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  • Writer's pictureJessie Ladipo

Romantic Caribbean Resorts with Overwater Bungalows

Updated: Feb 17, 2021

When you close your eyes and imagine your next romantic vacation, do you picture clear blue water surrounded by gorgeous terrain and very few people? Do you imagine relaxing with your sweetheart on the veranda of a private villa, perched over the water, with dolphins swimming around your porch? Not surprisingly, overwater bungalows have become one of the most popular types of romantic luxury hotels! However, while so many people want to experience a private luxury trip, they don’t want to trek halfway across the globe to do it. Well, fear no more, romantic overwater bungalows can be found closer to home than you think!

Thatch Caye in Belize

Located on a private island just across from mainland Belize is Thatch Caye. Are you looking for complete privacy? This resort might be the place for you! The resort only has 12 rooms total, so at most, you will be sharing your vacation with 22 people. Each of the overwater bungalows affords you a stunning 180-degree view of distant islands and clear blue water. They are indeed a lover’s paradise. The Bungalows have air conditioning, although we think you’d probably prefer opening the windows and enjoying the fresh air provided by the ocean!

Sandals South Coast

Sandals South Coast is the perfectly blends charming European village and an all-inclusive beachfront resort. This resort is perfect for water lovers! It brings guests closer to the water than ever with its overwater bar, chapel, and stunning overwater bungalows. You will feel that you are in the middle of the Maldives. It lay on a lovely 2-mile stretch of Jamaica's most pristine white-sand beach and nestled within a 500-acre nature preserve. At night, fantastic bonfires and fire pits add to this unique resort's glow in the heart of paradise. Also features in Sexiest Honeymoon Resorts in Jamaica.

Amanyara in Turks and Caicos

This resort is for serious luxury lovers only! Butlers await to do your every bidding. You’ll enjoy fantastic food and gorgeous villas perched over ponds, steps away from amazing Turks & Caicos beaches. Amanyara sits on a peninsula on the western shore of Providenciales. Backed by a vast wilderness of protected parkland, the resort looks out over the pristine reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park.

El Dorado Maroma in Riviera Maya, Mexico

This amazing place is just a simple 3­ hour direct flight from nearby Cincinnati, Ohio! If you want an all-­inclusive luxury experience and overwater bungalows surrounded by jaw­dropping turquoise waters, this is the place for you. The sumptuous overwater bungalow suites are situated just off the silky white sands of the Maroma Beach, offering an idyllic blend of luxury, awe ­inspiring ocean views, and a laid­back vibe. Imagine spending your honeymoon enjoying the delights of fabulous accommodations, partaking of delicious bites, and surrounded by the picturesque sceneries of Riviera Maya!

Sandals Royal Caribbean in Jamaica

Sandals have teased us for years with “overwater bungalows are coming to the Caribbean,” and they have finally arrived! You need to get on the waitlist now because they are popular. Hovering above turquoise seas, these gorgeous Tahiti–style bungalows feature see­through glass floors, a Tranquility Soaking Tub, an over­the­water hammock for two, a private infinity pool and personalized butler service.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort in Florida

Always leading the charge, the House of Mouse has brought overwater bungalows to the good old USA. You can combine your love of theme parks with your desire for romance and privacy. That’s called win­/win. Given that Disney never does anything halfway, you’re sure to find your piece of paradise on earth. You can be both apart from and close to the Disney theme parks at the Polynesian Resort.

Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Emerald jungle and perfect beaches surround Rosewood Mayakoba. It is a Riviera Maya resort that defines a world of rare luxury and refined beauty. The spacious overwater villas are the height of sophistication and luxury. They are on a secluded part of the Mayakoba compound. In your hideaway, you will find tons of amenities, including an inviting lounge terrace with a relaxing plunge pool, luxurious bathroom complete with outdoor garden shower, private walk­in closet, and spectacular views of the lagoon and mangroves.

Blue Diamond in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Another resort is just a few hours away by plane! Blue Diamond is a special place and one of my favorite resorts ever. Their Overwater Palafitos are incredible. They are two stories; you will spend hours at your rooftop lounge watching the world pass by. Also featured in our Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the World.

Azul Paradise Resort in Panama

Azul is an eco­friendly resort that runs solely off water­catchement systems and solar power. Thatch roofs sweep the oceanfront, and the suites harmonize with nature. So, it is perfect for anyone who wants to experience a tropical escape along a pristine white sand beach, where culture coexists with exotic adventures. If you want the romance of overwater bungalows and the luxury of privacy (only ten cottages in the whole resort), then Azul Paradise is for you. Each villa includes a private wooden deck, air conditioning, a private bathroom, a glass floor cutout, wood floors throughout, and snorkel gear to enjoy at your leisure.

Aruba Ocean Villas in Aruba

Do you desire a slower pace from the hustle and bustle of Aruba's capital, Oranjestad? Discover the tranquil seaside village of Savaneta on the southeast. Quaint Savaneta is home to Aruba’s only overwater bungalows! Aruba Ocean Villas are a secret resort a mere 9 miles from the Oranjestad.

Sandals Grande St Lucian in St Lucia

The villas at Sandals feature innovative designs that combine modern luxury to exotic palapa-style architecture. These spectacular Over-the-Water Bungalows deliver an incredibly romantic experience perched over St Lucia's stunning turquoise waters. The villas at this Sandals are some of the finest you will find in the Caribbean.

Royalton Antigua in Antigua

Experience upscale adults-only luxury in the privacy of the first overwater bungalows on the fantastic island of Antigua. Positioned on the scenic shores of Deep Bay, each villa offers an exclusive and romantic ambiance as well as flawless views of the Caribbean Sea. It is the ideal locale to spend tranquil evenings watching the sunset. The Caribbean has finally jumped on board the overwater bungalow craze, and I am all for it! The bungalows in the Caribbean range from eco-friendly hidden gems (like Azul Paradise and Thatch Caye) to outstanding luxury villas that rival the Maldives (like Sandals Grande St Lucian and El Dorado). You can fulfill your dream of an overwater honeymoon without the 24 hours of flying time. If you could pick any of these, which would you choose?

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