The Maldives is now open to visitors for overwater vacations

This year so far has been engulfed in chaos, with popular travel destinations closing right and left due to Covid-19. However, borders here and there are starting to gently open up, many with travel restrictions still in place. The Maldives has decided to take a different, yet exciting, approach and as of July 15th, is now open to visitors seeking an overwater resort experience. At first you'll find 43 resorts to choose from with more following suit throughout August, September, and October.

So if you are itching to get back out into the world and travel again, but are still nervous about being within large groups of people, a vacation in an overwater bungalow would make sense. You can read more about that, and more, below.

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Sandals to reopen Caribbean resorts on June 4th to the public

As the world begins to open up again, we are now being able to look a little closer into what is possible for summer and fall travel. The famed Sandals resort chain, which houses many properties in the Caribbean, including some overwater resorts, will start opening their resorts back up to visitors during the first week of June. In total, 18 properties are set to re-open to the public on June 4th, 2020. These resorts are located on the islands of Jamaica, St. Lucia, Turks & Caicos, Grenada, Antigua, and Barbados.

On the 15th of June, 2020, Sandals resort locations in the Bahamas will reopen. All of the resorts were closed to guests on March 30th, 2020 as the COVID-19 virus spread throughout the world.

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Banyan Tree Mayakoba resort in Mexico to add overwater villas in 2020

In celebrating their 10 year anniversary, the crowd favorite Banyan Tree Mayakoba Resort has announced that they are expanding the resort to not only house more land based rooms, but 6 overwater villas as well. This news is great for travelers eyeing the coastal town of Playa del Carmen as a future travel destination as they'll have even more room categories to select from.

But not only is the resort adding overwater villas to its list of room choices, but new resort features as well. One of these new features is a new Sands Beach Club which will include two oceanfront pools, dining options, and more. For more information about this resort expansion which is expected to be concluded in December 2020, as well as other nearby resorts to look into, continue reading below.

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Overwater bungalow resorts in Panama

We are constantly asked if there are any of those amazing overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, and many people are disappointed to learn that there are only a few options that come close to what you would find in the South Pacific and the Maldives.

With this said, there are some good options for budget seekers off of the Caribbean coast of Panama. Most of these hotels, lodges, and resorts tend to focus more on nature and being as eco-friendly as possible than on luxuries, so they're certainly not for everyone. Those who do travel to these overwater bungalows have it in mind that they are there to be outside in nature as much as time and the weather allows. So if you've been searching for a tropical escape with snorkeling, tours, and monkeys, then you'll want to explore the overwater accommodations, below.

Those looking for “honeymoon-style” overwater bungalows have reason to celebrate now. The luxury Viceroy hotels chain is currently constructing an amazing resort with 42 overwater bungalows and 144 other rooms on a huge property in Bocas del Toro. THIS will finally be the resort most of us were waiting for.

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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 a bit of good news here as there are two resorts in Mexico that feature overwater villas, one of which is considered all-inclusive.

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]

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 90 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.