Sandals Overwater Bungalows: Which is the best resort for you?

So you’ve decided to book one of Sandals’ amazing Caribbean overwater bungalows? Congratulations on being ready to book a romantic trip of a lifetime! As of 2019 Sandals has three excellent resorts that offer overwater bungalows and each is quite different so it’s important to choose the one that fits your needs the best.

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit all three Sandals overwater bungalows resorts and tour the bungalows as well, so I thought it would be helpful to discuss the pros and cons of each of them to help people decide with confidence.

Sandals Overwater Bungalows: Which is the best resort for you?
Kardashians invade Bora Bora in an overwater bungalow suite

April, 2011, the Kardashian clan (and their film/production crew) invaded the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora for a 7-day family visit. Needless to say, the whole thing is part of their “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” show, and the 3 Bora Bora episodes begin airing this coming Sunday, August 21, 2011, in the United States.

Evidently the main purpose was that Bruce and Kris Jenner were going to renew their wedding vows for their 20th Anniversary so nearly the whole family were there to help celebrate.

Kardashians invade Bora Bora in an overwater bungalow suite
Overwater bungalows in Playa del Carmen, near Cancun, Mexico

In the overwater bungalow scene there is no more popular topic than when Caribbean resorts will build the “honeymoon style” units to compete with those in Bora Bora and the Maldives. Though there are several resorts that claim to be in the process of building overwater rooms, currently there are only a select few that have actually succeeded in building them.

When in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, guests will find two overwater resorts nearby with each offering a Caribbean experience with a South Pacific twist.

Overwater bungalows in Playa del Carmen, near Cancun, Mexico
Water villas closest to Costa Rica

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.

Water villas closest to Costa Rica
9 Best overwater villa resorts with private pools

There are many different things to consider when searching for your dream resort. First you’ll want to take a look at the resort itself and find out what is offered with each stay. Does the resort have a public pool? Does it have spa? Are there numerous land or water activities to choose from? Are there dining options available throughout your stay that have good reviews from past guests? Then you’ll want to take a look at the room options available and depending on what you’re looking for, you’ll should find room choices that fit your dream.

9 Best overwater villa resorts with private pools
Maldives overwater villas for 4 guests in one room

When planning a tropical vacation or holiday, the Maldives often top the list of possible destinations. Over the years, what was first viewed as a destination suitable only for romantic couples, destination weddings or honeymoons, has now become a paradise for all types of traveling groups, including those with children under the ‘adult’ age required in some overwater rooms.

Even though more children are accompanying their parents on vacations, it doesn’t mean that all resorts will cater to the young travelers, especially if there are 2 in tow.

Maldives overwater villas for 4 guests in one room
Overwater bungalow resorts in Panama

We are constantly asked if there are any of those amazing overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, and many people are disappointed to learn that there are only a few options that come close to what you would find in the South Pacific and the Maldives.

With this said, there are some good options for budget seekers off of the Caribbean coast of Panama. Most of these hotels, lodges, and resorts tend to focus more on nature and being as eco-friendly as possible than on luxuries, so they’re certainly not for everyone.

Overwater bungalow resorts in Panama
Maldives Water-Villa Resorts Near Malé Airport

With over 80 different water-villa resorts in the Maldives to choose from, it should be of no surprise that they are spread out over huge distances in this archipelago nation. Most of the earliest resorts opened up very near the main international airport, but most of the more recent openings are a long way away, which requires a sea-plane flight that can be both time consuming and expensive.

Fortunately, there are many water-villa resorts within a short range of the airport, including many newer ones and a surprising number of the top-rated resorts.

Maldives Water-Villa Resorts Near Malé Airport
Best Bora Bora and Moorea overwater resorts for families

It’s fair to say that Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti are among the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world, but quite a few families also love to holiday in the South Pacific as well. Even though many resorts outwardly specialize in honeymoon and anniversary trips, about half of them also cater to families.

Fortunately, most of these resorts are also quite large considering the number of guests they accommodate, so children usually have places to play and hang out that don’t interfere with the couples who’ve come for peace and romance.

Best Bora Bora and Moorea overwater resorts for families
Honeymoon resorts: Choose the perfect overwater hotel

You are looking for the most secluded and romantic possible hotel for your honeymoon, then an overwater bungalow or water villa is the perfect choice. These beautiful hotel rooms are so popular with honeymoon couples that it’s likely many of them would not exist if not for the newlyweds.

Almost all of these resorts are in the tropics, so they nearly guarantee perfect weather all year round, and they are all in stunning natural settings that will be impossible to forget, especially when combined with your romantic holiday.

Honeymoon resorts: Choose the perfect overwater hotel