Imagine drifting off to the gentle ocean breeze and waking up to sun’s first rays and the sound of lapping waves. There’s a name for this, and it’s called bliss—often found at an overwater bungalow. Nothing calls to mind honeymoon paradise like having panoramic views of an island paradise with access right outside your front door. A few steps down the ladder, and you go from breakfast in bed to diving in the water in a flash. Often found in remote locations, their seclusion only adds to the sense of romance and intimacy that only a private hotel room on the water can create. These five decadent choices will have you lounging your days away above the sea in no time.
Pangkor Laut Resort. , Malaysia
This romantic hideaway can be found on Malaysia’s west coast, and while it offers hillside jungle bungalows, the seaside villas really can’t be beat. Opt between a Stilted Sea Villa, connected via walkways, or Spa Villas, which stand alone for intimacy. Elegant and contemporary, these villas offer views of the jungle’s rich, untouched flora and fauna and the glassy green Malacca Straits. Trek into the vegetation for a hike to Chinese Taoist temple Fu Lin Kong Temple or experience the resort’s true gem—the spa, which offer a full body experience starting with a bathhouse ritual.
Taj Exotica Resort and Spa. , The Maldives
What doesn’t this resort have? Located on a tropical isle just 15 minutes from the airport in the capital Male, it comes with a personal butler, a spacious 1,000 square feet of room, and your choice of a water view—the translucent Indian Ocean or a gleaming lagoon. If you choose the ocean suite or deluxe lagoon villa, your room will also have a private pool. Soak up the rays and snorkel around the crystal-clear waters by day and dine under the stars at the shore by night. If there’s one thing that can be said about this dreamland, it’s that it’s heavy in romance and seclusion.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort. , Fiji
Located on Malolo Island, this is the only resort in Fiji with overwater bure villas. Likuliku means “calm waters,” and that’s exactly what you’ll find in the lagoon at your doorstep. Arrive to this romantic adults-only escape via speedboat or chopper—your choice. Once there, take advantage of the bountiful marine park by snorkeling and diving to explore the coral reefs. If you and your new beaux are active types, take a hike to watch the sunrise from the island’s peak. And as for the sunset—well, that can be enjoyed while sipping a cocktail at the beachfront bar.
Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa. , Bora Bora
The spacious, hut-style bungalows here only add to the postcard-perfect views of the surrounding azure waters and stunning Mount Otemanu. Accessible only by boat, this island is framed by both ocean and lagoon. Explore these waters by diving off your double-level sundeck, going aquabiking or parasailing, or indulging in a glass bottom boat tour. You can even trade in the sea for the land with a bit of mountain trekking and ATV riding. And when you’re craving some downtime, head to the resort’s namesake spa for a couple’s massage.
Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort. , Montego Bay, Jamaica
You don’t need to go to the South Pacific for the overwater bungalow experience. Opening just last year, Sandals Royal Caribbean at Montego Bay brought a bit of Tahiti to the Caribbean as the region’s first honeymoon style overwater villas. These 17 gems overlook turquoise waters and feature floating water hammocks, private infinity pools, and glass floors—for when you can’t tear yourself way from bed for the views. All in all, it’s the perfect escape that doesn’t stray too far from the mainland.