Staying in an overwater bungalow is on many travelers’ bucket lists. But most people assume they must make the epic journey to the secluded South Pacific islands to accomplish this goal. While some of the most gorgeous overwater bungalow resorts do indeed reside in these remote waters, there are options all around the world offering luxurious overwater abodes. Some locations on this list are to be expected, while others may surprise you. Check out our top 7 best overwater bungalow resorts below.
1. El Dorado Maroma, Riviera Maya, Mexico
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Just when you thought the whole Yucatan Peninsula was played out, here we are bringing you one of the best overwater bungalow resorts in the world. Located on the famous Riviera Maya between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, the extravagant adults-only El Dorado Maroma is a romantic getaway for any couple. If overwater bungalows aren’t enough, this resort steps it up with a glass-bottomed floor at the foot of your bed. You’ve also got an infinity pool overlooking the water of one of the top beaches in the world, a spacious deck with views of the infinite horizon, outdoor shower, and personal butler catering to your every need.
2. Conrad Bora Bora Nui, Bora Bora
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Bora Bora alone is completely breathtaking. Stay in the Conrad Bora Bora Nui (formerly called Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa) and you’ll be completely blown away. The resort is nestled on the private island of Motu To’oupa and boasts the longest stretching white-sand beach in Bora Bora. It’s framed by Mount Otemanu on one side and the sparkling azure lagoon on the other. Each overwater bungalow is equipped with fully retractable front windows, private terraces with direct lagoon access, overwater hammocks, and direct sunset views. Some even have a private infinity pool overlooking the lagoon! The two-story Presidential Suite is the most luxurious with three terraces, a sauna, pool and whirlpool, and a private roof-top dining area. And yes, the price tag is as high as you think.
3. Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel, Guatemala
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If you’re not completely loaded with limitless cash, but still want to achieve an overwater bungalow stay, check out this awesome eco-friendly hotel in Petén, Guatemala. This resort is perfect for those who appreciate nature but still have an indulgent side. The bungalows are built right over the Quexil Lagoon in the middle of a tropical, monkey-laden jungle! With just 15 total overwater suites, you’ll feel like you’re in a remote yet upmarket locale. The private deck jacuzzi is the ideal place to take in both the sunrise and sunset as you listen to the chirps of nature all around. The hotel also offers excursions to Monkey Island, their own private nature reserve, and bird watching at Mundo Maya.
4. Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, Panama
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Just because you want to stay in an overwater bungalow doesn’t mean you have to jet set to the other side of the world. Punta Caracol, located in the Boco del Toro province, is the most off-the-beaten-track resort on our list. Brightly colored wooden and bamboo bungalows with quirky ethnic décor dot this pristine coastline. Most are located on their own private dock with an untouched jungle in the background. The double-story abodes offer sprawling sea views as well as direct access to the enticing emerald waters. Hammocks and sunbeds grace every deck and unpretentious furniture makes the interior cozy and welcoming. Bonus: Punta Caracol is committed to sustainable management. In fact, they use just 2% of their land for their facilities and keep the other 98% as a protected nature reserve.
5. Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
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A resort that’s only accessible by boat means it deserves a spot on our list of best overwater bungalow resorts. It’s also the only resort on the Maldivian island of Lankanfushi, so you know it’s got to be good. Gili Lankanfushi has used every side of the tiny tropical island to build its 45-suite resort. They’ve even created bungalow islands – stilted villas completely disconnected from the land! Rustic-chic décor, sprawling decks with direct ocean access complete with sunbeds and hammocks, and nothing but the clearest turquoise water you’ve ever seen await you. It’s a slice of exclusive heaven you have to see to believe.
6. Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji
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Sitting in a tranquil lagoon and surrounded by a protected marine sanctuary, this is Fiji’s first and only true overwater bungalow resort. Staying true to its island roots, Likuliku proudly combines handmade thatching and natural exotic materials with modern-day comforts to create a resort that is both authentic and luxurious. With only 10 overwater bungalows, this adults-only resort values privacy, exclusivity, and natural beauty. The polished bungalow deck on the edge of the fringing coral reef is the perfect jumping off point for snorkeling adventures. The extravagant bathroom, deep-set tub, and daily complimentary Champagne and hor d’oeuvre plate from the chef are all little extras.
7. Manava Beach Resort & Spa, Moorea, French Polynesia
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Traditional and contemporary, this French Polynesian resort plays up its tropical island location with a stunning setting on Cook’s Bay in the Gulf of Moorea. The deluxe overwater bungalows have all the comforts of home on the inside, like a plasma TV, free Wi-Fi, and air conditioning. As soon as you step onto your private deck, however, you’ll know you’re as far away from home as you can get. Days are spent lounging on sunchairs, swimming in the tropical waters at your bungalows edge, or pampering yourself in your premium bathroom or hotel spa.