I don’t know one person who, at some point in their lives, hasn’t daydreamed about spending a vacation in an over-water bungalow.
Imagine yourself standing on the private deck of a luxurious bungalow perched above the bluest ocean you’ve ever seen. Now picture yourself trying to decide if you should dive into the surrounding waters, take a swim in the private pool just off your elegant bedroom, or sit on the glass floor and watch the fish swim by.
I’ve put together a list of the world’s best over-water bungalows. (Warning…pictures may cause excessive drooling and extreme daydreaming!)
The Four Seasons Bora Bora
Bora Bora, the most famous of the French Polynesia’s Leeward Islands and recently awarded the title of “the best island in the world” by U.S. News, is home to several over-water bungalow resorts but not many compare to the Four Seasons. This true Garden of Eden is luxury on steroids. With its amazing views of lush tropical mountains, turquoise waters, exquisite cuisine, and near perfect, year round weather the resort is a favorite for destination weddings, honeymooners, and the newly engaged.
Located in Riviera Maya, Mexico the Rosewood Mayakoba encompasses 1,600 acres of beautiful white sand beaches and flourishing jungles, all linked by a string of lagoons. The Deluxe Over-Water Lagoon Suite lies above the resort’s lagoon and boasts a deck, private plunge pool, and outdoor garden shower.
Pangkor Laut Resort
Found off the coast of Malaysia in the Straits of Malacca, Pangkor Laut Resort has a mix of over-water and garden bungalows. Built on stilts, the Sea Villas sit above emerald waters. Each bungalow features a large balcony and deep soaking tubs with ocean views. Since most of the island (about 80%) is undeveloped there’s no shortage of privacy.
Ayada Maldives is a relatively new resort. Each bungalow, decorated in elegant modern design, features private verandas, over-water hammocks, and plunge pools. With six restaurants, an amazing spa, and panoramic views of paradise it would be hard to stay in any other resort.
Misool Eco Resort
Hidden among the isolated islands of the Raja Ampat archipelago in Indonesia rests Nisool Eco Resort. The difficult to reach (but worth the effort) location makes it a relatively unknown treasure. As the name suggests, the eco-friendly resort is constructed of reclaimed hardwood. Each over-water bungalow is beautifully decorated and includes steps that lead right into the crystal clear water for swimming and snorkeling.
Have you visited any of these resorts? If not, have you visited any over water bungalows? Which is your favorite? Share your experiences with us.