Overwater bungalows in Playa del Carmen, near Cancun, Mexico

In the overwater bungalow scene there is no more popular topic than when Caribbean resorts will build the “honeymoon style” units to compete with those in Bora Bora and the Maldives. Though there are several resorts that claim to be in the process of building overwater rooms, currently there are only a select few that have actually succeeded in building them.

When in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, guests will find two overwater resorts nearby with each offering a Caribbean experience with a South Pacific twist. It's important to note that each resort offers different features and amenities, making it important to take a look at both in order to make sure you pick the right one for you.

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Overwater bungalows in Mexico

When many of us think of a tropical winter vacation, we immediately think of Mexico, so it's no wonder that quite a few people hope to find overwater bungalows in the country. There's just a bit of good news here as there is one resort in Mexico that has overwater villas, but the bad news is that they aren't really the kind that most of us daydream about.

The problem is that overwater bungalows, or water villas, as they are called in many parts of the world, can only be built over still water. If waves and heavy tides were below then they'd be hard to build, and far from ideal to sleep in as well. And the most beautiful overwater bungalows are all built over crystal clear lagoons that are far from the breakwater, and there are no such lagoons in or near Mexico. [read more]

Deluxe overwater lagoon suite in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for US$626/night

If you are looking for an overwater bungalow that is easy to reach from North America, then this is the most challenging time of year. I've been searching for weeks for any kind of decent deal to write about, but it's honestly tough to find availability in Bora Bora or Moorea, much less a deal. So for now I thought I'd point out that there is a resort not far from Cancun that has the next best thing, and it's a stunning 5-star resort with reasonable rates in the coming months.

The Rosewood Mayakoba Resort in Playa del Carmen has Deluxe overwater lagoon suites for US$626 per night in the shoulder season. This is the lowest rate we've seen on these huge and luxurious rooms, so it's one to consider for those in the market. It has the finest overwater bungalows in the Caribbean at the moment, and it's the easiest to reach as well. [read more]

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.