There is something so calming about being by water so it’s no wonder that staying in an overwater bungalow makes it onto most peoples wish lists. From wooden waterside houses in Bali to (many) magical once-in-a-lifetime villas in the Maldives, start saving your hard earned pennies and find your own overwater oasis. Discover our top 12 picks of the most beautiful overwater bungalows.
Hurawalhi Island Resort – Maldives
Situated in the Lhaviyani Atoll, Hurawalhi Island Resort is an adults-only concept with 90 distinctive and superbly designed villas. The stunning resort also features three sublime restaurants including the largest all-glass undersea restaurant in the world. And of course no Maldives resort would be complete without world-class diving – this truly is heaven on earth.
For more information please visit www.hurawalhi.com/
Ocean Suite at Jumeirah Vittaveli – Maldives
A 20-minute boat ride from Malé International Airport brings you to Jumeirah Vittaveli. Impeccable choice and seamless service shape the character of this resort paradise, where every detail has been meticulously crafted to inspire journeys of discovery and enjoyment. The accommodation is to die for; in particular we are in love with the one-bedroom Ocean Suites – a lavish choice for the ultimate romantic retreat. Relax on the king size bed with a floor to ceiling glass window offering panoramic views of the endless Indian Ocean, or watch the mesmerizing aquatic life through the living area’s exquisite glass flooring before basking in warm rays until sunset.
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Bambu Indah- Ubud, Indonesia
Bambu Indah is a stunning eco-chic collection of wooden Javanese houses located in the middle of a vast rice field garden near Ubud. The beautifully restored wooden villas offer muslin-draped four-poster beds and some of the most stunning views in Bali. One of the quirkiest is Udang which is suspended above a pond with glass floors so that you can gaze down at pretty lily pads and shrimp swimming beneath your bed. Enchanting pathways stretch between the houses and the surrounding rice paddies, with views across the Ayung river gorge and picture-perfect mountains. Spend days lapping up Ubud’s culture by visiting some of the many temples, galleries and museums nearby or simply take a dip in the freshwater river-pool before chilling on your veranda.
Prices available from just £70 per room per night based on two sharing Kuda House on a B&B basis, including afternoon tea. Udang House is priced from £143 per night. For more information please visit www.i-escape.com.
Velaa Private Island – Maldives
Hidden away within a collection of islands known as the Noonu Atoll at the most Northern point of the Maldives, you will find The Romantic Pool Villa at Velaa Private Island – possibly the most private over water villa in the world. Accessible only by boat and suspended above a lagoon with uninterrupted views of the ocean; this villa takes the aspirational escape to an entirely new level. Of course not without its own private chef and butler, as well as boasting a Jacuzzi, pool sundeck and sunken bath; the one bedroom villa also plays host to its very own personal gym and spa treatment rooms tailored to a unique experience beyond expectations.
For more information please visit www.velaaprivateisland.com/
Overwater Lagoon Bungalow at InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa – Tahiti
A lavish garden setting, a gorgeous turquoise lagoon, volcanic peaks rising up in the distance – the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is the perfect launch-point for your French Polynesian vacation. The overwater bungalows provide panoramic views over beautiful Tahiti, showcasing the sparkling ocean and the volcanic mountains of our sister island, Moorea.
2018 is the 50th anniversary of the overwater bungalow in Tahiti. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Kuoni is offering a 7-night package staying in beautiful overwater bungalows in two stunning resorts:
Rates start from £4969 per person based on departures throughout April 2018. Package includes flights via LA with Air New Zealand, transfers, two nights room & breakfast at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa in an Overwater Lagoon Bungalow and five nights room & breakfast at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa in an Emerald Overwater bungalow. For more information please visit tahititourisme.uk/en-gb/top-holiday-packages/celebrate-50th-anniversary-overwater-bungalow-kuoni/
For more information please visit www.tahititourisme.uk
Cheval Blanc Randheli – Maldives
Perched on traditional stilts, the one-bedroom Water Villas at Cheval Blanc Randheli offer an unforgettable Maldives experience. Each villa comes with its own private infinity pool which open up to the panoramic views out to the turquoise ocean as well a private outside dining area on the spacious over water deck.
Rates for a Water Villa at Cheval Blanc Randheli start from $1,750 (approx. £1,290) per night based on double occupancy, including breakfast. For more information please visit www.chevalblanc.com/randheli/en/villas/water-lagoon-villas.html
Gili Lankanfushi – Maldives
Located in the languid waters of the North Malé Atoll, just a 20-minute speedboat ride from Malé, Gili Lankanfushi is an intimate and sustainable island paradise existing in harmony with the natural surroundings. The 45 villas — all overwater — provide a secluded retreat from the world, with a rustic design aesthetic. The vast Private Reserve — the largest overwater villa in the Maldives — is located 500m from the main island for the ultimate seclusion and offers four vast bedrooms in addition to a private open-air cinema, spoiling spa, air-conditioned gymnasium, infinity pool and two-storey waterslide, directly into the lagoon.
Guests can spend their days at the overwater Meera Spa, enjoying holistic healing with a view of the waves whilst keen surfers can combine this with days spent surfing from the island’s exclusive surf shack. Those seeking the ultimate seclusion can even take a seaplane ride out to the far reaches of the archipelago to find glassy waves without a soul to be seen for miles around.
For more information please visit www.gili-lankanfushi.com/
Fushifaru – Maldives
Fushifaru is a brand-new resort in the Maldives celebrating its official opening this month. Located on the North East border of Lhaviyani Atoll, Fushifaru is a name made up of two Dhivehi, the local language’s, words: “Fushi” meaning island and “Faru” meaning reef – a name chosen due to the glorious location of the island, which sits wondrously in between two water channels connecting the atoll’s inner lagoon to the Indian Ocean making it a gateway to the majesty of the Maldives extraordinary underwater landscape. We love the fact that it is headed up by an all-Maldivian team- a true Maldivian resort, offering an authentic Maldivian experience filled with culture and life within a laid back setting.
Nightly rates start from £380 in a Beach Villa Sunrise on a B&B basis based on two people sharing. For more information please visit www.fushifaru.com
Milaidhoo Island – Maldives
Milaidhoo Island Maldives opened in December 2016 and was one of the most hotly anticipated openings of the year thanks to their deep ties to the local island traditions, curating a bespoke selection of experiences for guests. Milaidhoo has now launched a new, spectacular Ocean Residence, making it even more sought-after.
Staying in the spectacular Ocean Residence really is a once in a lifetime experience. There is even a ‘secret’ loft deck hidden inside the roof of the villa, which is the perfect place for guests to chill out with a glass of wine, taking in the views at the end of the over-water jetty. The private sundeck comes complete with swing chair, sun loungers and a huge freshwater infinity swimming pool, with steps straight into the sea, allowing guests to explore Milaidhoo’s spectacular house-reef. Guests of the Milaidhoo Ocean Residence receive a number of benefits during their stay, including a dedicated, 24-hour butler, Champagne on arrival, a dedicated chef to personalise all meals according to preference, a pop-up cinema experience on the deck of their villa, one private, half-day boat excursion during their stay and lots more.
Starting price for the Milaidhoo Ocean Residence is $4693 per night, on a half board basis and including and taxes. For more information please visit www.milaidhoo.com
OZEN by Atmosphere – Maldives
It is hard to mention beautiful overwater villas without thinking of the 5* Maldivian resort OZEN by Atmosphere at Maadhoo. The resort villas are across two separate islands with spectacular views of the surrounding lagoon and ocean. Comprised of 90 luxurious stand-alone villas, each utilises a natural aesthetic to effortlessly blend with the surrounding landscape. 41 beach-front ‘Earth’ villas line the coastline of the main island, whilst an additional 49 over-water ‘Wind’ villas sit directly over the lagoon, with glass flooring unveiling the underwater world below. OZEN by Atmosphere is also home to the ‘Water Suite’, which includes an exclusive overwater bar, serviced 24 hours a day, catering to the most discerning of travellers. Positioned at the tip of the pier, the OZEN Water Suite offers panoramic views of the expansive turquoise lagoon all-around.
For more information please visit ozen-maadhoo.com/
ROBINSON Club Noonu, Maldives
ROBINSON’s new Maldives club on the private island of “Orivaru” opened on the 15th November 2017 and has 60 water villas with sea views, on the jetty over the lagoon and each comes with a private terrace complete with sunbeds and an outdoor pool to enjoy. Guests can venture out and explore the tempting waters, straight from their doorstep where they can use ROBINSON’s diving courses to swim amongst the abundance of sea life and look out for beautiful anemonefish hiding in and flitting around their anemones, Hawksbill Turtles and Whale Sharks.
Prices starting from £1,655 per person for a week all inclusive. For more information please visit www.robinson.com/en/en/resort-holiday/maldives/noonu/club-details/
The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort – Maldives
The Overwater Villa’s at The St, Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort offer serene Maldivian views, which expand into the overwater bungalow’s living area through floor-to-ceiling doors and windows. Step out onto the expansive, private outdoor terrace to unveil the bungalow’s private pool, plush daybed, sun loungers, and four overwater hammocks that offer direct access to the unforgettable azure waters of the Indian Ocean.
For more information please visit www.stregismaldives.com/