Most couples dream of spending their honeymoon or anniversary in a dreamy bungalow, overlooking waters of such aquamarine clarity that sea life can be spotted from the hammock on your porch.
Luckily, these iconic, thatch roof-style bungalows exist in some of the most beautiful islands in the world. In both the Maldives and Tahiti, you can put your snorkel gear on and jump right off your porch.
Though many of these spots are a bit of a splurge, they're absolutely perfect for couples planning a celebratory holiday, and staying in one of these luxury villas will be an unforgettable experience.
According to OverwaterBungalows.net, more than two-thirds of all such idyllic over water accommodation in the world (some 5,000 villas) are located in the Maldives. Couples can choose from around 80 private-island resorts, which vary in quality from three to five stars.
If you're looking for a romantic getaway, you may want to look for smaller resorts that cater more toward couples and less toward families. You and your loved one may not want an all-inclusive meal plan, so pick a vacation package accordingly. Similarly, some bungalows are located closer to great reefs for snorkelling and diving. Many resorts have incredible spas, room service and all the extra luxuries you could want to make your getaway the stuff of fantasies.
Tahiti and Bora Bora
Though the most famous French Polynesian island, Tahiti has only a couple of overwater bungalows on offer. Compared to other resorts in the area, these two are nicely priced and conveniently located near a wide variety of restaurants and cultural activities.
Just an hour's flight from Tahiti, Bora Bora, on the other hand, looks exactly how you pictured it when fantasising about your romantic getaway. With the dazzling, lush green mountains as a backdrop for these overwater bungalows, you and your honey will never forget the week you spent swimming, snorkelling and frolicking in the sunshine of Bora Bora.
... sounds heavenly!