Welcome to overwaterbungalows.net – the ultimate guide to every overwater bungalow and water villa resort in the world.
There are around 165 overwater resorts around the world as of early 2017, with more than 8,000 total overwater villas. About two-thirds of them are in the Maldives, but Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti have some of the world's best and most famous of these resorts, with the Caribbean also adding these luxury rooms.
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.
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.
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]
Jamaica is one of the Caribbean's most popular islands, especially for all-inclusive resorts, and starting late in 2016 it also became the region's capital of overwater bungalows. There are now two amazing overwater bungalow resorts on Jamaica, and we are hoping to welcome more in the future.
Fans of all-inclusive resorts will be happy to hear that both of the Jamaican resorts are part of the famous luxury Sandals chain, so guests pay one price and nearly everything they can think of (including premium items and excursions) is included. The bad news for most of us is that the overwater bungalows are quite expensive, starting around US$2,000 per night for two people. Even more challenging is the fact that unless you book at least 3 nights, the rate you'll be quoted will be over US$6,000 per night. Yikes! [read more]
Most overwater resorts cater with bungalows and villas that house a luxury bedroom in addition to a seating area and private deck, but did you know that there are also resorts that take it up a notch and offer two bedrooms, and sometimes even three bedroom suites? These resorts do have a higher nightly rate and are considered to be in the super luxury category, but are well worth the money if you have it.
This is because these larger villas are perfect for families and large groups, with many of the resorts below offering some sort of children friendly amenities, whether that be beds, a Kid's Club, or kid approved menu options. The resorts below also feature spas, dining options, and plenty of fun ocean activities to partake in. With that said, if you're traveling with a group of adults, you'll still find plenty of privacy as the bungalows listed below are very private already with either privacy walls or ocean separating each individual bungalow.
If you're traveling with four people and would prefer to stay in a one bedroom suite, then you'll want to look into the Bora Bora bungalows for four people and the Maldives villas for four people. For more information about overwater resorts in both Bora Bora and the Maldives that offer more than one bedroom, continue reading below.
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.