When you imagine a tropical vacation, what comes to mind? For us, it’s an overwater bungalow, a thing of beauty from both a design and scenic perspective. French Polynesia—well, more specifically three Californians in this paradisiacal place—may have invented the iconic structure, 50 years ago, but today you can find them all over the globe. From the Maldives to Jamaica, these are the picturesque “floating” properties that belong on your honeymoon shortlist.
Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives
The Maldives may be home to two thirds of the overwater bungalows in the world, but Cheval Blanc Randheli stands out for its proclivity towards all things posh. Owned by LVMH—purveyors of prestige brands like Louis Vuitton and Moët Chandon—and designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy (whose portfolio also includes the Aman properties) the 46-villa maison leads in luxury. Expect private seaplane transfers, haute cuisine from three-Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno, and Guerlain spa treatments.
Photo: Cheval Blanc
Sandals South Coast, Jamaica
Looking for an upscale adults-only escape? In mid-December, Sandals South Coast will debut 12 Tahitian-style “honeymoon” bungalows, equipped with A-list amenities like 24/7 butler service, extended sun decks, outdoor soaking tubs or over-water hammocks and unfettered Caribbean Sea access. Inside: hardwood floors with glass panels, vaulted ceilings, walk-in rain showers and smart TVs.
Photo: Sandals Resort
Coconuts Beach Club Resort and Spa, Samoa
Set in Fausaga, on Samoa’s scenic Southern coast, Coconuts Beach Club is the first and only resort in the country with overwater fales (pronounced “fah-lays”)—six to be exact. Each bungalow is positioned to maximize personal, err couple, space. Perks include soaring Samoan ceilings and spacious sun decks.
Photo: Coconuts Beach Club Resort and Spa
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