What could be more special than kicking back and relaxing to a perma-soundtrack of the sea? The best overwater accommodation offer sun, swimming and spectacular views; here are a few of our favourites
The world’s best overwater accommodation
OCEAN RESIDENCE AT MILAIDHOO ISLAND, MALDIVES
Milaidhoo Island’s recently launched Ocean Residence and Beach Residences make it one of the most sought-after and luxurious resorts in the Maldives. Those looking to impress can opt for the 380 sqm Ocean Residence which comes complete with a private sundeck, swing chair, freshwater infinity swimming pool and steps straight into the sea. Guests of the Milaidhoo Residences receive a number of benefits including a 24-hour butler, champagne on arrival, a chef to personalise all meals, a pop-up cinema experience on the deck of their villa, a private half-day boat excursion during their stay and lots more.
Starting price for the Ocean Residence at Milaidhoo is $4,693 per night on a half board basis and including and taxes. For more visit: milaidhoo.com
OVERWATER BUNGALOWS AT BAWAH RESERVE, INDONESIA
Accessible by private seaplane, Bawah Reserve is an off-the-beaten-track group of six tropical islands in the Riau Archipelago, Indonesia. The eco-resort opened in July 2017 and combines high-end design with sustainability and a “back-to-nature” concept. With just 25 suites and bungalows, the exclusive resort offers an all-inclusive private island experience in an undiscovered and diverse part of Indonesia. Water-lovers can choose to stay in one of the reserve’s 11 intimate Overwater Suites, each complete with stylish recycled wooden interiors an private sundeck overlooking the lagoon with steps leading straight into the sea.
Rates at Bawah Reserve start from $1,980 USD per night on a full board basis. For more information visit: bawahisland.com
Baros Maldives is situated in the central southern part of the North Malé Atoll, just 25 minutes by speedboat from the international airport. The resort continues to set the benchmark for a romantic, luxury holiday and remains a pioneer in conversation in the Maldives. There are 75 premium private villas on the island, a few of which are spectacular Water Pool Villas. All come complete with a turquoise plunge pool which blends with the lagoon by day and lights up by night. The villas include teak floors, luxurious furniture, a private library and a selection of indoor games. Guests can explore Baros’ three restaurants, two bars, spa, Dive Centre and house reef thanks to the resort’s Driver Valet Service.
Rates at Baros Maldives start from $675 (approx. £464) in a Deluxe Villa on a B&B basis. For more information please visit: baros.com
TAJ EXOTICA RESORT & SPA, MALDIVES
Taj Exotica & Spa, Maldives is spread across Emboodhu Finolhu Island, set in the middle of one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. Guests can choose from 64 lavish sea-view villas and suites, opulent in design, whilst maintaining a fine balance with nature. Their award-winning presidential suite is, arguably, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Guests can lounge by the infinity pool or on their private beach, laze in a hammock, stargaze, indulge at the Jiva Spa, go on a wildlife-spotting walk, or savour some of the finest culinary delights.
Rates at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives start from $850 (approx. £632) per night. For more please visit: tajhotels.com