Water villas closest to the Bahamas
Being the easiest to reach island chain in the Caribbean, many daydreamers wonder whether they 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 one all-inclusive resort that barely qualifies in Cuba. That one might be available for Americans in the coming years, but it’s not really the sort of place for a honeymoon or any other kind of ideal romantic vacation.
There’s a super-luxury resort in the Turks and Caicos islands that has amazing villas set over still ponds not far from the beach, and while it’s an excellent hotel, it’s not really a proper overwater resort and it’s extremely expensive.
Overwater bungalows in the Caribbean
Check our main Caribbean overwater bungalows page for the specifics, but to summarize, you’ll find:
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$1,000 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$240 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$344 per night.
Overwater bungalows under construction in the Caribbean
As of late 2013 there are at least three overwater bungalow projects being constructed in the Caribbean. One is at a the Dellis Cay resort in Turks and Caicos that ran out of money during construction and may never open.
The 9 Beaches resort in Bermuda has 13 overwater bungalows, but the whole place closed in 2010 and is being refurbished until late summer of 2015.
Finally, Sandals has announced that they are building overwater bungalows at their Grande Resort in St. Lucia, as well as a resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The St. Lucia location were scheduled to open in late 2013, but it sounds like construction has still yet to begin. There have been no dates or even announcements on the Montego Bay overwater bungalows, so that project is probably on an indefinite hold as well.
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 – Five deluxe resorts on stilts
- Tahiti overwater bungalows – Two affordable large resorts
- South Pacific overwater bungalows – 9 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