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Things We Love About Overwater Bungalows

18 Jan 2017

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A luxury holiday is one where you are completely removed from reality, away from the distractions of daily life, disconnected from the world. There is no better way to get away from it all than by staying in an overwater bungalow - the soothing sound of the water lapping beneath your bed, the uninterrupted views of tropical islands and water, and the ultimate privacy of being reachable only by boat. Make the most of your next island getaway and dive in to the crystal clear waters of paradise directly from your overwater abode. 

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Boat-only access ensures your total privacy at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
Boat-only access ensures your total privacy at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

Boat-only access

There’s no higher level of privacy than a villa in the middle of an ocean lagoon, accessible only by boat or swimming. At Gili Lankanfushi Maldives there are a handful of overwater bungalows, or rather extensive residences, offering exclusive privacy with stunning living areas, outdoor bathrooms and luxury services, reachable only by boat. 

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Anantara Veli Resort
Slip into the turquoise waters of the lagoon. Photo: Anantara Veli Resort

A lagoon at your doorstep

Forget walking to the pool, step straight into the lagoon from your private sundeck. Anantara Veli Maldives Resort offers 25 spacious overwater bungalows with direct access via huge sundecks for privacy and relaxation


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Adult-only luxury

At Iririki Island Resort in Vanuatu, not only are you on a private island, worlds away from reality, but the Premium Overwater Faré are adult-only accommodations. This means couples can indulge in peaceful luxury without a care in the world.

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Anantara Veli Resort
Blissful views from a place of total relaxation. Photo: Anantara Veli Resort

In-bungalow spa facilities

When the land-based resort spa is too far away, an in-bungalow sauna and massage room provide the ultimate private treatment. At the Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, the Presidential Overwater Villa boasts not only a sauna and massage room, but three bathrooms with lagoon-view soaking tubs for next level indulgence.

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Gili Lankanfushi Maldives
Splash-land in the heavenly waters of the Maldives. Photo: Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

Splash-landing

The fastest way to cool down under the heat of the Maldivian sun is of course, a waterslide into the drink. The Private Reserve overwater residence at Gili Lankanfushi Maldives boasts a smooth slide from the bungalow’s main living area directly into the lagoon below. The residence also has an infinity pool, open air bathrooms, overwater hammocks and private bedroom suites.

 

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Likuliku Lagoon Resort
You can't get much closer to total bliss. Photo: Likuliku Lagoon Resort

Private bathing pavilion

Fiji’s one and only overwater bungalow accommodation, Likuliku Lagoon Resort offers not only direct lagoon access from your Overwater Bure, but a separate bathing pavilion. Enjoy uninterrupted views across the azure water from your grand bathtub, champagne in hand.

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Cocoa Island by COMO
Your private island sundeck awaits. Photo: COMO Cocoa Island

Shower 'island'

Exceptional luxury affords exceptional design. At COMO Cocoa Island, the Loft Villas are designed to bring the outside in. Full-length windows overlook the Indian Ocean, while elevated sleeping quarters provide luxury sleeping above an airy living space. As well as a spacious main bathroom, the villas have a separate outdoor shower with steps directly into the sea, making it even easier to enjoy the surrounding water.

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COMO Cocoa Island
A new level of personalised service. Photo: COMO Cocoa Island

Personalised butler service

The ultimate in luxury accommodation deserves no less than private, fist class service. A private butler to wait on your every need is just a part of the service when you book a COMO Cocoa Island Villa or The Private Reserve residence at Gili Lankanfushi Maldivves.

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Le Meridien Bora Bora
Gaze down at the luminous ocean from a private floor window. Photo: Le Meridien Bora Bora Resort

Window to heaven

There’s nothing like being completely surrounded by nature. In an overwater bungalow you can not only enjoy uninterrupted views of the surrounding water and islands from the deck and through large windows, but at Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort in Tahiti, an in-floor viewing platform allows you to see the marine world directly below your feet. The Overwater Bungalow at Le Meridien Bora Bora also sports a breathtaking glass floor, the largest in Bora Bora.

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Le Meridien Bora Bora
A haven for wildlife and romance. Photo: Le Meridien Bora Bora Resort

Wildlife sanctuary

At Le Meridien Bora Bora, not only will you indulge in overwater luxury and serenity, the resort’s private lagoon is the location of The Turtle Center. Guests can visit the turtle nursery and observatory, a coral nursery designed to rejuvenate coral in its own environment and see turtles living in the surrounding lagoon. This offers a truly unique conservation experience combined with private island luxury.

Vicki Fletcher

An Australian writer and photographer, Vicki loves road trips down unknown tracks, following locals to the best food in town and spending long afternoons people watching in city squares. She's written for publications across Australia and Europe. Top travel tip: always look up.