Overwater bungalows have become the ultimate representation of a luxurious, romantic tropical getaway - and with their rise in popularity has come a rise in competition which means that they are now more than ever are more affordable than ever to experience for yourself. The only hard part will be choosing which one is right for you!
To get you started, we rounded up some of our favorite overwater bungalow resorts (of all different price points) in French Polynesia. Happy daydreaming!
1. Le Meridien Bora Bora
At the Le Meridien Bora Bora you can indulge in fully redesigned overwater bungalows with unique large glass floor panels, stunning beach bungalows and intimate pool beach suites and villas with a private infinity pool.
The overwater bungalows are air conditioned and located right over the water with a large section of glass in the floor which provides endless entertainment for guests. The overwater bungalows feature a large deck, which is an ideal place to read or take in the sunset. Ladders from the deck make it easy to slip into the lagoon’s warm, turquoise water. All overwater bungalows are air-conditioned and have the same amenities as the beach bungalows.
The Le Meridien Bora Bora offers three different catagories of bungalows; beach, overwater and premium.
The premium overwater bungalows are ideal for travelers seeking romance, privacy or both. The premium overwater bungalows have the best views in the resort, all the facilities of the standard overwater bungalows and have the additional advantage of being located at the end of the deck in a very quiet location.
Le Tipanie restaurant is renowned as one of the best restaurants in Bora Bora. Overlooking the interior lagoon, Le Tipanie restaurant welcomes you in an original setting. A la carte dinner and several buffets on different themes are offered.Le Meridien Bora Bora is only 20 minutes by private boat from the airport and 5 minutes from the main island. The resort is a Polynesian paradise offering an extraordinary view of the Island over looking Mt.Otemanu and Bora Bora lagoon, and is situated on one of the finest deserted beaches found in the South Pacific.
2. Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa
The Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa has 122 luxury suites & villas are located on 16 acres of lush & terraced land overlooking a private cove of crystalline waters. The place of Motu Toopua in sacred Polynesian mythology is reflected in authentic artifacts, decorations, and landscaping. The indigenous feel is carried into the luxurious oversized interiors of the suites & villas whose decor features marble tiles, exotic woods, and precious tapa cloths.
Presidential Overwater Villas (3 229 sq. ft.) unique overwater villa suite on two levels including well-being center, outside swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Take in spectacular views from the hilltop Nui Spa and sample delicious local cuisine in the Iriatai Panoramic Restaurant at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa.
The Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa Over water Villas (1022 sq. ft.) with magnificent views of the island and the Bora Bora Lagoon. Enjoy unobstructed views of the lagoon from your private water-side balcony or relax in your king canopy bed and watch Bora Bora’s exotic marine life float past the glass floor-viewing panels. Unwind in the Italian marble bathroom and stay entertained in the separate seating area with satellite TV and wireless internet access.
The Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa is located on Motu Toopua in the Bora Bora lagoon. The Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa is 20 minutes from Bora Bora Airport by private boat or shuttle boat, a magic introduction to the dramatic lagoon and the towering Mount Otemanu.
3. Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort
This beautiful resort is a member of The Leading Small Hotels of the World and features 20 garden suites with a private plunge pool and tropical garden, 10 beach suites with Jacuzzis® and 50 overwater bungalows with glass-bottom tables.
The Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort also features the new Fare Ambrosia Italian restaurant and helicopter shuttle to Le Taha'a, Private Island & Spa.
4. Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Your South Seas adventure begins here. The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is located on its own private island is located between a quiet lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is based on the Polynesian style of building and the use of tropical plants and flowers.
The white sand beaches are a sparkling carpet leading to a turquoise lagoon that supports a myriad of under sea creatures, enjoy seeing them while snorkeling in the lagoon. Mount Otemanu, in the background, is a spectacular sight from the first light of day to the shimmering moonlit night. Choose one of the 100 overwater bungalows, or one of the 7 villas with their own pools located beachfront.
Choose from 4 bars and restaurants to enjoy gourmet cuisine or casual dining options along with cocktails at sunset followed by a unique culinary experience that is unforgettable. Choose your activities from Kite Surfing, to relaxing in the Spa, or riding a stand up paddleboard. There are separate facilities for teens and other children separate from the ones for adults, a unique experience in the South Pacific.
You will be met by a Four Seasons staff member at the Aeroport de Bora Bora who will have refreshments for you, and will show you to a luxury boat to speed you to the resort. Once at the arrival pavilion you will be shown the resort while you are escorted to your overwater bungalow. Mt. Otemanu looms as a great backdrop for the resort and its guests. This is a not to be forgotten sight.
5. Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a haven of subtle luxury for adults only and the first and only resort in Fiji with over water-bures. It is a unique and special place designed with integrity to Fijian cultural values, traditional designs and architecture, and is embraced by the renowned warmth of the Fijian people.
From the water it looks like an ancient village, so traditional is the style. The beating heart of the Resort is a magnificent building in the design of a Fijian canoe house. Surrounded by sprawling ceilings, hand-woven thatch and an exotic mix of natural materials and modern elements, Likuliku Lagoon Resort embodies the richness of an ancient culture with vibrant present-day lifestyle touches.
6. InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa
A lavish garden setting, a gorgeous turquoise lagoon, volcanic peaks rising up in the distance – The InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is the perfect launch-point for your French Polynesian vacation.
Located on the main island in Papeete only two kilometres from the airport and city shopping, this is your first stop in French Polynesia, welcoming you into a lush 12-hectare tropical garden, surrounded by clear, cerulean seas. With overwater bungalows, lagoon-view and garden-view rooms, our premium accommodation provides panoramic views over beautiful Tahiti, showcasing the sparkling ocean and the volcanic mountains of our sister island, Moorea.
The 4-star resort and spa boasts two superb infinity pools set amid colourful indigenous plants and towering palms. We offer a diverse range of activities and top-notch facilities, with locally renowned restaurants and vibrant tropical bars, each offering their own unique ambiance. Relax in the Lobby Bar with a premium drink, enjoy an intimate dinner at Le Lotus overwater restaurant, or kick up your heels with our signature cocktails at Tiki Bar.
With a luxury spa, lush overwater bungalows, tropical gardens and a wide range of water sports, the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa is the quintessential island escape, with everything you need for a true French Polynesian getaway.
7. Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island
Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island is both an exclusive private island and stunning white sand beach. Luxurious and expansive, Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island features 95 bungalows in a variety of styles, including overwater and hillside, plus gourmet cuisne, bar, wine cellar, day spa, infinity swimming pool and recreational facilities.
The Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach and Private Island offers a range of luxurious bungalows offer the ultimate in tropical seclusion. Choose from overwater lagoon, hillside, beach or garden vistas and enjoy the best in contemporary comforts including plasma TVs, plush daybeds and the famous Sofitel MyBeds.
8. St. Regis Bora Bora
The most impressive accommodations in the South Pacific combined with a distinctive interpretation of personalized service – elevate The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort to a new level of splendor with effortless elegance. From the Oasis Pool, a natural wonder; to the central pool, with a swim-up bar; to the saltwater private lagoon, full of native fish and stingrays, dive into the many pleasures of paradise.
Rising in the distance, the towering majesty of Mount Otemanu is an ever-present symbol of the lofty luxury and impressively personalized service of St. Regis. The celebrated St. Regis Butler ensures that everything is possible from arranging an unforgettable day of yachting and diving, to supervising every detail of a lavish “at home” dinner with family and friends.
Premier Over Water Villa featuring private whirlpool
Featuring a spacious, private terrace with Jacuzzi; covered gazebo complete with daybed; private pontoon and outdoor shower. The Premier Over Water Villa invites you to discover the true meaning of serenity. These accommodations are 1,905 square feet. Eight Premier Over Water Villas are available in this category.
Standard Villa Amenities
In addition to an outdoor shower, each villa comes equipped with two 42-inch Plasma screen TV’s, a Bose DVD/CD player, an espresso/coffee maker, high speed internet access, individual A/C units, a well-stocked minibar, and your own personal safe.
To ensure a memorable resort experience the St. Regis Butler service is provided for all of the resort’s villas. By simply pressing the “butler” button on the telephone, the team of St. Regis Butlers is available to facilitate requests, working as a liaison with all other service areas within the resort to ensure an enjoyable stay. The St. Regis Butler can assist you arranging a Polynesian Wedding ceremony, a romantic flower petal turndown or even a day on your very own private island. Guests of the resort’s exclusive Royal Estate have a dedicated St. Regis Butler throughout their stay to manage and facilitate all requests.
9. Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort
Situated on a small island paradise of 4 hectares, the motu Tiano, Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is nestled in a wild coconut grove bordered by deserted pink-sand beaches, which are unique in French Polynesia. Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort is a Pearl amongst the Tuamotu Islands with all bungalows designed in authentic Polynesian style.
On a visit in 1987 Jacques Cousteau’s research group made a study of Tikehau’s lagoon and they discovered that it contains a greater variety of fish species than any other place in French Polynesia.
Overwater Bungalows and Suites
Overwater Bungalows are located at the beginning of the first pontoon and feature a glass bottom table to enjoy the spectacular underwater life of the lagoon. Located at the end of the first pontoon, the Premium Overwater Bungalows (51SM) feature a glass bottom table and also offer a direct access to the translucent lagoon.
The Overwater Suites overhang the calm sandy lagoon on the second pontoon. In addition to their spacious size, they feature a number of facilities which will make your stay most enjoyable.
The Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort has 13 Beach Bungalows with air conditioning and 24 Overwater Bungalows and suites. All bungalows, designed in true Polynesian style, are very spacious (55 SM) and are equipped with a fan, mini bar, coffee / tea making facilities, direct dial phone, safe, television and private verandah. The Over Water Bungalows include a glass section of the floor from which to enjoy the spectacular underwater life of the lagoon.