How to Choose an Overwater Bungalow

An overwater bungalow is the ultimate luxury experience. Most clients know that they want to make it happen but they have no idea how to choose between hotels in the Maldives.

At the 5-star level, you can expect top-notch service everywhere so the best way to choose between them is the style and the sense of place.

There are  three main categories: Eco Luxe, Contemporary, or "On Brand."

Eco Luxe Bungalows

Barefoot luxury means a dressed down, casual style with accommodations that naturally blend into their surroundings. There is a strong focus on wellness and enjoying the natural environment.

Nothing feels excessive or out of place and many eco luxury hotels focus on sustainability, which is especially important in the Maldives.

Eco Luxe hotels are for travelers seeking wellness, sustainability, nature, and peace.

Six Senses Laamu
Contemporary Bungalows

Contemporary style bungalows are for the traveler who loves great interior design and sleek space. They value chicness and attention to detail and they especially like the formality of dressing up in their favorite resort wear for Michelin level meals.

Contemporary resorts also cater to families and often have their own water parks or even slides into the ocean!

You'll find modern facilities and great activities for kids and parents alike.

Cheval Blanc Randheli
"On Brand" Bungalows

There are several 5 star resorts in the Maldives that are extensions of famous brands such as Four Seasons, St. Regis, or COMO.

For these resorts, it's important to stay true to their brand, which means the level of service and style matches what you would find at any of their hotels around the world.

"On Brand" bungalows are for the traveler who wants a consistent experience no matter where they travel. Hotels like Four Seasons even have customer profiles saved so every preference is saved and noted before arrival.

Four Kuda HuraaSeaons

After you've decided which style is best for you, start to think about how far away from the airport you want to be, how many different dinning choices you need, and which marine life you want to see.

Once you've rounded up the answers to all these questions, contact your travel advisor for extra customization and perks!

Which style would you choose?