Who doesn’t dream of going on a super relaxing vacation? Just imagine staying in a gorgeous tropical island, in your very own bungalow over the water. It’s the perfect escape from a busy routine: lounging in the warm sunshine, watching the water, sleeping in a luxurious king-sized bed, eating the most delicious foods, getting a massage at the spa… We can go on and on. As it turns out, there are more than enough resorts all over the world that have overwater bungalows. Most of them happen to be in the Maldives, but there are others that are just as breathtaking in other places. From Bora Bora to Fiji, you can find overwater bungalows in many places. If you’re having a hard time deciding which one to go to, we’ve gathered the top four resorts for you to read about.
Four Seasons Resort, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
You’ll find this private paradise in the heart of French Polynesia. The water is a stunning shade of turquoise, and there are incredible views of Bora Bora’s Mount Otemanu. If you’re one to get bored just staring at the ocean all day, you can go snorkeling and see the colorful corals, exotic fish, and even sharks, up close. The Four Seasons even has a marine biologist you can go on an excursion with! If you’re looking to just relax with nothing to do, this place is perfect for you as well. You can spend your whole vacation in your bungalow and have meals delivered to you by canoe.
Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
The only way to get to this resort is by boat. Not to mention, it’s the only resort on the Maldivian island of Lankanfushi. The resort made full use of their tiny island to built their 45 suites. They went as far as making bungalow islands that are essentially stilted villas that are completely disconnected from the land. With a rustic-chic style design decorating each room, the suites have sprawling decks complete with sunbeds and hammocks. The cherry on top? Direct access to the ocean.
Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, French Polynesia
Located on a small island in the Tikehau Atoll northwest of Tahiti, this resort has 24 bungalows. They split into two kinds: the premium overwater bungalow or the premium overwater suite. Both options will give you direct access to the water, but the overwater suite has glass floors to allow you to see the fish in the lagoon beneath. All the bungalows are designed with materials like coconut palms, local wood, teak, and bamboo to reflect the Polynesian style. Of course, the resort’s restaurant serves fresh European and Polynesian foods, and the spa is in a gorgeous bungalow on the beach.
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa, Cook Islands
Another resort with its very own island is the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa. It’s 400 miles southwest of Tahiti and is the only resort on the Cook Islands. Their overwater bungalows are the only ones that have direct access to the lagoon itself. Just as you’d expect, the sunsets on the islands are absolutely breathtaking, the beaches are the perfect champagne color, and the clear water is a magnificent shade of turquoise. As if that wasn’t enough, there are also great activities to do on the resort, like snorkeling and kayaking.