Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Tropical North Queensland
Overwater bungalows are the pinnacle of island holiday dreams. As it happens, there are approximately 5,000 water villas in the world, and of those, roughly two-thirds are found in the Maldives. No matter where exactly in the world they are, overwater bungalows can satisfy a traveller’s craving for repose and relaxation. Take in this visual feast of some of our top picks of the world’s most beautiful overwater bungalow resorts.
Rich, dark natural timbers that make the 14 overwater villas at this idyllic resort show the vibrancy of the crystal blue lagoon waters. Sandy white beaches surround this private island, creating the tropical paradise that you dream of when you think of overwater bungalows. Dine at the resort's Island Grill, set right on the beach, and spend your days in a blissful state, as the sea breeze cools you down in the tropical sun.
This is the newest 5-star luxury resort in Fiji. Visitors can find bliss in the man-made lagoon and the idyllic Momi Bay as background. While the 22 overwater bungalows are adults-only, the entire resort features swimming pools - including an adults-only pool and a separate children’s pool - a private white sand beach, spa, and more, indicating how the resort has considered the needs of families, couples, and solo travellers alike.
Escape to the magical Maldives and discover paradise like you’ve never known! Live it up at the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa—get the 5-star treatment, gaze toward the endless horizon and make memories that will last a lifetime! Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa occupies its own private island (Furanafushi) in the North Malé Atoll.
Bora Bora is a magical part of French Polynesia. At this sizeable resort, guests have 85 overwater bungalows to choose from and 15 more with plunge pools. True to form, the Four Seasons considers every service and amenity in Bora Bora that a visitor could imagine, from luxurious infinity pools to concierge service to a 24-hour fitness centre. Take a quick jump into the lagoon and swim to the sandy islets on an outer coral reef for the swim of a lifetime.
The 25 overwater bungalows at this resort get bragging rights as the only ones of its type in New Caledonia. Guests can enjoy a feeling of seclusion, as the resort sits on a small private island. Another cluster of on-land rooms are available and all guests are encouraged to snorkel, kayak, dive, jet ski, and completely relax.
This adults-only resort was designed for couples. It’s a haven for privacy and romance. To boot, it was a trendsetter for this type of Fijian luxury; this resort was the first to feature overwater bures in all of Fiji. The 45 bungalows in the resort sit atop a pristine lagoon with a sundeck and separate bathing pavilions.
This super-luxury resort is all-inclusive, including liquor, and has earned a 5-star property rating. Add on the 24-hour room service and you have an unrivaled easy-living holiday. There are only 56 water villas, making it difficult to find availability even in off-peak months.
Formerly known as The Moorea Pearl Beach Resort, this luxurious resort has held the reputation as the ultimate honeymoon destination for years. Each overwater bungalow, of which there are 28, includes a sundeck with access to the lagoon. The seclusion of this locale seals the deal on romance.
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