When it comes to romantic and relaxing holidays, we generally look for two things; spectacular ocean views and luxury surrounds. Combine these two loves together and an overwater bungalow is where we want to be.
Wake up to the peaceful sound of the ocean underneath your bungalow, see schools of fish swimming from your balcony, and watch from the water as the sun sets over the lagoon or rugged hinterland. A magical location combined with premium service and facilities is why we can’t get enough of overwater bungalow stays. Here are five overwater bungalows you don’t want to miss.
Location Location: Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort and Spa, Bora Bora
Much like when buying property, location is everything when it comes to an island holiday, and we can’t get enough of the magnificent location of Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort and Spa. Despite what the name may suggest, the beach resort is not actually located on Bora Bora, but overlooks the French Polynesian Island from the picturesque and private island of Tevairoa. While feeling remote and like your own private island, Tevairoa is still centrally located, with a private boat ride to the airport taking only 10 minutes and to reach Vaitape, Bora Bora’s main village, 10 minutes.
Lagoon Views: Le Meridien, Tahiti
In our eyes, Tahiti’s pure white beaches are best enjoyed on a deck chair overlooking the lagoon at Le Meridien. The resort’s Polynesian-style overwater bungalows combine modern luxuries with traditional style including local woven palm walls, timber floors, Polynesian style bathrooms and thatched rooves. If a beachside deck chair seems like too much effort to travel to, enjoy a lazy afternoon watching the vibrant sunset from the best seat in the house - your private terrace.
It’s all in the Details: Hotel Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa, Moorea
It seems apt that the Hotel Hilton Lagoon Resort and Spa be located on the heart-shaped island of Moorea, this is after all a resort where romance runs rampant. Where couples can enjoy champagne (via 24 room service), in a claw foot bath while listening to the sounds of the ocean lapping at their overwater bungalow’s doorstep. The facilities at the French Polynesian resort are truly world class too. From the marble bathroom with rain shower right down to the organic products used at the onsite spa, the details are all taken care of, allowing you to soak up the serenity and beauty of this part of the world while enjoying a high level of luxury.
Five Stars at its Finest: Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives
The ultimate in overwater bungalow holidays, the pictures of Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives really say it all. Gleaming white sand, shimmering turquoise water, palm frond shade, the beauty of the resort’s Baa Atoll location is only matched by its mouth-dropping facilities including an underwater restaurant, private pools that overlook the lagoons, exotic pool bar and the list goes on.
Au Naturale: L’Escapade Island Resort, Noumea
If you’re a nature lover at heart then the L’Escapade Island Resort in Noumea will be close to your idea of tropical heaven. The four star resort is surrounded by a thriving 200 hectare marine reserve on Ilot Matire Island, a 20 minute boat ride from Noumea City. With seven hectares of island to explore and only 25 overwater bungalows, you can live out your own deserted island fantasy, amongst life’s most luxurious creature comforts of course.