The Best Overwater Bungalows in Mexico (Reviews and Guide)

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By Jim Campbell | Updated on February 14, 2024

Looking for the best over-water bungalows in Mexico? We’ve got the breakdown of where to go! Staying at a beachfront resort is amazing anytime, but essential on your honeymoon. What could be better than enjoying your honeymoon in a bungalow over the water? Enjoy your private paradise with amazing views, and the water only steps away.

Banyan Tree Mayakoba

At the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, they’ve taken overwater bungalows to a whole new level. These are literally two-level rooms just waiting for you to enjoy! Located in the Riviera Maya and near Playa del Carmen, this resort is easily accessed from the Cancun airport. The resort is away from the hustle and bustle of the Cancun area and provides a slower change of pace with plenty of privacy for its guests. 

The overwater villas have a totally unique architecture that you’ll appreciate. Natural wood slats make up the roof, with the sun peeking in at the ends for a totally open-air experience on the second story. Neither end is enclosed leaving your view unobstructed. Designed by famous architect, Sordo Madaleno, the architecture reminds you of your little cabin without the grass hut-type roof you typically associate with overwater bungalows. But the eco-friendly design is high-end and luxurious.

This two-story villa is also unique because it’s two stories! The top level includes sunbeds and pillows, hanging rope chairs that are attached to the ceiling, and best of all, your own private heated infinity plunge pool. The first level includes a king-size bed and a luxury bathroom. The villa also includes the use of two bicycles you can use to explore the resort or surrounding area.

You should know that these overwater bungalows are not located on the ocean side, but over on the lagoon side, still steps away from the ocean.

This resort is rated a AAA Five Diamond resort for excellence in amenities and service. The resort boasts nine restaurants and bars including Cello, La Copa Raw Bar, The Burguer Shop, Haab, Oriente, Reflections Pool Bar, Saffron, Sands Beach Club, and The Tomahawk. Indulge in a sunset or sunrise cruise (or watch them come and go from your balcony) or enjoy a meal in the jungle prepared Mayan style with local ingredients. When you’ve had enough of adventure and are ready to relax, head over to the spa where you can indulge in a facial, couples massage, steam, or body wrap.

Enjoy a relaxing honeymoon at the newest overwater bungalows in Mexico.

Centro Holistico Akal Ki Resort

Thie friendly eco-hotel is located about 30 minutes from Chetumal International Airport or about 4 hours from Cancun. Located on the Bacalar lagoon, this is the only hotel that offers over-the-water bungalows in this location. In fact, over the water bungalows are much rarer in Mexico than in other destinations such as the Caribbean. 

These lagoons’ overwater bungalows and suites feature a peaked palapa roof and softwood floors. You’ll have your own private and exclusive sundeck with gives you room to layout and direct access to the lagoon. 

A king-size dominates this eco-room and a mosquito tent over the bed only adds to the romance. A unique above-counter sink adds to the cultural touches of the bathroom. The room features a ceiling fan, but there is no air conditioning in the bungalow. There are no televisions, phones, or wifi in the cabin, giving you plenty of opportunities to decompress and really leave the rest of the world and your troubles behind.

Located on the lagoon, there is easy access for kayaking or paddleboarding. The hotel also hosts yoga that you can participate in.

This three-star resort offers a smaller, more integrated, and natural experience. A different feel from a mega-resort, this resort offers privacy in a more secluded and romantic setting.

The one onsite restaurant, La Botica serves locally sourced ingredients as well as local flavors. Available for all-day dining, honeymoon travelers will find something scrumptious to hit the spot at this location. Head over to the Bacalar Sanctuary, which is more than just a spa. Enjoy a hot stone massage or a completely holistic treatment for your entire body. Or enjoy a guided deep meditation and relaxation session inside the lagoon. 

Looking for more to do than lie by the ocean and get a tan? Head out and explore the area on a guided hike in the jungle or an offsite tour to the local archaeological sites. Learn to sail in your own private sailboat or take out the resort’s electric pontoon. Book a romantic dinner over the water to make your honeymoon complete. 

El Dorado Palafitos, Maroma Beach (All-Inclusive)

If you are looking for absolute luxury, and an all-inclusive resort, then the El Dorado Maroma is for you. Located on Maroma Beach, rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world, Palafitors offers just what you are looking for in an overwater bungalow. A AAA four-diamond resort, the El Dorado resort offers inclusive dining which makes it so easy to have what you want when you want it and these rooms include butler elite service.

If you are truly looking to be pampered, you can’t go wrong with their included full butler service. The room includes amazing glass-bottom floors in your overwater bungalow so you really can enjoy this unique experience. Equipped with a king-size bed, you’ll have total relaxation with all the included amenities that you’d expect from a high-end luxury hotel. Head out to your own private oversized deck to catch some sun in your lounge chairs. Climb down your ladder for direct access to the ocean for a swim. Enjoy your own romantic Aguas del Amor™ outdoor shower or your indoor relaxing hot tub big enough for two. With 24-hour room service at your beck and call, it’s easy to enjoy an in-bungalow full breakfast or pre-dinner drinks and appetizers.

Unwind at the overwater Náay Spa where they offer treatments to help you relax and destress. Enjoy treatments with traditional Mayan herbal practices and the local Maroma Beach sea moss. If you are looking for adventure, head on a guided camel safari tour, go scuba diving, or swim with the dolphins. Head out into open water and enjoy deep sea fishing where you can get the catch of a lifetime. Enjoy a romantic dinner or picnic on the beach.

Enjoy resort activities such as beach volleyball and yoga will keep you entertained. Resort restaurants are all included at this adults-only property, including beer, wine, soda, and bottled water. 

Rosewood Mayakoba

Playa del Carmen is the beachfront town in Riviera Maya – the quieter and little sister of Cancun. Located about 45 minutes south, this resort offers all the luxury and activities but in a quieter and more relaxed environment. 

Here the Deluxe Overwater Lagoon Suite is ideal for honeymooners, it’s located right over the water! Your room includes a king-size bed and upscale decor. This room even includes a walk-in closet. Floor to ceiling sliding glass doors expands your view right into the room. Looking for a private dinner, this suite includes a full-size dining room table to enjoy your meal. You’ll enjoy your private terrace where you can take in the sun and scenery. When you get hot, take a dip in your private plunge pool located right in your room. Rinse with your outdoor garden shower while you take in the mangroves. Enjoy nightly turndown service, one of those extra touches that just make your stay that much more special.

Fun resort activities include kayaking, paddle boarding, and snorkeling. Or enjoy soccer or volleyball if you are feeling a little competitive. Enjoy a round of golf at a championship golf course or sign for golf school with Jim McClean Golf School at Mayakoba onsite. Enjoy top-notch instruction as well as technology to improve your swing or take some time in the practice facilities. Take advantage of the PGA level facilities or enjoy a meal at the Koba Club House. 

Enjoy the spa located in the jungle. Enjoy a guided meditation based on traditional Mayan healing awaits you along with a herbal steam bath and a detoxifying cleanse. Or meet one on one with a shaman to read and correct your energies. Feeling a little more traditional? Massage, wraps, and facials are also available. Or sweat it out in the fitness center.

Take in a meal or drink at eight different restaurants and bars including Agave Azul, Aqui Me Quedo, Casa del Lago, La Fondita, La Ceiba Garden, and Kitchen, Pan Dulce, Punta Bonita, and Zapote Bar.


Are all overwater bungalow resorts in Mexico the same?

No. Keep in mind that all four properties on our list include overwater bungalows, but there is a big difference between a three-star resort and a five diamond resort. Decide what type of honeymoon you are truly looking for. Do you want to spend your time relaxing in the jungle or at the beach? Do you want an all-inclusive resort? Is a private infinity pool a deal-breaker? Do you need free wifi? Or wifi period? Once you answer these questions, you’ll know which option is best for you.

Do any of the resorts include a private infinity pool?

Yes! If you are looking for your very own pool AND an overwater bungalow you can have both at the Rosewood Mayakoba and Banyan Tree Mayakoba resorts. Both of these luxurious properties include private plunge pools and luxury overwater bungalows.

How do all-inclusive resorts work?

All-inclusive resorts with overwater rooms work just the same as any other resort. When you book your vacation, the price includes your meals while you are staying at the resort. Typically this is every meal in a restaurant, including beachside outlets. Most include drinks including water, soda, beer, and wine. Every hotel or hotel chain is different so if this is especially important to you, make sure you check the fine print at the resort you are considering.

None of these resorts are in Cancun. Will there still be plenty to do?

Absolutely! There is so much to do at all of these locations. While each resort may have different specific activities that are included, there is a lot to do that is water-related. After all, that’s why you want an overwater bungalow right? Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing, boat rentals, and fishing are all water-related activities. With shopping, spa, and touring the general area you’ll have plenty to do on your honeymoon.

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