Overwater bungalows elsewhere in the world
Almost all of the overwater bungalow and water villa resorts are concentrated in just a few small areas in the Tropics. This site was created specifically to list every single overwater resort in the world, and many find it disappointing that nearly all of them are clustered in a few small areas, which are also quite remote as well.
However, there are a few stray resorts that are located outside of those main clusters, and we’ll list them all here below. At the moment you could count them easily on just one hand, but with the popularity of these resorts increasing so much lately, it seems certain that more will be opening soon, and we’ll list those here as well.
Overwater bungalows in Europe
Perhaps the most unusual of all of these resorts around the world is one particular resort in Switzerland, which features 24 rooms on stilts out over a lake, plus 16 similar rooms on land.
Calling them “water pavilions,” this is a 5-star deluxe hotel with rooms starting at around US$830 per night.
There are extensive business facilities in addition to the luxury rooms, so this resort seems to be as popular for executive corporate meetings as it is for honeymoons and other romantic retreats.
And while they may resemble shipping containers on the outside, things are pure elegance inside, with a high-end entertainment system and lots of pampering amenities.
Overwater bungalows in Mexico, on the Pacific
While there are no overwater resorts in Mexico on the Caribbean side, there are quite a few small resorts offering these rooms just south in Central America. Those are all listed on our Caribbean overwater bungalows page, but this one is on the Pacific side, so it’s listed here instead.
This small eco-resort is on the Pacific Ocean about 60 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. They have 27 bungalows, many of which are set over an inland estuary and others that are set on or near the Pacific beach. The resort is solar powered, so the rooms don’t have elaborate entertainment systems, but it’s very peaceful as a result.
This unique hotel operates on an all-inclusive basis, with room rates starting at US$270 per night, so it’s quite a bargain compared to most others listed on this site. It’s not exactly like the huts-on-stilts over a perfect clear lagoon that you get in the South Pacific or the Maldives, but it’s by far the closest thing in this part of the world.
Overwater bungalows in Mozambique, southern Africa
- Water villas: 20
- Total rooms/suites: 20
The only resort of its kind on continental Africa, the Flamingo Bay Water Lodge in Mozambique has 20 water villas set out over a mangrove lagoon. The villas are large and air conditioned, but otherwise they are built to match the theme and surroundings with local materials and decorations. There is scuba diving and other water sports available, as well as fishing, ocean safaris, and many other interesting and unique activities nearby.
The restaurant here specializes in seafood, though it has non-seafood items as well, and there is also a lounge and swimming pool in the common area at the edge of the lagoon. The Flamingo Bay Lodge is popular with South Africans as well as those visiting the continent for safaris and other trips, and who want something special and a bit of pampering at the same time.
Overwater bungalows in Mauritius (off Africa)
- Water villas: 11
- Total rooms/suites: 89
Especially popular with French-speaking guests, the Constance Le Prince Maurice is a premier resort on the east coast of Mauritius. It has 11 water villas and 78 rooms on land, so this isn’t quite like the resorts in the Maldives where most or all of it is on stilts. The 8 Overwater Junior Suites are large and very good value, while the 3 Overwater Villas are huge and luxurious.
It’s also worth noting that the water villas at the Constance Le Prince Maurice are on stilts over a fish sanctuary so there’s no swimming allowed directly below them. The views are still gorgeous though, and the resort has a long list of restaurants, bars, and included activities for all guests, so it’s popular with romantic couples as well as those in search of an active holiday.
Where to find the rest of the overwater bungalows and water villas
Aside from these outliers, over 95% of the world’s overwater bungalow resorts are located in just a few parts of the world. We’ll list them below just to save you time.
- Bora Bora overwater bungalows – The best clearwater lagoons
- Moorea overwater bungalows – Five deluxe resorts on stilts
- Tahiti overwater bungalows – Two affordable large resorts
- South Pacific overwater bungalows – 9 resorts (this includes Fiji, Samoa, and many smaller islands)
- Maldives water villas – Over 60 resorts ranging from 3-stars to 5-star deluxe
Caribbean and Central America
- Caribbean overwater bungalow resorts – While they aren’t the types set over clear-water lagoons, there are about 10 resorts in the Caribbean that have overwater rooms of one type or another.
- Water villas in Asia – There are 3 small resorts in the Philippines, plus several in Malaysia and in Thailand