Best Over water Bungalows in the World
Over water bungalows and water villas are becoming ever more popular each year. An idea that was started in the South Pacific in the 1970s, the style of thatched-roof huts stringing out into a still and clear-blue lagoon is a dream come true to experience one. Everything about these floating hotels offers a a true once-in-a-lifetime bucket list experience. With thatched roofs, outdoor showers and stunning panoramic views of the sparkling crystal-clear waters, these luxury resorts are the ultimate definition of paradise.
If you’ve ever dreamed of staying in a tropical ocean villa on a remote island, read on to discover the world’s most luxurious overwater bungalows.
1 Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Mamanuca Archipelago, Fiji
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This 5-star, adults-only property sits on a small private island in the South Pacific. You will reside within powdery white sand beaches and turquoise lagoon. It preserves Fijian culture in its luxury overwater bungalows, called “bures,” all designed using traditional Fijian architecture and built with materials native to the region. You can walk right into the ocean from your private balcony, on top of the vibrant coral reef. This is a luxury 5- star oasis for couples.
2 Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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Located on Bora Bora, French Polynesia’s most famous island, the Four Seasons Bora Bora is a five-pearl resort full of romantic appeal. From honeymooners to families, a variety of travelers come here to experience the incredible beauty of the island and its crystal lagoon. It is secluded and have stunning views of Mt. Otemanu in one of the 115 overwater and beachfront bungalows. Four different onsite restaurants serve gourmet prepared food, like the Arri Moana, known for its amazing Polynesian and French cuisine, in addition to a kid’s club.
3 Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
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Widely considered to be the top resort in the Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi is truly one of the best on Earth. There are 45 overwater villas stretched over a sparkling lagoon. Known for its luxury, guests enjoy it in bare feet by removing their shoes the moment they get on the boat from the airport. Accommodations are simple, yet the spacious overwater bungalows have outdoor decks with some of the most impressive views imaginable. You’ll find a range of activities too, including fantastic scuba diving. Free daily yoga, use of bamboo bicycles and a variety of other water sports.
4 Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, French Polynesia
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The Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort sits on a small island in the Tikehau Attoll northwest of Tahiti. This resort features 24 overwater bungalows. If you stay in a premium overwater bungalow or suite and you’ll enjoy direct access to the water. All have thatched roofs made from coconut palms, and materials like teak, bamboo and local wood. Look through the glass floor to gaze at the thousands of fish in the stunning lagoon.
5 Hotel Palafitte, Monruz, Switzerland
If you want a different experience, Hotel Palafitte’s bungalows are built on stilts over Lake Neuchatel in the Three Lakes Region of Switzerland. This hotel is Europe’s only overwater accommodation, and offers luxury amenities along with amazing lake views. All the lakeside rooms are staggered so you have unblocked views of the water, no matter where you are. There is plenty of privacy as none have direct views of other rooms. Morning sunrises are also not to be missed.
6 Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa, Cook Islands
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Situated on a private island 400 miles southwest of Tahiti, this is the only resort in the Cook Islands with over water bungalows that has direct access to the magnificent lagoon with panoramic views. You will experience some of the most glorious sunsets, when the lagoon is transformed into a blaze of yellows, reds, pinks and oranges that dance across its surface. There are champagne-colored beaches for strolling and a host of other outdoor activities, including kayaking, snorkeling and motu walking, or wading through the shallow, clear waters between islets.
7 Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia
The Pangkor Laut Resort sits on a private island three miles of Malaysia’s west coast. Stay in sea villas that are perched atop stilts over the sea, which has a striking green color due to the surrounding vegetation. Each one includes a balcony, deck chairs and oversized tubs that open onto the water. Tropical jungle, covering 80 percent of the island, rocky outcrops and the gorgeous beach of Emerald Bay, help complete this truly magical environment.
8 AYADA Maldives, Maldives
Located on a private island in the Maldives, AYADA Maldives is an opulent 5-star property with a luxury Turkish theme. Water villas and suites have a private splash pool on the terrace as well as a separate living room and a butler service. Known for its lush surroundings, guests of AYADA Maldives will be greeted with tropical greenery and pristine coral reefs where they might spot a dolphin pod or two. Six on-site restaurants serve up gourmet cuisine, unwind at the beachfront infinity pool, steam room, spa and sauna. Snorkeling and diving the area are the most popular outdoor activities.
9 InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa, Bora Bora
A luxury tropical escape in French Polynesia, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa is nestled between a dreamy bright blue lagoon and the South Pacific. This resort offers 5-star experience. Stay in Tahitian-style overwater bungalows with stunning views. It’s also known for the world-renown Thalasso Spa that offers 43,000 square feet of luxury and blends oceanic elements into every one of its rituals overlooking Mt. Otemanu, with hydrotherapy pools and private gardens. How to Choose between Fiji or Tahiti
10 Le Meridien, Bora Bora
The Le Méridien Bora Bora is a spectacular island escape. There are 98 air-conditioned bungalows, located overwater or among coconut groves, feature decks with lagoon access; 81 have glass-bottomed floors for viewing marine life. Located on a magnificent islet surrounded by the crystal waters of a private lagoon, along with views of Mount Otemanu. Relax on Bora Bora’s white-sand beaches, sample authentic French Polynesian cuisine in our array of restaurants and bars or immerse yourself in island wildlife at the Bora Bora Turtle Center.
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