Overwater Bungalow Honeymoons
When you’re dreaming of an idyllic honeymoon resort, your romantic retreat from the rest of the world, does an overwater bungalow 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.
Set on stilts above the ocean and linked by raised walkways to the mainland, overwater bungalows 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 bungalows, 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.
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.
Where to go for an overwater bungalow honeymoon
Overwater bungalow honeymoon FAQ
As their very name implies, overwater bungalows are one-storey buildings perched over the water, usually on stilts. They're usually connected to a main boardwalk which links the bungalows to the mainland or island resort they're part of. They might also be called water villas, a term which has been adopted for larger overwater accommodation suitable for families or rooms with more than one storey.
Yes they are. The phrase honeymoon hut is more of a nickname for the overwater bungalow, as over the years they've become most associated with honeymooners.
There are so many! Bora Bora in The Islands of Tahiti is most commonly associated with honeymoons and somewhere like Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora occupies one of its most magnificent settings. Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa twins beautiful scenery with the delicate scent of vanilla, while the wonderfully named Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a gorgeously romantic option in Fiji. In the Maldives, we highly recommend resorts like Velassaru, Gili Lankfushi and Six Senses Laamu, or if you'd prefer to honeymoon in Asia, Song Saa in Cambodia and Pangkor Laut in Malaysia are both stunning.
You're referring to Soneva Jani! The slides take you directly into the beautiful turquoise lagoon beneath your overwater bungalow and they definitely add a sense of fun to your stunning location.
It depends on where you're planning to go on your honeymoon. However, in most cases the answer is yes. The Islands of Tahiti is the exception to the rule, with no all-inclusive resorts across any of its islands. Unless you're planning to eat and drink a lot, we'd advise considering going on a half board basis if you want to honeymoon here, especially if you have a tighter budget.
We definitely think so! Granted, they are at a more premium price point compared to the beachfront options you can also get at most resorts, but we believe the extra cost is absolutely worth it. They're completely different to anywhere else you would have stayed before – where else will you have a transparent floor you can look through and watch the tropical marine life beneath? Your honeymoon is meant to be the most special holiday of your life and a stay in an overwater bungalow is one of the most unforgettable experiences you'll ever have. If you have a strict budget but still want to try and squeeze in a stay in an overwater bungalow, consider splitting your time between the beach and overwater, as this will bring the cost of your honeymoon down.
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