The most luxurious overwater villas in the Maldives

Dive straight into the dreamy world of Tiffany blue lagoons, palm-fringed beaches, and the most extravagant overwater villas!

Turquoise lagoons fringed with swaying farms, house reefs teeming with corals and elusive marine creatures, and secluded white sands baked under the sun — there are several reasons why a Maldivian vacation can never go out of fashion. Add to it far-flung stilted luxury bungalows lapped by crystal clear waters. Here’s a rundown of the most luxurious overwater villas in the Maldivian archipelago where you can experience the island living in true sense.

8 most luxurious overwater villas in the Maldives

LUX* South Ari Atoll

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The Presidential Suite. Image: Courtesy LUX* South Ari Atoll.

Ever dreamed about living a–lavish–Robinson Crusoe life on a faraway tropical island? Arrive at this LUX* resort in the South Ari Atoll to live in villas stilted over the warm Maldivian waters and done with whitewashed walls, light and airy spaces with bursts of colour, and tropical foliage. Pick from a Romantic Pool Water Villa or Family Lagoon Pavilion to make the most of your vacation with loved ones. Or book the Presidential Suite that is located at the tip of the jetty and comes with a butler, private buggy service, premium bicycles and a selection of wine and spirits. Enjoy unobstructed views, secluded relaxation, and a front-row seat overlooking the sunsets from your own infinity pool. Thatched roofs, white-washed wood, floor-to-ceiling glass panes, see-through glass floors, and a staircase leading you directly into the ocean together create a stylish ocean heaven. Check it out here.

Soneva Jani

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The Four Bedroom Water Retreat with Slide. Image: Courtesy Soneva Jani.

Talking of Robinson Crusoe-style resort, Soneva Jani is your best bet for living the ultimate Maldivian dream. Expect white-washed wood, muted tones with splashes of purple and green, a dining area with multiple levels of seating, four-room spa, the kid’s centre, the gym, a private tasting room, and the gift shop. The 25 ultra-luxe overwater villas come in seven categories with private pools, decks, and state-of-the-art amenities. The Four Bedroom Water Retreat with Slide here is 1,280 square metres of uber luxury featuring uninterrupted views, personal gym, outdoor shower, bath with private access to the lagoon, TV lounge, pantry, minibar, in-villa wine vault, as well as a water slide into the lagoon below! Check it out here.

Cheval Blanc Randheli

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The Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island. Image: Courtesy Cheval Blanc Randheli.

Nestled in the unspoilt Noonu Atoll, Cheval Blanc Randheli is a hushed elegant haven designed by the legend Jean-Michel Gathy. Pick from 45 tasteful villas with artistic details and thatched, cathedral-like roofs, each featuring a sleek pool, hammock, loungers, and a huge daybed. From a dedicated majordomo (butler) to look after all your whims and fancies, bespoke wellness sessions to diving expeditions, dolphin cruises, and water sports — prepare to be pampered to no end. If you wish to go over the top, plump for the Cheval Blanc Randheli Private Island, a four-bedroom villa sprawling across one hectare, accessible from a private berth and jetty. Experience lush, modern island living with exceptional living spaces, grand bathrooms, terraces, tropical gardens, private beaches, an al-fresco dining pergola, spa room, screening room, meditation pavilions, a dedicated team of Ambassadeurs, and a vibrant array of tailored services and amenities. Check it out here.

JOALI Maldives

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Three-Bedroom Ocean Residence. Image: Courtesy JOALI Maldives.

JOALI stands as a cool, classy island paradise in Muravandhoo, sophisticated enough for relaxing getaways as well as sensuous enough for all your hedonistic vacation plans. Your very own Jadugar or butler will look after all your needs, while facilities like dive centre, giant pool, sea bobs, kayaks, and more ensure there’s never a dull moment. All 73 villas in six categories are enormous with lots of open spaces, outdoor showers, traditional thatched roofs, sea views, an infinity pool, and curated original artwork. Book the three-bedroom Ocean Residence. Extending across 400 sqm, this expansive accommodation comes with two infinity pools, three bedrooms, and two living rooms. The private spa treatment room overlooks the waves and outdoor rain shower and sunset decks let you take in the serenity. Check it out here.

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

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Raffles Royal Residence. Image: Courtesy Raffles Maldives Meradhoo.

Raffles reimagined its iconic Singaporean luxury in Meradhoo in its own unique style, adding a breath of fresh air to the otherwise homogenous Maldivian resorts. Think breezy verandahs, monsoon blinds, louvre windows surrounded by crystalline Indian Ocean waters, platinum sands, and unspoilt house reefs. Over 20 resident hawksbill turtles have been identified as living around the island! Stay at the overwater retreat with a range of villas and leisure facilities tucked away from the main island. Raffles Royal Residence sits comfortably over 1,700 square metres and is a three-bedroom villa expandable up to six bedrooms. Enjoy a dip in the 40-metre pool,  private boat trips, hearty feet-in-the-sand meals under the shimmer of flickering lights at barbecue restaurant The Firepit, or indulgent treatments at the resort’s overwater spa. Check it out here.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi

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Three Bedroom Water Sunset Villa. Image: Courtesy Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi.

Tucked within the Shaviyani Atoll, the ‘secret water island’ of Sirru Fen Fushi is home to Fairmont’s chic resort boasting 120 villas in jungle, beach, and overwater settings. The luxury accommodations here are a seamless blend of understated Maldivian milieu with champagne woods, coral-inspired rugs, bamboo glass chandeliers, high-vaulted ceilings, macrame finishes, and upholstered furniture. Marinate in luxury in your Three Bedroom Water Sunset Villa featuring a decadent over-sized copper bath tub, private raised sand deck with direct access to the lagoon, private sala, 73-sqm plunge pool, en-suite private bathrooms with double vanities, wine fridge, Bose Hi-Fi system, and California King-size beds. Check it out here.

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

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John Jacob Astor Estate. Image: Courtesy The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort.

No one does luxury like The St. Regis, and the far-flung tropical island resort on Dhaalu Atoll proves the same. A breathtaking organic design flows through the resort with sensational elements like the Whale Bar, the conch shell-shaped boutique, to the lobster-shaped spa with six overwater treatment spaces. There are 77 villas offering unparalleled hospitality and eco-friendly design aesthetics. Relax and reinvigorate your spirit in one of the 44 overwater villas, featuring a state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen BeoVision entertainment system, a sparkling plunge pool and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. We are a fan of the overwater John Jacob Astor Estate, in particular, featuring three bedrooms and a furnished terrace with a 92-square-meter private pool framed by a plush daybed, sofas, and sun loungers. The marble bathroom with double vanities and an embedded TV, a spa room, a rainforest shower enclosed by glass doors, dedicated butler service, and Remède bath amenities ensure unparalleled pampering. Check it out here.

Gili Lankanfushi

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The Private Reserve. Image: Courtesy Gili Lankanfushi.

Arrive on the shores of barefoot luxury at Gili Lankanfushi. Think 45 rustic palm-thatched wooden overwater villas floating against a backdrop of limpid sea, silky white-sand beaches, and tropical verdurous surroundings. A Robinson Crusoe-theme runs through it and the eco-friendly ethos instantly win you over. Plastic is banned, food waste is composted, other materials are re-cycled, and organic toiletries come in earthenware containers. Leave your phones and footwear in the room, and enjoy snorkelling trips, bamboo bikes, yoga, cooking classes, films in the open-air ‘Jungle Cinema’, treatments at Meera spa, and an ocean-side swimming pool. The resort also flaunts the largest overwater villa in the Maldives: the Private Reserve, set on its own island. Sprawled across multi-tiered levels, it features a collection of open-plan living and dining spaces, master suites and guest bedrooms, an infinity pool, spacious sundecks, couple’s spa pavilion with sauna and steam options, air-conditioned gymnasium, cinema, bar, and a water slide. Check it out here.

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