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Best Overwater Bungalow Resorts in the Riviera Maya

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Is your dream vacation to stay in an overwater bungalow resort? We have great news; you don’t need to travel halfway across the globe to find these luxury accommodations. There are 4 gorgeous resorts in the Mexican Caribbean, and even though staying in these resorts is an indulgence, you could make it affordable by staying there only for a few nights and the rest of your stay in a different room.

Experience staying at an overwater bungalow, surrounded by nature, luxury, and privacy. If you’re looking for a romantic escape, honeymoon, or vacation destination where you’ll fall asleep with the sounds of the waves, then this is the guide for you. Here’s a list of the best overwater bungalows in the Riviera Maya.

Rosewood Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen

The award-winning resort in Playa del Carmen was named #1 Best Hotel in Mexico 2021 by U.S. News & World Report. The Rosewood Mayakoba is an ultra-luxury retreat situated along a mile of white-sand beach on Mexico’s Riviera Maya surrounded by emerald jungle and winding lagoons. The luxury resort covers many small islands surrounded by a mangrove jungle at the heart of the ecological enclave of Mayakoba. This stunning vacation destination offers Sense, A Rosewood Spa, situated on a private island at the heart of the resort. Forbes Mexico named it the best spa in the world, and it’s easy to see why.

Rosewood Mayakoba

The Deluxe Overwater Lagoon suites emerge gracefully over the emerald waters of the lagoon. This one-of-a-kind accommodation offers a cozy terrace with a relaxing pool, a luxurious bathroom with an outdoor shower, a private dressing room, and spectacular views of the lagoon and mangroves. It is the ideal destination for newlyweds and couples.

Rosewood Mayacoba

El Dorado Palafitos, Maroma Beach

Palafitos Overwater Bungalows surround you with the serenity of the Caribbean. Gently lapping waves beckon you for a swim and lull you to sleep every evening. Between the lavish accommodations, Gourmet Inclusive dining, and unique experiences, you’ll have everything you need to experience the perfect vacation.

El Dorado Palafitos

El Dorado Maroma offers its guests the opportunity to experience one of the 10 Best Beaches in the World with a different perspective. Admire the sunrise and sunset with its sparkling colors from the comfort of your private terrace. Cool off in your private infinity pool, from where you can marvel at unparalleled views of the shimmering sea. And for the wow factor, the bungalows have floor glass panels in some areas where you can see the sea at your feet.  Experience the ultimate in Riviera Maya oceanfront luxury.

El Dorado Palafitos

Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen

Banyan Tree Mayakoba is a beautiful site in Playa del Carmen that almost seems out of this world. This is also one of the most sustainable five-star resorts in the Mayan Riviera. You will not find a more luxurious, relaxing, rejuvenating, romantic resort that also has world-class dining. The El Camaleon golf course, a Greg Norman signature 18- hole course, is home to the PGA Tour Mayakoba Classic.

Bayan Tree Mayacoba

All their villas include outdoor areas with private pools and terraces. Find a true blend of Asian hospitality with the idyllic passion of Mexico and Five-Star resort services and facilities. East meets West in every subtle detail, from the fragrance of flowers encircling your villa to the softness of a kimono, fine linens, and essential oils on your skin. Here, even world-weary guests discover the eloquence of tranquility.

Bayan Tree Mayacoba

Centro Holistico Akalki – Bacalar

Akalki is a healing and relaxation center, a sanctuary of exquisite beauty, peace, and comfort. This unique resort is located at the shore of the pristine waters of the seven colors lagoon in Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Secluded in nature, far from the hustle and bustle of the city, and surrounded by paradisiac landscapes, sweet waters, jungle, and mangrove, home to a significant number of exotic and beautiful animals and vegetation. Choose from any of their lagoon suites with thatched roofs and see for yourself why it was chosen 2020 Travelers’ Choice by Tripadvisor.


Overwater bungalows are at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists. But if you don’t want to spend an incredible amount of hours on planes to get there, these options on the Mexican Caribbean are perfect. Some even have direct flights from many cities in the U.S.

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