Continuing our series of the best beaches and luxury hotels around the world, I have picked the top 5 best romantic, honeymoon style overwater villas in the Caribbean.
You may not have realised, but there are overwater villas or bungalows all over the world. I have already written about the best overwater bungalows in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Now we look at the overwater villas that you can stay in, which are only a short flight from the US mainland, in the Caribbean.
Sandals Montego Bay Overwater Villas, Jamaica
In December, Sandals unveiled its first five all-inclusive over-the-water villas in in Montego Bay, in the Caribbean. These are their first honeymoon style overwater bungalows (pictured above) and each comes with a private pool, Jacuzzi, glass floors, and a personal butler. The glass panels in the villas’ floors illuminate at night and show sea life swimming underneath (see picture!). The deck boasts not only the small infinity pool but two outdoor showers, an oversized over-the-water hammock, chic white sun loungers and a shaded circular swing chair. The villas also have 24/7 room service and two dedicated butlers.
The resort’s private island, the setting for the fantastic new suites, is located moments from the shore of the main resort, and features an authentic Thai restaurant and a casual beachfront grill, a pool with a whirlpool and swim-up pool bar, along with a secluded private beach.
The resort itself is situated only a few minutes away from the airport in Montego Bay with a free shuttle to and from, making the resort easy to get to.
And the cost of a night in one of these overwater villas? Well you can book 3 nights for US$8814.10/£7115 including standard Sandals online discounts. If you book for a week or more you may get a lower price, but for shorter stays it appears that the rate will be around US$3,000/£2,421 per night.
Sandals Montego Bay Overwater Villas, Jamaica also features in my top 5 best luxury hotels in the Caribbean.
Sandals South Coast Resort, Jamaica
Sandals South Coast Resort also on Jamaica in the Caribbean is in the planning stages of building 12 overwater bungalows. Sandals South Coast will be Sandals’ next destination for the recently introduced ‘over-the-water’ villas like those at Sandals Royal Caribbean adding 12 over-the-water bungalows to the destination. Sandals South Coast will also be introducing Sandals’ first dedicated over-the-water bar, named Latitudes, where you and your honey can enjoy a cocktail in your hammock suspended above the Caribbean Sea. And if you don’t feel like getting out of the water to get that drink, the Bar-Tender, a floating, ocean-based swim up bar, will make its way by while you’re right in the ocean. You will also be able to tie the knot overwater with a new over-the-water wedding chapel, with breathtaking 360-degree, panoramic water views and a glass floor aisle. This resort also offers 2 miles of white sand beach along with a wide selection of water sports, including snorkelling and scuba diving.
Expect to pay around US$3,000 per night for a stay in these overwater villas.
Rosewood Mayakoba Overwater Suites, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Located near Playa del Carmen, 40 miles south of Cancun, the Rosewood Mayakoba Resort has 18 Deluxe Overwater Suites which sit above a mangrove lagoon. Each suite is large and comes with a heated plunge pool. These were the first honeymoon style overwater bungalows in the Caribbean. At less than an hour away from the Cancun Airport, these overwater villas are easy to get to.
Low season online specials from US$938/£757 per night High season online specials from US$1,708/£1,379 per night.
Azul Paradise Resort Overwater Retreats, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
This Eco-friendly resort is located on the Caribbean side of Panama, which means that you can climb down the ladder from the deck and into the Caribbean. Rooms here include a private wooden deck, air conditioning, a private bathroom, a glass floor cutout, wooden floors throughout and snorkel gear. The Azul Paradise Resort is a more rustic and earthy experience than the luxury options above. This means you can stay without breaking the bank. Rates are offered on either an all inclusive stay or one that include 3 meals a day.
Prices here are comparatively cheap at Isla around US$385/£311 per night.
El Dorado Maroma – Riviera Maya, Mexico Overwater Bungalows
Located on the Atlantic coast of Mexico in the Riviera Maya region, the El Dorado Maroma resort offers 30 overwater bungalows as well as 128 land rooms. Each overwater room offers guests a private deck, stairs that lead directly into the ocean below, a large bedroom with a glass floor cut out and a jacuzzi.
Overwater rooms are also adult only and guests will also find a number of restaurants, bars and activities at the resort. The spa offers a range of treatments and massages with a focus on traditional Mayan herbal practices.
Prices start at US$1,330/£1075 per night.
If you prefer to stick with the Maldives, discover my best romantic honeymoon hotels in the Maldives with private pools. my 5 of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives, along with my top 5 best places to travel and my best wilderness lodges in the world.