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The Caribbean's Overwater Villas

Updated: Oct 2, 2019

What does French Polynesia, Fiji and the Maldives have in common?

All have the overly seductive, glamorized, let's honeymoon here overwater villas and bungalows! Oozing 'oh wow' gasps out to azure blue waters. And whilst these destinations undoubtedly remain the pole sitters for a captivating overwater escape, the Caribbean is gathering pace in the field.

Enter Sandals Resorts International, a hospitality group whose foundations lay in Caribbean soil were the first to pioneer overwater villas in the area. Now with three properties offering overwater villas they now have firm foundations in the Caribbean Sea.

Sandals Royal Caribbean, Montego Bay, Jamaica


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The flagship and very first over-the-water bungalows of the Sandals group hosts twelve Tahitian-esque styled residences in a heart shape layout off a two mile immaculate white sand beach.

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Step out of your king sized beds enveloped in cool luxury linens onto hardwood floors out to an extended sun deck and a Caribbean breeze.


Each bungalow is equipped with a walk-in rain shower, outdoor shower, an outdoor Tranquility Soak Tub designed for two and over-water hammocks.


At night, the glass panelled floors and the lights in the water add to the magic.

Amenities: Airport arrival lounge, Red Lane Spa treatments, unlimited water sports

Royalton Resorts and Spa, Antigua

Cocooned on the crescent of the private beach at Deep Bay on the west of the island, Royalton Antigua can be reached in thirty minutes from the airport.


These just recently launched bungalows combine contemporary design and amenities with 'All in Luxury.'


Amenities: Infinity plunge pool, butler service, personal fitness/yoga classes, sunset mixologist service


Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico

A retreat for honeymooners and couples alike, these 977 square foot Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suites affords privacy.


Photo Courtesy Rosewood Hotels and Resorts

Fused amidst the tropical mangroves of the Riviera Maya, these suites offer floating views out over the lagoon.


Photo Courtesy Rosewood Hotels and Resorts

The suites are beautifully understated, white walled canvases giving way to hints of Mexican inspired motifs around the suites. These suites are just the way you envision your home to be after the kids have moved out but with your very own plunge pool. Glass walled bathrooms that invite nature in and you out to an open air garden shower.

Amenities: Private boat dock, Bose audio and sound, heated plunge pool, butler service

The closest airport serving private jets is Cancun International.


Sandals Grande St Lucian, St Lucia

As a leading honeymoon resort group, the magnetism of an overwater villa is not an ambitious grasp. Therefore not unexpected when Sandals debuted additional over water bungalows at its St Lucian resort.

The same show-stopping floor to vaulted ceiling windows affording views out to the Caribbean sea. A neutrally toned decor with accents of azure blue as if to spray the colours of the outdoors on the inside.


Photo Courtesy Sandals Hotels and Resorts

Mosaic covered spa sized bathrooms complete with Red Lane Spa Amenities.


Photo Courtesy Sandals Hotels and Resorts

Hard to imagine a struggle for romantic moments here with an over water hammock to gaze at the bejewelled Caribbean night sky from or cosy moments with your favourite glasses of bubbles from the open air soak tub for two.

Amenities: Butler Elite Service, beach and bonfire parties, unlimited water sports, overwater hammock

Which one of these have you visited, or which would you plan to visit?


And debuting 2021 is the ultra luxurious Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel, Belize

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