Sandals Royal Caribbean offers 12 more overwater honeymoon bungalows

Set to open in November, 2016, the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort is already proving itself a big hit with bookings placed into the months of 2017 well before its opening date. At first there were only 5 overwater bungalows to choose from, however, a recent announcement by Sandals details the opening of 12 new overwater bungalows with bookings available for those rooms starting the 1st of February, 2017.

These rooms will represent a different suite category, the Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalows. As the name suggests, these bungalows are designed with the romantically inclined in mind, making for quite the honeymoon experience. [read more]

A new Viceroy overwater resort is planned to open in Panama in 2019

With an opening date planned for sometime in 2019, the Viceroy Hotel Group is set to open up the Viceroy Bocas del Toro Panama, an overwater resort located off the Caribbean coast and set against a rainforest backdrop. In total, the resort plans to feature 186 different guestrooms and residences, 42 of which will be located over the water and alongside 457 acres of beach coastline.

Destined as an eco-friendly resort option, guests will also find that only electrical cars and sustainable technologies are allowed.

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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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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]

Overwater bungalows in Montego Bay, Jamaica UPDATE: Opening soon

As the chorus of people hoping for real overwater bungalows in the Caribbean grows louder each year, it seems we may finally have some good news. According to at least one respected travel blog, the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica will soon be getting 5 large and very luxurious overwater bungalows.

The rumor of this construction has been around for years, but we are told that actual construction (or at least pre-construction) has begun, and reports on TripAdvisor from recent visitors seem to confirm it. You may recall similar rumors about overwater bungalows at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, but that project continues to be delayed for one reason or another. According to the new report, a Sandals executive announced ground-breaking on the Jamaica project within two months. [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 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.