5 Best Overwater Bungalows in The Pacific
Song Saa Private Island
A secluded destination on the Koh Rong archipelago, Song Saa means “The Sweethearts” in Khmer, a fitting description for this Cambodian sanctuary that stretches across two islands. One-bedroom overwater villas (starting at $2,440/night) offer lovers a private plunge pool and help-yourself drink station, as well views of marine life below including turtles, spotted rays and seahorses.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Perched on top of a tropical reef, the over-water bures (bure is the Fijian word for a wood-and-straw hut) at Likuliku Lagoon Resort were built using locally-sourced materials unique to the region and offer guests tranquil ocean views from both a private deck and en suite bathtub. Be sure to toast to paradise with the resort’s namesake cocktail, a blend of lemongrass vodka, blue curacao, and lime juice — and make time for the adjacent “honeymoon island,” a private enclave accessible by boat and open only to resort guests.
Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa
Located on its own island, Le Taha’a Island Resort & Spa is a 35-minute boat ride from the nearest airport in Raiatea, creating an idyllic get-away-from-it-all vibe. Float above crystal clear water in an Overwater Suite, designed in true Polynesian style with bamboo and woven coconut ropes, complete with in-room glass panels for viewing the ocean below. Have breakfast delivered by traditional canoe before relaxing in the ocean or on the private deck. Wash (in the outdoor shower), rinse, repeat.
When you book an Ocean Residence at the this 5-star luxury, boutique property, a personal chef and private plunge pool are just the beginning of the included perks. Tucked within the Baa Atoll UNESCO biosphere reserve, Milaidhoo can only be reached by seaplane, offers complimentary champagne on arrival, and only welcomes guests age 9 or over. Enjoy a movie screening from the swinging chair on each residence’s private deck or sunbathe in solitude with turquoise ocean views for miles. Need something more? A dedicated butler is assigned upon check-in to cater to every guest’s wishes.
El Nido Resorts, Miniloc Island
Set on a remote island in Bacuit Bay and accessible only by boat, tranquil El Nido Miniloc offers a coastal vibe with traditional Filipino design (think thatched-roof huts and woven bamboo accents). Book a water cottage, built on stilts, to enjoy maximum views of the colorful reef below while sipping a Pale Pilsen, a popular lager on the island.