With much of the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America opening up to U.S. tourism, now is the time to think about booking your next dream vacation. Overwater bungalow resorts are a dream come true for many; and the ultimate romantic experience. So what are you waiting for? Here are six of the best.
Sandals Grande St. Lucian, St. Lucia
Located on a peninsula, relax on a white-sand beach in one of only nine overwater villas with glass floors and direct views of Pigeon Island (which has great hiking). Choose from over ten restaurants on the property, from beach casual to fine dining. Then indulge in four pool areas, each with its own unique vibe. Butlers can serve you breakfast in bed, and there’s even an overwater wedding chapel for those who are so inclined.
El Dorado Palafitos, Maroma Beach, Mexico
This is the ultimate adults-only, all-inclusive resort on the best beach in Riviera Maya. You’ll experience tropical bliss right above the turquoise waves in your exclusive bungalow at Maroma Beach. Glass floors are just the beginning of your overwater living space. Watch the sun set and rise from your private deck in a classic stilted Palafitos. The feature that sets these bungalows apart from the others is the authentic furniture made from locally-sourced Zapote wood, with white granite accents and genuine prints and fabrics.
Sandals South Coast, Jamaica
Come stay at the only resort in the quiet town of Whitehouse, surrounded by 500 acres of lush wildlife. With a luxurious, adults-only vibe, Sandals does all-inclusive right by covering everything from food and drinks, to watersports and other activities. There is plenty for the active traveler in the way of a well-equipped fitness center and tennis court. But romance is the theme here, and a butler will not hesitate to serve welcome cocktails, arrange dinner reservations and even unpack your suitcase. Outdoor showers, a soaking tub, and mini-bar complete the package.
Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico
On a mile-long beach just a short drive from Playa del Carmen, embrace yourself in serenity at this five-star, all-inclusive resort with elegant suites, gorgeous bathrooms and your own private plunge pool. This is the place where honeymooners and romance shine. It’s family-friendly as well, with a kids’ club, babysitting services and family-friendly parks. The deluxe overwater lagoon suites offer outdoor garden showers, sundecks, with swim-up access from the lagoon. It is paradise personified.
Thatch Caye Resort, Belize
Another gorgeous all-inclusive resort on its own private island, Belize is a true gem in the land of tranquility in nature, just off the grid. It is a short boat ride to the mainland and Dangriga; only 30 guests are allowed on the island at a time to enjoy snorkeling, reef fishing, diving, kayaking and lobster hunts. After your day of activity, relax in one of the hammocks scattered among the palm trees. Tours of Mayam ruins are also available.
Sandals Royal Caribbean, Jamaica
Sandals continues its name-brand style of luxury with this resort on a private island. The tranquil atmosphere invites you to partake in your personal soaking tub for two in your swim-up suite, complete with butler service. Indulge in the Red Lane Spa and fitness center, the French and Thai cuisine, and premium alcohol, all included. Fill your days snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding, then watch the sunset over the Caribbean on a floating deck in your personal hammock.
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