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If budget is no issue, what are the very best over water villas?

We are asked this question every day! Below is a collection of the 7 best over water villas in the Maldives. From the largest over water villa in the World (15,000 sq. ft), to huge glass cut-outs in the floors, to built-in wine cellars, to private pools, to spa treatment pavilions, to some of the most luxurious furnishings; these villas are some of the finest anywhere in the World.

The villas are not listed in any specific order. We found it too difficult to try and rank them as each of the villas have aspects, features, and styles that appeal to different people. One of the villas is a 3-bedroom villa, four of the villas are 2-bedroom villas, and two are 1-bedroom villas. We are not judging resorts here, just the most amazing over water villas!

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi – Ocean Sanctuary Sunset with Pool
Number of bedrooms: 2
Size: 3,659 sq. ft. / 340 sq. m.
Average nightly rate: $5,000-$6,000 per night. More expensive during peak travel periods.
Why we like it: The most luxurious villa at what is probably the best resort in the Maldives. A 12 ft. wide bed, a pool on the deck, separate living room, dining area, stunning bathrooms, and floor to ceiling windows with amazing views! The Ocean Sanctuary Sunset is located on the Ocean Pearl, which is the over water section of the resort set a half mile out in its own lagoon.

Living Room

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives - Ocean Sanctuary Villa Living Room

Master Bedroom

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives - Ocean Sanctuary Villa Master Bedroom

Bathroom

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives - Ocean Sanctuary Villa Bathroom

Shower

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives - Ocean Sanctuary Villa Shower

Pool and View

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives - Ocean Sanctuary Villa Pool and Deck


Huvafen Fushi – Ocean Pavilion with Pool

Number of bedrooms: 2
Size: 3,550 sq. ft. / 330 sq. m.
Average nightly rate: $4,650 to $5,800 per night. More expensive during peak travel periods.
Why we like it: Modern, contemporary villa with a fiber-optic-lit pool that goes from inside the living room to outside on the deck. It’s very cool!

Aerial View
Huvafen Fushi Maldives - Ocean Pavilion

Living Room with Pool
Huvafen Fushi Maldives - Ocean Pavilion Living Room

Living Room Pool
Huvafen Fushi Maldives - Ocean Pavilion Living Room

Deck with the pool and Jacuzzi
Huvafen Fushi Maldives - Ocean Pavilion Deck

Part of the Master Bedroom and Bathroom
Huvafen Fushi Maldives - Ocean Pavilion Master Bedroom


Soneva Gili – The Private Reserve

Number of bedrooms: 3
Size: 15,000 sq. ft. / 1,400 sq. m. – Largest Over Water Villa in the World.
Average nightly rate: $6,250 to $13,000 depending on the time of year and what is included in the rate. The Private Reserve does have a long stay guest that has rented out the villa for a good portion of the last couple years! The lucky few who can get a booking, really love it!
Why we like it: 15,000 sq. ft. is just massive! There is nothing else quite like it in the World. It is 2-storys and has everything from a movie theater room with a glass cut-out in the floor, to its own spa treatment room and gym, to a dining room, to a huge living area, to a slide on the second floor that leads right into the lagoon! The Private Reserve even has a room for its butler, who lives on The Private Reserve.

Aerial View

Soneva Gili Maldives - The Private Reserve

Aerial View

Soneva Gili Maldives - The Private Reserve

Living Room Area

Soneva Gili Maldives - The Private Reserve Living Room

Bathtub and glass-enclosed shower

Soneva Gili Maldives - The Private Reserve Bathroom

Spa treatment room

Soneva Gili Maldives - The Private Reserve Spa Treatment room

Water Slide

Soneva Gili Maldives - The Private Reserve Water Slide


Anantara Kihavah Villas – Two Bedroom Over Water Pool Residence

Number of bedrooms: 2
Size: 9,267 sq. ft. / 861 sq. m.
Average nightly rate: $6,100 to $7,475 depending on the time of year.
Why we like it: 2 large bedrooms with a huge living room. The pool is one of the largest pools in an over water villa in the World. It’s located at the end of the Jetty and has great views.

Pool – In front of the living room structure
Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives - Over Water Pool Residence

Outdoor treatment area and view
Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives - Over Water Pool Residence Outdoor Treatment Area

Living Room and Dining areas
Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives - Over Water Pool Residence Living Room

Glass bottom bathtub
Anantara Kihavah Villas Maldives - Over Water Pool Residence Glass Bottom Bathtub


Shangri-La Villingili – Villa Muthee with Pool

Number of bedrooms: 1
Size: 6,135 sq. ft. / 570 sq. m. including deck area
Average nightly rate: $5,700 to $8,200 per night. More expensive during peak travel periods.
Why we like it: The largest one-bedroom over water villa in the Maldives. Villa Muthee includes a spacious bedroom, large living room area, huge pool, an area for spa treatments, and even a walk-in closet.

Pool area

Shangri-La Villingili - Villa Muthee

Bedroom

Shangri-La Villingili - Villa Muthee Bedroom

Bathroom

Shangri-La Villingili - Villa Muthee Bathroom

Infinity Pool

Shangri-La Villingili - Villa Muthee Infinity Pool

Access to the lagoon
Shangri-La Villingili - Villa Muthee Lagoon Access


W Retreat – Ocean Haven with Pool

Number of bedrooms: 2
Size: 5,295 sq. ft. / 492 sq. ft. including deck area
Average nightly rate: $8,700 to $10,000 depending on the time of year.
Why we like it: Large glass cut-outs in the floor. Very cool, modern vibe. Large deck area. Not necessarily the best value for money on the list, but this list really isn’t about value!

Living room
W Retreat - Ocean Haven Living Room

Living Room
W Retreat - Ocean Haven Living Room

Pool and Deck
W Retreat - Ocean Haven Pool and Deck

More deck area with a view of the Master Bedroom
W Retreat - Ocean Haven Deck


Jumeirah Dhevanafushi – Ocean Revive Sunset with Pool

Number of bedrooms: 1
Size: 2,906 sq. ft. / 270 sq. ft.
Average nightly rate: $3,846 to $5,200 per night. More expensive during peak periods.
Why we like it: Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is the only resort with 2 different villa types to make our list (see the Ocean Sanctuary Sunset above). This is the most luxurious 1-bedroom over water villa in Maldives. Huge 12 ft. wide beds, large pool, spacious bathroom, floor to ceiling windows, and amazing views.

View of the Ocean Revive Sunset
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives - Ocean Revive

Living Room
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives - Ocean Revive Living Room

Bedroom
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives - Ocean Revive Bedroom

Bathroom
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives - Ocean Revive Bathroom

Shower
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives - Ocean Revive Shower

Deck and Pool
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives - Ocean Revive Deck

Over water Hammocks
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives - Ocean Revive Hammock

Deck and View
Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Maldives - Ocean Revive Deck

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