Hotel Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Whats Hot: This grande dame of Tahiti is most popular with celebrities. Its overwater
bungalows are the most secluded and come with spectacular views.
Turquoise lagoons, picturesque sunsets and overwater bungalows - thats the unique Poynesian experience. Hotel Bora Bora was one of the pioneers of overwater bungalows and the first to introduce them on Bora Bora. Hotel Bora Bora sits on the edge of a turquoise lagoon nestled beneath the lush green volcanic peaks of Mount Otemanu in a prime, sunset-facing position with three beaches. Hotel Bora Bora’s 15 overwater bungalows are just that – thatched-roof, tropical-island retreats set directly over the blue lagoon. The water surrounding these bungalows is abundant in coral and marine life. Each Overwater Bungalow features a bedroom with a king-size, four-poster bed, a spacious bathroom and a two-tiered sundeck shaded by a roof of hand-tied pandanus. From your two-tiered sundeck, you can dive into the lagoon or relax under the shaded roof of hand-tied pandanus.
Bungalow Area: 1667 sq.
Rates are from $900 a night
Le Taha'a Private Island and Spa, French Polynesia
Whats Hot: Secluded location, sexy ambience, pleasant vanilla aroma in the air,
and glass panels in bungalow floor to watch and feed the fish.
The most deluxe of all overwater
bungalows in Tahiti are at the Le Taha'a Private Island & Spa, a luxurious new resort on a small island off Taha'a.
Newly opened in July 2002, it is fringed with coconut palms, colourful flowers and a long white sandy beach - and its pristine lagoon waters boast one of the most beautiful coral gardens in Tahiti. There are 48
stylish overwater bungalows - each has a large sundeck with
direct access to the lagoon. The only distinguishing feature between the overwater suites is the ‘view’. The Taha’a overwater suites have sweeping views across the lagoon to Mount Ohiri on Taha’a Island - the Sunset overwater suites are perfectly positioned to enjoy the breathtaking views of the setting sun - and as their name suggests, the Bora Bora overwater suites boast unsurpassed views across the ocean to the legendary island of Bora Bora.
Over 1100 sq.
Rates are from $900 a night
Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
Location: North Male Atoll, Maldives
Whats Hot: Chic blend of discreet luxury and modern design
Drift a further 100
metres offshore and stay at one of the two ocean pavilions at Huvafen
Fushi. Split level decks with indulgences such as an outdoor infinity pool
with swim-throughs into the lounge areas. Dine on designer Frank Gehry chairs with view of the ocean while listening to
your private Bang & Olufsen sound system. Walk out onto the split-level deck which
boasts an oversized Jacuzzi, perfect for watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean with
a glass of Champagne in hand. Rejuvenate your spirits at Fushi's luxury spa with the
worlds first underwater massage treatment rooms. Enjoy your chosen treatment whilst
gazing on the wonders of the Indian Ocean in your very own aquarium.
Bungalow Area: 3550 sq.
Rates are from $4000 a night
Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
Whats Hot: The luxurious jewel of the French Riviera allows you to hob-nob
with the stars
The award-winning resort spreads idyllically along a pristine beach and one of the largest lagoons in Maldives. The 56 deluxe lagoon villas are 60 metres square and positioned off a palm leaf-shaped structure of wood-plank jetties.
But if you would like your own private Eden, we recommend you check into
the Rehendhi Suite. Occupying pride of place at the end of the pier, it commands a stunning uninterrupted view of the ocean. This special 2-room suite is perched on stilts over the ocean and features floor to ceiling glass walls that enhance the effect of floating on water. A private sun deck replete with loungers and water hyacinth cushions forms the perfect setting to take in the view. In addition, there’s a walk-in closet, an outdoor Jacuzzi, bathroom with bathtub overlooking the ocean and a separate spa room.
Bungalow Area: 4800 sq.
Rates are from $800 a night
Sheraton Moorea Lagoon Resort
& Spa, French Polynesia
Whats Hot: Panoramic views, luxurious interiors and an indulgent spa
Located on one of Moorea’s most beautiful sites with both sunrise and sunset views, this lagoonfront resort features 57 overwater
bungalows. Enjoy all the special touches... like rooms with clawfooted tubs, ceiling fans, special in-floor glass windows to watch the underwater "ballet" of tropical fish, private outdoor showers and more.
The bungalows also have pontoon ladders that allow you to jump straight into the warm, sparkling waters of the lagoon, which you can explore with complimentary snorkel gear, outrigger canoes, pedal boats, and kayaks. And for a spot of relaxation,
head over to Mandara Spa, with such delights as an outdoor “Moonlit Massage” and the “Moorea Indulgence,” a 2-½ hour body treatment using island fruits and flowers.
Rates are from $600 a night
Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, Cook Islands
Whats Hot: Champagne white-sand beaches, exquisite lagoon,
secluded and luxurious bungalows
The hot new destination in the South Pacific, Aitutaki in the Cook Islands
is located on its own private island on the edge of one of the world’s prettiest lagoons and comes complete with the Cook Islands' only overwater bungalows. Featuring stylish tropical décor, these Bungalows offer a
distinctively Polynesian experience with pandanus wall mats, tapa
cloth and Cook Islands artifacts adorning the interior. The view
stretches out in endless turquoise towards a necklace of motus, or
small isles, floating in the distance.
Rates are from $796 a night
Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia
Whats Hot: Rated among the top spa resorts in the world
unadulterated indulgence, consider the private island of Pangkor Laut Resort, located three miles off the West Coast of Malaysia in the Straits of Malacca. Standing elegantly on stilts over the sea and linked by wooden walkways, these villas are the signature feature of the island. Each private villa is airy and spacious, has a large balcony with deck chairs and a bathroom with an oversized tub that opens onto the sea.
Rates are from $470 a night
Le Meridien Bora Bora,
Whats Hot: Secluded location, unsurpassable views of Mount Otemanu
and huge glass floors to enjoy private viewing of the colorful marine life.
From its private coral motu, Le Meridien Bora Bora, with luscious white powdery beaches along a turquoise lagoon, has a postcard-perfect view of Mount Otemanu's jagged peaks. Standing over waist-deep water, the
overwater bungalows here are primarily notable for their huge glass floors
(97 sq. ft.), which make it seem as if you're walking on air. A unique feature of Le Meridien Bora Bora is its Turtle Sanctuary where you can swim with endangered sea turtles in their natural habitat.
Rates are from $700 a night