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Fiji 

Personalized service with a serene setting makes the Koro Sun Resort an excellent choice as a holiday destination. Food and the overall staying experience regularly receive a 5 star rating. The welcome massage you receive goes is indicative of the type of experience you will have. Nothing personifies Fiji more than the staff here who make you feel welcome and relaxed. The views from the resort are stunning with water and green-based accommodations available. The perfect place for honeymooners or [read more]
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Moorea

While it’s not super-glam, the Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort and Spa offers enough fun amenities to make it feel pretty luxurious. From special mattress pads to Crabtree and Evelyn goodies to a wet bar, the rooms here are stocked. There are 54 large overwater bungalows with glass floor sections and the resort is known for its hospitality. It’s location on the north shore makes for easy access to local eateries not to mention great scenery.   TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Hilton Moorea Lagoon [read more]
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Maldives

This moderately priced, 4-star hotel is the only one in the Maldives that allows guest check in at any hour. Close to the airport, it features 56 water bungalows and villas as well as 120 other villas on its own private island. Activities include everything from scuba diving to banana boats to a freshwater pool. Great for both families and couples,  the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa also has a variety of restaurants, making it a great choice for anyone planning to stay a while.  TripAdvisor [read more]
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Maldives

Like to dance into the night? This place has its own private DJ! In addition to having great diving , this private island resort also has its own Ayurvedic massage center to soothe all those aches and pains that come from too much fun exertion. Offering several all-inclusive packages this is a very reasonably priced option with 115 bungalows, 16 of which are over water. Take note, gals: there’s also an on-site gem and jewelry store! TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Adaaran Club Rannalhi Rated [read more]
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Bora Bora

If you like a little self-indulgence when you travel, this is your place. Virtually every room at Le Meridian Bora Bora is overwater with glass floor sections so you can observe the life of the water beneath you (and if you still need more, they also offer a turtle sanctuary!). There’s a children’s program if your little ones need some structure as well as a 24-hour concierge service. If you’ve decided to leave the kids at home, the resort is incredibly romantic with easy access to the mainland [read more]
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Bora Bora

  If you’re the kind of traveler who likes to really feel at home when you travel, the InterContinential is a great choice. With 80 larger-than-average, over-water, luxury villas, you’ll really be able to spread out. If you’ve got a big family the resort also has three even larger beachfront family suites. Yes, it’s a tad pricier than some of the other resorts, but the resort’s space and sterling reputation for customer satisfaction more than make up for the rates. The Intercontinental [read more]
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Bora Bora

Like wide open spaces? Situated on a private island, the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort offers bungalows much larger than the average hotel, not to mention two-level Presidential villas if you’re so inclined. While there’s a full-service spa on the premises you may not be able to pull yourself away from the glass floor in your room. If and when you do decide to take a break from watching fish, there are four different dining/bar options, not to mention a myriad of activities like snorkeling and [read more]
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Bora Bora

Want a room with a view? No problem! Pearl Beach Resort offers incredible views of Mount Otemanu, not to mention incredible customer service. With a reputation for attending to guests’ every need you can really see how they earned their 5-star rating. Among their many great features is their free boat service to the main Bora Bora island. You’ll get there in minutes and have access to exceptional shopping and restaurant choices (although even if you just stayed put at the resort you’d have [read more]
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Maldives

Adaaran Prestige Water Villas in the Maldives is like its relatives in the area, a well sought after overwater villa that thousands flock to every year. They manage to think of everything at this place, from architectural design to elegant furnishings and even that personal touch that is always a pleasant surpass to your stay. The year round weather the resort is blessed with makes it possible to enjoy outdoor activities whenever you decide to come. Snorkeling, swimming, walking trails, you can [read more]
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Maldives

  The Adaaran Prestige Vadoo is definitely a must see and must stay spot on your Maldives travel list. This award winning resort has been a hit with regular visitors to this area for years now taking out the most recent Tripadvisor award for Cerificate of Excellence in 2012 as well as the 2010 World's Leading Water Villa Retreat at the World Travel Awards. Nestled on its own private island, staying at the Adaaran is a wonderful mix of pure relaxation and outdoor adventure all in one. Consider their [read more]
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Tahiti

While the resort itself is private and romantic, the list of things to do on Tahiti is so long it’s hard not to make that the focus. From deep-sea fishing to the Paul Gaugin Museum to sailing lessons, you may not end up spending much time here at all. If you do, keep in mind there are just 12 bungalows that are overwater here, although there are 137 rooms in total. Known for its romantic, private setting, this is a good value for the money, although don’t expect cutting-edge decor or amenities [read more]
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Tahiti

Of the 200 rooms at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort, 32 are over water and all of them large which makes sense given the size of the place in general. With 30 acres of gardens, a Lagoonarium, a diving center, two pools, and a private beach, guests should have no problem staying busy. In fact, given the scope and active nature of the resort, this might be a place best suited to families than couples. That said, views of Moorea abound and it is the simplest hotel to reach in the area. Other interesting [read more]
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Vanuatu

More for families than singles or couples, the Warwick Le Lagon has enough to keep the whole brood more than busy. Just four of the facility’s 142 rooms are over water although this resort has so many activities to keep you busy you may not spend time there anyway. From windsurfing to a golf course to every adult’s dream: a separate kids’ pool, there are tons of ways to stay active here. In fact, the hotel offers some all-inclusive rates which makes it a great value for the money.   TripAdvisor [read more]
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Tahaa, Tahiti

The Vahine Island Private Island Resort is why people love overwater lodging. On a private island that covers 25 acres, they have only nine rooms in total, three of which are over water. Although hugely romantic, there is plenty to do if you’ve brought the family. From a naturalist tour of the island, to coconut leaf weaving class, to pareo demonstrations, this place offers some really unique perks. If none of that interests you, the scenery definitely will as this resort prides itself on its [read more]
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Tikehau, French Polynesia (near Tahiti)

Moderately priced, the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort offers incredible scenery in a super-remote location, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful atolls in Polynesia. With both premium and regular bungalows, guests have their choice of rooms, although even the regular ones are fairly spacious. A favorite with honeymooning couples, there are only 37 rooms here, giving it a more intimate feel than many resorts. In fact, the Tikehau offers Romance packages as well as a number of children’ [read more]
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Raiatea , Tahiti

While the setting is great, the hotel itself is somewhat outdated and perhaps past its prime. There’s no a/c here, although there are nine bungalows that are perched above the water. The price point is low but so are the amenities so unless you’re really strapped for cash, this might not be your best bet.    TripAdvisor Ratings and Reviews for Raiatea Hawaiki Nui Hotel:   Ranked #2 out of 8 Raiatea B & B and inns TripAdvisor snippets: “Beautiful setting for a resort” “Great place to [read more]
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Manihi

Now here’s something you don’t get to do every day: visit a pearl farm! The area has a long history of pearl farming and you can visit one of the farms while you’re there. Very, very secluded, the Manihi is a good choice for those looking for a moderate price point. With 40 bungalows, 21 of which are on land, the vibe is intimate making it a great choice for honeymooners and couples in general. That said, there are lots of things to keep the kids busy if your honeymoon days are behind you.   [read more]
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Fiji

The only resort in Fiji with over water bungalows or water villas (called "bures" in Fiji)!  The Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a 5-star hotel located on a small private island, and is ideally set up for honeymoons and other romantic getaways. There are 10 overwater bungalows along with 35 beachfront and garden bungalows. The overwater bungalows as well as the other rooms are all large and very well appointed, using local materials and themes throughout, so the resort has a distinctive Fijian feeling [read more]
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Noumea

Situated on a private island, this resort used to be the Coral Palms Island Resort and has 25 large overwater bungalows out of the hotel’s 69 rooms. Guests can visit the mainland by the hotel boat (it shuttles visitors to the mainland seven times a day) or take advantage of the hotel facilities like banana boats and kite-surfing school. If you’re visiting Australia or New Zealand, this is an easy reach as there are direct flights to this area which is southwest of New Caledonia.    TripAdvisor [read more]
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Huahine

Secluded in the best possible way, this resort is the perfect choice for honeymooners looking to slow down and really, really get away from it all. The one and only overwater choice on Huahine, the pace here is slow but easy-to-reach activities abound. From shark feeding to boat trips to archeological tours, there is so much to experience in the area if you want to stay busy you can. With a lower price point than many nearby facilities, this 3-star hotel is a great option for those on a smaller [read more]
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Vanuatu

Having recently undergone a renovation, this lovely facility has a wonderful fresh, modern feel to it, not to mention one stunner of a lobby. With not only overwater villas but seaside dining facilities, this would be a great place for a wedding. That said, there’s plenty to keep kids busy including a kids’ club (and, kids eat free!). With a pool bar and an additional restaurant there’s plenty of opportunities to chow down. Once you’ve had your fill, head to the on-site spa to check out [read more]
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Samoa

The only overwater bungalow resort in Samoa, Coconuts Beach Club is an interesting collection of accommodation that is particularly popular with Australians and Kiwis. Featuring two overwater bungalows, which they refer to as ‘over-the-water fales’ in their literature, the resort also has beach bungalows, royal beach villas, normal hotel rooms and suites, as well as “treehouse rooms” in a special jungle-themed building. The location on Samoa is ideal for water sports of all kinds, including [read more]
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Cook Islands, South Pacific

If you’re looking for a place to tie the knot Aitutaki Lagoon Resort and Spa can not only host you but help you plan your big day. Located on a private island, these are the only overwater bungalows to be found in the Cook Islands and while those are the main attraction there are also beach and garden accommodations as well. If your guests want to party the main island, where they can find all sorts of shops and eateries can easily be reached from the resort. That said, the Aitutaki offers everything [read more]
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Moorea

With a decidedly French feel (they offer boules, petanque, and their spa is called “Le Spa”), the Sofitel is a good choice for those on a somewhat limited budget. In addition to overwater bungalows, this resort also has beach and garden rooms available, all of which have a distinctly private feel. Located overlooking Tahiti, the scenery is fantastic even if the resort isn’t one of the most luxurious in town.    TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for Sofitel Moorea La Ora Beach Resort:   Ranked [read more]
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Moorea

Have a hankering for a real Polynesian tattoo? This is your place. The resort’s own tattoo artist is available every day except Sunday to give you some ink, either in your room or at his poolside studio. That’s not the only thing that genuine around here: decor takes its lead from the local aesthetic, making it feel much more authentic than many other surrounding resorts. Of the facility’s 94 rooms, 28 are overwater and all are in stunning surroundings.  TripAdvisor Ratings & Reviews for  [read more]
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Moorea

Offering a range of prices, the overwater rooms here vary from ones that sit directly over water to ones that skim the edge of it, but regardless of which room you choose, the prices are right. The resort’s service has earned it a great reputation and therefore tremendous popularity in the area. Local shopping and eateries are nearby but you may not want to stray off grounds anyway as resort features include everything from live entertainment to a dolphin center. Keep in mind, nightlife isn’ [read more]
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Maldives

Although it’s only been open for a few years, the Zitahli has managed to earn quite the reputation for itself. With giant villas (30 are overwater, 20 are on the beach) that are spaced quite a way from each other, guests can have real privacy, making it a great choice for honeymooners. With five dining options there are plenty of places to keep guests nice and full (that’s if they can leave their rooms which include pillow menus, rain showers, and Jacuzzis). For a great overview... don't miss [read more]
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Maldives

The 65 water villas here (there are a total of 100 villas in the entire resort) include duplexes and some with their own private pools. Clearly this kind of luxury comes with a price but if you’re looking to really indulge, this is the place. Opened in late 2011, this 5-star facility features amenities like pillow menus, espresso machines, spa services, and a variety of restaurants.    TripAdvisor Ratings and Reviews for Zitahli Dholhiyadhoo Resort:  No TripAdvisor Ranking yet. TripAdvisor [read more]
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Maldives

Formerly known as “Beach House Maldives” this facility is the flagship Maldives resort for the Waldorf hotel group. The variety of activities here is excellent and thus the hotel attracts a wide variety of travelers from honeymooners to families. There are 48 water villas here as well as 35 beach villas and perhaps because it’s one of the more remote resorts, there are a lot of dining options including one over water restaurant with glass floors. While there is all the usual to do here like [read more]
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Maldives

No wonder this place has in-room dining. With rooms every bit as luxurious as one would expect from a W hotel, it’s amazing guests ever leave, let along ever go home. With total of 78 rooms (49 are over water), this place really lives up to the chain’s reputation. Among many other amenities some rooms include glass floor lounges, wraparound sun decks, oversized infinity pools, and two bathrooms. With seven bars and restaurants, guests may also have trouble pulling themselves away from the activities [read more]
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