There has been a lot of hype around overwater villas and bungalow lately, and they have earned every bit of it. Being the dreamer that I am, I immediately began researching how to turn this dream into a reality. At first, my search was very displeasing. I love the idea waking up and having the ocean at your feet but not enough to pay 500 plus per night to experience it. After hours of surfing the internet, I was able to compile a list of 8 overwater bungalow or villas available to rent for less than $300 a night.
Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort, Selangor Malaysia $149/night
At a very affordable $149 per night, Sepang Goldcoast Resort is much nicer than one would expect. The cheapest accommodation contains 4 notably luxurious apartments in each single structure. Although you cannot swim under them, for this price I think that is a fair compromise.
This eco-luxe lodge contains 12 tented overwater villas. Interestingly enough, these villas were inspired by African safari tents. To make it even better, they offer off resort excursions to the nearby villages. Not only will you be able to enjoy the luxury of the resort, you’ll also be able to experience the true culture of Cambodia.
Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson – Malaysia $164/night
As one of the newest resorts to hit the overwater market, Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson holds the record for the largest overwater resort in the world. The resort opened in 2016 and features 522 overwater villas. Combine this amazing price with the a sale on agoda.com and you can sometimes snag one of these for as little as $115/night
Pearl Farm Beach Resort, Philippines $200/night
This resort offers beautiful villas on a stunning classic Philippino beach. The villas sit on stilts in crystal clear blue water. Unfortunately, you cannot swim under these villas but the view from above is more than satisfying. Included in your stay is access to numerous water sports to keep to entire family entertained.
While these bungalows may not be over the ocean they are in fact over water. Floating on top of a beautiful stretch of the Kwai River, the Float House River Kwai features 10 lavish villas. The only way to reach the resort is by boat. The resort offers on and off-site activities for guests to take advantage of.
Reethi Beach, Maldives $268/night
The Maldives is known for its overwater bungalows so its only natural that at least one would make the list. Reethi Beach includes a PADI 5-star dive center, free 30-minute snorkeling sessions daily, and 5 restaurants with bars. This is a great place to bring to the entire family for a week-long getaway.
Coral Lodge, Panama $290/night
Currently, under renovation, the Coral Lodge is expected to become one of the top competitors in affordable overwater bungalows. This remote eco-lodge contains simple palm-thatched villas with hammocks, private decking, and tons of activities nearby. This is definitely a unique experience that may not be for everyone. And unfortunately, I would not recommend this one to families with small children.
Thatch Caye, Belize $295/night
This accommodation is especially important to me since it is the closest to me here in the United States. Spend your time kayaking through the clear blue water or relaxing in a hammock while vacationing on this private island. All bungalows are free standing and you can even swim under them.
Royal Huahine, Huahine $301/night
Often compared to Bora Bora,Huahine can be considered its less touristy little sister. The Royal Huahine resort features 11 overwater bungalows that all face west in order to capitalize on the breathtaking sunsets. Suba diving, sunset cruises, and deep sea fishing are just a few of the excursions offered here.