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It’s the ultimate holiday dream for many: an over-water villa set above a crystal clear ocean. We’ve found the best of these for families for that once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Prices are based on a family of four sharing, starting with the most extravagant, down to the more budget-friendly options.

1/9 Soneva Jani

We’re not sure who loves Soneva Jani more, the kids or the adults, but one thing’s for sure – the whole family will have a blast sliding from the top of this two-bedroom water retreat into the ocean below. Features of this dream-like villa include a basket swing, an open-air bathroom with lagoon access, a walk-in minibar and private wine cellar and spacious outdoor deck on which you will be served by your butler. Enjoy time in your retreat that includes dressing rooms, a TV lounge and a private swimming pool with catamaran nets. There are even bicycles for adults and tricycles for tots!

What: One night in a two-bedroom water retreat villa with slide
Where: Soneva Jani, Maldives
Price: From £3000 per night

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