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.
This is all briefly explained at the bottom of our main Caribbean overwater bungalows page, but since this is actually big news we thought we'd write separately about it as well.
Sandals Grande – St. Lucia Spa & Beach Resort
Among the most luxurious all-inclusive resort in the more popular part of the Caribbean (southeast of Florida), the Sandals Grande – St. Lucia Spa & Beach Resort is currently constructing 26 overwater bungalow suites, scheduled to open sometime in 2013. Hopefully it will be early in the year to take advantage of the busy winter-travel season, but at this point they haven't released a date. When they do we'll add the news to this article along with all other details.
We are certain that they are actually being built, as recent guests are commenting on the construction itself. Save up to 55% at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort
Kokomo Island Overwater Suites
What we know at this point is that there will be 26 overwater suites, all stemming off a new development at the resort they are calling Kokomo Island.
Each suite will be 1,200 square feet (huge!) and will include the Sandals private butler service.
There will, of course, be glass panels in the floor and perhaps beneath the coffee table so guests can see the underwater life just below their suite.
Since the current Butler Suites start at US$840 per night for a couple (all-inclusive), we can expect the overwater suites to be similarly priced, or perhaps a bit more expensive.
Overwater bungalows at other Sandals resorts?
Ever since a Sandals executive visited one of the Maldives water villas, he's been determined to develop similar rooms at as many of their Caribbean resorts as possible. The St. Lucia location took 3 years to get approval, possibly having to do with structural integrity during hurricane season.
We know that Sandals is also trying to get approval for overwater suites at one of their Jamaica resorts, as well as at least one of their Bahamas resorts. There's been huge demand for such accommodation for a long time so they are sure to be popular in as many locations as Sandals can build them. It does seem that getting approval for construction is proving to be a challenge everywhere, but perhaps when the St. Lucia rooms open successfully the other islands will speed things along.
Until 2012 you'll have to choose one of the Bora Bora over water bungalow resorts, which are the nicest in the world. Check those resorts for many photos of what the St. Lucia rooms are bound to look like.