Overwater bungalow of the week: Manihi Pearl Beach Resort

Of the twenty or so overwater bungalow resorts clustered around Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora, the most remote is one of the more affordable in the region, called the Manihi Pearl Beach Resort.

Some people may prefer to be on an island with another resort every few hundred yards, but for those looking to feel that they are in paradise at the edge of the world, this is one to consider.

Overwater bungalow of the week: Manihi Pearl Beach Resort
Best 9 videos of overwater bungalows in Bora Bora

Everybody loves photographs of overwater bungalows, especially the aerial shots that show all the rooms lined up over the turquoise lagoon, but obviously those don’t really tell you much about what it’s like to stay in these glorious hotel rooms.

The good news is that many guests are so thrilled with their bungalow that they’ve recorded guided video tours of them. There are 9 overwater bungalow resorts on Bora Bora itself, and I’ve collected the best video for each of them and put them below.

Best 9 videos of overwater bungalows in Bora Bora
Private island overwater villa experience in the Maldives

Though the Maldives are known for swaying palm trees, long stretches of white sand beach, colorful reefs, friendly locals and great dining options, the islands are also known for their overwater villa choices. With 4 and 5 star overwater resorts dotting the islands from north to south, east the west, it’s easy to find both comfort and luxury dressed with a touch of privacy. However, if you’re seeking a truly private experience and have the money to pay for it, you’ll want to skip all of the other resorts and instead focus solely on the Maldives Private Island at Voavah.

Private island overwater villa experience in the Maldives
Best videos showing what Bora Bora resorts are really like

As fond as we all are of drooling over photos of Bora Bora resorts, we are in the age where everyone is walking around with a video camera all the time. Needless to say, you can tell a lot about a resort hotel on video that you can’t get a good sense of in photos alone, so we’ve collected the best video tours of all the Bora Bora resorts below.

There are nine different luxury resorts on the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora that have overwater villas.

Best videos showing what Bora Bora resorts are really like
Overwater bungalows in Florida: Under construction at Disney Resort

When it comes to overwater bungalows anywhere near the Caribbean, the pattern lately has been to announce them long before they are ready to break ground. That wouldn’t be so bad if not for the fact that years seem to go by and ground is never broken. Getting funding AND government approval for construction at the same time has been a major challenge, but not for the project we recently learned about.

Evidently there had been rumors in 2013 that Disney would be adding up to 20 overwater bungalows to its Disney’s Polynesian Resort complex in Lake Buena Vista (near Orlando) as part of a major 2-year renovation.

Overwater bungalows in Florida: Under construction at Disney Resort
Overwater bungalow of the week: Premier Overwater One Bedroom Villa at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

this overwater bungalow of the week feature we like to mix in some good-value resorts with a few “fantasy” resorts that most of us couldn’t dream of ever affording. This week we are highlighting what most people consider to be the finest resort in the South Pacific – the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort.

This 5-star deluxe property has 77 overwater villas along with 14 island rooms, and none of them is likely to be available for under US$1,000 per night.

Overwater bungalow of the week: Premier Overwater One Bedroom Villa at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort
Water villa of the week: Beach House Maldives – A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Featuring 48 water villas, the Beach House Maldives – A Waldorf Astoria Resort is unusual in several ways, and a perfect hotel for honeymoon couples seeking an upscale destination that is out of the way. Its location is part of the key to the solitude, as you actually have to fly to Malé International Airport, and then a 55-minute flight to Hanimadhoo Airport before you board the speed boat that takes you to the Beach House.

Water villa of the week: Beach House Maldives – A Waldorf Astoria Resort
One of the greatest overwater bungalow photos I’ve seen

many of us, a large photo of an overwater bungalow resort is as close as we are likely to ever get to them. We are adding photo galleries to each resort page, starting with Bora Bora and Moorea, so I’ve been spending many hours lately going through these magnificent and inspirational images.

I think most of us are easily hypnotized by the aerial photos of the resorts, but one particular photo I came across hit me in a different way so I thought I’d share it with everyone.

One of the greatest overwater bungalow photos I’ve seen
The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa introduces 10 new pool overwater villas

The island of  Bora Bora is home to a few great resorts that offer an overwater stay dripping in luxury. One of these such resorts is the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa. This resort features a collection of first class overwater rooms that provide views of a lifetime from private decks. Recently it has be revealed that the resort is in the process of building 4 two bedroom suites, titled the Brando Overwater Suites.

The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa introduces 10 new pool overwater villas
Best Bora Bora and Moorea overwater bungalow deals for April

Many savvy travelers like to take advantage of the relatively low room rates in the South Pacific during March and April, as they are typically the cheapest months of the year. Fortunately, the weather is basically the same all year round, so these visitors can enjoy all the luxury at lower rates because most others come from June through August.

Instead of just presenting one deal at a time, we’ll now highlight the best deals we can find for each month in one place.

Best Bora Bora and Moorea overwater bungalow deals for April