Sleeping in an Over Water Villa: The Most Relaxing Place You’ll Ever Sleep

Sleeping in an Over Water Villa: The Most Relaxing Place You’ll Ever Sleep

One of the main reasons people want to travel to the Maldives, apart from the obvious natural beauty of the country and marine life, is for the chance to stay in an over water villa.

You’ve probably seen a million photos circulating around the web of idyllic teak bungalows, peacefully situated above crystal-clear water. While this might not fit everyone’s description of paradise, it certainly fit ours (or at least mine). The Maldives isn’t called the “over water villa capital of the world” for nothing– over two-thirds of the world’s water villas are located there.

We knew as soon as we booked our flights that staying in an over water villa had to be part of our Maldivian experience. Seeing that Kuramathi had two different options for over water villas and fit all of our other hotel requirements, we knew this would be a perfect fit for us, so we excitedly booked our stay at Kuramathi Island Resort in one of their Over Water Villas with Jacuzzi.

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Upon being shown to our villa, I wanted to run around like a kid on Christmas morning. From the enormous bathroom to the perfect sundeck, the villa was even better than I could have hoped for– it was definitely worth the splurge.

I could go on and on about my love for our villa. Like how magical it was to have to sound of the ocean lapping against the stilts lure us to sleep each night. Or how the lemongrass oil diffuser mixed with the fresh scent of lime bath soaps were the perfect combination for relaxation. But no matter how many carefully thought-out words I use, I know that ultimately they will not do them justice. So hopefully, these photos will.

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 Our Over Water Villa

The villas were gorgeous inside and out. With extra high ceilings and large panel windows, these rooms felt airy and even larger than their supposed 90 square meters. We rarely needed any artificial lights during the day with the amount of sun the windows let in, but when we were in need of an afternoon nap, lowering the thick blinds was almost enough to black-out the room.

If you’ve ever been to China, you’ll know they love their beds to be as hard as a board of wood. So after spending six months at home in Hong Kong, sleeping on this fluffy King-sized bed was a dream come true. Mix in the sound of the ocean as I mentioned earlier… I don’t think I’ve ever slept better.

And while there was a giant TV in our room, we never used it other than to listen to music — but why would you when you could instead watch the ocean right outside.

With Kuramathi placing an emphasis on nature and conservation, we tried to play our part by not having our sheets and towels laundered each day. However, we did have our room stocked with fresh fruits and our minibar refilled daily.

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Almost as exciting as our bedroom was the bathroom. Larger than our bedroom back home, this bathroom had a beautiful twin vanity and rainfall shower, not to mention a window at the vanity that allowed us to watch for fish in the water below.

One of my absolutely favorite features was that the shower had a glass paneled door to go directly outside. Not only was it convenient so that we didn’t go traipsing through our bedroom soaking wet from the jacuzzi or snorkeling outside, but it also allowed us to gaze out at the Indian Ocean while showering. Talk about an experience.

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As much as I loved everything inside our villa, the best part was outside. The first thing we’d do each morning was step outside onto our deck, which would present us with this glorious view.

Good morning indeed!

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Our split-level decks were where we spent a majority of our time each day. Furnished with two sunloungers, a day bed, and the jacuzzi, there were always plenty of options for relaxing and taking in the view. And while we could sometimes hear our neighbors on their decks, we at least never had to see them thanks to the privacy walls built into each villa.

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My favorite view? 

From inside the jacuzzi, of course! What’s there not to love about staring out at a gradient of brilliant blues, while letting the jacuzzi’s hot water and jets relax your muscles? I can assure you, not much.

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The most incredible part about staying in an over water villa though? The fact that you’re surrounded by water!

I couldn’t tell you how often we’d sit (or stand) on our deck looking into the waters that surrounded us. We saw so much cool marine life right in our own backyard. During our stay we saw tons of colorful fish and even sharks, rays, and dolphins approach our deck.

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We were never bored during our stay because at any given time we could just walk down our staircase directly into a coral garden teeming with fish. It was the perfect spot for an afternoon, or morning, snorkel.

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Johnny may have been skeptical about sleeping in an over water villa and not the biggest fan of beaches, but this trip certainly changed that. Now he appreciates the water even more (Score! Since I’ve always been a water baby.) As for me, this trip certainly spoiled me and I don’t think anywhere else will ever compare.

Before leaving on our trip, I remember seeing on a forum, a bunch of people who had been to the Maldives 8+ times. A lot of them agreed that over water villas were overrated, not worth the money, and that they much preferred staying in beach or garden villas. I was a little worried if I made the right choice booking a water villa after reading all of their criticism.

But now I can confidently say, all of those people are either crazy… or have run out of money visiting the Maldives so many times and simply can’t afford the luxury of an over water villa anymore! Because I don’t think I could ever, ever get sick of staying in one.

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Want to see more about our incredible Over Water Villa with Jacuzzi? Watch our video below!

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Have YOU stayed in an over water villa?

And again, a huge thank you to Kuramathi Island Resort for their generous hospitality. We received a media rate on our Over Water Villa with Jacuzzi. As always, all opinions and love for water villas are my own.


  1. August 1, 2016 / 6:37 am

    Hey bud!

    This is so beautiful,Having such a unique experience is always good to share.Sleeping on an overview water,I really wanted a chance to visit such place once in a lifetime.This villa along with the deadly combination of sea makes it a perfect destination to visit.


  2. March 2, 2015 / 4:05 am

    Absolutely gorgeous definitely my kind of paradise, I so would love to visit the maldives one day. Definitely adding to my bucketlist

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:16 pm

      I hope you get a chance to visit. It’s a magical place!

  3. February 27, 2015 / 9:26 am

    I love your pictures and they just remind me even more how badly I need a vacay. I have a fear of water, but despite that I’d love to stay somewhere like this. I’ve always asked my hubby to plan a trip to somewhere like Bora Bora. I can’t imagine how gorgeous it was.

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:16 pm

      My fiance fears water also, but he ended up loving the Maldives! Bora Bora is somewhere I dream of visiting. Looks gorgeous!

  4. February 26, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    I’ve stayed in overwater cabanas before, but not in the Maldives. They are on my list though. I am a snorkeler and have heard the snorkeling is awesome there.

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:15 pm

      That’s awesome! I hope to stay in more in the future. Where did you stay in one? And yes, snorkeling in the Maldives is some of the best in the world.

  5. February 26, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    Wow- what amazing pictures. I would certainly not tire of being there myself either. It looks so relaxing and peaceful.

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:14 pm

      I don’t think one could ever get sick of the Maldives. :P

  6. February 26, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    I would definitely love to spend my time here on of these days – it looks so beautiful!

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:13 pm

      It was insanely beautiful.

  7. February 26, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    Wow this place looks amazing. This looks like something out of a magazine. Hopefully I will be as fortunate as you to have a first hand experience with this place. Thank you very much for sharing.

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:13 pm

      I hope you get to Terry! It really was like being in a magazine.

  8. Eliz Frank
    February 26, 2015 / 3:41 pm

    What a beautiful place and to be close to water is terrific. I’d sleep for days. Haha! :-)

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:12 pm

      I really wanted to… except then I’d miss out on all the beauty and fun activities ;)

  9. February 25, 2015 / 8:25 pm

    I think that would just be amazing. To be staying over the water like that. Talk about water front property.

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:11 pm

      Yeah, really :)

  10. February 25, 2015 / 7:53 pm

    If that isn’t heaven then I don’t know what is! I wish I was there right now.

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:10 pm

      I hope this is what heaven is like!

  11. February 25, 2015 / 6:27 pm

    Love this. I am def. adding this to my must travel list. I need to learn to swim before I go though. LOL!

  12. February 25, 2015 / 2:49 pm

    Seriously, everything looks wonderful and amazing. I would love the chance to visit, the water being right there would make me very happy.

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:08 pm

      I loved being able to hear the water at night! Super relaxing.

  13. February 25, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    Wow, this is beautiful. I want a vacation so bad. Thanks for sharing this. I will be sharing this with my hubby. I think we have some planning to make. ;-)

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:08 pm

      I hope you guys get to visit! It’s incredibly romantic ;)

  14. February 25, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    My goodness, that looks absolutely breathtaking. I’d never want to leave the villa, honestly.

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:07 pm

      We barely did! Although, the rest of the island was equally incredible!

  15. February 25, 2015 / 11:07 am

    That is simply gorgeous! I have never stayed in a water villa before. Since I don’t like the idea of being on water (it took a lot for me to go on a cruise last spring), it would probably take some heavy convincing for me to stay in one, though. :)

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:06 pm

      Good thing they have plenty of other villas right on the beach ;)

  16. February 25, 2015 / 10:49 am

    This place looks amazing and right up my alley! I would love to go here!!

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:05 pm

      It was amazing for sure!

  17. Jacqueline
    February 25, 2015 / 9:43 am

    What?! This seriously looks like something out of a magazine! Are you secretly a Kardashian? ;) I would love to sleep over the water, but I think I would panic about falling over the edge in my sleep LOL. Wow, I am absolutely floored by the villa itself inside and the walkway to your experience really sets the tone for the whole experience!

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:05 pm

      Haha I wish? Maybe? No, not really. Just wish I could be rich to travel to places like this more often ;)

  18. February 25, 2015 / 7:59 am

    This is on my bucket list for sure. I’d love to sleep in one of those villas!

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:04 pm

      Hoping you get to tick it off your list soon!

  19. Susan Moseley
    February 24, 2015 / 11:40 pm

    That is one beautiful place to stay. It’s going on my bucket list. Your photo’s are amazing. The water so blue and pretty. The villa is lovely.

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:03 pm

      The water was just incredible! SOO blue.

  20. February 24, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    This all looks so beautiful, I would love to stay at a place like this some day!

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:02 pm

      I hope you get the chance to!

  21. February 24, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    That really does sound super relaxing. That jacuzzi view is just too good. I’d love to relax and stare out at the water.

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:02 pm

      Pretty sure I did that every day :)

  22. February 24, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    You don’t have to tell me twice, I’m all about relaxing. These are gorgeous photos, too, by the way.

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:01 pm

      Everyone needs some time to relax, right? And thank you!! :)

  23. kendall
    February 24, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    Wow, talk about gorgeous! What an amazing view – and what a cool experience that must have been to just be there!

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:00 pm

      It was!! I really hope to go back someday.

  24. February 24, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    I’m adding this to my “Must Do” list. The room is absolutely gorgeous and the view is even better!

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 5:00 pm

      Yes!! It was pretty magical.

  25. Pam
    February 24, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    Staying in an over-water villa is on my bucket list. It seems like such an amazing experience!

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 4:59 pm

      It was! I hope you get the chance to tick that off your list someday :)

  26. February 24, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    This looks purely blissful! I would love to vacation somewhere like that someday. How lucky and what a beautiful view!

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 4:59 pm

      I was so happy with our view! I could have stared at it for hours.

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 4:58 pm

      You should someday! It’s incredible.

  27. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    February 24, 2015 / 8:03 am

    That sounds amazing. I have never even seen a place like that in real life, let alone stay in one. I would love to.

    • Beth Williams
      March 3, 2015 / 4:57 pm

      It was kind of surreal being there!

  28. January 23, 2014 / 4:24 pm

    The sense of seclusion must be amazing! Sunbathing on your own deck with that turquoise water backdrop instead of wallowing on a crowded beach..there are no words for that! Appreciate your realistic insight including the pictures of interior.. I would pick Fiji, for sure. Don´t know if it´s etched on my memory due to the history of cannibalism or the paradise like sceneries, but I´m definitely drawn to it.

    • Beth Williams
      January 27, 2014 / 10:37 pm

      I also hope to visit Fiji, it looks wonderful… for the sceneries, not cannibalism :)

  29. December 21, 2013 / 10:27 pm

    Nothing beats staying in an over-water villa! We’ve stayed in ones in Fiji and Bora Bora, but not the Maldives. Yep, we’d love to dive off our private villa deck there into that water…

    • Beth Williams
      December 27, 2013 / 1:47 pm

      Bora Bora is next on my list! I’d love to visit there, and Fiji, someday! :)

  30. December 13, 2013 / 10:39 am

    You had me– until I saw the price. I was raised as too much of a Puritan to spend that kind of money for one night — even in a place as amazing as this looks. Thanks for the chance to at least experience it vicariously through your photos.

    • Beth Williams
      December 13, 2013 / 2:17 pm

      Don’t let the price put you off from visiting the Maldives all together. There are plenty of other accommodation types that charge significantly less, such as smaller guest houses and hotels around the capital!

  31. December 13, 2013 / 9:52 am

    This rates up with “riding a horse through the crashing waves” and “sipping champagne in a bedouin tent in the middle of the desert”.
    It’s almost surreal how awesome that over water villa is!
    For people who think it’s over rated, maybe they expected unicorns to fly out of it or something? I mean, that would be great but just being over the water is pretty amazing.
    Great photos of a beautiful place!

    • Beth Williams
      December 13, 2013 / 2:16 pm

      Man, “sipping champagne in a bedouin tent in the middle of the desert” sounds like something right up my alley :)

  32. December 12, 2013 / 2:21 pm

    WOW,wow, wow! That’s all I can say. I love this place. It’s like a paradise!!! Sleeping on this fluffy King-sized would be a dream come true for me!

    • Beth Williams
      December 13, 2013 / 2:13 pm

      I’m assuming you sleep on a board of wood also? My back was so happy to have a short break from that!

  33. December 12, 2013 / 10:34 am

    Absolutely LOVE the photos! Gorgeous weather. I, also being a “water baby” as you called it, LOVED the ocean and beach ever since I was a little girl. I would definitely choose an over water villa when I visit the Maldives one day, because…isn’t that what the Maldives is about? Living in a water villa and being surrounded by clear sparkling water? :)

    • Beth Williams
      December 13, 2013 / 2:13 pm

      For me that was a huge part of what the Maldives is about! If I hadn’t stayed in an over water villa, I think I would’ve been a bit disappointed.