Dreaming of a place where you’ll be able to roll out of bed and jump into the ocean? Look no further than these 5 tropical vacay getaways where turquoise water, private decks, and outside showers are simply the start of a bucket list trip. These over-water bungalows will have you wishing you could stay forever.
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Song Saa is a secluded exotic destination on the Koh Rong archipelago and means “The Sweethearts” in Khmer, which is a fitting description for this Cambodian sanctuary that stretches across two islands.
One-bedroom over-water villas provide lovers a personal plunge pool and a help-yourself drink station, in addition to views of marine life below together with turtles, sting rays and seahorses.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji
Likuliku Lagoon Resort is perched on top of a tropical reef. The over-water bures (bure is the Fijian word for a wood-and-straw hut) were built using locally-sourced materials distinctive to the region and provide guests tranquil ocean views from both a personal deck and an en suite bath.
Make sure to toast to paradise with the resort’s namesake cocktail which is a mix of lemongrass vodka, blue curacao, and lime juice. Also make time for the adjacent “honeymoon island,” a non-public enclave accessible by boat and open solely to resort guests.
Le Taha’a Island Resort, French Polynesia
Le Taha’a Island Resort is located on its own island. It’s a 35-minute boat ride from the closest airport in Raiatea, making an idyllic get-away-from-it-all ambiance.
Float on top of crystal-clear water in an Over-water Suite, designed in true Polynesian style with bamboo and woven coconut ropes, complete with in-room glass panels for viewing the ocean below. Have breakfast delivered by traditional canoe before relaxing within the ocean or on the personal deck. Wash (in the outside shower), rinse, repeat.
When you book a Milaidhoo Ocean Residence at the this 5-star luxury, boutique property, a private cook and personal plunge pool are simply the start of the included perks. Since it’s tucked within the Baa coral reef UNESCO biosphere reserve, Milaidhoo can solely be reached by seaplane, offers complimentary champagne on arrival, and only welcomes guests age nine or over.
Fancy a film screening from the swinging chair on every residence’s personal deck or lie in solitude with turquoise ocean views for miles. Needing something more? A dedicated butler is assigned upon arrival to cater to each guest’s needs.
El Nido Resorts, Miniloc Island, Philippines
El Nido Resorts is set on the remote Miniloc Island island in Bacuit Bay and accessible solely by boat. It offers a tranquil coastal ambiance with traditional Filipino style (think thatched-roof huts and woven bamboo accents).
Book a water bungalow which is designed on stilts, to fancy maximum views of the colorful reef below while sipping a Pale Pilsen, a well-liked lager on the island.