Getting to Bora Bora

People consider the island of Bora Bora to be the most beautiful spot on planet earth. Part of the appeal is its remoteness and solitude, both of which you’ll definitely appreciate once you arrive, especially for a honeymoon trip. The downside to the remoteness part is that Bora Bora is not a place that you can reach quickly or cheaply, unless you are already in French Polynesia.

The good news is that it’s straightforward so there aren’t a lot of agonizing choices to ponder over.

Getting to Bora Bora
Where are overwater bungalows and water villas?

Happened to all of us. We see a photo of an overwater bungalow (or a water villa, as they are called in much of the world) and we immediately daydream about spending a holiday in one ourselves. There’s something both romantic and private about these hotel rooms, which is one reason that they are incredibly popular for honeymoons and anniversary trips.

One complication is that overwater bungalows are found in only a few parts of the world, almost all of which are a long way from the people who’d like to stay in them.

Where are overwater bungalows and water villas?
Overwater bungalows in Belize

Belize gets more and more popular with tourists from around the world, more people are asking whether there are any overwater bungalows perched off its many tourist islands. The good news is that the answer is yes, but this is not a typical overwater resort, and it’s not for those without a big bankroll.

So yes, there are overwater bungalows in Belize, at four different resorts, but only one has a “honeymoon style” overwater villa, and that resort only has one of them.

Overwater bungalows in Belize
Overwater bungalows closest to Florida

People planning a honeymoon or similar romantic getaway ask us if there are any overwater bungalows in Florida or the Florida Keys. Unfortunately, there aren’t, but there are a handful of Caribbean overwater bungalow resorts that are worth looking at, which we’ll discuss below.

If you are thinking about those dreamy little huts perched on stilts above a clear and delicate lagoon, then you’ll have to go a long way from Florida to find them.

Overwater bungalows closest to Florida
Banyan Tree Mayakoba resort in Mexico to add overwater villas in 2020

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.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba resort in Mexico to add overwater villas in 2020
Maldives water-villa resorts with surfing

While the Maldives is known mostly as a honeymoon and sunshine-holiday destination, the country has very good surf spots at a variety of locations throughout the archepelago. If you are going to focus your entire trip on surfing in the Maldives then you should probably contact a tour operator that specializes in those trips, but if you are rather looking to surf a few days as part of a trip to a resort then you’ve come to the right place.

Maldives water-villa resorts with surfing
Editor’s Choice: 6 Best cheap Maldives water villa resorts

With nearly 80 different private-island water bungalow resorts in the Maldives, you could spend a week or more sorting through all the prices, features, and guest reviews to find the one that suits you best at a good price. Since we’ve spent many months sifting through this information, we’re publishing our “Editor’s Choice” resort recommendations to save you time finding the best resort and deal.

We also have a complete list of all of the cheap Maldives water villa resorts, but below are the six best that combine low prices, excellent features, and overwhelmingly positive guest reviews.

Editor’s Choice: 6 Best cheap Maldives water villa resorts