Can you picture yourself sipping on a cocktail whilst relaxing with your loved one on the private balcony of your overwater bungalow, feet in the crystal blue waters of some exotic island? Yes, me too.
Overwater bungalows used to be a thing of dreams and something most of us would only see in a travel brochure or a movie. With the rise in resorts featuring water bungalows, there’s now plenty for those looking to choose from, some being just a two-hour flight from the U.S. – ideal for those honeymooning or just looking to treat themselves to a picturesque retreat.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian, St. Lucia
Set on its own magnificent peninsula and fronting a stunning beach with two of the world’s greatest oceans on either side, Sandals Grande St Lucian really does have it all, from its open-air lobby and stylish waterfront restaurants to the warm, personalised service.
The resorts gorgeous over-the-water bungalows feature glass floor panels and lit water, ensuring guests can enjoy undersea views at any time.
Couples can also admire the oceans from their own private outdoor soaking tub or over-water hammocks and each private patio is also equipped with an extended sun deck, outdoor shower and sun loungers. Inside, each bungalow features a custom crafted king-sized bed, his and her sinks and a walk-in rain shower.
Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico
Situated between Cancun and Playa Del Carmen, the Rosewood Mayakoba is a natural haven with its stunning beaches, lagoon, canals and abundance of exotic wildlife, including iguanas, turtles and even crocodiles.
The resort’s 18 deluxe overwater lagoon suites float right above the lagoon’s emerald waters and provides a sound terrace with its own heated plunge pool. The rooms also have their own garden shower, private walk-in close and magnificent views of the lagoon and mangroves.
The resort also has a private butler service, giving guests 24 hour help in booking local tours, arranging private dining or even unpacking.
The St Regis, Bora Bora
Boasting the largest overwater villas in the South Pacific, the St Regis’ water bungalows start at 1,550 square feet and go up to 3,500 square feet and that’s just where the luxury begins.
All of the bungalows at the St Regis feature a daybed and some their own private pool and whirlpool on the deck, inside, the rooms hold two or more plasma TV’s with surround systems and also come with the famous St Regis Butler service.
Each bungalow also comes with viewing panels to allow guests a glimpse of the turquoise waters of Bora Bora at any time of day. The resort also boasts four restaurants and a spa by Clarins in the middle of the hotel’s private lagoonarium.
El Dorado Maroma by Karisma, Mexico
Located in Playa del Carmen, this adults only resort features 30 exclusive private bungalows that sit right over the turquoise waters of Maroma Beach, allowing guests direct ladder access to the ocean.
Guests can also enjoy the picture-perfect views from their own private infinity pool and outdoor shower.
Elsewhere the property also has 5 bars, 6 restaurants, spa and 3 outdoor pools as well as a whole list of amenities and activities for couples to make the most of during their stay.
Sandals Royal Caribbean, Jamaica
Located just off the resort’s own private island, these breathtaking overwater villas will leave you in absolute awe. From floating water hammocks to private glass floors, you’ll fully be able to immerse yourself in the Caribbean’s turquoise waters and marine life.
Other highlights include your own private infinity pool with outdoor shower and lit water ensures you can enjoy the sea anytime day or night.
Guests can also expect to their own personal butler to be there at every beck and call along with additional inclusions such as in-room dining and room service menu, direct resort access via a luxury boat and private luxury transfers to and from the airport.