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Overwater Bungalows and Villas

When you’re dreaming of an idyllic honeymoon resort, your romantic retreat from the rest of the world, do overwater bungalows perched above the turquoise ocean sound like your idea of paradise? If so, you’re not alone; staying in an overwater bungalow on your honeymoon is incredibly popular with loved-up couples and if you’re headed on a tropical holiday, they’re practically a honeymoon staple.

What is an overwater bungalow?

Set on stilts above the ocean and linked by raised walkways to the mainland, overwater villas offer privacy, great views and the fantastic experience of stepping straight down from your terrace into the water. Everything about them whispers ‘tropical paradise’ – after all, you’d never find them in the UK and if you did, you’d hardly want to stay in one. So, where do you find these idyllic rooms? A honeymoon in the Maldives or the South Pacific, which are the two hottest destinations for overwater villas, will also offer a mix of traditional beach rooms and suites as well. However, do not discount a honeymoon in Malaysia or a honeymoon in Cambodia as these destinations also offer this sought after overwater experience!

The downside of these stilted suites is that by-and-large they are more expensive than land-based rooms. This has nothing necessarily to do with size or amenities, just their position and the novelty of ‘living’ above the water. Beach lovers may also miss the feel of sand between their toes as they step out their front door or the chance to lounge in a hammock directly on their porch. And, for safety reasons, they’re also not advised for couples bringing a baby or small child on honeymoon with them.

Why choose an overwater bungalow?

For the ultimate honeymoon experience you will love an overwater villa. If your heart is set on a honeymoon on stilts, but your budget won’t permit two weeks of over water living, you could always split your stay. Book a beach room for the majority of your stay and an overwater bungalow for three or four special days at the end of your trip. This gives you the best of both worlds and hopefully spares a few pennies in the process.

Don’t forget to check out the details of our Honeymoon gift list service, which allows friends and family to contribute towards travel experiences as well as the more traditional gift list items, all in one place. A complimentary service for all Turquoise honeymoon couples and looked after by a full time team, it’s just one of the ways we can ensure your dream honeymoon, becomes a reality.



  • Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

    Taking full advantage of its magnificent setting on a private motu (islet) in Bora Bora’s turquoise lagoon, the views from Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora are simply breathtaking. 

  • Constance Moofushi

    All-inclusive laid-back luxury by seaplane! Nowhere does this better than Constance Moofushi in the South Ari Atoll in The Maldives! Rustic barefoot-chic simplicity is the order of the day here. All-inclusive has a ‘Cristal’ label ..and includes everything from your Beach or Water Villa to premium drinks, cocktails and an extensive wine list to the well-stocked mini-bar, daily changing menu with ocean views, guided snorkelling, a boat excursion and even an introduction to scuba diving in the pool.

  • Gili Lankanfushi

    Offering the ultimate in understated Maldivian luxury, this acclaimed hideaway has been wooing honeymooners and those with a yearning to discover their inner Robinson Crusoe for years. For sheer romance, Gili Lankanfushi is hard to beat. Picture a perfectly still lagoon dotted with villas, threaded together by weathered jetties in the North Malé Atoll... This is the original ‘no news, no shoes’ concept, where you can spend your days happy and barefoot, as nature intended!

  • Niyama Private Islands

    Niyama Private Islands definitely tops the cool list! It offers a cutting edge take on the traditional Maldivian experience and with trend-setting twin islands, Play and Chill, you can double your pleasure too!

  • Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

    Far, far away there is a tiny dot in the ocean, less than 35 miles from the equator. This magical speck is in the middle of the untouched Gaafu Alifu Atoll in the southern reaches of the Maldives. It takes a little more effort to reach a place this pristine but believe us when we say the journey by domestic plane and speedboat is worth it. The atoll is home to more than 150 islands but only 10 of them are inhabited, this is a truly extraordinary Maldivian hideaway that might just be the heaven on earth!

  • Six Senses Laamu

    In the virtually uncharted territory of the Laamu Atoll, this stunningly understated resort is hidden deep in the Indian Ocean towards the far southern reaches of the Maldivian archipelago. 

  • The Residence Maldives

    Located in the south on Falhumaafushi island, The Residence by Cenizaro’s fourth resort is definitely in keeping with the group’s world-renowned colonial sophistication. Part of Leading Hotels of the World, this resort is stylish and effortlessly elegant rather than trendy or quirky and if you are looking for a true Maldivian experience, we think this is one of the best.

  • Velassaru

    This beautiful island blends minimalist, contemporary chic with the natural beauty of its surroundings. Velassaru, part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, offers sophisticated and affordable luxury accommodation for your all inclusive honeymoon or holiday. 

  • Song Saa

    The islands of Cambodia lie in the glistening waters of the Gulf of Thailand and the divine resort of Song Saa Private Island makes up part of this magnificent seascape. Set on two small islands, which are connected by a footbridge, you are surrounded by reef teaming with life. This is a private and intimate experience for the lucky few who are privileged enough to stay here. Just an hour by plane from Siem Reap followed by a 35 minute speedboat journey, it is the perfect place to relax after a visit to the temples of Angkor.

  • Pangkor Laut Resort

    Over 2 million years in the making, this renowned resort sits within a landscape of ancient forests where the trees are as old as the land itself, where sweeping bays are deserted and quiet but for the cry of the macaque monkeys. It is home to Emerald Bay, an unspoilt crescent of sand hugged by the tangle of tropical jungle. This beach is regularly voted as one of the best in the world and it is easy to see why. Only a tiny fraction of the island’s 300 acres has been developed and the resort blends effortlessly into its jungle surrounds – Mother Nature herself could have been the architect! The resort is expansive, however, the clever design means it’s not difficult to find your own perfect piece of paradise.

  • Bora Bora & Cook Islands An Idyllic Duo

    Bora Bora and the Cook Islands make an idyllic duo for an island hopping honeymoon. You will experience utter luxury and relaxation in the South Seas when the beautiful Bora Bora meets laid back luxury and charm in the Cook Islands.

  • Treehouses and Overwater Bures

    A truly memorable Fiji experience staying in a Treehouse and an Overwater bungalow! Fly north to the remote island of Matangi Private Island Resort for your treehouse experience, then to the glorious Mamanucas for your Overwater sojourn at Likuliku Lagoon Resort. 

Hotel of the month: Six Senses Con Dao

This rustic yet luxurious tropical retreat is surrounded by nature and fronted by wide, gleaming-white sands on the unspoilt island of Con Dao, a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City – the perfect beach ending to a top-to-toe journey through Vietnam.

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Hotel of the month: Six Senses Con Dao

This rustic yet luxurious tropical retreat is surrounded by nature and fronted by wide, gleaming-white sands on the unspoilt island of Con Dao, a short flight from Ho Chi Minh City – the perfect beach ending to a top-to-toe journey through Vietnam.