Water villas closest to the Bahamas
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.
Overwater bungalows in the Caribbean
Check our main Caribbean overwater bungalows page for the specifics, but to summarize, you'll find:
Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort, Montego Bay – 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.
Sandals South Coast Resort, Whitehouse – 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.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort, St. Lucia – 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.
Cayo Espanto – 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.
Coral Lodge: 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$350 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.
- Bora Bora overwater bungalows – 10 resorts over the best clearwater lagoons
- Moorea overwater bungalows – 5 deluxe resorts on stilts
- Tahiti overwater bungalows – 2 affordable large resorts
- South Pacific overwater bungalows – 12 resorts (this includes Fiji, Samoa, and many smaller islands)
- Water villa resorts in the Maldives – Over 70 resorts ranging from 3-stars to 5-star deluxe
Photo credit: Bahamas by Paul Schulz on Flickr