Water villas in Malaysia: A Complete Guide

Though most think of the Maldives or the South Pacific when the words water villas are brought up in a conversation, there are actually water villas located around the world. This abundance of choices makes it even easier to find one that fits not only your style, but your budget as well.

If you’re interested in the the spa and scuba diving culture of the overwater resorts in Malaysia, you’ll find lots of good options to choose from. Some resorts focus more on the local diving scene than anything else while others also make a point to celebrate the beauty of the islands. Others like to take it up a notch and present a 5-star honeymooners paradise. To help you find your perfect match, we’ve complied a list of the water villa resorts in Malaysia, below.

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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.