Top 9 most exquisite overwater villas in the world

There’s just something about waking up in the morning to the peaceful sound of the waves and a beautiful landscape painted before your eyes. The idea of sitting by the ocean with the sand trickling through my toes and reading a book has me all excited. At times like this, only a water villa will do.

Considering we are a little obsessed with luxury, it’s all about the ocean-facing private plunge pools and the designer bathroom amenities. And it certainly is about watching your bank account wash out to sea.

Our team has scoured the globe for an ultimate list of the top water villas. We considered luxury amenities, location and of course, the view when we made our choices.

Here are the 9 best overwater villas in the world

9. Shangri-la Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives
Your private haven: Each water villa offers 1,787 sq. ft of luxury. The water villas are spectacularly located and give wonderful sunset views and easy snorkelling access. They are very spacious and private, with individual pools and decks and separate lounge rooms, which are undoubtedly luxurious. All of the rooms are truly decadent, beautifully appointed, and very well equipped. All these spacious Water Villas have a contemporary Asian design that blends traditional and modern elements.
Book the villa at: $1050 per night.
Gourmet Options: While Dr. Ali’s serves a range of Asian specialties. Jaavu is an all-day dining restaurant offering western food. Fresh seafood dinners are available on selected nights at Fashala Lounge.

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8. W Retreat & Spa, Maldives
Your private haven: Situated in the North Ari Atoll in Maldives, the W Retreat & Spa offers luxurious accommodation in its fabulous Lagoon Oasis. Go for a dip in your private plunge pool or hop down the steps and dive into the lagoon.The beautiful space is spread over 1572 square feet and entails a King size bed, a shower with a glass floor, private over-water plunge pool and a lounge with a glass floor.
Book the villa at: $1760 a night.
Gourmet Options: You do not need to venture out of your private island for any meals. The hotel provides for international menus at KITCHENS, while barbecued foods are offered at FIRE. W’s signature restaurant, FISH, set above the Indian Ocean serves seafood. Cocktails and assorted beverages are featured at SIP.

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7. Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives
Your private haven: Located in South Male Atoll, the Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives is yet another paradise pad for the luxury obsessed. With private sundecks and full-length windows overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Loft Villas bring the outside in. A dramatically elevated loft impounds a king sized bed while the level below entails a large and airy seating area. The spectacular villas are individual at-sea dwellings sited off a snake-like wooden pier, with private sun-decks, vintage-style ceiling fans, walk-in showers and roll-top bathtubs.
Book the villa at: $1700 a night.
Gourmet Options: Set in an open-sided wooden pavilion, Ufaa offers a daily-changing menu of fresh-from-the-sea, plucked-from-the-branch goodness, Malabar Coast and Thai-style dishes, as well as a raw-food spa menu and naughtier staples including pizzas and paninis.