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The Largest Overwater Villa in the World Just Opened in the Maldives—Complete With Waterslide Into the Ocean

As if you needed another reason to visit the stunning country.


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Soneva Fushi, an American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts property, has already made a name for itself in the travel industry as one of the most luxurious getaways. After all, it's where Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner honeymooned. But the barefoot luxury resort in the Maldives just kicked things up a notch by unveiling the largest one- and two-bedroom overwater villas in the world.

Dubbed the Water Retreats, these eight villas will be the first for the property known for its "one island/one resort" jungle. They range in size from the 6,286-square-foot one-bedroom to a whopping 9,224-square-foot two-bedroom designed to ensure total privacy. Each one features outdoor bathrooms, a master bedroom with a retractable roof (think stargazing from bed), a glass-bottomed dining area, and a spacious pool deck complete with daybeds and catamaran nets to lounge above the waves. Plus, they each come with picture-perfect ocean views and a water slide that leads directly into the ocean.

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What's more, is they were designed using recycled Styrofoam as insulation. That material helps to keep the interiors cool and to minimize the noise of the waves and wind. The villas were also raised high enough above the ocean, so the waves don't break against the bottom, something found in traditional overwater structures. This further helps reduce the noise and vibration of the tumbling seas.

The new villas are the latest edition to the property's 63 equally impressive island villas. Each of the island villas comes with its own stretch of beach, gardens, and garden bathrooms. Most have private pools and are hidden in the jungle.

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No matter which villa you choose, every guest has access to butlers, eight restaurants, three bars, a children's play area, a gallery, boutique, and activities from snorkeling to glassblowing. "If the experiences are magical, the philosophy is simple: No news, no shoes. No pretensions either," the resort described.

The starting prices for the new Water Retreats are $2,626 per night for the One-Bedroom Water Retreat, and $5,232 per night for the Two-Bedroom Water Retreat.


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