The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort unveils an UNDERWATER room

Featuring the only all glass underwater restaurant in the entire world, it comes as no surprise that the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort now also has an underwater room to showcase that's been titled the Muraka. An underwater stay in itself is impressive enough for most, but not for the owners of the resort. They feel that every guest that books a stay in the Muraka should also experience a private flight to their own seaplane jetty, 4 butlers, a private chef, and an on-call fitness trainer among other amenities. Before taxes are figured into the final rate amount, a night at this underwater villa will set you back US$50,000.

This room is set to open in November, 2018 and is currently causing quite a lot of anticipation within the overwater resort community.

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Maldives 5-star all-inclusive resort with private jacuzzi pools for US$944 per night

When researching the Maldives, you'll quickly find that this island country is home to a plethora of overwater resorts, all of which seem to impress in one way or another. These resorts offer guests views of a lifetime, plenty of snorkeling and scuba diving adventures, dining options and much, much more. However, only a few of these provide all-inclusive options.

If you're looking for an all-inclusive option and like the idea of having a few different packages to choose from, then you'll want to strongly consider the Lily Beach Resort and Spa. This overwater resort provides a private island experience that caters to both couples and families. Here you'll find a spa, water sports, a beach, and luxurious overwater rooms starting out at just US$944 per night for two adults.

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A Hilton Curio Collection resort is set to open in the Maldives late 2018

Set to open at the end of the 2018 year, the Hilton Curio Collection resort is currently under development in the beautiful Emboodhoo Lagoon in the Maldives. This resort will join the large collection of hotels and resorts already owned by the famed Hilton brand and is said to be very large itself, with a total of 198 guest rooms, beach villas, and overwater villas being built. In addition, you'll want to note that this property will be a part of a much larger property which is being titled the CROSSROADS project. This means that both the land based and overwater rooms will be just one part of a larger integrated resort, the first of its kind. This integrated resort is currently being detailed as a leisure and entertainment resort destination and will combine both relaxation with exciting everyday tropical island activities that will span a total of 9 small islands.

Though an exact opening date is not yet known, we will update with booking information once we are informed.

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Is a Sandals all-inclusive vacation right for you? Here’s how to decide

You may not yet know that Sandals is a chain of about 20 resorts all over the Caribbean and 3 of those resorts have the regions first “honeymoon-style” overwater bungalows. With a name like Sandals you might also not expect that this is a very high-end chain of all-inclusive resorts, but that's exactly what it is.

The overwater bungalows start around US$2,000 per night and I had a chance to visit them at two of Sandals' Jamaica resorts on a recent press trip. The overwater bungalows are indeed amazing but the room rate seemed a bit on the high side so I was anxious to see them in person. After seeing the bungalows and experiencing three different Sandals resorts, I now understand why these places are so popular and have so many repeat guests. If you've yet to stay at a Sandals yourself, the points below should be helpful. [read more]

Moorea 4-star water villas with a dolphin centre and scuba diving for US$507 per night

The South Pacific island of Moorea is a household name now with travelers seeking its shores throughout the entire year. Because of this, more and more visitors are traveling to the island at one time, meaning that rooms are booking up quicker now. But even with a higher amount of people on the island, you'll still find lots of privacy at one of the several overwater resorts here. That's because each overwater villa is located off of a boardwalk, with water surrounding it completely.

One of these resorts is the InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Here you'll find lots of great activities to join in on, several dining options, easy access to island excursions, and overwater villas that wow at every turn. You'll get all of this at a starting rate of US$507 per night for two people.

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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.