The Most Amazing Overwater Bungalows in the World

Drifting to sleep with the sound of waves lapping beneath you, waking to the vast expanse of a glittering blue ocean. There is no more idyllic setting for your vacation than a private over the water bungalow. Overwater bungalows are not only great for Instagram shots but offer amazing experiences for travelers. From great scenery to luxury amenities, overwater bungalows are a must-try experience for all.

We have put together a list of some of the best from around the globe for you to choose from.

Here are some of the world’s best overwater bungalows

1. St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Maldives

The Maldives are popular for their resorts with overwater bungalows

The Maldives is well known as a premium luxury vacation destination. This stunning overwater bungalows resort is no exception and effortlessly meets expectations with fantastic service. If you choose the Overwater Regis Suite, you will experience ceiling-to-floor views of the turquoise ocean. Your private pool will stretch seamlessly into the lagoon. There are no huts over the water here. The 44 overwater villas are gracefully laid out in the shape of the manta ray that can be found in the Maldivan waters.

2. Royal Huahine, French Polynesia

Huts on the water in a romantic spot in beautiful French Polynesia

If you would love an overwater bungalow vacation, but you are worried that your budget might not cover the cost, consider this luxury rustic hotel on Huahine island. This romantic spot is less frequently visited than its more famous neighbour Bora Bora and is, therefore, less expensive but, we think, equally as beautiful.

All water bungalows face west for perfect sunset viewing and you can dive straight from your personal deck into the lagoon. To make your budget stretch even further, there is a supermarket on the island, so pick up some groceries when you arrive so that you do not have to rely on the on-site restaurant for every meal.

3. 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Cambodia

Over the water bungalows in a safari inspired river lodge

For an alternative to the traditional water bungalows overlooking the ocean, opt for this safari-inspired river lodge in the midst of the Cambodian jungle. Even the journey here is an adventure. 4 hours by car plus a 30-minute boat trip from Phnom Penh, you will travel down the jungle-hugged Tatai River to reach your destination. Luxury tents are your accommodation here, and the sounds of river and jungle life your soundtrack. Though this may not be a standard overwater bungalows resort we think it is a sublime spot to relax and immerse yourself in nature.

4. Bawah Reserve, Indonesia

Exclusive overwater bungalows on a private island

This all inclusive overwater bungalows resort is the place to head for exclusivity. Located on a private island, Bawah Reserve allows you to slip out of your overwater bungalow right into the refreshing ocean beneath you. Food lovers, in particular, will be in their element here. Meals are made to your order and designed by the chef who speaks directly to guests to understand their requirements. The all inclusive package also covers spa treatments, so unlimited massages could also be a tempting way to spend your vacation at this overwater bungalows resort.

5. El Nido Resort Apulit Island, Philippines

Over the water bungalows in a resort offering both adventure and relaxation

This resort is perfect for travelers who love adventure alongside their relaxation. With bungalows over the water, El Nido is located on the mountainous island of Apulit. Activity-loving guests can enjoy the thrill of climbing up (and rappelling down) a limestone cliff or try spelunking through caves. For divers, there are also Japanese shipwrecks nearby to explore. To help you choose between these exciting excursions, there is even an activities coordinator who will ensure you make the most of your stay.

6. Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji

Overwater bungalows in a dream romantic resort for couples

For a getaway just for you and your partner, Likuliku Lagoon Resort has been created as a dream romantic resort for couples. This is the place to go for rest and tranquility and to take a break from the daily stresses of life. The overwater bungalows (bungalows are called bures here) each have a private deck where you can spend your vacation at a relaxed island pace. If you want a break from all the relaxation, amble along Naivaka Beach or take a gentle climb to Jona’s Lookout, the local hilltop.

7. El Dorado Maroma, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Overwater bungalows with 5-star service, El Dorado Maroma

If you are longing for an overwater bungalows experience with the impeccable service of a 5-star hotel, we recommend the El Dorado Maroma in Mexico. Here you will be provided with 24-hour room service, multiple jacuzzis, Mayan spa therapies, floors made of glass and a private infinity pool. The resort can even organise a personalised picnic for you to enjoy on the idyllic beach. At El Dorado Maroma you can live the overwater bungalow dream without missing out on any luxuries.

Choose the overwater bungalows that suit your style

With amazing water bungalows resorts around the world and something to suit different budgets and vacation requirements, you are sure to find the perfect overwater bungalow for you. Choose from our selection to experience an ideal vacation for any traveler.

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