Close to nature and perfect for romantic getaways, overwater bungalows are the ultimate holiday accommodation for those who dream about living the champagne life wrapped in a sarong. And while Tahiti and the Maldives are well established on the overwater bungalow treasure map, there are plenty more to be found in unexpected spots around the world.
In Malaysia, escape to the private island Pangkor Laut Resort. A boutique 5-star getaway, this destination is perfect for honeymooners and spa lovers. Located in the Straits of Malacca, the island is mostly untouched, lush with rainforest and ringed by white sandy beaches. The resort’s luxe Sea Villas are perched on stilts over the water, and decked out with all the lavish amenities that will make your stay unforgettable. Do book in advance for top-notch spa treatments.
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In Indonesia’s unheard-of Anambas Archipelago lies Bawah Reserve, a thoughtfully constructed sustainable luxury resort. Just a little more than an hour by private seaplane from Singapore, pampered guests are accommodated in 11 overwater bungalows and 21 beachfront suites overlooking one of the three lagoons and 13 beaches. With thoughtful design by renowned Singaporean architect, Sim Boon Yong, every component of Bawah Reserve is hand-made with environmentally-friendly materials.
Recognised as the world’s most beautiful lagoon, Aitutaki in the Cook Islands will exceed your expectations. Stunning shades of aquamarine in the calm, tranquil waters make this the place to swim with the fishies and other marine life. It’s also a great spot for watersports and glass bottom boat cruises. As the only resort facing directly onto the gorgeous lagoon, Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa has made the most of its prime location with eight overwater bungalows. Decorated with authentic South Pacific textiles and artworks, the bungalows represent boutique luxury in an unforgettable location.
Mexico is increasingly on the radar of Aussies, prized for its gorgeous beaches, tasty food and centuries-old art and history. Smart travellers are making the most of Mexico’s proximity to the US by combining visits to the two countries. For beachside glam, look no further than the Riviera Maya region. El Dorado Maroma, an adults-only luxury spa resort, is regularly named as one of the best resorts in the world, located on one of the top 10 beaches. Watch the sun rise and set from the private deck of your overwater bungalow, or be mesmerised by underwater life below see-through floors. To top it off, this resort is all-inclusive, which means no worries about reaching for that third glass of champagne.
South East Asia’s tropical climates, welcoming cultures and terrific cuisine need no introduction. Add in the appeal of overwater bungalows and who could resist this fabulous holiday region. In Cambodia, Song Saa Private Island has been designed with twin ideals of sustainability and luxury in mind. Built from local materials, the wooden Overwater Villas on a private beach indulge guests with direct access to the ocean from their decks. Private pools attached to each villa are an added drawcard. An international menu of mostly organic delicacies is available, but don’t miss the chance to feast on Khmer flavours like Kampot pepper and local fruits.
Closer to home, Australian overwater accommodation embraces the natural environment from the mountains to the sea. At Lake Crackenback, holiday apartments have prime position at the edge of an inland lake, affording superb mountain views. Guided alpine walks in Kosciuszko National Park, horseback riding and fly fishing can be enjoyed. Come nightfall, the only place you’ll want to be is in front of the open fire with a glass of Aussie red wine.
For those who prefer the island life, Couran Cove Island Resort on Queensland’s South Stradbroke offers overwater self-contained holiday apartments. Drop a line over the balcony to fish the lagoon or sit back and enjoy the water views. Gold Coast attractions are just a 35-minute ferry ride away.
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