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  • Writer's pictureLaura Avital

Breathtaking Overwater Bungalows Around the World

The Islands of Tahiti in French Polynesia are credited as being the birthplace of the overwater bungalows. In 1967 hotel accommodations were revolutionized with never-before thought of possibilities.

Today, you don’t even have to travel as far to experience these postcard-perfect resorts with options as close as Mexico and the Caribbean.

These bucket list-worthy stays are pretty much as close as it gets to paradise on earth, setting a high standard for the ultimate luxury honeymoon or romantic retreat.

Let’s dive into three memorable destinations where you can experience the magic overwater bungalows.

Beautiful Bora Bora

Bora Bora is already considered one of the world’s most beautiful islands, so when you top that with one of the world’s most desirable types of accommodations, you’ve got an unbelievable combination. This is where those dreamy magazine photos of turquoise water come to life against the stunning green twin peaks of Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu. An unforgettable experience offered at multiple resorts in Bora Bora is having a meal delivered to your room in a canoe decorated with flowers! Be sure to take photos, as this will make for a moment you will want to relive over and over. Talk about taking room service or breakfast in bed to the next level.

Fun fact: although Bora Bora is where overwater bungalows became popular, they actually originated on the smaller Tahitian island of Ra’iātea. Bora Bora was also the honeymoon destination of choice for Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.

Magic in The Maldives

Another absolutely picturesque destination that has perfected the overwater bungalow experience is The Maldives. Imagine being able to place your feet on the glass floor in your suite as you watch colorful tropical fish swim by below. How about snorkeling next to them from your suite! Here you can spend your idyllic days lounging in your private pool or hanging out over the water on a catamaran net. Looking to make a splash? Some resorts have suites that come with a personal water slide.

This group of tropical islands in the Indian Ocean is known for its coral reefs and marine life, making it an ideal choice for those who love being in — and not just above — the water. Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas, and Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk honeymooned in the Maldives!

Paradise closer to home in Caribbean & Mexico

With thatched roofs and stunning turquoise water, it’s also possible to experience something out of this world without going halfway around the world. Jamaica, St. Lucia, and the Riviera Maya in Mexico are just some of the options with overwater bungalows that are only a short flight away. Although you may find it hard to want to leave your slice of paradise, a tremendous advantage about any of these options is the number of things you can experience beyond your room. For example, in St. Lucia, you can bathe in a sulfur spring or visit the landmark Pitons. In Jamaica, you can enjoy the famous Blue Mountain Coffee in the Blue Mountain Range!

But the list doesn’t stop there. Fantastic overwater bungalows also exist in Thailand, Cambodia, Fiji, Belize, and beyond. The choice is yours.


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