Staying in an overwater bungalow tops many travelers’ bucket lists, especially honeymooners, and with good reason: being one with the water is a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience. After all, when else can you take a dip whenever you please without having to deal with crowds of beach-goers, feed technicolor fish beneath a sliding glass door, and watch the sun set over the ocean from the comfort of your bed? Plus, many have all of the luxurious amenities that you would expect from a five-star hotel.
Thatched-roof suites on stilts are synonymous with the islands of Tahiti and the Maldives, extending out over the blindingly turquoise lagoons like pearl necklaces, making for an enchanting view even from the plane. No longer relegated to just far-flung destinations, the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America are following suit with overwater villas of their own. Check out some of the most awe-inspiring abodes from around the world!