13 of the Most Breathtaking Overwater Bungalows in the World

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With its turquoise waters and majestic mountain views, the <a href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/pf/four-seasons-resort-bora-bora.en-gb.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora</a> is one of the most idyllic places on the planet. Not surprisingly, it’s the recipient of countless accolades, including <a href="http://www.brides.com/story/best-resorts-south-pacific?mbid=synd_yahoo_rss" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:best resort in the South Pacific" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">best resort in the South Pacific</a> in our <a href="http://www.brides.com/topic/brides-honeymoon-awards?mbid=synd_yahoo_rss" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:2017 Honeymoon Awards" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">2017 Honeymoon Awards</a>. All year long, the award winner is offering a <a href="http://www.fourseasons.com/borabora/offers/overwater-bungalow-50th-anniversary-package-/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:special anniversary package" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">special anniversary package</a>, which includes a resort credit and “make your own Mai Tai kit.”
Four Seasons Resort, Bora Bora
With its turquoise waters and majestic mountain views, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is one of the most idyllic places on the planet. Not surprisingly, it’s the recipient of countless accolades, including best resort in the South Pacific in our 2017 Honeymoon Awards. All year long, the award winner is offering a special anniversary package, which includes a resort credit and “make your own Mai Tai kit.”
The Maldives may be home to two thirds of the overwater bungalows in the world, but <a href="https://www.expedia.com/Maldives-Hotels-Cheval-Blanc-Randheli-Maldives.h13273579.Hotel-Information" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cheval Blanc Randheli" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cheval Blanc Randheli</a> stands out for its proclivity towards all things posh. Owned by LVMH—purveyors of prestige brands like Louis Vuitton and Moët Chandon—and designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy (whose portfolio also includes the Aman properties) the 46-villa maison leads in luxury. Expect private seaplane transfers, haute cuisine from three-Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno, and Guerlain spa treatments.
Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives
The Maldives may be home to two thirds of the overwater bungalows in the world, but Cheval Blanc Randheli stands out for its proclivity towards all things posh. Owned by LVMH—purveyors of prestige brands like Louis Vuitton and Moët Chandon—and designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy (whose portfolio also includes the Aman properties) the 46-villa maison leads in luxury. Expect private seaplane transfers, haute cuisine from three-Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno, and Guerlain spa treatments.
Looking for an upscale adults-only escape? In mid-December, <a href="http://www.sandals.com/main/whitehouse/wh-home/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sandals South Coast" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sandals South Coast</a> will debut 12 Tahitian-style “honeymoon” bungalows, equipped with A-list amenities like 24/7 butler service, extended sun decks, outdoor soaking tubs or over-water hammocks and unfettered Caribbean Sea access. Inside: hardwood floors with glass panels, vaulted ceilings, walk-in rain showers and smart TVs.
Sandals South Coast, Jamaica
Looking for an upscale adults-only escape? In mid-December, Sandals South Coast will debut 12 Tahitian-style “honeymoon” bungalows, equipped with A-list amenities like 24/7 butler service, extended sun decks, outdoor soaking tubs or over-water hammocks and unfettered Caribbean Sea access. Inside: hardwood floors with glass panels, vaulted ceilings, walk-in rain showers and smart TVs.
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Set in the canton of Neuchâtel (AKA the birthplace of absinthe), <a href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/ch/hotelpalafitteneuchatel.en-gb.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hotel Palafitte" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hotel Palafitte</a> has the distinction of being the only hotel in Europe built on stilts—a design inspired by the remains of ancient Swiss structures discovered nearby. When not staring out at the sparkling lake, sample regional delicacies like lake trout sashimi and, of course, absinthe.
Hotel Palafitte, Switzerland
Set in the canton of Neuchâtel (AKA the birthplace of absinthe), Hotel Palafitte has the distinction of being the only hotel in Europe built on stilts—a design inspired by the remains of ancient Swiss structures discovered nearby. When not staring out at the sparkling lake, sample regional delicacies like lake trout sashimi and, of course, absinthe.
Three miles off the coast of San Pedro is <a href="https://www.expedia.com/Belize-Hotels-Cayo-Espanto.h529422.Hotel-Information" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cayo Espanto" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cayo Espanto</a>. This exclusive island is home to seven unique villas, including the sought-after Casa Ventanas. Surrounded by the sea on all sides, this one-bedroom bungalow promises absolute privacy and an unparalleled experience. Craving some aquatic adventure? There’s even a sailboat and kayaks just for you.
Cayo Espanto, Belize
Three miles off the coast of San Pedro is Cayo Espanto. This exclusive island is home to seven unique villas, including the sought-after Casa Ventanas. Surrounded by the sea on all sides, this one-bedroom bungalow promises absolute privacy and an unparalleled experience. Craving some aquatic adventure? There’s even a sailboat and kayaks just for you.
Characterized by serenity and refined ambiance, the <a href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/mv/the-st-regis-maldives-vommuli-resort.en-gb.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:St. Regis Maldives Vommuli" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">St. Regis Maldives Vommuli</a> exclusive island retreat invites guests is prime for relaxation and romance. Overwater accommodations marry sleek furnishings and a chic palette of cream and cobalt with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean—courtesy of expansive terraces and private plunge pools. Take advantage of a pampering couple’s treatment at the Iridium Spa.
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Maldives
Characterized by serenity and refined ambiance, the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli exclusive island retreat invites guests is prime for relaxation and romance. Overwater accommodations marry sleek furnishings and a chic palette of cream and cobalt with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean—courtesy of expansive terraces and private plunge pools. Take advantage of a pampering couple’s treatment at the Iridium Spa.
Mexico may not be the first place you think of for overwater bungalows, but <a href="https://www.expedia.com/Solidaridad-Hotels-Rosewood-Mayakoba.h1773497.Hotel-Information" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rosewood Mayakoba" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rosewood Mayakoba</a> is about to change all that. Set in a secluded enclave, this Riviera Maya gem offers serenity, natural splendor and swoon-worthy accommodations. Suspended over the shimmering lagoons, suites—like the rest of the resort—honor the pristine surroundings with eco-conscious construction and indigenous materials.
Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Mexico may not be the first place you think of for overwater bungalows, but Rosewood Mayakoba is about to change all that. Set in a secluded enclave, this Riviera Maya gem offers serenity, natural splendor and swoon-worthy accommodations. Suspended over the shimmering lagoons, suites—like the rest of the resort—honor the pristine surroundings with eco-conscious construction and indigenous materials.
Set in Fausaga, on Samoa’s scenic Southern coast, <a href="https://www.hotels.com/ho122082/?q-check-out=2018-05-10&FPQ=5&q-check-in=2018-05-08&WOE=4&WOD=2&q-room-0-children=0&pa=1&tab=description&JHR=6&q-room-0-adults=2&YGF=7&MGT=2&ZSX=0&SYE=3" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Coconuts Beach Club" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Coconuts Beach Club</a> is the first and only resort in the country with overwater fales (pronounced “fah-lays”)—six to be exact. Each bungalow is positioned to maximize personal, err couple, space. Perks include soaring Samoan ceilings and spacious sun decks.
Coconuts Beach Club Resort and Spa, Samoa
Set in Fausaga, on Samoa’s scenic Southern coast, Coconuts Beach Club is the first and only resort in the country with overwater fales (pronounced “fah-lays”)—six to be exact. Each bungalow is positioned to maximize personal, err couple, space. Perks include soaring Samoan ceilings and spacious sun decks.
Calling all nature lovers! Surrounded by a 300-acre private reserve, <a href="https://www.expedia.com/Flores-Hotels-Las-Lagunas-Boutique-Hotel.h5970603.Hotel-Information" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Las Lagunas" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Las Lagunas</a> is brimming with pristine beauty. Eco-friendly wooden casitas come with decks overlooking Quexil Lagoon and Petén jungle. After a day of outdoor adventure (be sure to book a tour of neighboring Monkey Island), unwind in your outdoor Jacuzzi with a glass of Château Defay.
Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel, Guatemala
Calling all nature lovers! Surrounded by a 300-acre private reserve, Las Lagunas is brimming with pristine beauty. Eco-friendly wooden casitas come with decks overlooking Quexil Lagoon and Petén jungle. After a day of outdoor adventure (be sure to book a tour of neighboring Monkey Island), unwind in your outdoor Jacuzzi with a glass of Château Defay.
From the unspoiled wilderness to the award-winning eco-conscious design, <a href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/kh/song-saa-private-island.en-gb.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Song Saa Private Island" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Song Saa Private Island</a> draws nature lovers and honeymooners alike. Each villa is sustainably constructed with reclaimed timber and meticulously decorated with upcycled elements and local artifacts. And did we mention, each one offers 200 square meters of prime (and personal) oceanfront real estate?
Song Saa Private Island, Koh Ouen and Koh Bong, Cambodia
From the unspoiled wilderness to the award-winning eco-conscious design, Song Saa Private Island draws nature lovers and honeymooners alike. Each villa is sustainably constructed with reclaimed timber and meticulously decorated with upcycled elements and local artifacts. And did we mention, each one offers 200 square meters of prime (and personal) oceanfront real estate?
Fashioned after local fishing boats, the Dhoni Suites—eight split-level “vessels”—at <a href="https://www.expedia.com/Maldives-Hotels-COMO-Cocoa-Island.h1489753.Hotel-Information?chkin=5%2F12%2F2018&chkout=5%2F13%2F2018&rm1=a2&hwrqCacheKey=76d11e32-f0c8-4a7f-9991-9f0dd2891e39HWRQ1524664243533&cancellable=false&regionId=6053751&vip=false&c=9e88a8f1-dcd0-46fa-bc5d-004e8240e258&mctc=10&exp_dp=900&exp_ts=1524664243952&exp_curr=USD&swpToggleOn=false&exp_pg=HSR" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:COMO Cocoa Island" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">COMO Cocoa Island</a> appear to be floating (in reality, they’re actually fixed to the lagoon floor). Interiors flaunt vaulted ceilings, antique colonial ceiling fans and full-length glass windows that let in the Maldivian sunlight.
COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives
Fashioned after local fishing boats, the Dhoni Suites—eight split-level “vessels”—at COMO Cocoa Island appear to be floating (in reality, they’re actually fixed to the lagoon floor). Interiors flaunt vaulted ceilings, antique colonial ceiling fans and full-length glass windows that let in the Maldivian sunlight.
<h2>Fiji</h2> <p>Breathtaking beaches are served up with a side of adrenaline in Fiji, and the uber-exclusive <a href="http://laucala.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Laucala Resort" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Laucala Resort</a> offers innumerable ways to stir it up. Book one of the traditional (albeit very luxurious) Fijian villas and set off on horseback to discover the beauty of the island. Later try your hand at manning a Dragon sailboat or Fijian outrigger, go windsurfing, or explore the rainforest by foot. The reef encircling Laucala is spectacular, so don't miss an up-close-and-personal view via snorkel or scuba. Or, slide into the DeepFlight Super Falcon Mark 2 submarine, sit back and take it all in.</p>

Fiji

Breathtaking beaches are served up with a side of adrenaline in Fiji, and the uber-exclusive Laucala Resort offers innumerable ways to stir it up. Book one of the traditional (albeit very luxurious) Fijian villas and set off on horseback to discover the beauty of the island. Later try your hand at manning a Dragon sailboat or Fijian outrigger, go windsurfing, or explore the rainforest by foot. The reef encircling Laucala is spectacular, so don't miss an up-close-and-personal view via snorkel or scuba. Or, slide into the DeepFlight Super Falcon Mark 2 submarine, sit back and take it all in.

Set among the lush greenery on the East Coast of Mauritius, <a href="https://www.booking.com/hotel/mu/constance-le-prince-maurice.en-gb.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Constance Prince Maurice" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Constance Prince Maurice</a> is a harmonious hideaway. Suites and villas—the brainchild of architect Jean-Marc Eynaud and designer David Edwards—flaunt thatched roofs and feng shui–influenced interiors. And the amor doesn’t end with the accommodations...honeymooners can book activities like sunset cruises, wine tastings, and couples massages.
Constance Prince Maurice, Mauritius
Set among the lush greenery on the East Coast of Mauritius, Constance Prince Maurice is a harmonious hideaway. Suites and villas—the brainchild of architect Jean-Marc Eynaud and designer David Edwards—flaunt thatched roofs and feng shui–influenced interiors. And the amor doesn’t end with the accommodations...honeymooners can book activities like sunset cruises, wine tastings, and couples massages.

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