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Best Water Villas in Maldives – Make the Most of your Vacation

Jetting off to the Maldives for a beach getaway? The sun, sea and sand are guaranteed but have you looked at all the accommodation options and decided which one is best for your dream holiday?

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5-star resorts in Maldives

5-star resorts in Maldives

If your vacation is all about indulging in the luxurious, look up 5-star resorts in Maldives. The best hotels on the islands have several unique world class restaurants serving a wide selection of cuisines. Many of these restaurants go beyond the food to offer guests a dining experience of a lifetime. The Maldives is also known for its luxury spas, many of which are within the hotels themselves and much like the restaurants, are placed in a memorable setting. Book yourself a completely private, stand alone over water villa that includes a spacious deck. Should you want to watch a sunset, while sipping a cocktail or eat dinner by candle light, you are free to do so without ever leaving your villa. This type of luxury accommodation will offer high-quality finishes, lavish amenities and an array of services. Resorts like Adaaran Prestige Water Villas and many others, even let guests enjoy a private Jacuzzi.

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Vacationing in the Maldives on a budget

Vacationing in the Maldives on a budget

It can be tricky as even the cheapest water villas can be more expensive than hotel rooms in other parts of the world. The more economical over water accommodation options are not stand alone, instead, you will find two or four separate self-contained rooms housed within one villa. You can also expect to find the glass floor panel that is typically expected of an over-water pavilion in the Maldives because even the budget options offer this feature that allows you to watch the fish swimming beneath your feet as you stand in your villa. To score the best room rates, travel during the low season, between May and November. For further reductions, aim for June or July and opt for an all-inclusive deal. Food and board rates together are better value for money, in some cases, you can even get alcohol bundled into your room rate.

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Best dive sites

Best dive sites

The Maldivian islands boast some of the best dive sites in the world and it is no surprise that almost every resort has a full diving programme. Several resorts have designed their water villas with diving enthusiasts in mind. Some even have spectacular house reefs that are visible from the rooms, a dream for divers, who can simply slip out of their over-water villa directly into the ocean below. If you wish to plan a diving excursion outside the island on which you are based, it will be an added expense. Remember to account for transfers to and from the hotel. As the islands are completely separate, you will need to travel by boat or plane. There is also the cost of transport to get to and from the only international airport, which is located in the capital, Male. The distance to the island on which your hotel is located, from Male, will also factor into the transfer cost.