Our Favorite Caribbean Overwater Bungalows

Woman at an overwater bungalow resort

Overwater Bungalows and their often-larger siblings, Overwater Villas, are some of the most sought-after luxury suites in the Caribbean. But they are also notoriously difficult to build. One resort owner reportedly had to painstakingly move every living plant and animal during construction in order to meet the country’s strict environmental codes. To everyone involved, it seems to be worth it. But, therein lies the problem; there aren’t very many. The most coveted units are often sold out more than a year in advance. But why are they so popular?

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Welcome to Paradise on the Water

There is really nothing quite like them. Overwater bungalows offer a unique and idyllic experience for travelers seeking a blend of luxury and natural beauty. Although the concept originated in destinations such as Bora Bora and the Maldives, overwater bungalows in the Caribbean are quickly becoming a favorite for U.S. travelers seeking the best of what the Caribbean has to offer. Overwater bungalows provide guests with unparalleled access to the Caribbean Sea; marine life viewing; and private, top-shelf accommodations.

It is an experience that one never forgets and shares memories of often.

The Caribbean’s natural beauty and tropical climate make it an ideal destination for over-water accommodations. Stunning coral reefs and abundant marine life provide guests with opportunities for snorkeling and diving right from their doorstep. Glass panels in the floor highlight varieties of fish as they pass by. You never forget that this is a special experience. Overall, the growing popularity of overwater bungalows in the Caribbean reflects the desire for unique, luxurious, memorable, and sustainable travel experiences in a beautiful tropical setting.

Benefits and Features of Overwater Bungalows

  • Privacy and Exclusivity: Some overwater bungalows can offer a more private and intimate vacation experience, perfect for honeymooners and couples, allowing guests to unwind in their own personal slice of paradise. Perched above crystal-clear waters, these overwater villas offer direct access to the ocean, creating a sense of seclusion and connection with nature that is hard to find elsewhere. The gentle lapping of the waves and the breathtaking views contribute to an atmosphere of romance and relaxation. Additionally, many overwater bungalows come equipped with luxurious amenities such as infinity pools, overwater hammocks, and even glass floor panels offering a glimpse of the marine life below.
  • Direct Access to the Caribbean Sea: Step directly from your bungalow into the turquiose waters of the Caribbean. Embrace the freedom of exploring the underwater wonders at your doorstep, creating unforgettable memories with each snorkel or swim.
  • Stunning Views and Natural Surroundings: Overwater Bungalows are built to offer unobstructed, panoramic views of the surrounding ocean, making them the perfect spot to see awe-inspiring sunsets and sunrises. From the comfort of your deck, or from your infinity plunge pool, you can watch the sky transform with vibrant hues of orange, pink, and purple.
  • First-class Amenities and Luxury Accommodations: From private pools on your own deck to personalized butler service, Overwater Bungalows offer a range of unique amenities that are likely to exceed your expectations. Continue reading for more about the special features and amenities…

Special Features and Amenities of Overwater Bungalows

  • Private Plunge Pools: In addition to the breathtaking views and serene atmosphere, some overwater bungalows also offer the added luxury of your own plunge or infinity pool right on your deck. Indulge in a refreshing dip anytime you please. Immerse yourself while taking in the picturesque vistas of the Caribbean, creating an unforgettable experience that epitomizes relaxation and opulence.
  • Glass Floor Panels: A unique and mesmerizing feature of some overwater bungalows are glass floor panels right inside your villa that allow you to witness the vibrant marine life and tranquil sea directly beneath your feet. This is a favorite, and often unexpected, feature for many travelers.
  • Butler Service: A dedicated butler offers a level of personalization and attention to detail that goes beyond the typical vacation. Butlers can offer ndividualized services, help with making dinner reservations or spa arrangements, and provide exclusive access to certain amenities or services at the resort, expert local knowledge, and 24-hour access to food and drinks. This service can transform a standard vacation into a luxurious, tailor-made experience, where your comfort and satisfaction are the top priorities.
  • Caribbean Waters: You won’t need to go to the resort’s beach or pool for a swim. Often the beautiful waters surrounding your overwater bungalow provide the perfect opportunity for swimming, snorkeling, or simply relaxing seaside on your private deck.
  • Private Island Access: At least one luxury resort has positioned their overwater suites adjacent to a private island. One special privilege includes exclusive early access to the island, including a clothing- optional beach and plenty of amenities for guests staying in the overwater suites.

Caribbean Destinations Offering Overwater Bungalows


There are more luxury overwater suites in Jamaica than any other Caribbean Island.

Jamaica, known for its stunning natural beauty and vibrant culture, is an enchanting destination that captivates travelers from around the world. With its breathtaking landscapes, white sandy beaches, and warm Caribbean waters, Jamaica offers a paradisaical setting for an unforgettable vacation.

In Jamaica, you will find yourself surrounded by lush tropical rainforests, majestic mountains, and cascading waterfalls, such as Dunn’s River Falls, creating spectacular sights and opportunities for exploration and adventure.

The pristine beaches of Negril, Montego Bay, and Ocho Rios are some of the highlights that draw travelers to Jamaica. The calm, crystal-clear waters offer ideal conditions for swimming, snorkeling, and engaging in various water sports.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Jamaica, known for its reggae music, spicy cuisine, and friendly locals. Experience the lively atmosphere of the local markets, indulge in authentic Jamaican cuisine, and dance to the beats that fill the air.

Two of our favorite resorts offering overwater bungalows and villas, Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals South Coast, are both on the island of Jamaica.

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will bring out the explorer in you. There are 32 islands and hundreds of islets that stretch from Saint Vincent to Grenada, and few are inhabited. This area is known for its marine life, which is unmatched by most Caribbean countries. In fact, it is known as the “Critter Capital of the Caribbean”. It is here that scuba divers, hikers, snorkelers, and boaters can all enjoy the exotic bounty of nature in full bloom. 

The all-new Sandals Saint Vincent boasts luxurious two-story Overwater Villas with stunning views of the surounding island waters.

St. Lucia

St. Lucia stands out among Caribbean vacation destinations with its unparalleled beauty, rich history, and the diverse experiences it offers to travelers. One of the highlights of St. Lucia is its iconic twin peaks, the Pitons. These majestic volcanic formations create a dramatic backdrop and offer breathtaking vistas for hikers and nature enthusiasts. St. Lucia boasts stunning beaches along its vibrant coastline, where visitors can relax on soft white sand, take a dip in clear turquoise waters, or snorkel among colorful coral reefs teeming with marine life. The lush rainforests of St. Lucia provide a natural playground for adventure seekers. Explore the enchanting trails, discover hidden waterfalls, and marvel at the extraordinary biodiversity of plants and wildlife. St. Lucia showcases its vibrant cultural heritage through traditional music, dance, and local festivals. Explore charming fishing villages, visit historic sites, and immerse yourself in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the island. As you’ll soon see, Sandals Grande St. Lucian is one of our favorite Caribbean overwater bungalow resorts.


Aruba, situated in the southern Caribbean Sea, is a picturesque island renowned for its stunning beaches, warm climate, and vibrant culture. With its unique blend of natural wonders, lively entertainment, and Dutch-influenced charm, Aruba offers an unforgettable vacation experience. Aruba boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, with powdery white sands and crystalline turquoise waters. Eagle Beach and Palm Beach are particularly popular, providing a perfect setting for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports. Aruba is a haven for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Its clear waters host diverse marine life, including colorful coral reefs and shipwrecks waiting to be explored, such as the famous Antilla shipwreck. The culture of Aruba is a vibrant mix of indigenous, African, and European influences. Experience the lively festivals, such as Carnival, and enjoy the local cuisine, blending flavors from around the world. The small, adults-only resort, Aruba Ocean Villas in Savaneta, Aruba offers several overwater villas to choose from.


Antigua is said to boasts 365 spectacular beaches, one for each day of the year. From iconic Dickenson Bay and breathtaking Half Moon Bay to the quiet beauty of Pigeon Point and seclusion of Rendezvous Bay, visitors can find their own personal slice of paradise. Step back in time by exploring Antigua’s historical landmarks, such as Nelson’s Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the island’s rich heritage and learn about its colonial past at Betty’s Hope plantation and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. Known as the “Sailing Capital of the Caribbean,” Antigua offers a haven for enthusiasts and hosts prestigious sailing events like Antigua Sailing Week. Experience thrilling water sports; including snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking; in the clear turquoise waters surrounding the island. Antigua’s friendly locals and laid-back atmosphere create a welcoming environment for visitors. The Royalton Antigua resort offers the only Overwater Bungalows on the island of Antigua.

Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos Islands, located in the western Caribbean, is a picturesque archipelago renowned for its pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and family- friendly activities. The islands of Turks & Caicos boast some of the most stunning beaches in the Caribbean. Grace Bay Beach, with its powdery white sand and calm turquoise waters, offers the perfect playground for families to relax, swim, snorkel, and engage in water sports.

Turks & Caicos is home to luxurious resorts and intimate boutique hotels, offering couples a wide range of romantic accommodations. From private villas with infinity pools to oceanfront suites with stunning views, there are options to suit every couple’s preferences. There are two options for overwater bungalows in Turks & Caicos, Wymara Villas and Amanyara.

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Our Picks for Best Overwater Bungalows in the Caribbean

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Sandals Royal Caribbean

At Sandals Royal Caribbean, the allure of Jamaica is embodied in their exquisite Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Villas and Honeymoon Bungalows. These exceptional accommodations float above the turquoise waves of the Caribbean, offering an unrivaled connection to the sea.

Each villa is a sanctuary of luxury and tranquility. The Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Villas feature their own infinity pools, extending the luxury of your room directly into the warm Jamaican sun. The intimacy of these villas is enhanced with the inclusion of a personal butler, trained to the highest standards by the elite Guild of Professional English Butlers. Their discreet service ensures every moment of your stay is perfect, from arranging private, romantic dinners on your villa’s sun deck to attending to your every need.

The Over-the-Water Private Island Honeymoon Bungalows offer an equally immersive experience. Crafted with see-through glass floors, they provide a window into the vibrant marine life below. The bungalows are designed to offer the utmost comfort and luxury, with stylish hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and custom-crafted king-size beds. Each bungalow features a private outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub for two, making it the perfect retreat for honeymooners or couples seeking a romantic getaway.

At this all-inclusive adults-only resort, overwater accommodations are not just places to stay; they are gateways to experiencing the heart of the Caribbean in a way few ever can. Whether it’s lounging in your own infinity pool, sleeping above the gentle waves, or enjoying unobstructed views of the ocean, Sandals Royal Caribbean’s Overwater Bungalows and Villas promise an exclusive and unforgettable escape.

Our travel advisors can help you plan an unforgettable overwater bungalow vacation. Contact us today, or simply click here to request a quote!

Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia

Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Sandals Grande St. Lucian

Nestled in the heart of paradise, the Over-the-Water Honeymoon Butler Bungalows at Sandals Grande St. Lucian offer an idyllic escape for those seeking to immerse themselves in the serene beauty of the Caribbean. Each bungalow is a masterpiece of design and luxury, conveying an intimate connection with the turquoise waters and rich marine life below. With glass floor panels featuring underwater lighting, guests can enjoy a mesmerizing aquatic display day and night.

The private outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub for two and overwater hammocks provide a romantic setting, perfect for unwinding and soaking in the breathtaking surroundings. The interiors of these bungalows are equally impressive, featuring hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and custom-crafted king-size beds adorned with soft linens and plush pillows. The smart TV and large ceiling fan add a touch of modern comfort while maintaining a fresh Caribbean breeze.

The luxury extends to the bathroom, equipped with his and hers sinks, a large backlit mirror with mosaic tile, and a walk-in rain shower. Stepping outside, the private patio includes an extended sun deck, outdoor shower, sun loungers, and a bistro set for two, perfect for intimate meals or simply enjoying the stunning ocean views. With Butler Elite service, private airport transfers, and 24-hour room service included, every aspect of your vacation at the all-inclusive Sandals Grande St. Lucian is taken care of with grace and elegance, ensuring a memorable overwater experience.

Our travel advisors can help you plan an unforgettable overwater bungalow vacation. Contact us today, or simply click here to request a quote!

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Sandals Saint Vincent

Overwater suite enthusiasts will enjoy a new resort in exotic Saint Vincent beginning in March 2024. The two-story Overwater Villas at Sandals’ newest all-inclusive resort make the perfect luxury retreat for exploring Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

This is the only all-inclusive resort on the island, and is situated just 15 scenic miles from the airport on 50 lush acres— including its own beach, wrapped within a mountain range and bordering verdant rainforest. Overwater Villa guests will enjoy 24/7 Butler service, 12 restaurants and all the 5-star amenities at this luxury resort.

Our travel advisors can help you plan an unforgettable overwater bungalow vacation. Contact us today, or simply click here to request a quote!

Westmoreland, Jamaica

Sandals South Coast

At Sandals South Coast, the Blue Mahoe Overwater Butler Villas redefine luxury and romance in an idyllic Caribbean setting. These spectacular bungalows, poised gracefully above the tranquil turquoise waters, offer a unique immersion into the serene beauty of the sea. The design of each bungalow showcases the pinnacle of luxury with hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and custom-crafted king-size beds draped in the finest linens and plush pillows, guaranteeing a sleep experience that is as rejuvenating as it is luxurious.

The villas at Sandals South Coast feature state-of-the-art amenities including a smart TV and a large ceiling fan, blending modern comforts with the refreshing Caribbean breeze. The spa-style bathrooms, equipped with his and hers sinks, a large backlit mirror with mosaic tile, and a walk-in rain shower, add an extra touch of elegance. Outside, the private patio extends to include an expansive sun deck, outdoor shower, sun loungers, and a bistro set for two, ideal for intimate dining or simply taking in the spectacular ocean views. The highlight of these bungalows is the private outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tub for two and an overwater hammock, perfect for couples to enjoy breathtaking views while basking in the warmth of the Caribbean sun.

Additionally, these bungalows come with Butler Elite service, ensuring every detail of your stay is handled with unobtrusive grace. 24-hour room service and private airport transfers are also included, ensuring a complete all-inclusive experience at Sandals South Coast.

Our travel advisors can help you plan an unforgettable overwater bungalow vacation. Contact us today, or simply click here to request a quote!

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma

Palafitos Overwater Bungalows

The Palafitos Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma, set against the stunning backdrop of Playa del Carmen’s pristine beaches, offer an unparalleled luxury experience. Designed to provide ultimate comfort and privacy, these 807-square-foot bungalows are individually decorated, featuring a spacious layout that includes a separate dining and sitting area. Each bungalow boasts a king-size bed, dressed in premium bedding, ensuring restful sleep accompanied by the soothing sounds of the ocean.

The bungalows are equipped with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with premium channels, and MP3 docks, catering to all entertainment and connectivity needs. The highlight of each bungalow is the private furnished balcony that offers breathtaking ocean views. Guests can relax in their private plunge pool or unwind in the luxurious spa tub, making it the perfect retreat for relaxation and romance.

Additionally, these overwater bungalows feature air conditioning, daily housekeeping, and practical amenities like free international calls, a safe, and a free newspaper. The luxury extends to the bathroom, which includes a jetted bathtub and a separate shower with a rainfall showerhead, complemented by designer toiletries. With 24-hour room service and an array of dining options available on-site, guests at Palafitos Overwater Bungalows can indulge in gourmet meals while enjoying stunning panoramas, making their stay at El Dorado Maroma a truly unforgettable experience.

Our travel advisors can help you plan an unforgettable overwater bungalow vacation. Contact us today, or simply click here to request a quote!

What our Agents Have to Say

“After selling Overwater Bungalows for years, I finally booked and stayed in one for myself! And I’ll point out that I was not sponsored in any way. It was a major bucket list item for me and was my retie-the-knot honeymoon. I chose the Over-the-Water Private Island Butler Villa with the Infinity Pool. It was 7 nights of pure bliss and wonder. We felt so special and pampered, from the BMW airport transfer to the fun and professional Butlers, the amazing food, to the larger-than-our house Villa, we will never forget it. Everyone needs to experience this at least once in their lifetime.

Some of the things I want to share with everyone include that…

I loved the glow from the glass floor panels. We saw many different fish up close, right from our room including puffer fish, lobster, lots of different rays. You don’t even have to get in the water to enjoy the ocean—this was too cool.

The Private Island (including the clothing optional beach) is all yours until 10:00 AM each day when the resort guests are allowed to visit the beach.

The Butlers were a kick! Wonderful people that always made us feel special and welcomed time and time again with their thoughtful surprises. They even brought out the chef, given that we decided to spend nearly the entire week at our villa (hey, we bought it, we’re using it!).

Take advantage of the exclusive in-room dining experience. We had fresh, amazing food (including 3 lobsters at one dinner) from almost every restaurant at the resort.

This is an investment to remember, so prepare appropriately. From the butler requests, dining, excursions, to knowing which island, which type of bungalow or villa is right for you, and which unit to request, you want to get it right.

Talk to me—I’m happy to help and now I can say…I’ve been there!”

Susie C.
Susie C.

Travel Advisor

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Overwater Bungalow FAQ

What is the top Caribbean destination for an overwater bungalow honeymoon?

Renowned for its pristine white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and luxurious overwater bungalows, we think Jamaica offers an unparalleled romantic experience. It’s also one of the easiest Caribbean islands to get to, with many international airports offering direct flights. Two of our favorite resorts offering overwater bungalows, Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals South Coast, are in Jamaica. With its secluded and private accommodations, couples can enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean, indulge in world-class spa treatments, and savor exquisite cuisine. Jamaica also boasts an abundance of marine life, making it a perfect destination for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. Its idyllic setting, combined with impeccable service and attention to detail, ensures an unforgettable and intimate honeymoon experience.

What makes overwater bungalows special?

Overwater bungalows are distinguished by their unique and exclusive features. These luxurious accommodations are often built just above turquoise waters, offering guests the experience of being immersed in nature while enjoying the comforts of a high-end resort. The breathtaking views of the surrounding marine life and the soothing sound of gentle waves create an idyllic and serene atmosphere. Overwater bungalows typically come equipped with their own decks, direct access to the ocean, and glass floor panels—allowing guests to observe the vibrant underwater world from the comfort of their own room. This combination of natural beauty and luxury make overwater bungalows an exceptional choice for those seeking an extraordinary and unforgettable vacation.

Is an overwater bungalow worth it?

We think so! Overwater bungalows, many with their stunning views and direct access to crystal-clear waters, provide an unique sense of tranquility and luxury. These exclusive accommodations often boast private decks and infinity pools, allowing guests to bask in the beauty of the surrounding marine environment. While the cost of such accommodations may be higher than traditional options, the exceptional experience and memories created in an overwater bungalow are usually worth the investment.

How much do overwater bungalows cost?

The cost of overwater bungalows varies depending on the location, resort, and season. Generally, these accommodations start at a higher price point due to their unique features and limited availability. It is important to note that additional charges, such as taxes, service fees, and meal plans may apply. Given the exclusivity and unparalleled experience they offer, overwater bungalows are considered a premium accommodation choice for travelers seeking something out of the ordinary.

Are overwater bungalows all-inclusive?

Overwater bungalows typically offer a range of amenities and services to enhance the guest experience. However, it is important to note that the inclusion of an all-inclusive package may vary from one resort to another. While some overwater bungalows offer all-inclusive options, encompassing meals, beverages, and certain activities within the package price, not all resorts follow this model. It is advisable for potential guests to carefully review the specific offerings and terms of each resort to determine whether their desired overwater bungalow resort offers an all-inclusive package.

When is the best time to stay in overwater bungalows in the Caribbean?

The ideal time to stay in overwater bungalows in the Caribbean is usually during the dry season, which spans from December to April. This period offers the most favorable weather conditions, with minimal rainfall and lower humidity levels. The Caribbean’s dry season ensures a higher likelihood of clear skies, calm ocean waters, and optimal visibility for underwater activities such as snorkeling and diving.

Which Sandals Resorts offer Overwater Bungalows?

Sandals Resorts offers all-inclusive overwater bungalows at four locations. The resorts that feature overwater bungalows include Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Sandals Grande St. Lucian in St. Lucia; Sandals South Coast in Westmoreland, Jamaica; and Sandals Saint Vincent in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Many of these overwater bungalows and villas offer breathtaking views of the Caribbean waters, allowing guests to indulge in a serene and private setting. With their elegant design, modern amenities, and direct access to the ocean, Sandals’ overwater bungalows offer couples access to ultimate luxury and relaxation.

What are some alternatives to an overwater bungalow?

While overwater bungalows offer a unique and luxurious experience, they may not always be the best fit for every traveler or may not be available in every destination. Fortunately, there are excellent alternatives that provide similar levels of privacy, luxury, and connection to the sea.

  • Swim-Up Rooms: Swim-up rooms offer direct access to a swimming pool right from the terrace of your suite. Sandals Resorts, for example, offer exquisite swim-up suites in various Caribbean locations, such as Sandals Montego Bay in Jamaica. These rooms blend the convenience of being able to plunge into the water directly from your room with the comfort and amenities of a luxury all-inclusive resort.
  • Private Pool Suites: For those seeking more seclusion and privacy, private pool rooms are an ideal choice. These suites come with your own personal pool, allowing you to enjoy a swim or relax by the water without leaving your room. Sandals Resorts again shine in this category, with options like the Sandals Grenada’s Skypool Suites, which feature private infinity pools with stunning views.
  • Beachfront Suites: While not directly on the water, like an overwater bungalow, beachfront suites offer immediate access to the beach and stunning ocean views. These rooms allow you to enjoy the sounds of the waves and the beauty of the beach from the comfort of your room. Most Caribbean resorts have numerous beachfront options, offering a direct connection to some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches.
  • Garden Suites with Private Plunge Pools: For a more intimate, secluded experience, consider a suite with a private plunge pool. These accommodations often feature lush, tropical surroundings for a serene and intimate ambiance. They provide an excellent balance of privacy, luxury, and a connection with nature.


The allure of overwater bungalows in the Caribbean is undeniable. Beautiful overwater bungalows nestled above crystal-clear waters provide an idyllic escape where guests can enjoy additional privacy and breathtaking views. Whether you choose to stay in Jamaica or explore other Caribbean destinations such as St. Lucia, Antigua, or Turks & Caicos, an overwater bungalow will undoubtedly enhance your vacation, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.