10 Amazing Overwater Bungalows -Luxury Travel

It’s the dream of many to stay in an overwater bungalow in a lush tropical location.  These sea-top cabanas are the ultimate in luxury, but what you may not know is that there are many different places to stay, in countries all over the globe.

10 best overwater bungalows in the world

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Wrapped by majestic views, luxurious Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is surrounded by sand-fringed islets on an outer coral reef that enclose a turquoise lagoon. With crystal blue-green water ringed by craggy green-painted cliffs, the scenery here is second to none. Overwater bungalow suites are perched on  wooden stilts above the turquoise lagoon, where the ocean can lull you to sleep naturally.

Whether you’re just two, or you’ve brought the family here, these two-bedroom bungalows offer a spacious living room that opens onto a deck with a private plunge pool.

St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Choose a spectacular overwater villa,at this world-class resort.  The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort lets you relax away from the rest of the world; explore the private “motu” (island) in the lagoonarium, where you can also snorkel in the warm waters. Or just relax in one of the fine suites.

The Overwater Villas at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort are the largest standard overwater accommodations in all of the South Pacific.  Flop down into your king-size bed or take your morning coffee on your private deck, where you can just drop into the cool blue water when you’re ready. Need anything? Your own private butler is at your service 24/7.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

North Male Atoll, Maldives

Sit atop the sea in these spacious overwater bungalows with large open-air living rooms.

Here you can also enjoy lounging on your rooftop terrace, complete with with daybed and dining table. Want to be closer to the water? Special sun loungers and water hammocks sit over the sea.

Pangkor Laut Resort

Pangkor, Malaysia

This unforgettable five star resort has beautifully appointed villas set high amidst the hills, and ringed by lush gardens. The bungalows rest on stilts above the island’s tropical waters.  Pangkor Laut Resort is located on a private island which has been voted ‘Number One in the World’ by Condé Nast Traveller.

Rosewood Mayakoba

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

mexico is a familiar destination to many North Americans, but this overwater experience changes everything. the Riviera Maya surrounded by a verdant jungle. This Playa del Carmen luxury resort captivates with stunning natural beauty.

Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suites here float above the emerald waters and features an inviting lounge terrace with a relaxing plunge pool, luxurious bathroom complete with outdoor garden shower, private walk-in closet and spectacular views of the lagoon and mangroves. The Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suite is ideal for honeymooners and couples.

  Cayo Espanto

San Pedro, Belize

Have you ever wanted your own private island? When you arrive at Cayo Espanto, your only worry will be where to relax first: in the plunge pool, at the water’s edge, or on the twin lounge chairs at the end of your very own dock. No worries about jockeying for position on the sand; the seven beach villas are situated so that you may not see another guest for your entire stay.

Here, the over-the-water bungalows are thoughtfully appointed with every imaginable comfort, and ultimate privacy. Casa Ventanas is at the end of a dock that stretches over 150 feet off the island and is surrounded on all sides by the beautiful, turquoise blue Caribbean Sea.

 Song Saa

Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia

Song Saa Private Island offers 24 spacious luxury villas, each featuring a private pool and spectacular island and ocean views. Each villa was constructed from recycled and reclaimed timber and decorated with repurposed items and local materials.

With direct ocean access, you can peer at the natural reef through the portholes of your overwater Villa, or chill out on your sundeck, laze about on your daybed, then plunge into the cool water…

An outdoor shower and cozy king sized bed completes your luxury room.


One & Only Reethi Rah


Surrounded by the wonders of the Indian Ocean, One&Only Reethi Rah makes its home on one of the largest islands in North Malé Atoll. A jewel among a string of coral atolls, lagoons and white sands, it is about 700 km (430 mi) southwest of Sri Lanka.

Set atop waters that are impossibly turquoise, the location will set your mind free and allow you the ultimate in relaxation.

Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge

 Bocas del Toro Island, Panama

These 5  luxurious two-storey overwater bungalow are tucked away on a platform at the water’s surface with stairs to access the green, crystal clear waters surrounding it.

The king size bed is located in the upper room, from where you can enjoy an incredible view of the bay through an ingenious window through the palm roof, while your two individual beds are in the lower room, with a bathroom.

Float House River Kwai

Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Elegant in its distinctive boutique style, The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort aims to be the world’s best floating resort. The FloatHouse River Kwai Resort is a boutique hideaway and the only way to reach the resort is by boat, since it actually floats on a flowing river surrounded by thick green jungle. Each luxurious and spacious floating villa is totally private and rich in custom tailored-made teakwood furniture with thatched roofing. The design is delightfully impressive with exotic decorations including natural materials and ropes.


These destinations are the stuff dreams are made of. They’re remote, private and pristine. Put your favourites on your lust list now!