Being the easiest to reach island chain in the Caribbean, many daydreamers wonder whether there are any water villas or overwater bungalows in the Bahamas. Unfortunately, the answer is no, but the good news is that there are a number of good choices not far away.

First off, water villas, or ‘overwater bungalows' as they are called in the South Pacific, can only be built over protected lagoons that don't have waves (or regular hurricanes) to deal with. The ones most of us dream about are over clear-water lagoons in a certain kind of volcanic island, and the Bahamas doesn't match these traits.

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Water villas Nearest to The Bahamas

As you’ll see on our main page describing all the water villas in the Caribbean, most of them are located off Central America with the exception of a few on Jamaica and Mexico and one on Saint Lucia.

Overwater Bungalows in The Caribbean

Check our main Caribbean overwater bungalows page for the specifics, but to summarize, you’ll find:


Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort – Montego Bay, Jamaica

An all-inclusive, adults only resort with both land and overwater suites to choose from, this resort caters with a plethora of activities alongside dining options and more. Each overwater room comes with its own private pool as well.

>More information about the Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort – Montego Bay, Jamaica

Sandals South Coast Resort – Jamaica

Another all-inclusive Sandals resort on Jamaica, this one impresses with large overwater rooms, a sun deck with steps that lead into the ocean, and a private soaking tub for two. You’ll also find a Butler Elite service here.

>More information about the Sandals South Coast Resort – Jamaica

Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort – Saint Lucia

With 9 overwater bungalows to choose from, this resort, the only of its kind on the island, also offers a spa, dining options and more. The rooms themselves feature a Butler Elite service.

 

Cayo Espanto

A Private Island: This ultra-luxury resort on its own island just off Ambergris Caye in Belize has one huge overwater bungalow, and it rents for over US$1,500 per night.

 

Hotel Meliá Cayo Coco

An all-inclusive resort in Cuba that has 68 overwater rooms in 18 structures over its lagoon, plus 182 rooms in its beach hotel.

 

Coral Lodge

Six overwater bungalows starting at US$345 per night in a unique eco-resort off Panama.

 

Anthony’s Key Resort

Ten overwater bungalows (that are barely perched over the water’s edge) in an all-inclusive resort partially set on a private island off Honduras.

 

Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge

Nine overwater bungalows in another small eco-resort off Panama, which is totally solar powered, and includes breakfast and dinner with the room rate, starting at US$265 per night.

>More information about the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort – Saint Lucia

The Best Water Villas in The World

If you are looking for the finest water villas and overwater bungalows in the world you’ll need to head to the South Pacific or the Maldives, which is just southwest of India. Between these two areas you’ll find about 90% of the world’s overwater hotel rooms, with over 60% of these in the Maldives alone.

 

Those in the Americas will find that the South Pacific is cheaper and faster to reach, while those in Europe should head to the Maldives.

South Pacific

Maldives

 

Photo credit: Bahamas by Paul Schulz on Flickr


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  1. I’m wanting book a overwater (for a couple) from Honolulu for 2 nights in November 2022.
    What is the instruction ? Could I contact you privately ?

    1. Martine,

      We are simply an online guide to overwater resorts around the world and we don’t do bookings. We have links to the best source to book each resort on each of the pages. Best of luck! -Roger

  2. I’m wanting to take my family to a vacation in a bungalow..over water.
    Swimming pool..I have 6 adults and 2 kids. Can u help?…send name of place or pics

    1. Hank,

      Unfortunately there are no overwater bungalows that can accommodate 8 people. Most of them are built for 2 or 3 people and even the rare resorts with 2-bedroom units charge a fortune for those. You are best off looking for 3 separate normal overwater bungalows for your group. -Roger

    1. Katherine,

      I cover most of this in my article on when to go to the Maldives. The short version is that there are pros and cons to any time of the year. It’s really only late May through early July when you might get hours of rain at a time. The rest of the year the rain tends to come quickly and usually end in 20 minutes or less. I think most people actually prefer to go to the Maldives when the weather is worst where they live, because it’s always warm and pleasant in the Maldives. -Roger

  3. I’m just in the beginning stages of planning an anniversary vacation for around Sept if next year so I know it’s to early to book but wanted to know where I should be looking for the best rates on fights from atlanta Georgia. We want an over water bungalow all inclusive or mostly all inclusive lunch and dinner with drinks/alcohol included. And a few activities. If you know of 2 or 3 options that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you..

    1. April,

      There are a few very expensive all-inclusive overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, but none in Bora Bora or anywhere else in the South Pacific. If you really want all-inclusive then the Maldives is your best bet as they have about 25 resorts there that are all inclusive or offer all-inclusive options. You’ll probably get the cheapest flights from Atlanta to the Maldives about 5 months out. And you’ll usually get the best rates at a resort from 3 to 6 months out. Have a great trip. -Roger

  4. Hi
    I am very interested to know how to build a bungalow and the conditions ex. Water deep , power of waves , etc
    Tnx

    1. M,

      I get this question a lot and it always surprises me. I wish I could help, but we are an online guide to overwater hotels and we have nothing to do with construction of them. You might consider contacting construction firms in the Maldives, since most of the world’s overwater resorts are there and they keep building new ones. -Roger