I don't know about you, but a huge part of the Maldives' charm comes from the overwater villas in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
Living in Singapore has got me partly averse to crowd, so any place away from civilization is always a pleaser.
Why, having a private island all to yourself? Hell yeah!
As superficial as I may sound, I was looking forward to ambling along the spine jetties of these Maldives luxury hotels, having the salty air between my hair and my dress dancing to the wind.
As you browse through the list of resorts in the Maldives that I've listed below, you'll find that not all resorts have exorbitant rates - you may still get a chance to stay in an overwater villa or a beach villa without having to pay $1000 a night, depending on where you look.
If you are looking for a way to travel on a budget in Maldives, it's possible! You just have to stay on a local island, like Maafushi, and that was exactly what my boyfriend and I did when we were there in January.
While most of the Maldives' resorts attract honeymooners, there is also a surprising number of travellers that come here for a family vacation.
No matter where you stay, the views will still be wondrous, and the underwater life spectacular. Even if you aren't too keen on diving, don't miss out on snorkelling. Most hotels, not to mention resorts, provide snorkelling gear at no cost to you.
The prices of rooms per night that I've listed below act as a reference point and are calculated based on off peak periods.
Travel tip: travel during off peak periods!
That's when you can make the most of the Maldives' hotel deals. Prices can be slashed by up to half! Find out when the off peak periods are.
17 of some of the Dreamiest Maldives Resorts and Overwater Villas!
1. aaaVeee Nature's Paradise
Dhoores, 20220 Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives
Prices from USD618 on Agoda and USD302 on Booking.com
2. Amari Havodda Maldives
P.O. Box 2110, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives, 17060
Prices from USD770 on Agoda and USD440 on Booking.com
3. Amilla Beach Villa Residences
Amilla Fushi, Baa Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives, 2123
Prices from USD1792 on Agoda and USD1450 on Booking.com
4. Angsana Ihuru Resort
Ihuru, North Male Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives
Prices from USD743 on Agoda and USD531 on Booking.com
5. Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru Resort
Vabbinfaru Island, North Male Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives
Prices from USD1228 on Agoda and USD833 on Booking.com
6. Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa
Centara Grand Island, South Ari Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives
7. Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives
North Male Atoll, North Male Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives
8. Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives
Meemu Atoll, Meemu Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives
Prices from USD536 on Agoda and USD387 on Booking.com
9. COMO Cocoa Island
Read: Hotel Review: COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives
Cocoa Island, South Male Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives
Prices from USD1143 on Agoda and USD810 on Booking.com
10. Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon
North Ari Atoll, Alifu Alifu Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives
11. Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort
South Male' Atoll, South Male Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives
Prices from USD305 on Agoda and USD169 on Booking.com
12. Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort
Read: Hotel Review: Outrigger Konotta Maldives
Konotta, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives
13. Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Read: Hotel Review - Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Gaafu Alifu (North Huvadhdhoo) Atoll, Huvadhoo Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives
Prices from USD1313 on Agoda and USD718 on Booking.com
14. Sun Aqua Vilu Reef
South Nilandhe Atoll, Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives, 13100
Prices from USD513 on Agoda and USD350 on Booking.com
15. Taj Exotica Resort & Spa
Read: Hotel Review: Taj Exotica Resort and Spa
20117, South Male Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives
Prices from USD700 on Booking.com and USD980 on HotelsCombined
16. The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Luxury Resort
2036, Noonu Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives Read:Sun Island Resort and Spa - Maldives, A paradise in true sense
17. Vakarufalhi Island Resort
Ari Atoll, South Ari Atoll, Maldives Islands, Maldives, 20187
I know, these hotels are nice to dream of living, but let's be realistic. Most of us would love to visit the Maldives, but spend within a budget and live in more affordable hotels. Try some of these latest hotel deals out:
Prices are accurate as of 15 Mar 2017.
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