Show a person a photo of an overwater bungalow or water villa and suddenly they have a new goal in life. Everything about it spells romantic, off-the-grid seclusion, from the thatched roofs and wraparound terraces to outdoor showers and spellbinding views of the azure waters. Here’s what we found.
1. Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives
Curious where A-listers go to slip away from the limelight and decompress? Famous faces consistently flock to Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives. Owned by LVMH—purveyors of prestige brands like Louis Vuitton and Moët & Chandon—and the handiwork of architect Jean-Michel Gathy, this lavish celeb-favored hideaway corners the market on exclusivity and contemporary luxury.
Fitted with sumptuous linens, sculptural art pieces, and over-the-top amenities, the spacious standalone villas (the smallest is a whopping 2,600 square feet) have welcomed everyone from Hollywood stars to royals (ahem, Prince William and Kate Middleton). Besides shacking up in style, guests enjoy transfers in a customized seaplane, personal butler service, indulgent Guerlain treatments at the Cheval Blanc Spa, and haute cuisine prepared by a Michelin-starred chef.