Located just 15 miles off of the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is found within the Indian Ocean. This beautiful archipelago offers beautiful, clear waters to wade and snorkel in alongside wide stretches of beach. Here, you'll find a large amount of beachfront hotels, but at the moment, none of these hotels feature overwater villas of any sort.

Because of this lack of overwater villas, you'll have to travel a little further away to find your dream overwater escape. Thankfully, you won't have to take a trip all the way to the Caribbean or to the South Pacific in order to make your overwater dream less of a dream and more of a reality. In fact, you'll find some really great choices in Africa.

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Overwater villas nearest to Zanzibar

While you’ll quickly note that Africa itself isn’t home to a large number of overwater resorts like you would find in the South Pacific or the Maldives, you will find that there are a few choices for you to sort and look through. Though these resort choices aren’t fashioned in the style that’s present in the South Pacific, they do offer a tropical water vibe.

Overwater villas in Africa

At the moment, there are only a few choices in Africa. Because of this, it won’t take you a lot of time to figure out which one/s are suited the best to your style. In order to save you some planning time, below is a list of choices, each of which offer something different from the next. For more information about each of the particular resorts that are found listed below, click on the resort’s link.



The Sands at Chale Island, Kenya – If you’re interested in a resort that offers all-inclusive options, then you’ll be very pleased to know that The Sands at Chale Island offers an overwater escape in the beautiful nation of Kenya. At this location, you’ll find 2 overwater rooms. Though there are only two rooms, each of these rooms entertain with an outdoor terrace. In addition, each terrace features private wooden steps that lead from your room into the water below. On-site, guests will also find a spa, dining options, and snorkeling.


Chobe Water Villas, Namibia – Located within the Zambezi Region of Namibia, the Chobe Water Villas resort offers an overwater experience for travelers who really care about seeing as much wildlife as possible. Villas here are found perched on the very edge of the Chobe River, which gives guests stunning views of the landscape via a rear and a front deck. As wildlife viewing is a top probity for people who stay here, guests are regularly delighted with the fishing tours, photographic river cruises, and more.


Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius – Featuring both land based rooms and  11 overwater villas, the Constance Le Prince Maurice is considered to be one of the most luxurious resorts in the region. Here, guest will find themselves with 2 different types of overwater villa choices. They’ll also find lots of amenities right on-site and for those who love to play a round of golf, two 18-hole golf courses.

The most popular overwater villas in the world

Due to their popularity with visitors from around the entire globe, water villa resorts can now be found worldwide. Though there are lots of choices to sort through, you’ll quickly note that the most famous region to house such a resort is the none other than the famed Maldives. Serving as home to dozens of overwater resorts, the Maldives sit just southwest of India, and offer rooms with nightly rates that fit into 3 different price ranges. These resorts, though all are considered to be very beautiful, do have features and amenities that help them to differ from one another. The Maldives are frequently visited by Europeans, though you will find Americans visiting as well.


Due to the large amount of overwater resorts that you’re able to select from within this beautiful island nation, we’ve crafted several lists that organize these resorts by price range. To learn more, click on one or more of the links below.



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