Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can get you and your better half an unbelievably luxurious villa floating atop the clear, azure waters and reefs of magical Maldives. And that’s good enough, isn’t it? The world’s most romantic island paradise is home to over a hundred resorts, and quite a few of them offer water bungalows with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and direct access to private lagoons. But here is our pick of the very best among these:
One&Only Reethi Rah
Enjoy unparalleled ocean views from the private deck of water villas at One&Only Reethi Rah. High ceilings with wooden beams and beautiful interiors add to the tropical charm of the villas. Unique wrap-around hammocks fashioned from net hang over the water below the private deck, letting you feel as though you were in the ocean’s embrace. State of art amenities are contrasted by Balinese-style thatched roofs, and a short flight of stairs lead directly into the shimmering water.
Only at Soneva Jani will you find lavish water reserves that come with their own slides to propel you straight into the ocean! The villas wary in size from one to four bedrooms, and come with their private pools and wooden decks.Certainly, for couples, the one-bedroom villa is ideal, and comes with an open-air bathroom and stunning views of the starry sky by night. The two-bedroom villa has a retractable roof, while the four-bedroom villas feature personal gyms and wine cellars.
Various categories of water suites tempt you at COMO Maalifushi. Watch the dawn break over the Maldivian sky in the 1152 square feet water suites that come with their own private jetties. The larger water villas feature a sundeck, personal pool, and floor-to-ceiling windows that amaze you with oceanic views. With nearly double the space, the Maalifushi Water Villa feels like an over-water palace. But for the ultimate luxury experience, check yourself into a mega-sized COMO Villa with an infinity pool over the lagoon, and the services of a private butler.
Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Choose between Deluxe Water Villas and Sunset Water Suites at Lily Beach Resort & Spa. Both villas let you dine on your own personal deck, or relax with a drink in a sofa. A private infinity pool and flight of wooden stairs into the ocean complete the quintessentially Maldivian picture of luxury. Most noteworthy, the sunset water suite stands on wooden stilts, and features a Jacuzzi bath tub. An artistic glass floor sets the deluxe water villa a class apart.
Would you prefer to wake up to the splendour of dawn, or give yourself up to the magic of a private sunset view? At Anantara Dhigu, over-water suites offer you sweeping views of either one of nature’s biggest marvels. The 1388 square feet Anantara Over Water Pool Suite features marble and teak furnishings. Even more, an infinity pools at the ocean’s rim, and a roomy deck ideal for sunbathing and star-gazing.