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Your Overwater Bungalow Awaits
The ultimate romantic setting for a honeymoon or romantic getaway is an overwater bungalow, a private love nest in the tropics set on stilts over warm, calm waters like those found in the Caribbean.
Yet couples who've craved the experience previously had to travel halfway around the world to have it in remote destinations at properties such as the Hilton Bora Bora Nui (see rates) in French Polynesia and the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island (see rates).
Now, thanks to new builds at existing resorts in Jamaica and along Mexico's Riviera Maya, adult couples can revel in these floating fantasy suites off the Caribbean coastline.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Introducing Sandals Resorts' Over-Water Suites
The first we heard about overwater bungalows coming to the Caribbean was when Adam Stewart, Sandals' clever and energetic CEO, announced a few years ago that they were in the pipeline at Sandals Royal Caribbean, the brand's largest resort in the Caribbean.
Seeing what they look like now, you may not want to call the units bungalows, as they're much more than shacks over the waters of Montego Bay.
Each Sandals overwater suite at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort has a see-through floor window so you can watch marine life swimming below, a floating hammock and outdoor shower. Butler service is provided.
Should you want to take a break from looking at and lolling in those shallow pristine waters, there's also a small, private infinity pool to soak in.
The standalone bungalows are connected to a shared dock that brings guests to the resort’s exclusive private island, Sandals Cay. It features a restaurant, pool, and beach. Boat transfers from Sandals Cay bring guests to the... land-based resort in under 5 minutes.
Like all Sandals Resorts, the overwater units in Jamaica are all-inclusive and for adults only — so there's no chance that your tropical tranquility will be interrupted by the cries and whimpers of the diapered set.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Layout of Sandals Overwater Suites
Sandals overwater suites are structured so that couples will feel they are on their own private island. Although there are similar units nearby, each one faces outward with an unobstructed view.
Each unit has three main sections. From left to right:
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- Indoor bathroom leading to a relaxation area and small rectangular plunge pool
- Bedroom, living area, and staircase leading down to lounge platform
- Small kitchen/dining area leading to round outdoor bed
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Bedroom in Sandals Overwater Suites
You'll feel like you're walking on water in the bedroom of a Sandals overwater suite. Not only do we love the king-size bed, but if you reverse position, lie on your stomach and put your head where your feet were, you can see water and fish flowing underneath the glass floor. It's like watching the world's most relaxing reality show.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Bathroom in Sandals Overwater Suites
It's water, water everywhere in a Sandals overwater suite. Soak indoors in the oversized tub together, take a dip in your private plunge pool a few steps away, or immerse yourselves in the turquoise Caribbean waters that surround you.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Evening Comes to Jamaica's Overwater Suites
As there are a limited number of these suites, they are in demand and prices are high. Also consider a stay at the romantic, land-based Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort or another Sandals Resort in the Caribbean.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Introducing Karisma's Overwater Villas in Mexico
These are the first over-the-water offerings in Mexico. Like Sandals' overwater units, Karisma's are part of a larger resort. In this case, they belong to the award-winning, adults-only El Dorado Maroma on the Caribbean-Sea-facing Riviera Maya.
The first phase of Karisma's 30 elegant palafitos offer glass-bottom floors, direct ladder access to the ocean, outdoor showers, private infinity pools, indoor Jacuzzis, and oversized decks with lounge chairs and breathtaking views.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Bedroom in Karisma's Overwater Villas
For the full honeymoon experience, pull back the covers and climb into the round bed provided in Karisma's overwater suites. A gauzy net can be draped over the bed and a triangular glass window lies at the foot.
Special services and amenities for guests in Karisma's overwater villas include 24-hour room service, beach beds, customized beach picnics and butler service.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Bathroom in Karisma's Overwater Villas
Step up to the marble bathtub inside one of Karisma's overwater villas. There's privacy and plenty of room for two.
Extras at turndown, including candles and rose petals, help make this honeymoon hideaway even more romantic.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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End of Another Perfect Day
Although you may not want to leave your private overwater villa, the offerings at El Dorado Maroma are just across the beach. The resort features three pools, six restaurants, and four bars — and they're included in the all-inclusive price.
Resort activities, also included, range from dancing, yoga and beach volleyball to cooking lessons, kayaking, and bocce.