The Best Overwater Bungalows Across the World

Nothing quite says luxury like an overwater bungalow. Dotting tropical beaches, atolls, and lagoons, these thatched-roof escapes offer unparalleled views and the ultimate in island escape-ism. From Bora Bora to Vietnam, these opulent overwater bungalows across the world need to be added to your bucket list.

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Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

Six Senses properties are ubiquitous with sustainability and wellness, and the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay delivers both in spades. Moving beyond resorts as simply destination getaways, Six Senses promotes connection to the places in which they host guests. Their Ninh Van Bay property, with the property’s villas thoughtfully built into rock formations. Each villa is secluded. The only person you’re likely to run into is your personal Experience Maker, on-call 24/7. Ocean views come guaranteed, as do private pools. Local activities are endless. Day trips to nearby uninhabited islands, taking a dip in the local hot springs (complete with mineral-rich mud), or sampling the goods from your in-villa wine cellar on your private sundeck.

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

Nestled in the middle of the Koh Rong archipelago. This unique private island offers 24 thatched-roof villas set amidst a 247-acre marine reserve. Nature and sustainability are at the forefront and nearly every building and piece of furniture uses upcycled wood found on the island itself. Alongside the resident marine biologist, guests can kayak through mangroves as they learn about the local ecosystem. The overwater villas do not disappoint, with luxurious one and two-bedroom options.  For the ultimate overwater experience, there’s the Royal Villa. Which comes complete with a large private pool and dining for up to 12 guests. The most unique aspect of Song Saa Private Island is its related foundation, the Song Saa Collective. Established in 2013, this not-for-profit organization is dedicated to protecting the habitat of the Koh Rong archipelago, therefore improving the welfare of its communities.

El Dorado Maroma, Mexico

If you’re based in North America you don’t have to travel far to experience these overwater bungalows. Set out from the shores of Maroma Beach, just forty minutes from the Cancun airport.  Mexico’s only overwater bungalows come equipped with full butler service and glass floors. Breakfast is delivered each morning. Touting themselves as ‘Gourmet Inclusive’, the El Dorado Maroma is an adults-only property offering seven restaurants and five bars. Don’t miss strolling Maroma Beach, nearly five miles of unspoiled white sand and aquamarine water.

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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

With stunning views of Mount Otemanu, the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora does not disappoint. There are a variety of overwater bungalow options to suit everyone. From honeymooners to families, with two-bedroom suites offering up over 2,000 square feet of pure luxury. Enjoy the non-motorized watersports that are included in your stay. Offering everything from badminton and volleyball to kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and snorkel equipment. Adventures abound. From jet boating or deep-sea fishing with a chef to exploring the island on a 4×4 (additional costs apply). The five-star concierge team can arrange just about anything, and never hesitate to go above and beyond for their guests.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives

While overwater bungalows are aplenty in the Maldives, some stand out from the crowd. Comprised of only 45 overwater bungalows, Gili Lankanfushi is perched on one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. It is only a 20-minute speedboat ride from the Velana International Airport. The “No News No Shoes” spirit of the Maldives is evident from the moment you step into the boat. Shoes are collected and placed in tote bags by staff aboard the vessel. Expect approachable luxury at every turn, beginning with the bubbly canapes that greet you on arrival. Thoughtful touches are evident throughout, with SPF and bug spray stocked alongside standard in-room amenities.  The bungalows themselves range from 2200 square foot one-bedroom villas (their smallest). To the whopping Private Reserve, a palatial 18,000 square feet. If you’re seeking opulence in the Maldives, look no further.

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Top 5 Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

The best antidote to the chaos (and excitement) of planning and executing a wedding is jetting off on a romantic honeymoon, just you and your significant other. What better way to wind down, celebrate your partnership, and decompress than by hopping on a plane and jetting off somewhere magical? From the black beaches of Santorini to the rolling vineyards of California’s wine country, here are the top 5 romantic honeymoon destinations to extend your celebration of love.

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Santorini, Greece

With picture-perfect views in every direction, Santorini is a Greek honeymoon must, and for good reason. Setting the stage for romance are countless boutique hotels perched on cliffs, whitewashed buildings, and cerulean domed churches – all facing the sea. Splurge for a suite with a plunge pool, overlooking the postcard views and mythical caldera below.

Tip: Stay in Oia, located on the quieter side of the island. While there are still cruise groups and tours passing through, it offers a far more intimate feel than busy Fira.

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Maui, Hawaii

Visitors to the Aloha State are greeted with a warm temperate climate, stunning vistas, and the lingering scent of plumeria in the air. It’s no wonder it’s a favorite among honeymooners, who gravitate to the luxurious Wailea, home to the island’s finest resorts. From The Four Seasons and The Fairmont to The Grand Wailea and newly built Andaz, Wailea, therefore, provides an upscale environment to unwind and is bordered by calm beaches.

Tip: Explore the islands from the air on a jaw-dropping helicopter tour that showcases the dramatic and lush Hawaiian landscape.

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Napa Valley

Thinking of staying a little closer to home? The Napa (and Sonoma) Valley’s are a wine lover’s dream and roughly two and half hours from San Francisco. Stroll the countless vineyards, indulge in gourmet fare at The French Laundry, and take in Napa’s vibrant art scene. The laid-back Sonoma offers visitors a less commercialized alternative. At almost double the size of Napa, there are plenty of wineries to choose from. Sonoma’s Fairmont Mission Inn Resort & Spa makes for a great home base to explore the region.

Tip: The Napa Valley Wine Train is a great way to make stops at the vineyards, without the use of a car. More romantic than a mini-bus.

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The Amalfi Coast

A popular destination for Italians and world travelers alike, Italy’s Amalfi Coast is romance personified. Pastel-colored buildings are perched on steep cliffs over the sparkling Mediterranean ocean. The winding streets and alleys buzz with Vespas zipping past. The smell of coffee and baked goods emanates from cozy, family-run establishments.

There are myriad options for your home base, from the busy but conveniently located Sorrento (perfect for day trips to Naples and Pompeii) to the posh Positano (famous for its dramatic scenery and sandy beach). If you’re looking for the glam of Positano without the crowds, consider laid-back Ravello, a tiny village lacking direct beach access – but making up for it in luxurious accommodation options.

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French Polynesia

Gracing many a traveler’s bucket list is the romantic island of Bora Bora and its surrounding atolls. Known for its towering Mt. Otemanu and luxurious overwater bungalows, Bora Bora is about as romantic as they come.

Travelers seeking that same experience with a slightly lower price tag often opt for the island of Moorea. With a range of resorts offering both hotel rooms and overwater bungalows – all are set against a stunning tropical backdrop.

For couples who are ready to go all out, there’s The Brando. A luxurious resort located on the private Tetiaroa atoll. Listed as the “The Most Luxurious Eco-Resort in the World” by Town & Country Magazine. The brainchild of Marlon Brando, the resort offers guests intimate access to French Polynesia. It also acts as a center for research and education. Sustainability is weaved through everything at The Brando. However, just because this is an eco-resort does not mean that luxury has been abandoned. Guests arrive by private plane. Accommodations are individual villas on their own stretch of white sand beach. Guests also have access to biologists and naturalist guides for one-on-one tours and educational sessions.

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Authentic Italian Vacation

When we think of going on vacation, most of us see ourselves lying on a beach somewhere or gazing into a sunset. If you are looking for something different to do when you travel, an authentic Italian food and wine vacation may be just the thing for you to try. There are several places in Italy where you can learn how to cook the Italian way. Who knows, you may even be the next Rachael Ray when you return home!

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Experience a genuine Tuscan cooking class to learn the traditional Italian recipes, that have been handed down through the generations. Learn about the pairing of food with specific wines. Tour the vineyards of Tuscany to taste the many different wines. Take a tour of a family run olive oil, or balsamic vinegar estate to learn about the flavors we love.

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When in Rome, no visit would be complete without taking a pasta cooking class to make your own fettucine. Add a tiramisu workshop to complete your meal, made with your own hands. If pizza is your thing, they are many different options to choose from to learn how to make pizza on your authentic Italian vacation.

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In Venice, eat like a local on a food tasting walking tour. Get an insider’s perspective on where to drink and dine in the city. Sample a variety of local specialties including fresh seafood, homemade gelato, traditional Venetian cookies, and regional wines.

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