Luxury The Best Overwater Bungalows vacations

The Best Overwater Bungalows

The competition was tough, but we managed to narrow down the top resorts to visit for those seeking that picturesque water bungalow experience

The Maldives and Bora Bora are perhaps two of the world’s most iconic destinations when it comes to overwater bungalows.

The Nautilus, The Maldives

The Maldives is king of overwater bungalows with most of the resorts on the islands having a bungalow as an accommodation option. The Nautilus is one of the Maldives most premium choices with ultimate privacy. You will take a private seaplane in the Maldives to the island.

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The Nautilus Maldives

The overwater villas on the north of the island have spacious outdoor decks and private pools. Overwater Suites take luxury to the next level, with private gyms and even a maid’s room. The sunsets are quite a sight to behold.

Sofitel, Bora Bora

Bora Bora is always near the top of the list of the most beautiful places in the world, and rightly so! You just can’t beat the sense of luxury that encompasses it.

Sofitel Bora Bora

Sofitel Hotel Bora Bora has the classic bungalows you expect to see in a holiday brochure. These gorgeous bungalows balanced on stilts are perfect for those wanting a tropical beach holiday. The best bungalows have their own pool and decking area perfect for those who are looking for some intimacy. The bungalows have ladders leading right into the ocean, so your morning ocean swim is literally a hop, skip and a jump away from your bed.

Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

These aren’t your typical water bungalows, but Rosewood Mayakoba definitely ticks the luxury box. Stay in the main hotel building which is beautifully decorated or stay on the waterfront in a ‘Lagoon suite” which have a quirky modern twist. If you are looking for comfort, luxury and something a little different then Rosewood is the one for you.

Rosewood Mayakoba, Riviera Maya

If you want the gold standard room category, then the ‘Luxury Overwater Bungalow’ ticks all the boxes with a private deck leading right into the ocean and five dedicated staff members who are there to make your stay impeccable.

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

When you think of Cambodia, a water bungalow hotel doesn’t spring to mind. However, we were very pleasantly surprised with Song Saa Private Island. Its sleek luxurious design is the perfect place to escape to. The resort is located on a private island and is only accessible by boat, so it is perfect if you are seeking ultimate seclusion.

Song Saa Private Island

The water bungalows themselves are decorated with an authentic theme throughout and are equipped to a very high standard. The uninterrupted view of the ocean is something hard to say goodbye to when it’s time to leave, but this very special island will give you an unforgettable experience.

Hotel Palafitte, Switzerland

It seems you don’t have to get on a 12-hour flight to get your water bungalow holiday! Switzerland is kind of the odd one out in this collection of destinations, but the Hotel Palafitte is the perfect peaceful rural escape. Ideal for those looking to connect with nature

Hotel Palafitte, Switzerland

The design of the rooms has a naval theme, with the exterior styled around shipping containers. These comfortable cosy bungalows are built on Lake Neuchâtel. The bungalows have ladders leading down to the lake for those who fancy a refreshing morning dip.


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