Another Sandals Jamaican resort re-brands to add overwater bungalows

After a successful opening of their overwater bungalows at their Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay, Sandals Resort International is ready to do it again with the re-branding of their Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa into the Sandals South Coast. This resort will be the company’s second  overwater bungalow resort in Jamaica.

The current beachfront property spans 50 acres within a nature preserve and offers guests land rooms to enjoy as well as a rather long list of amenities and features. Along with the addition of 12 overwater bungalows, the resort’s amenities will also undergo a renovation, making for larger resort with more modern features. Its land rooms have also recently been renovated and now include upgraded room categories. At this moment, a completion date has not been set, but we’ll keep you up to date as more information becomes available.

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Win 3 nights in a Sandals overwater bungalow in Jamaica

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! Sandals just announced that they are running a contest allowing you the chance to win a 4-day, 3-night luxury all-inclusive stay in one of their large over the water bungalows. Keep in mind though that this contest ends on February 28th, 2017, so make sure to enter in today!

Each overwater bungalow includes a 24-hour room service, a butler service, a tranquility soaking tub for two along with an outdoor shower, a mini fridge, a microwave, air conditioning, an over the water hammock and a beautiful wooden extended sun deck. You’ll also find a glass panel to enjoy which allows you access to the underwater world from the inside of your room, meaning that you won’t have to take a dip in the ocean for a chance to view the sea life below. Because the main portion of the resort is located on land, you’ll be treated to a private water taxi to and from the resort. [read more]

Sandals Royal Caribbean offers 12 more overwater honeymoon bungalows

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. As the name suggests, these bungalows are designed with the romantically inclined in mind, making for quite the honeymoon experience. [read more]

A new Viceroy overwater resort is planned to open in Panama in 2019

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.

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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. It’s important to note that each resort offers different features and amenities, making it important to take a look at both in order to make sure you pick the right one for you.

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About overwater bungalows and water villas

First introduced in the South Pacific only a few decades ago, the overwater bungalow is now one of the hottest trends in the resort world. Honeymoon couples have been staying in these iconic rooms since the beginning, but now they are popular with families and adventure travelers as well.

For many people, the South Pacific island of Bora Bora is the most famous destination for the best overwater bungalows, but it’s actually the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, where most of these huts-on-stilts exist. The Maldives has more than 80 resorts that feature water villas (as they are typically known there), with several new private-island resorts opening every year.

In the South Pacific you will find almost a dozen resorts on Bora Bora, another five on Moorea, and two on Tahiti that have over water villas. There are about 10 additional overwater resorts on other South Pacific islands stretching all the way to Fiji and New Caladonia.

There are also about a dozen overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, mostly off the coast of Central America, with nearly all of them being diving-oriented “eco resorts.” But a few luxury overwater bungalows exist and more are being built on St. Lucia and other islands in the popular areas of the Caribbean, and this website will be the best place to look for information on all of them.