Bora Bora 5-star water villas with an adults only swimming pool and a spa for US$1,761 per night

South Pacific luxury doesn't have to be some distant dream. The island of Bora Bora helps to turn dream vacations into reality with the help of several luxury overwater resorts. These resorts differ from each other, but they all offer overwater villas and a good amount of amenities, especially if you're visiting for your island honeymoon.

If you're searching for the upmost in luxury and don't mind paying a high price for it, then you'll want to take a long hard look at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. Here you'll find several different overwater villa choices, dining options, snorkeling, a spa, and more for rates starting at US$1,761 per night for two people.

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Maldives 5-star resort with a kids club and wedding facilities for US$1,350 per night

With so many different overwater resorts to choose from within the Maldives alone, you should have no problem finding one that not only fits your budget, but your vacation style as well. This is because you'll find that Maldives resorts come in three different price ranges- budget, luxury, and super luxury. You'll also note that these same resorts either cater only to romantic couples or to a combination of couples and small families.

If you're looking for a resort that caters to both couples and families and don't mind spending a good amount of money per night, then you'll want to take a long look at the Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa. At this resort you'll find beautiful (and large) overwater rooms, lots of dining options, a kids club, wedding facilities and much more starting out at US$1,350 per night for two people.

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Moorea 5-star water villas with private lagoon access for US$501 per night

You'll find several great luxury overwater resorts to choose from on the island of Moorea, making it one of the more popular overwater tropical escapes. Though they all offer rooms that are situated over the ocean or a lagoon, they are not all the same. Some pride themselves on offering a romantic atmosphere while others are suited for those with an adventurous side.

If you're looking for a mixture of both, then the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa is just right for you. At this resort you'll find lots of great outdoor activities to join in on, a spa, several dining options, and private overwater rooms that impress with a private deck and steps that lead directly into the lagoon water below. You can get all this at a starting rate of US$501 per night for two people including breakfast.

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Maldives 4-star resort with a private deck and steps into the ocean for US$406 per night

Because of the large amount of overwater resorts that call the Maldives home along with the wide range of nightly rates available, travelers eyeing a stay in one of these incredible accommodation options have a good chance of finding a resort that fits nicely into their budget. If you're looking for a romantic island escape with rates that rest in the lower price range, then you'll want to strongly consider the Medhufushi Island Resort.

At this resort, not only will you find 4-star luxury rooms offering stunning views alongside easy access into the water below, but a wide range of amenities that will help to make your vacation unforgettable. These amenities range from a full service spa to snorkeling and scuba diving tours just beyond the island. Starting at just US$406 per night for two people, this private island vacation is one for the record books.

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Bora Bora 5-star water villas with shark feeding and snorkeling gear for US$576 per night

An island that commonly saturates traveler's dreams, Bora Bora is a tropical escape worthy of a second visit. It's also an vacation experience that requires a good chunk of change to enjoy, especially if you're eyeing an overwater villa at one of the island's luxury overwater resorts.

One of the most popular overwater choices on the island is the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. Here you'll find a large selection of land and overwater villas to choose from, various ocean activities, dining options and a spa. Because of all the activities available, this resort is actually a solid choice for families and for honeymooning couples. With overwater villa rooms starting at just US$576 per night for two people, this resort is a hard one to beat.

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About overwater bungalows and water villas

First introduced in the South Pacific only a few decades ago, the overwater bungalow is now one of the hottest trends in the resort world. Honeymoon couples have been staying in these iconic rooms since the beginning, but now they are popular with families and adventure travelers as well.

For many people, the South Pacific island of Bora Bora is the most famous destination for the best overwater bungalows, but it's actually the Maldives, which is just southwest of India, where most of these huts-on-stilts exist. The Maldives has more than 90 resorts that feature water villas (as they are typically known there), with several new private-island resorts opening every year.

In the South Pacific you will find almost a dozen resorts on Bora Bora, another five on Moorea, and two on Tahiti that have over water villas. There are about 10 additional overwater resorts on other South Pacific islands stretching all the way to Fiji and New Caladonia.

There are also about a dozen overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean, mostly off the coast of Central America, with nearly all of them being diving-oriented “eco resorts.” But a few luxury overwater bungalows exist and more are being built on St. Lucia and other islands in the popular areas of the Caribbean, and this website will be the best place to look for information on all of them.