9 Best overwater resorts with glass floors
Overwater resorts now exist around the world with each offering their guests a little something different and unique. Not only does each resort offer slightly different amenities and views, but also charmingly decorated rooms with their own key features. Though many feature large 4-poster beds or a fully stocked mini bar, there are other resorts that take their overwater rooms to the next level. Impressing guests time and time again, these resorts use glass floors to gain interest.
Glass floors are a unique and interesting way to add a little entertainment into each room as guests gain a dry and safe viewing point into the world below them. Below you'll find a complete list of 11 different overwater resorts from around the world that treat guests with glass floors in their over the water oasis.
Glass floors in overwater rooms
An exciting feature to any room, glass floors help to add a little extra charm to already great rooms. Though most of them are known to exist under a coffee table in the sitting area of each rooms, there are some resorts that prefer to have theirs in a hallway, in the bathroom, in front of the bed and even somethings on the outside deck itself. No matter where each is positioned, guests are afforded the opportunity to view the underwater world without having to jump into the ocean itself.
Best overwater resorts with glass floors
- Water villas: 54
- Total rooms/suites: 106
Found on the north shore of Moorea, the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa is a great choice for those looking to spend under $1,000 per night to vacation in the South Pacific. It is also a great choice for those who like the freedom of exploring nearby shops, restaurants and activities rather than being confined to an island out in the middle of the ocean. Though guests are close to other opportunities, the resort itself is home to a few restaurants and bars, a driving range, fishing, a beach, a gym, various sight seeing tours, snorkeling, a florist, a gift shop and a large number of other amenities and activities including a babysitting service. As an extra bonus, the resort is also home to the Moorea Lagoon Spa which features a selection of massages, treatments and wedding packages.
Larger than normal overwater rooms provide guests with ample walking space along with a mini refrigerator, a mini-bar, coffee maker, widescreen TV and a balcony. Rooms also include small extras such as lever door handles, Pacific Coast down pillows, bath slippers and a bathrobe. Rooms also feature a balcony with sun loungers and an indoor glass floor coffee table that's perfect for below the ocean viewing.
- Low season online specials from US$415 per night
- High season online specials from US$488 per night
- Water villas: 39
- Total rooms/suites: 114
Popular with the French crowd, the Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort rests on the island of Moorea with a picture perfect postcard view of Tahiti. It is also very private yet still close enough to other ventures allowing for a vacation that feels anything but isolated. Offering very affordable nightly rates, the resort treats guests with restaurants and a bar, a swimming pool, gift shop, beauty salon, private beach, bicycle hires, a business center and a wide range of water sports including sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and snorkeling. Guests can also enjoy a few boat excursions, one even being on a glass bottom boat.
Though the resort itself is very impressive, especially for the value, rooms are equally as nice. Each features an entertainment system complete with a Plasma satellite TV with a movie channel, room service, Wi-Fi, a mini-bar, in room radio, air conditioning and a rain shower bathroom. Each room also includes a square glass floor cutout in the middle that allows for ocean viewing without having to jump in the water.
- Low season online specials from US$374 per night
- High season online specials from US$686 per night
- Water villas: 50
- Total rooms/suites: 62
Serving as one of the very first overwater resorts in the South Pacific, the InterContinental Bora Bora Le Moana Resort is praised over and over again for its service, views, rooms and amenities throughout. With two restaurants to dine at, a 24-hour lounge, concierge services, an outdoor pool and various water activities such as snorkeling and shark and ray feeding excursions, you'll be entertained and kept busy during the entire duration of your vacation. Currently there isn't a spa on-site, however guests can be easily shuttled to a resort spa nearby.
There are two types of overwater rooms to choose from, a set that sits closer to shore with views of the beach and a set that offers views of the horizon and that sits further away from the island, offering a touch more of privacy. No matter which of the two kinds of rooms you choose, each is outfitted with a living room, bedroom, bathroom with a dressing area, a split level sun terrace with a small staircase into the ocean and the ever popular glass coffee table that showcases the ocean below.
- Low season online specials from US$726 per night
- High season online specials from US$935 per night
- Water villas: 19
- Total rooms/suites: 74
A smaller sized boutique resort, the Le Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora is a 3-star resort with low prices, but don't let that discourage you as luxury is one of the resort's most prized qualities. Here, travelers will find their perfect South Pacific escape with restaurants and a bar, free use of all snorkeling equipment as well as the outrigger canoes and kayaks on-site, an assortment of boutiques to shop through for goodies to send back home, on-site laundry and a wide range of nearby activities including parasailing, fishing, island tours, shark and ray feedings and transfer to nearby spas.
Though the rooms are on the smaller side compared to other overwater resorts around the world, each offers a TV, a coffee and tea maker, a fully stocked mini-bar, a separate bathtub and shower and a private terrace offering views of the island and ocean. In addition and arguably each room's best feature is the glass coffee table that allows for a fantastic view of the ocean below the room.
- Low season online specials from US$429 per night
- High season online specials from US$432 per night
- Water villas: 40
- Total rooms/suites: 119
A 5-star luxury resort situated in the Maldives, the Lily Beach Resort & Spa features a number of different accommodation options including beach villas, partially over the water villas and a great selection of overwater villas. The resort itself sits on its own private island, helping to make for a calming and far removed vacation destination for romantic couples. Adding to the resorts' allure are the all-inclusive packages available that include food and drink options.
Each of the overwater rooms rest right above either a sandy bottom dotted with coral or the outskirts of the house reef. As this resort believes in making every decision easy, guests will find each water villa offers direct ocean access with a small set of stairs that lead straight from the terrace into the ocean. In addition, guests will find that they can enjoy the ocean from inside their room with a large glass floor near the entrance door. On the island guests will also find a variety of restaurants, a tennis court, water sports center, swimming pools for both adults and children and much, much more.
- Low season online specials from US$823 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,529 per night
- Water villas: 70
- Total rooms/suites: 80
Located on a small Maldivian private island, Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives is a medium sized resort that prides itself on being an all-inclusive vacation destination. Here guests will find themselves on a piece of land, 6 acres, while surrounded by beautiful tropical water teeming with life. Due to it's small size, relaxing atmosphere and Spa, this resort is well suited to honeymooners and romantically involved couples. In fact, couples will get the chance to enjoy a few hours of pampering at the Sanctuary Spa, a romantic and fun sunset fishing excursion and a visit to the properly named Isle of Adam and Eve.
When not enjoying the resort's amenities, guests will find themselves wrapped in luxury in an overwater villa complete with hot and cold water, a tea and coffee making area, a mini bar, a kingsized bed and an entertainment system complete with a DVD player and cable TV. Guests will also find a large glass floor cutout offering views of the watery world below just before the room opens up to a large wooden outdoor deck complete with sun loungers and a set of stairs that lead directly into the ocean below.
- Low season online specials from US$480 per night
- High season online specials from US$539 per night
- Water villas: 25
- Total rooms/suites: 101
A 4-star overwater resort popular with the European and Asian crowd, Robinson Club Maldives is far removed from the international hub of the Maldives, making it perfect for those who are seeking a truly private vacation. All in all, there are 25 water villas stretching out into the ocean from the resort's tiny island, each providing a fantastic view of the vastness of the ocean. Each villa is large in size and features Wi-Fi, a TV, day bed alongside a 4-poster kingsize bed, air conditioning and a mini-bar. Guests will also find both hot and cold water, a jacuzzi and a large outdoor deck. Making grand even grander is a glass floor section that rests at the end of the bed, allowing for a great (and secure) view of the water below the water villa.
The resort also hosts a variety of restaurants and bars, including a bar located next to the resort pool. In addition to dining and drinking options, guests will find excellent snorkeling and scuba diving within the house reef that encircles the island, surfing, catamaran trips, sailing, beach volleyball and fitness and wellness activities.
- Low season online specials from US$960 per night
- High season online specials from US$985 per night
- Water villas: 20
- Total rooms/suites: 20
Sharing the island with another prized resort belonging to the same company, the Adaaran Prestige Water Villas is 5-star in every sense of the meaning with luxurious rooms, fantastic service and views of a lifetime. Due to the two resorts sharing the same piece of Maldivian island, all guests staying at the water villas have full access to each of the other amenities offered at the neighboring resort. With that said, guests will also find their own private bar and restaurant on-site.
There are, in total, 20 different water villas to choose from, each comprising of an inside room and an outdoor deck that offers views of the ocean around. In each of the rooms, guests will find a mini-bar, a coffee and tea making area, a kingsize bed alongside a daybed, air conditioning and little extras such as a sewing kit, slippers, a hair dryer, complimentary bottled water and a personal butler. There is also an excellent glass floor piece on the deck that offers views of the ocean below without the need to get wet.
- Low season online specials from US$751 per night
- High season online specials from US$933 per night
9 – Six Senses Laamu
- Water villas: 73
- Total rooms/suites: 97
Great reviews, stunning views and an assortment of activities and amenities, Six Senses Laamu is a top choice Maldivian overwater resort that caters to those looking for luxury in an island setting. Here guests will find both in the water and on the land rooms, restaurant choices, a dive center, various water sports such as windsurfing, snorkeling and wakeboarding as well as a library and spa. The Six Senses Spa caters with different treatment rooms and various therapies mixing both Asian and Western methods together.
Each of the overwater rooms feature a wide selection of amenities including air conditioning, a tea and coffee maker, an entertainment system composed of a Bose sound system and a 37 inch LCD satellite TV and Wi-Fi. Guests will also find a personal bar, an outdoor bathroom featuring a rain shower and an outdoor terrace lined with daybeds, sun loungers and over-water netting. Perhaps most exciting are the glass floors in the bathroom and on the terrace between two seating areas.
- Low season online specials from US$1,045 per night
- High season online specials from US$1,430 per night