Overwater villas closest to Sri Lanka

A beautiful and impressive island nation that's found just off the south east tip of India, Sri Lanka is fast becoming a popular vacation destination. On this island you'll find large ruins, sandy beaches, tropical jungle, and even a few arid delights.

Although you can find lots of different accommodation options throughout the entire island, ranging from upscale resorts to hostels, you won't find any overwater villa resorts. Because of this, you'll have to travel to another location to experience your dream overwater escape. Now you may think that this means you have to change your entire vacation plan and start looking into the resorts found in the South Pacific, but luckily there is a much closer option- the Maldives.

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Overwater villas closest to Zanzibar

Found within the Indian Ocean just 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, the archipelago of Zanzibar is a stunning place to visit that offers beautiful, clear waters to wade and snorkel in alongside wide stretches of beach. You'll also find lots of beachfront hotels here, but at the moment, none of the hotels offer overwater villas.

Because of this, you'll have to travel a little further away to find your overwater escape. Luckily, you won't have to travel all the way to the Caribbean or the South Pacific to make your overwater dream come true. In fact, you'll find a few great choices right in Africa.

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Overwater bungalows closest to Puerto Rico

Serving as an extremely popular island destination, Puerto Rico is an easy to reach tropical location. Because of this, it's not surprising that many travelers wonder if the island houses any overwater resorts. Unfortunately, Puerto Rico is not yet an overwater bungalow destination, but at least there are islands nearby that are.

For instance, you'll find 3 Sandals resorts that now offer overwater rooms and all-inclusive stays. For more information about these overwater bungalows and others that are close by, continue reading below.

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Water villas closest to the Bahamas

Being the easiest to reach island chain in the Caribbean, many daydreamers wonder whether there are any water villas or overwater bungalows in the Bahamas. Unfortunately, the answer is no, but the good news is that there are a number of good choices not far away.

First off, water villas, or ‘overwater bungalows' as they are called in the South Pacific, can only be built over protected lagoons that don't have waves (or regular hurricanes) to deal with. The ones most of us dream about are over clear-water lagoons in a certain kind of volcanic island, and the Bahamas doesn't match these traits. [read more]

Water villas closest to Seychelles

With 115 total islands in a beautiful tropical setting it's no surprise that many people wonder if there are any water villas or overwater bungalows on the Seychelles. Unfortunately, there are none as of now, and there aren't any plans put into place at the moment to build any that we are aware of, but the good news is that there are a huge stock of these resorts nearby, mostly in the Maldives.

In fact, around two-thirds of the world's 125 or so overwater resorts are in the Maldives, so there are lots of great choices here compared to anywhere else on the globe. There's also a single water villa resort in Mauritius, which is just to the south, and located a bit closer to South Africa. [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.