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There are around 140 overwater resorts around the world, with more than 6,500 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.
After a successful opening of their overwater bungalows at their Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay, Sandals Resort International is ready to do it again with the re-branding of their Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa into the Sandals South Coast. This resort will be the company’s second overwater bungalow resort in Jamaica.
The current beachfront property spans 50 acres within a nature preserve and offers guests land rooms to enjoy as well as a rather long list of amenities and features. Along with the addition of 12 overwater bungalows, the resort’s amenities will also undergo a renovation, making for larger resort with more modern features. Its land rooms have also recently been renovated and now include upgraded room categories. At this moment, a completion date has not been set, but we’ll keep you up to date as more information becomes available.
When most people think of overwater resorts, they instantly think of the Maldives or the South Pacific, but did you know that there are overwater bungalows in the Caribbean? The Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica recently added 5 gorgeous overwater bungalows to their resort, with 12 more opening early in 2017, offering guests a chance to stay in Tahitian styled rooms while vacationing in the Caribbean. But if you think that you’ll never get the chance to stay here because of the high nightly rate, you’re in luck! Sandals just announced that they are running a contest allowing you the chance to win a 4-day, 3-night luxury all-inclusive stay in one of their large over the water bungalows. Keep in mind though that this contest ends on February 28th, 2017, so make sure to enter in today!
Each overwater bungalow includes a 24-hour room service, a butler service, a tranquility soaking tub for two along with an outdoor shower, a mini fridge, a microwave, air conditioning, an over the water hammock and a beautiful wooden extended sun deck. You’ll also find a glass panel to enjoy which allows you access to the underwater world from the inside of your room, meaning that you won’t have to take a dip in the ocean for a chance to view the sea life below. Because the main portion of the resort is located on land, you’ll be treated to a private water taxi to and from the resort. [read more]
After much speculation, Sandals Resorts have finally announced the dates when visitors are expected to be able to stay in their overwater bungalow suites, and unfortunately it’s quite a bit later than we had hoped. The folks at caribbeannewsdigital.com interviewed Sandals’ CEO recently who said that the groundbreaking on the 26 overwater bungalows is scheduled for August 15, 2012, and the opening to the public of the suites is February, 2013.
JANUARY 2014 UPDATE: The most recent reports from industry sources say that Sandals is finally ready to break ground on the overwater bungalows as part of a much larger renovation to its St. Lucia property. If construction does indeed begin in early 2014, then it’ll be at least 2015 before the bungalows would be open to the public.
OCTOBER 2012 UPDATE: I’ve just received an email from Sandals saying that they have yet to actually break ground on these overwater bungalows, and that now that is officially scheduled for “early 2013.” Hopefully this happens and they are ready for bookings by summer. I will update this page with whatever we hear.
We’ve previously mentioned that the scheduled opening to the public was in 2012, but there was never any more specific information so evidently that was just an early target that has slipped. Read our previous post on the Sandals St. Lucia overwater bungalows for more specifics about the suites themselves. [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.