9 Top Affordable Overwater Bungalows Around the World

Think an overwater bungalow is out of reach for bargain hunters? Think again.

By Holly Johnson, ContributorMay 24, 2017
By Holly Johnson, ContributorMay 24, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.
U.S. News & World Report

9 Top Affordable Overwater Bungalows Around the World

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Intercontinental Moorea Resort & Spa
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Map out your escape to paradise without paying a high price tag.

It's hard to imagine any trip more romantic or exciting than vacationing in your own overwater bungalow. With your own private abode, crystal-clear waters and glorious sunsets outside your stilted accommodations and customized services and experiences, you're bound to have the trip of a lifetime. But while overwater bungalows offer a one-of-a-kind dreamy hideaway, they are notoriously expensive. Not only does the utter seclusion cost a pretty penny, overwater bungalows are also offered by some of the most exclusive and luxurious resorts in the world. So, if you’re considering an overwater getaway and you're on a strict budget, don't despair. Instead, retreat to these beautiful and budget-friendly bungalows across the globe.
Coconuts Beach Club Samoa
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Coconuts Beach Club Resort and Spa

Siumu, Samoa

Coconuts Beach Club offers picturesque overwater bungalows in culturally rich Samoa, along with beachfront suites and villas. The overwater bungalows boast astounding views of the beach, lagoon and ocean, along with postcard-worthy sunsets. Couples can lounge on plush furniture as they take in their tropical surroundings and fresh ocean air. Each bungalow features a king-size bed, soaring ceilings and expansive decks perfect for lounging. Nightly rates start at $689.
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Map out your escape to paradise without paying a high price tag.

It's hard to imagine any trip more romantic or exciting than vacationing in your own overwater bungalow. With your own private abode, crystal-clear waters and glorious sunsets outside your stilted accommodations and customized services and experiences, you're bound to have the trip of a lifetime. But while overwater bungalows offer a one-of-a-kind dreamy hideaway, they are notoriously expensive. Not only does the utter seclusion cost a pretty penny, overwater bungalows are also offered by some of the most exclusive and luxurious resorts in the world. So, if you’re considering an overwater getaway and you're on a strict budget, don't despair. Instead, retreat to these beautiful and budget-friendly bungalows across the globe.

Coconuts Beach Club Resort and Spa

Siumu, Samoa

Coconuts Beach Club offers picturesque overwater bungalows in culturally rich Samoa, along with beachfront suites and villas. The overwater bungalows boast astounding views of the beach, lagoon and ocean, along with postcard-worthy sunsets. Couples can lounge on plush furniture as they take in their tropical surroundings and fresh ocean air. Each bungalow features a king-size bed, soaring ceilings and expansive decks perfect for lounging. Nightly rates start at $689.

Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu

Port Vila, Vanuatu

The Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu, a member of the IHG portfolio, offers an overwater experience well-suited for budget-conscious travelers. While the property offers rooms of varying sizes, the hotel is best known for its gorgeous overwater villas that provide a truly unique and enchanting atmosphere. The villas themselves are located on the resort's private island, and they each overlook the lagoon's tropical waters. Guests will find a king-size bed, television, complimentary Wi-Fi and many other creature comforts. Nightly rates start at $325.

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora sits in a vast tropical grove renowned for its coconut palms, surrounding turquoise waters and breathtaking views. Not only does the property offer multibedroom estates, but it also boasts 100 different one- and two-bedroom overwater bungalow suites. Each bungalow sprawls across 1,100 square feet and includes a living area, a king-size bed, a large soaking tub, a television and glass flooring that offers a glimpse of the sea creatures below. Plus, you can bask in luxury on a budget. Nightly rates start at $1,100, but thanks to a promotion you can enjoy a complimentary fourth night, along with free breakfast, with three paid consecutive nights.

Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel

Guatemala

Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel offers lakeside overwater bungalows surrounded by beautiful natural surroundings and Mayan ruins. This eco-friendly luxury hotel offers 19 spacious bungalow suites. Each suite is appointed with its own private deck and Jacuzzi, along with upscale amenities. Even better, thanks to its pristine location, during the day, you can tour the surrounding areas teeming with ocelots, jaguars and monkeys, among other fascinating wildlife. At night, you can retreat to your bungalow for complete privacy and seclusion. Nightly rates start at $340.

Reethi Beach Resort

Baa Atoll, Fonimagoodhoo Island, Maldives

Reethi Beach Resort offers one of the most cost-effective overwater bungalow options in the Maldives. While the bungalows sit just above the crystal-clear waters, they are actually split into two residences in a single building. Just a 35-minute plane ride from Male', Reethi Beach Resort offers privacy, watersports and diving forays. Each bungalow is appointed with a king-size bed, a sitting area, a separate tub and shower, air conditioning and entertainment options. Overwater bungalows with upscale amenities start at $250 per night.

Royal Huahine

Huahine, French Polynesia

The Royal Huahine offers one of the most beautiful settings in all of French Polynesia. The property boasts 18 garden bungalows, 11 beach bungalows and 11 overwater bungalows with prime locations facing west for spectacular sunsets. Each overwater bungalow is outfitted with a large king-size bed, a television, air conditioning and sweeping vistas of the beauty outdoors. Nightly rates for overwater lodging start at $300 for two.

CoCo View Resort

Roatan, Honduras

Roatan's CoCo View Resort offers 16 rooms that sit over the water that are shared across five different buildings. The overwater bungalows themselves are actually duplexes, offering plenty of privacy and beautiful views of the ocean below. CoCo View Resort especially appeals to divers, with packages including a variety of diving privileges that are only slightly more expensive than the room itself. Nightly rates for overwater bungalows start at around $400 and also include three meals daily, a welcome cocktail and airport transfers.

InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa

Moorea, French Polynesia

This InterContinental outpost boasts a stunning location and authentic and immersive experiences in French Polynesia. Each overwater bungalow offers plenty of privacy, with most accommodations perched just off a small island in the adjacent lagoon. Plus, each bungalow includes a king-size bed, an oceanfront porch, a sitting area and a luxurious bathroom. Nightly rates start at $499.

Pangkor Laut Resort

Perak, Malaysia

The Pangkor Laut Resort sits on its own private island and boasts around 140 rooms, including 12 overwater villas and bungalows. Each seaside villa sits on stilts above the strikingly clear waters below. Enjoy an expansive deck with loungers, a cozy king-size bed, an oversized soaking tub and stellar sea views. While reaching Pangkor Laur Resort's isolated location will come attached with a steep price tag, once you arrive, you can enjoy bucket-list accommodations for a reasonable amount. Nightly rates start at $375.
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