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Holidays in the Maldives on Stilts

The Maldives is a sensational oasis and serves as the quintessential island holiday destination for avid jet-setters and discerning travellers. Shimmering topaz-blue waters gently lap powder-fine golden beaches which are flanked by coconut palm trees and exotic tropical gardens that surround sublime hotels. No matter what might bring you to the Maldives—be it your honeymoon or a special family getaway—holidays in the Maldives are nothing short of spectacular. 
 
There is an endless number of reasons that this destination is atop many bucket lists, but apart from the astounding natural beauty and temperate climate, the magical accommodation set on stilts in the azure lagoons themselves is certainly one of the main draw cards.
 
These sublime rooms have different names but no matter what you call them—be it water villas, overwater bungalows, or villas on stilts—the concept is the same; beautiful, standalone rooms built on a raised platform in the glittering shallow waters with unparalleled panoramic views of this gorgeous destination. 
 
If you are booking a stay in the Maldives, it should definitely be in one of these magical water villas. Here’s why:
 
A stay in a water villa is the epitome of an exclusive experience
 

Water Villa


 
What many people don’t know, is that water villas are very rare and can’t be found in every island destination. In fact, there are only some 200 resorts in the world that offer these types of rooms, the biggest concentration of which is located in the Maldives. With over 80 private island resorts which boast anything from three- to five-star (plus) accommodation, planning your water villa holidays in the Maldives is a must. And for those that are worried about how safe they are, it’s important to understand that these rooms are expertly built on solid stilts that are then secured deep into the seabed. As you drift off to the soothing sounds of the waves outside, you can rest easy knowing that you are safe in your water villa. 
 
They may be expensive, but are worth it!

The reality is that when you travel to the other side of the world for your stay in the Maldives in order to have once-in-a-lifetime experiences, you have to realise it won’t be the most budget-friendly holiday. While water villas are more expensive than more conventional forms of accommodation (they are also much more expensive to build given the logistics of building in the lagoon), the experience of spending your holidays in the Maldives with a water villa as your home base is totally worth it, especially one that has direct access to the sea! 
 
These villas also often come with wonderful upscale extras (at the luxury resorts), such as butler services, free bicycles to zip around the island on, afternoon treats and premium sundries among others, and if you stay on an all-inclusive package, the mini-bar should cater for your immediate needs. WiFi and air conditioners are also often part of the deal to make your holidays in the Maldives all the more comfortable. 
 
Many water villas have direct access to the sea
 

Water Villa


 
When you opt for a water villa, you don’t just want to spend your holidays in the Maldives on stilts in the middle of the ocean, you really want to have a ladder from your private deck straight into the water itself for the full experience. Even better than that, is a water villa with its own private infinity pool which allows you easy access to the sea from the pool—what more could you really need for an exceptional stay in the Maldives? Over and above direct sea access, many of the water villas in the Maldives have glass floors or floating hammocks in the floor which allow you to look right into the sea (and spot some of the amazing marine life) from the comfort of your villa. 
 
They are perfect for honeymoons or romantic getaways
 
While there are some resorts that will allow you to enjoy your holidays in the Maldives on stilts with families (although, generally, very small children are not allowed in the water villas), the water villas are an alluring choice for honeymooners or romantic couples wanting to share a special occasion. The ultimate luxury indulgence, a stay in a water villa allows for unparalleled seclusion in the most romantic of settings.
 
If you are looking to stay in the Maldives, then look no further than a water villa at Kanuhura. This incredible island destination combines a chich bohemian-style island castaway experience with the very best in luxury comforts and the vibrant water villas, perched atop the dazzling aquamarine Indian Ocean lagoon, serve as extraordinary places to stay in the Maldives. With indoor-outdoor bathrooms, private decks, rain showers, overwater hammocks, unparalleled sea views and direct access to the sea, as well as ample activities and fine-dining experiences, your island dreams are sure to come true at Kanuhura.