5 Amazing Overwater Bungalows to Visit in the Caribbean

5 Amazing Overwater Bungalows to Visit in the Caribbean


The Caribbean is famous for its exclusive beach resorts and hotels, but one of the most recent developments stands out above the rest. Influenced by overwater eco-resorts and the world-famous Tahitian overwater hotels, the Caribbean now sports its own overwater accommodations.

The overwater bungalows in the Caribbean are easily accessible for travelers who don’t necessarily want to jet set across the globe. These surreal getaways let you live right on the water and decide when to go onshore during your vacation. From fine overwater villas with personal butler service to more traditional hut designs, these hotels are a favorite for honeymooners and adult beachgoers wanting to be as close to the water as possible.

Here are some of the Caribbean’s most unforgettable overwater hotels.


Sandals Royal Caribbean All Inclusive

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Jet set to Sandals Royal Caribbean All Inclusive in popular Montego Bay, Jamaica for a luxurious experience in one of the overwater honeymoon bungalows lining the shore.  The resort itself is a fusion of British and Bali architecture, but the bungalows are decidedly Tahitian style. The hotel hovers on the shallow neon blue waters of Montego Bay, with stunning unobstructed ocean views from all sides. Every suite includes glass bottom floors, so you can watch the colorful marine life right beneath your feet. Enjoy an over-the-water hammock for two, private infinity pool, swim-up room and personal butler service.

For those who want to venture from their overwater paradise, the resort features an exclusive private offshore island that just five minutes away by boat and offers a private beach, dining and entertainment. Try out exotic cuisine at the on-site Royal Thai Restaurant or just marvel at the restaurant’s striking Oriental-inspired architecture. The other world-class restaurants at the resort offer fusions of French and Caribbean cuisine for your choosing.

Want to explore the water right below your room? Sandals also offers scuba diving programs, so you can dive out into the ocean and explore Jamaica’s beautiful reefs, sea walls and historic shipwrecks. When you tire of underwater sports, consider the many other water sports like kayaking, waterskiing, sailing and paddleboarding.

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Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort

Gros-Islet, St. Lucia

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Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort in Gros-Islet is a sister resort to Sandals in Montego Bay with 12 Tahitian-style bungalows perched above clear turquoise waters. This luxurious overwater gem offers swim-up rooms and breathtaking ocean views. The suites feature stunning glass floor panels, extended sun decks, overwater hammocks and private butler service. Sleep in the finest beds and keep your doors open to watch and listen to the ocean right at your door!

The resort itself boasts 12 world-class restaurants and six bars, among them the award-winning Italian favorite Toscanini’s. After a delicious meal, make sure to stop by Josephine’s for amazing crêpes and desserts.

The resort also lends equipment and professional instruction for scuba diving, windsurfing and paddle boating and if you decide to go onshore, two large golf clubs at your bidding. Join a game of beach volleyball or table tennis with other beachgoers, or trek to nearby Pigeon Nature Island Park. From volcanic beaches and dramatically rising mountains to stunning waterfalls set deep within lush jungles, St. Lucia is an explorer’s dream. You’ll need at least a day to take in the island’s beauty, but luckily, the resort offers Island Routes, a local adventure tour that takes you to magical places whenever you are ready.

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Rosewood Mayakoba

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Consider this charming overwater hotel located right on the Yucatán Peninsula for your next trip to Mexico. Inspired by Mayan architecture, the Rosewood Mayakoba is built on three islands cornering the Caribbean shoreline in the lush jungles of Playa del Carmen, with bridges connecting you to the nearby beach and other suites. Check-in by boat through the lagoon, while you’re taken to your own private villa overlooking the sea. This resort is also kid-friendly, offering a specially-designed kids’ swimming pool and many other activities for little ones. Meanwhile, you can relax in the resort spa’s plunge pool and steam rooms or play golf at the nearby Greg Norman golf course. Afterward, visit the Church of Guadalupe for historical sight-seeing.

Be sure to book a dinner reservation at La Ceiba for Mexican cuisine, sushi and locally made tequila and wine!

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Sandals South Coast Resort

Whitehouse, Jamaica

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Lying within a nature preserve along Jamaica’s south coast beach, this adults-only resort offers over-the-water bungalows, an over-the-water bar and even an Over-the-Water Chapel! Sandals South Coast Resort has European and tropical styles that combine into a perfect fusion of hip and elegant. Plus, some of the resort’s three pools, including the largest in Jamaica, appear like an extension of the beautiful Caribbean waters.

Dine at the new Sushi on the Sand restaurant and enjoy amazing fire pits that add a cozy glow to the surreal surroundings. If you don’t feel like sushi, there are numerous other options, with everything from Pan-Caribbean to Mediterranean cuisines. Your stay at the resort includes a scuba diving program and romantic trips on the resort’s glass-bottom boats. For a great night out, check out the resort’s numerous parties and events at its on-site amphitheater and piano bar, as well as its carnivals and live bands. On-shore there’s no shortage of activities either—enjoy shuffleboard, lawn chess, beach volleyball and bocce ball. Or, simply relax at the Red Lane Spa and take in the sounds of peaceful ocean waves around you.

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El Dorado Maroma

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Today’s #SuiteSaturday, we bring you the Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma in Riviera Maya. With a 3 hour non-stop flight from Dallas, you can stay in one of these bungalows on Maroma Beach, voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world by Travel Channel. #KarismaResorts #ElDoradoMaroma #caribbean #travel #bungalow #Mexico #beach @eldoradoresorts

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Head to this gourmet, inclusive luxury spa resort built on the shallow aquamarine waters of the Mexican Riviera Maya. The resort’s hut design combines Tahitian flair with the laid-back Caribbean lifestyle, while bridges connect you to other suites and the shore. The Palafitos-Elite Overwater Bungalows feature glass bottom floors, private decks, private infinity pools and romantic outdoor showers.

Dining-wise, consider Papitos Gourmet Beach Club for lunch, which offers stunning beach views, an open kitchen, a taco bar and a fish market. For dinner, stop by the resort’s Kiyoko Restaurant and try their unforgettable sashimi and teppanyaki. You can even take cooking lessons or do a mezcal tasting. Afterward, unwind at the resort’s Náay Spa. It approaches relaxation using ancient Mayan elemental principles, so you leave feeling refreshed and ready for more.

When you decide to go onshore, El Dorado Maroma offers a camel safari (yes we said camel) where you can take in the beauty of old Mayan buildings lining the ocean. Or, go the more traditional route with jet-skiing or parasailing with majestic views of the Riviera from above.

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