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We searched for the best overwater bungalows…so you wouldn’t have to! In this comprehensive guide, we only recommend the best deals for oversea accommodations.

The properties we show here were selected based on a combination of the following factors: the quality of reviews of the resort itself, the location, and its relative comparison to other options.

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We have found over 30 DREAMY overwater bungalow options for you. Organized in order of price, we're confident we've found a magical option for your next trip.


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Why We Love It

Have you ever dreamed of living in a mansion? How about you take that dream to the next level and live in an overwater mansion! The Soneva Jani Resort is equipped with massive overwater villas that have their own private pools and waterslides into the warm ocean water.

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Look out of the window of your bungalow over the water to the majestic Mt. Otemanu and enjoy a private beach at this Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora.

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We recently stayed at the Conrad Rangali Island Resort in the Maldives and we LOVED it! If you want to read all about this resort, check out our full guide on the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort.

VIDEO: Watch this video review of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort

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This resort may be one of the most luxurious overwater bungalow retreats in the world. Crystal clear water, comfortable accommodations, and to top it all off, a butler service for guests.

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Take a dip into the warm Indian Ocean at Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives. Enjoy a romantic couples dinner on the beach surrounded by lanterns as the sun is setting.

There are not many resorts that have underwater restaurants, so if you are looking for an out of this world experience, check out the Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives!

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Cayo Espanto is a private island with just a few other villas on it, so you can enjoy peace and quiet. This Caribbean escape is located just off the coast of Central America, it is much closer to home than the Maldives or Bora Bora too.

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This adults only resort is the dream lovers getaway for you and your significant other. Enjoy beautiful Fiji as well as watersports like windsurfing and snorkeling right outside your bungalow!

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At this island resort, you'll be able to take part in cultural celebrations with the natives who live here and enjoy a free breakfast of pastries, fruit, and eggs every morning. What's not to love!

Look through your glass-bottomed table into the water just below your bungalow, and then dive off the side into the warm Bora Bora water. The InterContinental Resort in Bora Bora is hard to beat.

With large accomodations perfect for families and more intimate housing suited for a sweethearts vacation, Conrad Bora Bora Nui is a resort specifically tailor-made for you and how you want to vacation.

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Comfortably nested in a lagoon, the overwater villas at the Constance Prince Maurice resort are ideal for a couples' romantic island vacation. It is also in located off of the coast of Africa rather than in the Pacific, so if you are looking to stand out and be different, these are the overwater bungalows for you.

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Stop worrying about your kids and the kids of other guests while on your vacation. You're in the Maldives! Kick back and relax on the beautiful white sand beaches at the Robinson Club.

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Overwater suites at this resort all feature private pools with incredible views of fish swimming through the reefs just below guests. Each bungalow is equipped with wall-to-wall retractable windows so you can hear the ocean and feel the warm breeze.

Just a short seaplane ride from Male in the Maldives, this resort offers guests the chance to dine on authentic cuisine and enjoy the warm ocean breeze. Fishing and diving excursions are offered and are a great way to become one with the ocean.

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At the Niyama Private Islands Resort, guests stay on a private island which has the world's first underwater nightclub. Try having a dance off with a shark.

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Live in an ultra-modern themed bungalow on a small private island with everything you need for your perfect tropical vacation, including privacy.

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The Kandolhu Resort wants to make your trip memorable, and so they even provide you with a GoPro to record your adventures in island paradise!

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The Manava Beach Resort is a small community of vacationers who want to see the light blue water backdropped by the green covered mountain range nearby.

Adventure and relaxation come together at this resort. You can borrow free kayaks in the morning and get a massage in the spa in the afternoon.

This resort is located in the Baa Atoll, the only reserve in all of the Maldives. Nature-lovers will be in heaven during their stay here. The bungalows here are conveniently situated close enough to the sand to give guests access to the lush island and the turquoise blue water.

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Get your fill of wildlife on your vacation by checking out the unique Lagoonarium, a protected and monitored reef area with over 200 species of sea life.

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Guests at this resort can spend their time taking tours in caves and museums on the main island and lounging on the deck of their overwater villa.

Stay in an overwater bungalow at this 5 star resort and take a dip in your own private infinity pool. Hop on a board and take part in one of the many watersports available at the resort as well!

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It's hard to ignore the incredible mountain scenery that surrounds guests at the Hilton Moorea Lagoon and Resort. This is truly a tropical paradise!

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The water may be a little chillier than in the tropics, but you'll be hard pressed to find any other overwater bungalows that have as spectacular of a view of the Alps as this!

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The perfect honeymoon escape, Thulhagiri Island Resort has it all. Private beach? Check. Spa? Check. Evening entertainment? Check. What are you waiting for?

Romantic getaways are what the Aitutaki Lagoon Resort is all about. Romantic dinners on the beach and complimentary island breakfasts come together to create the perfect lovers retreat.

These bungalows are in Panama, but you won't have any loud cargo ships passing by your villa. Enjoy cheaper accommodations than in the Maldives or Bora Bora, and enjoy the warm water of the tropics.

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The bungalows at Thatch Caye offer guests 180-degree views of the blue Belizean water. Enjoy some authentic Central American cuisine at the restaurant located on the island.

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Being one of the cheapest overwater bungalow options we found, this resort sure does not lack character. The entire property is in the shape of a giant flower complete with petals!

Over 300 overwater villas comprise this resort. Save some money on your dream tropical vacation by going to the Sepang Goldcoast Resort and see the beautiful Malaysia.