Bora Bora 5-star water villas with a wedding chapel and a spa for US$1315 per night

Serving as one of the world’s most famous and well known islands, Bora Bora attracts travelers from around the world and is often used as a back drop for movies and music videos. From white sand beaches to lush green mountains, from tropical fish to palm trees, this part of the South Pacific is essentially picture perfect. With so much to offer, it’s no surprise that several resorts have built a name for themselves here, with each one promising a vacation like no other.

Because of the variety of luxury resorts that call Bora Bora home, you may find it a bit difficult to choose the right one for you. If you’re looking for a 5-star resort that offers large rooms with both ocean and mountain views as well as the little extras, a spa, a restaurant and a romantic atmosphere, the InterContinental Bora Bora & Thalasso Spa may be the best resort for you. Here, you’ll find overwater villas starting at US$1,315 per night for two people.

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Why you don’t need a travel agent for a perfect Maldives water villa holiday

With all due respect to offline travel agents and the hard work and expertise they can provide, those traveling to the Maldives for a private-island holiday don’t really need them, and will almost certainly save money without one. If you’ve only ever booked luxury holidays with your friendly neighborhood travel agent, then you might as well carry on doing that. But if you don’t have a travel agent and unsure of the value they bring, read this article and you’ll discover that you are probably better off without them.

The main reason for this is that the Maldives is an incredibly well organized travel destination, and after your first visit you’ll discover that everything is taken care of for you whether you got a discount price online or paid a higher price to your hometown travel agent. [read more]

Maldives 4-star water villas with a private jacuzzi for US$339

A tropical vacation like no other, the Maldives offers an experience made to last a lifetime with luxury overwater resorts, healthy reef systems, cuisine from around the world and top notch amenities, activities and features. Because of the beauty that the Maldives offers, it can be difficult to choose what part of the island nation you want to stay in. The amount of great resort choices only helps to make your vacation decision more difficult.

However, if you’re looking for a resort that caters to outdoor lovers with an emphasis on water adventures, you’ll find paradise in the Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort. Here, you’ll also find nicely appointed overwater rooms with a private jacuzzi starting off at only US$339 per night for two people.

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Malé Airport: Arrival, resort check-in, speedboat, and sea-plane guide

The Maldives might be the closest thing to paradise on earth for those looking for a sunshine holiday. As the water villa and overwater bungalow capital of the planet, the Maldives has over 80 private-island resorts with overwater accommodation.

But how do you get to these private islands in the Maldives? It’s a bit confusing and mysterious until you’ve done it once yourself, so I’ve put together this guide to show you exactly how it all works. Whether you are taking a speedboat or sea-plane to your resort, I’ll show you exactly how it works, and you can see most of it in the video I made below. [read more]

9 Best overwater villa resorts with private pools

There are many different things to consider when searching for your dream resort. First you’ll want to take a look at the resort itself and find out what is offered with each stay. Does the resort have a public pool? Does it have spa? Are there numerous land or water activities to choose from? Are there dining options available throughout your stay that have good reviews from past guests? Then you’ll want to take a look at the room options available and depending on what you’re looking for, you’ll should find room choices that fit your dream.

If you’re looking for a luxury room that takes it up a notch with private pools, then you’ll want to take a look at the list below. This list is comprised of the highest reviewed overwater resorts from both the South Pacific and the Maldives that offer villas with private pools. In addition, each of these resorts offer dining options, a spa and a plethora of activities to partake in and enjoy.

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About overwater bungalows and water villas

First introduced in the South Pacific only a few decades ago, the overwater bungalow is now one of the hottest trends in the resort world. Honeymoon couples have been staying in these iconic rooms since the beginning, but now they are popular with families and adventure travelers as well.

For many people, the South Pacific island of Bora Bora is the most famous destination for the best overwater bungalows, but it’s actually the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, where most of these huts-on-stilts exist. The Maldives has more than 80 resorts that feature water villas (as they are typically known there), with several new private-island resorts opening every year.

In the South Pacific you will find almost a dozen resorts on Bora Bora, another five on Moorea, and two on Tahiti that have over water villas. There are about 10 additional overwater resorts on other South Pacific islands stretching all the way to Fiji and New Caladonia.

There are also about a dozen overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, mostly off the coast of Central America, with nearly all of them being diving-oriented “eco resorts.” But a few luxury overwater bungalows exist and more are being built on St. Lucia and other islands in the popular areas of the Caribbean, and this website will be the best place to look for information on all of them.