For a holiday like no other … discover 10 of the “coolest” floating villas in the Maldives

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Maldives is undoubtedly the ultimate tropical getaway and a destination for dreamers, with floating villas over water that offer everything a visitor needs for a vacation like no other, of bathrooms with glass bottom to water slides on the The roof of the villas, to the stairs leading directly to the sea.

This year marks 50 years of tourism in the Maldives, which today is filled with more than 150 resorts that welcome guests.

Here are 10 of the best floating overwater villas in the Maldives:

Kudado Maldives Resort

All 15 floating residences at Kodado Resort are powered by solar panels., Plain_textCredit: Kudadoo

Kudadoo, one of the smallest and most sustainable resorts in the Maldives, consists of 15 floating residences across the water, all powered entirely by solar panels.

The resort is characterized by the aesthetics of Japanese architecture, especially in the bathing area inspired by the “onsen”, the hot water baths in Japan.

The building materials used are from sustainably managed forests in New Zealand, Canada and Indonesia.

Each residence has a swimming pool, a glazed balcony to watch the fish in the water, and a private butler.

Resort “Soneva Jani”

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Credit: Aksham Abdul Gadhir / Soneva Jani

Thanks to social media, the aerial views of the winding pier and the water slides of Soneva Jani have become synonymous with the Maldives.

But the resort has also become synonymous with sustainability thanks to its many initiatives, including recycling, its carbon-neutral status, a beef-free menu, a plastic-free policy and an expansive on-site organic garden, making it a world leader in sustainable well-being.

The 51 aquatic accommodations are diverse and include a four-bedroom mansion located above the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean.

“Jumeirah Maldives”

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Credit: Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island

Miami Beach meets Mykonos Island In this modern all-white resort.

In addition to their elegant design, the floating villas on this island are also impressive in size.

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The floating villas of Jumeirah Resort are characterized by their impressive size and elegance of design., Plain_textCredit: Jumeirah Maldives Olhahali Island

They range from one- to three-bedroom villas, each with a rooftop terrace for private dinner or for a cinema experience under the stars.

Tens of pinks, from parasols to the tiles around the infinity pool, add to the resort’s playful atmosphere.

“The Nautilus”

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The Nautilus offers 11 accommodation options in floating accommodation, plain_textCredit: The Nautilus

There are some concepts that The Nautilus does not recognize, such as the limits of time, as its motto is “stop the clock”.

The 26 villas and houses consist of completely arched walls that mimic the flow of waves on its shores.

The 11 floating houses and residences are built in boho-chic style, and decorated with wicker upholstery and custom-made pieces of furniture.

“The Ritz-Carlton, Maldives”

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Credit: The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

In this new five-star retreat, most of the 100 villas float above the water.

Each simulating the movement of the sea has a unique circular design and is equipped with distinctive vertical wooden slats made of recommended sustainable woods from Austria and Germany.

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All villa vertical wood slats are made of sustainable wood., Plain_textCredit: The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

The majority of the roofs of the villas are provided with solar panels, as the administration aims to equip all villas with this technology by 2023.

InterContinental Maldives Mamunagao Resort

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All 24 floating villas have swimming pools, plain_textCredit: Intercontinental

The 24 beautiful floating villas feature infinity pools and breathtaking bath views.

Each has a beach theme with gray concrete floors and polished white walls, offset by creative pops like yellow rope room dividers, blue woven rugs and cool, elegant orange furniture.

With a remarkable population of manta rays in Mamunagao Reef, the resort is collaborating with Manta Trust researchers to help conserve these playful giant fish and their habitats.

The st. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

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The resort contains 44 modern design floating villas., Plain_textCredit: st. Regis Maldives Vommuli

The st. Regis’ 44 overwater villas are designed to look like manta rays you might see swimming underneath.

With a modern and simple design, smooth marble covers the bathrooms, while the bedrooms are lined in wood in a Scandinavian style.

The room divider with beads and green decor mimics the foam of the sea and adds a tropical atmosphere to the elegant space.

Private Villa Island Resort

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Villa Island offers 47 beautifully designed custom villas., Plain_textCredit: Velaa Private Island

This pristine island includes 47 villas and residences designed so that guests can see the turtles around the villas and the island.

The strategic use of mirrors widens the spacious rooms, and thoughtful aquatic accents and mirrors lined with puka shells can be found throughout the villa.

Gili Lankanfushi Resort

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Gili Lankanfushi Resort features 45 villas, plain_textCredit: Gil Lankanfushi, Maldives

A quick 25-minute speedboat ride from Velana International Airport takes you to this island paradise.

The hotel is celebrating its 10th anniversary, so the excellent service here is a big part of the island’s charm.

Some of the sustainably built villas have swimming pools, and some have several bedrooms.

For those who like seclusion, the best in the resort are Crusoe Residences, 7 detached thatched rustic villas in turquoise water.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Resort

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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Resort contains 55 floating villas., Plain_textCredit: Waldort Astoria

One of the largest five-star resorts in the Maldives, Waldorf Astoria Maldives, can be reached on a luxury yacht that takes 45 minutes from the airport.

The resort includes 55 floating villas above the water’s surface. The interiors are elegant and modern with a distinctive glass floor.

Floating villas have more outdoor space than indoor spaces, including a large infinity-edge pool, a floating daybed, and several hammocks over the water.

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