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Top Picks: Luxurious Overwater Villa Stays


Ocean horizons, lapping tides, panoramic skies — there’s something truly magical about an overwater stay. If you love the idea of a private sanctuary of your own, a luxury water villa in the Maldives or the Middle East is the ultimate holiday home base. Escape to an adults-only retreat at Anantara Veli Maldives Resort. Enjoy a whole-family getaway at The Crescent at Niyama Private Islands Maldives, or splash out with a stay in an urban villa above the waters of The Palm Jumeirah.

Explore the best overwater villas for every type of stay…

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas: Indulgently Luxurious Overwater Villas in the Maldives

The overwater villa at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas.

It’s not hard to find a luxury villa in the Maldives, but Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas is something special. Nestled in Baa Atoll’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this private island resort is home to an overwater observatory and an under-the-sea all-day dining restaurant.

Your overwater villa, perched in the sandy shallows at the reef's edge, is a haven of serenity. Start your day with a snorkelling expedition off your private deck, bask by your oceanfront infinity pool, and stargaze from your villa. Embark on adventures across the seas: diving, dolphin cruises, manta-ray snorkelling, and more.

Anantara Veli Maldives Resort: Romantic Overwater Villas in the Maldives

The overwater villa at Anantara Veli Maldives Resort.

Romance is practically a given in a place like the Maldives, but Anantara Veli Maldives Resort offers something more: an island exclusively for adult guests. It’s a tranquil haven reserved for couples' time, complemented by a wealth of activities and entertainment across the lagoon at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort and Naladhu Private Island Maldives.

Immerse yourself in a tropical idyll with private terrace dining under twinkling skies and a Wellness Villa complete with a Wellness Host for a restorative couple’s retreat. Enjoy midnight plunges in your overwater pool as the moonlight dances across the sea.

Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort: Overwater Villas in Nature

The overwater villa at Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort.

Enjoy a nature escape closer to home with an overwater stay at Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort. Just a 45-minute drive from Dubai, the resort brings chill Maldivian vibes to the UAE. Choose from a selection of family-sized villas boasting views of mangroves and the open ocean.

From your luxurious villa, explore the mangroves by kayak. Or head inland and hike the landscapes of Ras Al Khaimah, with a guided summit trip to Jebel Jais. Cruise across the waters on a dinner sailing across the dazzling Persian Gulf. Return to an overwater villa with a private pool, expansive sundeck, and exclusive villa experiences.

The Crescent at Niyama Private Islands Maldives: Overwater Villas for Extended Families

The Crescent at Niyama Private Islands Maldives.

Private chefs and butlers, BBQ nights and movies under the stars — The Crescent at Niyama Private Islands Maldives has it all and more for families on a multi-generational break. A cluster of five overwater villas at the island's tip, The Crescent offers privacy, space, and a world of activities for guests of all ages.

Gather for dinners in the central two-bedroom pavilion, tour the island on complimentary bicycles, and snorkel around the house reef with the resident marine biologist. Enjoy the extra space and seclusion that comes with five private villas.

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort: Urban Overwater Villas in Dubai

The overwater villa at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort.

The overwater villas of Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort come with a dramatically different view. Branching out from the edge of one of The Palm Jumeirah’s golden fronds, they gaze towards the city's panoramic skyline. Here, enjoy the best of both worlds: the thrills of Dubai and the stillness of the water.

Get active with water skiing or wakeboarding, choose a PADI course and get certified onsite, or book a wellness journey at Anantara Spa with Ayurvedic healing and Turkish hammam rituals. Or, simply relax with water views — off your balcony, from your bed, and through the glass window on the floor of your villa.

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara: Family Overwater Villas in Doha

The overwater villa at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara.

Golden beaches, all-ages activities, kids’ and teens’ clubs — Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara in Doha is the ideal family getaway destination. Retreat to your sprawling overwater villa, complete with a villa host and private pool.

Hit the slides at the kids’ water park or see a family movie in the cinema. Drift around the island on a private pontoon cruise, play 10-pin bowling, or learn to surf. Then, spend quality time together in your luxurious overwater abode.

Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort: Stylish New Overwater Villas in the Maldives

The overwater villa at Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort.

Fun’s never far away at Avani+ Fares Maldives Resort in Baa Atoll. Explore the lagoon by jet ski or soar above it with some kitesurfing. On land, there’s tennis, wellness, a world of gourmet dining, and nightly DJ beats after dark.

Take a dip in your infinity plunge pool or in the lagoon off your deck. Drift with baby sharks and spot dolphins around the house reef. Venture to Hanifaru Bay and swim with manta rays and whale sharks.

Loy Pela Voyages: A Different Kind of Overwater Stay in Bangkok

The Loy Pela Voyages cruise over the Chao Phraya River.

Few overwater experiences can offer shifting scenery every hour of the day, but Loy Pela Voyages is no ordinary stay. Here, your "villa" is a converted wooden rice barge, luxuriously restored in the style of old Siam.

Launch from Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort and head upriver to UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya. Immerse in the slow life on the river, on an overnight journey to Thailand’s former capital. Take a seat on the deck and watch the scenery roll by, from skyscrapers and stilt houses to rice fields and ruins.

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Anantara Veli Maldives Resort

Indulge in romantic island life in the midst of Indian Ocean beauty. Choose to hideaway in your overwater, ocean or beach villa for two, kissed by the sun and sea breeze, or venture out in search of authentic experiences. Dine at sea, on a deserted island, or explore the options on sister island Dhigu. Movie under the stars. Explore the teeming waters surrounding the resort, whether diving below, surfing the waves, or setting sail for the horizon.
Island Aerial View - Niyama Private Islands Maldives

Niyama Private Islands Maldives

Cast away, together. Find a very private setting for intimate, one-of-a-kind experiences. With twin islands Play and Chill, Niyama offers the luxury of choice, catering to your holiday desires and letting you live large in a world unto yourselves.

Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas

Escape to spacious villas overwater or on a stretch of private beach. Indulgent touches of island luxury abound from a private pool in every villa to exotic stargazing experiences and award-winning dining. Set within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the resort is perfect for exploring the world’s most treasured reefs, where manta rays gather to breed. Dine with the fishes in an underwater wine cellar. Discover Maldivian culture with a day trip to local islands.

Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort

Explore the beauty of the Maldives, with unforgettable experiences both above and below the Indian Ocean surface. Surf the waves. Freedive the deep blue. Spa over water with baby reef sharks swimming peacefully below. With three sister islands to explore for dining, recreation and relaxation, and the ocean a few steps from your luxury villa or over water suite, Anantara Dhigu offers the perfect setting for adventurous family escapes.

Naladhu Private Island Maldives

Elegance enveloped in ocean hues. Naladhu is a pristine private island in the South Malé Atoll. With just 19 colonial beach houses scattered around the island, cherish quiet seclusion, idyllic views and bespoke experiences. Savour intimate dining affairs in locations yours alone. Cruise the Indian Ocean on a private yacht, sailing into the tranquillity of a hypnotic sunset. Enjoy unobtrusive yet attentive service, with your very own dedicated butler.


Escape to a luxury waterfront resort where romance, adventure and eco pursuits align. Let the sunshine in whether basking on your balcony or playing together on soft sands. With unforgettable dining, exciting diversions and the natural playground of Ras al Khaimah on the doorstep, discover your ideal holiday.

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort 

One of Dubai's most iconic addresses is re-imagined in Anantara style, with the only over water villas in the UAE boasting traditional Thai architecture. Indulge in 400 m of private beach and lagoon pool access from your room. Head to the mainland to shop by longtail boat. Return to oceanfront dining and world-class spa treatments at Anantara Spa.

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

A private island just off the coast off Doha, Banana Island offers non-stop fun as well as beachside relaxation. Recharge with surfing, diving and F1 racing in world-class facilities. Hide away with blissful hammam treatments in the Middle East’s first and only resort wellness centre. Indulge in the romance of an over water villa perched over the Arabian Gulf.

Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort

Anantara Riverside boasts a unique setting, with tropical gardens overlooking the Chao Phraya providing a resort feel in the middle of vibrant Bangkok. Get out and explore all the city has to offer, then return to tranquil relaxation. Enjoy signature dining experiences, from sizzling teppanyaki and Pacific Rim cuisine, to a royal Thai feast on a restored rice barge.