Bora Bora 5-star water villas with a glass floor for US$658 per night

With a popularity that keeps rising, Bora Bora is the ideal island vacation for most, whether they plan to visit or not. Here visitors will find postcard perfect vistas, great snorkeling and scuba diving, gentle hikes and a bounty of reasons to kick off their shoes, lay back and enjoy the sun.

Travelers will also find a nice selection of overwater resorts, each offering luxurious views, rooms and dining. Some of the resorts cater to those looking to make the most of a smaller budget while others welcome those with money to burn. If you’re looking for a great room with lagoon access and both land and sea views at a friendly price, you’ll find exactly that at the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa where rooms start off at only US$658 per night.

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Maldives 5-star water villas with scuba diving school for US$292 per night

The Maldives, with all their beauty, peacefulness and luxury standards, are a dream come true for most island lovers. They are also often thought of as an island vacation only suitable for the wealthy. Through there are still lots of resorts that cater to those with extra money to spend, there are also a few resorts that appeal nicely to travelers with less money in their pockets.

One of those such resorts is the Gangehi Island Resort. Known for having budget friendly prices year round, this small resort is a great stay for those who are looking for a room and food option. In fact, rates at the Gangehi Island Resort start off at only US$292 per night.

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Moorea 4-star water villas with dolphin and whale watching for US$529 per night

A top quality island with quality resorts and amenities, Moorea has quickly become a tropical destination of choice for many visitors from around the world. Here coral reefs house tropical fish, palm trees line the beaches, white sand gives way to crystal clear, warm waters and locals treat you as an extended family member.

The resorts on the island are equally as inviting with luxury amenities, both in and out of the rooms, activities and views. Now that you’ve decided on a vacation here, the next step is deciding which resort fits your travel style and needs the best. At the InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea, guests will find a mix of adventure and relaxation, great food, views of the island and ocean as well as amazing customer service throughout the duration of their trip. Rooms rates do differ from room to room, though there is a great deal going on in the month of September for an overwater villa for only US$529 per night for two people.

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Maldives 4 1/2-star adults-only water villas with jacuzzi for US$400 per night

Many types of travelers and vacationers visit the beautiful island nation of the Maldives. Some travel alone and others as a family or group, but most travel as couples seeking a relaxing (or adventurous) getaway or honeymoon just for them. Though there are lots of different resorts to choose from throughout the islands, only a few cater to those looking for a vacation free of children running about.

One of those such resorts is the Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa. Though children are allowed to stay within some of the beach villas here, the over-the-water villas are 18 and up only, providing a private slice of paradise for those seeking it. A stay at one of these villas includes an outdoor personal jacuzzi, full board with the choice of a ‘plus’ plan and an endless amount of amenities starting off at only US$400 per night.

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Bora Bora overwater bungalows for 4 people in one room

Heavily portrayed in movies, music videos and used as backdrops for many famous novels, the South Pacific is a dream come true for most vacation seekers. It used to be that only honeymooners and other romantic couples sought out this island paradise, but nowadays more and more families are choosing the South Pacific for their next vacation.

Even so, there are still quite a lot of overwater resorts that choose not to cater to families, especially those traveling with 2 kids. Luckily, there are a few resorts that have rebelled against the rest and happily invite families with children to stay in their overwater rooms. These resorts are spread out across the South Pacific and can be found on Bora Bora and Moorea.

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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 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.