Overwater bungalows in Thailand
Since Thailand is perhaps the most popular country in Asia for sunny holidays we get a lot of questions about whether there are overwater bungalows or water villas in the Land of Smiles. The answer is a bit complicated because there are two resorts that currently have something along these lines, but neither are the classic design that most people are looking for. There are no overwater resorts in Krabi, but there's one on Phuket and another on Koh Samui that sort of fit the definition. There's also a somewhat mysterious overwater bungalow resort on Koh Chang, plus two others that are priced for backpackers and aren't really proper overwater bungalows.
There's plenty more good news as well, as there are quite a few overwater bungalows in Asia, including one excellent resort in neighboring Malaysia, plus the world's largest selection of over the water villas in the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, and very easy to reach from Europe.
Honestly, if you are looking for a luxurious holiday and you want to stay in a proper water villa, you should head for the Maldives. But if you want a lovely holiday on a tropical island you have many excellent choices among the luxury resorts on Phuket.
Water villas in Thailand
Here we'll cover the two resorts in Thailand, and below there is information on where to find the best and most beautiful water villa resorts in the world.
- Water villas: 18
- Total rooms/suites: 297
Formerly known as the Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket, the Angsana Laguna Phuket is a large resort that features 18 private villas over its own enclosed lagoon. So these water villas aren't the traditional kind like you find in the Maldives, but they are luxurious and the closest thing you'll find in Thailand.
The resort itself is huge and surrounded by other big resorts, so it offers an endless list of things to do and restaurants to visit. The guest rooms run the gamut from nice to extraordinary, and things are only likely to get better when it eventually reopens.
- Water villas: 16
- Total rooms/suites: 95
A most unusual overwater hotel, the KC Resort and Over Water Villas is up on a hill overlooking Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui in Thailand. Its 16 “over water villas” are each set on stilts above a large and private infinity-edge pool, so guests can swim beneath their room or watch their partner through the glass floor in the bedroom area.
This is a luxury resort with full spa facilities that offers good value for the area. The service is excellent and the rooms are large and filled with high-end amenities, so if you just want the thrill of swimming beneath your own hotel room in Thailand this could be the perfect place.
Overwater bungalows starting at US$225 per night
>>>More information about the KC Resort & Over Water Villas – Koh Samui, Thailand
Other overwater resorts in Thailand
Koh Chang Sea Hut – This appears to be an actual overwater bungalow resort, but there's very little information on their website, and email questions bounced back as undeliverable, so it's hard to tell if the place is still in business or not. If they are then they seem to offer some unknown number of rooms at good prices, at the southern tip of Koh Chang, which is not far from Bangkok.
Baan Puu Paan on Koh Samet – This place doesn't even have a website, opting for a Facebook page instead. Reports are that it's a cheap and simple place with 6 total rooms, 3 of which are over the water, but we are guessing that they are just off the shore or part of a traditional overwater village, so not much like the honeymoon-style places.
Mango House on Koh Lanta – Here's another simple place that, according to their website, appears to offer 3 out of 6 rooms that are overwater, though it's hard to tell how many structures there are between the 3 rooms. It may just be one. The good news is that the place is very cheap, with prices starting at under US$300 PER WEEK in the low season.
Water villas close to Thailand
The closest resorts with bungalows out on stilts over the open water are the water villa resorts in Malaysia. There are three small resorts operated by the El Nido company in the Philippines, so if you are starting in Thailand those should be among the first you consider. Check our main water villas in Asia page for all the information.
The best water villas in the world
If you've seen photos of a thatched-roof hut on stilts over a calm and clear blue lagoon, chances are the photo was taken either in the Maldives or in the South Pacific. The Maldives has over 70 of these resorts, each on its own private island, ranging in price from surprisingly affordable to extreme luxury.
If you are coming from Europe then the Maldives is the easiest location to reach, but if you are coming from anywhere in the Americas then the South Pacific is where you should go. There are more overwater bungalows in Bora Bora than anywhere else, but there are nearly 20 other resorts on Moorea, Tahiti, and other islands in the South Pacific.
- Water villas in the Maldives – Over 70 resorts ranging from 3-stars to 5-star deluxe