Hi there! English Marie, here. This week we’d like to share with you the best overwater bungalow destinations. From the deep azure waters of the Maldives to the famed lagoon of Bora Bora in French Polynesia (Tahiti) to tropical Cook Islands, we’ve got the know how to get you where you want to go!
The Maldives is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, deep blue seas, and amazing reefs and swaying palm trees. Here you’ll find a unique blend of heritage, culture, and modern living. You’ll also find some of the best overwater bungalows. Check out the One & Only Reethi Rah for private luxury, surrounded by the most magical tropical scenery. With 130 private villas, you’ll find that it’s the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Another favorite resort of ours is Cocoa Island Resort. For an intimate holiday, let yourself drift away to Cocoa Island. With only 33 overwater bungalows situated on a gorgeous turquoise lagoon, you and your significant other will be in paradise at this top-notch resort.
Bula! Hello & Welcome! Learn the word now, because you’ll hear it everywhere in Fiji. Tiny, friendly, beautiful and amazing, this cluster of reef islands in the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean is the perfect choice for a secluded romantic getaway, even with a budget in mind. LikuLiku Lagoon Resort & Spa happens to be one of our favourite places to getaway; it’s also the only Fijian resort with true overwater bungalows. The bungalows are separate from the rest of the resort, offering you a quiet and intimate holiday.
With fresh air, cool & calm blue lagoons, an idyllic climate and welcoming locals you’re bound to fall in love with the Cook Islands. Made up of 15 islands and located halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, the Cook Islands offer you a romantic South Pacific vacation. Our top choice for overwater bungalows in the Cooks is Aitutaki Lagoon Resort. With only 8 overwater bungalows, this boutique resort offers an intimate experience, and is the perfect place for those looking to visit a ‘less traveled’ destination, full of culture and beauty.
Tahiti is a true paradise destination. Along with Bora Bora, Moorea and Manihi- Tahiti is famous for its romantic scenery and tropical relaxation. There are a plethora of resorts to choose from, many featuring overwater bungalows. Our favourite resorts include Le Taha Island Resort & Spa and the Sofitel Moorea La ora Beach Resort. Each resort features unique and gorgeous properties, as well as beautiful traditional touches throughout.
The Seychelles aren’t known for overwater bungalows like our previous destinations, however they’re so gorgeous and the beaches are so beautiful we just had to include them. Made up of 115 islands surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles boast year long tropical climates and scenery straight out of a romance novel. Check out a couple of our favourite resorts- Desroches Island Resort and the Constance Ephelia Resort on Mahe Island. For more info on the best Seychelles beach destinations, click here.
Now you know where to look, here are a few tips on choosing your overwater bungalow destination:
-You will see there are many different room categories to choose from in Tahiti. Generally speaking, if you are looking at an overwater bungalow, a room category that says Lagoon View or Beach View, that means your bungalow will be facing the resort. And many times this isn’t the most desirable view. Ask your travel expert for the best room categories.
-Make sure to ask if the waters are tidal, or rather will there be times during the day you cannot swim out from your bungalow.
-Looking for privacy? Get the end of pontoon bungalow. Although it also does mean that things like room service will take longer, you’ll get the most in privacy. A little patience never hurt anyone.
-When staying in an overwater bungalow, you can feed the fish through a window in your floor or in a table in your room. So be sure to bring some bread or crackers to share!
-Turn the lights on underneath your bungalow at night, and you’ll see nocturnal fish full of activity!
-Breakfast delivered by outrigger canoe is a fun and romantic touch in the morning.
Are you ready to start dreaming up your overwater bungalow holiday? Give us a call 312-951-8517, or check out some of our favourite handcrafted itineraries here. What are you waiting for? Get out of the cold and into the the warmth of the South Pacific!