Overwater Bungalows in Mexico - An Overview
Mexico has long been a hugely popular tourist destination with many top class resorts especially around Cancun and the Mayan Riviera.
It only has three resorts with overwater bungalows/water villas though - Palafitos El Dorado, Rosewood Mayakoba and (brand new in 2021) Banyan Tree Mayakoba. This is certainly not from lack of demand, just the lack of suitable - very calm shallow, sheltered bay or lagoon like - venues.
So not a lot to choose from and strangely enough all three overwater bungalow resorts are just a couple of miles away from each other in the upmarket resort town of Playa del Carmen, equidistance between Tulum and Cancun.
All are also really fabulous 5 Star resorts though and thus very suited to play host to Mexico's only overwater bungalows.
It is very hard to judge which resort might be better for you in general but, in terms of the overwater bungalows, for us the Palafitos overwater bungalows are superior.
They were the first ones to be built in Mexico and though Rosewood's and Banyan Tree's bungalows are sleek, classy and luxurious for us they stray too much away from the classic Pacific style and so lack much of the associated romantic, rustic charm.
They also line up alongside the edge of the lagoon, whereas the Palafitos overwater bungalows are more out in the open sea giving you more of that nice floating on the water feeling.
Finally the Palafitos', but not the Rosewood's and the Banyan's, have glass floors to allow you to peek at the sea life below - a popular element of the overwater bungalow experience.
Palafitos El Dorado is all inclusive and the entire resort is adults only. Rosewood Mayakoba is a family friendly resort but their overwater bungalows are strictly adults only. Banyan Tree Mayakoba is family friendly, both the resort in general and the overwater bungalows.
Check out the reviews below plus plenty of photos, booking information etc. - all you need to know.