From the Maldives to Bora Bora, it’s hard to resist the allure of luxurious overwater bungalows. Everything about these floating accommodations is off-the-grid and romantic, a true once-in-a-lifetime bucket list experience. With traditional thatched roofs, outdoor showers and stunning panoramic views of the sparkling crystal-clear waters, these luxury resorts are the epitome of paradise.
Located on Bora Bora, French Polynesia’s most famous island, the Four Seasons Bora Bora is a five-pearl resort filled to the brim with romantic appeal. From honeymooners to families, a variety of travelers come here to experience the incredible beauty of the island and its crystalline lagoon. A secluded and exclusive resort, you’ll have stunning views of Mt. Otemanu in one of the 115 overwater and beachfront bungalows designed with the Polynesian decor. Walls are made of volcanic stone, while the thatched-roof spaces are decorated with teak and timber furnishings along with mother-of-pearl accents. Four different onsite restaurants serve magnificently prepared food, like the Arri Moana, known for its amazing Polynesian and French cuisine, in addition to a kid’s club.
This 5-star, adults-only property sits on a small private island, capturing the romance of the South Pacific with its powdery white sand beaches and turquoise lagoon. It preserves the distinctly Fijian culture in its luxury overwater bungalows, called “bures,” all designed using traditional Fijian architecture and built with materials native to the region. Step right into the ocean from your private balcony, where you’re situated on top of the vibrant coral reef. With sprawling ceilings and a mix of natural materials with modern elements, this resort is a luxury 5- star oasis for couples. There are lots of romantic extras too, like outdoor showers and private plunge pools.
Set deep in the Indian Ocean in the Laamu Atoll, Six Senses Laamu is one of the most remote properties in the Maldives. The effort to reach the resort is worth it, as guests will be met with a perfect backdrop of overwater villas and a palm-fringed paradise. Offering guests decadent amenities and services, here you’re encouraged to soak in the natural surroundings and disconnect by indulging in a day filled with world-class snorkeling, catamaran sailing and a picnic lunch on a deserted island. Guests are assigned a butler to ensure they have a memorable experience, while a variety of on-site eateries and bars offer fresh seafood and refreshing drinks that pair perfectly with the nightly show of colors during sunset.
Widely considered to be the top resort in the Maldives, Gili Lankanfushi is truly one of the best on Earth. Known for its unpretentious luxury, guests are encouraged to enjoy it in bare feet by removing their shoes the moment they get on the boat from the airport. Accommodations are simple, yet the spacious overwater bungalows have outdoor decks with some of the most impressive views imaginable. Relaxation is the word here, and you can be sure that stress will melt away the moment you arrive, with your own personal butler, Mr. Friday, ready to take care of your each and every need. If you’re looking for adventure, you’ll find a range of activities too, including fantastic scuba diving.
The Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort sits on a small island in the Tikehau Atoll northwest of Tahiti and features 24 overwater bungalows. Choose a premium overwater bungalow or suite and you’ll enjoy direct access to the water. All are designed in true Polynesian style with thatched roofs made from coconut palms, and materials like teak, bamboo and local wood. If you book an overwater suite, you’ll be able to look through the glass floor to gaze at the thousands of fish in the stunning lagoon. The resort’s Poreho Restaurant serves up fresh European and Polynesia cuisine, while the lavish spa sits within a gorgeous beach bungalow and offers signature treatments.
Situated on a private island 400 miles southwest of Tahiti, this is the only resort in the Cook Islands with overwater bungalows that offer direct access to the magnificent lagoon where the panoramic vistas are extraordinary. Guests get to experience some of the most glorious sunsets, when the lagoon is transformed into a blaze of yellows, reds, pinks and oranges that dance across its surface. There are champagne-colored beaches for strolling and a host of other outdoor activities, including kayaking, snorkeling and motu walking, or wading through the shallow, clear waters between islets.
Set in the North Ari Atoll of the Maldives, Constance Halaveli is a tropical paradise nestled in the Indian Ocean. Boasting a combination of crystal-clear waters and soft sands, the backdrop of green foliage sets the tone for this luxury resort. Here guests will find 57 luxury overwater bungalows with spacious rooms, built with natural materials to blend into the gorgeous surroundings. A lush spa sits on stilts over the lagoon and offers guests a range of relaxing treatments using organic products, while those who are more adventurous might enjoy swimming, snorkeling or diving through the diverse and colorful marine life surrounding the resort. Three restaurants and bars refuel guests for another day of adventure.
Spread across the Emboodhu Finolhu Island on one of the biggest lagoons in the Maldives, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is one of the best in the world. Combining top-notch gourmet food and a romantic atmosphere, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa offers thatched-roof overwater bungalows with personal butlers, private pools and soaking tubs with ocean views. Set alongside a picturesque beach, dine on fresh seafood at one of the many on-site restaurants or sip on a refreshing cocktail while watching an awe-inspiring view of the Indian Ocean sunsets. Spend your days choosing from one of the resort’s daily excursions, such a romantic sunset cruise, and end your day at the Taj Spa where you’ll find a menu filled with rejuvenating massages and body scrubs.
A luxury tropical escape in French Polynesia, InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa is nestled between a dreamy bright blue lagoon and the South Pacific. Offering guests, a 5-star experience, here you’ll discover spacious Tahitian-style overwater bungalows with stunning views. In addition to the picturesque accommodation, the resort is popular for its world-renown Thalasso Spa that offers 43,000 square feet of luxury and blends oceanic elements into every one of its rituals overlooking Mt. Otemanu, with hydrotherapy pools and private gardens. Focused on providing a tranquil ambiance, guests can also unwind at the resort’s gorgeous infinity pool and beach or dine on a variety of international cuisine at the on-site restaurants.
Located on a private island in the Maldives, AYADA Maldives is an opulent 5-star property with a luxury Turkish theme. Thatched roof water villas and suites include a private splash pool on the terrace in addition to a separate living room and a butler service. Known for its lush surroundings, guests of AYADA Maldives will be greeted with tropical greenery and pristine coral reefs where they might spot a dolphin pod or two. Six on-site restaurants serve up gourmet cuisine, while guests can unwind at the infinity beachfront pool, Turkish Hammam with plunge pools and a massive spa treatment area with eight treatment villas, a steam room and sauna.