The great thing about bungalows is the fact that there are no stairs, so you don’t have to climb them when you’re ready for bed. Someone then had the idea to make a bungalow even better and placed them overwater in vacation resorts. Overwater bungalows are a match made in heaven, and these are the most beautiful in the world.
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
This private island resort can be found in Cambodia’s Koh Rong archipelago. There are just nine bungalows that are famed for their glamorous but simple layouts and luxurious styling. These bungalows are so isolated you can perfect floating around in the water while you overlook the Gulf of Cambodia.
Banana Island Resort, Qatar
While you might expect most of the world’s overwater bungalows to be found around the Maldives, the Middle East has its own version. Banana Island Resort in Qatar can be found in the private island of Doha which is accessed by a 20-minute boat ride. You can rent two or three-bedroom units that are ornately decorated with Arabian designs, and of course, the bungalows come with every luxury you would expect. Besides being over the water of the Persian Gulf, people staying at the Banana Island Resort can enjoy their very own private pool too.
Laucala Island, Fiji
Fiji is one of the most idyllic island locations in the world and on Laucala Island are some of the nicest overwater bungalows. There are 25 bungalows with thatched roofs, and the Overwatch Villa on the island is the jewel in the crown of the resort. In the Overwatch Villa you can see the ocean from just about anywhere, plus there is a private pool carved into surrounding natural rocks. There are also 16 staff members per guest on the island, so it’s the ultimate place to feel pampered.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives, The Maldives
Perhaps the best thing about the Four Seasons in the Maldives is the coral reefs found in the water over the Baa Atoll resort. The location has been recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which means the coral reef is full of marine life. There are thatched roofs on the bungalows, and typically the only access to the resort is via seaplane.
COMO Cocoa Island, The Maldives
Most resorts in The Maldives are split between overwater bungalows and dry land. COMO Cocoa Island is a little different, and it’s actually entirely made up of overwater bungalows. Many of the overwater bungalows are made in the shape of Maldivian boats, known as dhoni, and they each have their very own private deck for the guests. These boats come with a comfy day bed, outdoor shower, and a stairwell that brings you all the way down to the ocean.
There aren’t many more relaxing vacations than going to a resort and staying in an overwater bungalow. You have direct access to the ocean whenever you want, and these bungalows are designed specifically to help you unwind.