10 Incredible Overwater Bungalows In The World

10 Incredible Overwater Bungalows In The World

Year end burn out is creeping in on a lot of us and we are all doing whatever we can to stay afloat and keep going. One of my favorite ways to motivate me and also just get lost and day dream in my mind is envisioning the things I’m working hard for and the life I eventually want to live. I am a big summer baby and nothing feels more therapeutic to me than sitting in the sun and having the sea in arms reach. These are said to be some of the best overwater bungalows in the world, these wanderlust inducing holiday resort are sure to make you get lost for a little.

 

Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia

While all the overwater bungalows at this impeccable property epitomize the genius of the genre with their celebration of the gorgeous environs, the four Otemanu Overwater Bungalow Suites are truly awe-inspiring. Whether you’re in the airy living room, noshing at the dining table, bathing in the sculptural tub, lounging in the palapa, or swimming at the edge of the infinity pool, the lagoon’s beautiful blues are staring back, truly the star of the scene. fourseasons.com/borabora/

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

Cambodia might not be the last place you’d expect a breathtaking resort of overwater bungalows, but it’s probably surprising. In 2012, the Koh Rong Archipelago became home to this sustainable Robinson Crusoe–chic property with, among other layouts, a two-bedroom overwater Royal Villa of rough-hewn timber, with a vast glass floor in the living room (alongside driftwood furnishings), a half-moon infinity pool with an expansive terrace, dual oversize sunken bathtubs, a personal chef, and a private jetty complete with a boat for the guests’ exclusive use. songsaa.com

Laucala, Fiji

The Overwater Villa on this private island property is more like an overwater estate. It’s distinctive not just for its split-level design, but its dramatic outdoor spaces—massive terraces and a large pool carved directly into the rocks on the shore. Guests of the $8,800-per-night two-bedroom stunner are transported to and from the main resort facilities by private yacht (or they can walk on a wooden pathway), but with 3,000 square feet of flawlessly curated luxury and the emerald lagoon at their feet, there’s not much reason to go anywhere at all. laucala.com

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

There are hundreds of overwater bungalows in the Maldives, but these have the distinction of being some of the most private, since only a couple connect to each pontoon, each facing a different direction in the unbelievably turquoise Indian Ocean for an edge-of-the-earth feel. Lofty wood-beam ceilings keep things light and airy in the Grand Water Villa, but understandably extras like the long infinity pool (complete with built-in submerged chaise), separate jacuzzi, draped outdoor daybed and lounge areas minimize time spent inside. (It’s also worth booking a visit to one of the spa’s overwater couples’-treatment suites.) oneandonlyresorts.com

Hotel Palafitte, Switzerland

The overwater craze is not confined to tropical climes. This Swiss bolthole became the first and only hotel in Europe built on stilts when it was constructed as part of the National Expo 2002 as a “surprising work” by architect Kurt Hoffmann with a group of students. Actually, the stilts reference ancient Swiss construction techniques, but also give guests of the 26 overlake bungalows (each with a private terrace) the sense of being on a remote island, complete with access to stand-up paddling, boating, and waterskiing to make up for the lack of tropical fish. palafitte.ch

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia

At a low-season rate of more than $5,000 per night, the Overwater Royal Otemanu Villa with Pool—it’s worth noting the 20-by-16-foot infinity edge pond is the largest suspended pool in the South Pacific—is one of the more extravagant ways to vacation. Crafted of exotic noble woods with vibrant accents, the nearly 3,000-square-foot bungalow is a prime place to watch neon lagoon fish either behind glass portholes or in the flesh via private ladder access. stregisborabora.com

Six Senses, Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

One of the beautiful things about overwater bungalows is that, to a large degree, they allow nature meld with the indoors, and tend to act as frames for their postcard-perfect surrounds. An ideal example is this destination on the bucolic coast of Vietnam, where excessively private 1,600-square-foot Water Pool Villas overlook the bay’s coral formations and give way to flawless sunset vistas, not to mention boasting plunge pools, outdoor showers, handcrafted wooden bathtubs, and steps into the water for snorkeling. sixsenses.com

Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia

The just-opened resort (formerly the Hilton Bora Bora Nui) is set on arguably the most spectacular part of Bora Bora, and is home to the only two-story overwater bungalow in French Polynesia. With a palette that reflects their azure surroundings, the Presidential Villas (there are two)—outfitted with a well-being room with sauna, three bedrooms, a private sundeck, a pool, and a bar—are like the ultimate playgrounds in one of the planet’s prettiest neighborhoods. conradhotels3.hilton.com

Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico

There’s something special about a water arrival, and the boat trip through verdant mangroves to the private dock of a Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suite at this ultraluxe Riviera Maya paradise sets the right tone. The peaceful over-lagoon villa is a couple minutes from the crashing waves of the Caribbean, but presents several opportunities to cool off, with attractive amenities including a plunge pool and shower in a lush garden. rosewoodhotels.com


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