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What says “honeymoon” like an overwater bungalow? It’s almost a given that if you’re flying to French Polynesia (known for their overwater bungalows), then you’re on your honeymoon. However, that’s not the only place with overwater bungalows. Here’s a list of some of the best overwater bungalows from the South Pacific to Central America and everywhere in between.
Two words: Bora Bora. That’s all you have to hear to know that Bora Bora is essentially the overwater bungalow capital of the world. Surrounded by a lagoon and barrier reef, overwater bungalows work here like they can few other places in the world. As a result, you’ll find overwater bungalow resorts around the island, including Le Méridien, which is among the best. It’s hard to deny the opulence of Le Méridien when you can wake up from your slumber in your overwater bungalow to the sight of Mt. Otemanu. Also of note, your suite’s glass floor, where you can see marine life frequently floating by. Other perks of the resort include several restaurants and bars. Good luck trying to leave!
Likuliku Lagoon Resort is arguably one of the best luxury resorts in the entire world, having won multiple awards over the years. It’s unique in that it’s Fiji’s only proper overwater bungalow resort. Perhaps most unique is that it’s surrounded by a marine reserve. Perched on the edge of the marine reserve and reef is a series of 10 of the world’s most plush overwater bungalows, outfitted with an outdoor patio, daily-delivered Chef’s Canapé Plate, pillow menu, plush king-sized bed and one of the best views in Fiji.
Like Bora Bora, the Maldives have also often been associated with overwater bungalows, with many of the world’s top overwater bungalow resorts calling it home. The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is home to one of our favorite hotel suites in the world. It’s hard to match an overwater villa that comes with a private terrace, outdoor whirlpool, freshwater shower, surround sound, and mini-bar. To whet your appetite even more, there’s Ithaa, which is the world’s first (and only) undersea restaurant (yes, for real).
While the likes of the Maldives and Bora Bora are often associated with overwater bungalows, you can find a small number of them in the Western Hemisphere. This includes Anthony’s Key in Roatan, Honduras, which is one of the best diving destinations in the Caribbean. As such, Anthony’s Key is popular as a diving resort. Across the resort are a total of 56 overwater bungalows, all of which sit perched just over the lagoon. For a little bit more room and privacy, opt for one of the deluxe bungalows, which offer a private covered deck. Generally speaking, compared to the other bungalows on this list, this is a more budget-friendly honeymoon resort.
Cayo Espanto is unique in that it’s actually a luxury private island resort. It’s first and foremost a small, exclusive resort with villas, but it does have one overwater bungalow, Casa Ventanas, which is one of the biggest overwater bungalows you’ll ever see, with more than 1,000 square feet of space. The one-bedroom bungalow juts outs from the island and features a wraparound patio, sun deck and the best seat in the house.