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
Overwater bungalow of the week: Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island

This week we are highlighting a luxury property that is really two resorts in one. With the recent merging of the Sofitel Marara Beach and Sofitel Private Island resorts guests can now choose the convenience of being on the main island of Bora Bora or the solitude of staying in an overwater bungalow a short boat ride away on the private island.

The Sofitel Bora Bora has a lot going for it even if it were one of the more expensive Bora Bora overwater bungalow resorts, but in fact it’s often the cheapest of them all due to some very appealing online special rates.

Overwater bungalow of the week: Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island
Overwater bungalow of the week: InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa

we are kicking off a new feature on overwaterbungalows.net – the overwaterbungalow of the week. With around 110 water bungalow and water villa resorts around the world it seems like a good idea to highlight one of them each week because no one can keep track of them all.

Some of us can only daydream about staying in one of these incredible rooms because they do cost a lot, so this is a way to live vicariously and think about when we’ll be staying in these places ourselves.

Overwater bungalow of the week: InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa
The Maldives will open back up in July

This year so far has been engulfed in chaos, with popular travel destinations closing right and left due to Covid-19. However, borders here and there are starting to gently open up, many with travel restrictions still in place. The Maldives has decided to take a different, yet exciting, approach and open up the entire county to visitors and travel starting in July. At the moment, there are no reports of an exact opening date within July, just that the country will open sometime during the month.

The Maldives will open back up in July
Overwater bungalows planned for the Dominican Republic

Potentially exciting news for the many thousands of people who are interested in 5-star overwater bungalows in the most popular parts of the Caribbean, as at least one company has them in the planning stages. A resort called Las Canas on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic is intending to build 10 luxury units, to be opened in 2013.

This follows recent news of overwater bungalows nearly ready to open at the St.

Overwater bungalows planned for the Dominican Republic
Overwater bungalows coming to Sandals Grande St. Lucia Spa & Beach Resort

Perhaps the most common question we get here at overwaterbungalows.net is: Are there any overwater bungalows in the Caribbean?

The answer is “yes” but until 2013 it’s still a bit of a disappointment to many. The fact is, all of the water bungalows in the Caribbean are down in Central America, and almost all of them are modest “eco-resorts” where there are few frills of any kind.

They are ideal for scuba divers and those looking for some outdoor adventures, but they aren’t perfect for most honeymooners and romantic travelers who want to spend time alone.

Overwater bungalows coming to Sandals Grande St. Lucia Spa & Beach Resort
Overwater bungalows in Malaysia

Most of the world’s overwater bungalows and water villas are located in the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, but more resorts are opening every year around the world. Malaysia now has six overwater resorts of its own, which is the third most in the world behind the Maldives and Bora Bora.

Even more impressively, Malaysia now boasts what is by far the largest overwater bungalow resort in the world, with an amazing 392 overwater rooms just off the coast south of the Kuala Lumpur Airport.

Overwater bungalows in Malaysia