World’s Best Overwater Bungalows

Overwater bungalows are the ultimate indulgence – a once-in-a-lifetime dream trip where travellers can enjoy crystal clear lagoons and high end hotel luxury

But it’s not just Bora Bora and the Maldives which do waterfront properties well. Our friend's at HotelsCombined have compiled a list of the five best overwater properties outside of these two locations, all of which are a short hop, skip and a jump from home.

Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji

Situated in the Mamanuca archipelago, Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a couples-only retreat and features Fiji’s first and only overwater accommodation. The 10 overwater bures feature traditional Fijian architecture and are made using natural materials from the local region. Each private cabin has a deck and direct access into the crystal waters and a separate bathing pavilion with views from the bathtub out over the water. 

L’Escapade Island Resort, New Caledonia

Surrounded by a marine reserve, L’Escapade Hotel in New Caledonia offers an all-inclusive tropical getaway. Twenty five overwater bungalows, built with the surrounding environment in mind, all feature direct lagoon access, private furnished balconies and bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers with rainfall showerheads. The resort also features an on-site beachfront restaurant where visitors can dine al fresco, a lounge bar and swim-up bar, private beach, outdoor pool and on-site spa.

Le Lagon Resort and Spa, Vanuatu

Oozing South Pacific charm, Le Lagon Resort and Spa has all the makings of a tropical paradise including white sandy beaches, beautiful landscapes and mesmerising views of the Pacific Ocean. The luxurious overwater suites sit on the edge of the Erakor Lagoon and each includes its own patio and has a bedroom, adjoining lounge and shower and bath.

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

Located a short boat ride from the stunning coastal town of Sihanoukville, Song Saa Private Island is an untouched paradise – a deserted island of beautiful rainforests, tropical reefs and soft white sand. Featuring one unique and luxurious over water villa plus jungle and ocean view villas, the resort has been designed with harmony, sustainability and world-class luxury at its core. Natural materials are used throughout blending seamlessly with the environment and local culture. The accommodation features recycled timber from old fishing boats, factories and warehouses, furniture made from driftwood or hand crafted by local artisans as well as an oversized bath, outdoor showers beside private decks and pools.

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort, Malaysia

Three hundred and ninety two sea villas stretch out in the shape of a palm tree into the sheltered waters of the Straits of Malacca making up the Golden Palm Tree Iconic Resort and Spa. The luxurious and spacious accommodation brings together traditional and modern design elements and all feature exposed alang-alang roofing, tall wooden panelled glass doors and a private deck offering breathtaking views of the clear waters and stunning coastline.


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