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Things you didn't know about overwater bungalows - Get the facts!

Overwater bungalows are one of the most famous options in places like the Maldives and come at a steep price due to their rarity and seclusion. Check out some facts about them you may not know.


Not widely available

There are less than 200 resorts worldwide that have overwater bungalows, and most of them are found in remote locations. Independent units are also more costly to build than conventional hotel rooms overlooking the sea. Furthermore, they are not geared toward families, so not everyone can enjoy them together. However, they make for a special romantic getaway such as a honeymoon, especially since the picturesque views, the privacy, and the close passage to water make it an alluring selection for couples.


Built for adults

It's not just the surroundings that entice couples to these types of accommodation. It is because the majority of them are only made for two people. A king-sized bed will be the solitary sleeping option, as the construction cannot maintain multiple beds. In terms of safety, it is difficult to child-proof the bungalow for toddlers and small children. A child could slip and fall into the water without knowing. Thus, it is better for adults who can swim a bit to select this kind of accommodation.


Difficult to build

Most of the overwater bungalows are very expensive, simply because they are laborious to construct. In the Maldives, an all-inclusive bungalow option can cost around 4000 USD per night! However, some can be found at around the 1,000 USD range as well. Some also demand a minimum amount of nights in the unit. Upscale privileges include a private butler, airport transfers and many added benefits.


The Maldives has the most water bungalows

Described as a paradise by many travellers, the Maldives archipelago has more than 1,000 coral islands located in the Indian Ocean. The island nation also has the most water bungalows and villa in the Maldives than in any other destination in the world. Known for its pristine white beaches, turquoise blue lagoons, and warm waters, and extensive underwater reefs, the Maldives is truly one of a kind. There is a wide variety of options available, price ranges and services available according to the resort. You may check out places like Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas as an option.


French Polynesia

The second the greatest number of water bungalows after the Maldives is in French Polynesia. This isolated destination has some astonishing natural landscapes and a wonderful climate. French Polynesia allows for a wide assortment of overwater bungalows in islands like Bora Bora and Tahiti. Most of these are for adults only due to the precarious nature of the construction for young children.


Glass Floor Show in the bungalow

Some overwater bungalows have a glass floor panel which is a feature that is hyped about by many travellers. The glass deck panels inside the villas give astonishing views of the ocean and sights of picturesque fish under your very feet. You can find such villas in destinations like the Maldives.