A couple recently asked, “What are our vacation options for an Overwater Bungalow in the Caribbean?”
The interesting thing about this question is that there are dozens of options right at every price point. On the luxury end you have Sandals All-inclusive Resorts which have the finest amenities and you will be pampered by a personal Butler. ($$$$)
On the other end of the spectrum…if amenities like toilet paper and mosquito netting aren’t important to you…there is a tiny atoll off the coast of Belize where you can re-create the Tom Hanks “Castaway” experience in an Overwater Bungalow for only $43 per night. There are perks: it’s a World Heritage site, you can practice spear fishing for free, and It includes all the coconuts you can eat and drink!
If YOUR #bucketlist include vacationing in an overwater bungalow I guarantee we can find an option will give you the experience you want at a price that makes since for you.
In the meantime here are just a few options for you to consider:
If you want a 1st class luxury experience I recommend Sandals Royal Caribbean All Inclusive in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Each of their 17 overwater bungalows come with a private pool, jacuzzi, glass floors and a personal butler. Plus they are close to the airport. Starting price: $2,267 per night for two guests including tax.
A far more affordable option is the El Dorado Maroma Resort (Riviera Maya, Mexico). They have 30 overwater bungalows each with private deck, stairs that lead directly into the ocean below, a large bedroom with a glass floor cutout, and a jacuzzi for two. These run $1,330 per night.
The Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen (40 miles South of Cancun Airport) has 18 overwater Suites perched above its mangrove lagoon. Each of these suites is nearly 1,000 square feet, and comes with a heated plunge pool and a wide array of modern luxury amenities. These range from $842 to $1,337 per night.
MORE AFFORDABLE OPTIONS:
Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge – Panama Quite an unusual resort, the Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge consists solely of 9 overwater bungalows stretched off a lonely section of an island off Panama. It offers very good value to those who want to stay in an overwater bungalow without having to go to Bora Bora and pay twice as much, but on the other hand this is more of a simple facility that might disappoint those seeking luxury. Prices rants from $315 to $379 per night. Note – getting there requires two flights.
Yandup Island Lodge – Panama. This is a small resort with six over the water lagoons. Each room features double or single beds, a private bathroom, 24 hour electricity (powered by solar panels), a mosquito net and a 360 degree view from a private balcony with hammocks to enjoy that view from. The resort also features an over the water dining room serving local seafood, fish and more. If you’re the adventurous type, which is who this resort crates to, you’ll find plenty to do with fishing, snorkeling, canoeing and rainforest hiking. You’ll also have the chance to meet the locals and learn more about their sustainable practices and their pride for living off the land. These are approximately $277 per night
Urraca Private Island Eco Lodge – Panama As the name implies, the Urraca Private Island Eco Lodge is an eco resort that focuses on monkey encounters and snorkeling adventures. In addition to the lodge’s resident rescue monkeys that you can freely interact with, guests here will find 6 overwater bungalows that offer Wi-Fi, a fan, a private deck that faces out toward the water, and stairs that lead directly into it. You’ll also find a restaurant, a bar, and a few outdoor activities to partake in, including snorkeling, kayaking, and volleyball. Rates start at $200 per night.
If you prefer a more “natural setting” and butlers aren’t your thing consider the Cosmic Crab Resort in Panama. Their six overwater rooms are small, but each bungalow comes with Wi-Fi and air conditioning. The resort also plays host to over six acres of gardens and greenery with a lush jungle backdrop. In addition, guests will find themselves privy to 600 feet of waterfront. $79 per night
And lastly….if you love roughing it like Tom Hanks in Castaway…
Glover’s Atoll Island, Belize. Although it calls itself a resort, most guests describe Glover’s Atoll as a private-island campground that has 8 overwater cabins as well. It is a World Heritage site and offers great diving, fishing, and it’s very affordable. If you like to camp out you might like this option. NOTE: No electricity at all in the cabins and you have to share the outhouse. Prices start at $43 per night…or you can pitch a tent for $10 a night.
Airfare is extra; these rates are approximate as of 2019 and subject to change. Many thanks to www.OverwaterBungalows.net
for all their wonderful research.