If you're at the very beginning of planning a tropical honeymoon, then you're most likely a little overwhelmed with the sheer amount of accommodation options available to choose from around the entire world. Essentially, there's a resort or hotel out there for everyone, meaning that it can be very hard to narrow your list down to a more manageable size.

However, if you're interested in staying in an overwater resort for your upcoming honeymoon, then you'll want to browse through the list of options that can be found below. These accommodations all vary from each other in one degree or another, yet all cater to honeymooners and romantic couples. At these resorts, you'll find all of the luxury amenties, a spa, outdoor activities, and a private location with rooms that allow for complete solitude. Although there are family friendly overwater resorts out there, the resorts on this list are best suited for couples who are looking for privacy.

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COMO Cocoa Island Resort – Maldives

  • Overwater bungalows: 33
  • Total rooms/suites: 36


If you like the idea of staying in a very large overwater suite, then you’ll certainly enjoy a stay at the COMO Cocoa Island Resort where you’ll find a selection of overwater room choices, each and everyone being large in itself. No matter the room you choose, each comes with a double vanity unit and a bathroom that has a separate bathtub and shower, a split level bedroom that comes with a sitting area, and a private sundeck that offers guests direct access to the lagoon via a set of steps that lead into the water.


Outside of the rooms, honeymooners will find a catamaran snorkeling trip, sunset and game fishing, a scuba diving experience, a sunset cruise, and the option to partake in an island picnic. The COMO Shambhala Retreat is one for the record books as it stuns with an open air pavilion for yoga that grants you a sunrise view. There’s also a hydrotherapy pool to enjoy.


  • Low season online specials from US$1,243 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,835 per night
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Mirihi Island Resort – Maldives

  • Overwater bungalows: 30
  • Total rooms/suites: 36


A very small resort that only houses 36 rooms, 30 of which reside over the ocean, the Mirihi Island Resort is a great option for couples seeking a quieter honeymoon that’s not filled with lots of other people enjoying the same vacation spot. With that said, this resort is a great choice for couples who want to want to disconnect as the rooms don’t have a TV like the other resorts on this list. You also will only find Wi-Fi in the boutique, and not in your room, making this resort one best fitted to very outdoorsy couples.


The Duniye Spa on-site is a great way to unwind with traditional Thai treatments and relaxing Swedish massages. There’s also the choice of a couples’ massage that is followed by a bottle of Champagne to be enjoyed at your own pace on your private balcony. You’ll also want to note the snorkeling safaris, the sunset cruises, and the island hopping that is available.


  • Low season online specials from US$1,346 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,408 per night
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Veligandu Island Resort – Maldives

  • Overwater bungalows: 64
  • Total rooms/suites: 76


With more overwater villas than land based rooms, the Veligandu Island Resort is a great choice for visitors seeking a tropical vacation over the water. Though this resort is rated as 4-stars, there are many guests that feel it should be rated with 5-stars instead. This is because of the luxury spa on-site as well as the rooms themselves. The Duniye Spa offers treatments for both men and women, making it a perfect choice for honeymooning couples looking to relax and unwind after a busy wedding week.


When looking at the overwater room choices here, you’ll find that you have 2 options – Water Villa and Jacuzzi Water Villa. Both room choices offer great amenities, however the Jacuzzi Water Villa is larger and impresses with a private walled in outdoor area with a Jacuzzi that’s large enough for 2 people to relax in. Other room features include a stocked mini bar with a refrigerator, a sitting area, room service and a private sundeck with furniture to sit on and enjoy the ocean view from.


  • Low season online specials from US$825 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,065 per night
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Bora Bora

Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa Bora Bora

  • Overwater bungalows: 48
  • Total rooms/suites: 60


Though not directly located on the island of Bora Bora, but rather just off of Le Taha’a Island, the Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa is a great choice for honeymooners who are searching for a more secluded and smaller resort to spend their time together on. Though it should be noted that kids are allow here, they stay with their families in the land based rooms, which still allows for romantic couples to enjoy peace and quiet.


The overwater rooms here feature a little mini bar area that also shares space with a coffee and tea making area. You’ll also find a bathtub, a shower, air conditioning, a ceiling fan, and the wonderful addition of a private deck that looks out over the water. Though you can very easily eat in your villa, there are 3 restaurants and 2 bars right on-site that offer views of the beach and ocean.


  • Low season online specials from US$684 per night
  • High season online specials from US$718 per night
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Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort

  • Overwater bungalows: 20
  • Total rooms/suites: 31


Known as one of the very first luxury resorts on Bora Bora, the Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort is very much worth a spot on your list of possible honeymoon destinations. Here you’ll find a 4-star resort that features 5-star amenities. Some of those amenities include a shuttle service, a salon, a game room, an outdoor pool, and a lot more. In fact, if you’re interested in not just a tropical honeymoon, but a tropical wedding as well, then you’ll want to look into the wedding facilities that can be found right on-site.


When looking at the overwater rooms, you’ll quickly notice that the back terrace is very large, especially when compared to a typical hotel balcony. You’ll also noted that each room includes a glass floor cutout at the end of the bed and a TV set off to the side. These exciting comforts allow you to stay in and enjoy a relaxing (and private) meal or coffee with your loved one.


  • Low season online specials from US$933 per night
  • High season online specials from US$983 per night
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St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

  • Overwater bungalows: 77
  • Total rooms/suites: 91


Considered to be an extremely luxurious property, the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort charms over and over again, from its rooms to the spa. In fact, the Miri Miri Spa is expansive in every sense of the word. This is because is spans 13,000 square feet. For honeymooners looking to relax everyday, you’ll find exactly that.


The overwater rooms here are impressive as well, with the smallest of the overwater villas being the size of a house. No matter which villa you decide to stay in, they all feature a nightly turndown service, separate shower and bathtub within the in-suite bathroom. There’s also a kitchen and dining area, where you’ll find a mini bar and a place to make your morning coffee or espresso. If you love having many different food options when on vacation, you’ll be happy to know that the resort houses 4 restaurants and a bar that’s located poolside.


  • Low season online specials from US$1,569 per night
  • High season online specials from US$2,132 per night
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Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea

  • Overwater bungalows: 28
  • Total rooms/suites: 94


Here you’ll find 28 overwater bungalows set near dozens of land based rooms. Each of these overwater rooms wow with a glass floor cutout. These cutouts allow you to view the ocean below the bungalow, without one having to actually go into the water to view the sea life.


Around the resort, you’ll find an on-site diving center, an infinity pool to relax in, volleyball, kayaking, outrigger canoes, and a spa. The Manea Spa impresses with a special pool that’s designed for aquatic massages, as well as other treatment options. If you’re interested in adventuring outside of the resort, you’ll find dolphin and whale watching tours, as well as a lagoon private cruise available to enjoy.


  • Low season online specials from US$914 per night
  • High season online specials from US$1,018 per night
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Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort – Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • Overwater bungalows: 17
  • Total rooms/suites:


Serving as an adults only resort, the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort invites visitors to Jamaica to enjoy a relaxing vacation with 17 overwater bungalows that stun with ocean views. Even though the resort is located in the Caribbean, guests will find rooms that present themselves with a Tahitian vibe. These rooms feature wooden floors, a sitting area, glass floor cutouts, a private deck, a private infinity pool on that deck, and a personal butler service.


Outside of the rooms, guests will find the Red Land Spa, which wows with a beauty salon, steam room, plunge pools, and several different kinds of treatments to select from. However, the resort’s spa is not the only impressive part of this resort. In fact, at this location, you’ll find lots to partake in, ranging from water sports to candlelight dinners to themed nights. Because of how much is going on, you can choose to have a very active honeymoon, or you can choose to simply enjoy your overwater suite.


  • Low season online specials from US$3,399 per night
  • High season online specials from US$3,646 per night
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Sandals South Coast Resort – Jamaica

  • Overwater bungalows: 12
  • Total rooms/suites: 360


Another overwater Sandals resort situated on the island of Jamaica, the Sandals South Coast Resort offers guests 12 overwater bungalows, alongside land based rooms. These bungalows are very large and grant visitors stunning views of the ocean via large wall length windows that point out to the sea.


Around the resort, guests will note that there are lots of different things to partake in, or to simply watch. Watersports are all around, and include kayaking, snorkeling, and sailboating. If you’re an adventurous couple, you’ll find lots to do right on-site. If you’re more interested in relaxation, then you’ll want to take note of the on-site spa- The Red Land Spa. Here you’ll be treated to a steam room, plunge pools, different treatments, and a yoga and pilates studio.


  • Low season online specials from US$3,244 per night
  • High season online specials from US$3,270 per night
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  1. We have a group that is looking for a resort with scuba diving for the end of July. It would be several couples and some teenagers. Are there any resorts where the diving is included?
    Thank you

    1. Sam,

      I’m not aware of any Maldives resorts where scuba diving is included or even heavily discounted. The good news is that almost every island offers diving and most offer instruction. So your best bet is to find a resort that you like at a reasonable price, and the diving package will probably also be reasonably affordable. Best of luck with this. -Roger

    1. Kelly,

      I’m glad this site has been helpful. Our list of scuba diving resorts will cover snorkeling as well. For the most part, snorkeling below water villas in the Maldives isn’t very exciting because there aren’t large reefs inside the lagoons where the resorts are located. In general the resorts all offer boat rides to nearby reefs, and many of those boats to go the same places. Most resorts seem to offer at least one if not two snorkeling boats per day, and they are usually included in your room price. There are probably some exceptions though. And of course the larger resorts are more likely to have more boats and departures than small resorts. So my advice would be to choose a resort based on everything else and then check to see if they offer snorkeling trips. If so then check the TripAdvisor reviews by searching for "snorkeling" and you’ll get the reviews that mention it. -Roger

  2. Hello
    We are looking for an OWB that has a pool for May. Would you have a recommendation for which would be best? We have heard you want to be in the Northwest in May to avoid bad weather

    1. Lori,

      After having read literally thousands of Maldives resort reviews, I see very few that ever mention any weather disappointments. Still, the weather in the north might be less volatile during the summer season, and you can get a great deal at some of the resorts up there.

      Specifically, have a look at the Beach House at Iruveli Maldives, which is a 5-star resort that is as far north as you can go in the archipelago. In May they are offering their huge water villas (110 square meters) for only around US$550 including all taxes, and each has a plunge pool out on the terrace.

      If that one doesn’t work for you, let me know and I can probably find one or two others, but this is the best one that comes to mind. -Roger