Overwater villas in the Maldives, bookable with Marriott points

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I’m currently updating this post from my awesome overwater villa at Le Méridien Maldives!  This Marriott resort currently (and incredibly) costs only 35K points standard (30K off-peak, 40K peak) and offers an overwater villa as one of its base rooms for booking with points!  And, of course, 5th Night Free award rates apply, so you only need to pay with points for four nights in order to stay 5.  That brings the daily rate for a 5 night stay down to 28K points standard (24K off-peak, 32K peak).  That’s incredible!  See this post for more about my current stay: Le Meridien Maldives first impressions: Wow!

But Le Méridien isn’t the only Marriott property in the Maldives.  This had me wondering… which other Marriott resorts in the Maldives allow booking an overwater villa with points without having to pay for an upgrade?  I did a bit of research and here’s what I found…

Le Méridien

Le Méridien’s sunrise overwater villa is bookable at the hotel’s category 5 award rate of 35K points per night (or 30K off-peak, or 40K peak).

Other info:

  • $420 round trip airport transfer fee per person
  • Suite Night Awards cannot be used at this property
  • I guarantee that this property will increase in category by next March or April.  If you want to book at the current low rates, do so soon if possible.

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

Sheraton’s overwater villa (Water Bungalow) is not bookable at the hotel’s category 6 award rate of 50K points per night (or 40K off-peak, or 60K peak).  Instead, points book into a “deluxe” room like the one shown above.

Other info:

  • Free speedboat transfers (they used to charge $139 per person, but apparently dropped that)
  • Suite Night Awards can be used at this property to try to upgrade to a Water Bungalow.
Marriott’s Suite Night Awards can be used to upgrade standard awards to Water Bungalow (overwater villas) or to a Cottage.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

The Westin’s overwater villa is not bookable at the hotel’s category 7 award rate of 60K points per night (or 50K off-peak, or 70K peak).  Instead, points book into an Ocean View Beach Villa with a private pool, like the villa shown above.

Other info:

  • $500 round trip airport transfer fee per person
  • Suite Night Awards can be used at this property to try to upgrade to an overwater villa:
Marriott’s Suite Night Awards can be used to upgrade standard awards to an overwater villa or to a deluxe beach villa.

W Maldives

The W’s “Fabulous Overwater 1 Bedroom Villa” (with pool) is bookable at the hotel’s category 8 award rate of 85K points per night (or 70K off-peak, or 100K peak).

Other info:

  • $505 round trip airport transfer fee per person
  • Suite Night Awards cannot be used at this property

JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa

JW’s Overwater Pool Villa is bookable at the hotel’s category 8 award rate of 85K points per night (or 70K off-peak, or 100K peak).  I think this one look amazing!

Other info:

  • $600 round trip airport transfer fee per person
  • Suite Night Awards cannot be used at this property

The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

St. Regis’ Overwater Villa is not bookable at the hotel’s category 8 award rate of 85K points per night (or 70K off-peak, or 100K peak).  Instead, points book into a 1 bedroom Garden Villa like the one shown above.  Not too shabby looking in my opinion!

Other info:

  • $745 round trip airport transfer fee per person
  • Suite Night Awards cannot be used at this property

The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands

The Ritz’s overwater Ocean Pool Villa is bookable at the hotel’s category 8 award rate of 85K points per night (or 70K off-peak, or 100K peak).

Other info:

  • $900 round trip airport transfer fee per person
  • Suite Night Awards cannot be used at this property

Summary

The following Marriott resorts in the Maldives book standard awards into overwater villas (when available). Note that not all overwater villas are considered standard rooms:

  • Le Méridien (category 5… for now)
  • W Maldives (category 8)
  • JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa (category 8)
  • The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands (category 8)

These do not book standard awards into overwater villas, but they do allow using Suite Night Awards to try to upgrade to overwater villas:

  • Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa (category 6)
  • The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort (category 7)

This one does not book standard awards into overwater villas and does not allow using Suite Night Awards:

  • The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort (category 8)
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