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There are around 125 overwater resorts around the world, with more than 5,000 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.
These past few weeks have seen a huge rush in Maldives water villa bookings for the upcoming high season and peak season months, and as a result room rates are spiking and deals are hard to come by. All of that makes this “flash sale” all the more amazing, and it won’t last long. Right now you can get a 5-star deluxe water villa that is larger than most houses for only US$541, which is 50% off.
There are other Maldives water villas in that price range for these dates, but none of them are anywhere near this large or luxurious. The Zitahli Resorts & Spa Kuda-Funafaru is a solid 5-star private island hotel with only 30 water villas and 20 island villas, so it’s smaller and more exclusive than anything else in this price range as well. [read more]
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 80 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.