Picture it, lazing by your private plunge pool on a spacious deck, cocktail in hand, tropical waters surrounding you in every direction, your loved one close by, the sun shining, not a care in the world. The hardest decision you have to make that day will be whether to try the freshly grilled Mahi-Mahi for lunch or maybe the Kobe beef. You’re as happy as you’ve ever been and think you could potentially spend the rest of your life in this very moment. And who would argue?
The overwater bungalow is the ultimate in honeymoon luxury yet, like anything worthwhile, it doesn’t come cheap. But is cheap a word you want associated with your honeymoon anyway? The two ultimate honeymoon destinations are Tahiti (both Moorea and Bora Bora) and the Maldives, and these countries are usually chosen for their stunning 5 star resorts with accommodation options reaching out over the turquoise waters for the utmost in opulence and indulgence.
Tahiti is part of French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean, located some 6 hours flying time from the East coast of Australia. The Maldives on the other hand is west, a double chain of small atolls situated in the Indian Ocean south-west of Sri Lanka. Both destinations are known for their clear tropical waters, white sands, and the warmest of hospitality. While these two small nations are certainly the most popular and lavish honeymoon destinations for overwater bungalow style honeymoons, there are other options out there. Fiji, Vanuatu, Malaysia, and the Philippines all offer resorts where this style of accommodation is a possibility and should not be counted out, all having their own individual style and charm on offer.
Price will always be the main concern. For a standard 7-10 day honeymoon, we would expect an amazing overwater bungalow package in Tahiti or the Maldives to be in the $12000-$16000AUD range for 2 people including flights, accommodation perched on stilts out over the water, transfers and breakfasts. Obviously this will vary depending on the standard of the resort chosen, the time of year, and the airfares available. Meals are another consideration as well, as once you are on an island or atoll you will not have numerous eating options to choose from and there’s no popping over to the next village for lunch. So a package that includes half board (breakfast and dinner) or full board (the same but also with lunch and alcohol included) should certainly be considered and this will push the price up again but will often be cheaper than paying locally.
These amounts will be out of reach for many couples but all is definitely not lost. Swapping from the above overwater bungalow to a beach villa or an ocean view suite at one of the same resorts will cut costs considerably. Alternatively, looking at a private plunge pool villa in a destination like Bali or Thailand will halve the price but still retain the 5 star luxuries that most are looking for. Like with anything, there are options to make things more doable for the more price-conscious among us.
So is the overwater bungalow worthwhile for a honeymoon? It all comes down to taste. While there are plenty of different options out there, the overwater bungalow absolutely is an amazing option that will offer one of the best honeymoon experiences that money can buy. There is no comparison to yourself and your newlywed unwinding in a private world of your own without a care in the world, planning for a happy future together…..
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