It’s easy to get bogged down in the hustle and bustle of the modern world, whether it’s traffic, work, or even home. There was a time when overwater bungalows were exclusive to Tahiti and the Maldives. If you live on the west coast of the United States, traveling to Tahiti is an 8-hour flight which is a bit of a trek, but still doable.
Thankfully there’s an easier and quicker choice: overwater bungalows in the Caribbean. Depending on your travel style, there’s an overwater bungalow in the Caribbean to suit your needs. Antigua, Belize, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Panama and Mexico’s Mayan Riviera now offer high-end private-island resorts with overwater bungalow accommodations including a personal butler ideal for honeymoons and romantic getaways.
Sandals – Caribbean
Noted as Caribbean’s first all-inclusive overwater bungalows, Sandals Over-the-Water Bungalows deliver an immersive journey of the Caribbean’s finest turquoise waters. An expansive patio features Sandals signature Tranquility Soaking Tub™ for two. The interior boasts sea-through glass floors that guarantee undersea views, a king-size bed, and a spacious spa-style bathroom. You know you’ve arrived when you meet your own personal butler who handles every detail of your vacation with unobtrusive grace.
- Sandals Southcoast – Whitehouse, Jamaica
- Sandals Grande St. Lucian – Gros Islet Saint Lucia
- Sandals Royal Caribbean – Montego Bay Jamaica
Royalton – Antigua
Royalton Antigua’s Chairman Overwater Bungalows are perfect for discerning travelers in search of the ultimate luxury getaway. The adults only bungalows include one master bedroom with a sumptuous king size bed, a relaxing seating area with a dining room, a swim-out infinity plunge pool overlooking the sparkling waters. Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa offers travelers a luxurious escape with exceptional service and fine dining featuring flavors from around the world. Nestled on a stunning private beach with breathtaking clear waters, guests can relax in an upscale setting.
Thatch Caye – Belize
Thatch Caye Resort sits on its own private island off the coast of Dangriga, Belize. The island feels deserted in all the right ways, with a peaceful atmosphere, lush Belizean foliage, and pristine beaches. Only 30 guests at a time can stay at this picture-perfect destination, guaranteeing a unique experience. While the resort is fully sustainable, you won’t even notice you’re staying at an eco-resort. The only desert-island tradition you won’t get to experience: carving SOS on the sands.
Cayo Espanto – Belize
Cayo Espanto, a luxury island beach resort off the coast of Belize, is elevating the private-island experience to a higher plane. A sandy path winds through a forest of palms down the center of the 4-acre island. The island rises just a foot or two above the surrounding waters, which are the favorite haunt of bonefish. Meals are served family-style and staff arrange excursions for snorkeling, fishing, diving, or visiting the mainland. The majority of the power for Thatch Caye is generated by the sun and the wind and single-use plastic, including straws, cups, and utensils, is banned. The water for their sinks and showers comes from rain and desalinated saltwater. The resort is on a small island limited to 30 guests at a time.
El Dorado Maroma – Cancun Riviera Maya
El Dorado Maroma offers guests the opportunity to experience one of the Top 10 Beaches in the World in a whole new light. Palafitos-Overwater Bungalows are a cluster of 30 exclusive, private bungalows sitting right over the turquoise waters of Maroma Beach. Watch the sun rise and set in a stunning display of colors right from your private deck. Take a dip within your private infinity pool, offering picture-perfect views of the sparkling sea. If you’re looking to experience ultimate relaxation, step right into the overwater Náay Spa, boasting treatments utilizing traditional Mayan herbal practices and the antioxidant-rich Maroma Beach sea moss.
Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge – Panama
Punta Caracol was born out of the idea of creating an Acqua Lodge in a totally virgin and natural environment. Built over the Caribbean Sea, along a mile long coral reefed coast. Punta Caracol is constructed using the traditional methods of the Archipelago: each handsomely crafted cabin is built upon stilts which support a wooden frame over the water and covered by a palm leaf roof an unforgettable habitat congruent with the native communities of the region. At Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge the ancient crafty construction techniques are combined with the most advanced alternative energy creation systems such as the solar panels, which are present at the restaurant and in all suites, and gas cooling in all their refrigerators and freezers, as well as the coupling of a sewage purifying system using state-of-the-art aerobic systems for micro-processing and sewage treatment. At night, the restaurant’s impressive palm leaf roof creates the perfect surrounding for a candlelight dinner that offers a variety of Caribbean and International dishes.