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Caribbean Overwater Villas
There's something magical about spending your vacation in a villa that does beachfront one better, with accommodations that perch directly above the water. Imagine going to bed with the gentle sounds of the sea all around you, then waking up to colorful tropical fish swimming under your feet and sea birds coasting in for a landing on your private deck. It's like treehouse meets beach camp, meets adult luxury, and it's an opportunity that you won't want to miss out on.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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Sandals Royal Caribbean Spa Resort and Offshore Island
The most talked-about villas in the Caribbean haven't even been built yet: All-inclusive champs Sandals announced last year that five overwater bungalows would be added to the Sandals Royal Caribbean resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica --just offshore from the resort's private island.
Slated to open in November 2016 -- but already taking bookings -- the 1,600-square-foot overwater bungalows will each have private outdoor Jacuzzi tubs and showers, hammocks dangling over the sea, glass floors and butler service. As you'll see, these are not quite the first overwater lodgings in the Caribbean (as some have claimed), but they promise to be some of the most accessible -- and sought-after.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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Cayo Espanto, Belize
The Cayo Espanto resort in Belize has just one overwater bungalow, but it's a beauty. The Casa Ventanas, like all of the rooms at this private-island resort, features an open, modern layout. Unlike the other rooms, however, the 1,000-square-foot Casa Ventanas sits on a private dock 150 feet off the island. Freeform wooden walls, local antique furnishings, shuttered windows and a plush bed -- not to mention an ultraprivate deck -- make for a romantic and memorable stay. Popular resort activities include snorkeling and scuba and fishing as well as indulging in spa services and catered meals. Cayo Espanto is located off the island of San Pedro on Belize's Caribbean coast.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge, Panama
The Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge consists of six overwater bungalows strung pearl-like off a rainforest-covered island off Panama's Caribbean coast. The bungalows at this small ecolodge are solar-powered and comprised of natural building materials like thatched roofs. Accommodations come in two sizes, but all are two stories high and have decks for enjoying sunsets and watching dolphins; guests also can snorkel the coral reefs right from their bungalow. The Punta Caracol Suite accommodation includes a king sized bed, two twin beds, lounge chairs and a hammock, while the Luna Suites are slightly larger and include a bigger terrace, as well as a solarium with stairs for immediate access to the clear ocean waters below.
The resort's restaurant serves breakfast and dinner daily, and tours and transportation to the nearby town of Bocas and local Indian villages are available. All rooms also include Wifi.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Coral Lodge, Panama
Located in Panama's Caribbean San Blas Islands, this eco-friendly resort not only has overwater bungalows but also a fine-dining restaurant that hovers just above the waves. Villas are well-appointed with private jacuzzi tubs, hammocks, and private sun decks, and you'll find abundant diving and cultural activities here, including interacting with the local Kuna Indians.
Built with emphasis on natural entertainment and accommodations in mind, the overwater bungalows at Coral Lodge do not come equipped with Internet or television.Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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9 Beaches, Bermuda
The exclusive, 84-room 9 Beaches resort in Bermuda includes six Paradise Pier Cabanas, which stand on stilts over deep water facing Daniels Head Island. Resembling small fishing cottages, each cabana has ample windows, French doors, soft-sided walls and fabric roofs. Two-by-four-foot clear viewing panels in the floor let you peer down on the fish swimming below. The resort itself, located on the western tip of Bermuda, also includes a full-service restaurant, beach bar, and room service delivered via golf carts roaming the 18-acre property. Other amenities include tennis, a fitness center, water toys and a dive center.
In 2016, 9 Beaches began a $55 renovation (that includes upgrading the water units) and expects to reopen in early 2017.