Moorea 5-star water villas with a spa and driving range for US$638 per night

Nestled in the South Pacific, Moorea not only draws interest with its name, but its beautiful mountains, clear waters and luxury overwater resorts. These resorts can be found around the entire island, offering a different ocean view for visitors. Aside from their view, these resorts also offer guests various activities, restaurants, bars, spas and picture perfect moments.

If you’re looking for a resort that offers pretty much everything, from little extras in each room to excursions around the island, then you might want to take a good look at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa. Here, you’ll find overwater rooms starting off at US$638 per night for two people.

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Meeru Island Resort: Pro detailed review with videos & photos

The Maldives has close to 90 resorts that feature water villas, and about 15 of those offer full-board and/or all-inclusive plans. For years I’ve been comparing them all as I work on this online guide to overwater bungalows, and I frequently noticed that Meeru Island was among the cheapest water villa resorts in the Maldives, and also had some of the best guest reviews.

Stranger still, Meeru Island has all guests on a full-board plan, or they can upgrade to what they call the “All-Inclusive Plus” plan for a surprisingly modest fee. It seems almost too good to be true, so I had to visit this resort to see how they were able to pull it off.

Long story short, Meeru Island Resort is one of the largest islands in the Maldives so they can keep costs low through economies of scale. And not only do they provide great service and a first-class holiday product, they’ve also made a conscious decision to keep rates reasonable to encourage repeat visitors and keep marketing costs to almost nothing. I loved Meeru Island, and I’ll be back. The details are all below. [read more]

6 Best cheap Bora Bora and Moorea overwater resorts

When planning your overwater vacation, you’ll find that there are several different island locations to choose from. The most popular however, just may be the islands that make up the South Pacific. Here visitors will find tropical getaways that seem straight out of a movie with white sand beaches, clear waters teeming with fish and a Polynesia culture that is sure to impress. Unfortunately, many people think of the South Pacific as nothing more than a dream vacation, one that they feel they’ll never be able to afford. Luckily, that’s simply not the case. The islands of Bora Bora and Moorea welcome all with some overwater rooms not only catering to those looking for a luxury vacation, but those who seek one with an attainable price tag.

Below, we’ve put together a list of the 6 best cheap Bora Bora and Moorea overwater resorts that are all under the US$1,000 a night mark. These resorts, though low in price, are grand in design with spacious rooms with stunning island and/or ocean views, a nicely built list of activities and dining options and great reviews that detail not only the beauty of each resort, but their attention to detail and their pride in offering a vacation worth a thousand memories.

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Maldives 5-star water villas with private plunge pool for US$557 per night

An island paradise is generally comprised of a tropical white sand beach, clear waters filled with colorful fish, palm trees dotting the shoreline and a room filled to the brim with amenities and comforts. All these qualities can be found at most of the resorts in the Maldives. Taking it up a notch however, are the overwater resorts that feel the best experience is one placed gently above the ocean.

One such resort is the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu Resort. Here guests will find a slightly different approach to luxury island living with a ‘no news, no shoes’ feel. Here, the most important thing is relaxation with some fun mixed in. For those looking to relax and truly escape it all,you can do so with rooms starting off at only US$557 per night for two people.

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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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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.