Overwater bungalows in Playa del Carmen, near Cancun, Mexico

In the overwater bungalow scene there is no more popular topic than when Caribbean resorts will build the “honeymoon style” units to compete with those in Bora Bora and the Maldives. Though there are several resorts that claim to be in the process of building overwater rooms, currently there are only a select few that have actually succeeded in building them.

When in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, guests will find two overwater resorts nearby with each offering a Caribbean experience with a South Pacific twist. It’s important to note that each resort offers different features and amenities, making it important to take a look at both in order to make sure you pick the right one for you.

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Overwater bungalows in Mexico

When many of us think of a tropical winter vacation, we immediately think of Mexico, so it’s no wonder that quite a few people hope to find overwater bungalows in the country. There’s just a bit of good news here as there is one resort in Mexico that has overwater villas, but the bad news is that they aren’t really the kind that most of us daydream about.

The problem is that overwater bungalows, or water villas, as they are called in many parts of the world, can only be built over still water. If waves and heavy tides were below then they’d be hard to build, and far from ideal to sleep in as well. And the most beautiful overwater bungalows are all built over crystal clear lagoons that are far from the breakwater, and there are no such lagoons in or near Mexico. [read more]

Bora Bora 5-star overwater villas with glass floors for US$928 per night

Bora Bora. These two words may be small in size, but they hold special meaning to many. In fact, the phrase ‘Bora Bora’ brings to mind swallow tropical water, drinks in the sand, mountain views and picture perfect moments to last a lifetime. Not only is Bora Bora a dream for many, but a popular wedding and honeymoon destination for visitors from around the world.

Surprisingly, Bora Bora can also serve as a family destination for those seeking a family getaway during the summer or a tropical reunion. However, not all resorts in the area offer family friendly activities. Luckily though, there is one that not only offers fantastic activities suited for all ages, but a romantic vibe as well. This resort is the Le Meridien Bora Bora. Here, guess will find amenity filled rooms with a special glass floor cutout for two starting at only US$928 per night.

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Maldives 5-star water villas with ocean access and a spa for US$458 per night

Tropical breezes, sunset viewing and an assortment of island activities that include a leisurely snorkel over a vibrant coral reef- these are all things you’ll find throughout the Maldives. In addition, these islands form an island nation known and widely praised for their resorts, rooms, reefs, fishing and once in a lifetime experiences. But because there are so many different resorts situated around the country to choose from, finding the best one for you might be a bit more of a task than you were expecting.

To help narrow down the field, those looking for a first class, 5-star experience complete with a spa, gym, pool, spacious rooms and an assortment of dining options at a fare price will find exactly what they’re looking for in the Veligandu Island Resort. This particular resort offers all this with rooms starting off at only US$458 per night for two people.

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Moorea 4-star water villas with a glass floor sea life viewing area for US$459 per night

A beautiful island surrounded by clear ocean with plentiful sea life, Moorea continues to serve as a top choice for travelers from around the world. This island allows guests to not only enjoy an overwater bungalow experience but also the availability of multiple land activities that are hard to find when staying on a far removed island elsewhere. In fact, guests on Moorea have access to the entire island, not just the property of their chosen resort. This means that your stay can be filled with shops, restaurants, excursions (both land and sea) and hikes to viewpoints.

Those who are wishing for all this at a lower price will find perfection in the Moorea Pearl Resort and Spa where rooms start off at only US$459 per night for two people. This price allows guests to have a little more spending money to help them enjoy the many activities that Moorea proudly offers.

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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.