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.
we first had the idea to create a worldwide directory of every overwater resort in the world, we honestly assumed there were about 20 or maybe 30 of these places. It turned out we underestimated by quite a bit, and since new ones keep opening up, the number keeps getting higher and higher.
A couple months ago I wrote a post called where are overwater bungalows, which lists all the major spots in the world where you can find these things.
this site’s main mission is to be a guide to every overwater bungalow and water villa resort in the world, I’ve been quite surprised at some of the places that exist out there. From a somewhat ramshackle resort in Cuba to a beautiful resort on Koh Samui in Thailand that has rooms set over private pools, these things come in more forms than I ever would have guessed.
We are now listing over 125 of these overwater resorts, and today I just added one that is in Europe, Switzerland to be exact.
the Maldives didn’t already have enough water villa or overwater bungalow resorts, the list continues to grow longer almost monthly. At the moment there are over 90 different overwater resorts in the world, and now the Maldives alone has about 60 of those.
These four resorts have been under construction since 2010, and getting an exact opening date for them tends to be difficult. The resorts tend to open later than originally planned, and most go through what they call a “soft opening” where they begin accepting guests (usually at special rates) while the finishing touches are being applied, or sometimes rooms are being finished.
‘water villas’ in much of the world, overwater bungalows are gaining popularity every year with honeymooners and every other kind of holiday-maker. Most of the overwater bungalows in the world are actually in the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, but there are three very good such resorts in the Philippines as well.
There are now a total of 4 overwater resorts in the Philippines, with each one varying from the next.
are unsure of when the best time to visit the Maldives is, I have good news for you. It’s a slightly complicated topic discussed in detail below, but the quick answer is that almost any time you can make it, the Maldives will be waiting for you with nearly-perfect warm and sunny weather.
Its location starting around the equator and stretching up for about 1,000 kilometers puts it in the sweet spot for warm weather literally every day of the year.
While there are overwater bungalow resorts all over the South Pacific, there are exactly 3 such resorts in Fiji itself as of now. These 3 resorts vary from one to the next, allowing guests a few choices. Of these, 2 offer rooms around the US$500 a night range while the third is suited more for those with a larger budget.
If you are looking for something other than the three listed below, you’ll be able to go to one of the other islands in the South Pacific, and fortunately you’ll have around 30 different resorts to choose from if you can make it to Bora Bora or elsewhere in French Polynesia.
Rica is the most popular tourist country in Central America, with huge stretches of lovely beaches on both its Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Unfortunately, there are no water villas (called ‘overwater bungalows’ in the South Pacific) in Costa Rica, but there are five resorts in the area that are nearby.
It’s also worth pointing out that if you are looking for the kind of thatched-roof huts standing on stilts over a brilliant and clear lagoon, you won’t find anything like that in Central America.
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.
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.