Honeymoon Bucketlist: Overwater Villas
Staying in an overwater bungalow is one of those bucket-list items you must check off and what better time than on your honeymoon.
Sandals South Coast, Jamaica
Featuring 12 Tahiti-style overwater bungalows around a heart-shaped walkway, this resort also boasts an overwater bar, and wedding chapel! All of the bungalows offer an outdoor tranquility soaking tub for two, a sun deck with suspended patio with swim-up platform, an outdoor shower, overwater hammock and a butler service! While the interior boasts sea-through glass floors that guarantee undersea views, a king-size bed, and a spacious, spa-style bathroom. Total honeymoon bliss!
St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, Bora Bora
Boasting the largest overwater villas in the South Pacific, starting at 1,550 square feet, if you choose to honeymoon here, you will be able to revel in the turquoise blue waters visible from the glass panels placed throughout. If you can tear yourself away from your luxury accommodation, you can sail around the island’s azure waters, or dive under to meet black tip reef sharks and rays up close! Also be sure to try the resort’s Lagoonarium or unwind with a spa treatment. Order a cocktail at the swim-up bar, or sample international and Polynesian-inspired cuisine at one of the four restaurants.
Kuramathi Resort, Maldives
This resort offers a range of overwater villas but if your honeymoon budget can stretch, opt for one of the deluxe water villas set in the middle of the vast turquoise lagoon. There is identical accommodation which comes with the added luxury of a private pool, some of which are located just on the edge of the Kuramanthi sandbank. All of the accommodation boasts luxurious, modern interiors and offers stunning views over the Indian Ocean while you relax with a drink in hand and you favourite tunes playing in the background!
Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji
Designed specifically for couples, this resort offers Fiji’s first and the only authentic overwater bures. Perched on the edge of the vibrant fringing reef in a natural, pristine lagoon and protected marine sanctuary, these private Bures feature traditional architecture and materials using natural elements unique to the region. Relax in one of ten these exclusive bures; laze on your deck or luxuriate in your separate bathing pavilion with Lagoon views from your grand bathtub. Enjoy your daily canapé plate with a glass of Champagne as the living aquarium dazzles beneath you.
El Dorado Maroma, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Voted number four Best Resort in the World by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, El Dorado Maroma the overwater bungalows here are surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya, situated right off the pristine white sands of the one of the world’s best beaches, Maroma Beach. These elegant overwater bungalows offer breathtaking ocean views and blend comfort and luxury, with glass bottom floors, direct ladder access to the ocean, private infinity pool, spacious terrace with wooden lounge chairs, outdoor showers, relaxing hot tub for two, and much more.
Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort, Moorea
Sitting at the edge of a turquoise lagoon framed by emerald-green mountains, this resort exudes French styling and Tahitian hospitality. The overwater bungalows float over the water next to a beach that is consistently rated Moorea’s most beautiful. From here you can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon directly from your own platform or enjoy the view from your private deck or glass bottom floor. If you can tear yourself away from your bungalow, action-seeking honeymooners can experience everything from snorkelling with manta rays to exploring the pineapple fields via roadster.
Vahine Island, Tahiti
A distinguished Small Luxury Hotel of the World, Vahine Island sits on the tiny private island of Motu Tu Vahine. Sugar-white beaches, an underwater coral garden and stands of coconut groves set the scene at one of the region’s most intimate escapes. The hotel has only nine bungalows and just three of these are overwater bungalows. All three of these magical overwater bungalows feature an aquarium table that allows you to observe and feed the multitude of exotic fish which flourish in the water below. A light can also be switched on to attract fish during the night. You will live like a luxury Robinson Crusoe on this private island which offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Song Saa, Cambodia
If Cambodia is tempting you, then this private island and luxury resort could be the answer. Their one bed and two overwater villas allow you to spend hours gazing out at Koh Rong’s crystalline waters, before cooling off with a dip in the pool. Survey the skies from your sundeck or the islands’ natural reef through the portholes, laze about on your daybed, then plunge into the ocean. Eat at Vista restaurant, which offers a combination of amazing food and panoramic views of the Koh Rong.