Welcome to overwaterbungalows.net – the ultimate guide to every overwater bungalow and water villa resort in the world.
There are around 165 overwater resorts around the world as of early 2017, with more than 8,000 total overwater villas. About two-thirds of them are in the Maldives, but Bora Bora, Moorea, and Tahiti have some of the world's best and most famous of these resorts, with the Caribbean also adding these luxury rooms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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$315 per night.
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.
With 115 total islands in a beautiful tropical setting it's no surprise that many people wonder if there are any water villas or overwater bungalows on the Seychelles. Unfortunately, there are none as of now, and there aren't any plans put into place at the moment to build any that we are aware of, but the good news is that there are a huge stock of these resorts nearby, mostly in the Maldives.
In fact, around two-thirds of the world's 125 or so overwater resorts are in the Maldives, so there are lots of great choices here compared to anywhere else on the globe. There's also a single water villa resort in Mauritius, which is just to the south, and located a bit closer to South Africa. [read more]
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The Caribbean islands are incredibly popular because they are the nearest tropical destinations for hundreds of millions of people who live in the eastern United States and Canada as well as western Europe. The Caribbean weather is reliably warm every day of the year, but some months are far more popular than others.
In the article below I will discuss each of the different time periods with the reasons you might want to visit along with reasons you might want to choose another time. The best time to visit the Caribbean is probably whenever you can get there, but for those with more choices the article below should help you sort things out. [read more]
A widely known island, the beautiful oasis that is Tahiti attracts visitors from the world over, all of which are in search of one thing- an island escape. Luckily, an escape like this doesn't have to drain your bank account. In fact, there are resorts on the island that offer luxury rooms at a more attainable price.
The InterContinental Tahiti falls within this category with luxury touches at every turn. These luxuries include a private beach, dining options right on-site, tennis, a spa, a gym, and diving centre. In each overwater villa you'll find Wi-Fi, an entertainment center, and much, much more. The location of the resort also makes it a winner. If you don't like the idea of having to travel from island to island with seaplanes and speedboats, then this resort, with rates starting out at just US$560 per night for two people, is a great choice.
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.
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.