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3 Overwater Bungalows You Can Experience in the Caribbean

Updated: Apr 2

Overwater bungalows might give the impression that they're naturally a part of remote islands and beaches, but they are in fact a relatively new trend. The form of accommodation started to crop up around vacation destinations in the 1960s after a couple of Americans built the first overwater bungalows on the French Polynesian island of Moorea. Their popular creation was featured in Life magazine and soon these beautiful shelters evolved from destination to destination through the years. Looking at them you wouldn’t expect them to be as spacious as some of the most luxurious suites, but they might surprise you. Here are three Caribbean overwater bungalow options you will love.


Overwater bungalows at the Dorado Maroma
Photo Courtesy of Karisma Resorts

El Dorado Maroma, Mexico

At El Dorado Maroma's Palafitos, in Mexico, you can customize your bungalow to include some of the most lavish amenities. You can have glass-bottom floors, to see your other half swimming with the fishes underneath; Jacuzzis, for that late-night dip with champagne; large decks for sunbathing; or even your very own private infinity pool to make it feel like the pool extends into the ocean. Each bungalow has an outdoor shower or "Aguas del Amor" and a ladder into the ocean if you want to bathe in the beautiful turquoise water. The luxury doesn't stop there. They are equipped with king-sized beds, smart TVs, air conditioning, a hot tub for two, high-end toiletries, and a mini-bar. The views of the ocean are endless, and you don't have to lift a finger for anything.


Overwater bungalow in Aruba
Photo Courtesy of Aruba Ocean Villas

Aruba Ocean Villas, Aruba

If you want true seclusion and even more privacy, Aruba Ocean Villas is definitely for you. It's literally off the beaten path, six miles away from Queen Beatrix International Airport, in the oldest town of Savaneta. It doesn't look like much when you first drive up to it but once you see the bungalows you know you'll be staying in luxury. The Ocean Villas is also the only resort that has overwater bungalows in Aruba, and there are only three villas. Inside them, there's always a perfect view of the ocean, and they didn't spare any expense in amenities either. Amongst the mahogany furniture, every room has a Bose sound system, Aruba-made bath products, and even hand-painted silk robes. There's also no shortage of paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling gear to fill your day with. Since there's a limited number of overwater bungalows, be sure to book well in advance and you won't regret it.


Overwater bungalow with glass floor
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Sandals Grande Lucien, St. Lucia

The Sandals Grande Lucien overwater bungalows scream romance. One of the first things you'll notice is that they were built in the shape of a heart. When you're able to take your eyes off the views, you'll understand why the location boasts luxury. They are the first of their kind and combine modern luxury with exotic palapa-style architecture. Outside each bungalow has a Sandals' signature Tranquility Soaking Tub for two, an over-the-water hammock built into the deck, an outdoor shower, and a patio with a swim-up platform. Don't forget, you also have a butler service that brings you everything you could ever need. Inside, there are glass floors, a king-size bed, and a huge spa-style bathroom. They also have the Caribbean's first-ever overwater wedding chapel, in case you want to elope spontaneously.


All three are a quick flight form major US airports. My question is, which one will you choose? If you would like to discuss your stay in an overwater bungalow, call or email me, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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