We’re all dreaming about escaping to somewhere warm, far-off, and luxurious. Few accommodations provide this as well as overwater bungalows or villas, which are the height of luxury escapism. Many are all-inclusive, with butlers on call, opulent dwellings with views right above a warm sea, a fish-filled coral, and even the Arctic ice. So sit back, relax, and dream away with us as we explore some of our favorite overwater bungalows around the world.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji: Located on Malolo Island in the Mamanucas, 16 miles from Nadi International Airport, Likuliku offers the ultimate adults-only romantic retreat for couples. The first and only resort in Fiji with overwater bures (bungalows), it is uniquely surrounded by a protected marine sanctuary. The overwater bures combine the perfect amount of luxury with traditional Fijian architecture and design elements. Gaze out onto the fringing reef as you relax in your private oasis and enjoy true Fijian hospitality. It’s no wonder Fiji is affectionately known as the land of smiles!
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, Tahiti: In the shadow of Bora Bora’s Mount Otemanu lies the Four Seasons Resort, where underwater adventures and wellness relaxation await you. The Four Seasons offers a variety of overwater bungalow options, from the traditional spacious suites with your choice of lagoon, mountain or beach views to specialty bungalows with their own private plunge pools. Whichever bungalow you pick, the elegance of the Polynesian style and luxurious amenities will make your stay one you’ll never forget. There is even an Overwater Spa Suite, perfect for couples to relax together in tranquility. For those traveling with kids, the resort has you covered with one of the best Kids Clubs in Bora Bora.
The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, Tahiti: Boasting the largest overwater villas in the South Pacific, The St. Regis gives you permission to immerse yourself in complete luxury. Offering six different overwater bungalow options, you can’t go wrong with any as each allows you to revel in the turquoise lagoon through the glass floor panels. Lagoon Restaurant by Jean Georges is one of the top dining venues in all of French Polynesia, serving unique French-Asian cuisine in the most magical setting. What truly sets St. Regis apart from other resorts is their signature Butler service, where no request is too small. Your personal butler can help you unpack, make reservations, and make sure you don’t have to lift a finger while on vacation.
Song Saa, Cambodia: Set on the beautiful Cambodian coastline, Song Saa combines luxury with a unique connection to the surrounding nature and local community. Their commitment to sustainability shows in their spacious villas, while keeping relaxation and comfort at the forefront. Offering one and two bedroom overwater villas with private pools and views that can’t be beat, give yourself up to lounging all day on the private sundeck taking in the crystal clear waters of Koh Rong Archipelago. Feeling extra indulgent? Upgrade to the Royal Villa for the ultimate overwater experience Song Saa has to offer in this off the grid seclusion.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam: When the Six Senses calls themselves “The ultimate illusionist island escape”, they truly meet that expectation. Located in Ninh Van Bay, the resort can only be accessed by boat, making it feel like a remote island with towering mountains and rock formations that add to the dramatic landscape. Its overwater villas are not of the traditional sort, but rather they are built within the beach rock formations on the edge of the water overlooking the surrounding coral. Each villa has a split level layout, private sundeck and plunge pool for ultimate relaxation. Want more space or traveling with a group? The Water Reserve offers up to three bedrooms, ultimate privacy, its own butler and even has a waterslide into the infinity pool!
Arctic Bath, Sweden: Normally overwater villas conjure thoughts of a tropical climate and warm lagoon, but Arctic Bath hotel is in a category of its own. Located in the most unexpected setting in Northern Europe, the unique Arctic Bath hotel and spa brings the overwater bungalow experience to the Swedish Lapland. Immerse yourself under the northern lights in the winter, or the midnight sun in the summer while staying in a floating cabin on the Lule River. With a focus on wellness and minimal environmental impact, the Arctic Bath will revitalize your soul in their holistic spa.
Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives: Gili Lankanfushi was the first all overwater bungalow resort in the Maldives. Each Villa or Residence offers a different option of barefoot luxury, from intimate one bedrooms with (or without) a pool, to options big enough for a family or group to enjoy each other’s company without stepping on anyone’s toes. Not only is Gili Lankanfushi an eco resort, but also a place that brings its philosophy of luxury being defined as an escape from reality with someone special to life. From the incredible marine life and relaxing spa experiences, to endless, romantic dining options and even an outdoor cinema – it truly is a slice of paradise you won’t want to leave!
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, Maldives: Step onto the white-sand beaches and gaze out at the clear blue coral reefs at the Waldorf Astoria Maldives, where tropical luxury greets you at every turn. The Waldorf offers not just overwater villas (all with pools), but also has a unique option of what they call the Reef Villa with Pool. This Villa combines the best of both worlds – a tropical garden on one side with overwater, direct access into the lagoon on the other side. Looking to stay in complete seclusion? Upgrade to the fabulous Stella Maris Ocean Villa, a private getaway only accessible by boat making the villa seem like its own mini island. No matter where you choose to stay, comfort and relaxation await you.