Who can resist the allure of an over-water bungalow? Everything about it spells romance.
We also love the off-the-grid seclusion they offer. Plus the thatched roofs, outdoor showers, and spellbinding views of crystal clear waters complete their charm!
We all know the famous over water bungalows of the Maldives, but they aren’t the only place you can experience these luxurious stays.
From Bora Bora to Tahiti, an over water bungalow vacation can be in your future!
Firstly, we have the Four Seasons Bora Bora.
To get to this gorgeous resort, you’ll take a private yacht across the South Pacific waters to your own private over water bungalow.
Once there, you’ll never have to leave the privacy of your thatched-roof retreat!
We love that you can request to have meals delivered by canoe!
Also, you’re only ever a stepladder’s distance away from the crystalline waters.
Next we have Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji.
This adults-only resort is home to Fiji’s only over water bungalows, making it a big draw for honeymooners.
It is a unique and special place amidst a pristine environment, designed with integrity to Fijian cultural values.
They also feature traditional designs and architecture, and is embraced by the Fijian people.
We recommend splurging on a Deluxe Beachfront bungalow.
This option offers direct ladder access to the lagoon, a freestanding bath, a lounger-strewn deck, and a private plunge pool!
Of course we had to feature a resort in Mauritius!
This 60-acre resort is on a private estate on the unspoiled East Coast of Mauritius.
Notably, this resort was designed by Mauritian architect Jean-Marc Eynaud.
With thatch-roof villas that are just shy of over-the-top, as well as heated private pools, romantic outdoor baths, and Feng Shui-inspired interiors, this resort is a stunner!
While these villas aren’t completely over water bungalows, they are on stilts that are partially over water.
With 84 spacious over water bungalows, the InterContinental Bora Bora resort is a sight to see.
These villas are decorated in a sleek, contemporary island style, with touches of traditional Polynesian design that blend seamlessly into their surroundings.
Each spacious over water bungalow at the InterContinental Bora Bora has stunning views of the lagoon as well as the iconic Mount Otemanu.
In addition to the views, this resort features revolutionary technology that draws seawater from the depths of the ocean to reuse it for electricity.
Therefore, this resort is a great Eco-friendly choice.
Because Tahiti is now open to vaccinated travelers, we had to include it on our list.
Of course we had to mention the gorgeous Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort!
In addition to the mountain ridges views, cliffs, and dramatic waterfalls, this romantic island retreat also offers incredible culinary delights.
We recommend soaking in the views from the hammock on your over water bungalow’s deck or from your deep soak tub.
They also offer butler service!
With bungalows starting at 1,550 square feet, the over water accommodations at The St. Regis Bora Bora are the largest in French Polynesia.
But it’s not just size that sets these lush bungalows apart.
Blending minimalist Polynesian decor and 21st century luxuries like glass floor panels, this resort is breathtakingly eye catching.
This resort includes a spa on a private island, a fitness center, five restaurants, as well as a swim-up bar.
For the ultimate private getaway, reserve a beach villa!
They also offer bicycles which allow guests the freedom to navigate the spacious Resort. Additionally, there is a shuttle service to the main island which makes it easy to explore Bora Bora.
Move over, Maldives.
Mexico’s has got its own over water bungalow resort, and it’s stunning!
The adults-only enclave has 30 bungalows on a secluded stretch of the Riviera Maya.
Not only do these bungalows feature a glass-bottom floor, infinity plunge pool, and outdoor shower, but also a 24-hour butler and a ladder that leads directly into the sea.
We love that this resort offers a variety of activities such as Spanish lessons, yoga, aqua aerobics, Latin dance lessons, and cooking classes!
Lush rain forest, pristine beaches, and colorful reefs are just some of the reasons we love this Cambodian getaway set on two private islands along the Gulf of Thailand.
Song Saa’s 27 waterfront villas are done up with natural materials as well as handcrafted furnishings by local artisans.
Split your time between the yoga and meditation center, infinity pool, spa, and snorkeling sites.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian is an all-inclusive resort located on its very own peninsula.
It is often described as the “closest vacation to a picture-perfect postcard.” Furthermore, this adults-only resort features panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean.
Undoubtedly the over-the-water bungalows will linger in your heart forever. Paired with a sheltered mile-long beach, you will be in for days of endless water play.
With attention to detail, this resort offers natural beauty, rich history, and pure romance.
Learn more about Sandals Resorts here!
Last but certainly not least we have Aruba Ocean Villas!
Aruba Ocean Villas is a small boutique resort in Aruba that caters exclusively to adults and couples 18+.
The wrap-around deck includes daybeds, a covered hot tub, a beach style lounge, and staircase to the ocean. It offers an exquisite view of the ocean from the privacy of your hammock.
With 8 unique villas, this resort cultivates an atmosphere that is quiet, tranquil, natural, and beautiful.
This location is the perfect romantic getaway.
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