Welcome to our 2021 choices for the best luxury overwater bungalow resorts in the Caribbean!
Though there certainly isn’t a shortage of luxury resorts in the Caribbean, overwater bungalows/overwater villas, especially those of the luxury honeymoon variety, are still relatively scarce.
This is not for lack of demand, quite the contrary (always be prepared to book very well in advance for an overwater bungalow in the Caribbean), it is just that they are quite specialist structures that need certain conditions to be viable i.e. shallow, sheltered, consistently calm waters.
But, though few in number, you still have some really great options here – all are top class resorts, most indeed are 5 Star, and you can expect extremely high standards of accommodation, facilities and service.
In the compilation of this list we chose resorts in seven countries, all of them within easy reach of the US, with direct flights from most major cities.
Countries/Islands in the Caribbean with Overwater Bungalows:
Over Water 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's obviously difficult for us to judge which resort is the best overall as all have extremely high standards. The overwater bungalows equally so - it will come down to your own personal sense of aesthetic.
We though did prefer the Palafitos overwater bungalows only because they strayed less from the traditional Pacific vibe that we have grown to like.
Others though will prefer the sleek modernism of the Rosewood’s or the Banyan Tree’s overwater bungalows.
It’s a tough call, but I guess you could have worse things to do today than having to choose between three of The Mayan Riviera's, and Mexico’s, classiest resorts!
Rosewood & Banyan Tree Mayakoba’s line up alongside the edge of a lagoon, while the Palafitos overwater bungalows are just off shore.
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 our full reviews below plus lots of photos, booking information etc. - all you need to know.