Once exclusive to Tahiti and the Maldives, overwater-bungalow-style accommodations are popping up closer to home. A few of our favorite overwater bungalows in the Caribbean can be found in Jamaica, Panama and Belize.
Sandals Royal Caribbean, Montego Bay — Jamaica
Touted as the Caribbean’s first all-inclusive overwater bungalows, Sandals Royal Caribbean, Montego Bay features many of the same amenities as their Tahitian inspiration — glass floors, private butlers, over-the-water hammocks, infinity pools and outdoor showers — so you won’t have to fly halfway around the world to check the bungalow experience off your bucket list.
El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by Karisma — Riviera Maya, Mexico
The adults-only, all-inclusive overwater Palafitos at El Dorado Maroma, a Beachfront Resort, by Karisma are easily accessible via a nonstop flight to Cancun and boast the same amenities you’d find in a Tahitian bungalow. Bonus: Your personal butler can arrange a private picnic on Maroma Beach, one of Travel Channel’s top 10 beaches in the world.
Viceroy Bocas del Toro Panama
Set to open in 2019, Viceroy Bocas del Toro Panama will feature 42 overwater bungalows with private plunge pools set on 457 acres of coastline. A quick trip from Panama City, choose to arrive at the resort by boat, seaplane or helicopter. We suggest the seaplane for a James Bond-esque entrance. 3 miles of beaches, rainforest zip-lining and snorkeling will round out your close-to-home overwater-bungalow experience.
Cayo Espanto — Belize
With six traditional villas and just one overwater bungalow, Cayo Espanto offers the ultimate in privacy. Located at the end of a 150-foot dock that stretches from the four-acre island, Casa Ventanas ensures that during your stay, you'll only see one other person: your butler. Meals are served on the bungalow’s deck, and if days spent snorkeling has left you with some knots, a masseuse will come to your bungalow to help work them out — massage table and all.