Found within the Indian Ocean just 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania, the archipelago of Zanzibar is a stunning place to visit that offers beautiful, clear waters to wade and snorkel in alongside wide stretches of beach. You'll also find lots of beachfront hotels here, but at the moment, none of the hotels offer overwater villas.

Because of this, you'll have to travel a little further away to find your overwater escape. Luckily, you won't have to travel all the way to the Caribbean or the South Pacific to make your overwater dream come true. In fact, you'll find a few great choices right in Africa.

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Overwater villas nearest to Zanzibar

Africa itself isn’t home to a large number of overwater resorts like you would find, in say, the South Pacific or the Maldives, but there are a few choices to sort through. These resorts aren’t what you would typically think of as they don’t resemble the resorts commonly showcased in overwater vacation advertisements, but they do offer an over the water vibe.

Overwater villas in Africa

As there are only a few choices in Africa, it shouldn’t take you much time at all to figure out which one is best suited to your style and taste. Below you’ll find a list of choices that each offer something different. For more information about each particular resort listed below, click on the resort’s link.



The Sands at Chale Island, Kenya – A resort that offers all-inclusive options, The Sands at Chale Island offer an overwater escape in the beautiful nation of Kenya. Here you’ll find 2 overwater rooms that impress with an outdoor terrace and private wooden steps that lead from your room directly into the water below. Guests will also find a spa, dining options, snorkeling, and plenty of other activities to keep you busy your entire stay.


Chobe Water Villas, Namibia – Found in the Zambezi Region of Namibia, the Chobe Water Villas offer an overwater experience for those whose prime focus is to see as much wildlife as possible. Perched on the edge of the Chobe River, guests will find rooms that offer stunning views of the landscape with both a rear and a front deck. Alongside dining choices and a pool, visitors will have the option to partake on fishing tours, photographic river cruises, and much more.


Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius – Featuring 11 overwater villas alongside 89 land based rooms, the Constance Le Prince Maurice is widely considered one of the most luxurious resorts in the entire area. With 2 different types of overwater villas, guests will find themselves repetitively impressed by all of the included resort amenities and features, including 2 18-hole golf courses.

The most popular overwater villas in the world

Even though you can now find overwater villas and bungalows all over the world, there is still one region that holds the title of the most popular overwater resort destination in the world- the Maldives. Located just southwest of India, the Maldives are home to literally dozens of overwater resorts, in three different price ranges. These resorts, though all beautiful, do differ from one another, meaning that you’ll be able to find a resort (and room) that fits perfectly into your vacation design. The Maldives are frequently visited by Europeans, though you will find Americans visiting as well.


Because of the large amount of overwater resorts to select from within this island nation, we’ve gone ahead and crafted several lists that organize these resorts by price range. To learn more, click on the links below.



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