Dreams really do come true… in the form of these mind-blowing over-water bungalows! Whether you’re daydreaming at work right now or planning your next bucket list adventure, this list is the tropical time-out you need from real life. Here are 10 larger-than-life over-water getaways that take “ocean view” to the next level!
Le Meridien Bora Bora in French Polynesia
Bora Bora is the definition of paradise for a lot of people, and it’s easy to see why! The vivid turquoise waters are almost too gorgeous to be real. With Mount Otemanu setting the perfect backdrop, you may want to drop everything and make one of these bungalows your new home sweet home. Check deals at Le Meridien Bora Bora, Bora Bora
Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica
Is this real life? It can be, if you head to Jamaica! Soak up that Caribbean sun from the luxury of your very own private sun deck… or from your own over-the-water hammock… or from your private infinity pool. Did I mention all of these are only inches —mere inches! – away from the ocean? Check deals at Sandals Royal Caribbean & Private Island All Inclusive, Montego Bay
Cocoa Island by COMO in the Maldives
This private resort in the Maldives features overwater villas shaped like traditional dhoni boats used by the local fishermen. If that doesn’t immediately check off about 3 or 4 bucket list items, then we need to work on revising your bucket list, my friend. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Check deals at COMO Cocoa Island, Makunufushi
Lagen Island Resort in the Philippines
If you’re looking to stay in the Philippines, this is the way to do it! Literally in the midst of an island sanctuary, there’s no shortage of natural attractions to choose from. Hike through the forest, take up birdwatching, explore the mangroves, or just sit back and relish the incredible scenery. Check deals at Lagen Island Resort, El Nido
Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji
These spacious bungalows are nestled in the middle of the pristine Likuliku Lagoon, home to a protected marine sanctuary. With direct access to the ocean from the balcony, you can dive right in and explore the vibrant underwater world waiting right outside your doorway. Check deals at Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Malolo Island
Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge in Panama
Eco-conscious travelers needn’t look any further. Known for their cutting-edge methods of sustainable management, this resort gives nature lovers the opportunity to become one with their environment in a responsible way. Here you can appreciate nature’s beauty without impacting it! Check deals at Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, Bocas del Toro
Pangkor Laut Resort in Malaysia
Picture yourself on a peaceful, private island surrounded by lush untouched rainforest and pristine white sand beaches. And if that doesn’t sound dreamy enough, just wait until you see the overwater villas. Styled after traditional Malaysian architecture, these perfectly perched accommodations are beyond enchanting.
Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa in French Polynesia
Would you rather have a sunrise or sunset view from your decadent overwater bungalow? After making tough decisions like this, you can melt away the stress at the Moorea Lagoon Spa. Pamper yourself with zen-inducing spa treatments inspired by Tahitian techniques for the ultimate in relaxation. Check deals at Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, Moorea
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam
The majestic backdrop is truly what sets this property apart. Towering rock formations blend seamlessly into the villas, so you feel like you’re actually part of the landscape. Snorkeling is only a hop, skip, and a jump away. Meaning you’ll hop out of bed, skip outside and jump directly into the bay’s gorgeous blue waters! Check deals at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Ninh Hoa
Soneva Jani in the Maldives
Saving the best for last, this resort is the king of all overwater bungalows. It’s more like an overwater dream-house complete with retractable roof, private pool, catamaran nets, and a second-story waterslide leading straight into the ocean! The largest villa has three bedrooms, a study, AND a fitness room. This mind-bloggling slice of heaven is the height of luxury, hands down. Check deals at Soneva Jani, Medhufaru
After seeing so many incredible ocean escapes, now’s about the time you start to feel major wanderlust kicking in… I’m right there with you! Which of these overwater bungalows made it on to your bucket list? Share in the comment section below!