Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru from 15 of the Best Overwater Bungalows in the World
15 of the Best Overwater Bungalows in the World
Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Intercontinental Le Moana, Bora Bora
Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji
Hotel Palafitte, Switzerland
The hotel is built on stilts over Lake Neuchâtel. If you ever get tired of looking at the surreal sunset each day, you can go on winery tours, sail on the lake, and even hike. The 40 private bungalows have accommodations with lake views, private terraces, and plenty of luxury amenities such as direct access to the glittering waters of the lake.
Hotelito Desconocido, Mexico
This is an eco-resort, entirely solar powered and close to the city of Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Ocean. Some of the bungalows are set over an inland creek but others are out near the beach. You get to enjoy 100 acres of beaches, lagoons, and lavish gardens. Guests love the canopy beds and hand-painted tiles. Lots of marine life exists there as well – from pelicans to frigates and sea turtles that you can view up close.
Flamingo Bay Water Lodge, Mozambique
The fairytale like Flamingo Bay Water Lodge is situated in a lovely tropical tidal estuary along the Inhambane coast overlooking the Indian Ocean. It’s a preferred location for newlyweds and others who want a stylish but eco-friendly escape. All villas, which have their own private deck, face west so you never miss a sunset.
Le Taha'a Island Resort and Spa, French Polynesia
At Le Taha’a Island Resort and Spa, you will be suspended above the crystal-clear lagoon with exquisite views of the lush Vanilla Island. The resort is very secluded because it’s on a small islet off Le Taha’a Island. The bungalows are quite spacious and the views vary with the price. From the lagoons to reefs and the startling sunsets, there is plenty of sights to decorate the sky.
Misool Eco Eco Resort, Indonesia
The resort is quiet and remote, literally nestled among unpopulated islands. The overwater cabanas have hammocks and steps leading right into the water, allowing for the experience of snorkeling off your private deck. Misool Eco Resort is an exclusive dive resort. The center, also built on stilts, offers three dives a day.
Olhuveli Beach and Spa Resort, Maldives
The 60 overwater bungalows are stilted over a tranquil lagoon, next to clean sandy beaches and towering palms. All cabins have private decks with views that stretch for miles. You can go night diving to see whale sharks and dolphins. The sales pitch is: This is a “truly breathtaking island with plenty of secluded sandbanks where paradise seekers escaping from the pressures of daily modern life can forget the outside world and let go of all inhibitions."
Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, Panama
El Nido Lagen Island Resort, Philippines
The Eco-Sanctuary Island, Lagen in El Nido, is nestled between a lush four-hectare forest and a calm, shallow lagoon, an ideal destination for those seeking a relaxing holiday in a private and tranquil island. People can kayak to caves, hike through a rainforest and snorkel under their overwater villas. The private sun decks make sunbathing and stargazing an especially pleasant activity.
Thatch Caye Resort, Belize
The sales pitch of the Thatch Caye Resort includes private decks, air conditioning, a natural salt water swimming pool, and hammocks everywhere. Each overwater bungalow has 180 degree views. You can see distant islands and clear blue water for miles. The villas also have private patios with hammocks so you can fully enjoy the island breeze.
Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico
The bungalows are spread over acres of beach and jungle that are linked by lagoons. Each suite is crafted from materials such as limestone, wood, and water to enhance harmony with natural surroundings. The villas have private decks, a plunge pool, and an outdoor shower. Activities include diving, horseback riding, kayaking, and golfing.