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Our Top Picks for Overwater Villa Escapes

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Lou Fox

Sun, Sand, and Turquoise Waters Await...

A tropical idyll of dazzling beaches, swaying palms and gorgeous turquoise lagoons, the Maldives is a welcoming nation made up of inspiring islands and the finest luxury hotels. A luxury holiday to the Maldives with Elegant Resorts offers impressive beaches, superb sunshine and the warmest of welcomes. It is the perfect destination for a honeymoon, a holiday with friends to reconnect, a luxury scuba-diving experience, or simply as an escape from the stresses of everyday life. Whether you're planning ahead or ready to fly right now, we're here to help craft your perfect luxury overwater escape.
At Elegant Resorts we think about the finer details and our experts have carefully selected this collection of super-stylish and ultra-luxurious overwater abodes that offer space in abundance, as well as the finest home-comforts, modern facilities to rival any resort, and some of the world's most magical surroundings. So, when you're planning your next luxury holiday, look no further than one of these utterly unmatchable luxury overwater villas.

Jumeirah Maldives

The One For Activities

Located in the North Malé Atoll, this heavenly hideaway boasts just 67 luxury villas, all with uninterrupted views of the turquoise Indian Ocean, private infinity pools, and spacious rooftops - perfect for stargazing, your sunrise yoga routine or a family cinema night under the starry sky. Take in this tropical playground with your loved ones whilst enjoying a signature treatment in the luxurious overwater Talise Spa or dining in one of the unforgettable eateries. Snorkel amongst magical marine life in the house reefs, try something new with the comprehensive range of activities, or simply just be at peace in paradise in your overwater retreat. Once you arrive at Jumeriah Maldives, you'll never want to leave.
Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island
Talise Spa
White Sand Beach
One Bedroom Water Villas

Como Cocoa Island

The One For Relaxation

Surrounded by crystal-clear waters and beautiful coral reefs teeming with colourful tropical fish and marine life, COMO Cocoa Island is an ultra-fashionable resort on a private South Atoll island boasting relaxing overwater luxury. Each of the resort's 22 overwater suites and villas feature direct lagoon access and stunning designs inspired by the local 'dhoni' fishing boats, and the resort itself boasts one of the only hydrotherapy pools in the Maldives along with three soothing treatment rooms where guests can enjoy the opportunity to relax, either on a massage table or on a daybed on the beach under the warm sun.
Sandbank Picnic
Cocoa Water Villa
COMO Shambhala Retreat
Yoga Pavilion

COMO Maalifushi

The One For Marine Adventures

Looking for the ultimate place for a marine adventure? Look no further than COMO Maalifushi, the second opening in the Maldives for this super-stylish hotel brand. Enjoy your time in a luxury overwater haven with its own secluded jetty and with a bounty of amenities and facilities, guests can simply relax in luxurious comfort or indulge in a wealth of new experiences - from starting the day with a complimentary yoga class or non-motorised watersport, to an afternoon spent exploring the turquoise waters of the Thaa Atoll, one of the world's top Scuba Diving areas. There is plenty to discover at this fabulous Maldivian hideaway and you're sure to love it!
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Maalifushi Water Villa
Devil's Cave Dive Site

JOALI Maldives

The One For Wellness

With a commitment to sustainability, soft white sands promising barefoot luxury, and stunning villas suspended over the turquoise waters of the northern Maldivian Raa Atoll, the stylish and sophisticated JOALI Maldives offers a unique stay in paradise. Guests can enjoy a visit to the JOALI Spa by ESPA which channels the resort's serenity and offers bespoke wellness therapies, participate in the complimentary daily fitness and yoga classes, or dine on delicious and thoughtfully curated cuisine from the six restaurants and bars - ranging from stylish Japanese cuisine and artisanal ice cream, to local recipes prepared by you alongside an expert chef.
Water Villa with Pool Terrace
Three Bedroom Ocean Residence with 2 Pools

Huvafen Fushi

The One For Dining

A multi-award-winning secret haven on North Malé Atoll, Huvafen Fushi promises pure escapism in a truly breathtaking setting. At this luxurious retreat, forty-four spacious and contemporary bungalows and pavilions boast their own 24-hour 'Thakuru' butler service, luxury facilities, and uninterrupted views of the ocean sunsets. With the world's first - and only - underwater massage treatment rooms, guests can surrender to underwater bliss at Huvafen Spa, enjoy the wealth of marine activities, or enjoy world-class dining at the unique dining destinations. Tantalise your taste buds at the overwater 'Raw' restaurant, enjoy a casual beachside bite at 'Forno', or experience a treasure trove of rare vintages at 'Vinum', the Maldives' first underground wine cellar.
Overwater Accommodation Aerial
Destination Dining
Ocean Bungalow with Pool
Vinum Private Dinner

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

The One For Once-In-A-Lifetime

The paradisiacal hideaway of Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru is a world away from reality, epitomised by the breathtaking scenic seaplane transfer to the resort which is located in the remote Baa Atoll UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. In this beautiful and idyllic setting, you'll find luxury, seclusion and wild natural beauty co-existing in perfect harmony with over 100 stunning beachside and overwater accommodations and four pools. Discover once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the Marine Discovery Centre, swim with the largest known population of manta rays alongside the team working tirelessly to protect them, take to the ocean with unique watersports, enjoy delicious food from two Michelin-starred chef Gaetano Trovato, or enjoy individual and shared experiences designed to nurture care for ourselves, others, and the entire planet at AyurMa Spa
Three Bedroom Water Suite
Turtle Rehabilitation
Water Villa with pool Subset/sunrise

Soneva Jani

The One For Families

Located amid the Medhufaru lagoon in the Noonu Atoll, Soneva Jani is the perfect place for a luxury tropical escape with a 'no shoes, no news' lifestyle and focus on sustainable stays. A heavenly hideaway where guests can unwind in one of the 54 overwater villas and enjoy the room's natural tones whilst relaxing under the stars with the retractable roof in the master suites or sliding into the turquoise waters below with waterslides directly from the property. Young guests can let their imaginations go wild at the dedicated Mini Den, explore the beautiful island with a range of activities, or visit the devoted ice cream or chocolate rooms! Create memories that the whole family won't ever forget with everything on offer at Soneva Jani!
1 Bedroom Water Reserve with Slide
Cinema Paradiso and Director's Cut
Fun for the whole family
Water Retreat Slide


The One For Beach Bliss

Promising an all-inclusive Maldives holiday filled with unforgettable adventures and laid-back yet ultra-luxe living, OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI is a true tropical paradise. Perfect for both a romantic retreat and holiday with the entire family, this private island resort offers a collection of stunning villas and reserves, located either on the white-sand beach or above the crystal-clear lagoon. The resort boasts world-class facilities and a private beach of powdered, dazzling white sands and unimaginably clear waters, ideal for relaxing on a luxurious lounger with a good book, trying out the wonderful array of the complimentary non-motorised watersports available, or heading beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean with an unforgettable semi-submarine adventure.
Private Ocean RESERVE
Private Ocean RESERVE
Vow Renewal on the Beach

Lou Fox

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Ready with a guidebook and my camera, I've been lucky enough to travel all over the world. From learning to dive in Egypt, traversing the theatres and museums in NYC, to volunteering in a small village in rural Uganda, I'm passionate about exploring the planet and writing about what the world has to offer.