When it comes to truly romantic and unique accommodation for honeymoons, it’s hard to go past a stay in an overwater bungalow. Here are the top 5 overwater bungalow stays that are sure to provide just the right balance between adventure and romance.
The Lagoon of Aitutaki, one of the main Cook Islands, is surrounded by white stretches of beach and it’s azure waters earn it a place as one of the most beautiful ocean destinations in the world. Aitutaki is considered one of the most romantic destinations in the world, its waters sheltered by stunning coral reef, full of tropical reef fish and other aquatic wildlife.
Aitutaki’s beaches are lined with post-card scenes of coconut trees under warm blue skies. Here you’ll find Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa, its overwater bungalows offering peace and pricacy with views to the pristine beaches and out into the crystalline waters of the lagoon. These Polynesian-style villas feel like your own luxury beach hut. From water sports to island tours there are plenty of activities for active honeymooners, and all plenty of luxury at the resort for the more relaxed traveller, from traditional cuisine brought to your door, to the pampering services of the spa.
Cocoa Island by COMO is an iconic resort situated on a private island. 33 secluded overwater villas are perched over the stunning blue waters of Makunufushi Island in South Malé. You’re chauferred to the island by speed boat, a short trip only 40 minutes from the airport.
The staff really put this resort in a league of its own. They will do everything to tailor your stay toward your needs and tastes throughout your whole trip. Customised cruises around the Maldives, private dinners on secluded beaches, personalised activities like yoga, snorkelling, fishing, diving, walks – whatever your heart desires they will try to make it a reality.
There’s also massage, yoga, hydrotherapy, meditation, a dive centre, an infinity pool, a library a bar, and fine-dining. Staff are at your beck and call 24/7 and some villas even have a personal butler service.
Elegant and exquisite, the St Regis Resort at Bora Bora covers 44 acres of carefully landscaped land, beach and lagoon. The resort’s overwater villas are the largest in the South Pacific, decorated in the finest detail with exotic wood, handmade fabrics and local art.
The towering beauty of Mount Otemanu can be seen behind the thatched rooves and sweeping stretches of coconut lined beaches, making for a truly breathtaking backdrop for romance.
On the edge of the Erakor Lagoon in Port Vila, Vanuatu, lies Le Lagon Resort, a 75 acre luxury paradise perfect for honeymooners with a taste for style. The large overwater suites offer guests plenty of space to stretch out, with huge bathrooms, spacious balconies and even a hot spa. The resort also boasts an elegant swim-up bar and a 12 hole golf course.
The traditional decor gives guests a sense of authenticity, the true island experience that needs not skimp on the finer elements.
The Elephant Hills Tented Jungle Camp offers an overwater bungalow stay with a twist, this is one for the nature lovers and adventurers who want a little adventure over relaxation and luxury.
Nestled within the rainforest of Khao Sok National Park, Elephant Hills is a luxury tented jungle camp – compared to other overwater resorts it may seem less indulgent, but these tented bungalows have their own sense of luxury that you’d never expect to find deep in the heart of the Thai rainforest.
All bungalows have hot water, electricity and flushing toilets, so there’s no “roughing it” here. A stay here will see you experience traditional meals and cooking demonstrations, dance performances, jungle treks, river and lake kayaking and the opportunity to feed, wash and learn about elephants.
So many to choose from, but all will ensure a truly romantic and unforgettable honeymoon . You’ll want to do it all over again.
Jasmine Poole who has travelled across 30 countries in the last 18 months. She is currently in Darwin, Australia.