Searching for the cheapest resorts in Maldives?
Wondering about Maldives resort prices?
Dreaming of cheap overwater bungalows Maldives?
Look no further – we have officially created a list of the 10 best budget resorts in Maldives, including cheap overwater bungalows Maldives & beach villas. Our list of the 10 cheapest resorts in Maldives gives you everything you need to know from the property location, the star rating, the best things to do and the restaurants & bars to dine at.
Deciding on which Maldives resort is right for you & your holiday budget can be a challenge. Tourism first started in Maldives with just two resorts in operation. Fast forward to 2020 & there are over 150 resorts scattered across 26 beautiful atolls, stretching 800km north to south. How do you choose a Maldives resort that’s perfect for you and your Maldives budget holiday? At Indulge Maldives we’ve visited all the resorts – we’ve slept in the beds, we’ve done the excursions, dined in the restaurants & experienced the warm Maldivian hospitality. We can easily pair you with your ideal cheap resort Maldives, AND offer you cheaper than online prices, personalised service PLUS special inclusions such as spa vouchers, resort credit, complimentary wine & fruit platters, and exclusive resort discounts. Just fill out the enquiry form at the bottom of this page.
As a general guide to Maldives resort prices, you should allow a minimum of USD$250 per villa per night for a stay in the lowest room category at budget resorts in Maldives, such as Garden Villas or Superior Rooms. Cheap overwater bungalows Maldives during low season start from USD$400 per villa per night, and in high season, start from USD$600 per night. In addition to accommodation expenses, travellers should also expect to pay for meals – half board meal plans start from $50pp per day. Return airport transfers start from $145pp return, with speedboat transfers the cheapest method. For travellers on a low budget, we recommend staying at a Maldives resort with speedboat transfer, close to the airport or on Maldives local islands. A mandatory Government Green Tax of $6pp per night, GST 12% & Service Charge 10% also applies. Below are the 10 cheapest resorts in Maldives:
#1. MALAHINI KUDA BANDOS
If you’re looking for a cheap Maldives resort, discover the relaxed atmosphere of Malahini Kuda Bandos. Rated 3.5-stars, it’s located on a white-sandy island in North Malé Atoll, 10 minutes via speedboat from Malé International Airport. Staying at a Maldives resort near Malé airport means less time traveling, cheaper transfers and more time at the resort to explore!
Delight in comfortable modern rooms at Malahini Kuda Bandos with a choice of five categories: Beach Villas, Deluxe, Garden, Classic or Superior rooms, all with ocean inspired bathroom amenities. This budget Maldives resort does not have overwater villas or a pool. Guests can enjoy complimentary stand up paddle-boarding, canoe, wind surfer and paddle boat use at this cheap resort Maldives.
Daily breakfast is served at Maaga Restaurant. Indulge in beautifully prepared meals at Bluu Restaurant, dine buffet style at Maagu Main Restaurant and quench your thirst at Bar 75. Highlights on offer are live music, themed beach parties, movie nights, Spa Menue, the Flex Fitness Centre, water sports including diving and snorkelling and a private beach, excursions for night and big game fishing, manta and whale shark safaris and island hopping. Make this Maldives cheap resort your happy place this year!
#2. BIYADHOO ISLAND RESORT & SPA
Set on a private 10-hectare island, the casual Biyadhoo Island Resort & Spa (3-star) is located in South Male Atoll, reachable via a 30 minute speedboat from Male International Airport. Fringed by crystalline lagoons and powdery white sand beaches, Biyadhoo is a tropical haven famed with the best house reef and beach in Maldives, making it popular among diving and snorkelling enthusiasts.
The affordable accommodation of Biyadhoo Island Resort blends with the island’s natural landscape. Inspired by a traditional & simple design, this cheap resort Maldives is set amongst lush Maldivian vegetation. 96 standard rooms are in 2 storey building blocks, furnished with double or single beds, a sitting area and a writing desk, making it one of the best budget resort in Maldives. An outdoor porch with comfortable seating provides for the perfect spot to relax and take in the fresh ocean breeze. This cheap Maldives resort allows you to enjoy the picturesque natural setting of Maldives for a fraction of the price.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch & dinner in the lively Palm Restaurant or sip a drink at the relaxing thatched-roof Coconut Bar. The dining options on this cheap resort Maldives are a fusion of local and international cuisines, reflecting the true tastes of Maldives. Improve your wellness at Aavun Spa and partake in activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, boat cruises, island excursions and fishing or try a certified PADI diving course at Dive Ocean. The friendly multi-lingual team will take you on breathtaking journeys to some of the best corners and channels of the island. Apart from an abundance of sharks, rays, turtles and dolphins, the legendary house reef is blessed with 7 underwater passages and a famous cave where you will encounter rare marine species.
3. EQUATOR VILLAGE
A scenic one hour and ten minute flight from Malé transports you to Equator Village, a cheap resort Maldives. This 3 star Maldives resort is situated on the upper tip of Addu Atoll’s heart shaped landmass, in the southernmost part of the Maldivian archipelago. As one of the cheapest resorts in Maldives, Equator Village is nestled in natural vegetation where guests can relax under overhead palm trees.
78 rooms are available within two room categories. Cosy, spacious and comfortable Standard Rooms plus Twin Share rooms, offer living spaces fitted with all amenities & adjoining doors. Vaivaru Restaurant boasts Western, Asian and Oriental buffet dining. Veragan Bar is perfect for dancing and lounging. Equator Village also has a culinary tour with cooking lessons provided by locals.
Take a leisurely cycle along coastal roads lined with swaying palms, cafes and smiling locals to 4 islands (Gan, Feydhoo, Maradhoo and Hithadhoo) all joined together by causeways. Hop on a ferry and three more islands can be reached.
Diverland PADI Certified Dive Centre will take you on exciting underwater adventures. The qualified team of instructors ensures your time snorkelling and diving is safe and fun. An old Royal Navy fuel tanker wreck was sunk to its final resting place at the bottom of the Addu Atoll and is now an artificial reef supporting a multitude of marine life.
Eriyadu Island Resort is one of the cheapest Maldives resorts. The 4-Star property is located on the north-west side of North Malé Atoll, being a 50 minute speedboat journey from the airport. It’s a small unique island, combining warm friendly Maldivian hospitality and a laidback atmosphere. With a landmass of just seven acres it takes eight minutes to walk around the entire island, making it one of the cosiest and cheapest resorts in Maldives. The island is surrounded by immaculate white sandy beaches and a fine lagoon – the best house reef in the North Malé Atoll.
Eriyadu Island Resort offers you a choice in accommodation of 16 Seaview Rooms, 60 Deluxe Beachfront villas or 6 Garden villas, with magnificent views and all conveniently located to Mela Restaurant and the diving centre. Blitz Café and Bar, Turtle Bar and Mela Restaurant offer an array of local and international dishes to satisfy your gastronomic desires, plus disco themed events for entertainment.
Eriyadu is a premium dive resort in the Maldives, with a PADI dive centre and twenty-one extraordinary dive spots all within easy boating distance. An abundance of marine life awaits you at the house reef, with manta rays and friendly reef sharks. Eriyadu offers a range of motorized, non-motorized water sports and excursions for you to explore the island. Guests can also enjoy the swimming pool, Garden Spa, mini library and souvenir shop. Choose to relax on the beach or enjoy the various activities above or below the water.
5. CINNAMON DHONVELI
A cheap 4-star Maldives resort, Cinnamon Dhonveli is perched in North Malè Atoll, 25-minutes via speedboat. It’s location, affordability, diversity of activities & accommodation make it one of the most popular and cheapest resorts in Maldives. Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives is always fun, with something exciting to offer!
With five room categories it is ideal for large families, groups of friends, couples and is especially enjoyed by divers, surfers, snorkelling addicts and beach-lovers. Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives boasts 148 plush suites, bungalows, ocean view and garden villas. The cheap overwater bungalows Maldives here offer spectacular sunrise & sunset views. Enjoy international cuisines in the 3 restaurants and 3 bars, and indulge in a little pampering at the Chavana Spa.
Cinnamon Dhonveli is home to the world renowned ‘Pasta Point’ surf break. This exclusive Maldives surf resort is considered the birth place of surfing in Maldives after Australian Tony Hussein Hinde, the father of surfing in Maldives, was shipwrecked here in the early 70’s. The resort has a strict surfing policy permitting only 30 surfers on the island at a given time. All surf passes must be pre-booked through a surf travel agent before arrival. It is also possible to combine a resort stay with nearby neighbouring Thulusdhoo Island (local island), to help stretch the holiday budget.
6. CINNAMON ELLAIDHOO
Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon is a 4-star budget resort in Maldives, situated in North Ari Atoll, 25 minutes by seaplane or 90 minutes via speedboat from the airport. This cheap Maldives resort combines exquisite living, great service, connection to the environment and is family spirited.
Discover cosy accommodation and stylish amenities, especially within the Water or Beach Bungalows. The island is not only one of the cheapest resorts in Maldives, it also offers plenty to do: 2 restaurants, 2 bars, therapeutic spa treatments at Chavana Spa, big game fishing, sandbank picnics, dolphin watching cruises, or island hopping adventures.
Ellaidhoo Maldives by Cinnamon is a renowned dive resort, with the very best diving reef systems in the world. Here, diving begins directly from your private overwater deck – often the cheapest overwater bungalows in Maldives. Pop on your diving / snorkelling gear and plunge directly into an impressive underwater world. Expect a huge onsite PADI Dive Centre and impressive house reef, colourful fish, corals, shark species, manta rays, octopus and turtles. Why not combine your stay with a stay on neighbouring local islands, Ukulhas, Rasdhoo or Thoddoo.
7. MEERU ISLAND RESORT AND SPA
Meeru Island Resort & Spa (4-Stars) is one of the cheapest resorts in Maldives, situated on the eastern-most tip of North Male’ Atoll, across the lagoon from Dhiffushi (local) Island and is a scenic 55 minute speedboat transfer from the airport. This beautiful island measuring 1200m long, 350m wide and 32 hectares (80 acres) is surrounded by a magnificent lagoon and white sand beaches.
A family-friendly island boasting a huge 284 tropical décor rooms – some of the cheapest overwater bungalows Maldives. Discover 77 Jacuzzi Water Villas, 27 Water Front Villas, 83 Jacuzzi Beach Villas, 77 Beach Villas and 20 Garden Rooms. Slip into the warm Indian Ocean from your private sun-kissed veranda or unwind in your Jacuzzi with a glass of bubbly as the sun sets.
Meeru Resort & Spa boasts 5 restaurants and 4 bars, with a delicious selection of international cuisines. Along with its dive centre, sports centre, gift shop, professional photo studio, Duniye Spa, library, fitness centre, Meeru Island Resort also has two fresh water swimming pools, great snorkelling, Komas kids’ club, fitness centre, two tennis courts, a golf driving range, putting green, 9 hole pitch ‘n putt golf course, beach volleyball, badminton, football grounds and fishing excursions. Be sure to find out about our ‘All Inclusive Plus Package’ and ‘Honeymoon Package’ Deals. Snorkel and swim above the Meeru Coral Garden project, take part in guided activities where the Marine Biologist educates guests about the coral reef system, through workshops and specialised trips.
As one of the first resorts in the Maldives this island offers 40 years of hospitality expertise and continuing innovation. Meeru Island Resort & Spa is… ‘Simply Maldives’
8. OLHUVELI BEACH RESORT & SPA
This South Malé Atoll resort, Olhuveli Beach & Spa, is an idyllic island retreat, especially if you’re looking for cheap overwater bungalows Maldives. The resort is just 45 minutes via speedboat from the airport & offers a selection of fun, relaxing and adventurous activities and facilities, inviting you to be as active or as relaxed in paradise as you please.
You will find affordable luxury accommodation in Maldives here with 298 thatched-roof villas – 109 cheap overwater bungalows Maldives, 187 beach villas, and 2 Presidential Suites. Each of the impressive villas features traditional architecture with modern flair and open-air living. Choose Deluxe Water Villa for some of the cheapest over water bungalows in Maldives or the Grand Water or Jacuzzi water villas with pool for ultimate luxury.
Olhuveli Beach & Spa is not only one of the cheapest resorts in Maldives, it offers 5 excellent dining venues, specialising in sustainable and local cuisine, influenced by the Maldivian’s who work in land and sea. 2 beautiful lounge bars offer live music or relax in the 2 infinity pools, 8 treatment rooms in the spa, plus kids’ club, gym, tennis courts, karaoke room, diving and snorkelling, water sports and catering to celebrate special occasions.
9. SOUTH PALM RESORT
One of the latest additions to budget resorts in Maldives, this new property rests on the remote unspoiled shores of Addu Atoll. Located in the south of the Maldives, just below the equator, South Palm Resort (4-stars) is a 1.5 hour domestic flight from Male Airport combined with a 10 min speedboat journey from Gan International Airport.
Choose between 100 land-based beach-front villas and 30 overwater bungalows at South Palm Resort – some of the most affordable Maldives resort prices in the country. The 6 villa categories feature modern stylish rooms, perfect for couples, honeymooners, or a fun-filled family holiday to remember. One of the cheapest resorts in Maldives, the Over Water Pool Villas feature beautiful wooden decks ands private infinity pool overlooking the lagoon, perfect to enjoy stunning sunset views across Addu Atoll.
You will be spoilt for choice at this cheap Maldives resort. Dine at Banyan and Moodhu Restaurants, or Kanduolhi Bars. The Kurumba Spa is home to Maldives’ first floating spa rooms. Amenities and activities include swimming pool, South Palm PADI Dive Centre, kids club, selection of motorised and non-motorised water sports, local island excursions, boat excursions, football pitch, volleyball centre, fitness centre, live traditional entertainment and bike rental is available.
10. ADAARAN SELECT HUDHURAN FUSHI
If you’re looking for cheap overwater bungalows Maldives, look no further than Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi, a 4-star resort in North Malé Atoll, 25 minutes via speedboat from the airport. Set amongst 83 acres of tropical beach on Lhohifushi Island, or ‘Lohi’s’ as the locals call it, the resort’s design enables it to blend into its natural surroundings.
Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi also doubles as Lohis Surf Resort among international surfers. A renowned surfer’s paradise, with world class left hander surf break ‘Lohis.’ The resort restricts the maximum number of 45 surfing guests per day. All surfers staying at the resort must pre-purchase a resort surf pass on a per surf basis, before arriving at the resort.
The 165 air-conditioned villas include everything from beachside hideaways to ocean villas above turquoise waters. Each unique living space is equipped with modern amenities, elegant furnishings and tropical décor. Savour a slice of paradise at the 37 Ocean Villas – some of the cheapest water bungalows in Maldives, and enjoy your private sun deck with 24 hour access to the surrounding ocean. Amenities consist of a gym, spa, an outdoor pool, plus 2 open-air bars and 2 informal restaurants. Activities include scuba diving, tennis and seasonal surfing.