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Overwater Villas have taken the world by storm, and you don't have to fly to the Maldives or Bora Bora to experience paradise! Discover where you can stay in water villas around the world and start planning your next luxury overwater holiday...
BY Emma Hookway
Luxtripper Travel Editor

I love overwater villas and I can't wait to visit some of these beautiful resorts across the world! 

Likuliku Lagoon Resort – Fiji

Where to start? How about just off the coast of Fiji's main island? The Mamanuca Islands are considered to be some of Fiji's most picture-perfect islands. With white-sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise water and palm trees swaying in the warm breeze, this is the Fiji holiday of your dreams!

Likuliku Lagoon Resort is home to some of Fiji's most beautiful and luxurious overwater Bures (Fijian for a wood-and-straw hut). Located on the edge of a vibrant marine sanctuary and glistening lagoon, these beautiful Bures feature traditional architecture and elegant woodwork as well as private deck with incredible ocean views! With a variety of water and land activities, the resort has something for everyone; be surrounded by tropical fish on a mesmerising snorkelling adventure or experience the rich Fijian culture with a Kava Ceremony. On a Fiji honeymoon? You can visit the Mociu Private Island and enjoy some romantic private experiences such as a picnic on the island's beach. 

Don't fancy Los Angeles? You can visit Japan on your way to Fiji, experiencing the futuristic city of Tokyo and the country's incredible food! 

Song Saa Private Island - Cambodia

Cambodia has overwater villas? You bet! Beautiful beaches don't often spring to mind when thinking of this cultural South East Asian country, but this beautiful nation has its fair share of white-sand beaches and glistening turquoise water!

In the beautiful Koh Rong Archipelago lies Song Saa Private Island, a glimmering jewel surrounded by the warm water of the Gulf of Thailand. With a focus on ethical luxury, the resort's overwater villas are a true tropical retreat, built in a traditional wooden style made from local materials. Ideal for a honeymoon in Cambodia the Song Saa's 'spa with no walls' concept allows you to immerse yourself in the island's beautiful natural surroundings while enjoying carefully-curated treatments. You can also experience Cambodia's incredible wildlife on an Island Safari, where you'll learn about the island's local species with an experienced guide from the resort's conservation team. 

Want to see more of Cambodia? Then you must head to the UNESCO World Heritage site Angkor Wat - the vast temple complex is guaranteed to make you feel like you're in a scene from Indiana Jones!

Misool Resort - Indonesia

Do you dream of being in the middle of nowhere? Indonesia's Raja Ampat is your answer; just south of the equator and one of the remotest parts of Indonesia, the Raja Ampat islands are simply stunning, surrounded by kaleidoscopic coral reefs and crystal-clear water!

Featured in David Attenborough's Netflix series Our Planet, the Misool Resort is a diving centre and natural wonderland, dotted with white, sandy beaches and marine-rich waters - perfect for an Indonesian honeymoon! With a strong focus on sustainability, all of the Water Cottages are made from reclaimed tropical hardwoods, built on stilts over the sparkling North Lagoon. If you're an avid scuba diver, the Misool Resort is the place to go. Rich in marine life, you can grab your diving gear and enter underwater paradise at the resort's house reef, where you'll be able to see incredible black tip reef sharks!

Whilst in South East Asia you should experience the fierce bite of the Asian Tiger and head to Singapore, so that you can experience both beach paradise and city living on your Asia holiday!

El Nido Resorts - The Philippines

El Nido is Asia's answer to Bora Bora. Located on the island of Palawan in the Philippines, picture an array of crystal-clear lagoons, tropical flora and jagged island peaks. 

If you want to plunge straight into this tropical wilderness, look no further than the El Nido Resorts; located on four islands in El Nido, with three of the islands offering overwater villas, the El Nido Resorts offer a combination of eco-luxury, and adventure, ideal for a honeymoon in the Philippines. From mangrove exploration and rappelling to snorkelling and spa treatments, you are guaranteed to find something that appeals directly to you - you will never get bored! A true getaway in nature, El Nido is the perfect place to get away from it all and discover paradise, all from the luxury of an overwater villa!

When in the Philippines, you can experience the energetic capital city, Manila, and get a true flavour of the modern and traditional Filipino culture!

Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa – Cook Islands

Searching for paradise? This is it. The Cook Islands are French Polynesia's lesser-known cousin, an exclusive collection of islands that are still relatively off the beaten track. Your own Robinson Crusoe experience, imagine remote islands, secluded beaches and tropical foliage!

On the small island of Aitutaki, the secluded Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa boasts a selection of rustic overwater villas; the only overwater villas in the Cook Islands! With a distinctive tropical design, the overwater villas have their own private steps leading into the picture-perfect lagoon, as well as exotic open-air showers! The perfect resort for a honeymoon in the Cook Islands, you can fully immerse yourself in the natural wonders of and culture of the island. From snorkelling and stand-up paddleboarding to hula dancing and lei making, there are range of incredible activities for you to enjoy!

After time in beach paradise, are you now itching for the pulse of a city? Los Angeles is the perfect stopover on the way to the Cook Islands, where you can experience the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal Studios. 

Bawah Reserve - Indonesia

Although Bali is the most famous face of this South East Asian nation, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, with over 18,000 beautiful islands waiting to be explored!

In amongst this vast natural paradise is the Bawah Reserve, located in Indonesia's remote Anambas Archipelago on Bawah Island, where you can enjoy the overwater villa holiday of your dreams! Surrounded by crystal-clear water, lush foliage, blue lagoons and dazzling coral reefs, this sustainable resort is the perfect place to experience some of Indonesia's best marine life, as well as testing your skills at some immersive watersports, such as stand-up paddleboarding! On an Indonesia honeymoon? The resort even has a rejuvenating Aura Spa and Wellness centre where you can let your body and mind escape in tropical bliss!

Although remote, you can easily get to the Bawah Reserve from Singapore, where you'll be collected and taken by ferry to Batam International Airport for a scenic seaplane journey to the island. Fancy a city break on your Indonesia holiday? You can extend your Singapore stay and explore this modern city, tasting spicy street food and wandering through vibrant markets!

Pangkor Laut Resort - Malaysia

Langkawi isn't the only island jewel in Malaysia. Further south on the western coast of Malaysia lies Pangkor Laut Island, an island known for its spectacular natural scenery and exotic wildlife. 

Within this tropical island wilderness is the Pangkor Laut Resort, a luxury resort surrounded by the fresh aromas of the rainforest. With overwater villas scattered in-amongst the emerald waters of the Malacca Strait, you can wake up to the sounds of nature on your own personal castaway adventure in Malaysia, before soothing your body and mind at the resort's Spa Village. A resort ideal for watersports, you can enjoy a thrilling waterskiing or wakeboarding adventure during the course of your stay. If you'd prefer to explore the island's interior, however, then you can trek through the rainforest on spectacular jungle trails, listening to the distinctive calls of brightly-coloured tropical birds.

Now that you've enjoyed ultimate seclusion, you're ready to head to Kuala Lumpur and experience Malaysian culture at it's finest, from traditional temples to modern skyscrapers such as the iconic Petronas Twin Towers!

Rosewood Mayakoba – Mexico

Who wouldn't want to go to Mexico? With two spectacular coastlines and an infectious laid-back spirit, this is the land of pristine beaches, burritos and Mayan temples. 

Located along the beautiful Riviera Maya, the luxurious Rosewood Mayakoba does overwater villas with a difference. Forget the traditional wooden thatched-roof style and imagine modern, overwater suites with their own private plunge pools, outdoor garden showers and spectacular views across the lagoon and mangroves. As well as this luxury overwater accommodation, the hotel is situated on a truly spectacular beach, with sparkling turquoise water and pearly-white sands, great for a honeymoon in Mexico! Do you need some much-deserved pampering? Mayakoba's spa is on its on island and secluded from the rest of the resort, allowing you to fully switch-off and feel relaxed!

If you seek a bit of city-living, then you can make the most of being in the Americas and head to Miami to get a true flavour of sunny Florida!

Fiji Mariott Resort Momi Bay – Fiji

Fiji is the tropical garden of the Pacific, a scattering of lush islands that seem to be pulled straight from your imagination. With the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean surrounding these secluded islands, it's no surprise that overwater villas have sprung up in this natural wilderness!

On Viti Levu, Fiji's main island, the Fiji Mariott Resort Momi Bay's overwater villas are stunning, branching out into the crystal-clear water of the island's Momi Bay. With steps leading directly into the water, you can swim to your heart's content in the warm, turquoise water of the lagoon, truly romantic on a Fiji honeymoon. Considering that you'll be surrounded by the sparkling Pacific Ocean, you must try some of the watersports that the resort has to offer; ascend to the sky on a thrilling parasailing adventure or kayak across the glassy lagoon!

Not sure where to stopover on your journey to Fiji? For the ultimate city experience, you can enjoy a short stay in Los Angeles, visiting the iconic sites such as Hollywood and Santa Monica Beach!

Berjaya Langkawi Resort - Malaysia

It's no surprise that Malaysia has entered the overwater villa scene, considering how spectacular it's coastlines are. With so many beautiful islands, Malaysia is the perfect place to experience true tropical island paradise, whether you seek a retreat in nature or a romantic honeymoon. 

When thinking of Langkawi Island, think Jurassic Park: imagine lush rainforests, untouched beaches and extroadinary wildlife. On this island heaven is the Berjaya Langkawi Resort, a resort that offers spectacular overwater villas immersed in the glistening Andaman Sea. The ideal place to get away from it allyou can spend your days feeling pampered in the resort's spa, soaking up the sun on the beach or being adventurous; why not go zip lining, snorkelling or jungle trekking? 

Malaysia doesn't only boast picture-perfect beaches. You must visit Kuala Lumpur on your holiday if you really want to experience the vibrant Malaysian culture (as well as delicious street food!). 

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Whether you dream of these incredible destinations or relaxing along the balcony of an overwater villa in the Maldives or Bora Bora; we can create a holiday or honeymoon that's perfectly tailored to you. Get in touch with our Luxury Travel Sepcialists to begin your next adventure...

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