All the best reality shows have featured at least one episode where the cast members stay in an
overwater bungalow while on a luxurious vacation. We've seen it on more than one of the Real Housewives franchises and several seasons of The Bachelor, yet the idea of sleeping inside a little cottage that hovers right above the ocean still seems like peak summer holiday goals.
Though overwater bungalows in
top tropical destinations like Bora Bora, Tahiti, and Panama are tried-and-true favourites among reality stars, staying in one isn't necessarily out of reach for those of us who don't have TV networks comping our travel expenses. There are actually plenty of overwater bungalows available on Airbnb right now.
Ahead, you'll find 12 overwater bungalows listed on
Airbnb that range in price and location. Some are splurges located in dream vacation spots like Belize while others are more affordable and located just across the Pond, in California and New Hampshire. Peruse all the options ahead and then bring this staple of reality TV vacations into your very own spring break. At Refinery29, we're here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
"The overwater cabana features glass floor openings in every room. A full-length patio deck equipped with a private plunge pool, swings, and hammocks. A full kitchen and living room combo with views of beautiful ocean."
Location: San Pedro , Belize Sleeps: 2 Price Per Night: £220 More
Bora Bora Overwater Bungalow
"Bungalow N°3 is a unique overwater bungalow with an open flow living room and kitchen design leaving you with unobstructed 180° panoramic views of Bora Bora's famous lagoon. It's no wonder that this luxurious bungalow was once owned by Hollywood's own Jack Nicholson. You will find paradise relaxing on the terrace, enjoying cool ocean breezes, swimming in the lagoon, watching the setting sun or enjoying the nightly animation of fish swimming around the underwater lights."
Location: Bora Bora , Leeward Islands, French Polynesia Sleeps: 2 Price Per Night: £330 Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb. More
The Black Pearl
"The most beautiful private over water on the island! You are just minutes to wonderful restaurants, boutiques, supermarkets, and beaches. You'll love the peaceful, true Polynesian life, quiet and unhurried. It is paradise. The Black Pearl truly is one-of-a-kind. You will love the outdoor space, the comfy bed, the light, the kitchen, and the lagoon.. This bungalow is for couples only."
Location: Bora Bora , Leeward Islands, French Polynesia Sleeps: 2 Price Per Night: £363 Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb. More
Overwater Bungalow - The Sea Monkey
"One of our two overwater bungalows at the edge of Old Bank town on Isla Bastimentos with a collapsible 12 x 8-foot front wall, 180-degree ocean views from the bed and giant over water deck with overwater hammock. The bungalow features a king size bed and twin daybed with luxury linens, a spacious hot water shower, handmade local toiletries, and a mini-fridge. Gourmet breakfast at our restaurant next door is included."
Location: Bastimento, Bocas del Toro, Panama Sleeps: 4 Price Per Night: £101 Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb. More
Over The Water White Bungalow
"This IS the Real thing! We are DIRECTLY ON THE BEACH. Why settle for a view of the beach, when you can have the entire ocean at your feet?! Malibu's best kept secret 'Malibu Road' Homes of the Stars! Located on most-desired, secluded beach Heart of Malibu."
Location: Malibu, California Sleeps: 4 Price Per Night: £265 Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb. More
Bungalow Sur L'eau #34
"Treat yourself to a dream holiday in this bungalow and enjoy the whole family! This 2-bedroom bungalow is ideal for two couples. An extra bed is also available for a fifth person! Featuring air conditioning, this large, water-front bungalow offers beautiful lagoon views. It also has a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a private platform for swimming at the foot of the bungalow."
Location: Paopao, Windward Islands, French Polynesia Sleeps: 5 Price Per Night: £150 Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb. More Story continues
Romantic Overwater Tahitian Bungalow
"We will be happy to receive you in Vairao, in a wonderful small and quiet village at 8 km from Teahupoo, next to a beautiful white sand beach. Facing the lagoon, water sports lovers will be happy : surf (5 surf spot), whales excursions, diving, snorkelling, kayak, va'a (Polynesian pirogue), and aqua-bike. At the centre of Taxi-boat "tahitiititourandsurf", you will be able to enjoy the different excursions that we offer. Come and discover this little spot of paradise."
Location: Vairao, French Polynesia Sleeps: 6 Price Per Night: £120 Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb. More
Belize Private Island - Little Peter Oasis
"New Private Island Rental- 2 Bed, 2 Bath, Sleeps 4 comfortable and 5 with 1 guest sleeping on family room futon. Thatch roof overwater bungalow with mahogany and granite throughout. Private blue lagoon with LED lighting. Warm tropical breezes and 360-degree views of the Caribbean and Mayan Mountains. World class snorkelling just minutes from the second largest barrier reef. Guests have the entire island to themselves. Fee includes three meals daily, beverages, personal concierge, private chef, and two caretakers."
Location: Hopkins , Stann Creek District, Belize Sleeps: 4 Price Per Night: £738 Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb. More
Eco Bungalows with Panoramic Lagoon Views
"We have two ecological bungalows with panoramic views of the Pearl Lagoon, next to a newly-built hotel. We also organise tours to the Pearl Cays, the indigenous and afro-descendant communities nearby, as well as other destinations, and free use of kayaks for sunset picnics in the lagoon. We try to offer our guests a true Pearl Lagoon experience!"
Location: Laguna de Perlas , Nicaragua Sleeps: 8 Price Per Night: £23 Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb. More
"Strategically placed to catch the sunset, this quaint waterfront cabin is designed for ultimate relaxation. Dominated by a king sized bed, with screened french doors onto your own lagoon patio. Perfect for sun bathing, sunset gazing and when night falls, strong bioluminescent waters makes this cabin seem like its out of a fairy tale. Unique screened walls to welcome in the ocean breeze. A wonderful coral reef lines the whole property for world-class snorkelling, kayak, or SUP expeditions!"
Location: Cristóbal Island, Bocas del Toro Province, Panama Sleeps: 2 Price Per Night: £62 Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb. More
Bungalow Lolita - Aruba Ocean Villas
"My place is close to the beach, family-friendly activities, and the airport. You'll love my place because of the ambiance, the neighbourhood, the outdoor space, the light, and the comfy bed. The villas are good for couples, solo adventurers, business travellers, and big groups."
Location: Savaneta, Aruba Sleeps: 2 Price Per Night: £264 Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb. More
Lake Sunapee Overwater Cottage
"• *Overwater* Bungalow (cottage) with 180-degree Lake Sunapee and Mountain Views
• Private, attached boathouse for your boat • Kayak/paddle board from your wrap-around dock outside of your living room • Hotel quality mattresses and super-soft, pima cotton sheets • "Boathouse-Modern" Decor. Ultra-clean with a ton of sunlight • Cozy-up in front of the wood-stove on the Leather Article Sofa • 10-mile lake views from the reading swing • Chef's kitchen for family meals • Snack and hot chocolate station"
Location: Newbury, New Hampshire Sleeps: 6 Price Per Night: £90 Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb. More
Azul Paradise - Caribbean View
"Our cool and comfortable double occupancy over the water bungalow welcomes you to paradise. Enjoy the leeward side of the island inside a coral reef, pristine white sand beaches, and jungle treks."
Location: Isla Bastimentos, Bocas del Toro, Panama Sleeps: 2 Price Per Night: £225 Photo: Courtesy of Airbnb. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? Blowing £4k On My Honeymoon Was A Brilliant Use Of Money – Even After The Divorce The Stunning Photos People Are Sharing On Instagram For Earth Day Will Instagramming Tourists Destroy These Dutch Tulip Fields, Too?