The Best Overwater Bungalows In Or Near the US

by Lauren Dana

The Best Overwater Bungalows In Or Near the US

by Lauren Dana

You don’t have to travel to the South Pacific to experience an incredible stay in an idyllic overwater bungalow. In fact, there are a dozen properties that offer overwater bungalow stays within easy flying distance from the US -- and one of them is actually in Florida.

You don’t have to travel to the South Pacific to experience an incredible stay in an idyllic overwater bungalow. In fact, there are a dozen properties that offer overwater bungalow stays within easy flying distance from the US -- and one of them is actually in Florida.

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Disney's Polynesian Village Resort (Florida)

The Polynesian Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort make The Most Magical Place on Earth all the more magical. This luxe, sprawling property feels far from the hustle-and-bustle of the Magic Kingdom -- even though it's only a short monorail ride away. 

The Polynesian Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort make The Most Magical Place on Earth all the more magical. This luxe, sprawling property feels far the hustle-and-bustle of the Magic Kingdom -- even though it’s only a short monorail ride away. 

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Disney's Polynesian Village Resort (Florida)

The two-bedroom villas feature modern, tropical-inspired interiors. Plus, each is equipped with a private deck, your very own plunge pool, a full kitchen, spacious dining and living room areas, a washer and dryer, and incredible views of Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon. Rates from $2,876 per night. 

The two-bedroom villas feature modern, tropical-inspired interiors. Plus, each is equipped with a private deck, your very own plunge pool, a full kitchen, spacious dining and living room areas, a washer and dryer, and incredible views of Magic Kingdom and Seven Seas Lagoon. Rates from $2,876 per night. 

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Sandals South Coast (Jamaica)

Located on a two-mile stretch of sugar-sand beach on Jamaica’s south coast, this idyllic, adults-only, all-inclusive resort -- which is nestled within a 500-acre nature preserve -- is not to be missed. It’s also home to three pools (including Jamaica’s largest), an overwater bar, and nine restaurants. 

Located on a two-mile stretch of sugar-sand beach on Jamaica’s south coast, this idyllic, adults-only, all-inclusive resort -- which is nestled within a 500-acre nature preserve -- is not to be missed. It’s also home to three pools (including Jamaica’s largest), an overwater bar, and nine restaurants. 

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Sandals South Coast (Jamaica)

The property’s overwater bungalows feature hardwood floors, sky-high ceilings, plush linens, and walk-in showers. Outside, there is a private sundeck, a shower, and two sun loungers. Each bungalow is also equipped with either a private tub for two or two overwater hammocks. Guests will also enjoy private butler service, 24-hour service, a welcome gift, and other perks. Rates from $1,130 per person, per night.

The property’s overwater bungalows feature hardwood floors, sky-high ceilings, plush linens, and walk-in showers. Outside, there is a private sundeck, a shower, and two sun loungers. Each bungalow is also equipped with either a private tub for two or two overwater hammocks. Guests will also enjoy private butler service, 24-hour service, a welcome gift, and other perks. Rates from $1,130 per person, per night.

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Thatch Caye Resort (Belize)

This private island luxury resort is situated nine miles off the coast of Belize and just three miles from the worlds’ second-largest barrier reef. Thatch Caye is ideal for those who are looking to get off the grid: Wifi is only available in the main palapa. 

This private island luxury resort is situated nine miles off the coast of Belize and just three miles from the worlds’ second-largest barrier reef. Thatch Caye is ideal for those who are looking to get off the grid: Wifi is only available in the main palapa. 

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Thatch Caye Resort (Belize)

The property has five overwater bungalows that can comfortably accommodate two adults. Each bungalow has bamboo ceilings and is run by wind power. Bungalow guests have access to a spacious deck complete with a natural swimming pool plus hammocks for lounging. Rates from $351 per night based on double occupancy; all-inclusive add-on available for an extra $150 per person, per night. 

The property has five overwater bungalows that can comfortably accommodate two adults. Each bungalow has bamboo ceilings and is run by wind power. Bungalow guests have access to a spacious deck complete with a natural swimming pool plus hammocks for lounging. Rates from $351 per night based on double occupancy; all-inclusive add-on available for an extra $150 per person, per night. 

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Rosewood Mayakoba (Mexico)

The luxe Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen features an incredible spa, ten drinking and dining options, four swimming pools, and a beautiful beach. All guests enjoy personalized butler service, non-motorized water sports, free wifi, complimentary bikes, and, to top it all off, a bottle of Mezcal. 

The luxe Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen features an incredible spa, ten drinking and dining options, four swimming pools, and a beautiful beach. All guests enjoy personalized butler service, non-motorized water sports, free wifi, complimentary bikes, and, to top it all off, a bottle of Mezcal. 

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Rosewood Mayakoba (Mexico)

The property’s luxurious overwater bungalows (which the property refers to as Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suites) are definitely worth the splurge. Guests can soak up the sun on their private terrace, take a dip in their own plunge pool, and enjoy a relaxing bath in the spacious soaking tub. Rates from $968 per night; includes $100 resort credit.

The property’s luxurious overwater bungalows (which the property refers to as Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suites) are definitely worth the splurge. Guests can soak up the sun on their private terrace, take a dip in their own plunge pool, and enjoy a relaxing bath in the spacious soaking tub. Rates from $968 per night; includes $100 resort credit.

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Mango Creek Lodge (Honduras)

The family-owned Mango Creek Lodge is located on the island of Roatán, surrounded by 60 miles of beautiful coral reefs, which are home to adorable sea turtles, majestic whale sharks, and other fascinating creatures. The eco-friendly property is powered by solar panels, wind generators, and a back-up generator. Wifi is only available in the restaurant and main lodge.

The family-owned Mango Creek Lodge is located on the island of Roatán, surrounded by 60 miles of beautiful coral reefs, which are home to adorable sea turtles, majestic whale sharks, and other fascinating creatures. The eco-friendly property is powered by solar panels, wind generators, and a back-up generator. Wifi is only available in the restaurant and main lodge.

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Mango Creek Lodge (Honduras)

Mango Creek Lodge has six overwater bungalows, each with hand-carved furnishings, a private deck and hammock, a chaise lounge, and a ladder that goes into the ocean, allowing guests to swim and snorkel whenever they please. All-inclusive rates from $350 per night, based on double occupancy. 

Mango Creek Lodge has six overwater bungalows, each with hand-carved furnishings, a private deck and hammock, a chaise lounge, and a ladder that goes into the ocean, allowing guests to swim and snorkel whenever they please. All-inclusive rates from $350 per night, based on double occupancy. 

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Royalton Antigua (Antigua)

This all-inclusive resort has its own private beach and is located right near the historic Fort Barrington. Between cooking classes, snorkeling, and live entertainment, it’s almost impossible to be bored here -- unless you want to be. 

This all-inclusive resort has its own private beach and is located right near the historic Fort Barrington. Between cooking classes, snorkeling, and live entertainment, it’s almost impossible to be bored here -- unless you want to be. 

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Royalton Antigua (Antigua)

The property has six adults-only overwater bungalows. Guests can sprawl out on a hammock and take in their surroundings, swim in the private plunge pool, or spot marine life through the bungalows’ glass floors. Other amenities include private airport transfers, champagne upon arrival, a welcome gift, butler service, in-room massages, a one-hour sunset mixologist service on the terrace, a complimentary private dinner for two, yoga and fitness classes, and complimentary snorkel gear. Rates from $1,500 per night. 

The property has six adults-only overwater bungalows. Guests can sprawl out on a hammock and take in their surroundings, swim in the private plunge pool, or spot marine life through the bungalows’ glass floors. Other amenities include private airport transfers, champagne upon arrival, a welcome gift, butler service, in-room massages, a one-hour sunset mixologist service on the terrace, a complimentary private dinner for two, yoga and fitness classes, and complimentary snorkel gear. Rates from $1,500 per night. 

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Sandals Royal Caribbean (Jamaica)

Located in Montego Bay, the European-inspired, adults-only Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort features manicured gardens (complete with roaming peacocks), afternoon tea, and croquet. Included in the stay: nine drinking and dining options, non-motorized watersports, live entertainment, and unlimited land activities.

Located in Montego Bay, the European-inspired, adults-only Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort features manicured gardens (complete with roaming peacocks), afternoon tea, and croquet. Included in the stay: nine drinking and dining options, non-motorized watersports, live entertainment, and unlimited land activities.

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Sandals Royal Caribbean (Jamaica)

The property’s five overwater bungalows are located on a private offshore island just minutes away from the resort. From the glass bottom floors to the spacious soaking tubs, to the hand-crafted king beds, to the private infinity pools, to the private patio space, these one-of-a-kind accommodations are sure to delight. Guests also enjoy butler service, private water taxi service, airport transfers, and a welcome gift -- plus other perks, too. Rates from $1,139 per person, per night. 

The property’s five overwater bungalows are located on a private offshore island just minutes away from the resort. From the glass bottom floors to the spacious soaking tubs, to the hand-crafted king beds, to the private infinity pools, to the private patio space, these one-of-a-kind accommodations are sure to delight. Guests also enjoy butler service, private water taxi service, airport transfers, and a welcome gift -- plus other perks, too. Rates from $1,139 per person, per night. 

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El Dorado Maroma (Mexico)

This adults-only all-inclusive resort is located on a beautiful beach in Tulum, Mexico. You can expect warm and welcoming service 24/7 -- from a champagne toast upon arrival to private butler service on the beach, and almost everything in between. The resort also boasts 6 swimming pools and 11 drinking and dining options. 

This adults-only all-inclusive resort is situated on a beautiful beach in Tulum, Mexico. You can expect warm and welcoming service 24/7 -- from a champagne toast upon arrival to private butler service on the beach, and almost everything in between. The resort also boasts 6 swimming pools and 11 drinking and dining options. 

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El Dorado Maroma (Mexico)

The romantic overwater bungalows, which the resort refers to as palafitos, offer incredible amenities, including a private infinity pool, an outdoor shower, a hot tub for two, glass-bottom floors, a spacious deck equipped with a ladder so you can dive right into the turquoise waters. In addition to unlimited food and drink (except lobster), your stay includes 24-hour room service, non-motorized watersports, nightly turndown service, an array of activities (think yoga, dance lessons, and cooking classes), and free wifi. The on-site spa (additional cost) is incredible. Rates from $1,384 per night. 

The romantic overwater bungalows, which the resort refers to as palafitos, offer incredible amenities, including a private infinity pool, an outdoor shower, a hot tub for two, glass-bottom floors, a spacious deck equipped with a ladder so you can dive right into the turquoise waters. In addition to unlimited food and drink (except lobster), your stay includes 24-hour room service, non-motorized watersports, nightly turndown service, an array of activities (think yoga, dance lessons, and cooking classes), and free wifi. The on-site spa (additional cost) is incredible. Rates from $1,384 per night. 

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Banyan Tree illa (Bahamas)

This luxe, 40-acre resort is set to open in 2021 in Bimini (just a 20-minute seaplane ride from Miami). Here, guests will be treated to incredible tropical-inspired architecture, uninterrupted natural beauty, private terraces and plunge pools, unique culinary pop-ups, curated music series, oceanside meditations, and so much more. 

This luxe, 40-acre resort is set to open in 2021 in Bimini (just a 20-minute seaplane ride from Miami). Here, guests will be treated to incredible tropical-inspired architecture,  uninterrupted natural beauty,  private terraces and plunge pools, unique culinary pop-ups, curated music series, oceanside meditations, and so much more. 

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Banyan Tree illa (Bahamas)

The spacious, South Pacific-inspired overwater bungalows feature a distinctly modern and minimalist aesthetic (like clean lines and lush surroundings) plus easy oceanfront access. They’re ideal for those in search of some much-needed R&R away from the hustle-and-bustle of other warm-weather destinations like Nassau, Cancun, or Ocho Rios, for example. For rates, contact the property directly.  

The spacious, South Pacific-inspired overwater bungalows feature a distinctly modern and minimalist aesthetic (like clean lines and lush surroundings) plus easy oceanfront access. They’re ideal for those in search of some much-needed R&R away from the hustle-and-bustle of other warm-weather destinations like Nassau, Cancun, or Ocho Rios, for example. For rates, contact the property directly.  

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Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort (St. Lucia)

This couples-only retreat is best known for its beautiful vistas, a secluded mile-long stretch of sand, and, of course, luxury accommodations. Eleven gourmet eateries -- from Indian to a British pub -- are also on-site. And, while the signature Red Lane Spa costs extra, it’s definitely worth the splurge. 

This couples-only retreat is best known for its beautiful vistas, a secluded mile-long stretch of sand, and, of course, luxury accommodations. Eleven gourmet eateries -- from Indian to a British pub -- are also on-site. And, while the signature Red Lane Spa costs extra, it’s definitely worth the splurge. 

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Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort (St. Lucia)

Couples will love the gorgeous overwater bungalows, which boast glass-paneled flooring, handcrafted king beds, private patios, spacious soaking tubs, and overwater hammocks. Guests who opt to stay in an overwater bungalow also enjoy private butler service. Each stay also includes unlimited land sports, non-motorized and motorized watersports, and complimentary golf. Rates from $1,227 per person, per night -- plus up to $635 in resort credit.

Couples will love the gorgeous overwater bungalows, which boast glass-paneled flooring, handcrafted king beds, private patios, spacious soaking tubs, and overwater hammocks. Guests who opt to stay in an overwater bungalow also enjoy private butler service. Each stay also includes unlimited land sports, non-motorized and motorized watersports, and complimentary golf. Rates from $1,227 per person, per night -- plus up to $635 in resort credit.

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Viceroy Bocas del Toro (Panama)

This brand-new resort, which is slated to open in 2022, is well worth the wait. In addition to private overwater villas, the property also offers 186 guest rooms and residences spanned over 457 acres. On-site amenities include eight bars and restaurants, swimming pools, a tranquil spa, meditation rooms, and a fitness center. Other popular activities include sailing, paddleboarding, surfing, and kayaking. 

This brand-new resort, which is slated to open in 2022, is well worth the wait. In addition to private overwater villas, the property also offers 186 guest rooms and residences spanned over 457 acres. On-site amenities include eight bars and restaurants, swimming pools, a tranquil spa, meditation rooms, and a fitness center. Other popular activities include sailing, paddleboarding, surfing, and kayaking. 

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Viceroy Bocas del Toro (Panama)

Enjoy all that this unique destination has to offer (like unspoiled beaches, lush jungle, and coral reefs) from the comfort of your overwater bungalow -- which there are 42 of, to be exact. For rates, contact the property directly. 

Enjoy all that this unique destination has to offer (like unspoiled beaches, lush jungle, and coral reefs) from the comfort of your overwater bungalow -- which there are 42 of, to be exact. For rates, contact the property directly. 

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