Top Virtuoso Overwater Bungalow Experiences From Around The World

Top Virtuoso Overwater Bungalow Experiences From Around The World

By Damien Martin

It’s hard to find accommodations more romantic than an overwater bungalow. There’s the seclusion of being in your own separate building, the gorgeous views, the gentle breeze blowing through. You can jump right from your room into the water. It’s beautiful! It’s no surprise, then, that overwater villas are popping up all over the world. Here are a few Virtuoso-preferred options on our bucket list:

Le Taha‘a Island Resort & Spa, French Polynesia

When you think of overwater bungalows, the lagoons of French Polynesia typically come to mind first. Built on a secluded islet, Le Taha‘a is one such place. Forty-five of the resort’s 57 rooms are overwater suites, so you can choose between views of the lush island of Taha‘a and a glimpse of Bora Bora jutting out of the ocean. With activities galore, you can be as lazy or as active as you want to be.

Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives

Just 20 minutes from the Male airport, Lankanfushi is a small coral island whose surface area is nearly half beach. The resort has seven Crusoe Residences that are accessible only by personal boat, just in case you need even more privacy. The Maldives are the lowest country on Earth in terms of elevation, and rising sea levels pose a threat to their habitability. While conservation efforts are under way, unfortunately the opportunities to visit this island paradise may be limited in the future.

Cayo Espanto, Belize

A little closer to home is Cayo Espanto, a private island between the Belize mainland and Ambergris Caye. Casa Ventanas is the only one of the resort’s seven villas that is overwater, but it is spectacular enough to merit inclusion on this list. The 1,000-square-foot one-bedroom villa sits 150 feet off the island, surrounded by the Caribbean on all sides. The middle is open to allow a breeze to flow through, and a secluded deck allows guests to watch the water world below from the comfort of a lounge chair.

Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico

The only non-island on our list, Rosewood Mayakoba offers an oasis in the busy corridor between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It is one of the first resorts in Mexico to offer overwater bungalows, and they have a contemporary, sleek atmosphere with heated plunge pools, satellite TV and rain showers. Outdoor decks overlook a lagoon and mangrove forests while providing privacy and shade.

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

Sustainability is a way of life here, as each of the villas is constructed from reclaimed and recycled timber. The resort spans two islands whose name in Khmer means “the sweethearts,” and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more romantic spot than this resort, owned and operated by an Australian couple who also set up a foundation to help the environment and community of the Koh Rong Archipelago.

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