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TAHITI - MALDIVES

SEVEN OF OUR FAVOURITE OVERWATER BUNGALOWS.

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It’s easy to find yourself dreaming about an overwater bungalow stay — the hard part is picking one! Escape with us to one of these incredible spots, where rainbow reefs and crystal water await beneath glass floors, and lazy mornings begin with open air showers and breakfast delivered by canoe. 

 

Conrad Bora Bora Nui

Image Credit: Conrad Bora Bora Nui

 

WHERE: TAHITI   |   PERFECT FOR: HAVING THE TOTAL PACKAGE

CONRAD BORA BORA NUI

Newly built and seriously modern, these private bungalows stretch into sparkling seas from the private island of Motu To’opua. The luxurious bungalows aren’t even the most beautiful part of this property: You’ll have a long stretch of white sand beach, six restaurants and bars, an onsite spa, infinity pool and the resort’s own private islet. Nearby Mount Otemanu and the surrounding forests offer ample trekking…if you can bring yourself to leave the bungalow.

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Image Credit: Centara Grand Beach Resort & Spa

 

WHERE: MALDIVES  |  PERFECT FOR: TOP TIER SNORKELLING AND DIVING

CENTARA GRAND BEACH RESORT & SPA

This five-star, all-inclusive resort boasts spacious villas set over the crystal-clear turquoise waters of South Ari Atoll. Three elegant onsite restaurants and bars offer tempting meals — including Champagne breakfasts! — as part of your stay. But this property’s most standout feature has to be the incredible snorkelling and diving: It sits over a reef that’s home to a kaleidoscope of colourful fish and right near a shipwreck dive site just off the island. On top of that, you’ve got easy access to some of the world’s best dive sites, which aren’t far away.

Le Meridien Bora Bora

Image Credit: Le Meridien Bora Bora

 

WHERE: TAHITI  |  PERFECT FOR: THE BEST GLASS FLOORS IN THE BUSINESS

LE MERIDIEN BORA BORA

One of the most memorable features in many overwater bungalows are their glass floor panes, which open up the stunning seas below. Most of these floor panes are relatively small, like little windows into the azure water. Not so at the Le Meridien, which can easily claim the largest glass floors in the islands and gives you the unforgettable feeling of, quite literally, walking on water. Descend a short spiral staircase and meet your sea turtle neighbours.

St Regis Bora Bora

Image Credit: St Regis Bora Bora

 

WHERE: TAHITI  |  PERFECT FOR: HONEYMOONS AND ROMANCE

ST REGIS BORA BORA

The St Regis offers classic five-star Bora Bora luxury with the dreamiest, most loved-up amenities: candlelit restaurants looking out over the water, secluded private dining and an onsite spa offering treatments for two. Let us know it’s your honeymoon and we’ll make sure the resort includes a bottle of bubbles, chef’s sweet treat, tropical flower bed dressing and 45-minute couples massage.

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Image Credit: Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa

 

WHERE: MALDIVES  |  PERFECT FOR: GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY

CENTARA RAS FUSHI RESORT & SPA

This four-star resort offers one of our best values when it comes to overwater bungalows in the Maldives. It’s also adults-only, so you can expect an extraordinarily relaxing vibe. Less than 20 minutes away from Velana International Airport by speedboat, it waits on a pristine island in North Malé Atoll. Your stay will include meals at the fabulous on-site restaurants, one of which offers Middle Eastern cuisine memorably styled in a Bedouin tent. You’ll want to watch the sun set from the Viu Bar, which boasts unobstructed views and even overwater catamaran nets.

Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa

Image Credit: Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

 

WHERE: TAHITI  |  PERFECT FOR: THE BEST VIEWS AROUND

INTERCONTINENTAL BORA BORA RESORT & THALASSO SPA

The views here are nothing short of spectacular. You’ll gaze straight from the pool to majestic Mt Otemanu and the lush forests surrounding it. The resort sits on a clear lagoon surrounded by endless sparkling waters—there is beauty everywhere you turn. Just as incredible: the resort’s onsite Thalasso spa, which integrates deep-sea nutrients into healing treatments in ancient Polynesian tradition. You know, for when you need to give your retinas a break from all that staring in amazement.

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Image Credit: Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

 

WHERE: MALDIVES  |  PERFECT FOR: FAMILY-FRIENDLY STAYS

HOLIDAY INN RESORT KANDOOMA MALDIVES

If you’re generous enough to consider taking your kids, this is the perfect place to bring the lucky mugs! With ‘Kids Stay & Eat Free’ offers, little ones dine free at the excellent on-site restaurants. Even better, the resort’s Kandoo Kids Club gives kids their own space complete with library, arts & crafts, gaming and an outdoor splash pool. The club is open daily from 8am to 8pm for children ages 4 to 12 years, and you can rest assured they’re being looked after by expert staff— which leaves adults free to enjoy lower-key pursuits, like Happy Hour or the gorgeous on-site spa. Babysitting services are also available, which makes this an ideal spot for everyone to get a little R&R!


Up for lazy mornings in an overwater bungalow?
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ABOUT BETH ALLISON

Beth Allison is an American import from New Jersey and House of Travel’s in-house sentence writer. When she’s not thumbing a thesaurus, she’s probably dreaming of her next meal. Beth is a herbivore, coffee addict, tramper, bookworm, theatre lover and cat lady. Her favourite places are Strandhill, Ireland, and New York City. If you find a real bagel shop in New Zealand, please let her know.

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