Best Bora Bora deals for November: Overwater bungalows from US$616

The month of November should be a good time to find a bargain at Bora Bora and Moorea resorts, but so far room rates are higher than we would have thought. The good news comes in the fact that these tropical resorts often have their lowest rates only 2 to 3 months out, so you might find even better rates at the resorts below than what we found.

Still, rates in November are much lower than they are in the high season months of June and July, and the weather continues to be nearly perfect anyway. And it should also be noted that all of these resorts mentioned below are international standard 4-star and 5-star resorts with most activities included in the room rate. [read more]

Best Maldives deals for November: Water villas from US$540 per night

November marks the first month of the high season in the Maldives, so finding a bargain on a private-island water villa gets trickier. The good news is that the season tends to begin slowly, so those who can come earlier in the month can still get some great deals.

Below you’ll find the three best deals we can find for November in the Maldives. Two of these include three meals per day for each of two guests per villa. When you consider that it’s pretty normal for visitors to spend around US$100 per day per person on food, not including alcohol, these rates are more obviously good deals. The weather is pretty much perfect as well, although that’s nearly always the case in the Maldives. [read more]

Best Bora Bora & Moorea deals for October: Overwater bungalows from US$549

October marks the final month of the high season for resorts in Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti, but the last couple weeks of the month are already slower so it’s easier to find better deals in the second half of the month. If you can push your trip to November you can probably get a better rate, but with the resorts listed below you can already find some good deals.

There is very little rain in the region during the month of October, and what you do tend to get are quick storms overnight or in the late afternoon. The late afternoon storms provide some of the most stunning sunsets that you’ll ever see, so rain isn’t really a problem to avoid in the South Pacific. [read more]

Best Maldives deals in October: Water villas from US$375 per night

The high season for Maldives hotels starts in November, so October is an ideal month to get off-season deals just before prices shoot up. There are still some really fantastic bargains to report for the month, including two below that are for all-inclusive deals. If you’ve seen typical food and drink prices in the Maldives, you’ll realize that those are really stand-out bargains, especially this time of year.

We’ve listed the 3 best deals we could see for the month below, but there are plenty more choices once you start looking around. Even the posh 5-star resorts are offering tempting rates, so it continues as a buyer’s market at least until November. [read more]

Overwater bungalows in Florida: Under construction at Disney Resort

When it comes to overwater bungalows anywhere near the Caribbean, the pattern lately has been to announce them long before they are ready to break ground. That wouldn’t be so bad if not for the fact that years seem to go by and ground is never broken. Getting funding AND government approval for construction at the same time has been a major challenge, but not for the project we recently learned about.

Evidently there had been rumors in 2013 that Disney would be adding up to 20 overwater bungalows to its Disney’s Polynesian Resort complex in Lake Buena Vista (near Orlando) as part of a major 2-year renovation. Now we have actual videos from May, 2014 of these things mostly built in the Seven Seas Lagoon that the resort sits on. [read more]

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.