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Top 10 budget water villas in Maldives

Even the most budget water villas in the Maldives are relatively expensive by most of the standards. They start at around US$200 per night (even lower in June and July), and the cheapest of them are based on all-inclusive (alcohol including) plans, so they offer better value that it might first seem.

However, you’ll need to spend at least a bit more to get a stand-alone water villa set over a crystal clear lagoon. So here we came up with a list of the chepest Water Villas for upcoming Summer 2018 (up to 30 Sep 2018).

Reethi Beach Resort

Reethi Beach Resort on a map

Price range: 286 – 495USD/night on breakfast basis

Transfer: 30 min domestic flight journey + 20 min speedboat from Velana Airport.

Package: 5N6D, Water Villa, half board (special free upgrade) transfer by domestic flight, all taxes, for 2 people from 1967USD

Medium-sized Reethi Beach Resort is usually one of the more affordable Maldives private-island resorts for overwater rooms. The resort feature 30 semi-detached water villas.

These villas give you the ability to have your own part of the sea for snorkelling without having to leave your things unattended on the beach. You can simply go out for a swim whenever you want to via the balcony. The only problem with the Reethi water villa is that the bathrooms are at the back of the bedroom and it means that to get to the bathroom after swimming means walking wet through the bedroom and leaving a trail of water and sand in the bedroom which can be quite slippery and messy.

Some point out that this is an older resort (for the Maldives) and that things are a bit more worn out than they are at most of the newer ones, while others understand that this is to be expected in this price range for a private-island Maldives resort.

Sun Island Resort and Spa

Sun Island Resort on  map

Price range: 290 – 416USD/night on half board basis

Transfer: 30 min domestic flight journey + 5 min speedboat from Velana Airport.

Package: 5N6D, Water Bungalow, full board (special free upgrade from half board) transfer by domestic flight, all taxes, for 2 people from 1150USD

These water bungalows truly embrace the island atmosphere of Sun Island Resort & SPA which has a very relaxed vibe.
Sun Island Resort and Spa feature 68 water bungalows set on stilts above the tranquil turquoise lagoon. Large and richly furnished, these exclusive accommodations are accessed by a wooden jetty, creating the sense of a secluded hideaway apart from the rest of the resort. Take a look over the vast horizon from your personal sundeck, which offers either sunrise or sunset views.

The villas are divided in the blocks of two rooms and each has their own private veranda above the turquoise lagoon below. Whilst the water villas are luxurious and boast private access to the sea, they are quite some distance from the beach. Providing a truly unique approach to island living, overwater bungalows offer the world’s most remarkable lodging experience.

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Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon

Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon on a map

Price range: 408 – 496USD/night on half board basis

Transfer: 70 min speedboat from Velana Airport.

Package: 5N6D, Water Bungalow, full board (special free upgrade from half board), transfer by speedboat, all taxes, for 2 people from 2364USD

One of the larger private-island resorts Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon Resort (formerly known as Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo Malidves) is a solid choice for those seeking an affordable 4-star hotel in Maldives.

The resort features 24 overwater bungalows The water bungalows at this resort are semi-detached, so it’s not exactly like the lone hut-on-stilts rooms at most other resorts in the area. Anyway, this is definitely a great opportunity for friends and families traveling in a big company.

Thulhagiri Island Resort

Thulhagiri Island Resort on a map

Price range: 302 – 396USD/night on half board basis

Transfer: 25 min speedboat from Velana Airport.

Package: 5N6D, Water Bungalow, half board, transfer by speedboat, all taxes, for 2 people from 1835USD

Small and simple island not far north of the International airport Thulhagiri Island Resort features 34 water bungalows. Its services put it somewhere between a 3-star and 4-star resort, and it’s really best suited to those looking for a simple private-island hotel.

They are also said to be one of the cheapest Maldives water villas with see-trough glass floors. The glassbottom table in the bedroom enable you to see fish during the day, and at night when you turn on the spotlight located under the bungalow.

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Fihalhohi Island Resort

Fihalhohi Island Resort on a map

Price range: 360 – 395USD/night on half board basis

Transfer: 40 min speedboat from Velana Airport.

Package: 5N6D, Water Bungalow, half board, transfer by speedboat, all taxes, for 2 people from 2205USD

Fihalhohi island is small and simple yet private and calm. This is an ideal place for those looking to relax.
When in Maldives, water villa is totally worth the extra expense. Making an amazing place for honeymooners it’s a very special accommodation with wonderful natural views offering gorgeous sunrise or sunset views.

Water Villa rooms at Fihalhohi Island Resort feature private sundecks looking out over the sea with direct access to the crystal blue lagoon in an instant is truly a world of its own one can simply not miss.

Water villas are spacious and cozy with a constant breeze, so that it is never too hot. These water villas are the quintessence of paradise if paradise really exists on this earth.

Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives

Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives on a map

Price range: 445 – 474USD/night on half board basis

Transfer: 20 min speedboat from Velana Airport.

Package: 5N6D, Water Bungalow, full board (special free upgrade from half board), transfer by speedboat, all taxes, for 2 people from 2339USD

Total rooms/suites: 115

One of the largest resorts in the Maldives, the Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives Resort feature 55 water villas which are all very spacy and comfortable.

In this price range this resort seems like an excellent value, with a long list of daytime activities and very good nightlife as well. Those who prefer quiet at night will be able to find better choices in the Maldives, but those who like to live it up a bit should find this resort quite appealing.

Overwater accommodation options include Water Bungalows, which have a peaceful location in a shallow lagoon, and the premium newly renovated Overwater Suites, which have direct access to the ocean and are slightly more pricey.
The thatched-roof, timber bungalows are built over the lagoon, with crystal clear water underneath. Each bungalow has a private balcony, where you can enjoy cool sea breezes and uninterrupted ocean views.

Nika Island Resort

Nika Island Resort on a map

Price range: 474 – 905USD/night on full board basis

Transfer: 20 min seaplane from Velana Airport.

Package: 5N6D, Water Bungalow, full board, transfer by seaplane, all taxes, for 2 people from 3015USD

All-inclusive Nika Island Resort is one of the earliest and one of the smallest private-island resorts in the Maldives.
It features only 10 Water Villas on an island surrounded by a stunning house reef, luxurious vegetation and all enhanced by its friendly staff who will make you feel right at home.

Water Villas sit on wooden stilts stretching on the North-East side of the island. Each room has private sundeck and steps that lead down into the water. These villas offer their guests direct access to the lagoon.

The uniqueness of these Water Villas is in their 3 split levels sundecks : the first and lowest just kisses the sea, the second one is a deck with wide terrace and deckchairs with white sand and the third is the one on the roof.

The resort is run by Italians and most popular with Italian guests so staying there would be a good chance to practice that language and get more familiar with its food. The island is small and simple, which is ideal for some but not for everyone.

Paradise Island Resort and Spa

Paradise Island Resort and Spa on a map

Price range: 558 – 995USD/night on breakfast basis

Transfer: 20 min speedboat from Velana Airport.

Package: 5N6D, Water Villa, breakfast, transfer by speedboat, all taxes, for 2 people from 2643USD

Paradise Island Resort features exceptional 40 semi-detached Water Villas. These are the ultimate accommodation in comfort, leisure and price value. These magnificent Water villas are bright, spacious, and luxuriously appointed.

Every water bungalow features its own staircase leading into the crystal clear lagoon below – perfect for swimming or a snorkeling adventure. Spend your days relaxing only a few feet above the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, soaking up the sun from your private chaise while getting pampered by the attentive staff.

The water villas in particular are ideal for honeymoons and anniversary trips, but the main part of the island tends to cater to large groups so it might not be ideal for a couples retreat. There a huge list of activities available and quite a few dining possibilities, so this is a good choice for those seeking an active Maldives holiday on a budget.

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Olhuveli Beach and Spa Resort (editor’s choice!)

Olhuveli Beach and Spa Resort on a map

Price range: 474 – 773USD/night on all inclusive basis

Transfer: 50 min speedboat from Velana Airport.

Package: 5N6D, Deluxe Water Villa, all inclusive, transfer by speedboat, all taxes, for 2 people from 2760USD

The lovely Maldivian style water villas are perched over the clear blue lagoon with inspiring views over the Indian Ocean. The resort features 21 deluxe villas with your private sun deck and sun loungers. The design incorporates classic natural materials combined with contemporary chic.

The stairs from your personal private deck lead directly into the warm lagoon: refreshing swim is just stepped away. This is a medium-sized resort which is ideal for families, couples and singles alike.

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Adaaran Club Rannalhi

Adaaran Club Rannalhi on a map

Price range: 482 – 502USD/night on all inclusive basis

Transfer: 40 min speedboat from Velana Airport.

Package: 5N6D, Water Villa, all inclusive, transfer by speedboat, all taxes, for 2 people from 2835USD

Adaaran Club Rannalhi Resort offers excellent value with its all-inclusive plans, plus other options to suit guests who prefer to go at least a bit a la carte. The resort offers 16 water bungalows. Certain Bungalows are of a duplex style, with 2 rooms on the ground floor and 2 rooms on the upper floor.

Rooms here feature fun amenities like a private deck and a ocean viewing glass floor cutout, that allows you viewing access of the sea below without having to put your bathing suit on (in most or the rooms).

The house reef here gets high marks so the snorkeling and scuba diving are quite good. In the modest price range this is a good option, with very good online special rates all year long.

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