What is an overwater bungalow?
An overwater bungalow is a type of accommodation that is built over the water, typically on stilts. These bungalows usually feature a private deck or terrace with direct access to the water.
Where can I find overwater bungalows?
Overwater bungalows are popular in many tropical destinations, including Bora Bora, the Maldives, and Fiji. They can also be found, with less frequency, in other locations around the world, such as the Caribbean, Mexico, and Southeast Asia.
How much does it cost to stay in an overwater bungalow?
The cost of staying in an overwater bungalow can vary widely depending on the location, amenities, and time of year. In general though, you can expect to pay several hundred to several thousand dollars per night for a stay in an overwater bungalow.
What amenities are typically included in an overwater bungalow?
Overwater bungalows usually come equipped with luxury hotel amenities such as air conditioning, TV, a mini-fridge, a mini-bar, and a furnished terrace or deck. Some more luxury bungalows may also feature a private pool, a Jacuzzi, or glass floor panels.
What should I pack for a stay in an overwater bungalow?
You may want to pack items such as sunscreen, insect repellent, swimwear, and water shoes. It’s also a good idea to bring a waterproof camera or phone case to capture underwater photos.
What activities are available in and around overwater bungalows?
Popular activities in and around overwater bungalows include swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Most overwater bungalows tend to be in luxury resorts offering a range of amenities such as spa services, restaurants, and sports facilities.
How far in advance should I book an overwater bungalow?
It’s recommended to book an overwater bungalow several months in advance, especially if you plan to travel during peak season. Some resorts may require even earlier booking to ensure availability.
What are the best overwater bungalow destinations?
Some of the best overwater bungalow destinations include Bora Bora, the Maldives, and Fiji. However, there are also great options, close to the US in the Caribbean and Mexico.
Are overwater bungalows suitable for families with children?
Some overwater bungalows will be child friendly and maybe even designed for families, with multiple bedrooms and additional safety features. Most though aren’t, they are more for a couple’s romantic getaway. Some resorts may be child-friendly overall but restrict the overwater bungalows to adults only.
What is the difference between overwater bungalows and water villas?
The terms overwater bungalow and water villa are interchangeable. In the Maldives, they are more likely to be referred to as water villas, pretty much everywhere else the term overwater bungalow is more commonly used.
Can I swim and snorkel directly from my overwater bungalow?
Yes, almost all overwater bungalows offer direct access to the water for swimming and snorkeling.