Check out these ultra luxurious overwater villas that provide the ultimate escapism, featured in The Telegraph.

It is the 50th birthday for overwater villas this year. The architecture was introduced to a resort in French Polynesia by three Americans in 1967. It had a humble beginning but developed into ‘a symbol for complete extravagance’. From Gili Lankfanfushi’s Private Reserve to an incredible abode in central France, here are some of the world’s most beautiful overwater villas.

1. Private Reserve at Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives

The image may look like a complete resort but it is only one single overwater villa that features 3 bedrooms, an infinity pool, various hammocks, library, bar, spa, cinema and also a slide! Rates start at $11,000 a night.

2. Voavah Island in the Maldives

This beauty is a first exclusive-use private island retreat operated by Four Seasons. It is a two-bedroom overwater villa featuring an infinity pool and hammocks that are integrated into its expansive terrace. It is completely removed from the rest of the development, making it the most exclusive spot on one of the world’s most lavish private island retreats. Voavah sleeps up to 22 guests and stays cost from £36,700.

3. Laucala Resort in Fiji

Laucala Resort is the only overwater villa in Fiji. It is a two bedroom residence set against a shimmering green lagoon. Its pool has been carved directly from adjacent rocks and a private jetty makes sailing excursions easy right after getting out of bed. It costs from $11,000 per night, all-inclusive.

4. Song Saa in Cambodia

Song Saa stands in the Koh Ring Archipelago and is one of the few luxury resorts in Cambodia. It features 27 villas, but the best is the Royal Villa which features an oversized sunken bath, infinity pool and private jetty for direct access. It costs from £4,100 per night, all-inclusive.

5. The Crescent in Maldives

The Crescent is found at Per Aquum Niyama in the Maldives, an ideal retreat for multigenerational families or large groups of friends with something to celebrate. It features five separate abodes that are sold together and offers accomodation for 14 adults and 8 children. Each block has its own pool and dedicated housekeeping. Butler service is provided. Prices start from £11,895.

6. Sunset Royal Villa in Malaysia

St. Regis Langkawi’s Sunset Royal Villa, measures a mammoth 700sq metres. It features a glass-floored hallway where one can admire the fish swimming underfoot, a gym, grand piano and dining room with seating for 16. It costs from £9,750 per night.

7. L’Ile aux Oiseaux Suite in France

An alternative to overwater villas found in the tropics is the L’Ile aux Oiseaux suite at Les Sources de Caudalie, that stands over a small lake and is surrounded by vineyards. Its interiors are designed afresh every three years - the current room is the world of bridal designer Delphine Manivet. Wine-drinking opportunities are limitless and an excellent spa is available. A one-night stay costs from £778 through Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

8. Sunset Water Villa in Maldives

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s Sunset Water Villa is ultra-modern and features two bedrooms, a circular rotating bed, glass flooring in the lounge and spacious relaxation areas, with opportunity to dine in at Ithaa, the resort’s underwater restaurant. It costs from £3,000 per night for two people.

9. Villa Muthee in Maldives

Shangri-La Villingili Resort’s Villa Muthee is 570sq metres and features its own spa, infinity pool and a dedicated host. A one-night stay starts at $4,605.

10. Como Maalifushi in Maldives

The two-bedroom, 406sq metres Como Villa features a private pool with sundeck and butler service. Rates start at $6,800 per night.

11. Cheval Blanc Randheli in Maldives

Cheval Blanc Randheli offers 15 one-bedroom villas that are more or less identical overwater villas. Though their sense of exclusivity is marginally reduced as a result, the Villas are beautiful spaces, finished with teak, cinnamon wood, coconut shell and exposed stone. It costs from £1,850 per night.


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