Water villas closest to Bali

Bali is one of the world’s most popular and famous tropical islands, and it’s responsibility for most of Indonesia’s tourism. There’s a fair amount of confusion about whether there are any water villas or overwater bungalows on Bali, partly because the resort that claims to have invented and built the first-ever overwater bungalows is called Club Bali Hai.

Unfortunately, that resort is on the island of Moorea, just off Tahiti, in the South Pacific, thousands of kilometers from Indonesia. Bali and its active tides just aren’t the right kind of island for rooms on stilts, so it’s unlikely that they’ll be coming anytime soon. Bali has dozens of 5-star beach resorts, but it doesn’t have any shallow lagoons so even if they did build water villas off the shore, they’d be above the noisy waves going in and out.

But the good news is that there is an amazing assortment of water villas near Bali, relatively speaking. With the exception of a few overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, virtually all of the world’s water villas are in the tropics between the South Pacific, and the Maldives, which is just southwest of India. [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.