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Hiding Away at Pangkor Laut Island in Malaysia

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  Site Where: Pangkor Laut Island, Lumut, Perak, Malaysia, 32200
February 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s the last day of February, so here’s hoping Spring will come soon to those of us still hiding from the cold. If in addition to a bit of warmth, you could do with some isolation from overcrowded cities, this sea villa at Malaysia’s Pangkor Laut Island should look pretty appealing right about now – it certainly does to us.

There is more than one of these overwater bungalows, but this shot makes it look like it’s just you that is lucky enough to gaze out over and sleep above the Straits of Malacca (between Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra). Given that this is the only hotel on the island, peace and quiet will be easy to come by.

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Why We (and Celebs) Like Lagoon Suites vs. Beach Suites

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  Site Where: CTRA. FEDERAL CANCÚN–PLAYA DEL CARMEN KM 298,, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
December 12, 2011 at 2:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, we named the Ocean View Suites at Rosewood Mayakoba one of HotelChatter's 10 Sexiest Hotel Rooms Alive! This is a fact.

However, after returning to the property this fall, we were introduced to a new breed of sexy hotel suite: the Lagoon Suite.

At first, we were all like, "why would we wanna stay here, where we might see a crocodile swimming below our bedroom floor?" Then we had the pleasure of bunking down in a lagoon suite for a few nights and voila! We were converted. And now we know why so many of the celebs who stay at this ritzy Riviera Maya retreat also opt for the lagoon over the ocean view suites. (Said celebs may or may not include: Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp, U2, TomKat and Suri, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.)

Scroll down for a few more reasons to love the lagoon...

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Watching The Water Through The Floor At Kamalame Cay's Overwater Spa

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  Site Where: Kamalame Cay, Bahamas
October 26, 2010 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

You know how yesterday we were saying that the Killer Views followed us everywhere at Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas? Well, we weren't kidding. Even when we were face down on a massage table, those persistent picturesque views just wouldn't quit. That's because the Overwater Spa at Kamalame has windows in the floor so you can gaze into the ocean while you're getting a treatment.

We know. Insane, right? We're a little obsessed with Overwater Bungalows and love that we don't have to travel as far as Tahiti or the Maldives to enjoy them.

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The Killer View At Anantara Kihavah Villas, Opening In December

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  Site Where: Baa Atoll , Maldives
August 19, 2010 at 11:11 AM | by | Comment (1)

Getting depressed about the impending end of summer? Yeah, us too. That's why we're feasting on this Killer View from an overwater bungalow at the Anantara Kihavah Villas, which opens in the Maldives on December 1. What better reason to look forward to winter? (And to wish for an unexpected windfall or sudden fame and fortune?)

The newest Anantara in a place with a bunch of 'em, Anantara Kihavah will bring new 78 overwater and beachfront villas to the Maldives, along with an underwater restaurant and wine cellar, and a 'jungle spa.'

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A Swiss Twist on Overwater Bungalows

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  Site Where: Route des Gouttes d'Or 2, Neuchatel , Switzerland, 2000
January 27, 2009 at 9:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

We get a bit tingly when we see pictures of a hotel that look as gorgeous as this one. This over-lake wonder is the Hotel Palafitte near Neuchâtel in French-speaking Switzerland, in the north-west of the country.

What makes us even more tingly is when it sounds like our high expectations might actually be fulfilled. Nearly every guest review of this place is overloaded with glowing adjectives and phrases like "One of Europe's best experiences" or "truly one of the most fantastic hotels".

There are rooms--they call them "pavilions"--both on the shore and over the lake, but if you're going all the way to Switzerland you've got to stay with the water lapping under you, right? That would put you back 695 Francs ($600) a night plus another 35Fr ($30) for breakfast.

[Photo: Tambako the Jaguar]

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Cubicle Dreamin' :: Chopping It to Vahine Island

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  Site Where: BP 510, Uturoa, French Polynesia, 97385
October 9, 2008 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way. In this episode, Hotel Maven Annie0007 is taking a trip to an exotic island only accessible by helicopter or boat. Enjoy.

Bid me Bon Voyage, folks. No more presidential debates, crappy economy, gargantuan workload, traffic horns blaring, and gas prices. Yep, I'm outta here. Goodbye, New York City! My husband and I just gave ourselves a week off, cubicle-dreamin'-style, and we're headed to Vahine Island.

Vahine is a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific's Society Islands. You can only get there by boat or helicopter. Tough, huh? This is, after all, dreaming -- let's take the helicopter.

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Northern California's Take On Overwater Bungalows

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  Site Where: 23240 Highway 1 [map], Marshal, CA, United States
October 24, 2007 at 1:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Is a bungalow that is over mud much of the time still and overwater bungalow? Yes. After years of neglect, Nick's Cove & Cottages were recently reborn as luxury overwater bungalows. Rooms come with that Downeaster Alexa feel, with decks, wood floors, fireplaces and new flat-screen TVs. iPod docking stations, in-room spa and massage service, and free WiFi complete the cabins.

Since we are in the midst of a four month stretch of months ending in "r", which allegedly means Northern California crab is at its tastiest, this is as good a time as any to annoint Nick's Cove and Cottages amongst our list of overwater bungalow destinations.

An added bonus if you like adventure travel? San Andreas Fault is right under Tomales Bay.

Oh, don't expect warm waters and sun tans -- this is Northern California not Fiji.

Related Stories:
· Overwater Bungalows [HotelChatter]
· San Francisco Hotels [HotelChatter]

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Likuliku Lagoon is Ultimate Fiji Luxury

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  Site Where: Malolo Island, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji
May 10, 2007 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

The luxury Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji didn't quite make its planned opening in February, but finally on April 15 just gone its doors opened to guests. These guests, it should be mentioned, should be couples only. That's the stated target audience, so don't forget your partner.

Reviews from some of the first guests are overwhelmingly positive. From a simple "we can't wait to return" right through to a "we wept when we left", there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with Likuliku. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly, the food is fantastic, and the location is heavenly. And one couple mentioned how pleased they were to have warm chocolate cookies delivered to their room every day.

Likuliku has some opening specials, like 6 nights for the price of 4, or a special package for renewing your wedding vows, if you want to get all romantic; honeymooners always get a free "private location" lunch or dinner and a bottle of French champagne.

[Photo: Murrayswest]

Related Stories:
· Likuliku Lagoon reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Searching For The Perfect Overwater Bungalow: Fiji's First Overwater Option [HotelChatter]

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Cubicle Dreamin': Overwater Bungalows in Samoa

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  Site Where: Apia, Upolu, Samoa
April 24, 2007 at 1:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.

In this episode, Hotel Maven Amanda K picks out her first choice for a Samoan getaway. Enjoy.

I hope I'm right in thinking that Samoa is one of those islands where fat is beautiful. Since I'm still feeling a little chubby after too many chocolates at Easter, holidaying in a country like that sounds perfect. And even more perfect is the fact that the only overwater bungalows of Samoa have just had a big remodeling.

The Coconuts Beach Club Resort and Spa has been gradually upgrading all of its facilities and now the renovations are totally complete. Conde Nast calls Coconuts Beach "the most delightful rooms in Samoa" which sounds like a positive thing to me. The overwater bungalows or fales sound just gorgeous, and the revamped design of them features:

a new exterior profile, unique design elements such as quartzite stone flooring and luminescent interior walls and all new bamboo and teak furniture,.  The fale's continue to feature a glass panel in the sitting area for viewing sea life below, as well as a very large deck and two-person soaking tub with a view of the ocean.

That's really starting to sound like heaven on earth for me. Coconuts also has one of the most popular restaurants on Samoa so I can keep working on adding to my chubby stomach. Perfect.

[Photo: BrisbaneRosco]

Related Stories:
· Coconuts Beach Club reviews [TripAdvisor]

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Searching for the Perfect Overwater Bungalow: Bora Bora Pearl Beach

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  Site Where: Motu Tevairoa | Vaitape,, Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia, 98730
March 6, 2007 at 4:49 PM | by | Comment (1)

Just looking at this picture of the overwater bungalows at Bora Bora Pearl Beach, we only have one question--aren't these bungalows just a little too close to each other?

When we hit up the reviews over at TripAdvisor, no one seemed to mind about such proximity to one another, although they did complain about some conditions of the bungalows not being up to par. Also, the restaurants got major thumbs-down.

If you are keen on booking here, take the advice of this guest:

We stayed on the farthest premium overwater bungalow and had peace and quiet.

In the end, this may or may not be a perfect overwater bungalow, but it probably depends on which one you get and that's hopefully the newly redecorated one furthest away from the rest.

Related Stories:
· Bora Bora Pearl Beach reviews [TripAdvisor]

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Searching For The Perfect Overwater Bungalow: The Philippines Shows Tender Love

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  Site Where: Lagen Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
February 28, 2007 at 12:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

As winter storms brew here in the Northeast, our search for the perfect overwater bungalow is intensifying. Know an overwater bungalow resort hotel we need to check out? Hit us on the tip line.

Turns out HotelChatter has a bunch of daily readers in the Philippines.  Cool. As a hat tip, we picked out our favorite Filipino resort, which just so happens to be an overwater bungalow property, go figure.

El Nido Lagen Island Resort has 18 over water accommodations (51 total cabins) all in a quite, idyllic cove hidden by limestone cliffs and island forests. Furthermore, there is no shortage of castaway activities--snorkeling, swimming with jackfish, and canoeing are all available for guests.

You have to hop a island jumper from Manila, then take a boat (free for guests) in order to get to Lagen Island.  Oh, and there is U.S. State Department travel warning on the Philippines, has been since last June, so you will officially qualify as an "adventurer" upon your return from paradise.

After the jump, we have enclosed a El Nido Lagen Island video, set to Jordan Knight's Tender Love to serenade this resort.  We can't take credit for the video, nor the somehow appropriate soundtrack.  If you don't have our sense of humor, hit mute before pressing play.

[Photo: cons]

Related Stories:
· Overwater Bungalows [HotelChatter]

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Searching For The Perfect Overwater Bungalow:: For Londoners

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  Site Where: 39 Orchid Magu, Male, Maldives
February 16, 2007 at 9:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

As winter storms brew here in the Northeast, our search for the perfect overwater bungalow is intensifying. Know an overwater bungalow resort hotel we need to check out? Hit us on the tip line.

We have covered Baros before, however, when searching the world for the perfect overwater bungalow, neither the Maldives, nor Baros can be ignored.

Here is what we have learned over the years of telling and aggregating hotel stories--Londoners know their hotels.

That said, when discretionary holiday takers from the UK head for an over water bungalow experience many head to Baros. Not only do they head there, but they also return--a big deal when you are dropping that much scratch to go in the first place:

My husband and I have an agreement that we will never revisit our holiday destination, no matter how much we enjoy the place. However, for Baros, we have had to break that agreement, because we just enjoyed out holiday so much. We're going back in March, and I just cannot wait!

Click here and scroll down for a Baros propaganda video via YouTube.

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