Life on the Water: 5 of the Most Luxe Overwater Bungalow Hotels

Life on the Water: 5 of the Most Luxe Overwater Bungalow Hotels

Watch the underwater world of an ever-changing, vibrant marine life dance below you; feel the freedom of the freshest air blowing across the vast open ocean that surrounds you; drift to sleep over shallow turquoise waters in a dreamlike (yet very real) luxurious suite.

The world’s finest overwater bungalows provide guests the up-close panorama of ocean life that beachside resorts simply cannot provide. The following are some of our favorite one-of-a-kind accommodations that hover the ocean’s surface while offering 5-star amenities and first-class style.

Conrad Bora Bora Nui – Bora Bora

With a Polynesian theme highlighted throughout the resort, Conrad Bora Bora Nui harnesses the geological beauty of the island. Aside from the amazing views from their overwater bungalows, there are six restaurants and lounges, an oversized infinity pool, swim up bar, and tranquil spa. Personal concierge via the Conrad Concierge App offers access to all services at your fingertips. Fly into Bora Bora airport for an overwater stay of a lifetime.

Soneva Jani – Maldives

Set within a lagoon of crystal-clear waters and surrounded by both beaches and a lush tropical forest, Soneva Jani is home to a collection of water villas that you have to see to believe. These multilevel mansions are not just studio huts, but they are huge properties with features such as retractable roofs, private pools, water slides, gyms and outdoor bathrooms. The largest water villa is a sprawling 13,197 sq. feet. Guests can look closely at the stars at the property’s observatory which houses the largest telescope in the Indian Ocean, and they can take in a film at their outdoor floating cinema. Take a flight into Malé International Airport and then a quick 45-minute seaplane to reach this amazing resort.

El Dorado Maroma – Riviera Maya, Mexico

El Dorado Maroma, located on the Riviera Maya’s Maroma Beach, is an inclusive romantic escape voted number 4 Best Resort in the World by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. The adults-only getaway features luxurious suites, two-story beachfront villas, six inclusive gourmet restaurants, a beach club, and spa experiences. With cooking classes, dance lessons, and yoga classes available, this luxury experience has something for everyone. Catch a jet into one of Cancun Internationals FBO’s and live the salt-life vacation of your dreams.

Four Seasons Bora Bora – Bora Bora

Overwater bungalows are joined by underwater adventures at the Four Seasons Bora Bora. Take a dip into the crystal-clear lagoon and surround yourself with exotic fish and colorful coral. Accommodations feature specialty overwater bungalows with plunge pools and overwater bungalow suites along with beachfront villa estates. At the main hotel, enjoy an infinity pool, tennis courts, kayaks, paddleboards, and a fitness center. Take advantage of other special hotel amenities, luggage service, and private jet charter service.

St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort – Maldives

Overwater bungalows go synonymously with Maldives resorts, and St. Regis Maldives Vommuli sets the stage as a premier Maldives experience. With the Indian Ocean as its scenic backdrop, the hotel provides a variety of water sports and excursions, as well as a spa, infinity pool, six restaurants and bars, and day or night butler service. Some overwater villas are available with your own private pool. The John Jacob Astor Estate Villas have some of the largest overwater lodgings in the Maldives. The presidential villa is an extraordinarily lavish 3-bedroom stay.

About The Author

Olivia Scott is a Denver-based contributor who designs bespoke interiors for hospitality projects, her favorite being high-end restaurants and boutique hotels. ‘Liv’ is an avid skier who sheds her snowsuit at the first heat of summer so she can train for the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships each year. Work hard, play hard is Liv’s motto. In her spare time, she works in the garden and studies the French language.

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