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
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
Adults-only Maldives: Water villa resorts with no children

While most people consider the Maldives to be one of the premier honeymoon destinations on the planet, increasing numbers of families are spending holidays in this gorgeous archipelago as well. This has made for a sensitive situation where one of our most common questions is about Maldives child-free resorts and of those who solely focus on a romantic atmosphere.

It’s a tricky subject on several levels, but below we’ve compiled a list of 10 fantastic resorts where you are least likely to see any families, at least in certain restricted sections of the resorts.

Adults-only Maldives: Water villa resorts with no children
Water villas closest to Bali

Bali is one of the world’s most popular and famous tropical islands, and it’s responsibility for most of Indonesia’s tourism. There’s a fair amount of confusion about whether there are any water villas or overwater bungalows on Bali, partly because the resort that claims to have invented and built the first-ever overwater bungalows is called Club Bali Hai.

Unfortunately, that resort is on the island of Moorea, just off Tahiti, in the South Pacific, thousands of kilometers from Indonesia.

Water villas closest to Bali
Overwater bungalows in the Philippines

‘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.

Overwater bungalows in the Philippines
Water villas closest to Seychelles

With 115 total islands in a beautiful tropical setting it’s no surprise that many people wonder if there are any water villas or overwater bungalows on the Seychelles. Unfortunately, there are none as of now, and there aren’t any plans put into place at the moment to build any that we are aware of, but the good news is that there are a huge stock of these resorts nearby, mostly in the Maldives.

In fact, around two-thirds of the world’s 125 or so overwater resorts are in the Maldives, so there are lots of great choices here compared to anywhere else on the globe.

Water villas closest to Seychelles
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
Family Friendly Bora Bora overwater bungalows

Heavily portrayed in movies, music videos and used as backdrops for many famous novels, the South Pacific is a dream come true for most vacation seekers. It used to be that only honeymooners and other romantic couples sought out this island paradise, but nowadays more and more families are choosing the South Pacific for their next vacation.

Even so, there are still quite a lot of overwater resorts that choose not to cater to families, especially those traveling with 2 kids.

Family Friendly Bora Bora overwater bungalows
Overwater bungalows closest to the US and Canada

Once you start researching overwater bungalows and villas, you’ll find that there are dozens of overwater resorts around the world, giving lots of people the opportunity to visit one that isn’t too terribly far away. If you reside in North America, particularly the US and Canada, then you’ll note that there aren’t any overwater resorts along the vast stretches of coastline, however, there is one within the state of Florida. The Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is located in Orlando and is a good choice for families visiting the area and parks.

Overwater bungalows closest to the US and Canada
When to visit Tahiti and Moorea

that you’ve decided that you want to visit Tahiti or its next-door neighbor island Moorea, you are wondering when the best time to visit is. The bad news is that it’s not an easy question to answer, but the good news is that this is because there are really no bad times. In other words, the best time to visit Tahiti is the time that you have available.

Each time of year has its positives and negatives, so each visitor will have to weigh their options themselves to find what’s best for them.

When to visit Tahiti and Moorea