Inside the world’s largest water villas complete with private slides into the ocean

Get ready for a serious dose of wanderlust, courtesy of the world’s largest over-the-water villas which have just opened their doors.

Guests get a private slide directly into the ocean, a dining room with glass floor panels so you can see the fish below, a private pool, and even an outdoor bath tub.

Oh, and the bedroom has a retractable roof, meaning you can soak up the sunshine, or opt for a spot of stargazing, all without needing to leave your bed.

Major dream holiday fodder.

The glamorous new Water Retreats are of course located in the Maldives, at the luxurious Soneva Fushi resort.

One of the Water Retreat villas at Soneva Fushi with a slide into the ocean
One of the Water Retreat villas at Soneva Fushi with a slide into the ocean

With each villa measuring 584 sq m, they’re the largest over-the-water villas in the world.

Think a huge double bedroom, a separate dining area and kitchen, a living room, and of course your very own private deck.

Guests have private slides that go straight into the ocean

Guests can spend their days lounging around in their private pool, slide into the ocean, or even just hang out on the catamaran-style nets that are suspended above those picture-perfect crystal-clear waters.

Speaking of the waters, the Maldives islands are renowned for their incredible marine life, so adventurers may want to don some snorkel gear to catch a glimpse of the colourful fish that reside here.

The bedroom has a retractable roof so you can stargaze from your bed

Alternatively, Soneva Fushi’s white sand and palm-fringed beaches are a must, if only for those jaw-dropping backdrops that make the Maldives such a hit with the Instagram crowd.

Then of course, the resort itself has everything you could want for a luxurious getaway, from the fine dining restaurant to the ‘culinary theatre’ where there’s no menu but a chef whips up a meal in front of you.

Watch the fish below deck through the dining area’s glass panel

Need a bit more pampering? No doubt the on-site luxurious spa could be just the place.

The resort is actually family-friendly too, with plenty of fun activities on offer for children at the dedicated Kid’s Club, not to mention that the Water Retreat villas themselves boast dedicated children sleeping areas.

The outdoor bath tub looks dreamy

Unfortunately, while the water villas look absolutely dreamy, the price tag will quickly bring you back to reality.

Prices start from $2,626 per night (approx £2,050) for the one-bedroom retreats, while stays at the two-bedroom retreats start from $5,232 per night (approx £4,100).

You can find out more on the Soneva Fushi website.

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