While Maldives has the highest number of secluded resorts with overwater bungalows, one usually associates these spectacular venues with destinations like Bora Bora and Tahiti in French Polynesia where they were first introduced. The good news is that, even without the budget to travel to exotic destinations on the other side of the world, corporate groups can still experience overwater bungalows and villas.
1. Amanyara Resort (Turks & Caicos)
Amanyara is situated in the 4,168-acre Northwest Point Marine National Park on Providenciales Island, a natural environment in which corporate groups can explore the Nature Discover Center and enjoy whale watching, diving and snorkeling.
. Overwater venues consist of:
- elevated Ocean Pavilions perched 20 feet above the water
- Pavilions, located on ponds with decks that extend over the water
- Lakefront Tranquility Villas
- Ocean Villas that line the shore
2. Sandals Grande St. Lucian (St. Lucia)
Sandals is developing overwater bungalows with glass floors and above-water Jacuzzis.
3. Rosewood Mayakoba (Mexico)
Located in Riviera Maya, along its shimmering lagoon, Rosewood Mayakoba has Lagoon Studio Suites with pool terraces and rooftop loungers, Deluxe Lagoon Suites and 8 Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suite with a heated plunge pool, deck and outdoor garden shower.
4. Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge (Panama)
Suitable for small executive retreats, the 9 secluded overwater cabins with private terraces hover over the Caribbean sea along a coral reef. They are made of wood, bamboo and clay, with natural vegetation for roofing.
5. Hotel Palafitte (Switzerland)
Hotel Palafitte has 40 overwater venues: 24 Pavillons Sur le Lac (on the lake) and 16 Pavillons Sur la Rive (on the shore). The private terraces provide guests with direct access to the water.
This luxurious accommodation has Jacuzzis, mini-bars with Nespresso machines and high definition media hubs.
The property has 2 meeting rooms. The largest accommodates 50 participants and the smallest 15.
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