Overwater bungalows in Mexico
When many of us think of a tropical winter vacation, we immediately think of Mexico, so it's no wonder that quite a few people hope to find overwater bungalows in the country. There's just a bit of good news here as there is one resort in Mexico that has overwater villas, but the bad news is that they aren't really the kind that most of us daydream about.
The problem is that overwater bungalows, or water villas, as they are called in many parts of the world, can only be built over still water. If waves and heavy tides were below then they'd be hard to build, and far from ideal to sleep in as well. And the most beautiful overwater bungalows are all built over crystal clear lagoons that are far from the breakwater, and there are no such lagoons in or near Mexico.
Mexico's overwater bungalow resorts
Currently, there are three different overwater resorts in Mexico, which each offering something a little different.
- Overwater bungalows: 18
- Total rooms/suites: 128
Situated in a beachfront compound that also includes a championship golf course, the Rosewood Mayakoba Resort is one of the finest and highest rated 5-star resorts in Mexico. Out of it's 128 resort rooms, 18 of them are found over the water in a mangrove lagoon. Each rooms also comes complete with a heated plunge pool, private sundeck and an outdoor rain shower. Inside each room, guests will find themselves privy to a large sitting area complete with chairs, a table, a couch and soft lighting. They'll also find an entertainment system, Wi-Fi, a private walk in closet and air conditioning.
But the rooms aren't the only great thing about this resort. Here you'll also find several bars and restaurants on-site, swimming at one of the various pools, a fitness center, horseback riding, yoga classes and a concierge service ready to make the most of your visit. There is also a spa within the resort offering massages and different treatments all within it's own little island. Rooms here start off at US$709 per night.
A crowd pleaser with strong reviews, the El Dorado Maroma offers guests a change to stay in 30 adult only overwater rooms. Not only are the water villas adult only, but they also come with a long list of amenities including a large bed, entertainment system, mini bar, sitting area and a private deck with steps leading straight into the ocean. In addition, guests will also find a rather large glass floor cutout in each suite that allows you to view ocean creatures below without every having to go into the water.
Outside of the rooms, El Dorado Maroma Resort features a spa, various dining choices via restaurants and bars, various activities, including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, beach volleyball and much, much more. Guests will also find the resort close to other outdoor activities as well as shops and restaurants. Reviews praise this resort right and left, making it a great choice for those looking for an overwater stay closer to the United States. Rooms here start off at US$1,330 per night.
This small eco-resort is on the Pacific Ocean about 60 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. They have 27 bungalows, many of which are set over an inland estuary and others that are set on or near the Pacific beach. The resort is solar powered, so the rooms don't have elaborate entertainment systems, but it's very peaceful as a result.
The Hotelito Desconocido operates on an all-inclusive basis, including meals and non-alcoholic drinks, plus one massage per guest per day, with bungalows starting at US$628 per night. The gorgeous setting and unique approach make it very popular for honeymoons and even weddings, but again, these are not bungalows like you see in the South Pacific.
Overwater bungalows in the Caribbean
If you were to continue south and then cross over to the Caribbean side of Central America, you'll come across several overwater bungalow resorts. At the moment, there are two overwater resorts in Jamaica and one on the island of St. Lucia, all part of the noted Sandal resort chain. There's also a super-luxury water villa in Belize, a small island resort off Honduras, and two more small eco-resorts of islands near Panama.
The best water bungalows in the world
Every year, thousands of honeymoon couples and others looking for a romantic getaway stay at those stunning huts perched on stilts stretching out into a clear lagoon. The original ones were all in the South Pacific, near Tahiti, but in the past 10 years there has been a huge boom of these resorts in the Maldives, which is southwest of India, and very popular with Europeans.
Still, there are more than twenty overwater resorts in Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahiti, and a few other nearby islands. This is the region that nearly all North Americans visit, as it's much closer than the Maldives.
On the other hand, for Europeans, Middle Easterners, and Asians, the Maldives is quite close and easy to reach on nonstop flights from most major cities. There are over 50 resorts there that feature water villas, with more opening every year.
- Bora Bora overwater bungalow resorts – The best clearwater lagoons
- Moorea overwater bungalow resorts – Five deluxe resorts on stilts
- Tahiti overwater bungalow resorts – Two affordable large resorts
- South Pacific overwater bungalow resorts – 9 resorts (this includes Fiji, Samoa, and many smaller islands)
- Maldives overwater bungalow resorts – Over 75 resorts ranging from 3-stars to 5-star deluxe
Elsewhere in Asia
- Water villas in Asia – There are 3 small resorts in the Philippines, plus one in Malaysia and another in Thailand