

The Crusoe Residences here have rocketed to the top of Islands editors' personal wish lists. Nearly all overwater bungalows in the Maldives, Bora Bora and beyond are attached by a walkway to the island. These Crusoe Residences are all alone out in the lagoon; you have to reach them by boat.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Picking your villa may be the hardest part of your vacation here. Who wouldn’t want a king spa water villa with a private treatment room?

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

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Gili Lankanfushi

Top to bottom, these Crusoe Residences are spectacular, from the rooftop sun deck to the mini wine cellar. And we haven’t even mentioned the Private Reserve.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

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Constance Halaveli Resort

Not all Maldives resorts welcome children. Some are geared more toward adults. But the Constance Halaveli Resort has a welcome balance, from a kids club to a high-end spa.

Constance Halaveli Resort

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Constance Halaveli Resort

Families have their own family beach villas, leaving the water villas with private decks and plunge pools for couples looking to escape on a quiet romantic getaway.

Constance Halaveli Resort

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Constance Halaveli Resort

The water villas are constructed of natural materials and have 24-hour room service available, so you never have to leave.

Constance Halaveli Resort

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Constance Halaveli Resort

It’s a subtle design touch, but many of the walls and edges of these water villas are curved, including that of the plunge pool.

Constance Halaveli Resort

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Kanuhura Maldives

While you may want to spend every minute in your overwater bungalow, the resort does have five Maldivian restaurants to choose from, plus the Moodhu Lounge for nightlife.

Kanuhura Maldives

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Kanuhura Maldives

The top-of-the-line, spacious Grand Water villas here at the resort live up to their name, with infinite Indian Ocean views and those stairs that beg you to step into liquid.

Kanuhura Maldives

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Kanuhura Maldives

If the interior of your water villa is lacking anything, you have a private host available around the clock.

Kanuhura Maldives

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Anantara Kihava Villas

An overwater stay here is otherworldly, but so is the underwater dining at the Sea.Fire.Salt.Sky restaurant.

Anantara Kihava Villas, Maldives

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Anantara Kihava Villas

The three-bedroom presidential villa is on the beach; otherwise the two-bedroom overwater pool residence is the prime villa here. Enjoy a personal overwater dining pavilion and personal butler, of course.

Anantara Kihava Villas, Maldives

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Lily Beach Resort & Spa

Does the word value belong alongside overwater bungalow? A Maldives trip isn’t exactly a cheap vacation. Yet Lily Beach has created an affordable-luxury concept that wraps a stay here in an all-inclusive package.

Lily Beach Resort & Spa

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Lily Beach Resort & Spa

This is one of our favorite photos to get a sense both of the view from the deck and the relaxation that awaits inside the villa. While Lily Beach pitches itself as “value,” these villas certainly have luxury amenities.

Lily Beach Resort & Spa

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Constance Moofushi Resort

Open since late 2010, this resort also features an all-inclusive vacation package, dubbed the Cristal package because it has so many first-class offerings.

Constance Moofushi Resort

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Constance Moofushi Resort

You have 56 regular water villas and 30 supersize “senior” water villas to choose from. But really, we shouldn’t call any overwater bungalow in the Maldives “regular.”

Constance Moofushi Resort

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One & Only Reethi Rah

Yes, this resort is on one of the biggest islands that comprise the Maldives, and yes, the authentic culture of these islands is interwoven throughout the resort. But after seeing this photo, all we can imagine is sitting under that umbrella.

One & Only Reethi Rah

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One & Only Reethi Rah

Gaze at this photo and let a new phrase enter your vacation vocabulary: wraparound overwater hammock.

One & Only Reethi Rah

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One & Only Reethi Rah

The Grand Water villas with pool have one of the coolest-looking private pools anywhere in the Maldives.

One & Only Reethi Rah

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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa

Few island beach resorts in the world give you this option: treehouse or overwater bungalow. Take your pick here.

Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa

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Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa

This could be you. This should be you.

Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa

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