There’s something deliciously sensual about drifting off to sleep listening to the splish-splash of waves beneath you. Diving off your deck for a morning swim in warm azure waters. Sunning topless, French-style, with views of craggy Otemanu peak in the distance.
Topless? Ooops – don’t peek!
There are only a handful of places on earth which boast overwater bungalows. One of the most beautiful is Bora Bora in French Polynesia, a nation of 118 islands.
Several overwater bungalow resorts have been built on the necklace of motus (tiny islets) encircling Bora Bora’s famous lagoon.
We stayed at the Four Seasons Bora Bora (which shares a private island with the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort).
The Four Seasons Bora Bora luxury resort has won a slew of awards, including 3rd place in Travel + Leisure’s 2018 list of Best Resorts in the South Pacific and #1 Top Epic Stay Hotel in the World by AFAR in their 2017 Travelers’ Choice Hotel Awards.
Some 100 palm-thatched bungalows perch on stilts over the bathtub-warm water.
At over 1,000 square feet in size, they’re roomier than the digs of many of the honeymooners who comprise over 50% of the guests.
Each bungalow comes with indigenous artwork such as glass-framed mother-of-pearl necklaces, traditional teak furnishings, vaulted tatami ceiling, double-size stone tub facing the sea through huge sliding windows, L’Occitane bath products in ceramic pots, Espresso machine, snorkeling gear – and a deck with steps leading down into that beautiful blue water.
Some bungalows even sport private pools on their decks.
These bungalows are ultra-luxe havens, giving you no reason to leave. But that’s where the downside is. It’s pricey to take the Four Seasons resort boat to Bora Bora (about a 15- to 20-minute ride away).
If you want to be closer to restaurants on the main island, the Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa (also on a white-sand motu) is a free five-minute boat ride away. Of its 80 thatched-roof bungalows, 50 are built on stilts over the lagoon.
Other overwater bungalow resorts?
We’re now hooked on overwater bungalows.
The Maldives is another area where overwater bungalows are popular. And we hear there are similar bungalow resorts in Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Perhaps there’ll be more overwater bungalow stays in our future?