Quite often the words ‘overwater bungalows’ and ‘Maldives’ go hand in hand. Surely, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of villas or bungalows over the water is the luxurious and intimate wooden houses which are usually located in private islands in the Maldives, French Polynesia or other similar exotic places. But what if we told you that our team has discovered 6 hotels with over-water villas or bungalows in countries where you wouldn’t expect to find any?
From the Middle East to Europe, North America and even Africa, the hotels we gathered are spread all over the globe. Not only can they be found in unexpected places, but also most of them are not your typical overwater bungalows located right on top of the sea, as most of them are set in lakes, lagoons or even pools! Without any further ado, let’s explore these unconventional over water villa hotels together!
Located on the verdant Chale Island, just 3 hours from Nairobi, The Sands at Chale Island is the only island resort in Kenya. The general philosophy of the resort is to create a comfortable and elegant space which is not too luxurious but which blends seamlessly with the nature around, offering a truly unique and relaxing accommodation experience. That’s why it offers various types of accommodation for guests to choose, one of which is the overwater suites, the very first of their kind in the entire country! Set on stilts above the water, each overwater suite features a spacious ensuite bedroom, a sitting room, a wooden veranda and steps that lead right in the water for immediate access to the azure sea. And let’s not forget the wonderful views over Bird Island, Gazi Bay, the Shimba Hills and the horizon that you can enjoy with your favourite cocktail or morning coffee.
Hotel Palafitte in Lake Neuchatel, Switzerland, features 24 lake pavilions which are situated right above the lake. Each pavilion is luxurious and elegantly appointed, decorated in warm tones and wood details that create a truly cosy atmosphere. Apart from a bedroom, a sitting area and a bathroom, you can also enjoy your private terrace which offers stunning views over the Alps and the most amazing sunsets. If you feel like you need some extra pampering, then spa treatments are available at the comfort of your room, and if you fancy a dip in the lake, then the small ladder at the terrace can take you directly to the water!
Granada Luxury Belek - Kids Concept in Belek, Turkey, is as luxurious as it gets, with a main building that resembles a palace, as well as a prime family destination with a wide variety of amenities and activities for guests of every age. Those of you who are looking for a more exotic accommodation experience can opt for the Maldivian Houses, which are overwater villas on stilts at a designated space in one of the hotel’s outdoor pools. The design of those houses is reminiscent of their Maldivian counterparts (hence the name) and they can only accommodate adult guests, making them perfect for a romantic getaway. They are elegantly appointed and feature their own terrace with steps that offer instant access to the pool.
With an idyllic location in Hurghada, Egypt, Panorama Bungalows Resort El Gouna, also known as the Little Venice of the Red Sea, is an experience in and of itself. Among its various accommodation options in rooms and bungalows, you’ll also be able to find over water bungalows which are placed right above the hotel’s private lake, offering wonderful views over the lagoon and the surrounding area. The bungalows feature a spacious bedroom, large windows and a terrace with sun beds where you can lounge with your significant other and spend unforgettable moments of relaxation in your private oasis.
Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Playa del Carmen in Mexico, the 5-star Rosewood Mayakoba is an ideal place for luxurious, relaxing and absolutely romantic vacation in the most serene and elegant surroundings. It offers deluxe overwater suites which float above the jade-coloured lagoon and are equipped with a private heated plunge pool, minimalist yet luxurious interiors in warm tones, a large terrace with spectacular views over the surrounding nature and even butler service, offering the most intimate and majestic environment for couples.
Last but not least in our list is Greece, a country which is revered for its sandy beaches and crystal waters. Did you know that apart from luxurious beach resorts you can also find a resort with overwater bungalows? Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa (Adults Only) in Hersonissos, Crete, features luxurious bungalows on stilts which hover over the resort's free-form outdoor pool, offering not only a truly unique type of accommodation, but also immediate access to the pool from the wooden terrace of each bungalow.
Whether you're interested in over water villas or bungalows in the Maldives or in a more unlooked-for country, make sure to check out our full list below:
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