A beautiful island country situated away from it all and surrounded by crystal clear waters teeming with sea life, the Maldives is widely considered an oasis for all. From palm trees to white sand beaches, from local cuisine to a friendly culture, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in an island vacation, plus much more.
As the Maldives is a hot spot for vacation seekers, there are multiple resorts spread throughout the islands, most on their own private island, vying for your attention and booking.
The AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort opened in 2011 with much higher room rates and the early reviews were quite poor, but they have been getting steadily better ever since, and room rates are now very appealing for a “water villa.” So I booked myself 2 nights here as part of a short trip to Malaysia, after two nights in Kuala Lumpur.
The AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort has 392 water villas, which made it by far the largest such resort in the world until a nearby competitor called the Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson recently opened with 522 water villas.
When planning your overwater bungalow vacation, you’ll find that there are several different island locations to choose from. The most popular however, just may be the islands that make up the South Pacific. Here visitors will find tropical getaways that seem straight out of a movie with white sand beaches, clear waters teeming with fish and a Polynesia culture that is sure to impress.
Unfortunately, many people think of the South Pacific as nothing more than a dream vacation, one that they feel they’ll never be able to afford.
When most people think of overwater resorts, they instantly think of the Maldives or the South Pacific, but did you know that there are overwater bungalows in the Caribbean? The Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica recently added 5 gorgeous overwater bungalows to their resort, with 12 more opening early in 2017, offering guests a chance to stay in Tahitian styled rooms while vacationing in the Caribbean. But if you think that you’ll never get the chance to stay here because of the high nightly rate, you’re in luck!
Newly opened, the Soneva Jani Residences Resort is designed to impress over and over again with rather large ‘rooms’ that are more homes than anything else. A stay at this resort emphasizes fun and adventure and is extremely kid friendly, making it a great option for those traveling with young ones in tow. All in all, guests will find 24 unique overwater suites to choose from, each styled and designed differently from the next.
Guests will also find a plethora of dining options, adventure activities both within the resort and close by as well as a few great resort features that allow you to wind down after a day of fun.
Set to open in November, 2016, the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort is already proving itself a big hit with bookings placed into the months of 2017 well before its opening date. At first there were only 5 overwater bungalows to choose from, however, a recent announcement by Sandals details the opening of 12 new overwater bungalows with bookings available for those rooms starting the 1st of February, 2017.
These rooms will represent a different suite category, the Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Honeymoon Bungalows.
With an opening date planned for sometime in 2019, the Viceroy Hotel Group is set to open up the Viceroy Bocas del Toro Panama, an overwater resort located off the Caribbean coast and set against a rainforest backdrop. In total, the resort plans to feature 186 different guestrooms and residences, 42 of which will be located over the water and alongside 457 acres of beach coastline.
Destined as an eco-friendly resort option, guests will also find that only electrical cars and sustainable technologies are allowed.
When searching for your next vacation destination, there are several things to consider. Once you’ve decided to visit the tropics and more specifically the Maldives, it’s then time to decide whether you’ll want to stay at an overwater resort or one that specializes in land based rooms. If an overwater room is what you desire, you’ll find lots of great 4 and 5-star resorts to choose from.
If you’re looking to take things up a notch and book a room with a private jacuzzi, you’ll still find some great selections.
Until about 2010, the resort with the most overwater bungalows in the world was the Four Seasons Bora Bora with 100 overwater rooms. Then the AVANI Sepang Gold Coast Resort opened just south of the Kuala Lumpur Airport and it looked unbeatable with its mind-blowing 392 Water Villas (some of which share a structure). Move over, AVANI Sepang, because the Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson Resort is open and it has an amazing 522 water villas, each complete with a private plunge pool.
A choice location plus a beautiful resort equals a vacation destination like none other. The luxurious Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa is one of your best options in the South Pacific with gorgeous views, raving reviews and top-notch activities. However wonderful the resort has been in past years, it’s now getting a makeover and name change promising to make it even better than before. In fact, this makeover is a rather large one with a few million dollars of refurbishments and design alongside a brand new name.From here on out, the resort is now known as the Conrad Bora Bora Nui.