If you like the thought of one of the long, lazy luxury vacation packages at some of the world's most pristine tropical playgrounds, wouldn't it be even better if you could continue being surrounded by the crystal clear water even while you are relaxing in your hotel room? In an overwater bungalow you can do just that.
Imagine complementing your holiday with the sensational experience of staying in an overwater bungalow, where you can look through the glass bottom floor to watch the colourful reef fish and sting rays playing below you. Many of the overwater bungalow resorts also offer delicious canoe breakfasts were your fresh gourmet breakfast will be delivered direct to your villa by a friendly local in a canoe.
Here are our pick of the top five overwater bungalow destinations:
One of the most exotic and romantic parts of the dazzling South Pacific would surely have to be Tahiti. Over-water bungalows originated in Tahiti and the surrounding islands back in the 1960s so it's no surprise that the majority of luxury Tahiti resorts have overwater bungalows available.
The Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and Spa is truly decadent, complete with a satellite and plasma TV, air-conditioning and a private security safe. Of course, it also has exquisite views! If you like to pamper yourself with champagne and bubble baths, you will love the divine bathrooms in the over-water bungalows at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa. Of course, this comes complete with glass floors and even clear coffee tables so they don't obstruct your view.
The ever-glorious Maldives are perfect at any time of the year and the best way to make the most of your luxury Maldives holiday is by staying at one of the many overwater bungalows - or water villas - on offer here. At the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort you can not only enjoy your over-water villa, you can also dine in the unique underwater restaurant, Ithaa.
Cocoa Island Resort is 30 minutes from the airport by speedboat and well worth the trip. Owned by the COMO Hotels and Resorts group, it has the same elegance that is typical of these resorts. Nearby Kandooma Channel has been referred to as one of the Maldives' best dive sites, with excellent snorkelling spots nearby too.
Other resorts where you can treat yourself to a stay in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives include the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa Resort, Baros Resort, and One and Only Kanuhara.
Mauritius is another tropical paradise located off the African coast, in the southwest of the Indian Ocean. This island has a more cosmopolitan atmosphere and is somewhere you can blend relaxing days on the beach with vibrant water activities, great shopping, fine dining and exciting nightlife. The only Mauritius resort offering overwater bungalows is Le Prince Maurice, where you can also enjoy glass-bottomed boat tours, water sports and use of the resorts' two golf courses, located nearby on the mainland. Sheltered from winds, this private sanctuary provides many secluded retreats as well as a natural fish reserve.
If you want to enjoy a luxury Caribbean holiday there is only one resort that offers over-water bungalows and that is the 9 Beaches Resort at Bermuda. Choose from one of 84 stylish cabanas, all located over 18 acres of exquisite private waterfront. You can spend your days participating in all manor of water sports and activities, or simply put your feet up and sip ice-cold cocktails and daiquiris while lazing on the soft, sandy beach. or from the veranda of your private over-water cabana.
Another piece of paradise in the South Pacific is Vanuatu, a small chain of idyllic tropical islands. Le Lagon Resort Vanuatu is nestled amongst 75 acres of tranquil gardens, alongside the stunning Erakor Lagoon. With the most amazing views all around you, this resort is only eight kilometres away from the International Airport. For shop-a-holics, Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila, is the best place for shopping and is only three kilometres from Le Lagon Resort Vanuatu. This spectacular South Pacific luxury resort boasts three restaurants and bars, each serving a feast of delectable cuisine.
If you plan on treating yourself to a luxury Vanuatu holiday, make sure you visit Vanuatu's unique underwater post office - the only one in the world!